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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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Football legend Johan Cruyff died this morning in Barcelona at 68 after a long battle with lung cancer.

His Holland national team and him were considered the fathers of modern football, thanks to their playing style that dominated the football scene in the 70’s.

Cruyff was the legend and captain of Ajax and Barcelona, he also managed both teams and conquered the first Champions League in 1992 in the Blaugrana‘s history in a thrilling final against Sampdoria: his compatriot Ronald Koeman, now manager at Southampton, scored the winner on free kick in the extra time.

He won 9 Dutch titles, 6 Dutch cups, 1 Spanish title, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 European Cups as a player.

His manager’s trophies were: 4 Spanish titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 European Cup, 1 Dutch Cup and 1 Cup Winners Cup.

 

 

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Chelsea will travel again to the USA for their pre-season tour this summer.

The Blues were invited another time to the International Champions Cup, along with other nine European top clubs:

AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Celtic, Inter,  Leicester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

The Blues will open the tour in Los Angeles facing the Reds on Wednesday 27 July at the Rose Bowl stadium.

They will then travel to a city yet to be announced to face Real Madrid on 30 July, before finishing the tour in Minneapolis on facing AC Milan at the brand new US Bank Stadium on 3 August.

The full competition schedule:

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Jose Mourinho and his backroom staff at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho thinks that team are more important of individual players in contemporary football, with one little exception: Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese coach thinks to have him in your side makes winning a little easier, even if the team performances are still important.

Barcelona can become the first team in the modern Champions League to hold the trophy:

“First of all it’s about individual players. Just to give you an example, [Leo] Messi won the Champions League with three different managers,” he said in an interview with BT Sport.

“I think it’s easier to win with him, than against him. I am a football manager. I know that sometimes people think that the individual is more important than the team.

“But when I feel that it is time for me to take a permanent holiday – I still think that the team is more important than anything.

“But the obvious reality is that there are some players who can make a difference.”

About his future, Mourinho said:

“Yes I was lucky enough to have good options since I left Chelsea in December – not just options but good options,” the Special One added.

“But I made a decision to wait calmly. The reality is that I want to work. July, mid-July, new pre-season starts and somewhere, I want to be there.”

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kenedy chelsea

FC Barcelona will try an assault on Chelsea wonderkid Kenedy in the next summer transfer window, that’s what the Spanish sport newspaper Mundo Deportivo reveals today.

According to the Catalan media the Champions of Europe have been tracking him for several years and will try to steal him from Chelsea trying to convince him with money and participation to the Champions League next year, competition where the Blues won’t take part due to their bad position in the Premier League.

Anyway, it won’t be easy for Barcelona to sign Kenedy since Chelsea consider him a key player for their future project.

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