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Chelsea FC announced tonight that Ramires signed a new contract with the club until 2019.

The Brazilian midefielder has made 241 appearances since he joined the club in 2010 and claims to be very happy for his new deal with the Blues:

“My family and I are very happy here in London and in the past five years the club has lifted every major trophy. I hope to be an important part of many more successes in the next four years.”

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Diego Costa will be fit for Chelsea’s crucial match against Liverpool on Saturday after sustaining an injury to his ribs in Chelsea’s League Cup exit to Stoke City on Tuesday, according to reports.

In what will be of immense relief to Chelsea fans, Diego Costa is likely to recover from the knock he suffered at the hands of Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and play in the game against Jurgen Klopp’s side which some have suggested could be Jose Mourinho’s last as Chelsea boss should the Blues lose.

Costa was taken to hospital after being substituted in the 32nd minute and Mourinho claimed afterwards that he didn’t know if the Spain forward would be able to play against Liverpool. Costa. however, has opted to play through the pain barrier in order to help Chelsea turn their currently dreadful season around.

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Edinson Cavani has decided to pursue a move to Chelsea over one to Arsenal, according to reports in the English and Spanish press this morning. 

Cavani has been a long term target for both clubs and almost signed for the Blues in 2013 before PSG offered Napoli more money. Arsene Wenger has been trying to tempt the Ligue 1 champions with selling the Uruguay international ever since but has been unwilling anything close to the asking price.

Cavani, 28, recently told PSG that he wants to leave and wants his next club to be an English one. Both Chelsea and Arsenal would take him as both are currently over reliant on first choice centre-forwards in Diego Costa and Olivier Giroud respectively. Costa suffered an injury to the ribs in Chelsea League Cup exit to Stoke City on Tuesday and was taken to hospital for scans.

As neither Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao appear capable of adequately replacing Costa Chelsea might be forced to pursue the signing of Cavani in January. PSG’s asking price is reportedly £36 million.

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Pedro regrets moving to Chelsea and has told friends, including Cesc Fabregas, that he wants to move back to former club Barcelona, according to reports in Spain this morning.

Pedro joined the Premiership champions towards the end pf thew last transfer window turning down Manchester United who he had appeared set to join days earlier.

The 28-year-old has struggled since the move despite scoring one and setting up another on his debut- the 3-2 win away at West Bromwich Albion- and according to Spanish news site Fichajes would take the chance to return to his hometown club where he won three European Cups should it arise.

As he was forced out of the Barcelona first team, where he was once a regular member, by the signing in 2014 of Luis Suarez it appears unlikely that he will get the chance to move back to the Catalan giants.

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has suggested that Ivanovic’s injury has a positive effect on Chelsea’s defence as they seem to play better without the Serbian defender.

Ivanovic has been absent from Chelsea’s last three games due to a hamstring problem and according to the latest information will return at the end of next month.

Quite unexpectedly former striker suggested that the lack of Ivanovic in the team has a positive effect on the Blues.

Cascarino told talkSPORT:

”Ivanovic’s form was alarming, it wasn’t just that he was indifferent.”

“”Then Jose defended him, alongside [Cesc] Fabregas, and yet we’re thinking, ‘really Jose’?”

”You’re the guy who sees everything first and you can’t see Ivanovic has been that bad that your team look better when he got injured, because it looked like they were a bit more solid.”

 

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Legendary Arsenal player Thierry Henry suggested that Chelsea players are disillusioned by Mourinho.Former striker has particularly pointed out, that Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic have special reasons to be dissatisfied.

Henry told Sky Sports :

“I see a team that is not buying into what Mourinho wants any more. Hazard and Nemanja Matic for example. Matic was substituted against Southampton then went to play for Serbia and got sent-off. He then got sent-off again at West Ham. Whether that was right or wrong, you can tell they are all on edge,”

“The body language of Hazard suggests that he doesn’t want to play in the same way. Maybe Mourinho has to deal with his main players not accepting the way he likes to play.”

“It’s very demanding for Hazard to track back, tuck in and play on the counter. Mourinho has shown he’s been very successful winning games that way but when you win the league and come back the year after you need to do more.”

However former Arsenal player is convinced that whatever is happening at Chelsea now and no matter what kind of difficulties the team is facing, Jose Mourinho should not be sacked as he has proven time and time again that he is a winner and among the best managers in the world.

“You have to give him the respect about what he’s achieved in the game. People forget that he won the treble with Inter Milan. Wherever he’s been, he’s won things. This is one of the first times he’s had to deal with a crisis at a club. I think he’s smart enough to deal with it. He has the team and the experience to recover. Let’s not forget what he’s achieved at Porto, at Inter Milan, at Real Madrid. It’s amazing,”

 

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has no doubt that Jose Mourinho is able to turn things around at Stamford Bridge but he must be given time.

Even if the Blues have lost five of their opening ten league games and yesterday they were eliminated from the Capital One Cup on penalties to Stoke City, Cudicini is convinced that the Special One is still able to solve the situation at Stamford Bridge.

Cudicini told talkSPORT:

“It is a situation the manager has never experienced before but we know how these big managers respond to big challenges,”

“He is a manager with great experience and they have players with great experience so I am sure they will be able to turn it around.”

“The team is putting in very good performances, they are working hard, they just need to turn the corner. You will be able to do that with a good result maybe against a very good team or in an important game. They just need to turn that corner because the will to do that is there.”

“The results are not great at the moment but he deserves time to turn things around.”

“I am positive that they will turn this around and start climbing the table,”

 

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Chelsea’s striker Loic Remy insists that Jose Mourinho still has the backing of the dressing room. The French player has also urged his team to finish in the Premier League top four despite a continuous series of surprising defeats.

Remy told Chelsea TV:

‘It does look and feel like, after losing on penalties, that things aren’t going our way,’’

‘‘But when you know the quality of the group and the fact we were champions last season, which was not by chance, the quality is still here.”

‘‘The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well. I’m sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner.’’

“I’m really sure that Saturday will be a big game, but we can still be in the top four of the League if we win games,”

Speaking about Jose Mourinho, Chelsea striker said:

“It’s important for him to stay and we don’t want to give up,”

“We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don’t want him to leave. I think all the players don’t want that.”

 

 

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During the post-match press conference Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended his players and criticised the way the media have treated the Blues in the recent days.

Chelsea have lost against Stoke in the Capital One Cup fourth round after the 5-4 penalty shootout. After the game, the Portuguese coach has accused media of creating a horrible atmosphere before the gamewhich had an effect on his players.

Mourinho said:

”I cannot blame anyone, they gave everything and we should be 3/4-0 in the first half”

”Last year we won here 2-0 shooting twice on goal”

”Maybe the only ones I can blame are the players who told me they didn’t want to take the penalty, but no… I cannot blame anyone”

”My situation is fantastic”

”The players are with me, they don’t play against me”

‘What the players did tonight is face some people that write and speak, and said: ‘You are stupid” ”

”But I guess what some press write and pundits say it’s very bad for them, not for me… But for them, because it’s not true”

”If they would play against me it were fantastic for me because I know they play against me, but this is not the case”

“If anyone saw the second half the other day, playing with 10 men the way they did, it’s a lack of respect for the players.”

”You can see the attitude they have on the pitch, even on Saturday, playing with 10 men, they gave everything”

“Maybe they think my players are like them when they were players. My players don’t do that, they tried everything”

”Results are important, we all say that, also me, but 4months ago when I won the Premier League people where saying results are not everything, now it’s the only thing that matters: it’s a contradiction”

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According to Sky Sport, Diego Costa has been taken to hospital with a rib injury suffered in Chelsea’s Capital One Cup match against Stoke.

Chelsea striker Costa was substituted before half-time as he was forced from the field with a rib injury following a challenge by Charlie Adam.

The Spaniard initially returned to the pitch after receiving treatment, but after a few minutes Loic Remy had to substitute him.

During the post-match press conference Jose Mourinho was asked about the reason of Costa’s injury. The Special One answered ironically ” I guess he punched himself”.

 

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