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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard got a feeling that Antonio Conte can be the right man to bring Chelsea back to a top level:

“I don’t know him too well but he’s got a great pedigree, a great recent record with Juventus,” Super Frank said to BT Sports.

I spoke with Andrea Pirlo about him and he has nothing but good words to say about him.

I think he’s hard working, he’ll have the players working hard. He has what fans and players like to see – that determination, that will to win.

“It’s a difficult job at Chelsea now considering what’s happened this year, so we’ll see. If it is him, I think he has the pedigree to do it, but the decision has not been made.

 

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink praised his captain, John Terry, claiming that being already a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room will help him to become a good manager.

“Of course he can be a good manager, but he needs time. Maybe he can be an assistant before…some players they think they can do it overnight, but I think the best thing is do practice and make experience. To be on the other side is different.

“I like to have players that are leaders, I like- as a manager- to have players that help you to do your game plan. He can be one of those players that help you in the game plan, that are tactically prepared.”

“In my younger career I had some of those players too, you could see also on the pitch, like Ronald Koeman and Quique Sanchez Flores, they were leaders and tactical leaders on the pitch, now they are good managers. Of course also these players need extra courses to become managers, but they got what they need.”

Hiddink spoke also about Terry’s contract, that has not been extended yet by the club:

“It’s not up to me in this moment, I think about his contract you should ask to the directors.”

“In every club there are legends, of course he is and he will be a leader, but for me it’s difficult to give a judgement.”

 

In the past days Chelsea’s captain was also rumoured to be back again to an international career with England, that he suspended in 2012, Hiddink spoke also about this:

“I think it’s a little bit over, I think there was no issue for either of them, John is doing to do his job for Chelsea and he decided four years ago to end his international career, whatever the reason can be. You should ask him if he is interested about that, we didn’t talk about it.”

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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Aston Villa game at Villa Park

ASTON VILLA SITUATION – “Now I’m not surprised about their situation anymore, they have been struggling all season, yes, they are one of the biggest club in England so it’s kind of shocking to see them there.

“It’s a difficult situation, you cannot compare it to our situation, but in December – when I came in- we were very close to them, so we were in a similar situation, when you are in trouble it’s difficult to manager that. Fortunately I haven’t had that experience, but of course it will affect the confidence of the team and everyone.

“It’s very important to have consistency, stability in a club, if you are stable in your philosophy to buy and sell players, you can do well.

“I saw the last Villa game with the old manager, I saw that they were playing with a lot of ambition, they were looking very fresh. ”

TERRY/ENGLAND – “I think it’s a little bit over, I think there was no issue for either of them, John is doing to do his job for Chelsea and he decided four years ago to end his international career, whatever the reason can be. You should ask him if he is interested about that, we didn’t talk about it.”

TERRY’S CONTACT – “It’s not up to me in this moment, I think about his contract you should ask to the directors.”

“In every club there are legends, of course he is and he will be a leader, but for me it’s difficult to give a judgement. I like to have players that are leaders, I like- as a manager- to have players that help you to do your game plan. He can be one of those players that help you in the game plan, that are tactically prepared.

“In my younger career I had some of those players too, you could see also on the pitch, like Ronald Koeman and Quique Sanchez Flores, they were leaders and tactical leaders on the pitch, now they are good managers. Of course also these players need extra courses to become managers, but they got what they need.”

TERRY FUTURE CHELSEA MANAGER – “Of course, but he needs time. Maybe he can be an assistant before…some players they think they can do it overnight, but I think the best thing is do practice and make experience. To be on the other side is different.”

PATO – “He can be involved, we’ll see tomorrow. We have eight games coming up, we have not much to win anymore, but we can do some experiments.

“When I started we had just Diego Costa, that is one of the reasons why Pato came on loan, but meanwhile Bertrand Traore progressed very quickly and there was space for him. Then Loic Remy came back from a long time injury, but in these games there might be some options.”

HAZARD’S INJURY – “I have to talk to the medical staff today, but he’s not available for tomorrow. Eden is training on the pitch with physios, not with the group.”

DIEGO COSTA’S INJURY – “Diego is not injured anymore, he trained very well and with enthusiasm.”

CLASICO –Real Madrid v Barcelona is huge, all the country is involved, it’s also a political thing. I think also the death of Johan Cruyff will bring emotions, it will be a special clasico.

CRUYFF – “Cruyff was among the top three- four of all time players. I met him when I was in Spain, for professional reasons, but also privately. He renewed the way of playing and thinking football, what I liked very much is that he was very accessible for everyone. That’s why for me he was a very nice person, I liked him.”

COURTOIS – “I don’t know about what he recently said , he and his family like to be in London, in the club. I don’t know if something was mis-translated.”

“When I talk about an issue, it can be tricky, I think some times things can be mis-communicated.

AGBONLAHOR SUSPENDED – “I haven’t read of that, but if the new manager thinks this is the right thing to do…It’s dififuclt for me to comment facts I don’t know.”

CHELSEA REST OF THE SEASON – “Not having targets it’s difficult, not having the chance to enter Champions League is not good, but we have to have to joy and the pride to play for what it’s still a big club. I am trying to motivate them, but I see all of them are enthusiastic to play, they don’t play just by obligation but also by heart.

“I would like to be here to break my head to understand how to get players fresh every three days for Champions League and FA Cup games, so this situation is not preferable.”

BRAZILIANS PLAYERS – “Today the Brazilians, Oscar and Willian,  and Traore came back, we see if they are fit and fresh, but after a long journey we have to see if they can play tomorrow.”

 

 

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Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor was suspended by his club right before the game against Chelsea after some pictures of him apparently smoking shisha in Dubai last week emerged.

The English forward spent a little holiday in the UAE with Villa’s captain Micah Richards over Easter weekend, but some pictures where he seemed smoking shisha were published around the web and now the club is investigating on the fact and announced the player won’t feature until the investigation is over.

The striker justified himself saying he was just drinking water.

This means Agbonlahor will miss Chelsea at least match tomorrow. Not a great loss for Villans, since the striker has been having a terrible season.

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The pictures where Agbonlahor seemed to smoke shisha:

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KENNETH OMERUO

Chelsea player Kenneth Omeruo went on loan to Kasimpasa last summer and made an impact in the Turkish Super Lig with 18 appearances.

Now the Istanbul side are eighth on the table but a source told africanfootball.com that Kasimpasa don’t have money to sign him on a permanent deal:

“Kasimpasa don’t have the money to buy Omeruo outrightly at the end of the season. They rather want another loan for the player and it may now mean the player will have to return to Chelsea,” the source said.

Omeruo got a contract with Chelsea until 2018 and since Kasimpasa cannot afford his signing he will go back to London at the end of this season.

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A Nigerian website claims to have a reliable source that stated Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is uncertain about his future at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, allnigeriansoccer.com revealed that the Nigerian star and the club already started talks about his next contract, but the details of the new deal are still unknown

Mikel would like some more guarantees from the club he has been playing for ten years otherwise he might leave:

“Mikel was invited to the office after training and preliminary talks took place but it ended soon after it started,” a source privy to the discussion between Chelsea and Mikel said to the Nigerian website.

“The length of the contract being offered by Chelsea is not known because he wasn’t ready to discuss with them until the end of the season.”

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According to Italian reports Chelsea are targeting two Inter Croatian players to revamp their midfield: both Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic can land to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Corriere dello Sport reports that the Blues want to place £ 14m bid for Perisic, but Inter paid him the same amount of money after a very long negotiation with Wolfsburg last summer so it’s unlikely they will let him go for the same price, especially after the ex Borussia Dortmund player started to make an impact after struggling to settle in the Serie A in the first months of his Italian experience.

The case of Marcelo Brozovic is different: he has been at Inter for more than one year and soon made an impact in the Italian side.

Arsenal has been tracking him for months and are ready to place a £ 25m bid to sign him, so Chelsea would have to challenge with the Gunners to get him.

Brozovic is only 23, four years younger than Perisic that is 27, and is considered one of the best young midfielder around Europe.

Recently, he didn’t deny a move in next summer transfer window, leaving all the doors open:

“I have heard about these rumours. For now, I am an Inter player and I will behave as such,” he told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji.

“Everything is possible. We’ll see. We’ll know more after the Euros.”

 

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England coach Roy Hodgson admitted the Three Lions are missing a leader like John Terry.

The Chelsea skipper retired from international games four years ago, in 2012, claiming the FA had made his position untenable by holding a disciplinary case against him after he had been acquitted in court of racially abusing QPR player Anton Ferdinand during a game with the Blues at Loftus Road.

Terry made 78 appearances with his country shirt and now Hodgson reveals this number can increase, because there is a small chance the Chelsea captain can be called for EURO 2016:

“There are, in my opinion, no left-sided centre-backs who are English playing in the league who are at least at the level of the ones we are choosing,” said the England boss, whose side have shipped four goals in their last two friendly games.

“That’s a fact of life and there’s not much we can do about it.

“I’m not 100 per cent certain outside of John Terry, because he’s retired so long ago and he doesn’t feature in my thinking too often.

“But I can’t deny that is a valid point. He is a left-sided centre-half, although not a left-sided player. He’s right-footed, but he retired four years ago.

“I had a long chat with John the other day, he’s a lovely fella.”

 

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Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro will return to work today in a private clinic in her native country, Gibraltar, called SMC.

Gibraltarian Sports Physician Doctor, Eva Carneiro (formerly of Chelsea Football Club, Olympic Medical Institute, and England’s Women Football) will be working at the Specialist Medical Clinic on Thursday 31st March,” read a press release on the SMC Facebook page.

“As sports medicine and exercise medicine consultant Doctor Eva specialises in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals.

“Sports and exercise medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine. She is able to treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes.

“Dr Carneiro will also advise on managing and preventing injuries, Sports and exercise nutrition, supplementation and performance enhancement.”

The Specialist Medical Clinic was contacted yesterday to have more information but they were unable to give any more information as to whether Carneiro would be working there only today or on a more regular basis.

Carneiro is in a legal battle with Chelsea claiming constructive dismissal against the club and has also a separate personal legal action against former Blues manager José Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

 

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Romely Lukaku moved from Chelsea to Everton on a permanent deal in summer 2014, after spending a successful first campaign on loan at the Toffees and soon became one of the Premier League best strikers.

Many Chelsea fans still regret this deal and would like to see again the Belgian forward at Stamford Bridge.

Now  Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, give them a hope saying that his player is ready to compete in a top team:

“He’ll keep getting stronger,” Raiola told DH.

Everything depends on his work and on luck. He’s already ready to play in Europe’s best teams.

“I’m not surprised by his performances. He has a heart of gold, which is very important in football, and has a lot of talent.”

Also Lukaku himself didn’t dismiss any speculation on his future:

Champions League football is really the next step [for me],” he said.

“If something happens, it will be for the good of the club. I don’t want to leave in a fight, if it happens. I won’t say this or that. It is going to be good for me personally and for the club.

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