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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was involved in a jokey training ground bust up with Sergio Ramos, forcing Spain boss Vincente del Bosque to step in.

The Real Madrid defender tripped up Costa in training, before innocently jogging off and gesturing to the Spain striker to get up.

The pair exchanged words, before Del Bosque stepped in to break up the war of words.

Spain are currently preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovakia.


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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits, that Chelsea must improve if the Blues want to defend the Premier League title.

After four games Chelsea have collected only four points, eight points behind current leaders Manchester City. It’s the worst start of the season for the Blues since 1995-96 campaign.

That is why, Begovic has urged Chelsea players to improve and return to action after the international break.

Begovic told Daily Mail :

“We need to improve, we know that,”

“But we definitely will – we’ve got the quality and character to really push on and challenge for the title.”

“Obviously from a results point of view it’s not where we want to be at the moment.”


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Former Tottenham and Roma striker Mido has no doubts, that his compatriot Mohamed Salah has left Fiorentina in order to be able to play in Champions League.

Salah has snubbed Fiorentina and turned down the chance to stay at Artemio Franchi on loan from Chelsea. Instead, the Egyptian player decided to join the Serie A giants, AS Roma. His transfer has surprised Fiorentina owners who asked FIFA to launch an investigation against the Egyptian player. But former Roma striker Mido understands the decisions his compatriot.

Mido told the journalists :

“He left Fiorentina because he thought he had reached a level that he can play in the Champions League, and at Roma he can do that.”

“I hope he can achieve his goals, which I and other Egyptians were not able to do in Italy.”

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Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew has praised his compatriot Abdul Baba Rahman calling him a very good, modern left-back who can do everything.

Ayew who joined Aston Villa on five-year deal from Lorient, has no doubts, that Abdul Baba Rahman is a player, that Chelsea needed.

Both players grew up in the same town in Ghana, and they treat each other like brothers. That is why Aston Villa players can’t wait for 17 October when his club will face Chelsea in Premier League.

Ayew told Aston Villa’s official website :

“Baba is a good friend of mine,”

“We come from the same town. In fact I wouldn’t even describe him as a friend – more a brother,”
“I’m very happy for him.

“He’s a very good, modern left-back who can do everything – attacking, defending, crossing.
“It is great for Ghana to have players in the best league in the world.”


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Fiorentina have warned Mohamed Salah, that they will continue their legal action against him. However, the player’s lawyer Remy Abbas seems to be sure that the Egyptian has nothing to fear.

All indications are that the conflict between Fiorentina and Mohamed Salah is not about to end. The club from Tuscany asked FIFA to launch an investigation against the Egyptian player.

While, his lawyer, seems not to be worry about his client’s situation. He is so confident, that Salah will not be punished by FIFA, that he made a sarcastic comment on his Twitter about all the fuss.

Remy Abbas wrote on his Twitter :

”If Salah becomes suspended in December due to this Fiorentina story, I will make kebabs in public in Firenze for one whole day.”

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Santi Cazorla believes that Diego Costa will fire Spain to Euro 2016 qualification, despite a poor start to the Premiership season with Chelsea.

Costa has scored just once in four matches as Chelsea have recorded one win so far this season, the second goal in the 3-2 win over West Brom.

The two-time European Champions face Slovakia in Oviedo today and can go top of their group with a win. Costa has played in just two of Spain’s six qualifiers so far in this campaign due to a recurring hamstring injury, something that has also harmed his Chelsea form since the end of last season. The Brazil-born centre forward is still first choice up front for the national side, however.

Speaking about his teammate and his country’s chances of qualification, Arsenal’s Cazorla said this:

“I speak to Diego a lot and he says he’s feeling great.

“On other occasions when he’s come to the Spain squad with injuries he has not been in his best physical condition.

“Right now he feels good and he’s enthusiastic. He’s going to be a vital player and hopefully he can score lots of goals.

“Personally, I’ve been playing all year in this position with Arsenal and I like it,” he added.

“I got used to it quickly. In the last qualifying game I played alongside Busquets and I enjoyed playing there. The main thing though is give my all for the team no matter where I’m asked to play.” 

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Papy Djilobodji has gave his first interview as a Chelsea player where has admitted that he will try to follow in Marcel Desailly’s footsteps.

Djilobodji told Chelsea official website :

Welcome to Chelsea Papy. How does it feel to be a Chelsea player?

I am really happy to be a Chelsea player. I have come here to learn and to go to higher places with the club, and to win trophies as well. I’m really happy and I want to show all my qualities and skills not just to the manager and the players, but also to the supporters.

How was your first day at Cobham?

It went really well. It was absolutely brilliant to be out there training.

I spoke to the manager who welcomed me which was really nice of him and I thanked him. I spoke to the players that are here, people like John Terry, Falcao, Oscar and Loic Remy, and I even had a bit of banter with some of the youngsters that were training.

Did you know any of the squad beforehand?

I didn’t know any of them but I have played against some that have been in the French leagues previously, people like Eden Hazard when he was at Lille and Falcao when he was at Monaco. The rest of them I have seen on TV because I watch lots of Premier League matches, and now I am here with them I just want to prove myself and show what I have got to offer.

What have been your impressions of English football when you have seen it on TV?

The quality of football is always really high. People have told me I have an English style of play, and what I’m going to do is keep adapting my style of play so I can play like everyone here.

Football is a sport that when you’re playing you’re giving joy to the people watching, so I want to give it everything I have got to give that pleasure to everyone at the club and to our supporters.

For supporters who haven’t seen you play, could you tell us what your strengths as a player are?

I am a defender and I want to do my job well, which is to defend well and to not let things get past me. Technically-speaking I am making a lot of progress. From this point onwards I am going to be looking for advice from the manager and implement what he advises me to do and what my team-mates want me to do.

Playing as part of a group like this you’re a team and you can’t be doing your own thing, so I need to integrate myself and let other people help me integrate so we can work together towards winning things, which is what this club is all about.   

We have a long history of signing African players, including from France…

I am really happy about the club’s African history and it gives me a lot of pleasure to know so many great players have been at this club and have left something behind. Obviously I have just arrived but I want to do exactly what they’ve done. They’re role models and I want to emulate them.

When you play at a club like this the whole of Africa is watching. I want to give it my all and create really good expectations for all my young African brothers.

Another defender with African heritage, Marcel Desailly, was a great defender for Chelsea, and he started his career at Nantes. Was he someone you looked up when you were growing up?

He was a great role model. I actually had the opportunity to meet him at Nantes when he came to training with my coach and he gave me some advice, telling me that now I had made it this far I had to keep working hard.

There is the added element that he was a defender like me, so I would love to follow in his footsteps. If I have the opportunity to see him again I will ask him questions and take whatever advice he gives and try and apply it on the field to help me move forward. 

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Chelsea have been accused of exploiting the loan market by the Head of the PFA (Players’ Football Association) Gordan Taylor, in an interview with the Daily Mirror

Chelsea’s dealings in the last few days of the transfer window means they currently have 33 players on loan with many scattered around Europe’s big leagues. The club has been criticised by some in the game for not acting in the interest of the players and damaging their development, and the head of the players’ union agrees.

Speaking to the Mirror, Mr Taylor said this:

“It’s a bit of a worry with so many Chelsea players out on loan. It’s almost a warehousing of players. You wonder whether it brings into question the integrity of the various competitions.

“From a player’s point of view, you can see they would want to go out on loan if there is not a first-team place available.

“But Chelsea have an academy so you have to wonder how it is they have such a phenomenal number of players out there.

“Players want to play and the loan system gives them that chance. But then there are players at these clubs in Europe who are denied the chance because others are coming in with their parent clubs paying their wages. It makes that option more attractive.

“So then it is not about the best team winning a particular competition, it is about who has the best relationship with the biggest clubs.

“It’s not so much something that we’ve been alerted to. It’s something that you can’t fail to notice because it has been such a phenomenal number of players out there.”


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Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel is to move to Turkish side Besiktas on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports from Turkish Football.

The Nigerian, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Norway in 2006, has seen just six minutes of first team action in four games this season, which came in a substitute appearance in the 2-3 win at West Brom.

It is believed the Turkish side wanted Mikel in the summer transfer window, but football agent Mesrin İzzet claimed Blues boss Jose Mourinho wanted the 28-year old to stay at the club.

Izzet, who is reportedly representing Mikel in Turkey, told Turkish radio station Radyospor:
“Mikel could join Beşiktaş in January in-fact it would not be a surprise as he wants to play in Turkey and wants first team football.”
Despite having been pushed out of the first team by Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, Mikel still has another two-years on his contract and has made over 340 appearances for Chelsea. He is the second-longest serving player currently at Stamford Bridge, behind captain John Terry.



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Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke scored as the England U19 side beat their German counterparts 2-3 in Bergisch Gladbach.

The Blues youngster, who has already scored after just two games on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, scored the visitors’ second goal just before the hour mark with some instinctive finishing.

Goals from Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo and Ainsley Maitland-Niles sealed an impressive win for the Young Lions, despite goals from Crawley striker Prince Osei Owusu and Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrich.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd can be proud of how his side held on to see out the game after spending the majority of the second half with just 10 men.

Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny denied a certain goal with his hand, and was dismissed as a result.

Solanke started brightly, laying off Ojo in the 11th minute, who raced through the German defence. But, after good work down the left flank, Ojo, who is on loan at Championship side Wolves, saw his effort pushed over the bar.

19-year old Solanke then had a hand in the first goal on 36 minutes, when after showing great strength he laid off Ojo, who made no mistake in putting England ahead.

But, the leaders were soon reduced to 10 men – Mainz 05’s Suat Serdar cut inside and fired past Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, but 18-year old Kenny handled on the line and was given his marching orders. Owusu made no mistake in converting the penalty, making it 1-1.

Solanke however showed some brilliant attacking play to restore the lead in the second half. After the German goalkeeper was hesitant in coming to a  short backpass, the Chelsea prodigy stole in and tucked the ball into the net.

Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles, currently on loan at Ipswich Town, then hit a wonder strike minutes later from 25 yards into the top corner of the net, making the score 1-3.

Henrich’s long range strike with 12 minutes left pulled one back for the hosts, but Boothroyd’s team survived a nervy last ten minutes to seal the win at the Belkaw Arena.






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