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The Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis who has left Chelsea after a disappointing season, claims, that he has no regrets about his experience at Stamford Bridge.

Filipe Luis joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last summer, but he did not meet the expectations of The Special One. Moreover, he lost his place in the starting lineup for Cesar Azpilicueta. That is why, the Brazilian player decided to come back at Vicente Calderon.

In a recent interview, Brazilian stressed, however, that no regrets about his stay at Chelsea.

Luis told El Pais :

“I have not given it much thought because I’ve always been happy here and this is where I want to be. The Premier League is good, but when you do not play every game then you are not happy. I won the championship and the League Cup but what has pleased me is to return to my house, to the club where I grew up and where I feel best. “

Even during his presentation as a new Atletico Madrid player some weeks ago, he has  praised Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

”No [I don’t regret the move to Chelsea]. It was exactly the opposite. I’ve learned many things. I played in big matches and different matches. We won the league, meaning I won La Liga and the Premier League after each other. It was a very valuable experience and I am very proud of the season,”

“When I left, I decided to try a new experience. I knew it would be difficult, because I would be leaving my family, friends and a squad. I never got rid of Atleti, I never separated from my team. I felt at home at the Vicente Calderón and had to start all over again. I went with lots of enthusiasm and I’ve had a very positive year.”

“I had spent the year at Chelsea and when the season ended the possibility came about. I told my agent that I didn’t want any other option. If Atlético wanted me there would be an option to leave, without that I would have stayed at Chelsea. When the season ended the negotiations started and I wanted to return.”

“Mourinho and Simeone are very different in almost everything, but they share a crazy love of winning and they live football, everything else is different.”

“I wanted to go and know about the Premier League. They are very different, the Premier League is much better organised. The stadiums are packed, more attractive and the games are played without many stoppages.”

“Although La Liga is different, there are also good atmospheres in the stadiums although they are not full, there is always pressure. In Spain it is less physical and has more quality. The thing that I noticed in English football is the physical aspect. I feel more comfortable here.”

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New Chelsea signing, Abdul Baba Rahman has thanked the Augsburg fans and his former club for the support received during his stay at SGL Arena.

The Ghana defender has agreed terms and passed a medical at Chelsea but he still  awaits the necessary work permit and visa.

In the meantime, he has decided to send a farewell message to his fans at Augsburg.

Rahman told the Augsburg’s official website:

”I have made this decision and it is really not easy because I felt good at Augsburg,”

”But the move to England is a very big opportunity for me to play at a top club like Chelsea, so I would like to take this step. I am really looking forward to playing with many great footballers.”

”For me, last season was absolutely amazing,’ he said. I am very proud to have been a part of this fantastic team.”

”I want to thank the fans for their great support and wish the entire team all the best. I hope they have another successful season.”



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Chelsea FC announced to have reached an agreement with German side Augsburg to sign Ghanian left-back Abdul Baba Rahman.

The negotiation has been going on for at least one month and the deal was closed yesterday for an amount around £20m.

His first words to Chelsea website as a new Blues player:

Rahman said: ”I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr Mourinho. ”

Then he added :

‘I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the fans as soon as possible.’ 

Stefan Reuter (FC Augsburgs Manager) said:
“We just agreed all terms with Chelsea. We are very happy for him, he is a Champions League player. We are proud to send him to one of the best clubs in Europe. We will follow his games and we wish him all the best. He will be always welcomed at Augsburg”


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Roma told to ex Chelsea defender Ashley Cole that he can leave despite having another year of contract with the Italian side.

Cole signed for Roma last summer and he only made 11 Serie A appearances so far.

During this pre-season he has rarely featured in the games under coach Rudi Garcia.

Cole was not selected for Roma’s 6-4 friendly win over Sevilla on Friday night which saw new signing Edin Dzeko score twice after sealing a season-long loan switch from Manchester City.

The players of the Roma squad were presented to supporters before the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

It’s now time for Cole to look for a new team.

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 Chelsea have agreed a deal with Augsburg for Abdul Baba Rahman, according to Daily Mail.

The English media are reporting that a deal between the two clubs has been reached. It is said, that Chelsea will pay an initial  £14m while the other £3.5m in bonuses will be paid based on Rahman’s performances at Stamford Bridge.

The Ghana international will also receive £700,000 after completing 20 games and another £3.5m after he has made 100 appearances.

The Daily Mail claims that Rahman has agreed a five-year contract with the Blues and will arrive to London next week to undergo the medical.

The deal was confirmed by several sources.

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Augsburg coach, Markus Weinzierl has admitted that he is very proud of Chelsea’s interest in his player, Abdul Baba Rahman.

According to the various sources, Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for Baba Rahman. It is said that his transfer is going to be announced within the next few days.

The negotiations between the German club and the Blues are now in the final phase. And, according to the rumours, the Ghanaian international will join Chelsea for a fee of around €25m.

Augsburg coach, Weinzierl has admitted that the fact that such a famous club as Chelsea are interested in his player, makes him proud.

Weinzierl told Kicker:

“I would like to continue working with all players, but when you sign someone like Baba from the second division and he’s on Chelsea’s radar 12 months later, it does make the coaching staff proud,”

Rahman joined Augsburg from Greuther Furth for just €2.5 million but his outstanding performances at WWK Arena, drew the attention in Europe.

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According to The Guardian, Augsburg have rejected Chelsea`s £17.7m bid for Baba Rahman.

Abdul Baba Rahman has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. The Ghanaian is considered as a replacement for Filipe Luis, who has rejoined Atletico Madrid.
The German team are holding out for £21.2m fee for their left-back and have no intention to lower the price tag. Due to the fact, that there are not a lot alternative left-backs available, Chelsea may be forced to increase their offer.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants to sign a left-back before the closure of the summer transfer window.

The Special One has stated that Chelsea will sign a left-back before the transfer window closes.

”It is something that is agreed between all of us in the club,”

“It is not a situation where the manager says one thing and the board say ‘No you’re wrong, you don’t need it’.

“We have only Cesar Azpilicueta and we need a left-back. I know that and the board know that.”

“And my feeling is that we’re going to have one. But obviously there is not only one left-back in the football world.”

“There are different options and we will decide when it’s possible to decide.”

During the last few weeks, Chelsea have been heavily linked with Abdul Baba Rahman. And according to the various sources, the final agreement may be reached within the next few days.

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FC Augsburg have just announced that the 21-year-old left back Philipp Max has signed a two-year contract with the German team. Is this transfer a clear signal that Baba Rahman is going to leave SGL Arena ?

Abdul Baba Rahman has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea since a long time. According to the latest rumours, the Ghanaian player flew into London last weekend for a medical, however that information has never been confirmed by anyone.

After Filipe Luis departure, Chelsea are urgently looking for a defender and Baba Rahman is considered as a perfect replacement for the Brazilian player. The German media since many days are speculating, that Chelsea have already made a bid for the left back.

What is more, Augsburg has just announced signing of a new left-back Philipp Max. And this transfer may suggest that Baba Rahman will soon leave SGL Arena.

Signing Rahman would definitely make Chelsea fans happy. Especially after today’s rumours about Chelsea’s potential interest in Tottenham player Danny Rose. The rumor, which caused a wave of criticism from the Blues fans.


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Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho’s words in the press conference ahead of Community Shields game.

The manager stated that the post USA tour fatigue won’t be a problem:

“All good. We are fine. Jet lag is minimal, the travelling was very short, it was a very good pre-season in terms of travelling. We have been in London since Wednesday morning, no problem”.

Diego Costa felt “a little thing on his hamstring” during last friendly match with Barcelona on Tuesday night, but Mourinho states he’s not concerned about this issue:

“[We have] three top strikers. If one is injured, we have two. No concerns, no protections [for Diego Costa]. It’s a position where we’re very strong. I’m not worried, match after match, and we have a fantastic group of strikers so no problem“.

After Filipe Luis’ return to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea might need a new left-back:

We have only one, we are trying.

Mourinho, anyway, refused to comment reports about Everton’s defender John Stones:

‘I don’t speak about players from other clubs, especially now that competition starts. It starts for us and Arsenal now, and next week for everyone”.

The manager then discussed the importance of the Community Shield trohpy:

I think it’s in between. It’s not a friendly like against Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, or Arsenal against Wolfsburg. It’s more than that but less than a Premier League match. We lost against Red Bulls and we’re not happy, so it’s normal we always try to play for a result and the Community Shield has a motivation different from a friendly or summer tournament. It’s the start of competition“.

When asked about his score against Wenger – he’s never lost against the French manager- he claimed:

I just want my club to get the best possible results. Arsenal doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter the manager, I just want my club to get the best possible results, that’s the only thing that matters.

“In football you can win or lose, or draw, and in this case you have to be ready for everything. I never made my victories over Arsenal an explosion of happiness or special pride. I do not make a drama if one day we lose”.

Mourinho also spoke about Arsenal‘s role in the title race in the forthcoming season:

I always think they are [in the race for the title]. They have very good squads. In this second period in England, immediately when I arrived two years ago I looked at them as a very good squad with very good players. I think it’s more of the same. They’re a top squad.

On Petr Cech’s move to London’s rivals, he stated:

I think they always had very good goalkeepers, now they have one more, but I never felt weaknesses in their goalkeepers.


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