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Plans to extend Stamford Bridge have gathered pace today as the club look to increase the attendance from 41,798 to 60,000.

According to reports, the club expect to host an exhibition of the expansion plans next week, with building work set to take around three years to complete.

It is believed that the Blues are set to strike an agreement with the FA, which would see Chelsea play their football at Wembley, which is just 10 miles from Stamford Bridge, whilst the building works are ongoing.

There are however restrictions on the number of events allowed to be hosted at Wembley while at its full capacity but these are null and void if attendance is kept at no more than 50,800 per match.

Chelsea originally unveiled their construction plans at a consultation meeting in June, with Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron commissioned by Blues owner Roman Abramovich to transform the existing stadium into a £500million “cathedral of sport”.

No building work can take place without the club first obtaining planning permission and then the consent of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), who own the freehold of the site, thus, further opportunities for the CPO and residents to attend the exhibition proposals have been scheduled to start from Tuesday at the SW6 venue, while a construction start date of May 2017 has been estimated.

Chelsea have been based at Stamford Bridge since the early 1900’s, and the last time construction work took place at the ground was in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mancester City Ladies captain Steph Houghton has admitted that Chelsea may have already won the WSL title race.

The Chelsea Ladies put themselves three points clear at the summit after a 0-2 win at title rivals Arsenal, which leaves them in good stead with just three games to play.

Houghton, who scored both her side’s goals in a 2-2 draw with Notts County on Sunday, has said that despite being only five points adrift and with a game in hand, the WSL title is now Chelsea’s to lose. However, the City defender has not given up hope:

“Chelsea are the favourites and it’s in their hands,” Houghton told the BBC’s Women’s Football Show.

“Every club will be looking to fight to the end. We have four games to go and every one of them at home. We’ve just got to be in there with a shout and hopefully perform as well as we have done (in previous games).”

Arsenal Ladies goalkeeper Emma Bryne, who watched her side’s defeat to the Blues from the bench, has also conceded that Sunday’s defeat realistically spelled the end to the Gunners’ title hopes, and at the same time has said that the win practically assures that their London neighbours will lift the title this season:

“The game was really crucial for us, I believe we really needed to win it,” Byrne said.

“We will keep going, we are in it mathematically and will keep going until the end.”

 

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Daily Mail’s journalist Nick Harris has prepared a list of the worst transfers in the history of Chelsea.

1. Slobodan Rajkovic – £3.8m

He joined Chelsea in 2005 from OFK Belgrade. The Blues never acquired a work permit for him so he never made a debut at Chelsea.

2. Jiri Jarosik – £3m

Arrived to Chelsea from CSK Moscow. At the beginning Mourinho was satisfied with his performances,but then he signed Micheal Essien. So that Jarosik has been loaned to Birmingham before joining Celtic on permanent deal.

3. Mateja Kezman – £5.5m

He joined Chelsea in 2005 from PSV. In 2004 he was called Dutch Footballer of the Year as he scored 105 goals in 122 performances. But since he joined Chelsea scored only four goals.

4. Asier del Horno – £8m

The Spanish defender who spent only one season at Stamford Bridge. He made only 26 appearances for the Blues. He will be remember probably only because of the red-card received for a faul on Lionel Messi.

5. Khalid Boulahrouz – £9m

Joined Chelsea from Hamburg. From the very beginning of his stay at Stamford Bridge was non-stop injured.

6. Yuri Zhirkov – £18m

He was signed on a special request of Roman Abromovich but he failed to impress everybody.

7. Marko Marin – £7m

Joined Chelsea in 2012 from Werder Bremen. He made six league appearances in three years which means, that he cost more than £1m per each Chelsea league game.

8. Adrian Mutu – £15.8m

Joined Chelsea from Parma. He will be remember for a cocaine scandal and a drugs ban.

9. Juan Veron – £15m

Called rhe worst pound-for-pound purchase in the Abramovich era. He made seven appearances during his four years at Stamford Bridge.

10. Juan Cuadrado – £25m

Chelsea’s recent flop. Joined the Blues last summer from Fiorentina. He failed to make any real impact on the Premier League.

11. Andriy Shevchenko – £30m

12. Fernando Torres – £50m
After Angel di Maria, Torres remains the most expensive player ever bought by an English club. He scored 20 goals during his four year stay at Stamford Bridge.

 

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Marko Marin has joined Trabzonspor on season long deal from Chelsea.

Chelsea winger Marko Marin has moved to Tranbzonspor on a season long loan with the option of a permanent transfer.

Marin joined Chelsea in 2012 from Werder Bremen. However, he failed to secure regular first team place at Chelsea. That is why he was loaned out various time. He played at Sevilla as well as Fiorentina and Anderlecht but he made just 24 appearances in two years and none at the Serie A club.

During his stay at Stamford Bridge, Marin made 16 appearances and scored one goal.

 

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Juan Cuadrado has joined Juventus on a season long deal from Chelsea.

Chelsea winger has undergo his medical at Juventus today. Cuadrado has joined the Old Lady on a season long deal

Juventus issued a special statement about the transfer on their official website :

“Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Juan Cuadrado has agreed terms on a season-long loan deal from English Premier League side Chelsea,”

In his first words as a Juventus player, Cuadrado said :

‘We all know that Juve is a great club, among the best teams in Europe,”

“I hope I can give Juventus my best, 100 per cent. I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome from the fans in Italy but they have always welcomed me with open arms and that makes me very happy.”

“The fans’ support will give me further motivation to do well.”

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During his latest press conference, Everton coach Roberto Martinez has refused to answer questions about the potential John Stones transfer to Chelsea.

Chelsea have already made three bids for the English defender and all of them had been rejected by coach Martinez. However, according to the rumours, Stones is considering formally asking to leave Everton in order to join the Blues.

During his press conference before the match against Barnsley at the Capital One Cup, Martinez refused to answer questions about Stones future. He said only a few enigmatic words.

Martinez said :

”There is nothing to comment on that.”

“Once more, it is always the same question and always the same answer,”

“The only thing that matters now is the game we have in front of us. There is nothing to announce or discuss.”

“I know it is your job to keep asking the same question and unfortunately it is my job in this case to always give you the same answer.”

 

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West Bromwich Albion forward Salomon Rondon has praised Chelsea captain John Terry calling him on of the best defenders in the world.

Chelsea won 3-2 against West Bromwich Albion last Sunday. The victory, which was very important for the Blues and three points, that team deservedly won.

However, once again more than on Chelsea’s victory, everyone focused on John Terry. Chelsea captain received a red card in the second half of the game and once again everybody took is a sign, that his career at Chelsea comes to an end.

That is why, West Brom forward Rondon has decided to support the Chelsea captain, saying :

“It is very complicated playing against him. He is a world-class defender and all of the world knows how he plays. It is a question of identifying his weak points and trying to exploit them.”

However, Rondon admitted, that referee Mark Clattenburg was right to send Terry off after committing a foul on him:

“Was it a red? For me, yes. He pulled my shirt and I would have got the ball if he had not.”

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Former Tottenham player Jermaine Jenas has revealed, that Luca Modric was determined to join Chelsea before Real Madrid in the summer of 2012.

Jenas recalls that in 2011 Chelsea made a £40 million bid for Modric but Tottenham have rejected the offer even if the player was determined to join the Blues. Modric remained in the team for one more season and then joined Real Madrid.

In his column at Yahoo, Jenas wrote, that Modric ”had his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge”.

Jenas’s comment of this kind appeared in relation to the never-ending saga concerning  John Stones transfer to Chelsea. Former Tottenham player hopes, that even if Stones will not join the Blues, he will be still playing on his best level at Everton.

Jenas wrote :

“It reminds of when Chelsea made repeated bids for a team-mate of mine at Tottenham, Luka Modric.”

“He was adamant that he wanted to go, but after Daniel Levy refused to sell him he got over it very quickly and it didn’t affect his form at all.”

“He remained professional, stayed the whole season and played a key role – finally getting his move to Real Madrid the following year.”

“But it takes a certain type of person to be able to do that, and it’s also a risk. You’re relying on making it through that season unscathed and maintaining your form.”

 

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According to Metro, Chelsea have begun negotiations to sign Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Ezequiel Garay.

The newspaper claims, that Garay has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and now the speculations may come true as Jose Mourinho personally requested the opportunity to make a move for him.

If Chelsea fail to land John Stones from Everton, Zenit St Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay could be an alternative.

The Argentinian player is keen to leave his current club Zenit St Petersburg and according to the latest news, Chelsea have join the race to sign him. Also AS Roma and Valencia are monitoring his situation but according to Sky Sports Italia, Chelsea is in pole to sign the centre-back.

Garay was a pillar of the Argentine national team during the Copa America in Chile.

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