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Chelsea striker Pedro knows Pep Guardiola really well, having spent four years with him at Barcelona, winning many trophies together, including two Champions League.

The Blues forward, anyway, reckons it won’t be easy for his former manager in his new adventure in the Premier League, where he will take charge at Manchester City:

“Although we know he is a great coach, Pep is not going to have it easy,” Pedro said to Marca.

“It’s a difficult league, complicated. I don’t think he will be able to express his football.”


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According to the Daily Telegraph, Barcelona are looking to replace Dani Alves with Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

After Dani Alves chose to join Juventus, Luis Enrique is in the market for a right-back. Barcelona first made attempts to purchase Arsenal‘s Hector Bellerin, however, they have since turned their attention to Azpilicueta.

The 26-year-old still has 3-years left running on his contract with the Blues but lack of Champions League football and a move back to Spain could persuade the Spaniard into a move away from Stamford Bridge.

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Barcelona sport director Roberto Fernandez spoke about Arda Turan‘s situation.

The Turkish winger signed from Blaugrana last summer, but he couldn’t play until January for the FIFA embargo: anyway, he didn’t really impress in the months he was able to play and was not a regular in the Luis Enrique‘s side.

That is why he was linked with other European top clubs, among these we also got Chelsea and radio network TalkSport insists that the Blues are still keen on him.

But Barcelona’s sport director claimed the club still trust him:

“Arriving at Barça, even if you come from a big club, is not a simple process. You face [getting into a team] a team that is very strong,” Fernandez said in his press conference.
“But we expect a lot from him, we have total confidence in him and hopefully he will be decisive next season.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that could leave London and return to Spain.


Fabregas ended a three-year spell with Barca in 2014 when he joined Chelsea, but after a Premier League title and League Cup triumph in his first season, an indifferent second year has fuelled speculation that he may abandon.

He said:

“Yes, why not?” he told Marca when asked if he could return to La Liga in the future.

“Still, I’m honestly not thinking about it because I have a lot of unfinished business at Chelsea after how this season went.

“I’m not really thinking of anything else, but in my opinion, the Spanish League is the strongest with the English.

“Returning to Barca would no longer be possible. It’s impossible, even if I wanted to.

“The Barcelona stage [in my career] is over, it’s a closed chapter.”

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Argentinian midfielder Mateo Musacchio could leave Villarreal Club de Fútbol.

According to Sport, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur would like to sign the player that was able to “steal” the role of Javier Mascherano in the Argentina national team.

Musacchio is under contract at Villarreal for two more years, and he could it bought for €50m.

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Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea for Barcelona next summer.

The Belgian goalkeeper recently went public with his distaste of life in England, moaning about the high intensity of each game, that he has to play almost every three days and that hotel overnight stays are a regular occurrence. He also claimed that he feels more comfortable when playing with Belgium defense instead of his Chelsea mates, all signs that he might want to leave next summer.

Courtois got three years more left on his deal with Chelsea, but with the Blues not taking part to next Champions League he’s tempted to go back to Spain, this time to join Barcelona.

The Blaugrana are ready to pay at least the half of his -huge- buyout clause to sign him: Chelsea fixed a £73m fee on him, and Barcelona can bid at least £40m to have Courtois in their next squad.

Antonio Conte won’t have an easy job this summer, with many of his stars ready to leave for chasing Champions League glory around Europe. For him it will be tough to keep all of them and Courtois seem one of the top players set to leave Chelsea.

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While a guest to Sky Sports program Monday Night Football Cesc Fabregas spoke also about his former boss Pep Guardiola, that next year will come to Premier League to manager Manchester City:

“What he [Guardiola] wanted to do is change formation,” said Fabregas about the Spanish coach playing style.

“I think after three years playing at a fantastic level and winning many things, he felt the other teams were catching the way of playing against Barcelona on a 4-3-3.

“He wanted to play a different system with three at the back, four in midfield plus Lionel Messi dropping deep – he wanted to dominate midfield more than anything – and to have two wide players always open and threatening to go in behind defenders.

“Yes, [I enjoyed it] because I had a lot of freedom. They tell you play wherever you feel you are dangerous and I love this kind of thing, because it’s like a number 10, but with the mentality of the goalscorer.”

Fabregas also revealed why he left Barcelona:

“There’s a little thing with Xavi in 2010 before the World Cup he told me ‘you have to come, my Achilles, I will not last too long’ – and then I came and he still played for five years and that didn’t help,” Fabregas said, joking.

“But 100 per cent it didn’t help there were so many midfielders and there was one less spot than when I came under Pep.”

Cesc also gave his opinion on Guardiola being next Manchester City boss:

“You always want to play against the best, 100 per cent Pep will bring new things to the Premier League, to Man City.

“They will be a force next year, they are already this season, you see they are in the semi-finals of Champions League and fighting to be in the top three. All the teams will have to be even stronger.”

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Chelsea have issued a hands off warning to Barcelona and Bayern Munich who are both said to be interested in the signing of on-loan defender Andreas Christensen.

Christensen is currently at Borussia Monchengladbach on a 2-year loan deal that started last summer. His performances for the Bundesliga side have sparked interest from clubs around Europe and have even tempted Chelsea into cutting the deal short and bringing the 20-year-old back to Stamford Bridge.

However, Chelsea have decided not to recall the Danish international as they believe another year of regular first team football would put him in a position to compete in the Chelsea ranks for the 2017/18 season.

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Ex Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini paid tribute to football legend Johan Cruyff, who died today aged 68 in Barcelona after a battle with cancer.

While speaking to Goal.com the Italian former player- now coaching Ireland U21- said:

“It is such a great loss for the football world, he was the best player in the world at his time. 

“He always came across as a great man who has an unbelievable knowledge in football and I think he changed the way football was played.

“He changed the mentality with a lot of players in Barcelona and he’s been an amazing figure in football.

“As a manager he left a big imprint on the football coaching (world).

“I want to post my condolences to his family and the people who are close to him.”


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