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Real Madrid defender Pepe has no doubt that Sergio Ramos will remain at the club, despite interest from Manchester United. 

Ramos has constantly been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu, with a transfer to Old Trafford as part of a deal that would see David de Gea go the other way apparently the most likely.

No such deal has yet been struck, despite de Gea’s apparent desire to play for Real Madrid, and it now appears that the Spain goalkeeper could remain in England and join the ten time European Cup winners for nothing next season.

Ramos, for his part, has apparently cooled off on the idea of playing in the Premiership, and Pepe believes that he has made his mind up to stay in Spain.

Speaking to reporters in China, where Real are currently on tour, the Portuguese said this:

“He (Ramos) seems good to me. It’s not going through anyone’s head that Sergio won’t be here with us.

“He’s our captain now. I’m sure he’ll be with us because he loves us and the club.”

Continuing, Pepe also dismissed any suggestion that he might be looking for a move away, as well as praise new manager Rafael Benitez:

“I’m very happy at Madrid. My renewal is up to the president and my agent, I want to be here for more years yet. I hope this is a good season.

“Every coach has his mentality and his way of making the team play. The team are working hard to take in what the boss says. We’re trying to absorb it and then do it on the pitch.

“He wants the team to work really hard and that’s what we try to do. In the little time we’ve had him, things have been going well, and we hope it continues.”

Real Madrid are due to play Inter Milan on Monday in their latest pre-season game.

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Stevan Jovetic  is set to end his unhappy career at Man City and join Inter Milan, according to the Italian giants Twitter account. 

Jovetic, who played just 30 times in two years for Man City after he joined from Serie A club Fiorentina, will have a medical in Milan on Tuesday.

He signed for Man City for £22 million, but the fee last season’s Premiership’s runners-up will receive for him is as yet undisclosed. He will be Inter’s second significant signing of the summer after the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco.

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Manchester City have found themselves in the strange position of not being able to sell tickets for the huge game against Chelsea on the 16th August because they cannot officially open their new stand.

Manchester City have been working on the Ethihad Stadium’s south stand with a new third tier giving the ground 6,000 more seats, increasing overall capacity to 55,000.

The new stand was set to make its debut in City’s first game of the season against Chelsea, but those plans have been suspended after Manchester City Council demanded a test event must take place first to guarantee fan safety.

No such event has yet been organised, and last year’s runners-up have had to make a waiting list, currently with 3,000 names, for those trying to buy tickets.

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Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Mohamed Salah will leave Stamford Bridge.

Mohamed Salah’s future is so uncertain that even the Special One has admitted that he has no idea where the Egyptian winger will play in the next season. So far the only confirmed information is that, Salah would definitely leave Chelsea.
Speaking after Chelsea’s International Champions Cup match against PSG, Mourinho said about Salah :

“He doesn’t belong to my squad and he’s not staying here.

“The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I’m] happy with him going on a loan.

“Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it’s not Fiorentina it’s Roma or Inter or Juve – I don’t know. Maybe he has a loan.

“He’s a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I’m happy with any decision him and the club make.”

Mohamed Salah is heavily linked with a move to AS Roma. It is said that Giallorossi have agreed personal terms and a transfer fee for Salah but Fiorentina are holding up the transfer. All because Viola want to receive a compensation for giving up on legal action against Mohamed Salah.

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Former England U-21 manager Peter Taylor says that John Stones should stay at Everton for one more year despite Chelsea’s interest.

Taylor is convinced that John Stones should remain at Everton for at least one more year. According to Taylor’s words, Stones will not have a possibility to play regularly at Chelsea and this can slow down his development. However, former England U-21 manager is aware that Chelsea can make an offer which would be hard to refuse.

Taylor told Sky Sports:

I would say at the moment probably staying at Everton if he’s guaranteed a first-team place, for John’s education and progression he’s probably better off staying at Everton.”

”But who would ever turn down going to work for Mourinho? Especially on the defensive side of it, being in the same changing room as John Terry.

“He’s going to improve either way, but at the moment maybe if he could hang around for another year, play 38 league matches for Everton.”

“I think he would be a better player at the end of the season.”

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JOSE MOURINHO
José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea’s rivals are trying to buy silverware in the upcoming season.

The Portuguese coach has accused the contenders for the Premier League title that they are trying to mirror the kind of spending that Chelsea have made in 2004.

In 2004 when Roman Abramovich has took over Chelsea, the Blues have spent over £150m on Didier Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Arjen Robben and Petr Cech. At the time, Chelsea were accused of trying to buy the title due to the fact that  Abramovich has spent a huge amount of money on transfers. That is why today, Jose Mourinho has accused his opponents about the same thing.

Jose Mourinho told ESPN :

“In the beginning of Mr Abramovich coming to Chelsea, Chelsea was buying the title,”

“Now, they are buying the title. All of them, they are buying the title.”

“It is up to us to be strong and to fight them and, obviously, to try and win it again, even without the big investments.”

In the current transfer window, Chelsea have not spent significant cash on the transfers. The Blues have signed Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao. What is more Chelsea have not spent more than £30 million on one player since 2011.

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Chelsea have been chasing Everton defender John Stones for the whole summer but now their plans to sign him can be ruined by an eternal rival: Manchester United
Chelsea are yet to formally raise their initial £20m bid for Stones, despite some reports insisted hat a £34m offer was forthcoming within days.
Daily Mirror reports say that Manchester United are very keen on Stones and the paper placed a £38m price-tag for the the 21-year-old England international.
The Mirror also claims that Manchester United have made “discreet contact” with Everton to try to sign the Chelsea target.

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THIBAUT COURTOIS PENALTY PSG
The Blues won their last game thanks to Thibaut Courtois' penalty

Thibaut Courtois was Chelsea hero last night against PSG: the Belgian goalkeeper made a couple of great saves in the of the 90 minutes that preserved the 1-1 score and then shot the perfect penalty kick that gave the Blues the victory at penalty shootout.

The Chelsea number 1 spoke to Chelsea TV after the match was over:

“It’s a nice feeling, I think is a good thing because in the Champions League it can happen, you can train these things on trainings but not in a game so, even though it’s pre-season, you have the feeling that you have to score and you have to try to win the shootout. I was in the first five, but it was plenty of people so I said ‘I take the sixth one’.

“This is the first penalty I score: when I was younger I took one, but I was 12 and I missed it so after that I didn’t dare, the manager and the goalkeeper coach told me to shoot because I could do it and to train on it: it has worked well so, very good.

“It was a very good game, I think PSG got a strong squad: in the first half we had a little bit of trouble, Asmir [Begovic] made good saves, in the second half we had a little more of control, we scored and then in the end I made this save. It was a good pre-season game. FC Barcelona will be also a good test before our game on Sunday against Arsenal.

“In the pre-season when you have in such stadia and against such big teams of course you get more motivation so we can get prepared in the first trophy game in Wembley.

“We had a good game, maybe we had some 15-20 bad minutes in the first half, but we’re training very hard and it’s good to play 90 minutes game, [I guess] we’re doing very well.

 

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