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Cristiano Ronaldo is a new Juventus player: the Portuguese ace left Real Madrid to move to the Italian side in a £ 99.2m deal.

CR7 spent nine successful years at the Santiago Bernabéu, winning 4 Champions League, 2 Spanish titles,  2 Copa del Rey, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 3 Fifa World Club Cup scoring 451 goals .

An unexpected move that add value to the Serie A and stop rumours about Ronaldo returning to Manchester United in this transfer window.

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho slams Belgium players for letting his ex star Eden Hazard in the World Cup in Russia:

“I think the Belgium players go home with a bad feeling, a feeling that ‘we could do more and better’ a feeling that probably Hazard out of it because he tried absolutely everything, but many other players kept hiding,” Mourinho told RT.

“They are much better than that, for big occasions, big players were not there in the big occasion.

“The majority of the players were not themselves, in big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better. The big match can make you a bit better, that extra adrenaline, that extra feeling of ‘how big I am’ can only make you better.

“If the big occasion makes you worse than you are then you regret and I think the majority of the Belgium players are having this feeling.”

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Barcelona and Manchester United are keen to sign Willian from Chelsea, who reportedly rejected a second £55m bid for the Brazilian star from La Liga giants.

Willian, speaking at a press conference ahead of next World Cup clash against Belgium, told journalists: “People speculate a lot and we see a lot of things on the Internet but this is not the time to talk about this,”

“I’ve not received any information about whether is true or not [Barcelona’s interest]. I’m trying to focus on the national team at the moment.”

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with team mates Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Sochi, Russia

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed that he stands by the comments made about Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku in the half-time of Belgium’s win over Panama at the World Cup, but he has downplayed the significance of his words.

The Blues player felt the need to speak to his teammate at half time of Group G match on Monday as the Red Devils were struggling to break down their opponents.

Hazard suggested that Lukaku had been “hiding up front” in the opening 45 minutes, before responding with two goals in the second half in what turned out to be comfortable 3-0 victory over the Central American team.

Asked to explain his comment, Hazard told Sky Sports News:

“As the captain, even if I am not the captain I can talk, on the pitch I try to give my best, if I can help players to be better I will.

“I just told Romelu if we want to win the game we need him, not just as a scorer to score goals, but we want him to be involved in the build-up. We just talked normally and we won the game in the end so it was fine.”

 Hazard and Lukaku are expected to start Belgium’s second group outing against Tunisia on Saturday afternoon.

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Chelsea need to sell Willian this summer to maximise his value, former Premier League goalkeeper and current ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has claimed.

The Brazilian winger has been linked with a potential exit this summer after he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Chelsea FC team in the last campaign under Italian manager Antonio Conte.

Willian was in and out of the Blues starting team in their title-holders campaign after they won the Premier League crown in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of the west London side.

The South American forward, now in Russia with Brazil to play the World Cup, was left out of the Chelsea starting line up the 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley one month ago.

After that, he published a celebration team photo cancelling boss Antonio Conte from it, showing his disappointment with the manager choice.

Anyway, Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge are counted, as former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is very close to become new Chelsea manager, as reported in Italy.

Willian has been linked with a controversial switch to Manchester United in the current transfer window to reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with whom he’s got a strong friendship.

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Chelsea star Willian has retreated from his recent Instagram post which hided manager Antonio Conte from squad-wide image of celebrations for the FA Cup Final win against Manchester United.

With the Red Devils constantly linked with a move for the Brazilian star, here are some words from Willian“I was happy with my performance during the season, I played very well I always try to do my best and work hard” he told journalists.

“Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager”.

“I think it was that I don’t have nothing more to say about my club because now I want to have focus here on the national team and the World Cup.”

Willian was crucial this season as he scored 13 goals from 55 appearances, coming off the bench in several games.

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Chelsea are edging closer to appoint former PSG manager Laurent Blanc after facing several problems in advanced talks with Maurizio Sarri, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Slavisa Jokanovic, who’s going to meet Fulham board in the next few weeks, remains a potential target to take over from Antonio Conte. The Italian boss is still in charge at the club, however is expected to be leaving the club soon.

Chelsea reportedly made Blanc their 2nd target to get the managerial job at Stamford Bridge.

Laurent Blanc, who previously played as a footballer with Manchester United, has not managed any football team since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.

Sarri’s future and potential appointment at Chelsea remains in limbo and reports in Italy believes a move is near to collapse after Chelsea told Maurizio Sarri they will not pay Napoli release clause.

 

 

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

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Marcos Alonso lifted his first FA Cup title of his career since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in June 2016.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had”.

“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit, because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win”.

Manchester United manager and players believe the Red Devils were ‘better by far’ in the final. Marcos Alonso responded: “It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title”.

“I’m happy for my first FA Cup win, it feels good to go on our holidays with a title. The fans will be happy after the win, it was a good game and a title for them. I’m very grateful to them for their support during the whole season. Now we will have a good rest and come back stronger next season”.

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Chelsea player Willian had just few words to say yesterday in Wembley‘s mixed zone after the Blues win over Manchester United.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, when asked by reporters to comment on the game and Chelsea’s win, the Brazilian player just said “I have to go” and left the mixed zone.

Yesterday Willian played just few minutes in stoppage time and started the game on the bench; moreover, according to various speculations he is a Mourinho‘s target for the next summer transfer window and the relationship between the Brazilian and manager Antonio Conte is not very good.

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