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It has been official for a couple of weeks that ex Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will be new Bayern Munich manager since the beginning of the next season.

The Italian coach will replace Pep Guardiola, whose future is uncertain.

But the Spanish manager has come out to reveal what is his wish, explaining why he didn’t want to stay in Germany:

“I’m very happy and grateful to Bayern for the trust they’ve shown in me but I need a new challenge.

“The reason I have not extended my contract is simple. I want to manage in the Premier League,” said Guardiola, reinforcing the rumours that would put him on Chelsea or Manchester City’s bench for next season.

But, he reveals:”I haven’t decided on a new club yet.

“I have offers from England,” he added “but I have not signed a contract yet. When I have a new contract, then we will communicate it.

So Chelsea fans can still dream to have one of the best managers in the world at their service.

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Chelsea Ladies have announced that goalkeeper Marie Hourihan has moved to title rivals Manchester City. 

The 26-year old made just six appearances for the Blues this season as she was pipped to a first team place by Swedish international Hedvig Lindahl.

Hourihan, who joined Chelsea in 2013, has also played for Doncaster Belles, Birmingham City, Watford and Fulham.

It’s a brilliant opportunity – one I couldn’t turn down – and I’m thankful to Chelsea for letting me take the opportunity,” said Hourihan to the Manchester City website.

“The massive progression the club has made in the last two years and the infrastructure that’s in place is second to none.”

Hourihan will however be battling for a first team place England’s first choice keeper Karen Bardsley. But Hourihan has said she is relishing the challenge:

At Chelsea, I was playing with the Swedish record caps holder so I’m ready for the challenge,” she said.

I’m looking forward to training with Karen – I can only learn from her and we can help each other and improve each other.

“For me, it’s a step in the right direction. Year on year, this football club is progressing and I feel it’s the best environment.”

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German magazine Kicker are reporting that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola deal is done.

According to Kicker very trustworthy sources from England, Pep Guardiola will take over Manchester City next season. Last season, the rumors started and now they are true. It is not a suprise.

Pep will meet old friends like Ferran Soriano (Chairman) and Txiki Begiristain (Technical Director) from his Barcelona days: the two directors were in charge in the Spanish club when Guardiola was promoted to manager from reserves team coach.

If the news will be confirmed, Chelsea will lose their chances to sign the Catalan as their new permanent manager next summer.

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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rumminegge has said that outgoing manager Pep Guardiola has chosen his next club.

Guardiola announced recently that he would be leaving the German champions at the end of the season, putting several English clubs on alert.

After the announcement on Sunday, the Spaniard has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

However Rumminegge was unwilling to state which club the 44-year old had decided on:

“I think I know where he is going – but I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer.”

Speaking to German publication Bild, Rumminegge said there was no ill-feeling towards Guardiola, who will be replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in the summer:

He came over to me two weeks ago at our Christmas party and told me that he was looking for a new challenge.

“He was almost apologetic. I’m not disappointed in him.”

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According to the Daily Mail Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to sign Pep Guardiola as the Blues next full time manager.

Since he had sacked José Mourinho last Thursday the Russian tycoon has had just one name in his mind for next summer: Pep Guardiola, who since June will be free from Bayern Munich, as confirmed by the same German club on Friday, with ex Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to replace him in Bavaria.

Abramovich already tried to sign Guardiola in 2012, during his sabbatical year, and the deal was almost done but then the Spaniard changed his mind after Di Matteo’s sacking, thinking that Chelsea board was too volatile and headed off to Bayern Munich, where he took charge in summer 2013.

Abramovich and Chelsea board were furious for his decision, but at the end José Mourinho came available and his return was set for a second spell that had to last many years but it lasted…until his sacking last Thursday!

It won’t be easy for Chelsea to get Guardiola anyway: it’s not a mistery that also Manchester City are willing to sign him to replace Manuel Pellegrini next summer, and the Spaniard got huge respect in the Citizens’ board from his old friends Ferran Soriano – chief executive-  Txiki Begiristain – director of football.

The pair was at Barcelona in 2008, when Guardiola was promoted from the coach of the reserves team to manage the first team: he immediately won a treble and then added other two Ligas, another Champions League and two World Club Cups.

So these facts can advantage them to sign the Spaniard.

Anyway, there is one man that seems to know already if Guardiola chose Chelsea or Manchester City as his next stop: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern Munich chairman, in fact, stated:

“I think I know where he is going. But I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer.

“At the Christmas party two weeks ago he came to me, he told me that he was looking for a new challenge and almost apologised.

“It was clearly difficult for him, I’m not disappointed in him.”

 

 

 

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The Express reports that source of theirs assured that Pep Guardiola will be next Chelsea permanent manager, starting his job in the next summer.

The Spanish coach is currently in charge at Bayern Munich but he’s supposed to have told to the German team board that he will quit when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Guardiola – also wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City – is the man lined up to take Chelsea forward when he becomes available.

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The full line-up for the knockout stages of the Champions League is already known. And between them, the winner of Group G, Chelsea.

The 16 teams who will go into the draw on Monday are:

Group A:

Real Madrid
Paris St Germain

Group B:

Wolfsburg
PSV Eindhoven

Group C:

Atletico Madrid
Benfica

Group D:

Manchester City
Juventus

Group E:

Barcelona
Roma

Group F:

Bayern Munich
Arsenal

Group G:

Chelsea
Dynamo Kiev

Group H:

Zenit St Petersburg
Gent

The last 16 draw will take place on Monday December 14 at 11am (GMT) at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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According to various reports, former Juventus manager Antonio Conte is the leading candidate to replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager if the Special One will be released from Stamford Bridge.

Italian manager has guided Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles and according to the rumours he may be considered as Mourinho’s replacement at Chelsea. However, Conte is currently head coach of Italy, which he is unlikely that he will vacate his post before Euro 2016 on summer.

According to the Independent, Conte is understood to be open to a move to the Premier League after his contract expires next summer.

The candidacy of Antonio Conte, however, is rather surprising considering that he did not appear earlier in the list of potential Mourinho’s replacement. In the list of names of Mourinho’s successors appeared former Chelsea coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who has however ruled out his return to Stamford Bridge. Also current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was taken into consideration however the Citizens will try to do all their best to lure him instead of the Blues.

So far, the 46-year- old  did not comment on rumors about the opportunity of taking charge at Chelsea. Therefore it belongs to approach those revelations with appropriate caution.

 

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Former Manchester City manager and legendary Liverpool forward Kevin Keegan has no doubt that Chelsea are unable to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Jose Mourinho’s team sit 14th in the Premier League table, already 15 points behind a top four. Defeat to Bournemouth was their eighth league loss and according to Keegan, there is no chance for Chelsea to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Keegan told beIn Sport:

“Chelsea are struggling to find any kind of form,”

“I felt if ever Chelsea were going to have a chance of getting back into the top four, which I still thought up until this match they could, it’s gone now.”

“It’s not only gone because there is a gap appearing, it’s gone because they’ve lost their way.”

“Their best players (last season) are almost their worst players and they just seem like a club that’s not able to dominate a game anymore,”

“You watch that team and you can’t see them going on a good run.”

Keegan has admitted also that several Chelsea players, such as Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas or Branislav Ivanovic have failed to live up to expectations this season:

“Matic was outstanding last season. This season, he’s not the same player. Ivanovic used to set the standard and now he’s not the same. Hazard is the same. If you take all those things away, you see now what looks a very average team.”

“I’ve said it before with their pre-season but Chelsea look a little bit behind the pace and you can’t catch that up very quickly. For Fabregas it looks like the game is too quick for him. You take confidence out of a player, it can have that effect. The coach doesn’t really know how to put this right.”

“Mourinho has never been in this situation before. He’s always had success on success. Something happened between him and Roman Abramovich. At the start of the season, we felt he wasn’t happy because he hadn’t got the players in that he wanted and I still feel it’s a little bit of that.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that in 2009 Manchester City have offered £29million to Chelsea for his services but after Terry’s meeting with Roman Abramovich, the club’s owner refused the bid.

Terry who has spent his entire senior career at Stamford Bridge admits that the Citizens were interested in bringing him at the Etihad Stadium. However, Terry made it clear to Abramovich that, if he accepted the proposal it would be a signal that Terry was not wanted at Stamford Bridge.

Terry told the Daily Mail:

“There was the thing with Manchester City,”

“They offered £29million for me in 2009 and Chelsea turned it down.”

“I had a meeting with Roman (Abramovich) about it.”

“I said to him, if the club accepts the offer then it tells me you don’t want me.”

“So then you haven’t got a choice, you have got to go. ”

“But if they don’t accept the offer, it tells me everything that I need to know. ”

“Chelsea refused the offer and that was it.”

Asked whether he intends to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, he said:

“No. No chance. No chance,”

“America, maybe. But physically I feel like I can still play. Do I want to play? Of course I do.”

“But then decisions come in to it with your family.”

“What if you go somewhere and it doesn’t work out? Everything else comes into play, doesn’t it?”

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