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José Mourinho has another time a dig at his all time rival Rafa Benitez, now Real Madrid manager, who was in charge of Chelsea before his return in 2013.

The Blues were knocked out from Champions League as champions at group stage in December 2012 and in May 2013, just days before Mourinho was appointed again as Chelsea manager, won the Europa League in Amsterdam beating Benfica 2-1 at last minute with an Ivanovic‘s goal:

When I returned, I felt the experience of Chelsea playing Europa League was not good,” revealed Mourinho while speaking to BT Sports for a documentary on him.

The Europa League is a different competition [from the Champions League], the Europa League is a different level of competition for a different level of player and a different level of club.”

It is not good for a big club to go there and win it. It is better for the evolution of the players and for the evolution of the team to be in the Champions League. Even if you are not successful, even if you do not win it, it is better to be in the Champions League.

This is what I want to keep giving to my players and obviously we are completely open, we are good enough to, one season, to win it. I think the Champions League gives us a different thing to the Premier League. The Premier League is our competition and the Champions League is a competition that belongs to many different cultures.

Mourinho, who won the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter, also rejected allusions that he was a defensive coach, pointing to his record at Real Madrid and his first spell at Chelsea:

“The best team in the history of La Liga: Real Madrid – 100 points, 126 goals, the team with more victories, more points, more goals. Manager? The defensive Jose Mourinho,” he stressed.

Premier League, record of points? Chelsea football club 2005/06. Manager? The defensive Jose Mourinho. There is something that is not right.

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Fiorentina manager Paolo Sousa has thanked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for opening the door for Portuguese coaches at Serie A.

New Fiorentina manager Sousa, who, like Jose Mourinho is Portuguese, has no doubt that Mourinho’s success with Inter, opened the Serie A for Portuguese trainers.

Sousa told Mediaset television :

“I’m grateful to Mourinho because he’s a great example,”

“He’s won everything and he opened the door for us Portuguese [coaches]. I always want to improve myself and I always try to take the best from others to improve what I’ve already got.”


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andrea ranocchia

Daily Mail revealed that Everton are looking another centre-back and this can mean the Toffees need to replace John Stones, who has been keen for a move to Chelsea for over a month.

According to the British paper the first Roberto Martinez‘s first option to revamp his defense in case the English centre back will move to the Blues is Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia.

The Italian centre-back was Nerazzurri captain last season and in four years had 155 appearances for them.

Inter need to sell some players in order to reduce their squad to 25 elements for the new Serie A rules and the Italy international hasn’t impressed in the past two seasons, so the negotiations for Ranocchia’s signing can be started easily with the Italian club.

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Didier Drogba © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was offered $ 1m to play for Atletico de Kolbata, a side playing in Indian Super League.

Furthermore, the club would offer to Drogba an unspecified bonus in addition to his living costs and travel to India and undertake pre-season with the ISL champion side next month before competing in the October 3-December 20 league.

Indian Super League clubs must confirm their marquee players by July 31 but King Didier hasn’t made a decision yet.

Drogba’s UK-based agent Baljit Rihal was quoted by the Evening Standard saying: “This is a real statement of intent from clubs in the Indian Super League, who are passionately trying to put India on the global football map.

Drogba also received an offer from MLS side Chicago Fire, but he claimed that he was still thinking on it, letting understand that he would prefer to stay in Europen adding “a club like Inter Milan would be a good option”.

These will be important days for the Chelsea legend future, who is set to make a decision next week.

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Mohamed Salah was the hot name in Italian transfer market in the past month: the Egyptian player created a real saga, refusing another loan to Fiorentina, the club where he spent the second part of the last season, impressing with outstanding performances and 10 goals in all the competitions.

It was rumoured that Inter offered him a new deal, trying to get him on loan or negotiating with Chelsea for a permanent deal, so Fiorentina threatened to take the player and Inter to court.

At the end the player came back to his parent club, Chelsea, who will decide on his future, and many people were ready to bet about José Mourinho taking him to pre-season training camp in Canada and tour in the USA, to observe him and verify his progress after the Serie A spell.

But the manager decided not to take him in Montreal and selected players like Victor Moses, who was on loan to Stoke City in the last campaign, or youngsters Chalobah, Clarke-Salte and Ola Aina, with even new signing Kenedy joining them in Montreal, but he didn’t select Salah, that now is officially aside of first team squad and ready to leave Chelsea again.

Salah’s agent is now expected in London to negotiate with Chelsea board about the player future: the Egyptian star is a target Italian giants Roma and Inter, but in the last days also Liverpool entered the “battle” to sign him, an option that will allow him to stay in the Premier League and be more ready for Chelsea in case he will return in the future.

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Mohamed Salah’s saga goes on: after refusing to stay on loan to Fiorentina two weeks ago the Egyptian winger is waiting for a decision from his parent club, Chelsea, where he went back in this start of the pre-season.

Tomorrow the Blues will take off towards Montreal, Canada, for their pre-season training camp and tour, where the matches will be played in the USA: New York, Charlotte and Washington.

Salah is ready to leave with his team-mates if a solution won’t be found before Friday his agent is expected in London by the end of the week to speak with Chelsea board.

Meanwhile Fiorentina general director Andrea Rogg commented:

“The relation between Fiorentina and Chelsea is excellent.

“There has been some contact between clubs. Our position is open to a solution, without forgetting that we have more than one reason to feel we are right about this.

“We want to emerge from this situation in an amicable manner. Chelsea have many interesting players and this could be the route we go down.”

Inter, Roma and Atletico Madrid are really keen on the player and are waiting for a decision from Chelsea too but Fiorentina want to find an agreement with Chelsea to not sell or loan the player in Italy.

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Calciomercato.com reveals that Mohamed Salah has received an offer from the United Arab Emirates club, Al-Jazira.

While Inter and Fiorentina are busy with mutual accusations about Mohamed Salah’s transfer, Chelsea winger has received quite an unexpected offer. According to the italian sources, the club from the United Arab Emirates, Al – Jazira made a bid for the player.

It is said that he was offered a contract with a value of 6 million euro per year, two times more than offer Italian giants.

Salah has decided to take 24h to reflect on his future, while his agent confirmed yesterday that the Egyptian will join Chelsea at pre-season training camp.

It seems that two dogs strive for a bone and the third runs away with it.




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The Salah’s saga goes on.

After what we reported to you in the past days -with the player coming back to Chelsea after refusing another year of loan to Fiorentina, that wanted to take him to court for not respecting agreements- he finally came out with a small declaration on his Twitter account.

The Egyptian player wrote: “Thank you for appreciating me in such way,” followed by two ‘OK’ emojis.

A fan wrote back asking why he had treated Fiorentina like this after all they had done for him.

“The rumours in the media aren’t always credible. I respect Fiorentina and don’t want to talk right now.

Anyway, many -confirmed- rumours now claim that Salah will join Inter soon, having the Mancini’s side reached an agreement both with Chelsea and the player.

For this reason, Fiorentina sent a formal legal notice to Inter, stating the Milan’s club negotiated with the player without their permission while he was still under contract with them: the case can end to court.


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“Juan Cuadrado will stay at Chelsea,” it’s what his agent, Alessandro Lucci, claimed in the last hours.

The Colombian winger was linked to some Italian club in the past days, especially Inter and Juventus, and his Chelsea exit seemed a matter of time according to some Italian media reports.

But his agent dismissed all the talks and stated: “Juan is fine at Chelsea for now, we’ll see about later. He’s happy, and the club is happy with him, so for now we’re comfortable”.

Cuadrado arrived last January from Fiorentina in a £26m deal ( that included Salah’s loan, we talk about this here) and didn’t impress in his first months at Stamford Bridge, being labeled like a “flop” by some fans and English press.

But Chelsea manager José Mourinho protected him when in the end of the past season declared:

“In the four or five months that he has been with us, he had to make an adaptation that is not easy and he became a [Premier League] champion, won a cup [Capital One Cup], and that will always be in his career.

‘He has suffered, and that is normal – it is one thing to play in Italy and another to play in England – and it is not easy to arrive in January to a team that is winning and playing well, and adapt to a different system: Fiorentina played with five defenders, while we play with four.

‘People haven’t yet seen Cuadrado. I saw him in Italy, at Udinese, when I was at Inter. I saw him play many times and he is a guy I have high hopes for for next season.


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Salah’s story is becoming a thriller in Italy, the summer thriller.

One of the player representatives, Remy Abbas, claimed last night that the Chelsea player doesn’t want to extend the loan to Fiorentina: ““We have decided not to stay in Fiorentina, Salah will shortly move on to another Italian club”.

Many people think this club can be Inter, that are supposed to already have a personal agreement with him, or Juventus, that are looking for a forward to replace Carlos Tevez, who went back to Boca Juniors.

Meanwhile Fiorentina claim the agreement with Chelsea stated that the loan was deemed to be valid if at the date of 30th June no other agreements were made: the Viola already paid the £1m loan fee to the Blues and already registered the new loan contract to Lega Serie A, that is the official authority that govern the Italian championship.

But Salah got an ace in his hole: a personal and private agreement signed with Fiorentina on February 2, 2015- just a couple of days after his arrival to Florence.

The agreement- that you can see here– was published by the website FirenzeViola.it  and it’s signed and sealed by Fiorentina Chief Executive Officer, it states:

“The employment contract signed on February 2, 2015 by and between the club and the professional football player Ghaly Mohamed Salah ( “Employment Contract”) shall not be deemed to the consent of Ghaly Mohamed Salah ( “player”) for the purposes of the clause of loan agreement signed between the Club and Chelsea FC which enables the Club to excercise the option of extending the loan period

An agreement that give power to Salah and take it off to Fiorentina.

The Italian club made an”insane offer” – like one of their directors claimed- to Salah in the past days to convince him to stay in Florence, but Salah never told them if he would accept it or not: due to this, Fiorentina took his silence like an agreement, paid the loan fee, registered the contract and even selected him for the pre-season camp that will start on July, 13.

We got the feeling that Salah will never show up there.




Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri. Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his...