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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the new coach of Qatar side Al Arabi.

The ex Italian footballer – who already managed Watford, West Ham and Cagliari- claimed about his new professional adventure:

I know I’m taking a big gamble by leaving behind offers from Italy and England and taking up a coaching position in Qatar,’ Zola, said to Doha Stadium Plus on Wednesday.

It’s a calculated risk. I believe in myself, my staff and the Arabi management. I’m not a total stranger to Qatar either. I’ve good knowledge of the Qatar Stars League and its teams. I’ve a feeling we’ll do well.

Zola has struggled in managerial career so far: in England he had no much success with West Ham United and Watford and in Italy he coached Cagliari, who sacked him in March.

He joked: “If the club is willing to buy Lionel Messi for me, that’ll be my first requirement. I’ll then be the happiest man on earth.

“But for me, the real challenge is to improve the quality of local players. It’s key to our ability to win major titles in the long run. Foreign players can only help to a certain extent. My staff is experienced at developing raw talent. We can really make a difference.


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Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel is close to Chelsea, according toBelgian radio station RTBF.

The Belgian midfielder was thought to be edging towards joining AC Milan but the media reports that Roman Abramovich in person is ready to hijack the deal.

They claim that Chelsea’s owner will travel to Russia to secure the signing of the Zenit St Petersburg star.

Abramovich is said to be friends with Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich, who owns Zenit.

The Express claims Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Witsel, who can be the replacement for John Obi Mikel.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard with the PFA Players' Player of the Year award

Eden Hazard is the only Premier League player to be included in UEFA’s list of the best players in Europe.

The Chelsea midfielder was voted PFA and Writers Player of the Season last year after an exceptional season which saw the Belgian help Chelsea lit their first Premier League trophy since 2010.

However, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez was the only other player based in England to receive votes from journalists, as the list is dominated by players from Champions League finalists Juventus and Barcelona.

Juve, who lost the final in Berlin 3-1, have five players on the list – the most of any other club. They are Paul Pogba, Gianluigi Buffon, Arturo Vidal and recently departed pair Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo.

Cristiano Ronaldo also makes it onto the shortlist after winning the award last year, and Barca’s front trhee of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar round out the top 10.

The rest of the 30-man list:

11: Arjen Robben (NED – FC Bayern München)

12: Manuel Neuer ( GER – FC Bayern München)

13: Carlos Bacca (COL – Sevilla FC, now AC Milan)

14 = Andrés Iniesta (ESP – FC Barcelona)

14 = Álvaro Morata (ESP – Juventus)

14 = Thomas Müller (GER – FC Bayern München)

17: Kevin De Bruyne (BEL – VfL Wolfsburg)

18: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE – Paris Saint-Germain)

19 = Gareth Bale (WAL – Real Madrid CF)

19 = André-Pierre Gignac (FRA – Olympique de Marseille)

21 = Robert Lewandowski (POL – FC Bayern München)

21 = Ivan Rakitić (CRO – FC Barcelona)

23 = Jérôme Boateng (GER – FC Bayern München)

23 = Xavi Hernández (ESP – FC Barcelona, now al-Sadd SC)

23 = Jackson Martínez (COL – FC Porto)

23 = Javier Mascherano (ARG – FC Barcelona)

23 = Alexis Sánchez (CHI – Arsenal FC)

28 = Giorgio Chiellini (ITA – Juventus)

28 = Roberto Firmino (BRA – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, now Liverpool FC)

28 = Nemanja Matić (SRB – Chelsea FC)

28 = Arkadiusz Milik (POL – AFC Ajax)

28 = Nicolás Otamendi (ARG  – Valencia FC)

28 = Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid CF)

28 = Marc-André ter Stegen (GER – FC Barcelona)

28 = Arda Turan (TUR – Club Atlético de Madrid, now FC Barcelona)


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David de Gea will stay at Manchester United for one more season and leave for Real Madrid next summer after which he will be paid €5 million a year, according to reports in Spain.

The Spanish goalkeeper has one season left on his Old Trafford contract and has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer in a transfer similar to the deals that have seen David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo go in the same direction in recent years.

Reports in Spain suggest today that a deal could be delayed for 12 months, giving Manchester United the chance to keep him for another season. There are also suggestions he could be paid as much as €5 million as the Spanish giants save cash on a transfer fee.

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Higuain moved to Napoli for £34.5 million

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that striker Gonzalo Higuain will not be leaving the Serie A club this summer, ending any chance of the Argentine joining Chelsea or Arsenal.

The strike has been linked with both clubs for a number of transfer windows now, and both have appeared willing to do a deal for the 27-year-old. Mr de Lauentiis has finally come out and said, however, that no transfer will be taking place.

“There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave,” he told Italian media.

“I have made his (release) clause clear in order to stop the constant speculation that appears in the press.

“There is a precise clause.”

That clause is believed to be about £70 million, meaning that Napoli could more than double their money on Higuain if any deal did indeed happen.

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Four Chelsea fans who were filmed stopping a black man boarding a Paris train while singing racist songs are due to appear in court today. 

The incident took place before a Champions League tie between the west Londoners and PSG in February, which finished 1-1, and was widely broadcast in the English and French media in the following days as well the internet.

Filmed on a mobile phone, it showed Souleymane S, a commuter, being prevented from boarding a Metro train by a group of men, identified as Chelsea fans, who sang in English: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

Richard Barklie, 50, Jordan Munday, 20, Josh Parsons, 20, William Simpson, 26, will all today appear at Thames Magistrates Court and the hearing is expected to last two days.

The Metropolitan Police are applying for football banning orders for the men, and one has already been given to Dean Callis who cannot attend a football game for five years. Mr Callis’ ban was given because of “a number of incidents involving violence or disorder including the Paris incident” according to a Met Police spokesman.

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Ghoulam's experience in two different leagues could be an asset to Chelsea.

Arsenal have made a formal bid of £7 million for Chelsea target Faouzi Ghoulam as they seek to bolster their defence following the signing of Petr Cech. 

ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that Arsenal were not planning on making any more signings, but Arsene Wenger appears to have decided to make the signing of Ghoulam and have made an offer to his club Napoli for the left-back.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have shown interest, but it is the club that finished 3rd last season that has the advantage over the champions. Jose Mourinho had looked at Ghoulam as a potential replacement for Filipe Luis, but that now appears to be over.

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Diego Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has already turned his attention to the upcoming season, and created a series of objectives for himself and the club.

Costa scored 20 goals in 26 games in his debut Premier League season, whilst the Blues lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time since 2010.

However, the former Porto and Atletico Madrid missed several games due to a persistent hamstring injury and a mystery virus, and the club failed to get past the round of 16 after being knocked out by Paris Saint Germain.

The £32 million Spaniard, who hit seven goals in his first four games last season, won plenty of admirers – and the odd detractor – with his win-at-all-costs and slightly bullish nature.

With the 2015-16 season now less than a month away, Costa said: “Our objectives haven’t changed.

“Chelsea are Premier League champions and this season we must try to repeat our success and fight to get to the final of the Champions League.

“That is a minimum for our supporters and ourselves.

“The only demand I am putting on myself for the new season is to have less problems with injury. The experience was not good during the past campaign. And while I never think about a target number of goals my challenge to myself is just to score, score, score.

“That will guarantee success and victory for Chelsea and that really is my objective.”

Costa’s recurring hamstring injury symbolised the step up between the Premier League and La Liga, and the 26-year old has assured Chelsea fans that the same won’t happen next season:

“The Premier League is a competition that requires more work and is more difficult than La Liga.

“Any club is able to beat the top side and that demands a total fight in every match.

“Who are the favourites for the Premier League title this season? That hasn’t changed. Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. Along with the Blues, the champions will come from that group.”

Costa has also reiterated his desire to achieve success on an international level, and to impress Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who was the main reason for his transfer to Chelsea last summer:

“This season is also important for my presence with Spain. In June we will hopefully go to the Euros and defend our title, and I want to play in France.

“Mourinho is a big coach and for me it was decisive when I spoke to him about joining Chelsea.

“He explained his objectives and the project in the squad and that was definitive for me.

“I am very happy at Chelsea. The rumours about me and my future are normal but they are of no interest to me.”

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Bamford was hugely impressive last season

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday are due to make surprise bid for young Chelsea midfielder Patrick Bamford, according to reports in the Sheffield Star.

Bamford spent last season on loan at Wednesday’s league rivals Middlesbrough, appearing in the play-off final in what was a hugely successful season for the 23-year old, who scored 19 goals whilst also winning the Championship Player of the Year award.

The England U21 international signed for Chelsea in 2012 from Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.5 million, with his current contract running until 2017.

Speculation has been rife this summer regarding Bamford’s future at Stamford Bridge, with
with Premier League sides Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and West Ham all reportedly interested.

Boro have also expressed an interest an interest in retaining Bamford’s services, and it now seems that Wednesday, who recently sacked manager Stuart Gray, want to join the race for attacker’s signature.







Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup semifinal's second leg vs Tottenham, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues. "Higuain is a few hours...