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According to Goal.com Real Madrid is not the only club to pursue Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but Paris Saint Germain has also target the Belgian player.

Goal reports that Courtois’ dad, Thierry, met PSG officials in London last Monday in order to discuss a possible deal for the next summer transfer window.

The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates.

The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and he is currently negotiating a + £200,000-a-week in contract renewal with the Blues.

Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted more than once that he would like to return to Madrid since his two children live there with their mother, so to be closer to his family.


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A sad day for José Mourinho and his family: the Chelsea boss is mourning the death of his father, José Manuel Mourinho Felix, who died today after fighting for two years following a brain hemorrhage in 2015.

Mourinho Sr, who was 79, was a player and a football coach as well: he played as a goalkeeper in Vitoria de Setúbal and Belenenses, gaining also some caps in the Portuguese national teams, and managed several Portuguese teams after he retired from played football.

His son José started to learn about football coaching doing opponent analysis for his father as a kid and their bond was special: Mourinho travelled a lot to Portugal to visit his ill father through-out these two years, especially in summer 2015 when he still was Chelsea manager.

Mourinho himself posted a photo of him as a child with his father on his Ïnstagram account, a message that preceded the news of José Mourinho Sr. death.

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Our condolences to him and his family.

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With his five years at Stamford Bridge Eden Hazard is one of Chelsea longest-serving players.

The Belgian striker, however, doesn’t want to go away and sign for another team, but he wants to stay with the Blues.

“I’ve spent five years here, I know everything about the club,” – Hazard told Chelsea official website. “Even if I’m still only 26 I have a lot of experience now. I started playing at 16 in France so I’ve been professional for 10 years. I like it here because it’s a family club. I have a lot of friends and we all talk to each other. In terms of games and experience I’m one of the oldest players and that’s good. This is my second home and I’m happy at Chelsea. I just want to keep going, maintain this intensity and continue to win trophies”.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that, despite speculations insisting he would accept Inter offer in Italy, that he will stay at Stamford Bridge next year, revealing his family- that was still living in Turin this year- will move to London with him, a big change for the Italian tactician:

“My family will move to London next season,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We are planning the future [with Chelsea], we got the base, we miss the cherries on top.

“I still have two year of contract, they [Chelsea] show to appreciate me, we share the same ideas and also the kind of project [for the future of the team].

“When you have the same pace in the construction of some things you are calm.”


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Antonio Conte can leave Chelsea at the end of this season to join Inter, it’s not just a rumour.

According to our sources, the Italian side made him a huge offer through a man working for powerful football agent Jorge Mendes.

Conte is considering the offer for two main reasons:

– His family don’t like London and are not really keen to move in the English capital. Right now both his wife and daughter still lives in Turin and Conte claimed more than once that this situation is not good for him and his beloved ones.

– The Italian coach would like to have more power on Chelsea transfer market decisions but, until now, the club don’t want to increase his authority at Stamford Bridge. Conte doesn’t like the fact the club doesn’t want to give him more trust after the fantastic job he made in the last months.

The ex Juventus manager left the Bianconeri in the middle of pre-season 2014/2015 for similar reasons: issues aroused between him and the board for some transfer market operations.

One fundamental condition for Conte to accept Inter’s offer is that Nerazzurri will qualify for next Champions League edition: right now the Nerazzurri sit 6th in the table, 6 points behind the thir place, that is the last one available to qualify for the most important European competition in Italy.

The fact the Italian boss was not clear on his future during yesterday’s press conference ( http://www.chelseanews24.com/top-stories/conte-still-not-clear-about-his-future-i-will-speak-with-the-club/) confirms that something is going on and the situation will be valued at the end of the season.

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Ex Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from football after rejecting a four-year-deal with a Chinese Super League side that was offering him £44m for four seasons.

The Dutchman, 65, wants to be close with his family, that is going through a tough moment after one of his daughters lost her husband in the past month, a fact that has weighed heavily on his decision:

“I could go there, but I’m still here: so much has happened in my family,” the ex Red Devils boss claimed.

He said after leaving United that he was interested in coaching again, but that door now seems to have closed.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991, and besides Manchester United in the past two seasons he was in charge also at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar but was also Netherlands national team coach in two occasions: from 2000 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014.

Van Gaal won 3 Dutch titles, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Ajax -1 Dutch title with AZ,  1 Spanish league, 1 Spanish Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona – 1 German league, 1 German Cup and 1 German Super Cup with Bayern Munich and 1 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also brought Netherlands to a third place in World Cup 2014 and lost two Champions League finale, one of this against his ex “pupil” José Mourinho, who was his assistant for three years at Barcelona in the late 90’s, in 2009-2010 against Inter in Madrid.

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Today, Saturday 22 October 2016, marks 20 years since the death of Matthew Harding and Chelsea will remember him with a series of tributes before the game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Harding was travelling back from Chelsea away game at Bolton in the League Cup when his helicopter crashed, killing him as well as fellow passengers Ray Deane, Tony Burridge and John Bauldie, and pilot Mick Goss.

A lifelong Blues fan, Harding joined the board in 1994 investing £ 26.5 in the club, playing in this way significant role to finance the reconstruction of the North Stand at Stamford Bridge, which was renamed the Matthew Harding Stand after his death at the age of just 42.

His family, as the ones of the other people that died with him, still hold season tickets at Chelsea stadium and tomorrow they will be honoured along with other families’ members invited over by the club before the kick off.

Chelsea, anyway, will remember Matthew Harding also dedicating the match program to him, but this is not the only thing to pay him tribute in this special weekend: general admission tickets also mark the anniversary, while a new banner will be displayed in the MHL stand for him before the match.


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Alexandre Pato looked really enthusiastic after his good debut against Aston Villa.

The Brazilian striker entered at minute 23 in the first half to replace Loic Remy, that got injured.

After twenty minutes he won a penalty and scored it with great coldness.

He then started the playing of Pedro’s first goal seconds after the beginning of the second half with a beautiful pass to Oscar.

After the game, he wanted to share his feelings with this post on his Facebook page, that we can translate:


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Today Chelsea got one more player to trust in the final of this season.

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho released his first interview since he parted company with Chelsea in December.

He did while being in Sweden for commercial act with Jaguar, whose the former Blues manager is testimonial.

In the cold Arjeplog, a one horse town in the far north of Sweden whose horses swell in number every winter as the car industry decamps to inflict a brutal cold weather testing regimen on still-secret new models.

“I remember playing a match in Russia,” Jose Mourinho says. “It must have been -10˚C, so cold that some of the players were crying. We thought that one of the linesmen had died…

“Look at the nature. My football world involves thousands of people, and we travel to the biggest cities. So to come here, it’s an empty place, but it’s so full of so many things. I just love it. I know it’s very cold, I know that I would not survive outside for many hours here, but the experience is magnificent, the beauty is fantastic. For people in my world, a few days in a place like this is amazing.”

And so José sits down with GQ and give his first interview since he left Stamford Bridge a week before Christmas:


You’re a big fan of London. Why?

When my kids were younger, we could move a lot, experience different countries and in my case different clubs, different football. But there was a moment where they needed some stability: so we made a decision three years ago to move back to London, and we manage my professional life around that. It’s an amazing place to live, amazing for them to study and search for their future, and for the family to be together.”

So you’re staying in the UK?

“At this moment I don’t have a job, and I don’t know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But for sure for sure for sure, as a family, our home will still be England, our home will be in London. But obviously I am ready to move. As a professional, I am ready to move, especially because football in London for me, in terms of clubs… I think it is clear that I have to move.”

It’s noble that your decision is at least partly down to your family’s needs. What else motivates you?

“I experimented with English, Italian and Spanish football, three of the top football sides in the world. I always say I need competition – I need competition every week. In Spain I was at an amazing club but I had four matches a year – Barcelona v Real Madrid, Real Madrid v Barcelona – and after that you win 4-0, 5-0, 5-1, 6-1…”

So it became too easy?

“Easy to win matches but difficult to win the league, because you are competing against a team that wins and wins and wins like you do, because there are two monsters together. So in the end I was champion in Spain with 100 points, and I lost the league in Spain with 91 points. Whereas in England you win leagues with 75, maybe less, so I need competition.”

Are you enjoying the down time?

“No, I am not enjoying it. I can have everything I love at the same time. I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football… I can have everything together and I don’t need to give up on one of them. To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it’s my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000. I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon.”

How do you cope with the pressure?

“Privacy is difficult to have, unless I come here for a holiday. But really, football is not pressure for me – it is a privilege. I cope because it’s easy to cope with something you like very, very much. That is why sometimes I don’t understand when players don’t enjoy their professional life. This is the kind of job were you are very well-paid, but at the same time you live the dreams you had as a kid. I think a 90-minute match is more pressure for the people that love us, the people outside. It’s why I sometimes have some conflicts with people who don’t share the same philosophy. You are in a sport to compete, you want to win, you hate to lose, you win once, so you want to win twice… When you are tired you can go home, and give up your place to someone else.”

What’s more difficult: winning for the first time, or repeating the feat?

“It depends. I always think you need new challenges, but there are different ways of getting new challenges. For example, if you are in a club that wins, if you want to win again you have to create instability in the winners. And to create instability in the winners you have to make them doubt, you have to buy new players, you have to make them feel not in their comfort zone. There is a normal tendency to go to your comfort zone. If you don’t react, if you believe that just because you won in one year that you are going to win again, it’s very difficult.”

Have you learnt everything there is to learn in football?

“Nooooo! I have always to learn. Even in football, which is an area in which I feel I am an expert, I am never perfect and I will always learn. Sometimes in my work, and also in private life, maybe people think I am not humble. But I am so humble, and I am always ready to learn from people who know more than me.”


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