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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has distanced himself from reports that he is set to move to Chelsea this summer. 

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri said ‘There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.’

Allegri’s side have been on a remarkable run of form since a disappointing start to the season and have won 17 out of their last 18 matches in all competitions. They currently sit in second place in Serie A , just two points behind their opponents this weekend Napoli.

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Mourinho Van Gaal Old Trafford 2014
Mourinho and Van Gaal at Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho would have confessed to close friends that “Manchester United deal is done”.

The Portuguese coach would go to replace his ex mentor Louis Van Gaal on the Red Devils bench.

He should take charge of team at the end of this season and he will find his old Spanish rival Pep Guardiola, who will become Manchester City manager at the end of this campaign.

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Thiago Motta will face Chelsea again for a couple of times in one month, in fact the Blues and PSG are set to play in Champions League between the 16 February and 9 March.

The two teams already clashed in the past two years in the same competition: in 2014 was in the quarter finals, last year was in the last 16.

The first time was Chelsea to knocked the French side out, in 2015 PSG went through after a thrilling game at Stamford Bridge, where everything was decided after extra time, Thiago Silva &Co. went to quarter finals after the skipper scored in the last minute, and Chelsea went out of the competition on away goals ( 1-1 in Paris and 2-2 in London).

Thiago Motta has been at PSG for four years, so he remembers these clashes very well.

And he also know very well ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who was his boss at Inter in 2009-2010, when the Italian side won the treble.

The Italian- Brazilian born- midfielder claims now can be more difficult for PSG, since they don’t know Chelsea’s playing style very well like before:

“It is more difficult without Mourinho,” he said speaking to French radio.

“They have changed the way they play. When we played them in the last two seasons, they were a counter-attacking team who did not want the ball. Now, they try to play. It will be difficult.”

On PSG chances to

“When I was at Inter, in January 2010, nobody thought we could win the Champions League – even us!,” he revealed.

“At the end, we managed to do it.

“Right now, I think five or six teams can get to the final. Atletico Madrid did it – why not PSG?”.

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Chelsea captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

After claiming ten days ago that he would leave Chelsea this summer, John Terry could well enter talks with the club to stay for another year.

Guus Hiddink he is a big player for his team and that the club will hold talks with the skipper:

“We have dealt with this issue. Let’s wait on what happens from now on. The focus is on ourselves. He has explained he is focusing on games, not this issue.”

After Kurt Zouma‘s serious injury, there can be no other choice than extends his contract.

Terry was clearly disappointed with how he has been treated but it now appears he could stay, as he claimed also the other night after Manchester United‘s clash:

“There’s no communication between myself and the club. I have made it very clear: I want to stay.”


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Galeone and Allegri watching a match in Italy

Ex Italian coach Giovanni Galeone managed Massimiliano Allegri during his player career and knows him really well.

The former Pescara boss spoke this morning to Roman’s network Radio Radio and revealed that the Juventus manager is very keen to move to England to accept Chelsea deal:

“I think Max will go to Chelsea and will do very well,” Galeone claimed

“Allegri is doing incredible things, even if the club failed to buy the players he requested last summer: from Mario Gotze, to Isco.

“He will leave Italy, and I see him going to England because the deal Roman Abramovich has offered is really fantastic.

“As one of the five best coaches in the world, he has to leave Juventus, it makes no sense for him to stay in Italy.”


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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea star Eden Hazard spoke about his future with Belgian newspaper La Gazette.

The Belgian has been targeted by Real Madrid in the past months, it seems that especially new Merengues’ manager Zinedine Zidane got a soft spot for him and would be ready to sign him next summer.

But Hazard reminds he still got a contract with Chelsea:

“It is always nice to hear that the player I admired during my childhood speaking about me.

“I have always appreciated Zidane. I know about him as a player but not so much as a coach, although he has been very successful debut at the Bernabeu. But I am still under contract at Chelsea and I feel fine.”

When asked if he would want to played under Zidane at some stage in his career Hazard said:

“Yes, of course..When I was little, I watched him on TV and on the internet for hours. But, and I repeat, I feel very well at Chelsea, so this is not news.” 

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In recent weeks there have been plenty of managers linked with the Chelsea hot seat, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri being one of the favourites.

However, the Juventus director Beppe Marotta has played down any reports that the Italian will be moving anywhere this summer. He considers his relationship to be good with Allegri and doesn’t see a move to be necessary, for both club or manager.

“We have a great rapport with Allegri.

“Now the crucial moment of the season is coming up, so we should focus on that.

“In any case, contracts are not as important as the rapport between people. With Allegri the conditions are all there to continue.

“The team is doing well and improving a great deal.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink spoke to Sky Sports right after the end of the game:

“I am happy with the reaction of the team.

“Manchester United did a good job in the first half and in the beginning of the second, they are not an easy team to beat. But we deserved a point.

“We dropped too far back after the first 20 minutes when they dominated us but later on we closed a little more.

“They made a beautiful goal – without good marking from our side – but after I think the team reacted very well.”

On Kurt Zouma‘s horrible injury he said:

“Tomorrow we know more, but if you have this injury – and everyone has seen how bad it is – hyper-extension is always bad. I had this same problem once and it hurts. But let’s hope and see tomorrow what the MRIs will show.”

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho released his first interview since he parted company with Chelsea in December.

He did while being in Sweden for commercial act with Jaguar, whose the former Blues manager is testimonial.

In the cold Arjeplog, a one horse town in the far north of Sweden whose horses swell in number every winter as the car industry decamps to inflict a brutal cold weather testing regimen on still-secret new models.

“I remember playing a match in Russia,” Jose Mourinho says. “It must have been -10˚C, so cold that some of the players were crying. We thought that one of the linesmen had died…

“Look at the nature. My football world involves thousands of people, and we travel to the biggest cities. So to come here, it’s an empty place, but it’s so full of so many things. I just love it. I know it’s very cold, I know that I would not survive outside for many hours here, but the experience is magnificent, the beauty is fantastic. For people in my world, a few days in a place like this is amazing.”

And so José sits down with GQ and give his first interview since he left Stamford Bridge a week before Christmas:


You’re a big fan of London. Why?

When my kids were younger, we could move a lot, experience different countries and in my case different clubs, different football. But there was a moment where they needed some stability: so we made a decision three years ago to move back to London, and we manage my professional life around that. It’s an amazing place to live, amazing for them to study and search for their future, and for the family to be together.”

So you’re staying in the UK?

“At this moment I don’t have a job, and I don’t know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But for sure for sure for sure, as a family, our home will still be England, our home will be in London. But obviously I am ready to move. As a professional, I am ready to move, especially because football in London for me, in terms of clubs… I think it is clear that I have to move.”

It’s noble that your decision is at least partly down to your family’s needs. What else motivates you?

“I experimented with English, Italian and Spanish football, three of the top football sides in the world. I always say I need competition – I need competition every week. In Spain I was at an amazing club but I had four matches a year – Barcelona v Real Madrid, Real Madrid v Barcelona – and after that you win 4-0, 5-0, 5-1, 6-1…”

So it became too easy?

“Easy to win matches but difficult to win the league, because you are competing against a team that wins and wins and wins like you do, because there are two monsters together. So in the end I was champion in Spain with 100 points, and I lost the league in Spain with 91 points. Whereas in England you win leagues with 75, maybe less, so I need competition.”

Are you enjoying the down time?

“No, I am not enjoying it. I can have everything I love at the same time. I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football… I can have everything together and I don’t need to give up on one of them. To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it’s my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000. I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon.”

How do you cope with the pressure?

“Privacy is difficult to have, unless I come here for a holiday. But really, football is not pressure for me – it is a privilege. I cope because it’s easy to cope with something you like very, very much. That is why sometimes I don’t understand when players don’t enjoy their professional life. This is the kind of job were you are very well-paid, but at the same time you live the dreams you had as a kid. I think a 90-minute match is more pressure for the people that love us, the people outside. It’s why I sometimes have some conflicts with people who don’t share the same philosophy. You are in a sport to compete, you want to win, you hate to lose, you win once, so you want to win twice… When you are tired you can go home, and give up your place to someone else.”

What’s more difficult: winning for the first time, or repeating the feat?

“It depends. I always think you need new challenges, but there are different ways of getting new challenges. For example, if you are in a club that wins, if you want to win again you have to create instability in the winners. And to create instability in the winners you have to make them doubt, you have to buy new players, you have to make them feel not in their comfort zone. There is a normal tendency to go to your comfort zone. If you don’t react, if you believe that just because you won in one year that you are going to win again, it’s very difficult.”

Have you learnt everything there is to learn in football?

“Nooooo! I have always to learn. Even in football, which is an area in which I feel I am an expert, I am never perfect and I will always learn. Sometimes in my work, and also in private life, maybe people think I am not humble. But I am so humble, and I am always ready to learn from people who know more than me.”


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