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Chelsea should forget signing Pedro from Barcelona and instead pursue Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, according to one of their former players Craig Burley.

Speaking to radio station TalkSport, Burley said he couldn’t see what Pedro would bring to the club and that if the team wants to push on in the Champions League it needs someone who will greatly improve it.

“If Chelsea are going to be signing players and improving the squad, then you have to be a damn good player,” Burley said.

Continuing, he added:

“I’m not sure if Pedro is going to improve this Chelsea team. I don’t see him making a huge impact, any more so than Oscar or people like that.

“If you are going to improve this team, you are looking at the calibre of player like Gareth Bale.

“If he is unhappy at Real Madrid, and there’s been talk about it in the last six months, he is going to give you a different dimension.

Eden Hazard on one side, Bale on the other, and Diego Costa up front. That really improves Chelsea. Pedro? Not really for me.”

Chelsea ave been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer having only bought in Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic.

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EDEN HAZARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR PFA
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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LAURENT BLANC PSG
Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has stated that the French champions will seek to improve their side following the lifting of UEFA sanctions for breaking FFP rules.

PSG were fined £50 million and forced to cut their Champions League squad from 25 to 21, but those punishments were lifted last month, leading to speculation that the Ligue 1 winners will now spend millions to make them more competitive in European football.

The club is currently pursuing Kevin de Bruyne and Paul Pogba, but their horizons have been broadened further still to include Angel di Maria, Antoinne Griezmann and, although highly unlikely, Eden Hazard.

Speaking to PSG’s official TV channel, Blanc said this:

“We had planned certain things, and we’re now looking at all of that differently. We have time on our side, even if the season will start soon.

“We want to regenerate the team, add more competition in certain positions and, in terms of whether people leave or not, we’ll act.

“If we manage to do what we want to do, I think we’ll be very competitive in France, of course, but also in Europe. All the supporters are expecting that.”

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Chelsea are bracing themselves for another attempt from PSG to sign Eden Hazard after a transfer ban against the French champions was lifted, according to reports in France.

PSG, who Chelsea have played in two dramatic Champions League ties in the last two seasons with one win for either club, were fined approximately £50 million by UEFA for breaching FFP laws, something that also applied to Manchester City.

That punishment, which also stretched to a reduced Champions League squad from 25 to 21 for PSG, has now been overturned and the club are reportedly ready to spend a lot of money this transfer window to make themselves genuine challengers for the Champions League. PSG’s big signing last summer was David Luiz for €50 million, and they have been repeatedly linked with Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Hazard had his best season by far for Chelsea last season since his move Ligue 1 club Lille in 2012, and he won a hat-trick of Player of the Year Awards from the PFA, the Football Writers’ Association and Chelsea. His goals and ability to make chances for his team mates made him the club’s most important player last season as it won the Premiership title for the first time since 2010.

PSG, long admirers of the Belgian, will renew their as of yet futile attempts to buy him from Chelsea as they are now free to buy without first selling other players, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Whilst a bid from Paris may be forthcoming, a successful one is almost an impossibility. Hazard signed a new five-year contract last season and has since spoken of his wish to stay at the club for many years.

A more likely proposition from PSG’s perspective is the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus. The French midfielder has at some point been lined with ever top club in Europe, and it appeared that the final battle to sign him would be between Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona after Chelsea withdrew. The reports coming out of France regarding UEFA’s dropping of sanctions against PSG is likely to start a bidding war between the three.

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No club at the moment of signing the player can predict whether this transfer decision will be successful or not. Also Chelsea over the last 23 years made some spectacular transfers but there were also those less successful.

Charlie Skillen from the Sportsmail, has chosen in his opinion 10 best and 10 worst Chelsea signings of the Premier League.

BEST TRANSFERS :
1. Ruud Gullit
Definately best Chelsea’s transfer ever made. During his career, Gullit won Ballon d’Or in 1987, World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. In 2004 he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.
2. Gianfranco Zola
Arrived to Chelsea from Parma 1996. In 249 appearances, scored 89 goals.
3. Frank Lampard
Won everything that was to win. He overtook Bobby Tambling as the club’s record scorer.
4. Petr Cech
Joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004. He was always between the posts during Chelsea’s successes era.
5. Didier Drogba
Arrived to Chelsea from Marseille in 2004. Was Chelsea’s hero during the Champions League final in 2012.
6. Tore Andre Flo
Made 163 appearances for Chelsea and scored 50 goals.
7.  Eden Hazard
Joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012. Premier League Player of the Season 2014/15 and PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2015 .
8. Claude Makelele
One of the best defensive midfielder in Chelsea’s history.
9. Eidur Gudjohnsen
Together with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink they created the best strike partnerships in Premier League history.
10. Ashley Cole
Quoting Charlie Skillen ,,Arguably the finest left back this country has ever produced”
WORST TRANSFERS:
1. Fernando Torres
2. Andriy Shevchenko
3. Chris Sutton
4. Shaun Wright-Phillips
5. Juan Sebastian Veron
6. Winston Bogarde
7. Adrian Mutu
8. Gael Kakuta
9. Robert Fleck
10. Khalid Boulahrouz
And what’s yours 10 best and 10 worst Chelsea transfers ?

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In an interview with Sky Sports, former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino stated that Eden Hazard will find it difficult to improve on his achievements of last season.

“More goals? Maybe. But his work rate was phenomenal and he was defensively brilliant for the team,” Cascarino began on his predictions for Hazard in the future.

Despite an overall positive view on Hazard, Cascarino can’t see him improving his game very much: “He’s only going to get better by what his stats say but I don’t think I saw him have a poor game. There were a couple of average games but you’d take that over the course of the season.”

However, the former Blue stated that if the PFA Player of the Year could reach the heights of last season, “it will come with a Premier League title.”

Hazard, supposedly poised to reach the heights of Ballon d’or in the future, has claimed that he wants to be the “world’s best.” 

If Hazard wants to be compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he will have to prove Cascarino wrong.

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PETR CECH ARSENAL
Chelsea legend joined Arsenal for a £11m fee

One of Chelsea’s finest players has swapped west London for north, Blue for Red and celebrating the Premiership title for equally exuberant displays of joy for winning the FA Cup.

In short, Petr Cech is leaving Chelsea to join Arsenal, and it is the latest in a pattern of first team players that are held in the highest esteem joining what appears to be a direct rival to the detriment of the club.

Juan Mata left for Manchester United in 2013 for almost £40 million, Frank Lampard was allowed to leave under the assumption he was taking up semi-retirement in America only to join Manchester City for a season, and now Cech, Chelsea’s finest ever goalkeeper, and the keeper of numerous records, is leaving the club with one season still left on his contract for approximately £11 million.

The general opinion has thus far been one of puzzlement, especially from Chelsea fans, as to why Jose Mourinho is allowing such a quality player to once again exit Stamford Bridge to ply his trade at a direct rival for the title. The truth is that he is applying the same policy that allowed the other two to be bought to the general betterment of the club they were leaving.

Mata’s exit gave the club the funds to buy Nemanja Matic, who performed with distinction for the majority of last season and has made himself critical in the defensive midfield position. It also gave the side balance as it allowed Oscar and Eden Hazard to define their roles in the side, the latter with great results.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, also left and allowed Chelsea to improve. Despite scoring the late equaliser at the Ethihad Stadium in September and denying Chelsea a win over Manchester City, Chelsea’s form in that part of the season, based largely on the midfield axis of Matic, Fabregas (who replaced Lampard in the centre) and Hazard is what ultimately won them the league title.

Manchester City laboured for much of the season and Manchester United were left with an embarrassing imbalanced having packed their side with attacking midfielders. Neither benefitted greatly from the services of two former Chelsea players, and the end result of Arsenal buying Petr Cech may well be similar.

At the age of 33, Petr Cech is getting closer to the end of his career. It is true that goalkeepers can play for longer at the highest level of European football- look at Gianluigi Buffon who at the age 37 led Juventus to the Champions League final, but what is certain is that he will not improve.

The decision to let him leave would be stupid were Thibaus Courtois, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and ten years Cech’s junior, not in the Chelsea first team at present. It would also be the wrong decision were Chelsea letting him go for nothing at the end of next season. As it is, the club will get almost £11 million, and that money could go towards the potential signing of Antoinne Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, who Chelsea are hoping to sign ahead of PSG, and who could give the team the added attacking dimension that it lacked in the Champions League last season. Moreover, it would be a bad decision were Chelsea not letting him go to a club that finished last season 12 points behind them, or one that was readily able to strengthen in other areas that might make them more of a threat to Jose Mourinho’s side next season.

Chelsea’s dominance off the pitch and on it has been borne out of its skill in the transfer market after 2012. Cech’s departure, having been done for the right money, and should, if said money be used wisely, be another example of that.

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Eden Hazard’s brother, Kylian Hazard has signed a three-year-contract with Hungarian team Ujpest FC.

The 19-year-old brother of Chelsea winger was currently playing at Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League as an attacking midfielder. As he made only five appearances for the Belgian club he decided to look for a club who offer him regular appearances in the first team. And the Hungarian team meets this condition.

Transfer has been officially confirmed by Ujpest FC. The club issued a special statement in which was written :

,,The contract is the result of a long visit which the player and his father, who represents his son’s interests and monitors his career, paid to Budapest”

Kylian Hazard hopes that the transfer to Hungary will be the beginning of his long-term future careers. So we keep our fingers crossed for the younger brother of Chelsea winger.

 

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Tommi Miller is a 7-year-old boy who suffers from leukaemia. The small hero until recently had only one dream – to meet his heroes from Chelsea especially his biggest idol Petr Cech. And today his dream come true.

The little hero was probably the happiest kid in the world when Petr Cech together with Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Loic Remy, César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma and Jose Mourinho paid him a visit.

His mother said :

“He did go to Chelsea and had a lovely VIP day. Thankfully we choose the right weekend as he ended up in hospital again for another six weeks. We came away delighted and we got lots of photographs and autographs from the players and Petr Cech who is Tommi’s idol gave Tommi his shirt. Tommi absolutely loved it and still talks about it daily.”

 

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