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Wolfsburg and Brazil defender Dante has revealed he wants to play in the Premiership and would like the chance to play for Chelsea.

Dante won three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League at Bayern Munich before moving to Wolfsburg last summer. The 32-year-old made the claim in a question and answer session on FIFA’s official Twitter account.

The Brazil international said that his first ambition in football was to play for his country at the World Cup- which he duly did in 2014- and that hew also wanted to play for one of England’s biggest clubs and named Chelsea as his first choice.

“I always dreamed of playing in a World Cup for my country. I would like to play in a big club like Chelsea,” he is quoted as saying.

 

Dante has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past but his admission will no doubt please Jose Mourinho. Chelsea have been desperate at the back this season having failed to buy John Stones from Everton in the summer.

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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Inter Milan are interested in buying Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Mirror. 

Serbia international Ivanovic has had perhaps the most alarming drop in form of all Chelsea’s under performing players so far this season and has not played for some weeks since sustaining an injury whilst on international duty.

Reports in the English media suggest that he may well be given a way out Stamford Bridge by way of Serie A giants Inter Milan. Inter boss Robert Mancini is a long time admirer of Ivanovic and is keen to take him to the San Siro.

Ivanovic had a superb 2014/15 season at both ends of the pitch but began this season appallingly. The 31-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of this season and a summer move to Italy is a possibility.

Inter are currently second in Serie A, level on points with  leaders Fiorentina.

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would cost Chelsea £25 million should they choose to replace Jose Mourinho with the Argentine. 

Reports in Spain and England suggest that Atletico Madrid, with whom Chelsea have done a lot of business in the past few years, are preparing to hear offers to buy out Simeone’s contract- roughly £15 million.

Should Chelsea pursue the man that knocked them out of the Champions League in 2014, it would cost them an extra £10 million in wages, however any move from the Spanish capital to the British may be troublesome as Simeone doesn’t speak English. German Burgos, his assistant, is reportedly learning the language ahead of a potential move to the Premiership in the summer.

Chelsea’s position is that Jose Mourinho’s job is safe despite their worst start to a season for a generation.

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Gerard Pique has said that rumours suggesting Cesc Fabregas is leading a player revolt at Chelsea are “impossible.”

Recent reports in England have stated that the Chelsea players are willing to rebel against manager Jose Mourinho, who has overseen the club’s worst league start in 30 years.

Fabregas, who played with Pique at Barca and remains a close friend of the defender having both come through the Barca youth system, was accused of leading this player uprising against the 52-year old.

“I know Cesc well and there’s absolutely no chance of that,” Pique told Goal on Sunday.

“We already know the British media likes to speculate, but I know what Cesc is like and it is impossible he is acting this way.”

 

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Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma flatly denied rumors that Jose Mourinho no longer has the backing of his players. The French player also admitted that he can not find an explanation for Chelsea’s poor performances during this season.

Zouma told Telefoot:

” I do not think that he is being let down by the players,”

” We might not be at last year’s level when it comes to our performances, but we are all together as a team.

” We all trust in Mourinho, just like the fans.”

”I cannot explain our catastrophic start. It really is bizarre,”

”We were Premier League champions last season… maybe it is a mental issue.”

 

 

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Former Chelsea ace Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea that they must turn the corner as fast as possible in order to recover after their worst-ever start to a Premier League season.

The Blues lost their seventh league game out of 12 and they are currently 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City. And according to Lampard, Chelsea need to wake up and start to get results.

Lampard told Sky Sports :

”This is far from a blip, they are losing games regularly”

‘”They need to turn the corner very quickly. They can’t dwell on it, they need to get out of it and put it to bed.”

”I saw glimpses of what they need to turn the corner. I couldn’t fault their performance, they just didn’t get that little bit of luck to get the result.”

”They need to get results, simple as that.”

“They need everything to be behind them in a positive way and look forward.”

Speaking about Mourinho’s future, Lampard said:

”He will get to work in the week, but there is only so much he can do in training and tactically.

“He has to be positive because there is so much being thrown at Chelsea, there are players out of form and low on confidence, you can see that.

 

 

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Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Legendary Chelsea player Ruud Gullit says that the Portuguese coach should show humility and accept that the Chelsea players are not the only ones responsible for the bad results of the team because a large part of the blame also rests on him.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Gullit said:

”In the past, when a Mourinho team won, it was Mourinho who won, and when a Mourinho team lost, it was Mourinho who lost.”

”But all of a sudden, this year, it is Mourinho blaming the players. It is Mourinho who wins, but the players who lose. He is criticising the players, whereas before he always protected them.”

”If you keep on moaning all the time, if people wait for the moment, then you get things against you. Be humble and say ‘okay, it’s wrong, and I take all the blame for it’ and then people can get over it.

“He is the only one that can change it. If he’d have said after the last game ‘I was wrong, I didn’t need to do that, I was emotional. You’re all right, I should have the punishment’, then everyone would forgive it and forget it.”

“If he makes that humble statement, only that one, then it will change everything. Maybe I am wrong, but that’s my opinion. You can’t only be humble when you win, but not humble when you lose, and I think that’s something he should do now.”

“People look at Chelsea and think ‘we can beat them’. They have lost that aura of invincibility,”

”You can sense it, and the Chelsea players sense it; that the opposition is not afraid anymore. And to get it back comes only by results.”

 “Players want to win. There’s no player who doesn’t want to win. Chelsea played well against Stoke but the attitude of the opposition is different, and they now attack Chelsea and make chances nobody had. They go on you, press you. It’s different.”

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According to Sky Sport sources, Chelsea could be punished for violating Premier League rules and not putting anyone up for interview in the post-match press conference.

Due to Jose Mourinho’s absence at Britannia Stadium, the Blues were expected to put a staff member for a post-match press conference but they refused to do so. Only Asmir Begovic spoke with the media, while no Chelsea representative faced the written media.

The rules of the Premier League say that teams are expected to put a staff member up for interview after a match. Now according to the Sky Sport sources, the league officials will write to the club and ask for their observations and then go to the board to deliver a verdict.

If Chelsea is found guilty, the club could face a fine.

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According to Sunday Express Sport, Chelsea are already in negotiations with Jose Mourinho replacements after yesterday’s defeat to Stoke.

The Blues lost for the seventh time in 12 Premier League games and all indications are that Roman Abramovich will have no choice but to sack Mourinho now and appoint a manager until the end of the season.

Various reports claims that the three men under strong consideration to replace Mourinho at Stamford Bridge are Brendan Rodgers, Guus Hiddink and Roberto di Matteo. Also former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is thought to have been considered for the job but it is said, that he refused to take charge at Chelsea on a short-term basis.

 

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According to Frank Lampard, Mourinho’s absence from the Chelsea bench did not have any impact on the Blues losing to Stoke 1-0.

Mourinho was handed an immediate one-match ban and a £40,000 fine for clashing with referee Jonathan Moss during half-time of the defeat at West Ham two weeks ago. In effect he was not allowed to take his place on the bench for today’s clash against Stoke City at Britannia Stadium.

But the Special One insisted that his absence would definitely not affect his players. After the match, club’s legend Frank Lampard said that also in his opinion Mourinho’s absence at the stadium had no effect on Chelsea’s defeat.

Lampard said:

‘You can try and make reasons, but it’s up to the players, they would have wanted to win for themselves foremost and also for the club and the manager”

”I don’t think we can put it on Mourinho not being there at all.”

”It’s disappointing from Chelsea’s point of view, they played well, but you have to give great credit to Stoke.”

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