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Repots have surfaced over night that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has agreed to sign a pre-contract deal with Manchester United.

Current United boss Louis Van Gaal has one-year remaining on his current deal but could see that cut short after a poor season at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December, the same year in which he won the Premier League, but left the Blues just one place above the relegation zone.

It is thought that Mourinho would pocket a huge £15 million in compensation if United choose to stick with Van Gaal and he is not appointed by June 1st.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, a source from the company of Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes confirmed he has already signed an agreement to move to Old Trafford. However, the insider also claimed United still reserve the right to change their mind.

“If United do not sign the final contract [with Mourinho] before 1 May, they must pay £5m; if by 1 June he’s still not signed, they shall pay another £10m,” the report said of United’s supposed interest. “May is the key, because it’s the month in which the vast majority of the signings of players are closed and the plans formed.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has today spoken out about his time under Jose Mourinho this season and the incident involving Eva Carneiro.

Speaking on Sky Sports programme Goals on Sunday Begovic said “No, I don’t think [Mourinho lost the dressing room],”

“Even towards the last few games we had some good results. But then the Tottenham and Leicester was the final straw. It was just unfortunate that those things happened.

I mean I have to admit to everyone that it [Carniero incident] had zero impact. It was kept from us, it was between management and club and medical staff. It was all settled behind the scenes,”

Begovic spoke highly of Mourinho and told of his frustration at the run of poor results.

“Yeah, that’s the frustration,” he added. “Especially with someone like him. It was difficult to take. Frustration boils over and the manager himself let some things get out of hand but we kept believing in him and treated each individual game as it came. Things just really piled up. It was difficult.”

“His Attention to detail and how he speaks about the game is second to none. I was surprised when he was sacked. he was the sort of person who made it seem like we could all fight through this. but like I said the club had different ideas and took action.

“Hiddink has come in and kept calm around the place. Things have improved – he’s come in and has done OK. We’re hoping to carry through the positivity to next season,”

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Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda reveals he rejected the Nou Camp in favour of Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian, currently on loan at Real Betis was signed from Anderlecht, told Spanish paper Marca that he rejected an offer from Barcelona “It is true that I rejected Barcelona because Chelsea also agreed to sign my brothers,” Musonda told Marca.

“At the time, it was very important for the family that we all joined the same club. We wanted to stick together.

“Barcelona are among the best in the world, but it was important for me to have my family with me.

“Visiting La Masia was very impressive. It was a great experience that motivated me to keep working very hard. I was introduced to Pep Guardiola. It was a great visit.”

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West Ham lead twice at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, first through Manuel Lanzini and then via Andy Carroll. The Hammers though were reached by Cesc Fabregas, who scored the first equaliser with free-kick and then a seriously disputed penalty at the end of the second half.

After the game, Fabregas took to Instagram and did not seem too happy with the draw, given that he posted: “Not the result we wanted. Let’s fight until the end.”

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Chelsea star Willian,  after 2-2 draw against West Ham, told SkySports: ” We played very well in a really open game, especially in the second half when we fought doing our best. We have to continue playing every remaining game with the power we showed in the second half. We started it very well, but in our best moment Andy Carrol scored.”

The Brazilian international added: “It’s difficult to play when you have not chances to win the league but we have to do it and do our best to end the season in the best way.”

Then, about Fabregas first score: “He trained a little bit in the training ground, even if I usually take the free-kicks I’m glad for his two goals. He brought us to the draw.”

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After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against West Ham the Hammers manager described conceding the last minute goal as ‘gutting’.

“To concede that late is gutting, but to concede it from a penalty that is not a penalty is unacceptable,” Bilic said.

“It was not close to the line. It was way out. It was not a penalty. We are gutted and we are not getting these decisions.”

Fabregas scored the last-minute penalty to make it 2-2.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke after today’s 2-2 draw against West Ham: “We started well in the first 10 minutes but we then started losing the possession too easily. We reacted just before half-time, especially with the beautiful Cesc Fabregas free-kick. In the second half we got caught on the counter, but we reacted perfectly to get the draw.”

He added: “This is a very good West Ham side. They are knocking on the door for the top four. I was happy with the late penalty decision. It’s difficult for me to make a judgement – I think he was tripped on the line. On the line is part of the box.”

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Starting XI

Courtois 6 – Played well in goal and made some good saves. Couldn’t do much about the goals.

Ivanovic 7 – Got down the wing well in an attacking sense and put some quality balls into the box.

Cahill 6 – Held the line well. Made some good tackles.

Terry 6 – A good partnership with Cahill and seemed solid at the back despite the team conceding 2 goals.

Azpilicueta 7 – Got forward well and played well defensively.

Mikel 6 – Didn’t have much impact on the game.

Fabregas 8 – Scored 2 goals. A fantastic free-kick and a calmly struck penalty.

Willian 7 – Did well in the game but couldn’t influence with a goal or an assist.

Oscar 6 – Made some good attacking runs and found himself in some good positions.

Kenedy 5 – Struggled to get into the game. Replaced at half time after a blow to the face.

Remy 6 – slightly isolated upfront for some parts but did hold the ball up well when asked.

Substitutes

Pedro 6 – Good control on the ball but couldn’t influence the game much.

Traore 6 – Played well and made some good runs on the ball. Also saved a goal after a goal-line clearance late on.

Loftus-Cheek 7 – Won the penalty for the equaliser after a winding run into the box. Could have won the game with an opportunity late on.

Manager

Guus Hiddink 7 – Did well to change his tactics after West Ham seemed to control the game early on.

 

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A first half with two great goals. first from Lanzini to put West Ham 1-0 up  and then stoppage time of the first half saw Cesc Fabregas equalise with an emphatic strike from a free-kick which sailed into the top right corner.

A substitution from Chelsea at half-time sees Pedro replace Kenedy.

The first chance in the second half came from Oscar after a great ball across the goal from Ivanovic but Oscar couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball to divert it towards goals.

Chelsea looked threatening early in the second half, winning corner after corner, a goal in the coming it seemed.

West Ham hit Chelsea on the break and Cresswell found himself in the box, he hit a left footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and rolled calmly out for a Chelsea throw-in.

The hour mark and Remy found himself on the edge of the box, held off Reid but could only find Adrian with his shot. West Ham got the ball up the pitch quickly, Payet played in Andy Carroll and he found the net with a left-footed shot. Carroll only being on the pitch for a matter of seconds. An inspired substitution from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

2-1 West Ham.

A chance for Fabregas in the 72nd minute. A corner whipped in from Willian and an unsuspecting Fabregas headed the ball over the bar. He should have done better.

Fabregas with another chance just 2 minutes later. An acrobatic over-head kick from the middle of the box. The Spaniard unable to hit the target and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Chelsea pressing for the equalising goal, John Terry attacking the corner from Willian but he couldn’t keep the ball down and hit the target.

Chelsea looking likely to score but unable yet to produce the goods after 78 minutes of football.

West Ham tried to conserve their one goal advantage by staying deep and catching Chelsea on the counter attack. West Ham managed to win a corner and Andy Carroll forced a good save from Courtois.

After soaking up a lot of West Ham pressure, Chelsea find a counter attack in the 88th minute in which substitute Loftus-Cheek was brought down inside the box and won a penalty for Chelsea.

Fabregas stepped up to take the resulting penalty, a slight stutter in the run-up and he placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner, sending Adrian the wrong way. Calmly done by Fabregas.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham.

An exciting and very heated few last minutes in stoppage time with Chelsea fighting for the winning goal and West Ham hanging on to the draw.

The final whistle goes after 97 minutes of play with the scores level at 2-2.

 

CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs – Randolph, Song, O’Brien, Oxford, Emenike, Carroll, Obiang

Manager – Slaven Bilic

 

Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge in round 31 of the Premier League.

An even start to the game with an equal share of possession, West Ham playing high up the pitch with a very pressing style of play.

A fantastic bit of Chelsea play in the 8th minute that gave Remy a shooting opportunity but the angle was tight, Adrian saved with his feet and West Ham were able to clear.

Ivanovic received the first yellow card of the game in the 16th minute after a cynical trip brings down a forward running Payet.

A fantastic strike from Lanzini in the 17th minute, around 20-yards out, finds the top right corner giving Thibaut Courtois absolutely no chance of saving. 1-0 to West Ham. West ham found some good momentum after taking the lead, pegging Chelsea back into their own final third.

After half an hour, Chelsea managed to find their feet and gain some possession in threatening areas but West Ham held out well.

Ivanovic got forward well in the 38th minute, fired a cross into the box but the ball was blocked and went out for a corner. The resulting corner got headed out well but only as far as Kenedy, who got brought down on the edge of the West Ham box. kenedy took a knock to the face and had to leave the pitch to receive treatment. Willian hit the free-kick from around 30-yards out but the ball fizzed past Adrian’s right hand post and the keeper seemingly had it covered.

Stoppage time in the first half and Reid makes a mistake at the back for West Ham and conceded a free-kick in an attempt to recover.

Fabregas placed the ball down and struck a fantastic shot into the top right corner, well out-of-reach for Adrian. A great goal from the Spanish midfielder.

An exciting first half came to a close with the score 1-1 after Fabregas managed to convert a free-kick to cancel out Lanzini’s effort in the early stages.

The scores level at the break.

CHELSEA – Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Valencia, Sakho, Payet

Subs – Randolph, Song, Carroll, Obiang, O’Brien, Emenike, Oxford

Manager – Slaven Bilic

 

Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

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