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After the death of football icon Johan Cruyff, Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has paid tribute to his friend.

Speaking the clubs Official Website Hiddink said “I received the news of Johan’s death with immense sadness. Firstly, I have lost a friend. I knew Johan well for many years and we spent time together in both the Netherlands and Spain.

‘Johan was a great man and always made sure he remained approachable to many people. His influence on the game, both as a player and a coach, cannot be overstated. We will miss him very much, but football will forever be indebted to his genius. What he taught us about the game is still as relevant now as it was 40 years ago.

‘My thoughts are with his wife Danny and his family at this very sad time.’

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Right-back Matteo Darmian, who played in last night’s friendly with Italy national team trained by Antonio Conte, thinks his national boss won’t have problem in the Premier League.

He told Rai Sport: “I think Conte will do well in England. He has already proved that he is a great Coach and will have no problem adapting to English football.”

By contrast, Conte insisted he is just focused on preparing this summer’s European Championship, and explained: “In the future, I will consider what is going to happen but my focus right now is completely on Italy.”

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Juan Cuadrado arrived to Chelsea in January 2015 from Fiorentina, but he didn’t fulfill fans and club expectations after the Blues paid £25m to secure him for the Italian club, losing also other Stamford Bridge flop Mohamed Salah, that now is one of the Serie A’s sensations, and went first on loan to the Florence side and then to AS Roma.

Cuadrado now is on loan at Juventus and has been one of the best players in their season so far.

He started 80% of the games of the season, scoring also 3 goals and being one of their best performers, also in the Champions League.

Ex Juventus coach Antonio Conte, next to land to Chelsea as permanent manager, has been really keen to his former club form during this last year, so he noticed Cuadrado’s top performances as well.

Now the Italian coach is really inclined to bring the Colombian attacking midfielder back to Chelsea, where he is sure he can make an impact after not settling in his first four months spell.

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French defender Raphael Varane has been one of the key-men in the conquer of La Decima, the 10th Champions League trophy that Real Madrid won in a thrilling final against Atletico Madrid.

He arrived to Madrid in the summer of 2011, when ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho was in charge, and soon became an important player for them.

Under Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti he was always in the starting XI – when fit-  but in this season his playing time was reduced, both under Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane, who was one of his mentors at his arrival in Spain.

Now the French star is not sure to about his future and he’s ready to move elsewhere if Real Madrid could not guarantee him a regular playing time in the future.

“I would like to play every game,” Varane toldL’Equipe.

“The coach knows what I want, but it’s up to him to make the decisions.

“I’ve spent five years playing with the best and I’ve never lost heart. without strength of character it’s impossible to stay at Real Madrid.

“It’s pointless making long-term plans in football. I’m happy in Madrid. I want to keep improving to go to the next level.

“We’ll see how my situation develops, but I’m not having any headaches over it anyway.”

Due to this situation two English top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United already eyed the soon 23 years old and are keen to place a bid on him in the summer transfer window.

With José Mourinho being the first candidate to be Louis Van Gaal‘s successor at Man United it’s possible Varane would choose to move to Old Trafford, but Chelsea has been targeting him for at least one year and already held talks with his entourage last summer.

Real Madrid are ready to ask around € 35m ( £ 30m) for their French star.

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Football legend Johan Cruyff died this morning in Barcelona at 68 after a long battle with lung cancer.

His Holland national team and him were considered the fathers of modern football, thanks to their playing style that dominated the football scene in the 70’s.

Cruyff was the legend and captain of Ajax and Barcelona, he also managed both teams and conquered the first Champions League in 1992 in the Blaugrana‘s history in a thrilling final against Sampdoria: his compatriot Ronald Koeman, now manager at Southampton, scored the winner on free kick in the extra time.

He won 9 Dutch titles, 6 Dutch cups, 1 Spanish title, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 European Cups as a player.

His manager’s trophies were: 4 Spanish titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 European Cup, 1 Dutch Cup and 1 Cup Winners Cup.

 

 

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It’s no mistery Italian coach Antonio Conte is the most serious candidate to become Chelsea next permanent manager at the end of Italy’s adventure EURO 2016.

The deal is not official yet, but Juventus sport director Beppe Marotta confirmed the move in an interview to FourFourTwo:

“The fact Antonio Conte is going to Chelsea just confirms that we made a good choice when we took him from Siena,” Marotta claimed.

“I am proud of this and for him.”

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Edinson Cavani will probably leave Paris Saint Germain next summer and his agent, Fernando Guglielmone, spoke about the Uruguayan player’s future with Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

“In three months everything can change,” he claimed.

“Edinson could stay at PSG, who have an ambitious project, but also he could change.

Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho is the favourite to succeed to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United, since the Dutch coach is set to leave Old Trafford at the end of this season after the last poor results.

‘Who do I prefer between Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri? There are three big coaches, but for Edy I’d prefer the attacking game of Conte and Allegri.

With Conte on his way to Chelsea, the message is clear.

 

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Since the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December and the appointment of Guus Hiddink, Chelsea‘s form has drastically improved and are still unbeaten the Premier League.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink is urging the players to continue this form and says the team needs to play with pride to achieve the highest position possible.

“First of all we want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible. 

“But also we appeal to the players to say hey, you are a big club which has had a very difficult season and is recovering step by step.

“We are unbeaten in the league so far, and when you play as a big club in a difficult situation, you must have pride as well.

“We say to them you are champions from last year so play with your heart and play with desire, and I think against West Ham the players showed desire, especially in the second half when they regained their confidence. It is about personal pride.”

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The former Chelsea star, now at New York City in MLS, told FoxSports that this season is an anomaly for a club like Blues. Frank Lampard, when asked how he felt about the end of an era at his former club, said: “You can replace players, but you can’t as easily replicate the characters that hold together the dressing room.”

“Last year you wouldn’t have seen it coming at all,” – Lampard told Fox Sports in New York City – “the first six months of last year particularly — they won the league comfortably and for the first six months they were pretty strong. When you have to change that — look at Arsenal, when they had a really strong team with the Invincibles — and players move on, it’s not easy to change that straight away.”

He added: “I think looking back, there had to be a bit of a change. That’s what makes teams and clubs stronger. It’s not just winning things; to be a great club, you have to do it over a long time — like Manchester United have done over the years, like Liverpool did many years ago in England.”

About next year: “There will probably be some new players come in, a new manager, but I think there are some young players there who will improve. They’ll need to; although Chelsea will still likely attract players to the club, their pull in the market will be hugely diminished without the lure of European football.”

He ended: “Chelsea has to improve next year. The players and manager that comes in will have a job — because Chelsea has to be in the top four in the Premier League, has to be in the Champions League, has to be fighting for the title every year. This year need to be the exception to the rule.”

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The Telegraph reports that first-team trainer Steve Holland, goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon and fitness guru Chris Jones will stay at Chelsea upon request.

Even if Conte wants to bring his own men with him, he decided to rely on the trio which had big roles under Jose Mourinho. The three men won’t be leaving Chelsea, so the current Italian international coach has to comply with this request: Holland, Lollichon and Jones will remain with Blues.

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