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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea have decided to keep Jon Obi Mikel despite the midfielder being consistently linked with a move away from west London, according to reports in Nigeria. 

Mikel, who signed for Chelsea in 2006 following a legal dispute between the English champions, Manchester United and Norwegian club Lyn Oslo, wants to leave Chelsea after playing very few games since Jose Mourinho returned to the club in 2013. He made 26 appearances last season but the bulk of those were as a substitute late on.

Chelsea are reluctant to let Mikel go as he is a consistent performer when he is used and have thus not listened to offers for the Nigeria international but the 28-year old is hoping to force a move away before the transfer window is over.

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Thibaul Courtois admitted Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi may be the two world best players at the moment but he believes Eden Hazard can catch them really soon if he keeps improving this way.

In the past five years, Ronaldo and Messi have competed against each other for the Ballon D’or. Thibault Courtois believes Hazard will soon be competing and eventually win it. He said:

“He’s a potential Golden Ball winner. We have to see what Messi and Ronaldo do, two players who are so good that sometimes I don’t think they give a chance to other players.

“They score so many goals that in this moment it is always one of them who will win the Ballon D’or. But Eden has the capacity of winning it.”

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea will begin their title defence campaign with a home game against Swansea.

Their first home game will take place on the 16th of August before they travel to Eithad Stadium the following week. Later on, a trip to Tottenham will prove to be very important before they play during the festivities of Christmas, the new promoted teams

Chelsea will not travel and play their biggest rival until the 23rd of January next year and they will be closing the season on the 15th of May when they face Leicester City in front of their fans in at home

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Chelsea players enjoying the parade with fans © Francesca Ceciarini

While being on international duty with Belgium, Eden Hazard spoke about his ambitions with Chelsea next year and urged his teammates to set the bar even higher

The Blues have enjoyed a decent season as they claimed the Capital One Cup trophy and the Premier League title, the first one since 2009-2010. However, Eden Hazard believes his team is capable to winning more trophies and said:

“We need to keep the two trophies we won this season and hopefully add another cup, it would be good to win everything.The only bad thing about this season was the PSG game; when you are playing with 11 men against ten, you shouldn’t lose.

The 24 years old, also spoke about their title defence next season and added:

“It will be a big challenge to retain the Premier League next season. Every team wants to beat the champions. They will come to Stamford Bridge and try to do whatever they can to beat us, so we have to be ready.”

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Chelsea FC have been awarded almost £100 million after winning the Premiership title after the money each club gets depending on its league position was handed out.

The commercial and television revenue is divided equally regardless of league position, a figure that comes to roughly £32 million for each team. After that the Premier League gives each club a sum of money depending on the where they finish in the final table, as well as how many times they are broadcast on television.

Chelsea won the title having led their rivals from start to finish and received approximately £99 million as a result. The total amount of money was £1.6 billion, and Chelsea received £34 million more than bottom club QPR, although the fee the Loftus Road side earned- £65 million- is the most that any club has been given having finished bottom of the league.

When the figures are broken down further, it appears Manchester United were the highest earners from broadcast revenue, taking in £21 million, but the overall number of £96 million earned last season puts them third behind champions Chelsea with Manchester City second.

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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

John Obi Mikel has called his teammates to show Sydney A league who they are and why they have been crowned champions in the Premier League.

Chelsea will face Sydney FC at the ANZ stadium and John obi Mikel believes it is a good opportunity to show them their strength, he said:

“We’re here to play well and show why we’re the champions. We’re used to big crowds and good atmospheres, so we’re looking forward to that and it was nice to see so many fans come to watch us training as well.

“So far it’s been a good trip. I’m feeling a little jet lag since we arrived in Sydney, so I’ve been resting and sleeping a lot, but it will be a great game. Sydney had a good game against Spurs and will want to do even better against us.”

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Manchester United defender Daley Blind believes his side are capable of overturning the deficit on Chelsea and winning the league next side.

The Red Devils finished in fourth place and 17 points behind the champions, but Blind believes that under the stewardship of his compatriot Louis van Gaal, it is possible the gap can be bridged. Blind is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:

“I think we’re not far off. If you look at the end of this season we’ve done well and we’ve picked up a lot of points, even though the last few games were difficult, but I think we have a good chance next year.

“If you look at the games we’ve played against the top teams, we’ve won a lot of points and a club like Manchester United will always aim to win the title. Next year, we’re going to do that.

“I think in a lot of games this year we’ve carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that.

“It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other.

“We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that’s where the spirit comes from.”

Blind, 25, was bought by van Gaal from Ajax last summer.


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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has insisted that his team are capable of winning the Premiership next season after retaining the FA Cup on Saturday.

Ramsey, whose goal won Arsenal its first trophy in nine years in 2014 in the same competition, celebrated with his teammates in an open top bus parade yesterday. He is quoted in the London Evening Standard voicing his optimism for the next campaign:

“I think we are closing the gap on Chelsea. I think we’ve learned in the big games how to manage them and it will be important to go into next season with that sort of mentality.”

Arsenal finished 12 points behind Chelsea last season but did for a short time emerge as the Champions’ nearest challenger, something that fell away after failing to beat a resolute Blues side at the Emirates Stadium towards the end of season.


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Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere is confident his team can upset Chelsea next season when it comes to the title

Arsenal ended their Premier League season 12 points behind leaders Chelsea who were already crowned champions with three games spare. This didn’t prevent the midfielder to show his confidence of beating the Champions next season, as he said:

“We have made a big step mentally. I remember in previous years going to big games, Man United, City, Chelsea, thinking ‘have we really got a chance today?’ But this year, from the first big game, Man City at home, we did well and then we won at their place.

Asked whether or not, his team was capable of winning the Premier League title one day, he added:

“Next year we feel that can really push Chelsea, City and United for the title. It will be ferocious competiton”

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Juventus will meet Barcelona in Berlin for the Champions League final on June the 6th for their first European taste since 1996

Barcelona are favourite to win it but not according to to Gianluca Vialli. He reckons his old club still has it and can win it despite being the underdog. He said:

“They will have to defend with so many men behind the line of the ball, even if that means parking the bus like Jose Mourinho and Roberto Di Matteo.”

Vialli admitted, Barcelona are still stronger, especially with their tri at the front but his old club should have a go and give everything, he added:

“Barcelona are stronger, don’t forget that. They’re best encountered in a one-off game as they’re rarely below-par twice. If you have people like Messi, Neymar and Suarez, you can do a lot of damage.”


Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup semifinal's second leg vs Tottenham, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues. "Higuain is a few hours...