Chelsea players have just finished their last training after which they will fly to New York. The Blues will play against New York Red Bulls on 23rd July.
Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Chelsea’s rivals that Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas will be in even better shape for the coming season.
Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that in his opinion Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are able to take their game on to another much higher level for the upcoming season.
Azpilicueta told Sport Standard :
“We know their quality and despite what they did last season, they want to do better. They are competitive and have a winning mentality. They will not just settle for what they did before and will want to do more. Last season was amazing but they are looking to go even further.
“Should that worry the other teams? Yes. What they do is key for us. The amount of goals and assists these two players give us make the difference. The numbers in their first season was amazing and can be again.”
“Diego is looking sharper than ever. He has been working on this and his fitness and it is already showing in training. His aim is to be 100 per cent all season, from the start to the end.”
During the last season Diego Costa has scored 21 goals and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. While Cesc Fabregas can boast of 23 assists.
Former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David Jones believes that Arsenal have made a mistake signing Petr Cech from Chelsea.
David Jones is convinced that Arsenal should opted for Asmir Begovic instead of Petr Cech. According to the former goalkeeper words, the Czech goalkeeper will not come back to his top form at the Emirates.
What is more Jones has congratulated Chelsea on their clever decision. In his opinion the Blues have made a masterstroke, selling Cech for £11m and signing Begovic just for £8m.
David Jones told the Mirror :
“Petr Cech is a very good goalkeeper but he’s not at his best.”
“At 33 years of age, there’s nothing to say he can’t get back to the form of Petr Cech at his best though.”
“If he does then Arsenal still have one hell of a goalkeeper but Chelsea still get £11m for a 33-year-old with one year left on his contract.”
“They have gone out and bought Asmir Begovic, who was sought after by many big clubs and in the last two or three years, Begovic has been up there as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
“(Begovic has) longevity because of his age, and, alongside Thibaut Courtois, you’ve got two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with 15-plus years ahead of them.
“For sure, If I was an Arsenal fan I would have been happier to have signed Begovic – £8m for Begovic and £11m for Cech.”
The Serbian Nemanja Matic has criticised his coach Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal few weeks ago.
Matic thinks Cech could be a very important key in Arsenal next season to conquest the Premier League.
Cech arrived to Arsenal after signing a deal of 4 years where he will gain £11million pound where he will start a new adventure trying to beat his ex- team also.
Matic : “Petr is a great guy and a great keeper, It is going to be a very important signing for them” said the Serbian “”But I am not happy because of that. We know that he is very professional. He is one of the best keepers and hopefully this season does not perform as he did in the last 11 years.”
It will be an important challenge as Cech is staying in London, the two teams will effort every minute of their matches, and when Cech will comeback to the grass of Chelsea’s stadium it might be a standing ovation for him
The youngster defender of Everton, John Stones would like to join Chelsea next season, The Sun said.
The Blues have tried to put a bid of £20 million to aquire the prestigious player, but Everton does not want sell him so easy, as he is considered very important in the initial elevens of the team, so Chelsea needs raising up the bid.
In fact, according from the same newspaper, The Blues are thinking on doing a second offer of £25 million and see if Everton president accept the offer or not.
John Stones moved to Everton two years ago and now after years of struggles has his own position in the National team of Roy Hodgson; position which makes him a pillar in the middle of the defense.
The reason of his desire on leaving Everton might be the poor results of his actual team which struggled in 11° position last year, the best one in last decade. The result is a negative performance overall.
His possible aquire might be a huge support alongside John Terry, togheter would be an important key of success in the upcoming season.
The ex-agent of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has said that he and his old client have spoken to Chelsea about a possible move to Stamford Bridge after weeks of speculation.
Witsel has constantly been linked with a move away from Russia and ChelseaNews24 reported last week that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will fly to St Petersburg and oversee the completion of the deal, such is the club’s resolve to sign the midfielder.
Francesco Ligenti, who until recently represented Witsel, has claimed that rumours of his former client have spoken to Chelsea this summer.
He is quoted as saying:
“The player wants to play in the Champions League.
“Chelsea? Here there have been some contacts, we will see if it happens.”
The Belgian has been given a price tag of roughly £29 million.
Chelsea will make a bid of £14 million for Ghana international Baba Rahman after selling Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid.
The Premiership champions are seeking to bolster their defence and have been linked with a number of defenders in recent days and it appears that they are homing in on the Augsberg full-back despite competition from Juventus and Roma.
Rahman, 21, is supposedly in favour of a move to England, meaning that the Blues will most likely have to beat competition from Arsenal and Manchester City, both of whom have expressed interest.
Augsberg are, according to reports in Germany, resigned to losing Rahman but will hold out for a fee of £25 million.
Loic Remy posted this photo on Instagram showing himself with other members of the team- Thibaus Courtois, Eden Hazard, Kurt Zouma, Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta- eating dinner after a day of training. It appears that Remy will be staying at Chelsea after much speculation that he will make way for another striker this transfer market.
Chelsea will make John Stones the most expensive defender in British football when they return with a new offer for the Everton defender.
The Merseysiders have already turned down a bid in excess of £25 million from Chelsea last week, and the champions are willing to increase their bid for the 21-year-old to over £30 million meaning that they would be breaking the record set by Manchester United when they bought Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United in 2002.
Stones is thought of as potential long term replacement for John Terry by some, and a defensive partner for Chelsea’s captain by others, but Everton have so far insisted that he is not for sale.
Ex Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech gave an exclusive interview to The Times, where he spoke about this first month at Arsenal:
“What I’ve found is a group of players who work very hard and are focused on what they are doing on the pitch to get ready. I’ve found the team spirit quite extraordinary. Everybody pulls in the same direction, which is why I believe we will have a successful season. If you have a game with two big teams it’s decided by the little details,” said the Blues legend.
“We have a good balance. We have players with a lot of experience, who have won the World Cup for example, and young players who want to prove their point and play as much as possible. We have experienced players and hungry players so that balance gives us an advantage.
Cech will face his former team in ten days, in the Community Shield game and, as a winner, he hopes to get the trophy in North London:
“I hope to be on the winning side again, it’s as simple as that. I play football to win games and obviously I will be facing Chelsea soon, so I want to beat them. There are a lot of things in common between the two clubs.
“Anything can happen here, but I have now have a fresh start to compete for my place. It’s up to me how well I do”.