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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea Football Club have submitted a planning application to increase Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium.

Current Stamford Bridge capacity is 41,600 seat and the Blues are planning to boost that figure to 60,000 seat. If the plan changes will be accepted and implemented the stadium become the fourth biggest stadium in London behind the Emirates, Wembley and Tottenham’s new place.

The information at Chelsea’s official website about the new stadium plans are:

The main details of the application are:

- Stadium seating capacity to expand from 41,600 to 60,000 spectators

- An outstanding view of the stadium from every seat

- An arena designed to create an exciting atmosphere

- Direct access to and from Fulham Broadway Station, making travel more efficient

- Stadium facilities improved for every area

Now the club’s application will now be examined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Their statement read:

“A planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity has been submitted,”

“This follows a successful consultation process during which we received very helpful feedback.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Inter Milan will seek to ensure the transfer of Branisalv Ivanovic by offering the Chelsea full-back a lucrative deal in January ahead of a summer move, according to the London Evening Standard

Ivanovic was one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers last season but has struggled immensely this campaign for both form and fitness. Inter, as ChelseaNews24 recently reported, have been admirers of the Serbia international for some time with manager Roberto Mancini making his acquisition the club’s transfer priority.

Ivanovic’s current Chelsea contract will expire this summer and he is free to talk to other clubs in January under the Bosman law. Chelsea are believed to be willing to offer him a new deal but this is likely to fall short of Inter’s as the club has a strict policy of offering players over the age of 30 one year deals.

As they have been willing to let Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba go in the recent past they are unlikely to change their rule for the sake of the 31-year-old Ivanovic.

The details of the offer Inter reportedly have on the table are as of yet undisclosed.

 

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Vitesse Arnhem coach Pete Bosz has praised on-loan Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke, saying he has rarely seen since talent in a player so young.

Solanke has scored 4 times in 12 matches, earning a regular place in the Eredivise side’s first team- a rare success among Chelsea’s on-loan players.

Speaking to the press in the Netherlands, Bosz said this about him:

“You can see that he’s incredibly talented.

“He has exceptional qualities. I have rarely seen such a talented young footballer, especially at that age. It’s actually unbelievable when you see what he does.

“Playing against physically strong defenders who are sometimes 10 years older than him is new to him. You can see that he is sometimes still easy to push off the ball. He is learning.

“For a player of his height, he is very agile and he has above-average technique. I really expect him to be a big talent. I think it is very special that Dom is playing football with us.”

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Chelsea will attempt to sign Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller after losing patience with Diego Costa, according to reports in today’s papers.

Costa, who Chelsea signed in 2014 from Atletico Madrid, was instrumental in helping the Blues win back the Premiership title before injury ended his season prematurely. He has failed to regain the form that he enjoyed for two-thirds of the 2014/15 campaign, admitting that he returned from pre-season overweight.

The Spain international was dropped for the 0-0 draw against Spurs on Sunday; Pedro, in Costa’s absence, did well in the striker position with a number of intelligent runs on and off the ball that created space for Hazard and Oscar to get in behind the home side’s defence.

Costa’s body language, as well as his not playing on the game, have led to speculation that he may well leave Stamford Bridge with Jose Mourinho tiring of his lack of form and disciplinary problems, and that the club will turn to the Bundesliga to find a replacement, namely Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller.

Muller, who scored against Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final, was a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer. Chelsea lost interest after signing Pedro from Barcelona but the Red Devils kept up the ultimately failed pursuit after losing the chase to sign the Spaniard.

Bayern’s position was then, as it probably will be now, that Muller, who has spent his whole career at the Allianz Arena, is not the sale at any price, but Chelsea should take heart from continued reports that the Germany international is interested in a move to England and is flattered by the interest.

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes that yesterday’s bizarre situation at White Hart Lane will come out Diego Costa only for good, because he will be fighting more for a place in Chelsea’s starting line-up.

For a long time the media are interested in the situation between Mourinho and the Spaniard. Several recent situation has become the object of speculation on the future of striker at Stamford Bridge.

At the beginning of the new season, Costa admitted that he came back to training overweight. While last  week the Portuguese coach has criticised his striker for not being able to read the game. During the break the match between Chelsea  and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League group stage last week, between Mourinho and Costa also had come to quarrel. And yesterday’s events at White Hart Lane was a kind of culmination of the tense situation between the Special One and his player.

There is no secret that the Spanish striker found himself under fire after his controversial behaviors. That is why his teammate Branislav Ivanovic has decided to back him, saying that according to his experiences, Costa will come out much stronger from all this situation.

Ivanovic said:

“I expect Diego to come back strongly. We start the season as a team and we have to finish as a team. This is important.”

“When we start losing, we all know it’s not about the one or two players playing badly or playing well. It’s about the team.”

“Diego didn’t play on Sunday but I know he’ll be ready for the next game. He scored against Norwich two weeks ago – the winning goal.”

“It’s all about the team in the moment. We all have to think about that. Sometimes, for a player who isn’t playing it’s difficult – but it is a normal situation for the club.”

The Serbian admitted, that the draw against Tottenham will help the team to rebuild their confidence:

“That was a very difficult game for us given our position. We wanted to show our character and show how good we are. We did well.”

“We got another clean sheet, which is very important for the confidence of defenders. Our confidence is starting to build. Everyone can feel that. The team spirit is back and we are all again on the right track.“None of us expected the start that we have had. It was a shock for all of us. It’s taken time to react to everything that’s happened and get going again. I learnt a lot from that. I know where I made mistakes and I will do everything in the future to not repeat that.”

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Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino is fully convinced that Jose Mourinho made the right decision to drop Diego Costa during Sunday’s clash at White Hart Lane.

The Spaniard was left on the bench for yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Tottenham. The decision made by Mourinho was a big surprise for everyone, and especially for Costa who in nasty manner showed their dissatisfaction from it.

Chelsea striker appeared to toss his bib over Mourinho after returning to the dugout while warming up. Of course, all cameras recorded the situation, and even if the Portuguese coach has denied speculation about his conflict with Costa, an avalanche of speculation over the future of the Spaniard has started.

Former Chelsea player Cascarino admits, however, that he expected more from Costa and considered his behavior as childish and reprehensible.

Cascarino told Sky Sports Now:

“These sorts of instances are more childish than anything.”

“He’s probably quite fortunate it didn’t land on Jose because I think there might have been a different reaction from him.

“He (Mourinho) has dropped numerous Chelsea players this season and he’s trying to find results. Could Diego complain? No.”

“He’s been indifferent this year. He’s reached nowhere near the level of last season but I guarantee he’ll be in the team against Bournemouth this weekend.”

“I wouldn’t be surprise if he scored. I’d be shocked if Jose didn’t get him back in the side and give him a bit of a slap on the wrists. He hasn’t played as well.”

“What do you want to get from a player? You want a reaction and that’s what he’ll hope to get from him.”

“That’s what he got from Eden Hazard. He left him out and told him the reasons why and Hazard was Chelsea’s best player on Sunday.”

However, he has no doubt that Costa may return to his great form and remain Chelsea key player but he needs to change his behaviour:

“If he plays like he did in the early part of last season then yes. He scored a lot of goals, 22 last year.”

“They need him to get back to that. He can find his form again and if you want to win titles and cups, you have to reach a level Costa was at in the first four or five months of last season.”

“He had an okay end to the season but this season has been very, very poor. We all know what he’s capable of and he not moving anywhere near as much.”

“Off the ball and trying to get chances, he is getting involved in too many fights with individuals. Long term, I think Chelsea are better with Diego in the side but the Diego Costa of last season.”

Despite his reprehensible behavior, Cascarino is convinced, that Costa will find himself in the starting XI against Bournemouth on Saturday.

 

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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is convinced that Chelsea proved on Sunday, that they are still able to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

The Blues drew 0-0 against Tottenham making it three successive clean sheets after the victory in the Champions League over Maccabi Tel-Aviv and last week over Norwich in the Premier League.

Former Tottenham boss has no doubt that Sunday’s perforamance at White Hart Line is a proof that Chelsea return to form.

Redknapp wrote in his Daily Telegraph column :

”I would imagine there was only one person who left White Hart Lane properly content with what they saw: Jose Mourinho.”

”Chelsea came to the Lane to do a job and they did it to perfection. They were taking on a Tottenham side in great form, a team taking a serious stab at the Europa League as well as the domestic title and they stopped them in their tracks.”

”Sure, they may not have made many chances – though Eden Hazard might have nicked it at the end – but Mourinho will have been more than pleased with that.”

”Why? Because it suggests that the basics are coming back for Chelsea. For whatever reason, they have had a torrid time of it this season. At Spurs you could see they are starting to look more like the Chelsea of old: solid, organised, very hard to beat. The keys have been found to the bus.”

”Nemanja Matic, who was so important to them last season when they won the title, an absolute powerhouse, really does appear to be coming back. When Matic is on song, Chelsea have that core stability.”

”I thought Branislav Ivanovic was much better too. He’s been a mistake waiting to happen for much of this season, but against Tottenham he was solid, dependable, much more like the character Jose can rely on. Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill played Harry Kane as well as anyone. And really with this Tottenham, if you can stop Kane you have a chance.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes that Costa’s behaviour during Sunday’s clash against Tottenham at White Hart Line predicts the beginning of the end for the striker at Chelsea.

The Spaniard refused to take part in the warm-up ahead of the Premier League game against the Spurs after being omitted from the Chelsea’s starting XI and later tossed his substitute’s bib at Mourinho.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper has no doubt that such behavior is unacceptable and heralds the beginning of the end of the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bosnich said:

“It didn’t look good.  Generally when you are with a manager and you do that type of thing, it is the beginning of the end.”

“Not going out for the warm-up, I can understand that completely, but throwing the bib at the manager during the game points to one way.”

“They probably won’t do it immediately but I really do think it is the beginning of the end, which is really unfortunate because he has been a smash hit since he has been at Chelsea.”

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Former Chelsea player and trainer Ruud Gullit is convinced that Jose Mourinho has decided to drop Diego Costa against Tottenham Hotspurs because he has got enough of his poor form and lack of goals.

The Portuguese coach left the Spaniard on the bench for the game against Spurs at White Hart Lane, just few days after widely commented clash between Mourinho and Costa during Chelsea’s Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

According to Gullit, Jose Mourinho has had enough of the controversial behavior of footballer. Perhaps the Special One would  not pay attention to the behavior of the Spaniard, if he presented at least good form, but unfortunately it is exactly the other way around.

Writing in his column for the BBC, Gullit said:

“Mourinho kept picking Costa when he was not scoring for weeks and weeks and also defended him when he behaved badly on the field.”

“He was very loyal to his player but there was always going to be a time where he would say ‘enough is enough’ and leave him out, and it came at the weekend.”

“When you do that and the player himself still thinks he has done enough to be picked, then you have a problem – that seemed to be what was happening with Costa’s behaviour at White Hart Lane.”

“But Mourinho is the manager and now Costa knows he will be tough with him too. What happens next is up to him, but if he is not playing well, then he will stay on the bench.”

“I don’t see it being a permanent situation, because Mourinho is still searching for an answer up front.”

 

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard admits that he feels a bit unsatisfied after Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspurs, because he believes Chelsea deserved at least one goal.

Hazard told Chelsea’s official website:

” A draw is a good result but I think we deserved to score a goal to cap off a good performance ”

” In the first half Oscar gave a great cross to me which I headed over. We didn’t have a lot of chances but Hugo Lloris stopped a volley from me which was a beautiful save. If I had scored then it would have been 1-0 and it could have been a win for us. ”

” It’s always difficult to play at Tottenham. Last season we lost here 5-3 and we tried to get revenge but I think a draw is a good result. ”

” There was a lot of movement with small passes between us. It was not always easy but we did a good job and tried to score. We enjoyed playing together. ”

” I have played on the left, on the right, recently in the number 10 role, and I just enjoy playing. I know to give my all wherever I am on the pitch. ”

” We try to take game after game and win game after game, ”

”We won against Norwich, we drew here and we play a good game at home next week which we have to win.”

 ”We want to finish in the top four and we know it’s difficult but we will try. We will continue to work hard and continue to take pleasure from our game. ”

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