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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is sure that José Mourinho joining Manchester United next summer can be a great deal for both parts:

“After Jose’s experience at Chelsea and how it ended, I think he’d like to go to a club the size of Manchester United,” the NYFC midfielder claimed.

“They are not happy with where they are at. It’s a good option for both United and Jose – a good fit.

“Jose will get the best out of the players there. He will recruit top players. If I’m in charge at United and I see Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City, Jose would be top of my list.”

Lampard believes he will remain a true a legend at Stamford Bridge, even if he will move to the Red Devils:

“It was a shock when he left Chelsea, the speed of the fall was unexpected.

“But he will be forever in the list of the top Chelsea managers because of what he achieved and what he won there.”

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It’s no mistery Paul Pogba has been a Chelsea target since last summer.

Now, with the new transfer window approaching, rumours of him moving to Stamford Bridge are increasing, but the Blues will have to challenge with Manchester City to sign the Juventus star.

The French midfielder, 23, got a great potential and the Italian club demands at least £85m to sell him.

But now it seems also Pogba put his conditions to next club that is going to sign him: his request is a £ 300,000 per week contract.

A huge wage that would make him the highest paid played in English football history.

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Nemanja Matic in action © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is optimistic and believes that the Blues, now 10th in the table with 40 points – 10 points under Manchester City that occupies the fourth spot with 50 points and one game in hand- can still finish in the top four.

“We’re a big team and we want to be closer to the top four,” the Serbian midfielder stated after the draw with Stoke City.

“It’s very difficult to catch them but we will try our best to win every game.

“We can certainly be in the top six and who knows what happens if we keep winning.

“It’s difficult – and maybe impossible – but in football anything can happen.”

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Zinadine Zidane didn’t let him go last January but Isco, 23, can move from Real Madrid next summer.

The ex Malaga player is liked by many English clubs and the Mirror write that the Blancos want £25m – around € 25m – to sell the midfielder.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are the clubs interested in the player.

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard spoke to the Mail on Sunday and revealed that he wondering if today’s the Blues got some real leaders in the dressing room:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are,” he claimed.

“To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.”

Last season Lampard played for Manchester City prior to his move to current club New York City, so he gives his opinion also on Citizens’ next manager, Pep Guardiola:

They will be a huge force under Guardiola. I think, yes, Man City can push on in a massive way. He’s an innovator.

There are two geniuses: Jose Mourinho and him. What a great rivalry that will be if Jose goes to Old Trafford.”

Speaking about his future he said:

“I don’t know yet whether this will be my last year as a player – but whether it is or not, I don’t want to go out with a whimper.”

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French international Paul Pogba has been in Chelsea‘s radar for a long time but the London club have failed so far in acquiring the youngsters signature.

The Blues are said to be considering a new offer. With the potential arrival of Antonio Conte as manager, the Pogba deal could be more likely than it ever was before.

Conte had a spell in charge of Pogba during his time at Juventus and his relationship with the player could sway his decision.

The Juventus star is said to be worth around £85m and has the interest of many clubs, including German giants Bayern Munich and Premier League contenders Manchester City.

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Guus Hiddink has been full of praise for Eden Hazard after coming back from injury and finding some form.

The Belgian international winger scored in Chelsea’s emphatic 5-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup and has seemingly hit a bit of form after struggling over the Christmas period.

Hiddink told Chelsea TV how pleased he is with Hazard out on the pitch and in training.

“Eden Hazard came back very strong. That’s what I like very much. He has had setbacks in recent period caused by injuries and it’s not easy to come back.

“He trained well. Bit by bit he got more minutes in the games and it’s rewarded now by his assists and goal. That’s good.

“Everyone was focusing on him. Of course we protect him, but we also ask him what he can do — and he did [show what he can do].”

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Chelsea captain John Terry is expected back in training on Tuesday according to the Daily Mail.

Terry, 35, picked up a hamstring injury against Newcastle on February 13th and has since missed the games against PSG and Manchester City.

The Blues will hope their captain is kept fit for the vital return leg against PSG at Stamford Bridge on 9th March.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Gary Cahill analysed Chelsea win against Manchester City speaking to the club website.

It was vitally important,” said the Chelsea defender.

We want to go as far as we can in this competition and the game was a massive hurdle to overcome.

“Obviously City changed a lot of their players, the young lads had a lot of enthusiasm and in the first half they caused us quite a few problems. The second half response was great by us, they ran out of steam and we showed a little bit of quality.

“It’s great for me to be back out there. It’s important for the team to be winning games but I’m pleased to be back playing football. Scoring goals is always nice and winning games is always nice.”

He also analysed Eden Hazard‘s performance: the Belgian was finally to last season’s levels, also scoring a stunning goal on free kick:

It was important for him,” Cahill claimed.

“Even massive players like Eden sometimes have a dip in confidence but he’s such a good player it’s only a matter of time until he gets back in full flow.

“He was terrific, just like all the attacking players. In the second half he created a lot of chances and caused them problems.

“He’s a world-class player. He’s a laid-back guy, he works hard at his game and obviously he’s very important for us.”

Cahill also agrees with boss Guus Hiddink, claiming that games like this brings confidence:

“Not losing too many matches brings confidence,” he stated

‘We beat Newcastle well last week so we stepped out feeling confident we could do the job.

‘We’re thankful we’re through, we’ve done the job and now we’re on to the next one.”


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Pato training at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

New Chelsea signings Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga were spot tonight training at Stamford Bridge after Manchester City FA Cup clash.

The duo was training along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy.

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