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Chelsea are likely to win the Premier League this season

Pictures of Chelsea’s 2015-16 home, away and third kits have been leaked, featuring some interesting changes from the mostly all-blue strip we have seen in recent seasons.

For the first time, Chelsea’s kit sponsor is Japanese tyre company, Yokohama Tyres. The company signed a record-breaking sponsorship deal with the Blues in February, with Chelsea’s current sponsorship deal with Samsung expiring in June. But, German kit brand Adidas are once again responsible for its production.

The new home kit features stylish red details around the sleeves and a collar, with darker blue pinstripes on the front. Blue shorts and socks complete the kit.

The white away kit features a white crew neck collar and, more noticeably, tricoloured sleeve cuffs which use red, blue and white.

The third away kit is all black, with a black crew neck collar and white sleeve cuffs.

An official release date for next season’s kit is yet to be released, but with such great changes reportedly being made, the official unveiling is bound to be an interesting one.

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Hazard has been a key man for the Blues this season

Franck Ribery wants Eden Hazard to join him at Bayern Munich, and has urged the club to make it happen.

Ribery, who signed for Bayern in 2007 when he was expected to join one of the big Spanish clubs or come to the Premier League, has implored the Bavarian giants to sign the Chelsea midfielder.

“He attacks all of the time. He loves to run at his opponent. But he plays for Chelsea – this could be very expensive for Chelsea.”

Hazard signed for Chelsea shortly after the Blues won their first European Cup in 2012 against Ribery’s Bayern Munich, a game in which the Frenchman had a goal disallowed and that many in Munich still believe their side lost unfairly.

The former Lille winger, who turned down both Manchester clubs to sign for the west Londoners, has been Chelsea’s best and most consistent attacking outlet this season, and won the club’s Player of the Year award for last season. Any transfer away from Stamford Bridge appears unlikely after Hazard signed a new five-and-a-half year contract extension earlier this year.

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes his three seasons at Stamford Bridge helped build the club into the global force it is today.

Hughes signed for Chelsea in 1995 from Manchester United and was part of the club’s resurgence in the late 1990s. When he left the Blues it was a few months after inspiring them to winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1998, the penultimate year that trophy was played for. It was just the second European trophy in Chelsea’s history.

Hughes will bring his Stoke team to Stamford bridge tomorrow afternoon.

“I had three really good years there, at the start of the modern day times for them,” he said.

“They were beginning to become one of the big teams in the country then.

“I joined with Ruud Gullit and then Vialli and (Gianfranco) Zola came in too.

“I would like to think I played a small part in the beginnings of the journey they have been on.

“I’ve not won there as manager but I always enjoy going back to Stamford Bridge – it was a good place for me and I have many good memories.”

Since his time at Chelsea, the club has won a whole host of honours that many at the club thought impossible before Hughes joined, including three Premier League titles- the first of which coming exactly a decade after Hughes joined in 2005.

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Marco Veratti has criticised Manchester United for letting Paul Pogba leave for nothing in 2012.

PSG’s Veratti, who is reportedly wanted by Arsenal this summer, claims the Red Devils missed a huge opportunity to fine tune his the Frenchman’s talent. Pogba is currently one of the most sought after players in the world, and is set to leave Juventus, who he joined after Man Utd’s snub, for as much as £75 million. He is wanted by just about every big club in Europe, including Chelsea.

Veratti describes Pogba as a”phenomenon” and claims that “if he had been allowed to play at Manchester United he’d have responded as he’s doing now [for Juventus].”

He needed confidence. Juventus gave it to him and now he’s proving to everyone that he’s among the best in the world.

“It would be nice to play with him one day, he’s very good. With the best players everything is easier.”

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Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam pinpoints defender Ryan Shawcross as the key to getting a result at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon.

Adam believes Shawcross will have a tough time stopping Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who  has scored 19 goals this season, but believes the Englishman will be good enough to do so.

Of his teammate, Adam said this to the Stoke Sentinel:

“He’s a strong centre-forward and a good player, but Ryan knows how to play against him and did well the last time he played against him.”

Adam, who played against Chelsea at the Brittania Stadium in December when Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners, is under no illusion the task that he and his teammates face in west London tomorrow and just how difficult it will be against their host’s star-laden front line.

“But it’s not just Costa we have to watch. There’s also (Cesc) Fabregas, (Eden) Hazard and a lot of other good players.”

Shawcross is one of the toughest defenders to play against in the Premier League, and he is a key component in a team that many of England’s best have found troublesome since they were promoted to the top division in 2008. Chelsea face a very difficult match in their bid to keep their title challenge going.

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Chelsea and Manchester City are chasing Valencia full-back Jose Luis Gaya. And AS claimed both clubs are willing to pay the £13 million clause for him..


Having played 27 league games this season, Gaya is a key player for Valencia, and the third-placed team in La Liga club are preparing together a second offer to renew his deal after the first was rejected.ì by the player’s entourage.

Gaya is a Spanish U21 international, but he was forced to leave the camp last week after suffering a hamstring injury. Yet, he is probably set to be fit for Valencia‘s derby against Villarreal at the Mestalla on Sunday.

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the option of selling Sterling

The England international’s future is on doubt as he is currently stalling on signing a new deal and reports suggested Arsenal and Chelsea may be interested on him.

Sterling, 20, has reportedly turned down a new contract worth £180,000-per-week.


However, Rodgers has ruled out selling the winger – who may be tempted to leave in order to play Champions League.

“He’s got two and a half years left on his contract and he is not going anywhere. Liverpool is one of the super-powers.”

Rodgers added: “The owners have shown that if they don’t want to sell, they won’t sell. If any player ever left Raheem or any other, it would be on the terms of the club.”

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As it was predictable, reports regarding Paulo Dybala‘s future are multiplying.

The last voice claims the Argentinian is now going to refuse an offer from Juventus to join north London side Arsenal instead.

The Italian champions have been leading the race, with Dybala not read to leave the country, but now claims in Italy suggest that the striking sensation might have had a change of heart.

According to new reports, he will accept a switch to the Premier League and particularly for Arsene Wenger’s side, ahead of the other interested clubs from all over Europe – among those Chelsea as well: Jose Mourinho was also reportedly interested in La Joya and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will top Arsenal’s offer or not.

The Gunners have made an offer of £30m to Palermo, hoping the amount would be sufficient enough to make a deal go through as soon as possible – Zamparini, Palermo’s volcanic president, asked for 42m euro.

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Blues defender Gary Cahill has revealed the men who had the greatest influence on him as a player.

Cahill has developed into one of the best centre-halves in the country and has worked under a host of top names over the his career.

Despite being coached by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo, the England international has given the credit to his coaches from his time in the youth system.

CRYSTAL PALACE vs CHELSEA - Premier League 2014/2015

Cahill said: “Gordan Cowans, he was technically gifted and wanted to put his stamp on the team, getting us to play football and keep the ball,

“We also had Tony McAndrew and Kevin MacDonald, they were really strict but both excellent coaches.

“Looking back now they certainly had an impact on my career and that’s probably why they’ve had so much success with players coming through.

“I had a good time with them even though at times they could be harsh.”

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Arsenal sit seven points behind the league leaders and have a game less to play, but Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out catching Chelsea.

Wenger refused to make any definitive statements, in true Wenger fashion, but admitted Arsenal are the masters of their own destiny.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s crucial clash against Liverpool, Wenger said: “Mathematically, it doesn’t only depend on us.

“If everything goes for us you never know but we can only master our own performances so let us focus on that.”


On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8xxDKvgCvA "I remember the goal well, I would say it...