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Two Chelsea legends met last Saturday, when Manchester United and LA Galaxy played a friendly match in Los Angeles: José Mourinho and Ashley Cole.

The pair was seen hugging and laughing on the pitch in the game warm-up and the Portuguese coach revealed what they said to each other in the post-match press conference:

“I wanted to know about him, how he is…is he enjoying. He is a good friend and he gave his blood for me.

“I will never forget the players that give blood for me and I’m pleased that he’s enjoying his experience.”

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John Terry didn’t get much playing time during this season and, despite this, it’s understood he rejected some good offers from the US to remain at Chelsea and help the team to fight in the title race.

MLS sides like LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Orlando City approached him in the past months but the Blues skipper rejected their offers to lead his team in the Premier League pursue.

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Chelsea Blues Legend ASHLEY COLE turns 36

Chelsea’s Legendary Left-Back ASHLEY COLE turns 36
“Thanks to everyone for my birthday messages much appreciated
and always remember old is gold” says former Arsenal and Chelsea Blues Legend- ASHLEY COLE on his 36th birthday. The world renown legendary left-back on the December 20th this week celebrated his birthday with a gratitude message of thanks to all his fans plus admirers on twitter.

Also, one passionate fan was so zealous to display his birthday wishes to COLE that he created a one minute and eight second special YouTube video just to say: ‘Happy Birthday Ashley Cole’. The video that was uploaded onto YouTube on the Chelsea Blues Legend’s exact birthday received to date 2,757 views with 209 thumbs up and no thumbs down.

The special birthday video shows COLE in his very active, alert and fast prime as a world-class Chelsea left-sided defensive player especially in the championship days when he too scored goals. The Stepney East-London born left-back was described by one fan as: “The best left-back ever”.  Is he and was he? Only time will tell as even in 2016 he still plays an active part of the current LA Galaxy Major League Soccer Team in the United States.
To such a footballing legend who is still going strong in a country abroad to his prime years, we indeed wish him a very happy birthday. “Blessed Happy 36th Birthday ASHLEY COLE” from us at ChelseaNews24.com

Check out COLE from his back in the days time at Chelsea on the following YouTube Video Weblink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fcijJJzTq8

 

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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has today completed his move to MLS side LA Galaxy.

Cole, 35, has been out of favour at Roma since joining in the summer of 2014, making only 11 appearances for the Serie A side. Cole went on to terminate his contract which had one year remaining.

The former Blues full-back made over 200 appearances for the Premier League side, winning the Champions League, FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League in an eight year spell.

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MOURINHO GERRARD
Gerrard and Mourinho always had huge mutual respect

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he has nothing but admiration for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The former Reds midfielder maintained a respectful rivalry with the Portuguese throughout his time at Anfield, which even saw Mourinho attempt to sign the LA Galaxy man on more than one occasion.

However, despite the fiery relationship between Mourinho and former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, Gerrard has said he never let that mar his admiration for the 52-year old.

We’re two football people,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“I think if you park that rivalry aside, the rivalry’s done for the time being. I’ve got nothing but admiration for what he’s achieved. Not just at Chelsea when he’s been a rival but at Porto when he went to Inter Milan.

He’s had an incredible career.

“And even during the rivalry when you set-up against his teams, they’re very difficult to play against. I think he always signs top players.

“He is one of the best out there and he’s tried to sign me on three occasions, three different teams.

“Even though I haven’t played for him, I’ve had that close relationship with him and I’ve still felt he rates me as a player and even bumping into him when the rivalry’s been going on, he’s given me some good bits of advice and yeah I’m a big fan.”

 

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STEVE GERRARD
Carragher states Gerrard was right to reject Chelsea

Steven Gerrard has played down the significance of the standing ovation he received from Chelsea fans during yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.  

Gerrard scored the equaliser for Liverpool just before half time, and received the ovation from both sets of fans when he was substituted in the second half.

He was ridiculed throughout by some at Stamford Bridge, and boos could be heard from some sections of the ground when he was substituted.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the veteran midfielder said that although he appreciated the gesture, he had other priorities:

“I was more happy with the ovation from the Liverpool fans. Chelsea fans have had respect for a couple of seconds today but have slaughtered me all game.

“I’m not going to get drawn into wishing Chelsea fans well. It was nice of them to turn up for once today.”

Gerrard added: “It was a nice touch. I know they’ve absolutely murdered me for years because I never signed here. I’ve had great support from the Liverpool fans – that’s all that matters to me.”

The 36-year old is moving to LA Galaxy at the end of the season after a prolific spell with Liverpool. He has been the subject of several chants from Chelsea fans, which wasn’t helped by an incident against Chelsea last year. Gerrard slipped, allowing Demba Ba to score the first goal in a 2-0 win at Anfield.

That win practically forfeited Liverpool’s title hopes, allowing Manchester City to become Champions.

In light of that mistake, some Chelsea fans held signs mocking Gerrard.

Several fans held signs mocking the Liverpool captain
Several fans held signs mocking the Liverpool captain

Chelsea tried to sign Gerrard on three occasions, and being rebuffed each time. However, speaking after the game yesterday, he said that it was hard to resist the club for one reason – Jose Mourinho.

“I have huge respect for him [Mourinho]. He’s the best manager in the world. I would have signed for him on three occasions if I wasn’t such a big Liverpool fan.

“He’s the reason my head was turned on a couple of occasions but he knew why I couldn’t do it, because I love Liverpool Football Club. It always means more when you win for your people.”

Mourinho complimented Gerrard, who has won 11 games out of 39 appearances against the Blues, both before and after the game. He called the Liverpool captain his ‘favourite enemy’ and said he will miss a ‘special’ player.

Gerrard has two games left in a Liverpool shirt before his move across the Atlantic, and he says it will be difficult to leave the club that has played a huge part in his life:

“It’s very difficult at the moment,” said Gerrard, who won 114 caps for England. “It’s going to be difficult to let go. I’ve been here 27 years.

“I’m walking away with my held held high, I’m really proud of what I achieved here. There have been some lows too but it’s a part of being a footballer.

“I grew up in the city dreaming of representing the club and I’ve achieved more than I thought I would.

“I’d love to come back in some capacity. That’s out of my control. Liverpool’s in my heart. I’ll support from afar for a couple of years. When I return in a couple of years, whoever’s in charge of the club, it’s down to them.”

 

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JOSE MOURINHO
Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea will participate in the annual Guinness International Champions Cup as part of their pre-season tour of the United States this summer.

Chelsea, on course to win the Premiership for the first time since 2010, will be part of the ten team tournament that they competed in two years ago.

It will be the eighth time they have toured North America since the club significantly increased its attempts to grow the club’s profile outside of Europe, following Roman Abramovich’s purchase in 2003.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck, quoted on Chelsea’s official website, said:

“I am delighted the club will take part in the International Champions Cup this summer, against top-quality opposition.

“We look forward to returning to North America for the eighth time in 12 years, and visiting some iconic venues in which I am sure there will be strong Chelsea support.

“We know the facilities we use will be second to none and Jose and the squad will be able to prepare for what already promises to be an exciting 2015/16 campaign. I am also pleased to confirm we will be continuing the important work of the Chelsea Foundation during our visit.”

The International Champions Cup has quickly become one of the main events of the European pre-season and has attracted some of the greatest clubs in Europe and some of the most iconic in America. This year Chelsea will compete with Barcelona, Club America, Fiorentina, La Galaxy, Manchester United, New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and San Jose Earthquakes. The tournament has recently expanded to both Australia and China, such is its popularity.

A game between Chelsea and Manchester United last season in the States drew a crowd of over 109,000 people.

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LAMPARD- GERRARD
England team-mates: Lampard and Gerrard

As we all know Liverpool captain and legend Steve Gerrard decided to call time on his Reds career after agreeing to join LA Galaxy in the MLS next summer.

Another legend, this time from Chelsea, revealed in an interview he supports his friend “Stevie” in this decision.

We’re talking about Frank Lampard, who took the same decision last summer, joining New York City Football Club after ending his wonderful adventure at Chelsea, but eventually ended to play the whole campaign at Manchester City, who shares the owner with the Big Apple “soccer” team.

Lampard claimed in a recent interview to the Liverpool Echo:

I’m pleased for Stevie. I think it’s a very good move for him. What more can he do at Liverpool? He’s had a fantastic career

“I think only individuals know the right time for them. I wasn’t sure about my time as a Chelsea player.

“The decision got made for me. When the decision is not made for you, and you have to make it yourself, then it’s more difficult”

“Only he knows that and I think at the minute I would say yes because what more can he do? If not their greatest player, he will be right up there with the greatest players ever”

I think maybe there’s a time at the club, when I look back at my time at Chelsea, and that Chelsea will move on and carry on

“I am sure Stevie will look at Liverpool and see it the same way. Then you look at yourself and think ‘how can I finish in the right way’.. and Stevie will do that.”

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