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Thibaus Courtois has hailed the impact Pedro has had on Chelsea since arriving from Barcelona, and insists the Spaniard gives the team’s other forwards more freedom. 

Pedro joined Chelsea after a move to Manchester United fell through for numerous reasons. He made his debut against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday where he scored one goal and set up another as the Champions earned their first win of the season.

His speed and skill were clear to see, and Belgian Courtois thinks it is his countryman and last season’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard who will benefit most from Pedro’s presence in the team, citing the greater creative freedom Hazard will get with defenders having to focus on his new team mate.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Courtois said this:

“Now we have Pedro, the defenders can’t just stay with Eden because they will know the other side is free for him to exploit, as well as for players like Willian and our top strikers, too.

“So Pedro’s arrival is good for us because defenders will now have to think more about where and who they are going to press. That should mean there will always be a man free on the other side.”

 

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Chelsea will find out their Champions League fate tomorrow night, with the draw for the group stages taking place tomorrow at 16:45 GMT in Monaco ( 17.45 local time).

This year does however see changes to the seeding system. For the first time, the champions of the top seven divisions in Europe are all put in Pot 1. The winners of last season’s competition are also entered into the pot.

The top seven divisions (the champions of those leagues are in brackets):

– England: Premier League (Chelsea)

– France: Ligue 1 (Paris Saint-Germain)

– Italy – Serie A (Juventus)

– Germany – Bundesliga (Bayern Munich)

– Spain – Liga BBVA (Barcelona)

– Russia – Football Premier League (Zenit St. Petersburg)

– Portugal – Primeira Liga (Benfica)

But, due to Barcelona winning the Champions League last season, the team from the eighth division in Europe is also entered into the pot. That team is PSV Eindhoven, who won the Dutch Eredivisie last season.

The teams are drawn from four pots, the teams from which make up eight groups. There are three other English teams in the draw – however, Chelsea are unable to meet them in the group stages.

 

The pots (the nationalities of the teams are in brackets):

Pot One: Barcelona (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Chelsea (England), Juventus (Italy), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Benfica (Portugal), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), PSV Eindhoven (Holland).

Pot Two: Real Madrid (Spain), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Arsenal (England), Manchester City (England), Valencia (Spain), Manchester United (England), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany).

Pot Three: Olympiakos (Greece), Galatasaray (Turkey), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Lyon (France), Roma (Italy), Shakhtar Donestk (Ukraine), Sevilla (Spain), CSKA Moscow (Russia).

Pot Four: Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Wolfsburg (Germany), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Gent (Belgium), Malmo (Sweden), BATE (Belarus), Astana (Kazakhstan).

UCL draw pots

 

Chelsea could still face trips to Real or Atletico Madrid, as well as several other top European sides. The Blues, who last won the competition in 2012, will however look to improve on last season’s Champions League performance, when they were knocked out in the second round by PSG.

The knock-out rounds begin on February 16th, with the final to take place at Inter and AC Milan’s San Siro s Stadium on May 28th 2016. The ground last hosted the Champions League final in 2001, when Bayern Munich beat Valencia. Curiously neither Inter or Milan will take part to this Champions League edition due to their poor season last year.

 

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Piers Morgan has revealed that he tried to persuade John Terry to join Arsenal.

Morgan, an avid Gunners fan, said on Twitter that he spent 20 minutes trying to persuade the Chelsea captain to move to the Emirates. In a tweet, Morgan said:

“Spent 20 minutes trying to persuade John Terry to join Arsenal last night, using the ‘Jose don’t love you any more’ line. I failed.”

Some suggested that the Blues veteran’s time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end, after he was substituted by Jose Mourinho for the first time ever under the Portuguese in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

However, Morgan’s tweet was met with criticism by some Arsenal fans, who rejected any idea of Terry joining the club:

One tweet said, “Chelsea are the only club in the world that would stand by a racist, adulterer like Terry. Wouldn’t want him near Arsenal shirt.

I don’t want him,” said another.

One fan even said: “Allow him to s**g your wife and he might re-consider.”

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Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon is close to securing a loan move to Championship side Reading, reports in the Reading Chronicle say.

Should a move to the Madjeski Stadium become official, it would be the 21-year old’s fourth loan spell since joining the Blues in 2011.

Piazon spent last season at German side Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring two goals and grabbing two assists in 23 appearances.

The winger has also had loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem and Malaga, as well as representing Brazil at under 17, under 20 and under 23 level.

The Royals, who are also rumoured to be trying to secure a second season-long loan spell for Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, sit 19th in the Championship table after four games.

 

 

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is reported to be the subject of a proposed €5 million bid from Besiktas.

According to Milliyet, the Black Eagles are ready to make a bid for Chelsea midfielder. The paper claims, that Mikel is considered an alternative to Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

While the Nigerian newspaper Punch recently reported that the Black Eagles offered Chelsea €5 million for Mikel.

It is said, that Galatasaray are interested in a loan transfer with a future buyout clause option for Chelsea midfielder.

The Nigerian international has also been linked Fenerbahçe and Al Ain. However, Obi Mikel still has  another two-years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

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According to Turkish LigTV, Chelsea target Alex Telles is set to join PSG.

The Turkish media reveals, that the Brazilian full-back is set to join the Ligue 1 Champions PSG for €7 million from Galatasaray.

The Daily Star reported some days ago, that he Lions turned down a £5 million offer from Chelsea, while AS claimed, that also Real Madrid has made a bid for the full-back.

Telles joined Galatasaray for £4.3 million from Gremo in 2013. The Brazilian still has another three-years left on his contract with the Lions. That is why, according to the reports, Galatasaray will also receive a percentage of the transfer fee if Telles will change the club again.

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Chelsea target Godfred Donsah has joined Bologna on a season long loan from Cagliari.

The 19-year old has completed his move to Bologna after passing a medical on Monday. The deal includes mandatory buyout clause at the end of June 2016.

Besides Bologna, also such Serie A giants as Juventus and Napoli were interested in signing the midfielder. But in the end Rossoblu have won the race to secure his services.

However, this  transfer is a huge surprise as Donsah was believed to be meeting with Chelsea officials to seal a move to England move.

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Cesar Azpilicueta Pedro Chelsea

Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta has welcomed the arrival of Abdul Baba Rahman at Stamford Bridge. However, he warned his new teammate, that he won’t be giving up his place in the starting lineup without a fight.

Cesar Azpilicueta has been unmovable at left-back since Ashley Cole has left Stamford Bridge. While Chelsea new signing Abdul Baba Rahman will be definately challenging him for a regular starts in Jose Mourinho’s first team. That is why the Spanish player has warned his teammate, that he won’t be giving up his spot without a fight.

Speaking about Baba Rahman and Pedro ,Azpilicueta told Standard Sport :

“There are a lot of great players around me and young players too. They’re all going to compete for a place. At the end, hopefully the whole team will be better and I hope to improve.”

“They are both really good additions to the squad. They will help us be a better team. It will help everybody. We will have more competition and that can only benefit the club,”

“We know in football you can’t rely on what you did in the past, you have to prove yourself every day. We won the league last season, but we have to show in every game and every day in training that we are ready to perform in every game,”

“I’m confident that I will keep working and doing my job. I know that the competition is good for the team. There are a lot of great players around me and young players too. They’re all going to compete for a place. At the end, hopefully the whole team will be better and I hope to improve.”

“But [beating West Brom was] a big win because we didn’t start the season well, we were not happy. We wanted to change the dynamic of the team and we have been training really well.”

 

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Marko Marin who joined Trabzonspor on a season long loan from Chelsea, hopes to help the club to win the Super Lig title in the coming season.

The German winger, joined the Turkish club on a loan, but according to the latest information Trabzonspor will be able to sign Marin on a permanent move for €4 million at any time.

According to the Turkish media, Chelsea winger will receive a €1.6 million salary in addition to a €10,000 per-match bonus along with €4 million buyout clause. What is interesting, HaberTürk reveals, that Trabzonspor were able to reduce the buyout clause from €7 million down to €4 million.

During his first press conference as a Trabzonspor player, Marin said :

“Trabzonspor want to win the league and I want to do my part,”

”I know M’bia from Sevilla, we won the Europa League together and I know Mehmet Ekici from Germany. Both players advised me to make the move and gave glowing references.”

Marin spoke also about his growing up in a district with a large Turkish population:

“I liked in Frankfurt which has a large Turkish population and I have many Turkish friends so I know all about how big Trabzonspor is,” he added.

Marin has become the 26th Chelsea player to be loaned out over the summer.

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Chelsea forward Victor Moses will leave Stamford Bridge before closing the summer transfer window, reveals Daily Mirror.

According to the paper, the Nigerian will follow Juan Cuadrado and would leave Chelsea. West Ham and Tottenham are both interested in signing the forward.

While Daily Mail claims, that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic considers Moses as a perfect candidate to join his team. It is said, that West Ham have already submitted an offer worth £6million to secure his services but Chelsea demand around £10m for their player.

Moses joined Chelsea in 2012 from Wigan Athletic. On 2 September 2013, Moses joined Liverpool on a season-long loan deal. While the last season he spent playing for the Stoke City, where he scored four goals in 23 appearances on loan.

Chelsea forward returned at Stamford Bridge and made appearances in all four of the preseason games. He even scored once, against PSG, but it looks like, that with Pedro’s arrival, his position in a team declined significantly.

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