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Chelsea announced that there will be a special presentation for ex boss Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game with Leicester City today.

Ranieri spent four years at Chelsea, between 2000 and 2004, and this year reached a fantastic achievement winning the Premier League with the Foxes in his return to English football.

The club invited the fans to take seats early to see the presentation.

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Samuel Eto'o

Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, who spent the 2013/14 season at Stamford Bridge, when asked about Blues incoming manager Antonio Conte said: “A great manager like him doesn’t need my advice,”

“He showed he is one of the best in World football and he just has to continue like this.”

The Cameroon International Eto’o added: “He has won a lot and Chelsea will allow him to work”

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At the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin fight, former Chelsea boss José Mourinho told SkySportsNews: “van Gaal is my friend, I worked with him for a few years. I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club.”

“I have made this exception to speak with you because I didn’t speak for a long time, but I am going back to the same position. The only thing I can say is I don’t have a contract with any club but in the summer I will be back.”

The Portuguese added: “I am not in position to turn down jobs. I am in a position to analyse, this is April, everything starts in July, every decision is made between May and the start of June. I am not in a position to deny, I am open to any club, national team, but I have to be honest, if possible, a club.

“I would prefer to stay England. I love the country, the football here, my family is very stable and happy.”


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eva carneiro mourinho

As we anticipated some days ago former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro was going to make her first public appearance since her exit in September: in fact, she was among the speakers at the annual international conference on sports rehabilitation and traumatology – Return to Play – organised by Isokinetic Medical Groupat the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London.

During her speech Carneiro had a dig at former Chelsea boss José Mourinho, against whom she took legal action for alleged victimisation and discrimination:

The relationship with management absolutely affects how ready (players) feel to take on a risk,” she said.

“Trust in the medical team is absolutely essential at a club”.

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Raul Meireles will shortly become a free agent at the end of the season and Fenerbahce have yet to enter talks over extending his contract.

The 32-year-old currently earns 2.000.000€ per-season and made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Yellow Canaries despite being plagued with injury problems this season.

The former Chelsea midfielder won the Portuguese league title four times with Porto, and also won the Champions League with the Blues during his stay in Premier League.


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Juan Mata of Manchester United has written has gratitude towards Chelsea fans after the reception he got during the match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Although he may have left Chelsea for Manchester in January 2014, he remains a huge fan favourite at Stamford Bridge.

On his personal blog, he wrote “It’s always special for me to play in Stamford Bridge. My feelings are different in a day like this, but once the referee blows the whistle for the kick-off, in my mind the only goal is to win, to give everything you have to help the team and to enjoy on the pitch,”

“I have to say that I’m deeply grateful for the reception from the Chelsea fans and their applause when I was substituted. Moments like these ennoble football and it’s something you keep in your memory forever,” he continued.

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According to the Daily Mail Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to sign Pep Guardiola as the Blues next full time manager.

Since he had sacked José Mourinho last Thursday the Russian tycoon has had just one name in his mind for next summer: Pep Guardiola, who since June will be free from Bayern Munich, as confirmed by the same German club on Friday, with ex Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to replace him in Bavaria.

Abramovich already tried to sign Guardiola in 2012, during his sabbatical year, and the deal was almost done but then the Spaniard changed his mind after Di Matteo’s sacking, thinking that Chelsea board was too volatile and headed off to Bayern Munich, where he took charge in summer 2013.

Abramovich and Chelsea board were furious for his decision, but at the end José Mourinho came available and his return was set for a second spell that had to last many years but it lasted…until his sacking last Thursday!

It won’t be easy for Chelsea to get Guardiola anyway: it’s not a mistery that also Manchester City are willing to sign him to replace Manuel Pellegrini next summer, and the Spaniard got huge respect in the Citizens’ board from his old friends Ferran Soriano – chief executive-  Txiki Begiristain – director of football.

The pair was at Barcelona in 2008, when Guardiola was promoted from the coach of the reserves team to manage the first team: he immediately won a treble and then added other two Ligas, another Champions League and two World Club Cups.

So these facts can advantage them to sign the Spaniard.

Anyway, there is one man that seems to know already if Guardiola chose Chelsea or Manchester City as his next stop: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern Munich chairman, in fact, stated:

“I think I know where he is going. But I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer.

“At the Christmas party two weeks ago he came to me, he told me that he was looking for a new challenge and almost apologised.

“It was clearly difficult for him, I’m not disappointed in him.”




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mourinho fabregas

Telegraph’s journalist Matt Law revealed that Cesc Fabregas was NOT Mourinho’s enemy or Chelsea dressing room’s rat, indeed, he was one of his strongest allies.

It’s understood that the Spaniard and Jose got a very strong relationship and even that the Portuguese coach spoke a couple of times to Fabregas in private in the hours before his sacking:

“He told the 28-year-old that he was planning to rely heavily on him in the fight to save his job. Mourinho then telephoned Fabregas after his dismissal to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best. Despite being upset at being left on the substitutes’ bench at times this season, Fabregas remained loyal to Mourinho and had hoped the Portuguese would see out the slump in results and remain in his post,Law writes.

Cesc was even the first, and one of the few, Chelsea players to thank Mourinho publicly and looked very upset while arriving to Cobham on Friday morning, the day after Jose’s dismissal.

Fabregas was strongly booed yesterday by Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge, who pointed to him as one of those players who let Mourinho, the club and the supporters down, but also according to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, now a pundit for the club’s official website and TV, it’s not Cesc the players to blame.

Nevin spoke to spoke to BBC Today’s programme with Garry Richardson, that some weeks ago hinted a Chelsea player claimed: “I would rather lose that win for Mourinho”.

So while discussing Mourinho’s sacking Richardson said: “As I mentioned on BBC Radio six weeks ago, one player said, ‘I’d rather lose than win for Mourinho’. Said in the heat of the moment… but it summed up the atmosphere.”

Nevin replied: “Yeah, that was Cesc Fabregas, wasn’t it?

Adding: “I thought it came out it was Cesc Fabregas. If it was, he’d been one of the strongest and it just shows in his game. I found this out myself in the last couple of days that you do sometimes take on face value what people tell you and it’s not always the truth.”

But today Nevin dismissed everything with a post on his official Twitter account, claiming is not Cesc Fabregas the one to blame:

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Chelsea’s iconic figure, Frank Lampard has left the door open for a possible return to Chelsea one day

He played his last game in the Premier League with Manchester City as he prepares to go on a different adventure in the US. Asked whether or not he would like to return to his former club one day, he said:

“I’m not someone who says they will miss the dressing-room banter. That’s not really me. I have a varied life and could get by without football if that’s the way it pans out. I’ll always keep my season ticket at Chelsea though and if they want me back in any capacity…”

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Drogba will become a free agent this summer and will leave Chelsea for the second time

He came left in 2012 after winning the Champions League but decide to come back last summer. This time round, at the age of 36, he’s leaving and it is very unlikely he will come back at Chelsea as a player, but instead could return to get a management role at the club

Drogba is wanted by his former club Olympique de Marseille , where he spent the 2003-2004 season before eventually joining Chelsea. During that spell at Marseille, he scored 19 goals in 35 appearances.

Marseille would be keen to bring him back at least for a year and use his experience to strengthen their squad after a disappointing season in which they finished fourth, 14 points behind the leaders Paris St Germain.


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