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John Terry left Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City over four hours since the game finished.

There is speculation that the Chelsea legend was meeting with Blues director Marina Granovskaia.

After the game an emotional Terry told fans at Stamford Bridge that he wanted to stay at the club.

He went on to say that his future at the Blues would be secured within the next few days.

Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo was only seen leaving the stadium at 20.15, over two hours after the game had finished, and the chairman, Bruce Buck, left right after him.

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Premier League champion Claudio Ranieri described as “an amazing moment” the instant he walked out on the pitch at Stamford Bridge today, receiving the tribute of Chelsea and Leicester fans for his incredible achievement with the Foxes.

Ranieri was presented a gift from the club by Carlo Cudicini and described that moment like this in the post-match press conference:

“The emotion was at the maximum because it was a fantastic welcome back from everybody, from the owner Roman Abramovich- he was very warm. and then when I went out (on to the pitch), all our fans and the Chelsea fans. It was an amazing moment.”

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Guus Hiddink held his final press conference as a Chelsea manager this afternoon after the 1-1 draw against Leicester.

When asked if he had some special feelings after his farewell he said:

“I didn’t feel tears going over my cheeks but of course it’s always emotional.

“It’s not that dramatic as I think I will be back every now and then, not in the limelight, just hidden a bit, to help out with the academy boys etc, so I won’t say a dramatic crying goodbye as after the summer I will be back every now and again.”

Hiddink also stated that he is confident the club will do well next season:

“I have full confidence they will go up to where they belong and that is fighting for silverware and being at least in fourth, third, second or first position.

“It won’t be easy. This season we are all aware what other clubs can do as well. We have seen Leicester and Tottenham and also West Ham doing well. Other clubs are knocking on the door and having more finances, and maybe with some smart recruiting, I don’t think it’s now a done deal that the four established clubs from the past are the four established clubs for the future.”

About John Terry’s future, he claimed:

“I am happy they are in contact and they are talking. That’s good. I don’t want to speculate but personally I hope they will manage to come to a solution.

“Although he is 35 he is still physically and mentally very fit. He can contribute a lot.”

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In the usual lap of honour at the end of the season at Stamford Bridge John Terry has stated he wants to remain at the club.

The Chelsea legend stated in response to the crowd chanting “John Terry we want you to stay”:

I want to stay and the club, the fans know that. I want to stay.“

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was seen applauding in the box at this, some saw it as a sign that the negotiation with the Chelsea skipper can be successful.

The club captain gave no clear answers as to weather he would stay, but stated he wanted too and that everything would be sorted in the next couple of days.

Terry was really emotional during the entire lap of honour and struggled to hold tears back.

It seemed like that was the last time his supporters could see him at Stamford Bridge as a Blues player, but then it came the surprise when he grabbed the microphone at the center of he pitch.

The Chelsea legend was also lifted into the air by his team-mates.

 

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Leicester clinched the title following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on May 2, and the Foxes were welcomed onto the pitch with warm ovation from the home fans at Stamford Bridge today. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri, Blues manager from 2000 to 2004, receiving a positive response from all at the Bridge.

Kasper Schmeichel produced excellent saves to keep Willian and Cesc Fabregas out in the first half, before Jamie Vardy fired off target from 20 yards in the 13th minute, but Riyad Mahrez set him up for a better chance midway through the half.

With the clock showing 26 minutes, Stamford Bridge turned their attention away from the pitch.

John Terry’s name rang out, along with placards showing his name and number, prompting a show of appreciation from the suspended captain – who was offered an extension to his expiring contract earlier this week. Both teams went into the half goalless.

In the second half Chelsea were given an opportunity thanks to a substitute Jeffrey Schlupp bringing down Nemanja Matic inside the box. Fabregas converted from the spot. However, the Blues victory was denied as Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater slotted in a 82nd minute goal that drew things to 1-1. With 8 minutes to go Chelsea struggled to create chances and the game ended in a draw.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, was unfortunately not given a winning send-off before Antonio Conte takes the reins next season.

CHELSEA 1-1 LEICESTER CITY

 

Venue:  Stamford Bridge

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.

Substitutes: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Tomori.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Kante; Gray, King, Mahrez; Vardy.

Substitutes: Albrighton, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa, Chilwell, Schwarzer.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

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Chelsea announced that there will be a special presentation for ex boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game with Leicester City today.

Ranieri spent four years at Chelsea, between 2000 and 2004, and this year reached a fantastic achievement winning the Premier League with the Foxes in his return to English football.

The club invited the fans to take seats early to see the presentation.

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Chelsea and Guus Hiddink revealed that Blues legend Frank Lampard spent a short time at Cobham some weeks ago.

The current New York City FC midfielder was in London and had to recover from a small injury, so he asked for help to his former club:

“In a recent period he was here when he had his injury,” says Hiddink.

“Modestly, he asked if he can be treated here by our physios and I said of course. It was a good sign that he was asking me: he’s a legend and I’m just here for a few months!

“He wanted to be here out of the hours that the other players are here, early morning or late afternoon, but I said: ‘No, you are one of this family’. He loved it, to come in the day, and he participated in a very modest, very good way in the team. If those players don’t have the affection with the club then they don’t come back even for treatment.”

Hiddink coached Lampard in his first spell at Chelsea in 2009 and according to him it was good having him at Cobham, also to create a special feeling for the new and youngest players of the squad:

“You can make them aware of who Lampard was at this club, but within a few meetings or whatever Lampard likes to do they can learn a lot. They must grow to independence in their own way as well, but they can accelerate their career by having a very good eye and ear on the career of those big guys.”

Finally, Hiddink reveals his feeling at the end of his second spell at the club:

‘”It’s too easy to say, but enjoy it,’ he added. ‘Being at a big club you have all the effort and the stress and the pressure, but deal with that and enjoy it and enjoy the Premier League, because this is one of the most beautiful leagues to work in.”

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Incoming manager Antonio Conte wants to become Premier League champions at the end of the season following the Azzurri’s Euro 2016 campaign.

 

Chelsea’s striker Diego Costa has a difficult second season at Stamford Bridge after managing to net just 12 times in the Premier League.

In contrast, Napoli forward Higuain has scored an incredible 33 goals in 34 Serie A games for the Italian side this season.

However, La Liga expert Balague claimed that “Gonzalo Higuain is a target for Chelsea. I think he would cost around €48m (about £37.8m),” Balague told at Sky Sports.

Higuain is seriously considering it and if he does move to Stamford Bridge then there would be the possibility that Costa would have to be sold”.

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Spain striker Diego Costa could miss European Championship 2016 due to his hamstring injury, Chelsea’s manager Guus Hiddink said on Friday.

 

Diego Costa missed Wednesday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Liverpool and will not be back for the last match against Champions Leicester City.

“He needs a good rest and with training he might be fit for the Euros but I’m not sure,” Hiddink told a news conference.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that could leave London and return to Spain.

 

Fabregas ended a three-year spell with Barca in 2014 when he joined Chelsea, but after a Premier League title and League Cup triumph in his first season, an indifferent second year has fuelled speculation that he may abandon.

He said:

“Yes, why not?” he told Marca when asked if he could return to La Liga in the future.

“Still, I’m honestly not thinking about it because I have a lot of unfinished business at Chelsea after how this season went.

“I’m not really thinking of anything else, but in my opinion, the Spanish League is the strongest with the English.

“Returning to Barca would no longer be possible. It’s impossible, even if I wanted to.

“The Barcelona stage [in my career] is over, it’s a closed chapter.”

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