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Chelsea have been keeping an eye on the progress of Real Madrid’s full back Dani Carvajal for a potential January transfer.

It seems that the Merengues boss Zinedine Zidane is favouring Danilo for the remainder of the season leaving 24-year-old Carvajal sitting on the bench.

However, if they cannot come to an agreement in the next four days, Chelsea are willing to wait until the summer to sign the right back from Spain.

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According to The Telegraph, Eddie Howe, Mark Hughes and Claudio Ranieri are on Chelsea’s wish-list should they fail to sign a top-name manager for the next season.

The Blues main target at the moment are Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri but it will be hard to put them under contract with the potential failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Howe, Hughes and Ranieri have all impressed at Bournemouth, Stoke City and Leicester respectively and two of them have been already part of Chelsea history.

Hughes played for the Blues for three seasons in the 90s and won the FA Cup in 1997.

Ranieri, who is currently top the league with Leicester, managed Chelsea for four years at the start of the century, before Jose Mourinho took over in 2004.

Howe’s inexperience – this is his first season as a Premier League manager – will put him in the lowest position of the trio, but it is believed Chelsea are really impressed with his results with the Cherries.

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Mark Hughes has emerged as a new candidate for the job of Chelsea manager.

Despite Guus Hiddink’s results as interim manager, Chelsea do not see him as a long term option and will certainly be looking to replace him.

Among 3 other managers, Mark Hughes is being considered for the role. He currently has a contract at Stoke City but his performance there during the current campaign has sparked interest from the Chelsea bosses.


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Chelsea midfielder Ramires can move to China in this January transfer window.

Jiangsu Suning have been looking for a big name to include in their squad for the whole month: they already negotiate with AC Milan and Inter for Luiz Adriano and Fredy Guarin, but at the last minute the deals were off.

The Chinese club can offer £20m to Chelsea to sign the Brazilian midfielder, who would receive also an important wage, around £6m per year.

Ramires only signed a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge in October but, having slipped down the pecking order since Hiddink arrived, may now be permitted to depart with Chelsea even likely to make a slight profit on his sale.

The Brazil international as not started a Premier League match for the London club under new manager Guus Hiddink and was not even included among the substitutes for the recent draw with Everton and Sunday’s win at Arsenal.

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Ex Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Following reports from Portugal and England this morning speculations hinted that former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wrote a love letter to Manchester United explaining his strong desire to manage the club.

This afternoon Mourinho’s agent,  Jorge Mendes, strongly denied this allegations through his management company’s website, www.gestifute.com

“It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services. It is absolutely ridiculous and totally absurd“.

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A disappointed Arsene Wenger spoke after the 1-0 loss his team suffered at the hands of Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s a shame to put such an energy level into a game and come out without a point.

“Overall I felt that we gave absolutely everything until the end and we should come out of the game with at least a 1-1, even down to 10 men. Many opportunities, maybe not clear cut but you think one of them you should take.

“Of course, we had a mountain to climb with 10 men but even then I believe there was enough to come out with 1-1.”

Clearly not happy with the result of the game and wanted more from his players and the chances they had.

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Mourinho hugs Van Gaal in his last visit to Old Trafford with Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has reportedly written a letter to Manchester United explaining his strong desire to manage the club and confirm to the club principle, as well as offering a detailed plan to the team and the key decisions he will take.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last month, believes that a detailed charm offensive offensive can help finally secure his dream job of managing Manchester united. The Red Devils, currently fifth on the league table have failed to entertainment the fans with the style of play by the Louis Van Gaal and have not lived up to the Standard set of the past united sides.

Yet United’s recent poor result, not least the 1-0 defeat by Southampton yesterday, have opened up the possibility of Louis Van Gaal’s time running out and has left fans asking questions.

Having been strongly linked with a move to united in the summer of 2014/2015 season before choosing a move back at the bridge in alternative. Mourinho, sources said is ‘relaxed’ about about his future, was himself sacked by Chelsea in December after a dismal start of the season , but he immediately targeted United as his next job. one he has reportedly long desired.


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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea and has also been considered favourite to take over as manager.


Allegri has recently spoken about the reports and his current responsibilities as Juventus boss.

” My thoughts are on the Championship, the Italian cup and the Champions League. I have a contract with the club until 2017 and I feel good here.

“It feels normal. when you coach a team like Juventus, that’s the way it is. But I’m fine here and it’s only normal that my focus is on what I have to do here.”

Allegri’s comments neither confirm or deny any rumours of him taking the reigns at Chelsea. Only time will tell.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Arsenal clash at the Emirates ( 22 January 2016):

“Hazard was in the team this week, he worked well with the physios, yesterday and today he full trained with the group, so he’s available”

“Diego Costa was in the training yesterday and today so he will be available as well”

“I don’t think so much in the past, this is a huge game and like every game in England it will be intense”

“Being unbeaten since I arrived doesn’t mean that in some days we have to be unconsistent”

“We don’t talk too much about our position in the table, but if you see the statistics is true that we are closer to relegation spots than Champions League spots: we don’t have to look down, but up”

“Arsenal is doing very well in the league, Chelsea are down under, in this moment is reality”

“I said last week that the more open the window is, the more my mouth will be shut”

“In football if you don’t defend well, not just in the back but also up front, then you are caught. If you don’t work also in the midfield or forward, then come the problems”

“We practice corners and other things, but sometimes we look like paralised, so we don’t have to repeat mistakes”

“Arsenal got a very good selection of players in their squad, not just the top players, so also if they had many injuries I am not surprised of their position in the league”

“I’m convinced that the team will give everything on Sunday to get a result, but of course it will be a little different than in the past”

“On Diego: first of all a player must bring the quality, and sometimes they need a little help to do that”

“Ivanovic is very important for Chelsea, he is one of the charachters of this team, he’s become a key member of this team and squad. He can play very well also as a central defender, not only right full-back.

“Petr [Cech] showed up here yesterday afternoon or the other afternoon [to collect his new gloves that Adidas sent to Chelsea training ground by mistake] and it was nice, we had a chat.

“Almost everyone was gone. We tried to hide them, also we tried to make them slippery but he discovered that. They were sent here and we gave them back. That’s the story.

“I don’t see much relation between this game and Man United game: we are not super concerned about the table, but we look the reality.We are not panicking about that, we want to get a result every game”

“Christian Atsu needs to play and I adviced him to go to play, because he needs to play”



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