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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks the club has made the decision by sticking with Jose Mourinho despite the club suffering its worst start to a season for a generation.

Ancelotti won the Premiership in his first season with Chelsea and added the FA Cup days later to give the club its first ‘Double’. He was sacked after a disappointing second season in which Chelsea won nothing. He has since won the Ligue 1 title in France with PSG and the Champions League with Real Madrid, where he replaced Mourinho after the Portuguese returned to Chelsea.

Since being sacked by Real Madrid last summer Ancelotti has been on a break from football; the Italian has been linked with several clubs, including the Blues with some thinking he could replace Mourinho should the club decide to sack their most successful ever coach. ChelseaNews24  recently reported that Manchester City had made Ancelotti their number one choice to replace Manuel Pellegrini, having given up on trying to persuade Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola to take over at the Etihad.

Ancelotti, however, refutes all notions that he will replace Mourinho for a second time in a few years, saying that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have done the right thing in keeping faith with the two time Champions League winner during this difficult period as there are signs that Chelsea’s luck is about to change and Mourinho is the best man to see it through.

Speaking to the BBC, the Italian said this:

“To have success you have to be at 100%. If you are at 90% in football now is not enough. You need 100% if you want to compete at the top level like Chelsea are used to doing.

“They have lost confidence in their play but I think now slowly they can move on from this situation and I think Mourinho is the best manager to manage this because he is involved and knows the situation of the players. I think the club took the right decision to keep Mourinho.”

On the possibility of returning to Stamford Bridge even in the short term, he continued:

“No, no. I try to find a club for next season but for now my idea is to start then and not now.

He did, however, admit that the Premiership is his preferred option when he next steps back into football:

“The Premiership is  my number one choice. In football anything can happen and I had a fantastic experience but the most important thing is to find a club with a good project and that is competitive, but if it is in England then it is better.”

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Didier Drogba says he wants to train with Chelsea during the MLS off-season, but will only be able to if his club Montreal Impact allows him to.

Drogba left Chelsea at the end of last season having helped the club regain the Premiership title. He had returned the previous summer after a two year absence having won the Champions League with his final kick in the final against Bayern Munich.

Since leaving Stamford Bridge for the second time he has scored 12 goals in 14 matches, helping Montreal Impact to the MLS play-offs where they eventually lost to Columbus Crew.

The former Ivory Coast captain is quoted by French news agency AFP saying that, should it be possible, he would like to return to Chelsea again if only to train in preparation for the new MLS season next year.

“To train? Why not? But it’s something I would need to discuss with [Montreal], because I belong to them,” the 37-year-old said.

Ruling out the prospect of playing for Jose Mourinho’s side again, he continued:

“I signed a one-and-a-half year contract, I always like to respect what I have signed.”

“Playing? I’m not too hot on that idea. I need to rest and make sure that I’m ready for the new season.”

Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 games after originally signing in 2004 from Ligue 1 Marseille.

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Edinson Cavani has decided to pursue a move to Chelsea over one to Arsenal, according to reports in the English and Spanish press this morning. 

Cavani has been a long term target for both clubs and almost signed for the Blues in 2013 before PSG offered Napoli more money. Arsene Wenger has been trying to tempt the Ligue 1 champions with selling the Uruguay international ever since but has been unwilling anything close to the asking price.

Cavani, 28, recently told PSG that he wants to leave and wants his next club to be an English one. Both Chelsea and Arsenal would take him as both are currently over reliant on first choice centre-forwards in Diego Costa and Olivier Giroud respectively. Costa suffered an injury to the ribs in Chelsea League Cup exit to Stoke City on Tuesday and was taken to hospital for scans.

As neither Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao appear capable of adequately replacing Costa Chelsea might be forced to pursue the signing of Cavani in January. PSG’s asking price is reportedly £36 million.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

AS Monaco shareholder Alessandro Prato reveals that the French giants are doing their best to lure Jose Mourinho to Ligue 1 club.

According to the latest reports Mourinho could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the upcoming Premier League clash. However it seems that the Portuguese coach will not be too long unemployed as AS Monaco shareholder has revealed that the French club have already established contact with Mourinho. Alessandro Proto claims that the French giants are ready to make a move for the Special One.

Proto told Spanish newspaper Sport:

“On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco,”

“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.”

 

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RADAMEL FALCAO CHELSEA

Radamel Falcao will call time on his miserable career in England in January and return to Monaco in order to consider his future, according to reports in the English press.

Falcao joined Chelsea on loan in the summer from the Ligue 1 side after failing to impress at Manchester United last season- he scored just 4 goals in 26 matches for the Red Devils in a season long loan move and has done no better at Stamford Bridge this term.

The 29-year-old has struggled for games and form with his only goal coming in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. He has been relegated to third in the striking pecking order behind first choice Diego Costa and France international Loic Remy.

Falcao was once the most sought after striker in Europe after winning numerous domestic and European honours with Porto and Atletico Madrid.

In 2013, having just won the Spanish Cup with Atletico, beating Real Madrid in the final in what was Jose Mourinho’s penultimate game at Santiago Bernabeu, it was expected that the he would join one of the continent’s biggest clubs, but surprisingly joined Monaco.

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Chelsea are considering a move for PSG’s Javier Pastore in January in order to bolster their attack following their poor start to the season.

The Blues beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday and went up to 11th in the Premiership table. This season’s start is the worst they have had in a generation and their impotence going forward has been exposed following terrible showings from a number of key attacking players.

The club is exploring the possibility of bringing in the 26-year-old Pastore as soon as January in order to  save their season and ensure that they at least qualify for the Champions League again.

Being ten points behind Manchester City it is already highly unlikely that Chelsea shall be retaining their Premiership crown, but a new attacking addition should at least give the club some optimism for the competitions it is still in as well as next season.

Pastore, once a first team choice at PSG, has made just eight appearances for the French champions as they, predictably, lead the Ligue 1 table once again. He has been pushed out of the team after the signing of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United in the Summer.

Should Chelsea acquire Pastore then it might lead to one of their under performing attacking players being shown the door. Oscar has constantly been linked with a move away and Eden Hazard was left out of Saturday’s win.

Pastore has also been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Former Brazil international Juninho believes Chelsea midfielder Willian is not far from the standard set by Barcelona’s Neymar.

Willian, who has been one of Chelsea’s good performers so far this season, has been on a consistent scoring run with three goals coming from free-kicks recent weeks for the Blues. He scored twice for Brazil as the five time World Cup winners beat Venezuela 3-1 as they seek to qualify for Russia 2018.

Juninho, who once graced European football with Ligue 1 club Lyon, believes his 27-year-old compatriot is not far away from attaining the heights of Brazil’s best player, Barcelona forward Neymar.

Speaking to Brazilian media, Juninho said this:

“William is at a level just behind Neymar.

“It deserves to be analysed and treated as such.

“Willian deserves greater prominence. As a commentator I feel obliged to value it.”

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marquinhos

Former Chelsea defender Alex says PSG centre back Marquinhos should leave the French Champions in order to get first team football elsewhere.

Chelsea had two bids for Marquinhos rejected in the summer transfer window, the biggest of which was €35 million, when they were also trying to sign Everton’s John Stones, and the Brazilian is also wanted by Manchester United.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Alex, who played for Chelsea fro 2007 to 2012, said this about his 21-year-old compatriot:

“Marquinhos would fit in at any big European club, his problem is that two of the best players in the world in his position are ahead of him.

“If I was in his place I would leave PSG – especially when all the big clubs want him. During every transfer window, he gets magnificent offers.

“He’s young and should be playing to show his worth.”

 

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Jeremie Boga has joined Rennes on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 18 year old attacking midfielder Jeremie Boga has joined Ligue 1 club on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Young player have undergo medical at Rennes and signed a loan agreement with the Ligue 1 side.

The Blues want, that Boga gain some valuable first-team experience before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Boga is Chelsea’s 27 player out on loan at other clubs.

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