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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was top scorer for Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has fears that his lack of recent appearances may affect his place in next summer’s Euro squad. After being a regular in last season’s league-winning team, he has found appearances hard to come by due to the consistent performances of Kurt Zouma.

Cahill has played just 12 matches this season and may seek a move away from the club to secure a seat on England’s plane to France next summer. After signing from Bolton in January 2012, he helped the Chelsea team win the Champions League and has picked up 40 England caps.

But, according to Reuters, Gary Cahill has found himself at a ‘crossroads of his career’.

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Today Chelsea have confirmed Brazilian midfielder Ramires has left to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.

The transfer is reported to be in the region of £25 million, which will be seen as a coup for the man who’s made 15 starts this season, but has mainly been on the fringes of the squad.

Having been at Chelsea for 5 and a half years Ramires scored vital goals, most notably in the 2012 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona and in the 2012 FA Cup final during a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

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It is rumoured that Leicester City are in the running to sign Loic Remy during the January transfer window.

The unfavoured Frenchman is contemplating a move away from Stamford Bridge due to the lack of game time he has received. Remy is said to be reluctant in joining The Foxes because they already have in form strikers at the club, the likes of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa. All 3 have been in some great form of late and all 3 have been scoring goals. However, since August 2014, no Chelsea player has a better goal/playing time ratio than Remy. He is scoring a goal every 105 minutes. Diego Costa is second with a goal every 131 minutes.

Loic Remy is worried that his lack of match time will play a big part in his selection for the French National team for the Euro’s that take place this coming summer. If Leicester cant guarantee the 29-year-old regular playing time, he may be forced to lean towards Newcastle, who are understood to be wanting the player on loan.

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After his man of the match display against his former club Arsenal on Sunday, Cesc Fabregas believes he is back to his best.

Speaking to Chelsea’s Official website the Spaniard said “I’m nearly there, I’m feeling very sharp. My brain is much quicker than the last few months, I struggled a bit.

“I don’t know why it left, but the sharpness is back. Under pressure I’m much more in control, I’m not shaky, but of course my team-mates make it easier for me.

“But in the last year I’m in the best form right now.”

With the Blues entering a crucial period they will hope their playmaker can re-produce the form he showed in last seasons campaign.

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It’s being reported today that Chelsea midfielder Ramires is having a medical in China today over his proposed £25 million move to Jiangsu Suning according to Sky Sports.

Ramires is due to sign a 4-year deal for the Chinese club. Following his Brazilian team mate Paulinho to the Chinese Super League. The Blues midfielder will be fondly remembered by the fans for his audacious lob over Barcelona’s Victor Valdes in the semi-final of the Champions League winning run in 2012.

 

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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said his side’s extra work on the training ground has warranted their recent good results.

The Blues beat second-placed Arsenal on Sunday, meaning they are still unbetean since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as interim manager.

Speaking to the Chelsea website, Ivanovic, who has recently signed a one-year contract extension, said that the performance deserved three points:

“It was a very important win and as a team we deserved it,” the Serbian said.

“The key point was our team spirit and after the game we can be happy with the three points. We started really well and controlled the game until the red card. We wanted to score another goal and, honestly, I think we deserved the win.

“We played a hard game against an opponent who always ask questions of you if you want to take something from their stadium. It could be a real turning point for us but we need to be focused on the next game.”

Between the home match against West Brom on 13th January and the trip to Watford next Wednesday, Guus Hiddink’s side have been playing one match per week, and Ivanovic has said that this extra training time is proving extremely beneficial:

“The first thing we have to say is that we’ve had more time to work, we’ve had a week between games and we’ve worked very hard,” Ivanovic explained.

Our physical condition is better and the result is that we are showing it on the pitch.

“We are really working hard because when the games start coming every three days we won’t have time for that.

“The cups are always a chance to win trophies and make the season positive, but we still have to think about the Premier League.

“We are starting to play as a team which is very important. During a year it can be good or bad and you have ups and downs. This season a lot of times we have been down so we are trying to make half the season positive, that’s what we’re looking for.”

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Chelsea and West Brom have both been fined by the FA after their feisty 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in January. 

The Blues were fined £65,000, and the Baggies £35,000, for failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

Tony Pulis’ side twice came from behind to steal a point in the game, with Chelsea striekr Diego Costa again the limelight for the wrong reasons after several confrontations with West Brom players, including midfielder Cluadio Yacob and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

Yacob, who had already been booked, was swiftly substituted after the flare up between himself and Costa, with Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink branding referee Anthony Taylor “one of the worst” that he had experienced in the Premier League for not dismissing him.

 

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Chelsea Forward Patrick Bamford is a transfer target for a few teams in this January transfer window. Struggling top tier side Norwich and in form Championship teams Hull and Middlesbrough are said to be the teams interested. Bamford has spent some time on loan at Middlesbrough and isn’t shy of scoring goals at that level. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in 39 games at the riverside stadium and seems really suited for their style of football.

It’s unknown at this time where the Chelsea man will end up. Norwich will be looking to lure him in with Premier League football but Middlesbrough can surely guarantee the striker first team football on a more frequent basis and he already knows his way around the ground.

Furthermore, Chelsea are said to have a deal in place to sign Alexandre Pato from Corinthians and if the deal is completed it will surely help Guus Hiddink make the decision the let Bamford go.

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Chelsea’s number 1 goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has praised Diego Costa over his recent form and also his goal against Arsenal at the weekend.

We knew that when he scored a few goals again he would go on and score more, and I think he has confidence.

“He’s a top striker and he will score more goals for us, this was a big one.”

Costa has struggled to match his debut season with the Blues, scoring 20 goals in 26 games which is an unbelievable record to have in your first season in the Premier League. However, since the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, playing under Guus Hiddink the striker has netted 6 times in 6 games and his confidence seems to be extremely high at present.

Chelsea have climbed to 13th place in the league and look to be on the up with an unbeaten run of 7 games.

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