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JUAN CUADRADO CHELSEA

According to The Sun, Chelsea are seemingly ready to sell Juan Cuadrado this summer if they receive a bid of around £18m before the transfer window closes.

The English paper also claims that Chelsea are not interested on loaning the Colombian player out and will accept taking a £5m hit on what they paid for him in the winter if it means they can offload him permanently.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com states Juventus are really keen on the winger but they would prefer to loan him for a season before permanently sign him.

Chelsea paid £26m to Fiorentina last January but Cuadrado still hasn’t made an impact at Stamford Bridge and was classified by some English media and fans as “season’s flop”.

However, Chelsea manager José Mourinho seems keen to give him another chance.

 

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English media reports claim that Chelsea will make their second bid for Everton defender John Stones within the next 48 hours.

The Toffees’ request is around £34million, which would be the new British record fee for a defender.

Anyway, Chelsea’s offer will be  £26m after having a £20million bid rejected two weeks ago.

Manchester United are also very keen on the English defender now, so Chelsea must speed negotiations up if they want to sign the centre-back Mourinho requested.

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CHRISTIAN ATSU

Former Everton defender Sylvain Distin knows Chelsea player Christian Atsu very well: the pair shared the dressing room last year in the Liverpool side, and now they reunited to their new club, Bournemouth.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo the experienced centre-back stressed on Atsu’s qualities:

I really like Christian. He is a genuine guy with good pace and good technique who looks forward every time he gets the ball. It is a shame he didn’t get a chance at Everton.

“But that’s football and now he has the chance to prove his quality to people and I am sure that is what he will do.

“No matter where you are, it is the manager’s choice – that is football. One guy makes the decisions and has 30 players to pick from so you have to accept it.

“He is a guy that I respect. It was not easy for him last season but he kept working hard and showed a good attitude at all times.”

Atsu will play on loan at Bournemouth for one season, at the end of which he can have the chance to join back Chelsea if he will improve as a player.

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bertrand traore

Bertrand Traoré is back to Chelsea after he spent 18 months on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.

Now, he’s ready to stay and join the first team squad, as also the manager José Mourinho recently stressed during the team pre-season tour in the USA:

“I’m very happy to be here. I get to work with some of the best players in the world and one of the best managers.

“I am trying to do my best in every training session right now. It’s something nice to have the support of the manager but I have to prove that I deserve to be here. I have to work hard, do my best and take my chance.

“I think my loan was very good. I learned a lot. I had a period of adaptation in the first six months then after I had a full season with the team including pre-season. It was much better.

“I learned a lot tactically, I also learned how to play without the ball, to defend, to play as a team, and I think I improved my mentality during my loan.

“All in all I was able to improve my performances and it was a good step in my career. 

“I tried to watch every game Chelsea were playing if my timetable allowed me to do so. The team was obviously the best and also I think in every position they had the best players. That’s why they won the league.

Traore is from Burkina Faso and in January 2011 he was named the best player of African Under-17 Championship, a tournament his nation won. That’s when his name started to go around in the football international scene:

“It began in the January and finished in February. That September, I got the call-up to the first team. I was 15. I made my debut against Equatorial Guinea and that’s when everything started for me as a player.

“My big brother [Alain, who plays in Ligue 1 for Lorient] was in the team too. I came on during the second half for my debut. He’s a no.10 and I was playing on the wing. It was also in my hometown, the second city Bobo-Dialasso. It was an amazing day – the best feeling I have had in my national team.

“No player from Burkina Faso has played in the Premier League before. I wish I will be the first one and then more players will come.

“Of course Chelsea is so much bigger than Vitesse and Burkina Faso’s national team but I am already used to playing in full stadiums in front of a lot of people. I hope I can use those experiences so it will be normal for me”.

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JOSE MOURINHO EDEN HAZARD

José Mourinho thinks that Eden Hazard can become one of the top-five players in the world.

Speaking during Chelsea tour in the USA, the Chelsea boss revealed that he’s pushing Eden and everyone else in the squad and in the Blues staff to improve and give their best, so to reach more important results and established themselves in the European elíte.

The Belgian player was named Player of the Year the last season, but according to Mourinho he still has to get stronger:

“To repeat the awards, I believe he has got to get better, because the normal tendency is for people to find another star.

People find somebody new to get these individual trophies. But he has all the conditions to improve. With his age he can improve.

“I talk to all of them (the squad). Medical department too. I told them. You have to be better.

Champions League can be an important competition to improve and reach the players Olympus:

“Two years ago we reached the CL semi-final but he didn’t play. He didn’t play in Madrid, he played injured at home. So he arrived in that crucial moment not in condition.

“Last year we didn’t do well and we were out immediately so he also needs a good Champions League. I’m not saying winning but I say a proper Champions League. But no matter, he is fantastic.

Mourinho also pointed out the fact that Hazard is a very loyal player on the pitch:

“He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s mentally tough. He’s not the kind of boy who overreacts. After a bad tackle he never rolls and rolls like other players do.

“He doesn’t try and push referees to make certain decisions. Eden is not this guy. He’s loyal and honest, and gets lots of respect from opponents because of that.”

“I would like more protection for him, but it’s beyond my control.

“The only thing I can do is what I am doing and what Eden is doing, which is to work and work and work to be stronger and stronger. I don’t want to change his mentality or personality. I don’t want him crying or overreacting.

“I don’t want someone to touch his shoulder and he reacts by throwing his hands in his face like some players do. I want Eden to be what he is – absolutely fantastic.

“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are our captains and the others are ready to come.

For Chelsea manager, Hazard is already a leader:

“On the pitch Eden leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team in a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team.”

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Drogba
Drogba in his last season at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set to join MLS side Montreal Impact.

According to ESPN, the Canadian team acquired the rights to negotiate with the former Chelsea star, who is set to sign an 18-month contract with them.

Impact chairman Joey Saputo said earlier this week the team had been in contact with the 37-year-old striker: the Montreal side acquired his MLS rights from the Chicago Fire – who was, initially, the team chosen by Drogba-  for an amount in excess of $100,000, and have an offer sheet for the former Chelsea striker worth $3 million/season over 18 months.

It is not official yet as the 37-year-old still needs to put pen to paper, but the signing is imminent.

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that he hopes to play for Chelsea for at least two more years. Terry has also stressed that he is not planning to  follow the example of former Chelsea players by playing for another Barclays Premier League club.

John Terry has assured that he has no intention to leave Chelsea in the near future but he pointed out that the final decision belongs always to Jose Mourinho.

“If you look back, I would not have thought I’d be the last one here to be honest.”

“I am still delighted to be here. Players come, players go and the club moves on – and the aim is still to win things, which is the most important.”

‘I am 35 at Christmas . I am not taking anything for granted. The manager has said if I can keep my form, I am in the side. But if I don’t keep my form he will have no qualms about taking me out and putting someone else in,”

“We have an honest relationship. I don’t doubt that he trusts me. I hopefully can repay that because he has been superb to me. I will give him everything. And he has been a father figure in my career so I owe him an awful lot. I realise one day that my career will come to an end so I want to give everything these next few years.”

”Every summer I work more or less every day to give myself the best chance. If it comes to that point where I am left out of the side I know it’s not through any fault of not trying. To look at myself in the mirror and my family, that is all I do in my career,”

As he said, he is not planning to  follow the example of Frank Lampard or Petr Cech by playing for another Barclays Premier League club but at the same time he does not exclude the possibility of ending his career outside the Premier League.

“I could handle being out of the team. No doubt, people like me and Steven want to play, of course. That is our natural instinct. When you play your whole career, it’s hard. Petr Cech was a model professional last year and that is why he got the move he wanted, because of how well he reacted around the place.”

“I have seen other players go the other way. I certainly would go down the Petr route and continue giving everything to the squad. If I then felt Chelsea were going to release me or thought I had nothing else to give, but I thought I could, then of course I would still want to continue to play. But that would not be in the Premier League.”

 

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to join MLS side Montreal Impact, having secured the rights to the Ivorian’s signature, according to reports from ESPN.

The Blues legend, who left Stamford Bridge for a second time at the end of last season, had previously been linked with another MLS side, Chicago Fire, who had reportedly originally secured Drogba’s MLS rights, as well as being linked with Indian side Atletico Kolkata.

Impact president Joey Saputo said earlier this week the team had been in contact with the 37-year-old striker, with Drogba to sign an 18-month contract in excess of $3 million per year. But, the striker is yet put pen to paper.

Drogba became one of the world’s best in his first stint at Chelsea, his last goal securing the club’s Champions League success in 2012. He left for China’s Shenhua Shanghai the following season, where he made 11 appearances. He returned to Europe in 2012-13, joining Turkey’s Galatasaray. He also played for French sides Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille before his move to the Premier League in 2004.

Chicago were thought to have won the battle for the striker, but Montreal soon entered the fray, with the prospect of playing in the French-speaking city proving more attractive to the former Ivory Coast captain.

When Drogba indicated his preference was to be in Montreal, the Fire traded his rights to the Impact in exchange for what one source with knowledge of the deal described as a “substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money” well in excess of $100,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea Ladies have lost their position at the top of the WSL for the first time this season after losing 1-2 to Manchester City Ladies.

A curled Toni Duggan strike early on gave the visitors the lead, before Blues striker Eniola Aluko levelled. But, City captain Steph Houghton’s deflected freekick was enough to give City the win.

Chelsea had a chance to go back to top spot after being displaced earlier in the day, but fell behind early after Duggan connected with Daphne Corboz’s through ball.

Chelsea, backed by a crowd of 1,857 – a record for the club at Staines Town – did however grow into the game, with Aluko’s quick swivel and finish equalising for the home side in front a record crowd of 1,857 at Staines.

But, England captain Houghton’s freekick took a very heavy deflection off Claire Rafferty to inflict a second consecutive league defeat on FA Cup finalists Chelsea.

Chelsea now slip to third after Arsenal and Sunderland both won, and Manchester City stay in fifth, but are level on points with fourth-placed Notts County with a game in hand.

 

In the other games, Sunderland thrashed Bristol Academy 1-4 to move to second, with Beth Mead’s double securing her fifth goal in two games following her hattrick against Chelsea. Jade Boho Sayo fired Bristol level by the break, but Steph Bannon netted for the Lady Black Cats after a scramble. Bristol remain bottom, with only one point all season.

Arsenal moved to top spot after coming back from behind to beat Notts County 2-1. The visitors took the lead early on through Jess Clarke’s calm finish, but the Gunners turned the game around in the second half following headers from Danielle Carter and Natalia Pablos Sanchon. It’s a blow for County, who face Chelsea in the FA Womens Cup Final next Saturday.

Birmingham claimed their first win of the 2015 season after beating Liverpool 1-0. Karen Carney’s penalty was enough to claim all three points, with the strike also being the Blues’ first home goal this season. It ends a 10-match unbeaten run, whilst moving Birmingham’s side to three points off sixth-placed Liverpool.

 

Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

“It was a cruel way to end the game. A draw would have probably been a fair result. It’s important that the squad bounce back to get ready for Saturday.

“While everybody is licking their chops about us losing today, I promise you this league has got a long way to go.”

Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing:

“All season we’ve played well, but we haven’t turned those performances into results, but in the last four games we have.

“Now we seem to be scoring all over the pitch, and we’re even getting the lucky ones like Steph (Houghton)’s goal today.”

Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison (Borges), Aluko, Ji, Rafferty, Chapman (c), Spence (Coombs).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Brett, Meiwald, Banusic, Primus.

Manchester City Women: Bardsley, Bronze, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton (c), Scott, Duggan, Corboz (Johnston), Christiansen, Parris, Radtke.

Subs not used: Brooks, Lipman, Brougham, McManus.

Attendance: 1,857

 

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