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Chelsea have announced today that 22 year-old goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has gone out on loan to Swedish side Ostersunds FK until 31st May.

The Swedish season starts in April so Blackman will be linking up with Ostersunds FK in their preparation for the new season.

Blackman has been at Chelsea since the age of 13 but is yet to make an appearance for the first team and joins a list of over thirty other players out on loan from Chelsea.

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PSG defender Marquinhos put some question marks about his future in Paris.

The Brazilian international has been targeted by Chelsea and Manchester United for the next summer transfer window and while speaking to Le Parisien said he’s unsure to stay in the Ligue 1 side:

“My future is in Paris? At the moment, yes. But I can only speak of the present,” Marquinhos stated.

“For now, I’m in Paris. Everyone knows you have to have a reflection at the end of the season. We’ll talk about the objectives of the club and of me personally.”

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Jose Mourinho and his backroom staff at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho thinks that team are more important of individual players in contemporary football, with one little exception: Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese coach thinks to have him in your side makes winning a little easier, even if the team performances are still important.

Barcelona can become the first team in the modern Champions League to hold the trophy:

“First of all it’s about individual players. Just to give you an example, [Leo] Messi won the Champions League with three different managers,” he said in an interview with BT Sport.

“I think it’s easier to win with him, than against him. I am a football manager. I know that sometimes people think that the individual is more important than the team.

“But when I feel that it is time for me to take a permanent holiday – I still think that the team is more important than anything.

“But the obvious reality is that there are some players who can make a difference.”

About his future, Mourinho said:

“Yes I was lucky enough to have good options since I left Chelsea in December – not just options but good options,” the Special One added.

“But I made a decision to wait calmly. The reality is that I want to work. July, mid-July, new pre-season starts and somewhere, I want to be there.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not face any action over the gesture he made to Everton supporters during last Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Goodison Park.

The FA had given Spain striker Costa until 6 p.m. today to explain the gesture at half-time in the match, lost 2-0 by Chelsea.

The Football association could have charged and banned him for one game but they just released a statement that read:

“Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa’s observations in relation to a gesture made towards Everton supporters, the FA is satisfied no further action is required.”

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Finally we got a date for the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield that was due to play last Sunday but was postponed for Chelsea’s FA Cup game at Goodison Park against Everton.

The away clash against Reds has been rescheduled on Wednesday 11th May at 8 pm and will be broadcasted by Sky Sports.

It’s possible the game will be rescheduled again if Liverpool will go through in the Europa League and would have to play on Thursday the same week.

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JOHN OBI MIKEL
JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel revealed that he was scared when he first arrived at the Blues because of the stars he was sharing the dressing room with:

“I came into the dressing room that day literally shaking,” he recalls while he speaks to Chelsea official magazine.

“I saw the players that were in there – the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Geremi, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko – it was crazy. And I was just 19.

“I was shaking the whole day because I couldn’t talk to any of them. I didn’t know what to say to guys like that. They were really nice guys, but it was scary. It can be tough coming into a dressing room like that as a younger player. You had to earn the right to be among them.”

Speaking about his playing style he said:

“I love doing my defensive duties, but at the same time I love having the ball and always trying to be available so we can play out from the back,’ he said.

“This is something we’ve talked about, something the manager has stressed – trying to play out from the back so we can always be in control of the game. I think doing this we have much more possession of the ball.

“I like having the ball and making the team play. When I was young, my natural position wasn’t as a defensive midfielder so maybe that gives me a bit of an edge.”

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FC Barcelona will try an assault on Chelsea wonderkid Kenedy in the next summer transfer window, that’s what the Spanish sport newspaper Mundo Deportivo reveals today.

According to the Catalan media the Champions of Europe have been tracking him for several years and will try to steal him from Chelsea trying to convince him with money and participation to the Champions League next year, competition where the Blues won’t take part due to their bad position in the Premier League.

Anyway, it won’t be easy for Barcelona to sign Kenedy since Chelsea consider him a key player for their future project.

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Italian coach Antonio Conte broke the silence about his future today with a not on the FIGC [Italian FA] Facebook page:

“I feel I have to go back to manage a club, so I can have the chance to coach every day.

“I thank the [Italian FA] president Tavecchio that has been supporting me every single day in this wonderful adventure.

“I this moment we are totally focused on EURO 2016, where we will try to get our chances with hard work and sacrifice. People who know me are aware my commitment will be total.”

 

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The FA has charged Diego Costa with misconduct after the Chelsea striker was sent off last Saturday in the FA Cup clash at Goodison Park.

Costa, who has until Thursday to respond to the charge, was sent off after an angry reaction to a tackle from Everton’s Gareth Barry just after Lukaku’s second goal, in the end of the game.

Replays appeared to show the Blues forward opening his mouth towards Barry’s neck while the pair were tangled together, but Barry later said he was not bitten.

“It is alleged his behaviour, after being shown a second yellow card in the game, amounted to improper conduct,” the FA statement read.

The FA also stated that Costa has until Wednesday to explain a gesture directed to Everton fans at half-time.

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Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao was interviewed by Spanish paper El Tiempo.

The Colombian forward confirmerd he could leave the Blues last January:

“It’s true, I got two offers from China, but I chose to stay here to get my chances.

“It would have been easier for me to accept one of these proposals, since they were very financially attractive, but I preferred to stay at Chelsea to fight.

“I don’t know what can happen in the next weeks, but I think only about my team at the moment.”

Falcao has been injured since last November: he had a setback on his previous calf injury in January but he is set to be back soon.

Until now he just collected 9 appearances and 1 goal in the whole season.

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