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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard gave an interview in which he described his path from childhood fascination with football to the current professional game at the Blues.

Hazard gave an interview to Chelsea official website to speak about this :

What age were you when you first started playing?

I was around four. I started playing at home, in the garden, and I tried to learn some skills from watching videos at a very early age.

At what age did you master keepy-uppies?

I was probably six or seven when I first started trying to do them but obviously at first, and when you are young, it’s difficult. I started trying to do them with one bounce in between each volley and I managed to do quite a lot, and then I gradually managed to build it up, so that was a good way to learn.

When did you start playing matches?

When I was five I played for a team in my village and that was my first team. My godfather was the manager and I joined them but I was the youngest player in the whole team.

What particular skill did you work on most as a kid?

The nutmeg, which is known as panna in French, and also another skill which Zidane used to do when he would spin on the ball. I still like the nutmeg, Oscar did three at Tottenham on Sunday, it’s a good skill to use.

Outside Chelsea, who are the most skilful players you have played with or against?

I played with Gervinho at Lille, he had a lot of skill and he was very quick as well. In the national team we have a lot of them: Yannick Carrasco, a young player at Atletico Madrid, Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas, they are all very good and like to show their skills in matches.

What is the best piece of skill you’ve ever seen during a match?

It was by Robinho for Brazil against Italy, I think it was in a friendly and the ball came to him on the touchline and he did some step-overs and sent the defenders the wrong way. Another Robinho one was when he looked like he was going to cross the ball from out wide and then scored with a shot. I can’t remember who it was against but it was fantastic.

What’s the best piece of skill you’ve produced in a game?

When I was in France playing for Lille against Monaco, I was on the wing and beat a few defenders with some skills. Against Southampton at home last season I did two nutmegs. In my first season against West Ham I scored a good goal and in the same game there was another piece of skill I did. I try to do something in every match. Also at Lille I scored a left-footed goal from about 35 yards against Marseille (below).

How does it feel when something you’ve worked on in training comes off in a game?

Training is completely different to a match because you can try something and if it doesn’t work there is no problem, but when you practice something in training and then it works in a game it’s a sensational feeling. You know that you’ve worked hard on the training pitch and it’s paid off.

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Jeremy Boga insists he has no regrets about Chelsea despite having limited chances to play for the Premiership champions.

Boga, 18, currently on loan at Stade Rennes, joined the club in 2008 from a youth academy in France when a number of clubs were interested in him, including French giants Marseille.

He made his debut in the squad in the 3-1 win over Sunderland last season but didn’t get on the pitch.

He is quoted in the French media as saying this:

“Chelsea came to see me during a tournament in Marseille.

“They had head about me and they came for the final, I had a good match and ended up as player of the tournament.

“OM followed me as well, but during this time, we weren’t interested, neither my family nor me.

“I think that Chelsea was the best choice I could have made.”

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Chelsea will beat Manchester City and Arsenal for Portugal international Nelson Semado, according to sources in Portugal. 

ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that Chelsea were interested in the Benfica right-back, and it now appears they are in pole position to sign him ahead of their Premiership rivals.

Chelsea are in the market for a right-back due to their terrible defensive showing this season, as well as the imminent departure of Branislav Ivanovic in the summer in whom Inter Milan are very interested. Ivanovic’s form this season has not been good with the exception of an improved showing against Spurs on Sunday.

Chelsea have for some time seen this summer as the time the Serb will leave Stamford Bridge- he is out of contract at the end of this season and not likely to be offered a new one- and think Semado is the long term replacement in that position.

The Premiership champions may well bring forward their attempts to sign the 22-year-old to January as they now find themselves in a desperate fight for the fourth and final Champions League place. Reports in Semado’s home country suggest they will get their man for £20 million.

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Chelsea are likely to fail in their bid to sign Jamie Vardy as the striker has begun negotiations with Leicester City over a new contract. 

Vardy has been in superb form this season and recently broke the record for scoring in consecutive games- he did so for the 11th time against Manchester United on Saturday- and has taken the Foxes to 2nd in the Premiership table, only behind Manchester City on goal difference.

His form has been such that rumours are now abound that the country’s top clubs will seek to sign him with a bidding war possibly taking place in the upcoming January transfer market. ChelseaNews24 recently reported that Chelsea were one of those clubs, seeing Vardy as a potential answer to their travails in front of goal this season.

Hopes that Vardy could be persuaded to bring his scoring feats to Stamford Bridge have been dahsed, however, by reports that he not only wishes to see the season out with Leicester but that he will be offered a new, improved deal to remain there for the rest of his career. Vardy signed a four-year deal in 2014 and the Foxes are likely to improve his current wage package to ensure he is tempted by west London or anywhere else.

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Chelsea are reportedly warring with other clubs to sign Benfica defender Nelson Semedo. 

Portuguese publication O Jogo have said that Arsenal are also interested in the 22-year old.

Semedo, who only broke into the Benfica side in the summer, has established a place in the starting XI and was selected for the Portuguese national side for the first time in October.

Although Manchester City and the two Milan sides have also shown interest in Semedo, it is reported in the London Evening Standard that the Blues and the Gunners are to put in bids for the youngster in the January transfer window.

It is unclear how much these bids will amount to.

 

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CAHILL

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has signed a new four-year deal at the club.

The deal keeps him at the club until 2021, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.

Cahill has made nearly 200 appearances in a Chelsea shirt since joining from Bolton in 2012.

“I have achieved a lot here and I hope I can keep on learning, helping the team and lifting trophies over the next four years,” Cahill said.

I’m really pleased to commit my future to Chelsea and it’s great the club has put their faith in me.”

The England international, who has 40 caps for his country, has made 10 appearances for Chelsea this season and has been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the past two seasons.

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New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga was reported as a target of many Premier League clubs, among those, Leicester City, Stoke City and Chelsea:

“Interest from Chelsea?” said the USA international to Empire of Soccer.

“It’s definitely been a good year for me in general, playing a lot of minutes, and trying to establish myself as a professional.

“But I don’t know anything about that”.

 

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DIEGO COSTA
Chelsea striker Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Atletico Madrid are ready to pay Diego Costa‘s release clause to get him back to Vicente Calderón.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in summer 2014 and had a stunning first season at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to secure the title with 20 goals, but now he is struggling and his nervous reaction toward Mourinho ( he threw his bib at him) after not being played against Spurs last Sunday might mean something has broken for him.

Atletico are ready to bid again on him after he helped them to win La Liga and reach the Champions League finale in 2013-2014.

It would be the second return to the Rojiblancos after the one of Filipe Luis last summer.

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EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has lauded the performance of teammate Eden Hazard in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

Hazard played the full game as the Blues remained unbeaten in their last three games, without conceding a goal.

And Zouma, who also played the 90 minutes at White Hart Lane, has praised the Belgian for his efforts on Sunday:

“Eden played amazingly well,” Zouma told the club’s website.

He had some chances to score even though he is smaller than the defenders.

“He had a header and then a good shot in the second half. He could have scored but he was unlucky. For me he was the man of the match.”

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Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko grabbed the assist as England edged past Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in their Euro 2017 qualifier.

In the Lionesses’ first home game since their third-place finish at the Women’s World Cup in the summer, Aluko swung in a pinpoint cross which was headed in by Manchester City’s Jill Scott.

The goal somewhat saved England’s blushes however, with the Bosnians holding their own well throughout the match despite being ranked 72nd in the world, 67 places behind England.

However, the hosts dominated throughout in front of just over 13,000 fans at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate, spending much of their time in their opponent’s half.

Fellow Chelsea striker Gemma Davison also played, and impressed as she often looked dangerous in the final third.

The win means Mark Sampson’s side sit second in Group 7, facing current leaders Belgium in April.

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