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According to Bild, Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Augsburg fullback, Abdul Rahman Baba.

Due to the fact that Filipe Luis has left Stamford Bridge, the Blues are urgently looking for his successor. The 21-year-old Rahman has been linked with Chelsea since a long time. Now, according to the German media, the fee for the Ghanaian has been agreed. The German club wanted £16 million for Rahman, while Chelsea have offered £17.7m. It’s an amount of money that Augsburg have not even expected.

What is more, Baba’s agent has revealed that his client would be delighted to play in the Premier League.

Baba’s agent, Sascha Empacher told Kicker:

‘’Chelsea made an attractive offer,’’

‘‘It is Baba’s dream to play for a top club. He would like to take this opportunity.’’

While Jose Mourinho asked about a possible arrival of a new left-back, answered very enigmatically:

“I don’t know. But we try. We don’t have, we have only one. We are trying.”

By now the information about the bid has not been confirmed by any of the two clubs. Also Rahman does not comment on this.

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Arsenal forward, Theo Walcott is convinced ,that Arsenal’s triumph at the Community Shield, would be strong a message to their Premier League rivals, especially to Chelsea.

Walcott who has signed his new four-year deal at Arsenal, hopes to celebrate the contract on Sunday, together with the Community Shield victor.

The English player is convinced that Sunday’s victory would be a strong message for the Premier League rivals, especially to Chelsea.

Arsenal forward has admitted also that the Community Shield clash is taken very seriously by Arsenal players and fans.

Walcott told Evening Standard:

“Some people will think it’s just another pre-season game but us players want to go out and win every game we can.”

“A lot of kids dream of playing at Wembley so you’ve always got to take it in, put 100 per cent in and I will, like all my team-mates will do too. We won’t want to let our fans down because they’re going to make the game special for us, I’m sure.”

”It’s important to actually put out a message to the Premier League that we’re ready this year, against the title champions. We did it last year against Manchester City so there’s no reason we can’t do it again.”

“It’s going to be very tight and I think both squads have improved. Chelsea will grow as well but I think the way that we ended the season, just the whole culture around the club now and everything about it, there’s just something special that will happen this year.”

 

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Chelsea defender, Branislav Ivanovic has urged Chelsea fans to be respectful of Petr Cech during Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Petr Cech is about to make his debut at Arsenal on Sunday. Former Chelsea goalkeeper will perform against the Blues on Sunday in the Community Shield match at Wembley.

Cech who spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge will have to face a really hard mental challenge on Sunday. Chelsea defender is aware of it, that is why he asked Chelsea fans to be respectful of Petr Cech. The Serbian player hopes that the Blues supporters will welcome Cech as he merits.

Ivanovic told Evening Standard:

”I hope they will give respect to him because he deserves it,”

”For 90 minutes the fans will support us for sure, they will be on our side. Before and after the game, I hope and I’m sure, they will give Petr respect.”

”Petr knows us very well and for him it will be much more difficult mentally to play against the club he loves,”

 

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Chelsea Ladies vice-captain Gilly Flaherty has revealed that the men’s captain, John Terry, saved the women’s side from crashing out of the game.

The Female Blues had their funding cut in 2009, prompting serious doubts over whether the team would continue to function.

However, after hearing of this predicament, Terry stepped in to help, and along with several teammates delved into his own pocket to help fund the Ladies revival.

The 34-year old was appointed, and still remains, the president of Chelsea Ladies, who on Saturday take on Notts County in the FA Women’s Cup Final, which, should they win, will be their first ever piece of silverware.

Despite success not arriving overly quickly, the Blues are now starting to invest heavily on the women’s team, as the popularity of the female game worldwide continues to grow.

Flaherty was still an Arsenal player when Terry volunteered to assist his female counterparts, but is fully aware of the contribution of the Premier League veteran:

“He got hold of some money and saved the women’s team,” Flaherty said.

Despite Terry being ridiculed multiple times throughout his career, Flaherty, who is also a defender, has revealed that the Ladies are simply proud of, and inspired by, their benefactor, and that trophy success is the only way that this favour can be repaid:

“He’s our president and if you want players from the men’s team to recognise us and appreciate what we do, I believe we have to be successful.

“Everyone at Arsenal knew about the Arsenal Ladies because we won more trophies than the Arsenal men’s team, and that’s what we have to instil.

“The mentality of Chelsea is that they’re winners. We need to bring success to this club to show we are good enough. It’s only a matter of time before we start bringing silverware to this club.

“They bend over backwards for us. We’ve got to thank our chairman, Bruce Buck. All they want, the people higher up, is trophies and for us to do well. That’s our responsibility.”

The 23-year old has also spoken of her excitement of the Final this Saturday, the first Women’s FA Cup Final to be held at Wembley.

“If you’d told me even 12 months ago that we’d be playing it [the Final] at Wembley, I’d have said ‘You’re mad,’ because I wouldn’t have thought it possible.

“It’s going to be a dream come true for a lot of people, but we want to make good memories of it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry has spoken of his excitement of going back to Wembley as his side prepare to face Arsenal in the Community Shield Final.

The Blues’ last trip to Wembley ended in League Cup success as they beat Arsenal’s near neighbours Tottenham last season, but Terry has said that being back at home is the defining factor.

Speaking to the FA website, the 34-year old said:

“I’m excited to go again.

“This is the start of the season, the chance to see new players and the fans are excited and ready to go again for a new campaign. 

“It [Wembley] is one of the best stadiums in the world. Since it has been built, we have had a very good record there, so I really hope that continues.

“It is a great pitch and I have great memories there from throughout my time at Chelsea.”

Terry has won four FA Cups at the national stadium in the last nine years at Stamford Bridge, and has said the magnitude of his side’s opponents just adds to his excitement as Sunday’s final nears:

“It’s another big game against a London rival and, for me, there is no better way to start the season.

“It is an opportunity to win a trophy very early on and no doubt Arsenal will be in the same frame of mind. It should be a good game.”

The game also offers a chance for Chelsea fans to see some of their new summer signings before they begin their Premier League defence next weekend, with Chelsea skipper Terry reportedly to come up against his old teammate Petr Cech, who moved to the Emirates earlier this summer.

However, Terry has said that the club’s new additions will only improve the quality in the team:

“We are happy with what we have done because we have had to strengthen as well – you can’t rest on your laurels, you have got to keep improving.

“Retaining the title is always more difficult but we are ready to fight and give it all again. 

“With other teams now being even more up for beating Chelsea, as the current Premier League champions, we need to be mentally and physically prepared.

“We have brought in Asmir [Begovic], who is a top-class goalkeeper. Having played against him for so long, and now seeing him day in, day out, I know how good he is. 

“Then, in [Radamel] Falcao, we have brought in one of the best strikers I played against last year, so we are very excited to have them both here.”

 

 

 

 

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has said that he believes his old club can beat Chelsea in the Community Shield Final at Wembley.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s tie, Merson also cast his opinions on the transfer business of both clubs so far this summer, in a Q&A-style interview.

How important is Sunday’s game for both sides?

“I don’t think it is if I am being honest.

“I say that because Arsenal slaughtered Manchester City last year, and it did not really make any difference as Arsenal made a terrible start and were never in the title race from pretty early on in the season.”

“I would say this game means more to Arsenal than it does to Chelsea and I think that when it is like that, the team it matters most to usually win. Chelsea will have been in America playing big games and I just think that Arsenal will be up for it more, as they were against City last year. And when that happens, that team usually win, so I am just going to go for an Arsenal victory.

“However, I would be shocked if Arsenal finish above Chelsea come the end of the season.”

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Mertesacker moved to the Emirates from German side Werder Bremen

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has said that his side must take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book regarding consistency next season.

The German was a key part of the Gunners defence last season, but his side could only finish third. However, they won the FA Cup for the second consecutive season.

Arsenal lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and held the Blues to a 0-0 draw at home last season, but in an interview with Arsenal’s official website, Mertesacker said that consistency was the key as his side prepare to take on their London rivals in the Community Shield Final at Wembley.

Mertesacker said:  “They [Chelsea] played really well last season, they were really consistent and always defended well from the front.

“I think if we can learn something from Chelsea, it’s to be consistent over the whole season.

“You need to be consistent, especially in the league. In the cup, you can win it with six straight victories, which we managed to do twice.

“The hunger is still there to win a cup and to stay cup winners. The consistency over the whole season is vital. It’s what everyone wants, the players and the fans.”

However, the 30-year old said that the Gunners felt no pressure as they prepared to return to Wembley despite the success of their opponents:

“We haven’t played Chelsea at Wembley in such a situation for a long time.

“When we’ve headed to Wembley in the past, it’s generally either been for a semi-final or a final. There’s always been that special tension and we could always handle that pressure. Even at 2-0 down, we always managed to deal with different situations.”

 

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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho’s words in the press conference ahead of Community Shields game.

The manager stated that the post USA tour fatigue won’t be a problem:

“All good. We are fine. Jet lag is minimal, the travelling was very short, it was a very good pre-season in terms of travelling. We have been in London since Wednesday morning, no problem”.

Diego Costa felt “a little thing on his hamstring” during last friendly match with Barcelona on Tuesday night, but Mourinho states he’s not concerned about this issue:

“[We have] three top strikers. If one is injured, we have two. No concerns, no protections [for Diego Costa]. It’s a position where we’re very strong. I’m not worried, match after match, and we have a fantastic group of strikers so no problem“.

After Filipe Luis’ return to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea might need a new left-back:

We have only one, we are trying.

Mourinho, anyway, refused to comment reports about Everton’s defender John Stones:

‘I don’t speak about players from other clubs, especially now that competition starts. It starts for us and Arsenal now, and next week for everyone”.

The manager then discussed the importance of the Community Shield trohpy:

I think it’s in between. It’s not a friendly like against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, or Arsenal against Wolfsburg. It’s more than that but less than a Premier League match. We lost against Red Bulls and we’re not happy, so it’s normal we always try to play for a result and the Community Shield has a motivation different from a friendly or summer tournament. It’s the start of competition“.

When asked about his score against Wenger – he’s never lost against the French manager- he claimed:

I just want my club to get the best possible results. Arsenal doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter the manager, I just want my club to get the best possible results, that’s the only thing that matters.

“In football you can win or lose, or draw, and in this case you have to be ready for everything. I never made my victories over Arsenal an explosion of happiness or special pride. I do not make a drama if one day we lose”.

Mourinho also spoke about Arsenal‘s role in the title race in the forthcoming season:

I always think they are [in the race for the title]. They have very good squads. In this second period in England, immediately when I arrived two years ago I looked at them as a very good squad with very good players. I think it’s more of the same. They’re a top squad.

On Petr Cech’s move to London’s rivals, he stated:

I think they always had very good goalkeepers, now they have one more, but I never felt weaknesses in their goalkeepers.

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