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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claimed Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford needs to “harden up” as a professional to finally become a REAL Premier League player.

The 22-years-old spent a successful loan spell last season at Middlesbrough, but it was not the same in these first months of 2015/2016 season at Selhurst Park.

It was almost a nightmare for him, he claimed the experience was “terrible” so he asked to come back to his parent club, Chelsea, next Crystal Palace’s rival in the league on Sunday.

“Being lightweight is not a criticism,” claimed Pardew about Bamford.

“I’ve heard or noticed in his game. He’s just not hardened yet,” PA quotes Pardew as saying.

“He needs to harden as a professional. This experience will harden him. He’s trained well and tried to get into the team. That’s hardening your mentality.

“At Middlesbrough [last season] he was playing every week and training every week, it’s all good and flows nicely.

“But it hasn’t flowed here, it’s a different experience. You’ve got to fight and this will harden him up.”

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

According to reports coming from Spain Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is planning to make a £64m  bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

The 22-year-old was released by Manchester United in 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson declared him surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

He made a terrific improvement in these three years in Italy, becoming one of the best and most expansive midfielders in the world, even if in this season failed to make an impact so far.

It was supposed to have already a done deal with FC Barcelona for the next season but his agent, Mino Raiola, recently stated:

“There haven’t been many calls to my phone for Pogba because so few can afford him, like a limited edition Ferrari. Are Barcelona in pole position? No, the only favourites are Juve.”

Chelsea already made an attempt last summer for the French star, offering £40m plus Oscar, but the deal couldn’t be closed because the Brazilian player refused the destination.

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Paris Saint Germain are set to dispel rumours that Jose Mourinho is coming to the club by offering manager Laurent Blanc a new contract.

Mourinho was sacked in December last year and has since been linked with a host of clubs including PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The French side have however reportedly had a long-term interest in Mourinho, but due to Blanc’s success this season he is to be rewarded with a new deal.

PSG are currently 19 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and are set to face Chelsea in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.


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The Independent has said former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Real Madrid. 

The report states that Mourinho has been in contact with Madrid CEO Florentino Perez to tell him that he isn’t interested in the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Current boss Rafael Benitez is under serious pressure, with the club in third and having played a game more than leaders Barcelona.

Mourinho spent three years with Los Blancos before he became Chelsea boss in 2013, winning the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.

However, the report claims that “family” was cited by the Portuguese as his reason for staying, with his goalkeeping son Jose Jr. in Fulham’s academy.

Since his dismissal at Chelsea in December last year, Mourinho had been linked with managerial posts at several clubs, including Manchester United, PSG, Roma, and Real Madrid.


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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew spoke before the clash against Chelsea next Sunday.

Despite the Eagles being 5th in the table and 11 points ahead of the Blues  ( 14th with 20 points) the English manager is convinced Hiddink’s side are the favourites:

“We’re really going to have to lean on our fighting quality that this Palace side has.

“It is unrealistic (to expect back-to-back wins over Chelsea) in terms of the bodies we have got available.

“They look as if they have gone into a controlled phase where they want stability in the league and probably attack the cups, that’s how it looks from the outside.

“They looked a bit more measured against United and are definitely favourites for this game – but we’re difficult at home.”

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jose mourinho

Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho is currently spending holidays with his family in Brazil.

The first days he was reluctant to speak or take photos with the people staying athis same resort, but then he became more friendly and Brazilian website Lancenet is reporting that he claimed that he won’t like to manage Bayern Munich or another German side because he would win the title every year.

Mourinho also revealed that he would like to manage some English team, also because his son got a two-year-contract with Fulham and he doesn’t want to get away from him.

When someone asked him about Manchester United, he gave them just a smile.


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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is learning English so he can apply for the Chelsea post, the Daily Mirror has claimed. 

The 48-year old has just 18 months left on his contract at Juve, and is reportedly on Roman Abramovich’s shortlist to become the permanent Chelsea boss at the end of the season.

However, the Mirror also states that Allegri is interested in the Manchester United boss.

Allegri won the Serie A title with AC Milan in the 2010-11 season, before moving to the Stadio Olimpico and winning the treble with Juve and leading them to the 2015 Champions League final.

It is unclear if he will renew his contract with

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bertrand traore

Chelsea’s own scout has criticised the club for not playing midfielder Betrand Traore more, despite a successful Dutch loan spell.

Dutch scout Piet de Visser has said Traore is being “wasted” at Chelsea, having only played 60 minutes football this season.

The Burkina Faso international scored 13 goals in a hugely impressive loan spell at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season. He was then recalled to the Chelsea squad by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho having been granted a work permit.

But, speaking to Voetbal International, de Visser has said that the 20-year old would be better off in Holland, with Ajax reportedly interested in a deal to bring him back to the Eredivisie:

“Marc Overmars [Ajax’s Director of Football] has already asked about him, but Jose Mourinho did not want to let him go,” De Visser told Voetbal International.

“At this time, he is being wasted on the bench at Chelsea.

“That’s a shame, because Bertrand is a super talent.

“He has tremendous technique and is cool in finishing. At Vitesse he stood out; at Ajax he would be working with better players.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has criticised his Aston Villa counterpart Remi Garde regarding his public interest in Loic Remy. 

Garde openly stated earlier this week that the Frenchman would be “an interesting player” for his Villa side, who are four points adrift at the bottom of the table. They have just seven points after 19 games.

It is unclear if both Remy or indeed Chelsea are interested in a deal, but Hiddink has criticised Garde for publicising his desire to sign the player:

You have to respect where the players are,” Hiddink said.

If you are interested, talk first to the people with whom they are contracted. You cannot go into details.”

“The player has signed a contract here and must be fit for us.”

Remy has struggled to hold down a first team place since his £8.5 million transfer from QPR last year. But, Hiddink says injuries have had a part to play, and will effect any potential deal.

He’s having a difficult time regarding his injuries. He has had a calf problem for several days.” he said.

“He has to prove first of all that he’s a good Chelsea player. 

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falcao goal chelsea

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao will be out until mid-January after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury. 

The Colombian, who hasn’t played for Chelsea since the 1-3 defeat to Liverpool on 31st October, suffered a recurrence of his thigh injury during training.

Speaking to the press, manager Guus Hiddink said the setback will keep Falcao out for 10 days:

“I think it’s back to square one,” Hiddink said.

We had him in a game and he had this injury again that he had before. It’s the inside of his thigh.

“We hope within 10 days he might be fit again, though not to play.”

The 29-year old is on a season-long loan from Monaco but has found the net just once this season.



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