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According to the reports, Chelsea are in pole position to sign Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.

It is said, that Diawara’s agent Robert Visan has reached an agreement with Pini Zahavi, an agent close to the Chelsea owner.

Also Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzo reveals that this agreement puts Chelsea in pole position to sign the Guinean player.

It seems that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the 18-year-old Diawara at Stamford Bridge as a substitute for Nemanja Matica.

According to the rumours, young player is also said to be a target for the two Serie A giants. Juventus and AC Milan.

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has revealed that he knows what are the reasons for the disastrous results of the Blues this season.

After 12 matches in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho’s team occupies disappointing 16th place in the table with already 15 points off top spot. Without any doubts Chelsea are facing a disastrous start to the season and their championship defence seems unrealistic.

The Serbian international has said that in his opinion the team that last season won everything possible in the English league went over to the new season too self confident. However he is sure that the Blues are still able to turn around the season and start winning.

Ivanovic said:

”We didn’t react well after winning the League trophy last season. The only way to get out of this situation is to win, win and win again.”

“No one has seen anything strange in the team. I don’t think any footballer wants to lose a game.”

“It doesn’t matter the situation around you, your job is to win, your passion is winning games.”

“I think all of the Chelsea players approach the game like that. The players are very honest with each other. ”

“We speak a lot, even during the training sessions we try to help and explain things to each other. ”

“Even when someone criticises another one, it is positive. That is important, there is nothing negative. This is a normal situation.”

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Chelsea Ladies winger Gemma Davison has said that she expects a lively atmosphere ahead of her side’s Champions League Quarter Final second leg against Wolfsburg. 

The Blues went down 1-2 at home in the first leg last week, meaning they will have to score at least twice in Germany to stand any chance of qualifying.

However, despite the tough odds, Davison has said that she is looking forward to the tie, and that the atmosphere will be one to be admired:

“When I last played there the game was in the same stadium that is used by the men’s team and I don’t know the exact attendance figure but I remember there being a lot of supporters there,” Davison said.

“German teams tend to attract big crowds and that’s the kind of thing I look forward to as a player – it doesn’t matter if it’s home or away, I love to play in front of a big crowd. All of our players are equipped to deal with that sort of thing.

“That’s where we want women’s football to go. I watch a lot of men’s football and you can see the influence the crowds have on matches. They can really spur you on, and as a player I like that – a lot of the girls would say the same.”

Wolfsburg ended the Blues’ four-game winning streak in the first leg of the tie at Wheatsheaf Park, but Davison knows it is challenges like this which will spur the team on to bigger and better things:

“With Chelsea, we know we should be in the Champions League and we’re more than happy to play against one of the best teams in Europe because we want to better ourselves,” she said.

“We want to be the best.”

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Five Chelsea youngsters started as England’s U21 came back from behind to beat Switzerland 3-1. 

Nathaniel Chalobah, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke all started in Brighton, with John Swift also starting in what was his U21 debut.

Ola Aina was an unused substitute as the Young Three Lions, who are managed by Gareth Southgate and whom Chelsea’s Steve Holland is assistant manager of, moved three points clear at the top of their groups after four games.

Switzerland opened the scoring just beofre half time on the south coast, but the introduction of Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore, who came on for Loftus-Cheek, changed the game.

The Black Cats winger won a penalty with 10 minutes to go, which Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse converted, then scored the second before setting up Arsenal’s Chuka Akpom for a late third to seal victory.

Solanke, who made his debut for the U21’s only last week, was withdrawn with four minutes to go; Chalobah, Baker and the lively Swift completed the full game.

 

 

 

 

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The owners of AFC Wimbledon have approved plans for the club’s stadium to be sold to Chelsea.

The League 2 side, who are owned by fan organisation ‘The Dons Trust,’ have agreed to sell their Kingsmeadow ground to the Blues, who in turn will use it for their youth and women’s matches.

However, the deal shall only go ahead if the Dons are given permission to build a new ground in Merton, where their original ground and spiritual home, Plough Lane, was situated.

The proposed sale to the Blues is now subject to a vote by all shareholders in AFC Wimbledon next month, although approval is expected to be a formality as the Dons Trust controls 90% of shares in the League Two club.

The Trust itself voted 98% in favour of selling the ground, which is also used by non-league side Kingstonian.

“The successful vote on the stadium sale is an important milestone in helping to return AFC Wimbledon to its spiritual home in Merton,” said Dons Trust chair Matthew Breach.

“There is still a lot of work to do to deliver a new stadium but the outcome of the vote shows the overwhelming support among the club’s fans for having Wimbledon play where it belongs, back in Merton.”

 

 

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The Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is convinced that the decision to playing a friendly match between England and France will be an excellent opportunity to send a signal to the terrorists that they will never win.

Friday’s bombings in Paris shook the entire world. Concerned about security, friendly match between Belgium and Spain was canceled, but the game between England and France at Wembley will be held. During the pre-match press conference, Rooney said that the decision to play the friendly match will be a signal to terrorists that the world would not be intimidated.

Rooney said:

”It will be a great night of togetherness for everyone to see, and for the terrorists to see the world will go on and stand against them.”

”We knew, when we saw it unfold, there was a chance the game might not be on.”

”There was a chance it was on, too. And we were happy to do whatever, either way.”

“I’m happy the game’s on. It shows France wants to show these terrorists that they’re standing strong against them, and we have to support that.”

”The first I saw of it was on social media. We saw in the dressing room after the game”

”We heard there were possibly grenades outside the stadium. That was all we knew until we got to the hotel and saw it on the news.”

“We had a few news channels on there, and it was on. To be honest, it was hard to watch. It was sickening.”

“It was shocking, really. As a footballer, with it actually being at the stadium.”

“There were friends there, and it could have happened to them. It was shocking. It’s hard for the football players.”

”Football has the power to do that,” 

”The world of football has to stay strong together.”

“Before the game, it will all be a bit strange. It might be difficult, but you don’t know. I’ve never experienced going into a game with something like this having happened.”

“Once it kicks off, we’ll try and win the game. But it’s a difficult situation for everyone. And particularly the French team.”

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Sunday Express reveals that Chelsea ace Diego Costa could be set for a transfer at Atletico Madrid in swap for Antoine Griezmann.

According to the reports, Jose Mourinho is ready to agree to sell Diego Costa if he can get Antoine Griezmann in return. It is said that the Portuguese coach is tired of the controversial behavior of the Spanish striker and considers selling him.

The paper claims Chelsea are ready to bid £40m for Griezmann. However Atletico Madrid have raised his release clause to £56m over the summer.

Also Sunday Mirror reports that Mourinho is ready to offload the 27-year-old if replacements can be found. And the French player is on the wish list of Portuguese coach since a long time.

However it is also said that Costa will leave Stamford Bridge only if Mourinho will be able to find world-class replacement for him.

 

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Marco Van Ginkel has said that he is really disappointed with the current form of Chelsea. However, he is convinced that the Blues will soon find their form as he hopes to return to the team in the next season.

The 22-year-old midfielder who joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Chelsea this summer, has assured that despite the fact that his current club twice beat Chelsea, he does not feel  happy about it.

Van Ginkel told Chelsea TV :

” It was strange to see Chelsea twice in just over a week”

” Yes, I still support Chelsea, but now I am at Stoke. I feel dissapointed with Chelsea’s recent results”

”My aims for the season? To be important for Stoke, to play a lot of games and to prepared to return to Chelsea nex season.”

 

 

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Chelsea’s 18-year-old Jake Clarke-Salter has signed a new four-year deal with the Blues.

Young defender helped Chelsea youngsters to win UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup. Clarke-Salter is called a ”powerful, composed centre-back” by his club. He has been at the club since Under-9 level.

He joined the Blues senior team during club’s pre-season tour.

Chelsea’s official statement read:

“Under-21 defender Jake Clarke-Salter has today signed a new contract until 2019.”

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Belgium’s friendly international with Spain tonight has been called off after security fears following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night.

129 people died in a series of coordinated attacks by Islamist terrorists in the French capital four days ago. One suicide bomber was prevented from entering the Stade de France where France were playing host to Germany.

Tonight’s match between the European champions and the FIFA’s number one ranked side was due to be televised live on Chelsea TV as it promised to include Chelsea stars Eden Hazard, Diego Costa , Cesc Fabregas and others. The match, however, has been called off after the Belgian FA consulted with the Spanish Football Federation. The Belgian FA released a statement that said:

“Taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we cannot take any security risk to our players and fans.”

A number of arrests have since been made in Belgium in relation to the atrocity.

There were suggestions that tonight’s game between England and France at Wembley would be cancelled but both the FA and French Football Federation have resolved the game should go ahead as planned.

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