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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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According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are ready to launch a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko in January.

A source close to the player has confirmed, that the Blues and several others Premier League clubs are keen on signing the 26-year-old midfielder.

It is said, that Newcastle United have put a £17m price-tag on their player, but the Magpies will try to convince Sissoko to stay at St James’ Park offering him a significant increase to his £35,000 per-week wages.

The rumors may be true, because some time ago player gave an interview in which he said:

” I want to play for one of the biggest clubs.”

“I would notably like to play in the Champions League, which I can’t do at Newcastle. One day or another, my time will come.”

Sissoko joined Newcastle from French outfit Toulouse for £1.5m.

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Chelsea centre back Gary Cahill has revealed, that he hopes that his luck changes during England’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Cahill has suffered two facial injuries since start of Chelsea pre-season. First he sustained a facial injury during the clash against Barcelona than he broke his nose during the match against Manchester City.

Cahill told Football Association :

”’I’ve had a bit of a nightmare since the start of the season.”

”We played Barcelona pre-season and I scored the goal in the last minutes of the game, heading over the keeper, but by doing that he’s come out and punched me straight in the nose.”

”It’s started from there, then I disrupted it against Arsenal, then against Manchester City I got smashed in the nose again and broke it twice in two places.”

”It’s not ideal but that’s the situation and it’s better that I wear the mask and play than not wear it and have to sit out.”

”I’ll wear the mask to protect it until it’s healed, when it’s healed the mask goes and I carry on as normal.”

Talking about the Euro2016 qualifications, he said :

”We have to concentrate at the back as you don’t see as much of the ball,”

”They are strange games, but as professionals we have to go out and do the job and there is no bigger incentive for us than to qualify for Euro 2016, and also to keep our unbeaten run going.”

”That’s very important and we want to win as many games consecutively as we can. Football is all about concentration, especially for us at the back.”

”There will be long periods of the game where we don’t have much to do, so we must stay focused and be respectful of the fact that teams can hurt you if you make mistakes.”

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FIFA are about to open an against Salah’s transfer to Roma, reveals Daily Star

According to the paper, Fiorentina have asked FIFA to launch an investigation against the Egyptian player who snubbed a move to Viola and joined Roma on a year-long basis instead.

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade said :

“We could have reclaimed Salah only in January, not in the summer’s transfer window,”

“Nobody could have imagined what the player had in mind during his six months in Florence.”

“FIFA themselves gave Salah only a provisional transfer from here until December, and they’ll make a ruling then.”

“I never thought Salah’s mind could have turned that way. I was wrong in saying that I was certain he’d stay with us in January.”

“You never stop learning in this job, I never expected what happened.”

“There was an abrupt turn in the player’s mind. He was the one who wanted to sign the private agreement.”

“For our own part the Salah case is completely behind us.”

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Chelsea players Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa have spoken ahead of Spain’s important Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia this Satuday.

La Rioja are currently second in their group, three points behind Slovakia. In October, Spain have surprisingly lost against their Slovakian rivals. Now dell Bosque players have hope for a rematch. Among them there are also Chelsea players.

Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s official website:

‘‘The truth is that I am very pleased about being with the Spanish side, it’s a dream, and I am happy to learn or improve by playing in different positions. The head coach trusts the central defenders and we have to be available for whatever he needs.”

‘‘The Spanish national team’s style is set, but if those of us who play English football can help, it’s always good.’’

While Diego Costa added:

”The Spanish national team has a game style different to Chelsea’s, but it’s easy because there is great quality and it’s easy to adapt to another style,’’

‘‘I want to score goals to feel well. I know I can do much more and I hope it starts now. The coach and my teammates have shown their support towards me and I increasingly feel more comfortable.”

‘‘You build the trust through scoring goals.’’

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QPR striker Charlie Austin was wanted by Crystal Palace, West Brom, Newcastle and Leicester this summer but he preferred to stay at the just relegated London side, waiting for the BIG move as free agent next summer, hoping to attract the interest of giants like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool clubs to which he was linked also in the last transfer window.

Despite QPR relegation, Austin scored 18 goals in the last Premier League and the West London club was keen to sell him for £15m, but he wants to wait the “big deal” as he revealed in a recent interview:

I’m not disappointed. It’s a decision I’ve taken, with my family and agent. If the move happened, it was going to be big but it wasn’t something I was going to rush in to. I didn’t want the club to be pushed on me.

I spoke to Les Ferdinand [QPR director of football] and told him if the move was not right then I wasn’t going. But I also knew he had to do everything to get the best for QPR. I told him if I was here on September 2, I’d be giving 100 per cent to help the club get promotion. That is the goal now.

It’s a massive move and I want to be at an established Premier League club.

“One that is going forward and one that I feel will suit me. I know a lot goes around because of the [4-4-2] way QPR played last year and they will question whether I can play as a one.

“It has come up over the summer so that is another little hurdle you have to negotiate. I just feel that if something comes up and the club is the right one for me to go to, that will be it. The ones that came up this summer were not right for me.”

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Manchester United paid a record fee to sign ex Monaco19-years-old striker Anthony Martial on deadline day: £36m that made him the the most expensive teenager in the history of football.

A Red Devils’ insider told to Daily Mail that they had to offer this record fee because other giants were keen on the wonderkid, and among this was Chelsea:

Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Chelsea and City were all in on pre-contract for Martial next season. We paid a premium to get him now. It is similar to what we did with [Cristiano] Ronaldo – and that turned out OK.

It’s also undestood that Manchester United could end up paying £56million for the 19 year-old should he qualify for a series of performance-related bonuses during his time at United, including winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

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Cesar Azpilicueta believes David De Gea will be welcomed back to Manchester United despite trying to engineer a move to Real Madrid.

De Gea’s transfer fell though on the last day of the transfer window due to administrative errors after a Summer of speculation surrounding his future. It was long accepted that De Gea wanted the move to happen and will most likely leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Speaking about his international teammate, Azpilicueta said this:

“As a rival, I’ve experienced the affection the United fans have for De Gea.

“They always respect him and they will continue to do so.

“He is very loved there, and the United fans will welcome him with respect.”

De Gea has not played this season but could do this weekend when his team plays Liverpool.



Chelsea striker Pedro scored the winning goal on Sunday vs Leicester and helped the Blues to qualify to the Fa Cup semifinal. An important win, not only because it sent Antonio Conte's side...