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Chelsea have been linked with Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat, in a report by the Newcastle Chronicle.

The 26-year old has made almost 50 appearances in all competitions for the Toon since moving to St. James’ Park in the summer of last year from Dutch side Feyenoord.

However, the Blues are set to face competition for the Dutchman, from Premier League rivals Tottenham and Italian side Juventus.

It is reported Janmaat wants to play Champions League football, despite becoming a fan favourite at Newcastle.

According to the report, Newcastle are unwilling to sell Janmaat as he is seen as someone who could become a future captain. However, with Chelsea also reportedly interested in midfielder Moussa Sissoko, the struggling Magpies may not have a choice.

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was sent off as Serbia lost 1-2 to Portugal in a fiery encounter in Belgrade. 

In the closing stages of the match, both Matic and Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov were sent off for lashing out at their opponents in a heated game.

27-year old Matic, who was the Serbian captain, seemed to aim an elbow at Portuguese midfielder Andre Andre, before seeming to angrily react to the Porto midfielder’s reaction as tempers flared.

The defeat sees Serbia finish their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in a disappointing fourth place, with just four points.

An early goal from Fenerbache’s Nani put the visitors into the lead after he swept in a rebound, before Zoran Tosic equalised just after the hour mark with a thumping effort.

However, a stunning strike from substitute Joao Moutinho was enough to seal the win, before both Matic and Kolarov received their marching orders from Spanish referee David Fernandez Borbalan.

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Harry Redknapp has said that Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in the Premier League has thrown the race for the title and Champions League football wide open, and has said Chelsea are “struggling”.

Klopp was appointed as Liverpool boss on Thursday, four days after the expected sacking of Brendan Rodgers.

The charismatic German has been lauded by many for his personality, and many have said that his style could radically change how the Premier League table looks come the end of the season.

Chelsea have won just two of their first eight league games this season, currently sitting 16th in the table.

And Redknapp, who has managed QPR, Tottenham and West Ham to name but a few, has said that the form of the league’s main title contenders, including Chelsea, may be a huge advantage for Klopp and the Reds this season:

He told the Telegraph: “People have talked about him [Klopp] getting Liverpool back into the Champions League next season when he is there from the start, but I can see him doing it this season.

“Chelsea are struggling badly and Manchester City are vulnerable, as we have seen against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United this season.

“Manchester United are not that great, Arsenal are great on their day, but they have those off days when they can be beaten by anyone.

“You cannot say with any certainty that they will all finish in the top four in May.

“With Klopp coming in, he is going to give everyone a lift and the Premier League looks wide open at the top this year.”

 

 

 

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Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has said that former Barcelona teammate Pedro should have stayed at the club. 

The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer for a fee of around £21.7 million, but has failed to prevent Chelsea from slipping to their worst start to a season in over 30 years. Jose Mourinho’s side have lost four and won just two of those opening games.

One of the Blues’ victories this season was on Pedro’s debut – a 2-3 win over West Brom, where he scored and grabbed an assist.

However Alves, a close friend, has said that the 28-year old should have stayed at the Nou Camp:

He said: “I told Pedro he should have stayed at the team but too many people got involved.

“Had he stayed he would have been happy here but we don’t make the decisions. If we did I would want him to stay for years.”

The Brazilian’s comments come just days after Pedro said he was “very happy” to be at Chelsea, having struggled to find first team football in the Liga BBVA.

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New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will attempt to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to the Express.

Klopp was named Liverpool manager earlier this week and is reportedly already looking to the transfer market to improve his somewhat limited squad. The Pole is one of the best strikers in Europe and recently scored five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

He worked with Klopp when the German was manager of Borussia Dortmund at a time when the club from the Ruhr genuinely threatened Bayern’s place as Germany’s premier club. He was pivotal to Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final in 2012/13 and famously scored four times against Real Madrid in the semi-final.

Lewandowski signed for Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer after his Dortmund contract ran out but rumours of him leaving the Allianz Arena have come about after his agent hinted his future lies elsewhere.

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Chelsea will replace Jose Mourinho with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone should the Portuguese lose his job, according to reports in Mourinho’s homeland. 

Mourinho is under significant pressure following Chelsea’s worst start to a season in a generation with rumours that he could be sacked within weeks if the team’s form doesn’t improve and speculation has not stopped despite the club publicly backing him following the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton one weeks ago.

After that loss, Mourinho spoke for seven minutes in his TV interview in which he claimed the club would have to sack him if they wish to be rid of him. Should they decide to do so it is believed in parts of the Portuguese media that they will seek out Diego Simeone.

Simeone is one of the brightest young managers in Europe having had a highly impressive spell with Atletico Madrid in which he broke the duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as reaching a Champions League final in 2014 which they were seconds from winning.

The Argentine would be sought by a host of top European clubs should he become available and it would cost Chelsea roughly £15 million in compensation should he leave his Atletico contract early.

There is a good relationship between Chelsea and Madrid’s second club with several players swapping the Spanish capital for the British, including Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, although Luis returned to the Vicente Calderon last summer.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaus Courtois also spent three seasons on loan at Atletico where he helped them to a La Liga title.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he is just as surprised as anyone when it comes to Chelsea’s poor start to the season. 

The Blues, who won the title last season, have won just two and lost four of their opening eight Premier League games.

It’s the club’s worst start in over 30 years.

However, the former Manchester United boss, who has often spoken of his respect for Jose Mourinho, said that he is sure the Portuguese can find a solution:

For Jose, it’s probably the first time it’s come up, a situation whereby his team is now fifth-bottom of the week. Unbelievable,” Ferguson said to ESPN.

Everyone, including myself, are thinking they were going to be difficult to beat.

“But great managers find solutions.”

The Scot has also praised Mourinho for his post-match rant against Southampton, where are a 1-3 home defeat the 52-year old spoke, uninterrupted, for seven minutes stating why he should be kept as manager.

I think that Jose’s press conference the other day was challenging the owner to support him in a bad time,” Ferguson said.

At times you maybe don’t think you’re getting complete support from everyone, but it happens.

“It’s not always correct, and I don’t think it’s correct what Jose’s thinking at the moment — I think he’s got the support.

“He will find a solution. It may take a few weeks, but you’ve got to remember, he’s lost his goalkeeper [Thibaut] Courtois, who’s a fantastic goalkeeper.

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Chelsea are to confront Napoli over the lack of playing time for their on-loan midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah.

The 20-year old moved to the Stadio Olimpico in the summer on a season-long loan, but has made just one substitute appearance all season for the Serie A side.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is furious with Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri’s refusal to play Chalobah, who despite the lack of game time was still selected for the England U21 squad earlier this month.

Mourinho is set to speak to his Italian counterpart in the near future.

However, the Blues are reportedly prepared to terminate Chalobah’s loan as soon as January, should the snub continue.

After an unsuccessful loan spell in the with Burnley for the first half of last season, Chalobah ended the campaign playing for Reading in the Championship, scoring on his debut for the Royals.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he had to pinch himself after he had captained England for the first time during yesterday’s clash against Estonia.

After yesterday’s win England directly qualified for Euro 2016 in France. What is more, the Three Lions maintained their 100 per cent record on the road to France. Chelsea player who was captain of the team as he replaced injured Wayne Rooney did not hide his pride and joy of the England team.

Cahill told FATV:

“I said earlier in the week that it was one of the proudest moments for me and my family,”

“I really wanted it to go well. I’ll never forget the moment, of course, but I wanted it to go well.”

“I wanted to win, I wanted to play well. It was a very special moment that I’ll never forget.”

“You sort of have to pinch yourself. It’s a huge thing and I’m very honoured to do that today and something that will live with me forever.” 

“Most importantly [it was] a win, a clean sheet and we carry that run on, so obviously we’re very pleased with the result.”

“[The manager] thought it was a good performance. We dominated possession and had to be patient, especially in the first half. But it was the same when we played them away from home.”

“Once you delay the attack and they get back in it’s very difficult to break them down. We still created chances and kept plugging away, which is encouraging, and we kept pushing for the important goal.”

“In the first half they were dangerous on counter-attacks, so although it looked like we had a lot of possession in the final third, they were dangerous on counter-attacks and the manager made us aware of that at half-time.”

“[Theo]’s banging goals in. It was a very nice finish and a great ball from Ross who was superb tonight,”

“To get the second goal put the game to bed.”

“[Jamie Vardy] is very, very fast and he’s been in top form as well, scoring goals for Leicester. ”

“I think the defender slipped and he capitalised on that, broke through and showed great awareness to put the ball across for Raheem. ”

“I thought Raheem was another player today who never stopped. He had a great game.”

 

 

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has admitted that he is in a very difficult period of his career.

The winger feels that he failed to score in their opening eight top-flight games and he blames himself for not having enough impact on Chelsea team.

Hazard told GOAL:

“This is perhaps the most difficult period of my career. There are always ups and downs. I’m not certain what the problem is,”

“But we have to keep working hard to improve. It’s always good to spend time with the national team, and even more so when things aren’t going well for your club.”

“I know I can do better. I have to be able to help the team win.”

 

 

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