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Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda reveals he rejected the Nou Camp in favour of Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian, currently on loan at Real Betis was signed from Anderlecht, told Spanish paper Marca that he rejected an offer from Barcelona “It is true that I rejected Barcelona because Chelsea also agreed to sign my brothers,” Musonda told Marca.

“At the time, it was very important for the family that we all joined the same club. We wanted to stick together.

“Barcelona are among the best in the world, but it was important for me to have my family with me.

“Visiting La Masia was very impressive. It was a great experience that motivated me to keep working very hard. I was introduced to Pep Guardiola. It was a great visit.”

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Transfer market's doubts for Blues: can Scott Dann really be the good man to shore up the defence?

If John Stones will really be the first summer signing at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola,  Chelsea should have to look somewhere else for their defensive reinforcements after their tried and failed sign for the english defender last summer.

Chelsea have then identified Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann as an ideal summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mail, but Palace value the defender at £20m too much even for the huge Blues strongbox

The 29-year-old has recently signed a new five-year deal at Selhurst Park, which will not ease Chelsea’s hopes of getting the Eagles at a bargain.

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It has today been announced that Pep Guardiola will take charge of Manchester City.

The club released the statement at lunch time on February 1st stating that Manuel Pellegrini will step down as manager at the end of the season and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will take over at the Ethiad on a three-year deal.

It has been reported that Chelsea were after Guardiola for a number of years as owner Roman Abramovich has been attracted to the type of style his teams play. This will come as a blow to the Blues who will now turn their attention to another managerial target.

Guardiola has won back to back Bundesliga titles since joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013.

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Questioned about who was the best manager in the world at the moment, the legend Maradona didn’t hesitate and said it was Jose Mourinho

“In my opinion, Jose Mourinho is the best manager without any doubts. He’s got this quality of anticipating things and knows what people will say before they even go and say it.”

Maradona was then asked which one he would pick between Pep and Mourinho?  He said:

“Mourinho. I think Pep needs a little bit more time, if he wants to be like Mourinho. ”

He was then asked to compare the two greatest footballers of the world and admitted he couldn’t distinguish which one was better. He added:

“We can’t really say Messi is better than Ronaldo and vice-versa. They’re both great and at the same level.”

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Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a move to German champs Bayern Munich in recent weeks, but the side have decided to pursue other targets instead.

Pep Guardiola is looking to replace Rafinha who looks like he will be leaving in the summer, but Chelsea are not willing to lose one of their star defenders.

According to Sport Bild, Guardiola opted to drop the idea of recruiting Ivanovic, preferring other targets.

Jose Mourinho considers the Serbian a fundamental member of his squad and it has been claimed Chelsea are to offer a new and improved contract to keep him at the club.

Ivanovic is a hugely influential figure in the Chelsea dressing room and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.

 

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic is said to have become the top target for Bayern Munich this summer, according to the Metro.

The Serbian has played a key role in the Blues season so far, having played every minute of their 29 Premier League matches.

 

The defender is now set to have his loyalty tested, having played for the West-London club for just over seven years, with the offer of joining the German giants this summer, who are looking for another right-back to eventually replace Rafinha for the starting XI at the Allianz Arena – Lahm, a legend, is not a certainty anymore with his 32 years.

Ivanovic’s contract expires at the end of next season…

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