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Ex Chelsea lef-back Filipe Luis admitted he wasn’t happy during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues won a Premier League and a League Cup in his only season with Chelsea but not being a regular left him shocked:

“I always really missed Atletico,” he revealed to Spanish newspaper AS.

I was coming to play 50 games or more and to have to share my position [with Azpilicueta] shocked me. It makes you less important but I made up for the games I missed with games for the Brazil team.

It’s true I wasn’t as important at Chelsea. I never demanded that. What I wanted was to be a champion, because few people get that. I succeeded. But the happiness wasn’t there. It’s a significant difference.

I talked to [Diego Simeone] a few times. He asked if I wanted to return and I told him I’d love to.”


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Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El Pais Chelsea new striker Pedro revealed why he left Barcelona and how he joined the Blues after being really close to sign for Manchester United.

Anyway, it was not easy to leave the champions of Europe:

I will miss Messi so much.

“He’s a great teammate, a great guy. We’ve lived a lot of things together, a lot of matches, a lot of goals. He knows me well.

“It felt weird, seeing myself with Chelsea’s shirt, and imagining playing and not finding Messi, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets or Andres Iniesta on the pitch.

Fortunately I continue to enjoy them in the national team.

On the move to Chelsea:

I think Barcelona didn’t want to sell me.

It all started with a phone call from Cesc Fabregas. Then Mourinho calls me and I had to make a decision. He made me feel important, he gave me confidence.

It would have been easy to stay at Barca, appear in the team photo, keep winning titles and earning money.

I had a good life but I felt I should leave. My life was comfortable off the pitch, but I wanted to keep playing. Let’s see how it works out.”

Pedro also spoke about the difference between La Liga and the Premier League:

For the intensity of workouts, they are similar. They do not allow the intensity level to be lowered for one minute.

The Spaniard also admitted he changed his mind about Chelsea boss José Mourinho:

The truth is that one has an image of him [Mourinho] that when you know him, changes a lot. It’s not what it seems.

I like the way Mourinho works. I feel comfortable. He has a positive and winning mentality. I am delighted because I like nothing better than winning.”

Pedro reveals that he’s still homeless in London and that is not easy to settle and find a house:

The possibility of living in London was a privilege.

“Although I’m having a hard time finding a house. I hope next week I will have it resolved.

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Despite a bad start of the season with a substitution at half time with Manchester City and a red card against WBA that made him suspended for the Crystal Palace game, John Terry reassures Chelsea fans that his relationship with manager José Mourinho is still strong and respectful.

The Chelsea skipper, in fact, admitted:

“Jose’s the best manager I’ve ever had. I’d chuck myself under a bus for him.

Someone also hinted to the fact he could move to another club, but Terry claimed it’s impossible for him:

I couldn’t do that [move elsewhere]. I could never play for any Premier League club other than Chelsea,” he said.”


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Jose Mourinho is set to reignite his pursuit of Everton defender John Stones by offering Bertrand Traore in exchange. 

The Chelsea boss’ interest in the Everton defender became one of the most talked-about rumours of the summer, with the Blues failing to meet the Toffees’ £40 million valuation for the former Barnsley defender.

Chelsea tried, and failed, to secure Stones’ services with four bids in the summer transfer window, but according to the Sun, 20-year old Traore will be offered as part of an exchange.

The Burkina Faso midfielder impressed whilst on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season, and was included in the Blues’ first team squad for the current campaign.

However, it is believed Bill Kenwright will refuse any mid-season sale, having resisted letting Stones go in the summer.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has been named as an ambassador for the World Food Programme, and says he is very proud but also “frustrated” that he can’t do more.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning programme, the Chelsea manager said that football clubs generally should do their best to help the disadvantaged and that doing so is about more than just giving money.

He said:

“For me, being an ambassador makes me very, very proud. I have to say I am a bit of a frustrated ambassador because I did nothing compared to what I should or could do- what my job doesn’t allow me to do.”

Asked what clubs and players can do, Mourinho continued:

“We should probably start with clubs. Clubs are so powerful in terms of image but also in terms of image and economics. What I felt was more important than the money I could donate was my presence.”

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Pedro has defended Jose Mourinho and insists the public perception of the Chelsea manager is not always accurate. 

Pedro joined Chelsea from Spanish giants Barcelona shortly before the transfer window closed, taking the Spain forward from the grasp of Premiership rivals Manchester United.

Having played his entire career up until this point at the Nou Camp, Pedro was involved in some of the most hard fought derbies between his side and Real Madrid, particularly during Mourinho’s reign as Madrid manager.

It was a time when relations between the two clubs sank to an all-time low as they competed to dominate Spanish and European football, and the rivalry was made all the greater by relationship between the Portuguese and Barcelona’s manager Pep Guardiola, currently at Bayern Munich.

Pedro has recently spoken of his changed opinion in regard to Mourinho, and has gone further in comments made to the Mirror.

He said:

“The past is there and there are people who will not forgive what happened. The truth is that one has an image of him which, when you know him, changes a lot. It is not what it seems.

“I like the way that Mourinho works. I feel comfortable and he made me feel important. He has a positive and winning mentality. I am delighted because I like nothing better than winning.

“[He gave me] a good talk, he explained the situation of his team, what he expected of me and I heard what I needed to hear, that with me the team would grow. It gave me confidence.”

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Raphael Varane has revealed, that he and Jose Mourinho clashed during one of the  training sessions when the Special One was Real Madrid’s coach.

During one of the trainings at Real Madrid, the Portuguese coach was not happy with the French defender and he did not hesitate to express his irritation. However, Varane has no doubts, that Mourinho was right to be mad at him.

Varane told Le 10 Sport :

 “During my second year at Madrid, Jose Mourinho gave me a kick up the ass.”

“I was not doing well, I could not do what I wanted to do on the field.”

“Mourinho continued ‘Why do you not run in training?’’

“My first reaction was to mutter, ‘oh come on….’. But I knew he was right, I could give more.”

Varane joined Real Madrid in 2011 from Lens. And it was Jose Mourinho who saw the talent in the young player. The French defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea, before summer transfer window had been closed.


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Besiktas president Fikret Orman revealed that he blocked Obi Mikel’s move to the Turkish team in the last moment.

Chelsea midfielder has been heavily linked with a moved to Besiktas, as the Turkish club failed to secure the services of Lucas Leiva. But the club president Orman has revealed, that even if the Nigerian international has agreed terms with the Turkish giants, he made the decision to reject his transfer

Orman told Radyospor :

”Mikel called us on the last day to say he accepted our offer but we had to weigh up Veli Kavlak returning in one-and-a-half months, with paying out £3.5 million for Mikel, so we pulled out of the deal,”

While Turkish football agent Mesrin Izzet claims, that Jose Mourinho has blocked Mikel’s move to Besiktas :

“Besiktas had initially agreed terms with Chelsea and Mikel Obi but Jose Mourinho blocked the deal at the last minute,”

Izzet adds:

“Mikel could join Besiktas in January in-fact it would not be a surprise as he wants to play in Turkey and wants first team football,”

According to the rumours, if Chelsea had signed Paul Pogba, Obi Mikel would be able to leave Stamford Bridge. As the Blues would have four players capable of playing midfielder role – Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ramires and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Some time ago, Mikel confirmed that he will remain at Chelsea until the end of this contract :

I have two years left on my contract here and want to see them out,

“I am happy here and we will see what happens. I do want to stay, the manager wants me to stay so I don’t have any issues

“The manager has told me he wants me to stay. He said that and I’m pretty happy to stay.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced, that the Blues are able to successfully defend their Premier League title this season.

Even if Chelsea have earned just four points from four matches, their coach has no doubts, that those are only temporary problems.

The Blues are currently on 13th place and eight points off to the current Premier League leader Manchester City. But, the Special One is convinced, that an improvement from his squad will arrive soon.

Mourinho told Evening Standard:

“At the moment, we are losing matches and not getting results, but step by step we are going to be back on track,”

“Three months ago we won the title and every success I have, I want more.”

On Saturday Chelsea will face Everton at Goodison Park.

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Former Arsenal defender Michael Keown admits that in his opinion,Chelsea have taken some risk in the summer transfer window.

During the transfer window Chelsea have been linked with John Stones, Marquinhos and even Paul Pogba, but Jose Mourinho  failed to grab those big names. Instead, the Special One has taken some risk decisions.

The first of these was the signing of Falcao, who did not impress during his stay at Manchester United. In the last moment Mourinho has made two controversial transfers of little-known players:  Papy Djilobodji from Nantes and Micheal Hector from Reading ( however Hector was loaned straight back to Reading).

Former Arsenal defender has no doubts, that Chelsea have taken some risk in this summer transfer window, but he is convinced, that the Blues can afford to take that kind of risk.

Keown told Daily Mail :

“They have certainly taken a few risks this time. Bringing in Radamel Falcao, even on loan, is not an inexpensive deal and it will be fascinating to see if Jose Mourinho can get the best from him.”

“What was a surprise was the defenders they brought in on deadline day. After failing to sign John Stones their targets changed dramatically and I was very surprised to see Michael Hector come in from Reading and be loaned straight back again.”

“Still, Chelsea can afford to take that kind of risk and if Hector develops he could be a good buy.”


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