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36-year-old defender announced today his retirement.

“After 18 years as a professional footballer I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love.”

Ferdinand started his career in 1996 in West Ham United then he played for Leeds. The best time in his career was definately the years in Manchester United –  twelve years of glory from 2002 till 2014.  During that time he played in 312 matches and scored 7 goals. In his goodbye speech he didn’t forget to pay a special tribute to sir Alex Ferguson.

“Winning trophies at Manchester United allowed me to achieve everything that I desired in football. None of that would have been possible without the genius of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson. His greatest accomplishment in my eyes will always be how he developed us [at United] as men, not just as footballers. He will, in my opinion, always be the greatest manager in British football history.”

Not so long time ago Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died of cancer. It seems that this tragedy overhelmed the English player so that he decided to retire and concentrate on his 3 children.

“I’d also like to thank and pay tribute to my late wife Rebecca and my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career.”

“And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs, for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.”

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David Seaman legendary English goalkeeper looks forward to see Petr Cech in the Arsenal however according to his words this would mean Ospina or Szczesny departure.

”If Arsenal do get another goalkeeper I don’t really see Ospina wanting to be a number two and I don’t see Szczesny wanting that either, so it’s a difficult decision.”

33-year-old Petr Cech decided to leave Chelsea due to the fact that he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to Courtois.

“I am very interested by the news of Petr Cech, he’s going to be in high demand, especially if David De Gea leaves Man United which looks likely.”

 

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Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s manager and it’s captain John Terry took part in a press conference held two days before their friendly match with Thailand All- Stars.

What was not suprising, the journalists nearly didn’t ask about the friendly match. They concentrated mainly on Chelsea’s plans for the next season and Mourinho’s future.

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Dominic Solanke Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year was the author of the only goal during the friendly match between Chelsea and Thailand All-Stars. It was the 42nd goal of the season for the 17 years-old striker.

Jose Mourinho made 11 changes at half-time so that the fans gathered at the Rajamangala National Stadium could see all of their idols on the pitch.  Due to the incredibile heat the game was broken up by several water breaks.

‘The most important thing is that the people our happy. To have around 40,000 Blues is magnificent. We felt the responsibility to win – we cannot come here and lose.We didn’t bring some of our important players but the kids did well.’ said Mourinho after the match.

Chelsea XI: Cech (c); Aina, Ivanovic, Clarke-Salter, Ake; Mikel, Colkett; Remy , Boga, Brown; Solanke.

Subs: Blackman, Azpilicueta, Terry , Christensen, Dasilva, Matic, Houghton, Musonda, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Thailand All-Stars: Budprom, Thongkit, Boonyong, Chunuosee, Sumrei, Siriphala, Thongtae, Kornchan, Dechmitr, Dangda.

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A really funny situation took place yesterday outside the hotel where the Chelsea team is currently staying. Chelsea fan Ryan Weston decided to pretend being a part of the Blues team. He was so convincing in his joke that many of the fans started to take photos with him and ask for autographs.

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Frank Lampard admitted that at the beginning he wasn’t sure about Eden Hazard’s talent but after seeing him during his first match againts Wigan he changed his mind.
”I remember him coming to Chelsea and I wasn’t sure – even with the lovely flicks. When we played Wigan the first game of the season, he absolutely ruined them”.
For Eden Hazard this season was absolutely great. He scored 14 goals in Premier League becoming Chelsea’s second top scorer. Also he was called the top dribbler in Europe’s top five leagues. Another confirmation of his talent are the double of the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.

Although not only Lampard is fascinated about the Belgium player, also John Terry compares his talent to the greatest.

Frank Lampard: “I’ve told him he can go as far as he wants to go, and I’m talking Messi and Ronaldo level.”

John Terry:”He’s certainly got the potential to be right up there. When you look at the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo and what they’ve achieved, this boy can go on and be right up there with both of them.”

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With the match against Thailand All Stars imminent, Eden Hazard spoke to Chelsea TV on the past week. 

“We got the trophy at Stamford Bridge, and now we’re in Bangkok to see the fans,” he began.

Eden Hazard thought back to lifting the trophy: “I  was like a kid when you get a new toy. I came here to win this trophy, we did it this season and it’s been a great season for all of us.”

“It’s the end of a fantastic season for me. I got a lot of trophies, it’s fantastic, I cannot describe,” the winner of multiple Player of the Year awards remarked. “I just want to say “thank you” [to the teams], because without them I am nothing. I cannot play alone. They give everything on the pitch.”

Chelsea have been met with adoring fans wherever they go. Hazard has enjoyed the experience: “The flight was long, but we know it’s for a good reason. We enjoy it here with the fans and finish the season in a good way.” 

Hazard aims to entertain the fans, regardless of the humidity of Bangkok: “When you are outside on the pitch you give everything, it doesn’t matter the weather. We still have to give everything like we did the last game. The pitch is not bad, and we have to enjoy.”

When Hazard was asked if Chelsea could retain the title, he replied: “I hope – why not?”

Hazard would hope to carry the momentum from the past 7 days over into his other upcoming matches and into the season.

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The Chelsea midfielder, Mikel could make a switch to Dubai this summer.

The 28 years old hasn’t enjoyed the last two seasons making rare appearances which could lead to a move to the oil rich Kingdom. Despite being 28 of age, Mikel told his family and friends, he has not long to go before he calls it a day

Last year, he was already linked to Turkish giants, Galatasaray, but nothing happened. This time it is very much likely to happen.

Mikel wishes to secure his future financially and Dubai wouldn’t the only destination as Real Madrid is also interested

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