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West Ham United should complete the signing of Danilo D’Ambrosio from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the next few days after a deal to buy him was reportedly commissioned by the Hammers’ hierarchy.

D’Ambrosio, 26, is a highly versatile full-back capable of playing on either wing and is as good going forward as he is at the back. His agent is believed to flying into London this afternoon in order to negotiate personal terms with the club. No agreement on the fee between West Ham United and Inter has been confirmed

The Italian is said to be looking for an assured first team place, as well as the challenge of a new league, both of which West Ham are willing to give him.

He played 23 times for Inter last season.

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Domonic Solanke has become the latest Chelsea youngster to join Dutch feeder club Vitesse Arnhem, the Eredivise side has announced on its official Twitter account. 

The move may come as a surprise to most Blues fans as it appeared Solanke, one of the brightest prospects to come out of the club’s academy, was going to be given a chance in the first team this season.

Manager Jose Mourinho was even quoted at the end of last season saying it would be a “mistake” to let Solanke go, but Vitesse Arnhem have confirmed the deal on Twitter, saying:

“Dominic Solanke will be training with Vitesse from Tuesday on.

“The attacker has a fine reputation as a proven goalscorer and represented England at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 .level.

“Club and player hope to agree terms shortly.”

He will be the fifth Chelsea player to join Vitesse on a short term basis

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Jose Mourinho has spoken candidly about his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and how his first spell as manager ended. 

Mourinho became Chelsea manager in 2004 when he left Porto having just won the Champions League. His first two seasons at Stamford Bridge were very successful as the club won two league titles and a league cup.

Relations began to sour midway through the next campaign, perhaps down to the owner’s reported insistence on signings that Mourinho didn’t want, such as Andriy Shevchenko, but made all the worse by Chelsea relinquishing the title to Manchester United.

After over a year of intense speculation, Mourinho left by mutual consent in September 2007 and replaced by Avram Grant.  After another season of rumours in 2013 he returned to the club after leaving Real Madrid in similar circumstances. He is now about to begin his third season since, his sixth in total as Chelsea boss, and is seeking to defend the Premiership title he and the club won last campaign.

He spoke to Sky Sports about his previous tenure and claims that his personal relationship with Abramovich was not the problem, but rather how best to strengthen the team.

“In my first period, my personal relationship with Abramovich was very good but professionally we had some interferences and a bit of a disagreement with some ideas,” the Portuguese is quoted as saying.

He continued:

“In this moment we don’t have this problem. When I left Real Madrid to come here, Mr Abramovich asked me to fight for titles.

“In my first season we were almost there, in my second season we did it and in my third season if you are close, you can always do it.”

Chelsea play their final pre-season game on Wednesday against Serie A side Fiorentina before the Premiership season begins at home to Swansea City on Saturday.

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Former Tottenham striker, Gary Lineker is convinced that Chelsea are able to retain the title. In his opinion, Arsenal and Manchester City are the only teams that could threaten the Blues.

Lineker hopes that the fight for the Premier League trophy will be long and unpredictable. However, former Tottenham striker ,fears that will not happen if Chelsea will start the season similar as last year. During the last campaign the Blues were unbeaten up to  the 15th game of the Premier League.

Linker said :

“You’d have to say Chelsea are very strong favourites for the title; they’ve added to their squad, they were comfortable last season so there has to be quite a big turnaround for another club to challenge them,”

“Obviously the other clubs are making additions and they desperately need it. But it often takes time when you’re bringing in lots of different faces to find the balance to your side.”

“It takes new players a bit of time to get themselves accustomed to playing in the Premier League, especially the foreign players. We can only have a really great season and much more competitive than last year if Chelsea don’t get off to a brilliant start as they did last year.”

“I’ll be very surprised if it’s not Chelsea first and then a battle for second, third and fourth between Arsenal, Manchester United and City. I expect United to be stronger this season but Arsenal could actually be Chelsea’s most likely challengers.”

“I quite admire the fact City have faith in Manuel Pellegrini. I thought tactically on occasions, particularly against strong teams last year, he played naively. Against Barcelona, or one or two of the other big sides, to play sort of two wide men, two up front and then just two in midfield meant they just got overran. He seems a real gent and, obviously, he’s had a lot of success and they won the League the year before so you’ve got to give the fellow another chance. Hopefully, he’ll reward them and they’ll push Chelsea close. But this depends on City bringing two or three more yet to really push Chelsea again.”

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp is convinced that Chelsea title defence will depend on Costa’s injuries.

Costa who injured his hamstring during the pre-season clash against Barcelona was forced to miss the Community Shield final against Arsenal. What is more, it is not sure if he will recover for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Swansea.

That is why, former Tottenham Hotspur manager has expressed his concern that without Costa’s regular games, it will be very difficult for Chelsea to defend the title. He also has some doubts whether Loic Remy or Falcao will be able to replace the Spanish striker.

Redknapp wrote on his Twitter :

”If Costa is injured a lot and is going to be missing, that’s the scary part – can they (Chelsea) get away without him?”

”If Costa does pick up injuries, and it seems his hamstring isn’t great at the moment, one of (Loic) Remy and (Radamel) Falcao has got to carry the baton and do the job and whether they can is the question mark.”

”Maybe Falcao can do the job, Jose’s placed his faith in him. Jose (Mourhino) can lift people and improve people and if he can get the best out of him maybe they’ll be ok,”

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Football super-agent Jorge Mendes got married on Sunday. Among the guests were many famous sports personalities with Cristiano Ronaldo, who served as best man. CR7 has shocked everyone, buying Mendes a Greek island as a wedding present.

Jorge Mendes got married to his long-term partner, Sandra Barbosa. On the guest list were over 400 people, among them Florentino Perez, Roman Abramovich, Peter Lim and Joan Laporta. Jose Mourinho was also expected to arrive but due to the Sunday’s Community Shield final he could not appear.

Cristiano Ronaldo since the very beginning was Mendes’s most important client. Both men know each other since a long time, that is why CR7 bought the groom a really stunning wedding present…..an island in Greece.

Mendes is one of the richest men in Portugal, so it was not easy to make a gift that would surprise him, but Ronaldo managed to shock everybody at the wedding.

According to Move Noticias,  Ronaldo bought the island of Nissos Sofia, with a price tag of €4 million. The shape of the island will definately remind the super-agent about his work.

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According to Daily Mirror, Chelsea are keen on signing Tottenham’s left-back Danny Rose. It is said that, the Blues are ready to pay £15m for the player.

Due to the fact, that Baba Rahman’s transfer is still not completed, Jose Mourinho is looking for an alternative. According to the rumours, Chelsea have asked Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy to name the price for their left-back Danny Rose.

It is believed, that the Blues are willing to pay around £15m for the English player, as Jose Mourinho wants to sign a left-back before the start of the season on Saturday.

However, if Tottenham refuse to sell their player, Chelsea will agree to pay £17m for the Ghanian international, Baba Rahman.

Mourinho himself, admitted few days ago, that the Blues are urgently looking for a defender:

”We cannot go to the Premier League with five defenders.”

“That’s our weakness. The quality is good, but the numbers are not enough.”

 

 

 

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Former Manchester United centre-back, Rio Ferdinand has urged John Stones to reject Chelsea in order to join the Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho considers Stones a natural successor to John Terry, that is why Chelsea have already made two money bids for the English defender. But, Everton have rejected all of them saying, that Stones will not leave the Goodison Park.

While today, former Manchester United player has decided to comment on Stones situation. In Ferdinand’s opinion, the 21-year-old defender should reject Chelsea without any hesitation. He is convinced that if Stones joins the Blues he will spend all the season on the bench. Therefore, he advised him to sign for Manchester United instead of Chelsea.

Ferdinand said:

“If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him,”

“If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be.”

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is convinced that the Toffees are a big enough club to hold onto John Stones.

Everton coach has decided to offer some words of support the John Stones and Everton fans. In his opinion, the Toffees will soon be able to compete with the biggest Premier League teams. He has also expressed his conviction that John Stones will reject another Chelsea offer.

Martinez is aware of interest in his player, but he believes that Stones will remain at Goodison Park and help the team to compete for the biggest trophies.

Martinez told the Liverpool Echo :

“We feel that we are a big club. You’re going to get clubs that are working with big budgets because they have been working in the Champions League but we are a club with nine league titles, the history and you seen today we celebrated a special memory.”

“We are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by all means. I don’t see anything apart from I love the players I have in the squad and I understand others keep an eye on it and that is a healthy sign.”

“The current situation with John is as you would expect. He is one of the most talented centre backs in European football not just in England and we are really, really feel we have a special footballer with us.”

“We have a group of young players with the potential to be as good as they can and I think he is one of those.”

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