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Cech can leave Chelsea this summer

Manchester United have taken a surprise interest in Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

After 11 years at the club, Cech has been given permission to negotiate a move away from Stamford Bridge after a season mostly spent on the bench.

The signing of Thibaut Courtois last summer has resulted in Cech making just 16 appearances this season, and he is now looking for more regular football elsewhere.

A number of teams are reportedly interested in the Czech, including Arsenal, Besiktas, and now United.

With a huge amount of speculation regarding the future of current number one keeper David de Gea, United have long aimed to sign Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is rumoured not to be keen on the idea of negotiating with United, after bad experiences with previous transfers.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has previously stated that, if Cech were to leave, he would prefer it if the veteran keeper went abroad.

But, with the 32-year old’s future still undecided, there have been no official bids from any club as of yet.

 

 

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Karanka spent three years as Mourinho's #2 at Real Madrid

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has said that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is his greatest influence.

Karanka took charge of the Teesiders in November 2013, and has masterminded a brilliant 2014-15 season, which will culminate next weekend in the play-off Championship final against Norwich.

Should Middlesbrough win the Wembley tie, which is considered the most expensive game in world football with an estimated value of between £120-40 million, then Karanka will meet Mourinho again. He worked under Mourinho as assistant manager at Real Madrid.

Boro won 25 of their 46 league games this season, drawing 10 and losing 11. They finished fourth at the end of the regular season, and faced fifth place Brentford in the play-off semi-finals.

They won the first leg away from home 2-1, and then strolled to the final with a 3-0 win at Riverside.

Karanka keeps an old calendar Mourinho gave him – with the Special One’s picture and words of advice on every page – on his desk at Boro’s training ground.

Should Middlesbrough win the game on May 25th, the 41-year old ‘anointed Special One’ will be able to rub shoulders with the original, and Karanka was quick to praise someone who has provided a guiding influence over the years.

“Jose has been the biggest influence, for sure.

“I spoke to him before the Brentford game, but he is always there for me.”

 

 

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JOSE MOURINHO JOHN TERRY

Starting next game with WBA and the last one with Sunderland John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard can be among the few players in the history to say they could play all the games played in an entire Premier League season.

The captain can become the first outfield member of a Premier League-winning team to play every league minute since Manchester United’s Gary Pallister 22 years ago.

Speaking to Chelsea official website Chelsea manager José Mourinho explained how this was possible, praising Terry for his hard incredible work:

“It is not easy for anyone whether we are speaking about a 33-year-old or a 23-year-old”

“It is very difficult because of injuries, cards, form, manager decisions. It depends on so many areas it is almost an impossible job to do but Terry, Ivanovic and Hazard, they start every game in the Premier League which is amazing”

Mourinho admits he got some doubts on Terry’s form when he came back to Chelsea in 2013:

“I thought he was over because he hadn’t played two or three consecutive matches for the previous two years. I thought there was something wrong so he couldn’t be back to his normal level”

“John had one more year of contract then and I wanted to respect that year and see what is going on and we spoke”

“He knew my nature – that even if I owe you a lot I don’t give you anything you don’t deserve – and he was prepared already. The only thing he said at the time is I am going to prove I am worth a place in the team. So a very simple process and he was fantastic”

“There were no injuries, in the international weeks he was always taking care of himself with the medical department and the fitness coaches, and he had a magnificent season”

“I know John loves the way we work and trusts our methodology”

“I always though he is going to improve and I am going to have a good player but in the end he came up to a fantastic level”

“He has worked with me for five seasons and during those won three Premier League titles and had lots of success for the club and for himself, and so I have to rate him obviously as one of my best players ever, that is for sure”

“He knows that probably without me he wouldn’t be at Chelsea at the moment, but I also know that without him I probably wouldn’t be Premier League champion”

“To perform fantastically well like he does and to be on the pitch for every minute of the competition is a special achievement”.

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West Brom and Chelsea meet at the Hawthorns on Monday night (20:00 GMT KO), in a game where nothing but pride is at stake for both sides.

The Baggies secured their safety from relegation last week with a draw against Newcastle, with Chelsea having won the title and are guaranteed to finish first.

 

Team News

Chelsea:

– Blues boss Jose Mourinho is expected to give Nathan Ake his Premier League debut, as he is keen to give youngsters experience.

– Petr Cech could also play, but may be ruled out through a calf injury.

– Oscar (kidney), Ramires (thigh) and Zouma (knee) are all out for the rest of the season.

– Diego Costa SHOULD be fit to play.

West Brom:

– The Baggies have a fully fit squad for the visit of the Champions.

– Callum McManaman has recovered from a foot injury so could be included in the starting XI.

– Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino are pushing for starts.

 

Statistics

– Chelsea won the return game at Stamford Bridge 2-0 last November, with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard scoring in the opening 25 minutes to secure three points. Claudio Yacob was sent off for the Baggies

– WBA are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches at home to Chelsea (W2 D1), but lost the five gamies before

– Cesc Fabregas has made 18 assists this season; his best return in the league. Only Thierry Henry (20) in 2002/03 has provided more assists in a single BPL season.

– Only Chelsea (17) have kept more clean sheets in the top-flight this season than West Brom (15, level with Southampton).

– The Blues have gone 16 matches unbeaten (W11 D5); the longest run in this league campaign.

– The home side have condceded 20 goals from set pieces (including penalties) this season.

 

Last time out

West Brom (away vs. Newcastle, drew 1-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anichebe

Chelsea (home vs. Liverpool, drew 1-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis, Loftus-Cheek, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Remy

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STEVE GERRARD
Carragher states Gerrard was right to reject Chelsea

Ex Liverpool player and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher states that his former fellow-mate Steven Gerrard was right staying at Liverpool instead of moving to Chelsea, where he could have won more titles.

In the past weeks Mourinho admitted he got a huge respect for Gerrard and that he tried to sign him for every team he managed: Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.

But for Carragher, nothing can be compared to the respect Gerrard got now for sticking at one club:

“He’s a Liverpool boy, supporter, born and bred. He would have won more trophies, no doubt, Chelsea being very successful over the years. But for a local lad, at Liverpool, any trophy he would have won at Chelsea would never have meant the same.

“I think the respect he gets now around the world for sticking at one club is special. It was the right decision, without a doubt. He made a great decision.”

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Speaking to BBC Sport recently Vitor Kolar, Petr Cech’s agent, claimed that Chelsea gave them the permit to negotiate with other parties.

When asked about this situation in his press conference today, Chelsea manager José Mourinho replied:

I don’t think if it’s absolutely true what Cech’s agent says, maybe the reality is a little different, but he still got a contract.

“I want the best players and the most important players in my squad. My position, my desire, is him to stay. I would like him to stay and I’m optimistic”.

The Portuguese coach then stressed on the fact he doesn’t want dramatic changes in his squad, stating he would like to keep all the current players, another message to Cech to stay:

“Last season I was for sure more keen in selling players, in this moment the base is to keep my squad.

The market is difficult but we are in a good situation. We don’t want dramatic changes but stability in the squad. We believe in this team, we are stable and last season we got stability to analyse to improve the team. We want to keep the squad and improve the motivation. We will just bring a couple of extra players to improve the squad”

We are not going to go in the market game, we know what we want, it’s not much”.

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Athletico Madrid plan to retain the services of Koke and Antoine Griezmann by raising the buy-out clauses in the new contracts that are set to be offered to them.

The Spanish club is looking to raise the clauses to around £100 million, in an attempt to ward off interest for Chelsea and other clubs.

Currently, both Griezmann and Koke have buy-out clauses worth around £43 million.

Chelsea’s interest in Koke has been long standing, but the 23-year old has said he is happy in Spain. This is news that will please Athletico, as the Spaniard has been a key man for them this season. Being able to play on both wings and in attacking midfield, he has made 47 appearances, with four goals and 18 assists in all competitions this campaign.

However, despite Koke stating that he is looking to stay, a move for Griezmann could certainly be on the cards. The 24-year old moved to the Vincente Calderon from Real Sociedad last summer for £23 million, after eye-catching appearances for his native France at the World Cup last year. He signed a six-year contract, but this involves a low buy-out clause.

Griezmann has had a stellar first season at Athletico, in which he has scored 25 goals in all competitions. 22 of those have come in La Liga, making him the joint-third highest goalscorer in the league. He has made 51 appearances this season, grabbing six assists.

These stats, and Griezmann’s versatility (he is able to play across the front three) has huge appeal with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The 52-year old has tracked the striker over the past two years and may be willing to exploit the buy-out clause in his contract.

The chance of Chelsea securing Griezmann’s signature seems to have increased in recent days, with the agent Jorge Mendes acting in an advisory capacity for the youngster. Mendes has a good relationship with the Blues, with Mourinho and former Athletico striker Diego Costa amongst his list of clients.

Griezmann, despite having thrived under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital, is believed to be open to the prospect of moving to England and intent upon gauging the extent of Chelsea’s interest.

 

 

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ZOUMA
Kurt Zouma © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea is ready to conclude his great season, but with some infirmity. Oscar, Ramires and Zouma are out, as referred by the Boss in the press conference. Oscar had a muscular problem during the training and probably the Brazilian will miss Copa America. His stop could last 4/6 weeks.

Jose Mourinho in today press conference claims that Ramires and Kurt Zouma will not feature again this season. The manager provided an injury update in his pre-match press conference at Cobham explaining how the team will face the next match.

“For Ramires and Oscar the season is over. For Zouma the season is over. Petr Cech has a chance to be back for the last match”.

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke today ahead of Monday night’s game against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The Portuguese coach stressed the fact that Chelsea are not going to completely clear out their squad for next season but, first, this one has to come to an end and there is a 90 points league “record” that can be reached:

“90 points…it’s not just that tha matters in the game, I keep repeating I was impressed by Palace, the attitude they got at Stamford Bridge: they didn’t need points and made a fantastic game.

I’m happy that WBA are champions in their league and don’t need points too, but it’s their last game at home, and we are the champions,we have a responsibility as champions.

“To be champions is to be champions, and the maximum points we can do, the better, the maximum possible distance from the second one, the better.”

Mourinho mentioned Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who, according to his agent, has been given the green light to speak to other clubs.

I don’t think if it’s absolutely true what Cech’s agent says, maybe the reality is a little different, but he still got a contract.

“I want the best players and the most important players in my squad. My position, my desire, is him to stay. I would like him to stay and I’m optimistic.”

Patrick Bamford was also mentioned, with question marks over whether the youngster will be at Stamford Bridge next season. He has had a brilliant campaign with Middlesbrough, who are currently in the Championship play-offs. The Teesiders play Brentford tonight to decide whether they will be in the play-off final.

The 52-year old then went on to speak further about the upcoming transfer window:

Bamford is still a Middlesbrough player, today it’s an important day for them, they are playing the playoff second leg.

“I hope he does the best for them, after that is time for us to think and speak about it. Impressed by him? I will be impressed if he scores three goals tonight”

“Will I have a busy summer? I expect to be busy going from my towel in the sand to the water and swim a little bit, that’s how I expect to be busy.

“Last season I was for sure more keen in selling players, in this moment the base is to keep my squad.”

One talking point recently is the fact that the Chelsea boss wasn’t given the April Manager of the Month award, despite the Blues winning the title. But, attention hads turned to the Manager of the Year award, which many expect Mourinho to claim. However, the Portuguese says he will be happy either way:

Manager of the year award? In this season the big trophy didn’t come to my house, but stay at Stamford Bridge.

“I was glad the second trophy was won by Hazard, that was voted the best player in the league. If the third one, the Manager of the Year award, comes I will be happy.”

Mourinho will face Baggies manager Tony Pulis, who coincidentally won the Manager of the Year award last year. The Chelsea boss was quick to praise his colleague and opponent:

If I were an English club owner – and this will never happen- I would sign Tony Pulis as a manager: he never manages clubs to be champion or in the top four, but he brings stability and does what the club want. 

“Not everybody stresses that but for me an important thing in a manager work is what the manager wants and what the team actually is: his teams are exactly what he wants.”

Ahead of Monday’s game, which kicks off at 8pm, Mourinho revealed that the squad does have some absentees. Nathan Ake is expected to start.

Injuries; Ramires, Oscar and Zouma… season over. Cech can come back for the last game, Diego Costa is supposed to be selected for this game, he should be ready. 

The game has nothing but pride resting on it, as West Brom are safe and Chelsea are guaranteed first place. Now, Mourinho’s attentions have started to turn to preparation for next season.

“We don’t have the pressure that you got when you are almost there anymore, that situation is over, but I don’t change a lot, I will follow the normal route,” Mourinho said.

“We got also friendlies in Thailand and Australia and the end of the season, before our holidays, step by step we will think about next season.”

Mourinho was asked why he didn’t celebrate like his squad did when Chelsea won the title, but he was quick to respond.

It’s not true I hadn’t celebrated when we won the league with Palace: I was celebrating in my office, I left the players the pitch because it was their moment, of course I celebrated.”

Last week saw the Blues face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. It was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s last game in a Liverpool shirt at Chelsea, most likely. Mourinho praised the veteran midfielder both before and after the game, revealing he had tried to sign him more than once. Gerrard rebuffed Chelsea’s attention.

When I tried to bring Gerrard to my teams I tried to be keen and intelligent, I never put pressure on him to leave Liverpool. I think tomorrow he will realise why that decision worked.”

Another story this week was that of Andre Schürrle’s surprise to receive a Premier League winners medal, despite leaving the club in January.

All the players that started the season with us were invited to get the Premier League medal and also to the Player of the Year dinner, I’m not sure they can come.

“So Schürrle, Salah, Schwarzer and Lewis Baker were all invited even though you need 5 appearances to get the official medal, and players like Schwarzer hadn’t got a single minute, but we are going to buy medals and do replicas of the cup. One minute or nothing, for us they’ re champions.

“John Terry, Ivanovic and Eden Hazard they all want to start every game in the Premier League, and we will try to do it,even because to do that here in England is not easy.”

Mourinho’s last comment was on Vhelsea’s shape ahead of the upcoming transfer market:

The market is difficult but we are in a good situation. We don’t want dramatic changes but stability in the squad. We believe in this team, we are stable and last season we got stability to analyse to improve the team. We want to keep the squad and improve the motivation. We will just bring a couple of extra players to improve the squad”

We are not going to go in the market game, we know what we want, it’s not much”.

 

 

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Where Chelsea have been strong and consistent enough in their league campaign to win it early, this strength wasn’t able to carry them to the latter stages of the Champions League.

In the past month, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus have claimed their respective league titles, with La Liga being a race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, the Premier League champions were the only team to not reach the final eight, dropping out to soon to be Ligue 1 champions PSG, which perhaps further drives the point home.

It can be said that dropping out while there were a notable amount of games left was a blessing in disguise, as injury woes combined with European competition could’ve had the Blues in a tense situation at the end of the season. However, one can’t help but wonder if Mourinho’s team could’ve got even more out of this season, as another Champions League would have easily silenced Mourinho’s detractors.

Perhaps one can credit Chelsea’s shortcomings in Europe to a rare lapse in concentration against a good side, or perhaps burn out from maintaining good form to win what is often stated to be the most competitive league. Conversely however, seeing as not a single English team has gotten to the latter stages in either European competition this year, this overall lacklustre showing from the premier league could be a prompt for worry about the future of English football, especially if even the strongest teams in the league can’t get to the quarter finals. Of course, it would be overreacting to make such big claims on the results of one season, but it does give the managers of the Premier League’s top teams something  think about.

One can hope that Chelsea can improve their already dominant squad in order to step up to the challenge next year, with enough squad depth to have a realistic chance of challenging for all available silverware.

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