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JUAN CUADRADO CHELSEA

“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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Corriere dello Sport reveals that Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly bid £20m for Oscar, but the offer was rejected by Jose Mourinho. And according to the Italian sources, Chelsea have told Juventus to increase their offer up to £25 million if they want to sign the Brazilian midfielder.

Corriere dello Sport announced today that Juventus have made a £20m big for Chelsea’s midfielder Oscar. But the offer was rejected by Jose Mourinho. Chelsea demands £25m for the Brazilian international and it seems that they have no intention to lower the price.

Massimiliano Allegri has put Oscar at the top of his transfer target list However, it is not certain whether the club will be able to pay the required amount of money. Besides the Brazilian, the Old Lady would like to sign also Real Madrid’s player Isco. What is more the Serie A champions has recently spent a lot of money singing Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic and Roberto Pereyra. That is why, Oscar’s transfer is definately uncertain.

Also Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of Oscar, that is why if he potentially agrees to sell the midfielder he expects appropriate money from the transfer. The Brazilian international joined the Blues for £25m and it seems that the Special One is apparently looking to recoup the full amount.

However, this information is only rumors, which have not received a confirmation from either the player or clubs concerned. Some days ago Chelseanews24 informed that Oscar will definately stay in Chelsea but it seems that Oscar’s situation varies from minute to minute.

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Filipe Luis has been told he can leave Chelsea and can rejoin Atletico Madrid for £14 million, according to reports in the Daily Express. 

Chelsea bought Luis from Atletico last summer, a transfer window that also saw Diego Costa and Thibaus Courtois swap the Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge, but rarely played in what was a title winning season for Jose Mourinho’s side, due to the brilliant form of Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back.

It has been the general opinion for some time that the 29-year-old Brazil international will leave Chelsea this summer, but who he will play for next season is yet to be decided. Atletico have led the race for some time, and ChelseaNews24 have reported recently that a move for Luis could be included in any deal for the Spanish side’s attacker Antoinne Griezmann. The second possibility appears to be Inter Milan who are also chasing Chelsea’s winger Mohammed Salah.

According to the Express Chelsea are willing to let Luis go for cash, and have put a price of £14 million on the left-back.

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Chelsea are bracing themselves for another attempt from PSG to sign Eden Hazard after a transfer ban against the French champions was lifted, according to reports in France.

PSG, who Chelsea have played in two dramatic Champions League ties in the last two seasons with one win for either club, were fined approximately £50 million by UEFA for breaching FFP laws, something that also applied to Manchester City.

That punishment, which also stretched to a reduced Champions League squad from 25 to 21 for PSG, has now been overturned and the club are reportedly ready to spend a lot of money this transfer window to make themselves genuine challengers for the Champions League. PSG’s big signing last summer was David Luiz for €50 million, and they have been repeatedly linked with Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Hazard had his best season by far for Chelsea last season since his move Ligue 1 club Lille in 2012, and he won a hat-trick of Player of the Year Awards from the PFA, the Football Writers’ Association and Chelsea. His goals and ability to make chances for his team mates made him the club’s most important player last season as it won the Premiership title for the first time since 2010.

PSG, long admirers of the Belgian, will renew their as of yet futile attempts to buy him from Chelsea as they are now free to buy without first selling other players, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Whilst a bid from Paris may be forthcoming, a successful one is almost an impossibility. Hazard signed a new five-year contract last season and has since spoken of his wish to stay at the club for many years.

A more likely proposition from PSG’s perspective is the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus. The French midfielder has at some point been lined with ever top club in Europe, and it appeared that the final battle to sign him would be between Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona after Chelsea withdrew. The reports coming out of France regarding UEFA’s dropping of sanctions against PSG is likely to start a bidding war between the three.

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Reports claim that Jose Mourinho has blocked a £15million Loic Remy’s exit from Chelsea.

Crystal Palace, Swansea, Besiktas and West Ham have have been linked in the media with the French striker but now it appears Chelsea has had second thoughts.

Remy playing time have been limited since joining from QPR  but his contribution was important in the end of the season, where he had more first team chances after Diego Costa‘s injury and was able to score some very important goals.

The arrival of Falcao on loan from Monaco is also thought to push him further down the pecking order of strikers but Mourinho wants three top forwards for his attack.

Chelsea initially  said they would not listen to offers less than £15m for the 28 year old but have staged a U-turn.

 

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Petr Cech

Chelsea legend and new Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech spoke in the opening act of a summer football academy for youngsters in Prague.

The guy that defended the Blues’ goal for eleven years revealed the moment he chose to leave the club, after the game at Wembley with Spurs that gave Chelsea the League Cup:

“The moment I knew I had to leave? After the Capital One Cup final.

“I knew there weren’t many games left for me after that. We were out of the FA Cup and Champions League, so there were only league games, and I knew that was it. I knew then this wasn’t the way I wanted to have another season.

“As tough as it was to make the decision, it became clear that it would be this way because I have the same motivation as I did 10 years ago. My commitment to training, the will to get better is the same. I don’t want to waste that sitting on the bench.

He also confirms that Chelsea manager José Mourinho would have loved him to stay, and not joining Arsenal, so he had to speak to Blues owner Roman Abramovich to get the deal with the Gunners done:

“Jose had to make his decision about his first-choice goalkeeper. I spoke to Jose when I was leaving and he would have loved me to stay. He made his decision, now I’ve made mine. It will not change my opinion of him. For me, he is one of the best managers in the world.

Chelsea could have made me sit out the final year of my contract so I am grateful to Mr Abramovich for giving permission.

“If I stay fit I can have seven or eight years at this level.

Cech reveals that retirement is not his next plans:

Retirement is not something I’m planning for yet. I have in my head that I could possibly do it [be a manager] and maybe do the training, the travelling and staying in hotels for another 20 years.

“Maybe in eight years I will say I don’t want to watch football any more!”.

He is not stopping there either. Cech is already looking forward to a managerial career, revealing he is virtually fully qualified to start top-level coaching, with only his UEFA Pro badge left to complete.

Will he come back to Chelsea as a coach in a few years?

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JOSE MOURINHO
José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke to Premier League official website to review the season that just ended and that saw the Blues winning both League Cup and Premier League:

Tell us just how difficult it is to win the Barclays Premier League.

It is more difficult than ever. I would say it is the most difficult one to win because it is very, very competitive, with very good teams. Even with the points difference we had from the beginning of the season, it was still very hard.

What do you think makes this League so hard?

First of all, it is the mentality. Mentality is very important and in this country, even the teams without the same human potential than the top teams in the League really fight; they really believe and every game becomes very competitive. So mentality is a big part of it, and second I think is the good financial situation that every club has. I think it allows them – even the smaller and promoted teams – to get good players, have good squads and be competitive.

What would you say was your favourite moment of the season?

You know, let me choose two. I would say the first match of the season at Burnley, because it was the first feeling of the quality of football that Chelsea could play during the season. We played fantastically well that match. We scored, in my opinion, maybe the most beautiful goal collectively speaking, which was our second, André Schürrle’s goal. I would also choose the last second of Chelsea v Crystal Palace, when the referee finished the game and Chelsea were mathematically champions.

Who would you say was your most difficult opponent this season?

I have to be pragmatic and choose the only two teams that we couldn’t beat; we didn’t lose against them but we didn’t beat them. Manchester City, two matches, two draws and Southampton, two matches, two draws.

It’s been another very strong year for the Chelsea Academy. How good a job would you say they continue to do?

I’m happy with the talent. Obviously I’m happy with their results, competitively speaking, it’s very nice and good for the players to grow up with the feeling of winning. However, the reality is that they are not the end product and even when they are talents there is a long way to go. I feel that it is part of my job to fulfil this space.

What would you say about the passion and atmosphere in stadiums in English football?

I keep speaking about this and I think I did great propaganda when I was working outside England, when I was in Italy or in Spain and I said I never had my same passion for the game in England and for the atmosphere. The atmosphere is fantastic, it is a pleasure even to be an opponent, even to be the away team. It is a pleasure to play in this country.

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Speaking to Chelsea website after his move to Arsenal Petr Cech praised Blues manager José Mourinho, from whom he states he learned a lot:

He [Mourinho] had to make his decision at the start of last season, I had to make my decision at the start of this season but I will always keep the best regards for him because I believe that we had so much success and so much respect for each other”

“He is one of the best managers in the world. Now, we will be opponents but it will not change our relationship, I believe”

“I learned a lot from him and one of those things was that if you have to make a hard decision, you need to make sure that you do it if you believe it is the right choice”.

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South America football expert Tim Vickery is convinced that Radamel Falcao will not suit Mourinho’s playing style. The Colombian did not impress during the Copa America and this caused a lot of comments about his future at Chelsea.

Radamel Falcao is already on the verge of official confirmation of his transfer to Chelsea. It will be his second season at Premier League as he spent the last year on a loan at Manchester United. Only four goals in 26 appearances were a huge disappointment on the part of Manchester United and the Red Devils fans. That is why Mourinho’s decision about bringing the player at Stamford Bridge was quite a sensation.

Colombia recently ended their performance in Copa America where Radamel Falcao did not play a significant role at all. That is why some of the experts doubts in his future at Chelsea.

Tim Vickery told Hawksbee and Jacobs:

“The Copa America didn’t go well for Falcao at all,”

“He had everything set up for him; he was the captain and had an arm round his shoulder and one of Colombia’s priorities was to get him back [to form].”

The football expert wondered why the Special One decided to make such a decision. He suggested that this may be the result of Jose Mourinho’s ego.

“But the thing that really interests me about this Chelsea move is that, even when he is in form, Colombia don’t trust him to play up front on his own.’

“They’ve done it once or twice and it’s worked very badly and they’ve always played another striker in a 4-4-2 formation.’

“Usually Mourinho likes to play that lone striker, so can you imagine Chelsea playing two up front on a consistent basis?”

“Then there’s the fascinating thing of Jose Mourinho’s ego. The whole, ‘Louis van Gaal couldn’t get anything out of him so I’m going to show that I can’, would set it up quite nicely.”

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Jose Mourinho spoke to Chelsea FC website after Petr Cech departure, thanking him for his service for Chelsea. The Special One admitted that he is proud of club decision to sell the goalkeeper.

The Portuguese coach decided to comment in a few words the transfer of Petr Cech. Everyone knows that he was not a fan of this transfer, however, the Special One admitted that he understands the deal.

Jose Mourinho told to Chelsea offcial website:

“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win,”

“I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first team football every week.”

“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club.”

What was quite surprising, Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is proud of Chelsea’s decision

“I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way.”

“It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it.”

“There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision.”

“Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”

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