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The Sun has said that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eying Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli.

The Blues are looking for a long-term manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last Thursday.

Sampaoli led the Chilean national side to their first ever Copa America success earlier this year, and has since attracted attention from both Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The 55-year old will hold talks with the Chilean Football Federation on Monday January 4th to discuss his future.

Sampaoli has managed the Chile side, who were knocked out by Brazil in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, since 2012. He has also managed a range of South American teams.

It is unclear how interested Sampaoli is in the job, or indeed if Chelsea have contacted him about the position at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea may have to continue paying former boss Jose Mourinho should he become the manager of Manchester United, the Telegraph claims.

Mourinho, who was sacked by the Blues last Thursday, has been widely linked with the position at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal expected to be sacked after six games without a win.

However, Chelsea would have to make up an shortfall in Mourinho’s wages until the end of the season, should the Portuguese take a pay cut.

 

At United, the 52-year old could expect to earn around £6 million; £4 million less than what he earned under his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Overall, this would mean Chelsea would have to pay their former boss around £1.5 million.

Neithe the club nor Mourinho were prepared to comment on contract terms regarding the exit.

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According to several reports, Chelsea have agreed a £30 million deal for midfielder Alex Teixeira. 

Talks supposedly began whilst Jose Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge, but Teixeira and new manager Guus Hiddink are still keen on a move.

The 25-year old would be Hiddink’a first signing since becoming the Chelsea boss until the end of the season.

The Shaktar Donetsk midfielder is currently the highest goalscorer in Europe, scoring 22 goals in 15 games in the Ukrainian Premier League. Teixeira has also scored six goals in three Champions League games.

Chelsea as a whole have scored just 21 goals in 17 league games.

It is believed the deal for the 25-year old Brazilian will be finalised in the January transfer window.

Teixeira moved to Ukraine in 2009 from Brazilian side Vasco, and thus far has scored 89 goals in 223 appearances.

 

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Pundit Terry Gibson has said that Diego Simeone would be better off staying at Atletico Madrid instead of moving to Chelsea. 

Simeone has been heavily linked with the position at Stamford Bridge, despite Guus Hiddink taking charge on a short-term basis until the end of the season.

The Dutchman replaced Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last Thursday.

45-year old Simeone has been at the Madrid helm since 2011 and Gibson, who played for Tottenham and Manchester United amongst others, has said that the Argentine would sacrifice power if he moved to London:

He is slightly old fashioned in the sense he’s in power, he is Atletico Madrid,” Gibson said to Sky Sports.

“When you look at it in terms of buying and selling players, they have so much faith in him. It would be hard for him to replicate that in any other job that he goes to. So I think that’s the big dilemma.

“If I was Chelsea, yes, he would be No 1 on my list, but if I was Simeone I would take a good, long look at it. We know his affiliations to the club, during a successful period too, and I would be surprised if he left.”

Simeone has control over transfers at Madrid, with whom he won La Liga in the 2013/14 season. As well as transfers, Simeone has control over several other aspects of the club – something Gibson believes wouldn’t be the case at Chelsea:

“He has nothing to complain about at Atletico Madrid, the environment he works in is perfect for him. He has no complaints in terms of investing money in new signings, they’ve not let him down there and I believe that will continue.

“We made the points about players that he bought that he didn’t like and then moved out on loan quickly. There’s been players he has bought and sold for a profit as well… it’s swings and roundabouts. He won’t have that power at Chelsea.

“Look at all Mourinho has done at Chelsea, and he never had that power second time around. He clearly wanted players in the summer, and didn’t get the players he wanted.

“For Simeone, I wouldn’t go as far as to say it would be a mistake to leave Atletico for Chelsea, my personal opinion is he’s better served where he knows where the land lies, where he’s in charge, and he’s got that power.

“Atletico is his seventh job, he was a much-travelled manager until he found the perfect fit. It’s worked out well for him, and I don’t see too many reasons why he’d leave.”

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Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is set for a move to the American MLS after a failed spell with AS Roma.

It is believed te 35-year old would move to LA Galaxy after a torrid spell with the Italians, in which he made just 11 Serie A appearances.

Cole was released from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

Having had his contract terminated, Aston Villa also seemed keen on the Cole but the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender seems keen to move to California after starting a family.

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Cesc Fabregas was forced again to dismiss rumours of a fall-out with former Chelsea manager José Mourinho.

Speculations around some media and among the fans were claiming that the Spaniard was one of the “rats” that let Mourinho down, he was also strongly booed last Saturday during Sunderland’s clash for this.

Radio BBC 5 and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin also hinted at him as one of the players that were causing troubles to the Portuguese manager, stating he was the player that said: “I would rather lose than win for Mourinho”.

After threatening to sue them, they both apologised to him and so Cesc took again the social networks to make, once more, the situation clear and dismiss the rumours again:

“I’m pleased that Pat Nevin and the BBC apologised and corrected their comments.

I can reiterate that I had an exceptionally good relationship with Jose Mourinho as I will aim to have with any coach that I play for.

The football club is more important than any one player. We have all let the manager and club down this year as a collective unit. We will get this right of that I am sure.

With all your help we can put this period behind us and make Chelsea great again.”

 

 

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LOUIS VAN GAAL MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United boos Louis Van Gaal seemed VERY annoyed about the speculations on his future, with José Mourinho that seemed already on his way to Old Trafford after his sacking.

After the Special One was fired by Chelsea, many rumours were putting him on Van Gaal’s place for the upcoming days: “Manchester United are in a bad run too, the Dutchman is on the brink” “Mourinho already has an agreement with the Red Devils” “Van Gaal has been sacked, more news to follow” every minute a news was coming out on his and Man United future seems to come out, and many times were just social network’s fake news that came around and were reported even by important media.

They were crazy days, and Van Gaal had enough, he thought that all these speculations were a huge lack of respect toward him, his family, his club and the fans.

So today the Manchester United boss attended his usual pre-match press conference, to preview game with Stoke City on Boxing Day.

It lasted something less than five minutes: the time for a rant, then the Dutch coach stormed out of the press room.

Here is how it went:

Q: Arsene Wenger says it’s been disrespectful?

Has anybody in this room not a feeling to apologise to me? That’s what I’m wondering. I think I was already sacked, I read. I have been sacked. 

My colleague was here already. What do you think happens with my wife or my kids? Or with my grandchildren? Or with the fans of Manchester United? Or my friends? What do you think? They have called me a lot of times and also Arsene Wenger is saying something about that. So you think that I want to talk with the media now. I am here only because of the Premier League rules. I have to talk with you. But I can only see when I say something that you use my words in your context. And I want to say only I have tried to lift the confidence of my players. I have done everything this week.

I held meetings with the players with my members of staff, I hold a Christmas lunch, I did a speech and I feel the warmth and support of everybody in Carrington, this AON training complex.

But I didn’t feel that in the media and of course I can imagine that you can write about that subject. We are not in a good position but four weeks ago we were first in the Premier League and in four weeks’ time we can be back in that position again.

Q: Manchester United is a huge club, is the speculation inevitable?

No I don’t think that you can do that because you have to stick by the facts and when I get calls off Alex Ferguson and David Gill and Ed Woodward because you are creating something that is not good, what is not being the facts, now I have to answer questions. I don’t think I want to do it. I only say now I am focussed on Stoke City, I help my players. I wish you a Merry Christmas and also maybe a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie. Goodbye.

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German magazine Kicker are reporting that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola deal is done.

According to Kicker very trustworthy sources from England, Pep Guardiola will take over Manchester City next season. Last season, the rumors started and now they are true. It is not a suprise.

Pep will meet old friends like Ferran Soriano (Chairman) and Txiki Begiristain (Technical Director) from his Barcelona days: the two directors were in charge in the Spanish club when Guardiola was promoted to manager from reserves team coach.

If the news will be confirmed, Chelsea will lose their chances to sign the Catalan as their new permanent manager next summer.

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink claimed he got sympathy for his predecessor, José Mourinho, who was sacked from the club just one week ago.

“Of course I got sympathy for José Mourinho, if you look at his records and you see how many titles he has won, in so many countries, you got a lot of respect for him, but these things happen in football, people take decisions…

“Yes, it’s true that players haven’t performed, but I guess there isn’t one coach in the world that hasn’t been sacked.

“Yesterday I talked to the squad and of course we spoke a little bit about the past, the reasons I am here, I asked everyone to look in the mirror, and I said to them to move on and look forward. I said them to give the best of themselves.

“About what happened in the past months: I don’t want to have long conversation [with players and people at the club], I didn’t want to ask too much information, because the information sometimes is..”coloured”. I don’t want to get much info because they have to show now what they are capable to do. I have my own judgement.

I saw what happened last Saturday against Sunderland and I guess the fans must express themselves about the recent past, but the team also has to show the fans they deserve their support.

 

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Watford clash:

“If I am here again it’s meaning that things are not going well, but I’m glad to be back, a few years ago I was here in a similar situation, first of all I shouldn’t be here, but I am here, and I am glad to be here.

“Yeah, [I think] I can fix the problems, if you look back a bit to last season where there was a huge success winning the title, then of course the next season you got similar targets; Chelsea lost their main target [the Premier League] but we got other targets like Champions League and FA Cup. Maybe they relaxed a little bit as a team, to be one point from relegation like last week, it’s hard for everyone.

“I think the team played well last Saturday in the first half, not all the time because there were some sloppy moments, but it was good to see that quality was there.

“Yesterday I talked to the squad and of course we spoke a little bit about the past, the reasons I am here, I asked everyone to look in the mirror, and I said to them to move on and look forward. I said them to give the best of themselves.

There must be a great desire to play, if they don’t have this desire, please knock on my door and we will speak about him.

“I was delighted to train a great professional like Didier Drogba here some years ago, now he is playing in Montreal Impact, every club got specific figures that must have given the opportunity…they give a brand to Chelsea, they give image.

“Being interim manager is very good, the future is to be determined. We don’t know yet if the contract will be extended, it depends also on the results.

“About my last experiences as a coach, I guess with Russia we did a good European championship, with Turkey we went very close to our target, unfortunately I couldn’t finish my job at Holland national team, and I was very disappointed about that decision, we were aiming to get it done in the last 3-4 games of the qualification round.

“To Chelsea fans I can say that no manager cannot guarantee 3 points result every week but we have to show to ourselves and to other people that the team has big desire to come back where it was last year.

“I don’t want to have long conversation [with players and people at the club], I didn’t want to ask too much information, because the information sometimes is..”coloured”. I don’t want to get much info because they have to show now what they are capable to do. I have my own judgement.

“I had two training sessions with the team, I cannot see that the players have a lack of ambition and desire at the moment, I have nothing to complain regarding that.

“Mathematically Champions League qualification is still possible, but this league is very difficult, you see it when Leicester is top of the league, it means that all teams they can kill each other.

“I think Premier League has changed since I was here last time, it’s more competitive now

“Now I got a different group of players [respect to last time I managed Chelsea]: I had players like Drogba, Lampard, Essien, Ballack, big players but also leaders. Now I got different players, it’s difficult to compare.

“Of course I got sympathy for José Mourinho, if you look at his records and you see how many titles he has won, in so many countries, you got a lot of respect for him, but these things happen in football, people take decisions…

“Yes, it’s true that players haven’t performed, but I guess there isn’t one coach in the world that hasn’t been sacked.

“I have a lot of respect for Watford and the way they play, they got a lot discipline, they have good strikers…I have a lot of respect for them, we have to go all the way.

“When I see the players playing now in the training, when I saw them the other day in the first half, I see that they are good…what I usually do I make a spine in the team, with key players, so you can control better the team.

Hazard had a terrific season last year and I think is also normal you have a little of relaxation after that, recently he was also unlucky with injuries, today he trained [with the rest of the squad] for the first time, we see if he can perform.

John Terry proved that he can be a leader of this team.

Drogba: he’s an Impact player, but he can be huge for the club.

“My contract: let’s go half-way May, and let’s see what happened. It’s not an overnight decision I took, I have to feel the decision in my stomach, in my guts.

Manchester United are struggling as well, there is no doubt, but that’s what we said before, the Premier League is very competitive.

“I hope the fans will support the team, I saw what happened last Saturday against Sunderland and I guess the fans must express themselves about the recent past, but the team also has to show the fans they deserve their support.

“About the youngsters, I have to be convinced by their qualities to give them the chance.

 

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