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Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has been a fringe player at Chelsea

Leicester City are looking for a couple of players to revamp their midfield and it looks they are really keen on Chelsea duo: Nathan Ake and Oriol Romeu.

Ex Inter player Esteban Cambiasso, who was voted Leicester best player in the past campaign, is far to extend his contract with the Foxes for the next season and Caen player N’Golo Kante still hasn’t accept their offer, after the French club accepted Leicester’s bid, since he is in talks with Olympique Marseille.

New Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping to get the two Chelsea players on loan.

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According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City have made a loan bid for Chelsea player Oriol Romeu.

Former Chelsea trainer, Claudio Ranieri has made a loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu. It is said that  Leicester will look to make the deal permanent for the Spanish player at the end of the season. The Foxes are looking for a  midfield reinforcements as Esteban Cambiasso will probably leave the club.

According to the rumours, Claudio Ranieri is also keen on signing another Chelsea startlet, Nathan Ake.

Romeu joined Chelsea in 2012. He signed a four-year contract in a deal worth €5 million. The Spanish player made 22 appearances for the Blues. In 2013 Romeu joined Valencia CF, in a season-long loan deal. Then in 2014 he signed a new contract with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2017. However immediately after it he was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart.

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Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new manager of Leicester City, penning a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium.

The Italian replaces Nigel Pearson at the Foxes’ helm, who was sacked last month, with incidents off the pitch being cited as the reason for his dismissal, despite Pearson miraculously saving the club from relegation last season.

63-year old Ranieri hasn’t worked in England since he left Stamford Bridge in 2004, after leaving as manager of Atletico Madrid to join the Blues in September 2000. During his four-year spell, Chelsea finished runners-up in the Premier League, reached the Champions League semi-final and were FA Cup finalists.

However, Ranieri was sacked as the manager of the Greek national side after just four months last year following a poor start to Euro 2016 qualifying.

“Since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again,” he said.

“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the club for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”

Known as ‘The Tinkerman’, Ranieri has also managed Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and Monaco.

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Premier League pre-season tour is about to start in few days. We bring you the pre-season schedule and total distance travelled by each team.

Barclays Premier League 2015/16 pre-season schedule

Chelsea 7,991 miles

International Champions Cup
23 July v New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena, New Jersey) 1am
25 July v Paris Saint-Germain (Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina) 11pm
29 July v Barcelona (FedEx Field, Maryland) 1am

Community Shield
2 August v Arsenal (Wembley Stadium) 3pm

International Champions Cup
5 August v Fiorentina (Stamford Bridge) 8pm

Arsenal 13,490 miles

Barclays Asia Trophy
15 July v Singapore XI  (Singapore National Stadium) 1.30pm
18 July v Everton or Stoke City (Singapore National Stadium) Kick-off TBC

Emirates Cup
25 July v Lyon (Emirates Stadium) 4.20pm
26 July v Wolfsburg (Emirates Stadium) 4.20pm

Community Shield
2 August v Chelsea (Wembley Stadium) 3pm

Liverpool 24,030 miles

14 July v True Thai Premier League All Stars (Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok) Kick-off TBC
17 July v Brisbane Roar (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) 1.45pm
20 July v Adelaide United (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) 10.30am
24 July v Malaysia XI (Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur) 1.45pm
1 August v HJK Helsinki (Olympic Stadium, Helsinki), 5.30pm

Manchester City 21,112 miles

International Champions Cup
21 July v Roma (MCG, Melbourne) 11am
24 July v Real Madrid (MCG, Melbourne) 11am

Manchester United 10,988 miles

International Champions Cup
18 July v Club America (CenturyLink Field, Washington) 4am
21 July v San Jose Earthquakes (Venue TBC) Kick-off TB
25 July v Barcelona (Levi’s Stadium, California) 9pm
30 July v Paris Saint-Germain (Soldier Field, Illinois) 2am

Southampton 1673 miles

8 July v RB Leipzig (Sportklub Bischofshofen, Austria), 6pm
11 July v Valencia (Red Bull Arena, Salzburg), 3pm (45min match)
11 July v Werder Bremen or Red Bull Salzburg (Red Bull Arena, Salzburg) TBC (45min match)
18 July v Groningen (Euroborg) 1.30pm
21 July v KVV Quick 1920 (Sportpark Vondersweijde), 6pm
23 July v Feyenoord (De Kuip) 7pm
30 July UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg (Draw not yet made)
2 August Espanyol (St Mary’s Stadium) 3pm
6 August UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg (Draw not yet made)

Tottenham 10,523 miles

AIA Cup
27 May Malaysia XI 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor)

30 May Sydney FC 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (ANZ Stadium, Sydney)
30 July v MLS All-Stars (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado) 2am

Audi Cup
4 August v Real Madrid (Allianz Arena, Munich) 5.15pm
5 August v Bayern Munich or AC Milan (Allianz Arena, Munich) Kick-off TBC

AFC Bournemouth 9,250 miles

14 July v Philadelphia Union (PPL Park, Pennsylvania) Midnight
18 July v Exeter City (St James’ Park) 3pm
25 July v Nantes (Stade Leo Lagrange, Saint-Nazaire) 6.30pm
28 July v Yeovil Town (Huish Park) 7:45pm
1 August v Hoffenheim (Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim) 3pm

Aston Villa 2,531 miles

11 July v Fulham (Estadio Da Nora, Albufeira) 6.30pm
17 July v Sporting Braga (Estadio Da Nora, Albufeira) 6.30pm
21 July v Swindon Town (County Ground) 7.45pm
25 July v Walsall (Banks’s Stadium) 3pm
28 July v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Molineux) 7.45pm

Crystal Palace 13,192 miles         

18 July v Union Berlin (Stadion An der Alten Forsterei), 1pm

Cape Town Cup
24 July v Supersport United (Cape Town Stadium) 5.45pm
26 July v Ajax Cape Town or Sporting Clube de Portugal (Cape Town Stadium) TBC

1 August v Fulham (Craven Cottage) 3pm
3 August v Dagenham & Redbridge (Victoria Road) 8.30pm

Everton 14,538 miles

Barclays Asia Trophy
15 July v Stoke City (Singapore National Stadium) 11am
18 July v Arsenal or Singapore XI (Singapore National Stadium) Kick-off TBC

1 August v Leeds United (Elland Road) 3pm
2 August v Villarreal (H), 3pm (Duncan Ferguson testimonial)

Leicester City 354 miles

21 July v Lincoln City (Sincil Bank Stadium) 7.45pm
25 July v Mansfield Town (One Call Stadium) 3pm
29 July v Burton Albion (Pirelli Stadium) 7.30pm
1 August v Birmingham City (St Andrew’s Stadium) 3pm

Newcastle United 11,133 miles

10 July v Gateshead (Gateshead International Stadium) 8pm
15 July v Club Atlas (Miller Park, Wisconsin) 2am
19 July v Sacramento Republic (Bonney Field, California) 4am
22 July v Portland Timbers (Providence Park, Oregon) 3.30am
26 July v Sheffield United (Bramall Lane) 1pm
29 July v York City (Bootham Crescent), 7.45pm
1 August v Borussia Moenchengladbach (St James’ Park)

Norwich City 363 miles

11 July v Gorleston (Emerald Park) 3pm
14 July v Hitchin Town (Top Field) 7.45pm
17 July v Cambridge United (R Costings Abbey Stadium) 7.30pm
28 July v West Ham United (H) 7.45pm
1 August v Brentford (H) 3pm

Stoke City 14,726 miles

Barclays Asia Trophy
15 July v Everton (Singapore National Stadium) 11am
18 July v Arsenal or Singapore XI (Singapore National Stadium) Kick-off TBC

22 July v Wrexham (Racecourse Ground) 7pm
25 July v Brentford (Griffin Park) 1.30pm

Colonia Cup
1 August v Cologne (RheinEnergieStadium) Kick-off TBC
2 August v Porto TBC (RheinEnergieStadium) Kick-off TBC

Sunderland 12,046 miles

9 July v Darlington 1883  (Heritage Park) 7.45pm
15 July v Sacramento Republic (Bonney Field, Sacramento), 4am
18 July v Pachuca (Bonney Field, Sacramento), 3.30am
22 July v Toronto (BMO Field, Toronto), midnight
29 July v Doncaster Rovers (Keepmoat Stadium) 7.45pm
1 August v Hannover (HDI Arena) 4pm

Swansea City 2,038 miles

15 July v Borussia Monchengladbach (Venue TBC) 5pm
18 July v 1860 Munich (Venue TBC) Kick-off 6pm
24 July v Reading (Adams Park) 7.45pm
25 July v Nottingham Forest (City Ground) 3pm

Watford 1,437 miles

11 July v AFC Wimbledon (Cherry Red Records Stadium) 3pm
15 July v Verl (Stadion an der Poststrasse) 7.30pm
17 July v Eintracht Braunschweig (Eintracht-Stadion) 7.30pm
19 July v SC Paderborn 07 (Benteler Arena) 5pm
28 July v Cardiff City (Cardiff City Stadium) 7.45pm
31 July v Sevilla (H) 3pm

West Bromwich Albion 10,219 miles

8 July v Red Bull Salzburg (Venue TBC) Kick-off TBC
15 July v Orlando City (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Florida) Kick-off TBC
17 July v Charleston Battery (Blackbaud Stadium, South Carolina) Kick-off TBC
19 July v Richmond Kickers (Richmond City Stadium, Virginia) Kick-off TBC
28 July v Walsall (Bank’s Stadium) 7.30pm

West Ham United 1,230 miles

UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2 July v Lusitans (H), 7.45pm
9 July v Lusitans (A)

11 July v Peterborough United (London Road) 3pm
18 July v Southend United (Roots Hall) 3pm
21 July v Colchester United (Weston Homes Community Stadium) 7.45pm
25 July v Charlton Athletic (The Valley) 3pm
28 July v Norwich City (Carrow Road) 7.45pm
2 August v Werder Bremen (H)

 

 

 

 

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claudio ranieri

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is reportedly interested in returning to the Premier League to be Leicester City’s new coach, as the Italian emerges as a major contender in the running for the post.

Ranieri, who has been given 8/1 odds to take the job, has been out of work since November after losing his job with the Greece national team following a humiliating defeat to the Faroe Islands.

Ranieri has had more success at club level, winning silverware with the likes of Valencia, Fiorentina, Monaco and Cagliari. He spent four years in charge of Chelsea before José Mourinho signed for his first spell with the Blues.

Guus Hiddink, another ex-Chelsea manager, is however still the favourite to take charge of the Foxes after they surprisingly sacked Nigel Pearson last month. Bolton boss Neil Lennon, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, and Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill are also reported contenders for the position.

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According to the Mirror, Leicester City is interested in signing former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.

The 68-year-old Guus Hiddink is no longer the coach of the Dutch national team and it drew attention of club’s Thai owners. The Foxes are looking for a new manager after sacking Nigel Pearson this week.

During his long coach carrer Hiddink has managed Real Madrid, Valencia, PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea and various national teams such as Australia, Russia, South Korea and recently Netherlands.

Guus Hiddink managed Chelsea in 2009 after Luiz Felipe Scolari. He led Chelsea to an FA Cup win against Everton in 2009.

 

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Three Leicester City players have been filmed racially abusing three Thai women whilst they were having an orgy.

In the film, which was leaked to the Daily Mirror, the three players were seen racially abusing the three women whilst they performed sexual acts on them.

The three players involved were identified as 21-year old striker Tom Hooper, 22-year goalkeeper Adam Smith and 22-year old defender James Pearson – the son of manager Nigel Pearson – who himself is a patron of the charity Show Racism the Red Card.

The young trio were seen lying on a bed naked and laughing in the tape, whilst referring to the women as “slit eye” and “minging.”

It is believed that the video was then shared amongst friends back in the UK.

Following the scandal, a Leicester spokesman said: “We take the conduct of our players at every level extremely seriously and will take appropriate action, if necessary, once the full facts of the situation have been established.

Pending the outcome of an internal investigation, the club will make no further comment.”

Supporters also spoke of their disgust on the fans forum FoxesTalk.

One posted: “Get rid of them, never getting near our squad anyway.”

Another wrote: “Disgusting and inexcusable behaviour, exactly the sort of stuff that gives British tourists a bad name when we go abroad.

It’s especially disappointing given the efforts the owners are going to to ensure we’re a popular club in Thailand.”

The club are currently on a “goodwill” tour of Thailand, with the club’s owners being Thai father and son billionaires Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha. The pair have put millions into the club and toiled to establish a large fanbase for the club in their native country.

The Foxes have been in “strategic, international partnership” with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for three years, with the “Amazing Thailand” branding on the back of team shirts.

 

 

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Despite remaining consistent throughout his Premier League campaign, winning the league with three games to spare, José Mourinho is still yet to be awarded a ‘Manager of the Month’ award.

In the month of April, Mourinho won 4 out of 5 games, only dropping points in a goalless draw away at Arsenal, in order to secure a strong footing to win the Premier League title. However, the award went to Nigel Pearson of Leicester City, who also won 4 out of 5 games, losing only to Chelsea. It is is likely that the argument in favour of Pearson would be that his team were able to climb out of relegation with those results, as opposed to Chelsea, who achieved the arguably less pressure-filled task of maintaining a point gap at the top; even losing all 5 matches would have them 3 points from first place.

This asks a question of the awarding committee: is it harder to be rewarded when you are under less pressure, or somewhat expected to win? The way awards have been previously appear to be based on the form of the team that month, often noting the most improved perhaps – but what if to win consistently is business as usual? Is Mourinho’s managerial brilliance ironically what hinders him from ever becoming Manager of the Month?

This ‘most improved over most consistent’ approach appears more prominent when one learns that Tony Pulis won the February Award with 2 wins and 2 draws, showing a notable improvement by losing one game since the January transfer period, while they were looking at almost certain relegation before the new year. However, this is contrasted by Arsène Wenger winning the March award, who won 9 out of 11 games since the new year to stay in pursuit of the eventual champions.

Where both Arsenal and Chelsea showed good form that month, Arsenal had the edge by wining all of their league games, whereas the Blues dropped points in a draw against Southampton. Upon looking throughout the league results of each month, Chelsea have only won every league game in the month of August dropping at least two points every other month; the winning streak just can’t seem to get going. This inability to have a perfect run of games in a month, combined with the fact that Chelsea have been consistent enough to create high expectations for the squad, hinders the ‘Special One’ from fully living up to his namesake.

In this final month of Premier League competition, Mourinho has begun with a good result to win the title, thus opening up a chance to end this year’s campaign as ‘Manager of the Month.’ However, while teams fight under pressure for safety and Europe, it appears that only the most towering victories will be able to stand against the best results of the other teams. At the very least, José will be holding a much more memorable award for his efforts.

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NIGEL PEARSON LEICESTER CITY MANAGER
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson won the latest Manager of the Month Award

It seems absurd but the manager who won the Premier League after leading the table from “day one” until the end is not going to win a single “Manager of the Month Award” this season.

The same is for John Terry, the captain, the leader and the “rock” of Chelsea, for many people the real top-player of the team, without detracting anything to stunning Eden Hazard who, anyway, never won the prize either.

The only player in Chelsea squad that was awarded with the monthly prize was Diego Costa back in August, due to his impressive start in the Premier League.

It’s right that to win the league is far better and more important that win these individual awards, but it seems also really absurd that the best team of the Premier League never got any recognition.

Both Mourinho and Terry were nominated to win this month, but at the end the winners were Nigel Pearson, who’s undergoing an impressive good run with Leicester City, and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who scored five goals in four games in April.

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Chelsea midfielder Willian claims the support from the fans against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge will make this Sunday a day to remember in Chelsea history.

“We are playing at home, we have the support of the fans behind us and we have a great chance to win the game. The fans are very important, we need them to come to the game and support the team. It gives us added motivation.

“Sometimes you have to forget about the supporters and get on with your job out on the pitch but, of course, Sunday is a day when they can be a very big help for us.”

Speaking about Chelsea’s Wednesday night win at Leicester, the Brazilian said: “I was pleased with the performance of myself and the whole team, it was a difficult game, everybody gave their best and we were very happy with the result. 

“The first half was tough for us but in the second half we played much better and scored three goals, in the end I felt we deserved to win the game.”

Willian has been a key part of the Chelsea midfield this season, but he was quick to highlight the importance of the decisions of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: “Sometimes when the way you are playing isn’t working you have to change it. The manager did that at half-time and it paid off. In the second half we had a lot more possession and played with confidence. Because of that we created more chances, which enabled us to score the three goals.”

 

 

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