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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Liverpool away game in Premier League:

TERRY – “He’s been training the recent days, of course when you come on the pitch after being sent off it’s not the best face, not being in the last game, in the last two games is a blow for him

“When I make a judgement on his playing, I say he’s able to play, to continue.

“The season was not a great season, it’s always good to have the key players playing, I think with Leicester it should be a party game, not just for them but also to say goodbye to this season.”

FUTURE SQUAD – “I am not going to give judgement about the players, they [next technical staff] are clever enough to be able to make their own judgement.”

NO EUROPE – “To not be in Europe for next season of course is a disaster, a football disaster, because Chelsea must be always in the top, so regarding that, yes, Chelsea should be there.”

MISSED TARGETS – “My first job was to get them out of the relegation zone asap, because you never know what can happen in the English league. There was this negative scenario, we did it fast, our other target were to go to FA cup finals and to progress in the Champions League, but this was not possible.

LIVERPOOL – “Everyone wants to be at the top next season, they have a very good skillful team, it’s nice to see them, they are an energetic team, with huge history.”

HIS FUTURE – “I’m going to France to watch the EURO and do some TV work, of course I will be on to help clubs or players, but not in the spotlight, this week we had a meeting with a company that advice young players, to develop, and I am an adviser for them, I like this very much.”

TERRY/FANS – “I don’t know the state of mind of the fans, once you have clear ideas of your future, then you can be transparent.

“That is the strategy of the club [to not claim officially if a contract will be extended before the end of the season] of course John[Terry] has been here for 18 years and he deserves a huge goodbye, that is never a goodbye, because whatever happens being away, usually they come back to help the club, but this is just my personal opinion, they can be very useful.”

TERRY FUTURE COACH – “I think the other day we were seating next to each other before the game in Bournemouth, and he felt good, many of my past players in that period on their career asked themselves what do to next, he’s always been a leader, he can make this step and he has to start to make a foundation to be a manager. You can use your experience to become a manager.”

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Guus Hiddink spoke today during a press conference and discussed the levels of intensity his Chelsea team showed against Tottenham in the 2-2 draw on Monday.

Hiddink stressed the point that his side were not to drop the effort for the game against Sunderland tomorrow, even though the Black Cats are fighting a relegation battle. The Dutch manager is treating every game the same no matter where the teams are currently sitting in the Barclays Premier League table.

“It’s important for ourselves, for our pride and for our enjoyment of football.

“Second, we want to have the same approach for all the teams who are still fighting to avoid relegation. They deserve the same approach in our seriousness, with no guarantee that we can win, but we will go for the win of course.

“Given the situation it wouldn’t be fair of us to have a serious approach for the Spurs game and not have a serious approach for the other games.

“I am not going to change a lot in the team. Before, I made some changes with Academy players, but it would not be fair to do it again to the other teams we are approaching in the last games.

“You have the obligation as a player to act well. They did that in the previous games against Bournemouth and Tottenham and we are going in to the last three games with the same attitude.”

Sunderland are currently needing to win games to avoid the drop into the Championship and Hiddink stated that although Chelsea don’t need to win, they still want to win.

“They have to win, and we want to win.

“We will give them as much resistance as we have. They are now in the relegation zone which makes it not easy. They have a very experienced manager who will fine-tune the team in the right way I think.”

 

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Jose Mourinho former assistant manager Steve Clarke believes that Chelsea and Antonio Conte are making a mistake not extending John Terry‘s contract for the next season:

“I’m surprised and I have been quite vocal in my support of John Terry staying at Chelsea next season,” Clarke told Sky Sports News HQ.

“John has been there so long. He understands the club and knows it inside out. He understands the passion of the supporters and it is just my personal opinion, but I think he would be a big help for the incoming manager.

“It’s Conte‘s first season in the Premier League and he would have John’s experience to call on when needed. He’d have John’s ear, if you like.

“John is the club captain and a big personality in the dressing room and it just seems a little strange that they are going to let him go. It’s not as though he is over the hill. You look at his performances this season when he’s been fit, the team have done well so I think he has another season in him.”

Clarke also underlined how Chelsea will struggle in next transfer window, being the club out of European competitions for the next campaign:

“The elite players, the top, top players around the world want to play Champions League football so Chelsea will struggle to attract that type of player to the club,” Clarke said.

Finally, he claimed that Conte is the right choice in this moment for the club:

“But I think Antonio Conte is a good appointment. His track record is good. People I have spoken to tell me he is quite intense, not too dissimilar to Jose Mourinho in that aspect.

“He’s very demanding of his players and I think Chelsea have shown this season that they are a squad of players that need a manager who demands a lot of them and pushes them.”

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry is set to leave the club at the end of this season after he joined it as a kid and became a legend, as well as the leader of the team for many years.

The Blues directors are not keen to extend his contract and the skipper, now 35, wants to hire Stamford Bridge for a big leaving party next week and boss Guus Hiddink hopes to get an invitation:

“I hope I will be invited,” said the interim manager.

“I don’t know. You have to ask him.”

The match with current Premier League champions, Leicester City, that will end this campaign on 15 May could be the last one for Terry with the Chelsea shirt and all the tickets are already sold out.

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New “King of England” Claudio Ranieri spoke after his amazing achievement with Leicester City, who won the league last Monday night after Chelsea stopped Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager, who coached the Blues from 2000 to 2004, said this success doesn’t mean any revenge toward his club or someone else:

“I am satisfied, of course, but not in terms of ‘it is revenge’. No, no, no. I am not a man who wants revenge. I know my job very well and sometimes maybe the owner wants to change you because you don’t fit in with him.

“It is good because last time I left the Premier League (in 2004) I went through my players and they made the guard of honour. It was amazing. Now I will come back in the same way. It is unbelievable.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry took Instagram this morning to share his feelings about last night game against Spurs with his fans and to congratulate once again Leicester City and old Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, that were crowned Premier League champions last night thanks to Eden Hazard‘s goal, but also praised the Blues fans for the incredible support and atmosphere at the Bridge:

“What a game that was last night. Great character from the players to come back from 2-0 down,” Terry wrote.

“The atmosphere was incredible and we know how much that result means to you supporters. 27 years #notonmyshift

“Well done @garyjcahill and @hazardeden_10 on two superb finishes.

“Congratulations Leicester City and all their players, Claudio Ranieri who fully deserve the league title this year.”

 

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Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has recently refused a lucrative offer from Turkish side Fenerbahçe, according to The Sun.

The Nigeria international is reportedly not eager to leave Blues and want to keep playing at Stamford Bridge with a contract extension.

It is understood also Galatasaray have made a bid believed to worth £110,000 per-week.

Chelsea have already offered Obi Mikel a new deal, as the midfielder has just one-year remaining on his current contract with Blues.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could leave Stamford Bridge after the approval of incoming manager Antonio Conte, according to The Times and the Daily Mirror.

It is understood Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have targeted the Belgium International and according to The Times Antonio Conte has reportedly requested “more than £50m” for the goalkeeper.

The paper reports the Blues are “ready to sell Courtois this summer if they can get more than £50 million for the Belgium international goalkeeper in a plan approved by Conte” and “Chelsea placed a £73 million price tag on him when he was linked with Real Madrid last summer, but may be forced to drop their asking price if he is agitating to leave.”

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According to the Star on Sunday next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is really keen to bring Inter’s Stevan Jovetic to the Stamford Bridge next summer.

The ex Manchester City striker is currently on loan at Inter and had an highs and lows season: he started really well with several decisive goals that brought Inter at the top of the league, then disappeared for some months but now he seems to be top fit again, since last night scored a brace against Udinese that helped the Nerazzurri to win 3-1 over the De Canio’s side.

Conte noticed his progress during this season and now wants to sign the Montenegro international.

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink‘s words after the win at Bournemouth:

“We are very pleased with the performance, especially second half,” he said.

“The first half was a very open game. We played a side who are very good in the build-up of the game and from that they create good chances. We could have scored more goals and so could they and it was a very entertaining game.

“We made some little changes in the positions at half-time and from then on we could be in control and were very dominant in the second-half. It was good to see the players were enjoying it and looking for the attack and for the goal. It was nice to see some players who have been absent recently were scoring and enjoying goals.”

On Eden Hazard good performance he said:

“We worked for the last 10 days with him with the group, looking at his way of moving and it was good. He was light in his movement and so I said he starts this game and we’ll see how it goes. We talked about 45 minutes or a bit more but he was enjoying it so much he could play the whole game, and that was a sign of the good spirit of his and of the team.”

Also Cesc Fabregas had a stunning performance, giving 3 assists for the first 3 Chelsea goals:

“He was enjoying it very much and he is one of the few who has this vision. He knows he can execute what he is thinking. We practise on that and when he is on the ball we have running players to make his fast vision effective.”

Hiddink also spoke about next Chelsea game, a Monday night clash against Spurs on 2 May that can decide the title race:

“We have talked about it this week, that we don’t want this season to fade away. The players responded very well and this was an intense game.

“We go into next games with nothing effectively at stake for us but if we play like we did today then, although a win is not guaranteed, the attitude means the players will do everything until the end of the season. We play the next game to win and that is Tottenham.”

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