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Chelsea have told Newcastle United that they must pay £12 million in order to sign striker Loic Remy. 

Several Premier League clubs have registered their interest in the Frenchman, including Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leicester.

However, Newcastle are said to be very keen on Remy, who scored 14 goals in 26 games for the Magpies in a loan spell at St. James Park in 2014.

Remy has made just one start for Chelsea this season, with club owner Roman Abramovich reportedly keen on letting the former QPR striker go.

He has struggled to pin down a first team place since his £8.5 million move across London in 2014, and apparently wants first team football as he is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.



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It is rumoured that Leicester City are in the running to sign Loic Remy during the January transfer window.

The unfavoured Frenchman is contemplating a move away from Stamford Bridge due to the lack of game time he has received. Remy is said to be reluctant in joining The Foxes because they already have in form strikers at the club, the likes of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa. All 3 have been in some great form of late and all 3 have been scoring goals. However, since August 2014, no Chelsea player has a better goal/playing time ratio than Remy. He is scoring a goal every 105 minutes. Diego Costa is second with a goal every 131 minutes.

Loic Remy is worried that his lack of match time will play a big part in his selection for the French National team for the Euro’s that take place this coming summer. If Leicester cant guarantee the 29-year-old regular playing time, he may be forced to lean towards Newcastle, who are understood to be wanting the player on loan.

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Newcastle want Loic Remy back at St. James’ Park.

The Geordie club is ready to sign again the French striker on loan, after his positive spell during 2013-2014 season with them.

Remy scored 14 goals in 26 games: he impressed Chelsea and José Mourinho so much then they eventually signed him the following summer with a permanent deal from QPR, that was his parent club in that moment.

The forward seemed on his way to Crystal Palace, where his former boss Alan Pardew was pushing to sign him, but then the interest of Eagles cooled and last night also Leicester City’s interest was recorded.

In this moment the Magpies are in pole position to sign him back, since Remy wants more playing time.

Current Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is not very keen on let him go, and the French striker will only be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if the Premier League champions find suitable replacement.

Now that Pato seems really close to sign for the Blues, probably the club will let Remy go.

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There are many rumours circulating about Loic Remy and his position at Chelsea. It’s understood that the striker is unhappy at the lack of game time he’s been given to prove himself and is looking for a possible move away from Stamford Bridge this transfer window.

There are many clubs interested in the Frenchman, the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace, Swansea and his previous club Newcastle United are in the running to sign Remy but Hiddink has his own thoughts on the players future and seems reluctant to let him go so easily.

“I have seen little of him because he repeatedly fell into injury. I am curious. I hope Remy picks it up. I hope he will deliver if he is needed.”

The Chelsea boss has made himself very clear on the situation and won’t let the striker go, particularly with the injuries that the club are suffering at present.

Diego Costa picked up what is believed to be a knee injury during the London Derby at the weekend and until the extent of the injury is known I’m sure Hiddink will be hesitant to let any strikers go without the necessary cover in that department.

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A fantastic 2 days of Premier League football. Leicester still proving their worth of holding a place in the top tier of English football with a more than comfortable win over Stoke. Manchester City climb above Arsenal after snatching a draw at Upton Park and Chelsea move up into 13th position after an entertaining victory at the Emirates. Aston Villa are still rock bottom, 10 points behind Norwich and safety from relegation.

The results are as follows:

Norwich 4 – 5 Liverpool

Mbokani ’29     Firmino ’19, ’63

Naismith ’41     Henderson ’56

Hoolahan ’54 (pen)  Milner ’75

Bassong ’90+3,    Lallana ’90+5


Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Tottenham

Vertonghen og ’30   Kane ’63

–                               Alli ’84

–                               Chadli ’90+5


Leicester 3 – 0 Stoke City

Drinkwater ’42

Vardy ’66

Ulloa ’87


Man United 0 – 1 Southhampton

–                           Austin ’87


Sunderland 1 – 1 AFC Bounemouth

van Aanholt ’45+1    Afobe ’13


Watford 2 – 1 Newcastle United

Ighalo ’46      Lascelles ’71

Cathcart ’58


West Brom 0 – 0 Aston Villa


West Ham 2 – 2 Man City

Valencia ‘1, ’56    Aguero ‘9 (pen), ’81


Everton 1 – 2 Swansea City

Cork og ’26   Sigurdsson ’17 (pen)

–                    Ayew ’34


Arsenal 0 – 1 Chelsea

Mertesacker sent off ’18    Costa ’23

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes that after Jose Mourinho accused his players of betrayal after losing 2-1 against Leicester, Chelsea players can turn against him.

The crisis at Chelsea is in full swing, and Mourinho with his latest comments does not look like a person who wants to solve the problem. The ninth loss in 16 Premier League games may herald the beginning of the end of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge because carousel of speculation has already started, and the list of his potential successors is impressive.

Portuguese coach surprised everyone during the post-match press conference after the defeat against Leicester when he said that the Chelsea players have betrayed him. And according to former Chelsea player Cascarino such allusions regarding his players can badly affect the atmosphere in the Chelsea dressing room. Ex-Blues has even questioned the desire of some players to continue playing under Mourinho.

Cascarino told Sky Sports News:

“We must be surprised (that he has not been sacked)”

“History shows us, we’ve seen (Luiz Felipe) Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo all make very quick exits.”

“The only people I feel are still behind him are the fans, they still sing his name because they have so much affection for him but they are losing football match after football match.”

Ex-Blues criticized Portuguese coach for his words of about betrayal, in his opinion this type of allusions certainly will not help to build a good team spirit:

There is a fine line, how far you take it, how much criticism you can give to your team?”

“Behind closed doors you can say a lot more but when you go public and talk of betrayal you are taking it to a level that a lot of players in that dressing room won’t like.”

“They’ll start looking at Jose and thinking, forget about us, what about you? They will start looking at him, and it could make a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room.”

He also draws attention to the fact that Hazard left the pitch really early after not picking up a serious injury what may mean that players won’t  fight for Mourinho at any price:

“You have to question the desire of some players to want to play for Jose,”

“Take Eden Hazard on Monday night, the way he went off, he may have been injured but he didn’t make much of an effort to stay on the pitch.

“It’s a very strange atmosphere at the club. You can’t have top players not working. There must be issues in that dressing room. Every player apart from the keeper has been dropped at some stage this season.”

“He has tried everything. I think it’s a last throw of the dice, they have Sunderland at home and Watford at home and anything less than six points I can’t see him surviving.”


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Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic admits that he is not able to explain the reasons for such a poor performance of the Chelsea players from the beginning of this season.

Serbian footballer does not conceal that after the victory over Porto in the last match of the group stage of the Champions League, everyone in the team was in good spirits and expected that another victory will come soon. But the defeat against Leicester has shown, that Chelsea players are still far away from the form they presented last year. He admitted also that frustrates him that he is not able to explain in any logical manner the causes of another successive defeats.

Matic told Chelsea’s official website:

”I cannot explain why consistency has been so difficult to achieve,”

”I don’t know what happened to us [against Leicester]. In the game against Porto, a very good team, we played very well, we scored two goals and created chances, but we were like another team on the pitch against Leicester.”

”We have to say congratulations to them, they fought for every ball, and they were very good. They had confidence and it is easier to play when you are first in the table and you are at home. We didn’t start badly, we controlled the ball, but after the second goal it was very difficult for us to recover and we didn’t use the chances we had.”

”It is one more game that was not good for us. We are sad because of the defeat but we have to keep going, to try to win some games and to recover from this situation which is not easy for us. We have to try to be better than we were.”

Asked about the upcoming Champions League clash again against PSG, he said:

”It’s going to be a great experience for us, two great games, very hard I have to say, but in these kinds of games you don’t have favourites – anyone can go through. I am sure that it’s going to be interesting and I hope we can do something.”


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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that not only the manager but also all the players must take responsibility for disappointing results in the Premier League this season.

The Spanish player said that there is no doubt that the wave of criticism which flowed over the team is justified, however, he is confident that Chelsea are able to rise from his knees and start winning.

Speaking live at Q&A session Fabregas said:

“We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,”

“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”

“Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better,”

“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.”

“I don’t think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that’s it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows. We’ve put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning.”



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Jamie Carragher slammed Chelsea controversial striker after Costa accused his defence of falling asleep during their Premier League clash with Leicester on Monday.

Carragher told Sky Sports:

”There’s nothing worse than a player coming back and telling other people what they should be doing. It’s not what he should be doing considering he’s been asleep all season,”

”He’s done nothing for Chelsea compared to what he did last year. Don’t tell the defence what they should be doing. You sort yourself out at the other end of the pitch and take a leaf out of Jamie Vardy’s book.”


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Chelsea striker Loic Remy has no doubt that yesterday’s defeat 2-1 to Leicester City was the result of poor performance of the whole team.

The Frenchmen who came off the bench to score his third goal of the season is convinced that the only thing that can restore confidence throughout the squad is a couple of consecutive victories.

Remy told Chelsea’s official website:

”We are disappointed because of the loss but also because we need to play much better to win a game,”

”It’s difficult to pick one or two players who were better than any others. All the team need to improve; we need to be ready and play better.”

”We have to try to be more compact, not make any mistakes and score goals, that’s the main thing. We have to improve otherwise we will stay near the bottom of the table and Chelsea are not in the right position.”

”Nobody believes it because we were champions last year,’ he added. ‘The season is long and we have time to get better, I really believe that will happen soon. We have to try to win games.”

”The situation is really tough but as a group we have enough quality to come back. We need one or two wins to get our confidence back and I’m sure we will do that in the games coming.”

”As Chelsea players we all need to improve and fight in every game.”

”The manager makes his decision and picks 11 players. Whoever is playing tries to give their best and it’s the same for the substitutes, but at the moment it’s not enough and I don’t know why.”



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