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Chelsea could lose another man to Arsenal in the shape of goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon after an apparent falling out with manager Jose Mourinho. 

Lollichon joined Chelsea along with Cech from French club Rennes in 2004 and remained in his position despite the constant changes made to the coaching and managerial staff, such was Cech’s influence at the club.

There have been rumours for a number of weeks that he will follow Cech out of Stamford Bridge- the Czech joined Arsenal for £11 million after losing his place in the first team to Thibaus Courtois- and a reunion with the Chelsea great appears more likely after he was criticised by Mourinho in public.

“A couple of weeks ago my goalkeeper coach was speaking about the Paris St-Germain goalkeepers and I think he shouldn’t do it,” the Portuguese is quoted as saying. Such a reunion is apparently wanted by both Cech and Lollichon.

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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi was linked to many teams in this transfer window but he explained in an interview to the Blues official website that he would be glad to stay at Stamford Bridge:

I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay. I’ve got two years [on my contract] here and I’m happy.

I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It’s like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family. I know all the players and all the staff so it’s going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out but let’s see what happens. I want to see out my two years.

Mikel also spoke about NY Red Bulls game, where he started and played the first half leaving the team leading 1-0. Then in the second half the team huge lack of concentration led to a surprising 4-2 defeat for Chelsea:

Overall it was a pretty good warm-up game but not the result we hoped for,’ the Nigerian claims.

“We knew we needed to start the game well. I was in the dressing room having a shower at the beginning of the second half so I don’t know how we started but we obviously didn’t end the game well.

“We are here to work hard, and we are here to train hard leading to the Community Shield and to the league. I think we’re on the right course. That game was just a one-off game and we know we need to go back to training, buckle up and know the season is starting soon.

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De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Ex Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne can transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in this transfer window for the English record-breaking fee of £60million.

De Bruyne was sold to the German side in January 2014, and he made an impact last season at Wolfsburg, with 25 assists and 15 goals in 45 games.

Many people say Chelsea would regret to let him go, since the Belgian 24 years old and has a huge potential for a great career.

Blues manager José Mourinho explained why the club decided to sell him:

“He did not want a team where he thinks am I playing or not? He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left. So yes it’s not fair.”

He didn’t tell me he couldn’t handle the pressure. He told me he wanted to play every weekend. I told him this is Chelsea, you are very young, you have Eden Hazard, you have Mata, you have Willian, you have Schürrle, and I cannot promise you that.

“And the first game of the season against Hull City he played. For the second game against Manchester United, he played. The third game of the season was the Super Cup in Prague, I decided not to play him. For the fourth match, in the Premier League, he was on the bench. And he was not happy. He told me he was not happy.

He was not training very well and he was saying: ‘I can’t give you more. This is just my way.’

“He told me it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team. He needed a team where he knows he can play every game.

“So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal. Chelsea made a good deal and he was happy to go and I am happy because the kid is a good kid. And I am happy for him.

“Players have different circumstances. We sold him, made our money and it was fantastic because we bought him cheap and sold him for a fantastic price. And now Wolfsburg, if they make a fantastic deal, that is good for them.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

After the defeat with NY Red Bulls for 4-2 in New Jersey Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke also about next Chelsea rival in the International Champions Cup friendly tournament, Paris St. Germain: an opponent that both the players and the coach know really well, since Chelsea faced them in the Round of 16 last season and in the quarter finals in 2014 in the Champions League:

“Those were proper matches, those were Champions League matches in the knockout phase.

“For me this is preparation. It doesn’t matter whether it is Paris St-German, New York Red Bulls or Montreal Impact, for me it means nothing to play against PSG in a friendly. I don’t know what they have in their mind, I don’t know if they have as an objective to win this competition; if it is part of their motivations to play and to win against Chelsea.

“I don’t speak about Paris, I don’t think I should,” Mourinho pointed out.

“A couple of weeks ago my goalkeeper coach was speaking about the Paris St-Germain goalkeepers and I think he should not do it, so it is not for me to speak about the Paris St-Germain players, squad, ambition or team.

“I just say they have very good players and for us to train against very good players is a very good opportunity. I prefer to play against Paris St-Germain than to play against a weak team.

“I expect a bit more freshness in my players, I expect a bit more adaptation to match intensity. We are going to play against a team that has spent more time working than us and has more matches in their legs, so I can imagine it will be difficult for us because of that, but I expect my players to feel a bit better than they did because the New York game was important for us.

“Nearly every player played 45 minutes, three of them played 90 minutes, and the day after some recovered and some trained. On Friday it is one session and I expect my team to be a little more fresh”.

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Jose Mourinho is lining up Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettenelli as his third summer signing, according to the Sun.

The 23-year old became Fulham’s first choice goalkeeper under Kit Symons, and has seemingly attracted the attentions of the Chelsea boss.

The England U21 international has made 45 appearances for Fulham, as well as spending a season on loan at Accrington Stanley.

The rumour comes days after Asmir Begovic arrived at Stamford Bridge for £8 million. But, it’s believed the Chelsea boss is keen to ensure competition for goalkeeping places, as academy product Jamal Blackman isn’t considered ready for first team action.

Mourinho is set to offer £2.5 million to sign Bettinelli, as well as a huge pay rise.


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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has praised Jose Mourinho’s work ethic, and has said that the Chelsea boss will resurrect Radamel Falcao’s career.

The Ghanian international, who now plays at Greek side Panathiakos, arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2005 from French side Olympique Lyon, having also played for SC Bastia. In an eight-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea, Essien made over 250 appearances.

The 32-year old said that Mourinho success was down to man-management, and he also believes that new loan signing Falcao, who endured a highly disappointing spell at Manchester United last season, will recover the form that made him a star at Porto and Atletico Madrid.

“He knows how to get the best out of his players, how to say the right thing, how to motivate them.

“He will get him back to the Falcao everybody knows.”

Speaking about Mourinho’s work effort, Essien said: “We had players with big egos and big characters but at the same time they were good men as well.

“Mourinho has a big ego as well but in a good way. It was easy for him to manage those kind of players. He is still the same man. He’s still tough.”

Essien has also said that he plans to return to England at some stage in the future, having also played at AC Milan and Real Madrid. But, he has also spoken of his pirde at his achievements with Chelsea:

“When I was little my dream was to come and play in the Premier League, so when Chelsea came in I said yes straight away. At that time they were trying to build Chelsea back up again.

“We had a great time, I gave them everything I could and I played my best football at Chelsea. I’m happy I won a lot of trophies for them and proud now to be one of those players who brought Chelsea up again.”



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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was relieved after the win against Maccabi Tel Aviv © Francesca Ceciarini

During the post-match press conference, Jose Mourinho has stated again that he is not looking to make further signings during the summer transfer window.

The Blues have started their pre-season tour with a surprising 4-2 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. However, the Special One does not seem to worry too much about Chelsea false start.

Mourinho pointed out on the fact that his team don’t have weak points, so that there is no need to make further signings.

Jose Mourinho said during the post-match press conference :

“We play 10 times against Red Bull, we win nine but I’m not worried.”

“We started training six days ago – we did 11 training sessions in six days.”

“We don’t need other players – we trust these players, these players are good. ”

“You are speaking with the manager of the best team in England – we don’t have fragilities,”

“We don’t have fragilities – we are a top team, we have top players. ”




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Even though Chelsea lost against New York Red Bull 4-2 in the friendly match with Asmir Begovic as goalkeeper, which who conceded the four goals, José Mourinho wants give  him another chance.

The goal weren’t all Begovic’s fualt, but Mourinho thinks Begovic is still a good player and deserves another chance to show his signing by the Blues was not wrong.

In fact, the ex Stoke City goalkeeper will be a starter in the next match against French giants Paris St Germain. The match is going to be played next Saturday night in Charlotte, USA.

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The Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta seems to have his own space in Chelsea team and for boss Jose Mourinho he is not replaceable.

Now, with Filipe Luis already out of the team on his way to Madrid, Azpilicueta will be in the initial eleven all the time.  By the way last season the Spaniard defender started 29 matches in total against 9 starts made by the Brazilian.

As sources said Chelsea is interested in Baba Rahman, but possible new arrival could start from the bench as Mourinho confirmed.Mourinho:”“We sold Filipe. We have the best left-back in England – Azpilicueta.”

So basically, the team appears covered in that zone of the field for the upcoming season.

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Chelsea just announced on their official website that Cech defender Tomas Kalas extended his contract with the Blues for 3 further years.

The youngster is back on loan to Middlesbrough, where he already played in the last season, after spending one year at Stamford Bridge in Mourinho‘s squad in 2013/2014 season.

He played before for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, and Chelsea hope he can improve more his playing style with this other year in the Championship side.


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