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Juan Cuadrado says he is much happier at Juventus than he ever was at Chelsea, claiming that Italy is a second home to him. 

Cuadrado joined Juventus in the summer on loan and is expected to complete a permanent move to the Serie A champions in the summer. ChelseaNews24 reported as to that just a few days ago, and the Colombian finds the prospective transfer an exciting one.

He is quoted as saying this in the Italian media:

“The idea of coming back to Italy attracted me a lot. I know the football here, I know the language and the people, and the truth is it feels like my second home. 

“So when I had to decide about whether to take this chance or not, I talked to my agent every day about my return and now I am very happy to be here at Juventus.

“When you already know the language and the people then it makes it a lot easier for you. And there being a lot of players from South America in the team – that also helps. 

“Coming to the team was no problem, it’s a great team with great players and great personalities, and they really embraced me in the best way possible.”

Cuadrado started just four games for Chelsea since last January when he joined from Fiorentina. His going to Juventus has prompted suggestion that there could be a deal for Paul Pogba to come to Stamford Bridge but nothing has yet happened.

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Thibaut Courtois

Thibaus Courtois has set a target of December 5th to make his return from injury in news that is a big boost to Chelsea’s fortunes. 

ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that Courtois took part in his first training session since then having surgery on a knee injury in September.

The Belgium international only conducted light exercises and didn’t use his hands, but he feels confident enough to earmark the visit of Premiership new boys Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge in a fortnight as the date where he return to first team action.

Chelsea have missed Coutois in goal this season- the former Atletico Madrid ‘keeper only playing in three matches so far. As well as injury, he was suspended for three matches after being sent off against Swansea City on the opening day of the season.

His last appearance came in the 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in August. The London Evening Standard is reporting that Jose Mourinho is hoping to have him back sooner, and could include Courtois in the squad for the trip to Spurs on the 29th November.

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ESPN FC reveals that Chelsea are keen on securing the services of the Argentinian striker Jonathan Calleri currently playing at Boca Juniors. According to their sources, Chelsea scouts were present during Boca’s last game to see the young player in action.

Calleri is considered one of the best young strikers in South America with an impressive record of 21 goals and provided 11 assists during this season.

Due to the fact that Diego Costa, Loic Remy and especially Radamel Falcao are not currently at their best, and it is possible that at least one of them will leave Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho must look for a high quality replacement.

However, Chelsea must act quickly, because the young player found himself in the crosshairs of such giants as Inter Milan and Arsenal.

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STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea Football Club have released a special statement ahead of Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge against Norwich. Both teams will also pay a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris.

The statement read:
“Supporters attending Saturday’s Premier League game against Norwich City are advised to arrive early due to additional security measures and to support tributes to the victims of last week’s tragic events in Paris. ”

”The club will be increasing its security controls inside and around Stamford Bridge and it is requested supporters avoid bringing bags where possible, as enhanced searches will be taking place. ”

”As always, visitors to the stadium should remain vigilant at all times and report any concerns to the nearest steward. The Metropolitan Police has produced an advisory poster which can be viewed here. ”

”Fulham Road – between Hortensia Road and Harwood Road – will remain closed throughout the match, not reopening until approximately 5.45pm. ”

”Chelsea Football Club will be demonstrating our solidarity with the victims and those affected by events in Paris throughout Saturday, both within the stadium and across our media platforms. ”

”The French National Anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played ahead of all this weekend’s Premier League matches as an act of remembrance. ”

”Among other activity on the day, we feature the Tricolore on the cover of our matchday programme, which also includes a tribute from France international Kurt Zouma. ”

”Players will wear black armbands incorporating the French flag and fans in the Matthew Harding Stand will display a new crowd-surfing flag as the teams emerge from the tunnel for the game. ”

”We ask for your patience and understanding and thank you in advance for your cooperation.”

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John Stones

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that any of his best players will not be leaving the team during winter transfer window. And this means that the potential transfer of John Stones to  Chelsea once again seems unreal.

The Blues have already tried several times to lure the young Englishman at Stamford Bridge but each time their offers were rejected by coach Martinez. And there is no indication that in January something can change about it.

Martinez said:

“I’m not worried at all – our best players will not be leaving in January,”

“We’re not in a position where we have to make financial decisions and our focus is on being as strong as we can together and keeping the continuity.”

“From our point of view the window in January will be to see if there’s anything to help our squad. We don’t look on it as a window to be really involved whether that’s buying or selling, it’s more a matter of continuity. It’s about developing competition for places between the ones we already have.”

Everton coach also commented on the mood in the team after last week’s bombings in Paris:

”We all experienced the feelings surrounding the game with England and France which showed what the game of football can do – showing humanity in difficult circumstances,”

“This weekend will be exactly the same. It is the perfect way to show the game of football has a strong role in bringing humanity together.”

 

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Legendary player Gianfranco Zola has admitted that Chelsea ace Eden Hazard reminds him himself at the early stage of his career at Chelsea. He is convinced that Hazard’s current struggles will have a positive impact in the long run.

Zola told Omnisport:

”Hazard is in a similar situation to I was at Chelsea in my second year,”

“The first year was very good, as it was for Hazard, he did so much, received so much recognition and now the spotlight is on him all the time and this is making everything he does a little more difficult.

“Every player goes through this but in a way I think it will be good for him as it will make him think more about his game a bit more.

“So it’s an opportunity for him to become a better player. He is young and has the potential to be one of the best.”

“From the outside you can see it’s not working,”

“The last game [a 1-0 defeat at Stoke] gives you an idea. They played well but the ball didn’t go in. On the other hand they [Stoke] created a chance and they scored and then they defended really well.”

“If you want to come out of this situation you have to work really hard and stick together.”

“Mourinho is the right person, he has done so much for Chelsea, he has won so much and he has the experience to come through this.”

“He is a good manager, no-one can doubt him. Sometimes seasons don’t go the way you want, that doesn’t take anything away from your qualities.”

“There is plenty to play for, the Champions League and the FA Cup so a season that has not been good so far they can turn around.”

“It’s a good opportunity for Chelsea to be stronger.”

 

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Shakhtar Donetsk have informed Chelsea that if they plan to bid for Alex Teixeira during the winter transfer window, they will have to pay a minimum of £30million, according to the reports.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder is considered to be one of the Blues’ main targets for the January transfer window as Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa may soon leave Stamford Bridge.

Teixeira currently playing at Shakhtar Donetsk has scored 21 goals in 22 matches this season with incredible result of 19 goals in just 13 league games.

What’s interesting, the player himself confirmed some time ago that he would be interested in transfer to Chelsea. As he said:

“I have an offer, it was a pleasure to know that Chelsea want to sign me. It would be great if the transfer happens in January.”

However has just over two years on his contract and without any doubt the Ukrainians won’t sell him on the cheap.

 

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Former Chelsea target Aymen Abdennour has confirmed that the Blues tried to sign him during the summer transfer window. It is said that the Tunisian was targeted by Mourinho after John Stones bids were rebuffed.

Aymen Abdennour has admitted that there was interest from Chelsea on summer but in the deal he has chosen to join the Spanish club. The defender left Monaco and signed a five-year deal with Valencia.

Abdennour told Super Deporte :

“There were a lot of clubs I could have gone to play for in England or in Italy, but in the the end [Peter] Lim’s project was what attracted me,” 

“I felt really flattered by Valencia’s interest and it’s really good [to be here].”

“[Chelsea?] Yes, it’s true that there was interest.”

When it turned out that Tunisian has chosen Valencia, Chelsea signed Papy Djilobodji from Nantes. He made a debut for the Blues against Walsall in the Capital One Cup and it was his only appearance for Chelsea. That is why according to the latest rumours, he may leave Stamford Bridge in January.

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Didier Drogba has revealed that a text message from Frank Lampard was decisive in him turning down a chance to join Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2008.

Drogba, who left Chelsea for the second time last season having returned to the club for a year, is currently at Montreal Impact in the MLS and recently said he wanted to return to Chelsea in order to keep fit ahead ahead of the new season.

He is considered to be one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players and widely creditied with the club’s first Champions League victory in 2012 in which he scored the late equaliser and then the winning penalty against Bayern Munich.

In his autobiography Commitment, Drogba has revealed how close he came to leaving Chelsea  four years earlier when the club was under the short and unsuccessful tenure of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari had taken over in 2008 after taking Portugal to the Quarter-Finals of Euro 2008 and after a promising start oversaw an alarming dip in form from October until he was replaced by Guus Hiddink.

Drogba claims that Scolari tried to sell him in the summer of 2008, and was all set to join Serie A giants Inter Milan where Jose Mourinho, who had left Chelsea just months earlier, had taken over, until a text message from Lampard convinced him otherwise.

“The guy who single-handedly convinced me to stay was Frank Lampard,” Drogba says.

He continues:

“He text me saying: ‘Hi DD, I hope that you’re staying, because we have to win the league together, and we have to win the Champions League together!” 

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