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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has confirmed everyone at the club is confident Maurizio Sarri will bring “his football philosophy” at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

Granovskaia told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea,

“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal”.

She added: “He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League”.

Chelsea have also completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli on a £50m move today.

“We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea” said Marina Granovskaia.

“He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad. He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge”.

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

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Judging from some pictures, leaked over the web by agent John Erriot, Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea is a done deal: the Brazilian wing-back posed for a photo with his agent Federico Pastorello, Blues director Marina Granovskaia and other people from his entourage after he put pen on paper at Stamford Bridge offices.

Chelsea are expected to confirm the deal in hours.

 


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Chelsea's Andreas Christensen during UEFA Champions League - Group C match between Chelsea and FK Qarabag at Stanford Bridge, London 12 Sept 2017

Denmark international Andreas Christensen’s impressive performances for Chelsea this season were rewarded with a new long-term contract at the Blues that was signed today.

The 21-year-old player– who entered Chelsea academy when he was 15 – has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract.

So far in this campaign he replaced David Luiz as a first choice central defender following some fine displays since returning to London after a two-season-loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

“It feels really good to sign a new contract and I’m just happy to be committed to Chelsea for the future,” Christensen told the club official website.

“I’ve played a lot of games (22 in all competitions), I’m enjoying it at the club and everything is working well.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the contract was a tribute to Christensen’s latest performances:

This contract is reward for the excellent form Andreas has shown in the first half of the season,” she said.

“He showed immense potential when he signed for Chelsea in 2012 and is now enjoying the benefits of the dedication and professionalism he has shown since.

“After two seasons on loan in Germany we were convinced he was ready to be a part of the squad this season and he has grasped the opportunity with both hands.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa released a statement on his future and, as expected, it won’t be at Stamford Bridge:

“My destination is already made. I must return to Atletico Madrid,” Brazil’s Globoesporte quoted him.

“It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me. But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”

“I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?

“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.

“They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys. I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that

 

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Chelsea directors want to give Antonio Conte the new signing he’s asking for to complete his squad, this is the reason why Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater became a priority in their transfer window in the last hours.

According to reports coming from the UK, Marina Granovskaia stepped up to speed the transfer process in order to sign the English player and she is ready to place a £ 30m offer to secure the England international services.

The alternative to Drinkwater is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who was linked to Manchester United as well.

 

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King Antonio Conte celebrating last season title at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia commented Antonio Conte signing a new deal with the club:

“Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title,” the Russian director said.

“This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.

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The Guardian revealed how the relationship of Antonio Conte and Diego Costa fell out, with the Italian coach ending telling he Spanish striker that he was not in his plans anymore.

It is understood that Conte sent a goodwill message to all his players wishing them a happy time during holidays and reminding them to stay in shape during this period.

Diego Costa fired off a reply, Conte didn’t like the tone and got irritated, the exchange went on until the Italian told the forward he was not fitting in his plans anymore.

The Spanish star then informed the Chelsea board sending them the messages and claiming the club will now have to sell him on his terms, this is when Marina Granovskaia told him to leave negotiations to her.

Now Chelsea are forced to sell a player to a fee that is reduced respect to the £76m that were offered by Tianjin Quanjin last January and the club will lose millions since the fee will be heavily reduced after Costa’s revelation who made th club and Conte furious.

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Chelsea board released a new statement about the sexual abuse scandal that emerged in the past days.

The statement read: Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has been profoundly shocked by news of historical child sex abuse across British football and our heart goes out to all the victims.

We pay tribute to the enormous courage of the people who have spoken out about the horrific abuse which they endured, including former Chelsea player Gary Johnson. We recognise that to do so, after carrying the burden of those events for so long, must have been an extremely difficult thing to do.

This is a challenge for all clubs and everyone involved in the game. As a club, we are absolutely determined to do the right thing: to fully support those affected, and the investigations being carried out. We are working with the Premier League, the Football Association and the police in helping all victims.

As we announced earlier this week, we have retained an external law firm to carry out an investigation into historical sexual abuse claims. If further evidence is uncovered we will ensure that we help victims in any way we can.

Although this abuse took place many decades ago, the last week has also highlighted decisions made more recently in relation to the case of our former player Gary Johnson. We are therefore asking the external law firm to review the way we handled Mr Johnson’s case and make recommendations as to how we can improve our procedures in future. We are determined to learn from any mistakes that were made.

It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely. In the summer of 2014 we received a letter of claim from Slater & Gordon, a prominent law firm which handles sexual abuse claims. They informed us Mr Johnson had been sexually assaulted by Eddie Heath, who had been employed by the club in the 1970s, and that Mr Johnson would bring a claim seeking compensation due to the fact he considered that the club was liable for the abuse.

Slater & Gordon confirmed that prior to bringing the claim to the club, the allegations of abuse had been reported to the Professional Footballers’ Association in 2013 and then subsequently to the police. We treated Mr Johnson’s claim very seriously and immediately instructed external solicitors. After requesting some further information, settlement negotiations commenced between Mr Johnson’s lawyers and a firm of solicitors, which specialises in abuse claims, appointed by our insurer.

It was stated by Mr Johnson’s solicitors that Heath had inappropriate relationships with other young boys/men from the club although no names were given to us. With the limited information the club received, we were unable to identify any further individuals who may have been subject to abuse. When dealing with this matter, the club operated on the basis that the incidents occurred in the 1970s and Heath had died in the early 1980s. Accordingly, Heath was no longer a risk to children. The extent to which the club should, notwithstanding this, have commenced a more detailed investigation and reported it to the Premier League and FA is an issue that will be addressed in detail in the club’s external law firm review. 

At the time that the settlement was reached, the Board understood it was a usual practice to include mutual confidentiality provisions as part of all settlement agreements and accordingly requested that one be included. The clause bound both parties and ensured that neither could reveal details of the case, including details which claimants might reasonably want to keep private. Mr Johnson’s solicitors did not raise any objection to the draft confidentiality clause and the terms of the settlement were quickly agreed.

More recently, against the current backdrop of wider revelations and other victims coming forward bravely to tell their story, we no longer felt it appropriate to keep the confidentiality agreement in place. It was therefore removed.

The decision to have a confidentiality clause in this case has been subject to significant scrutiny. We have asked the external law firm to review what was done and to make recommendations about best practice for settling claims of this nature in future. In advance of that, however, the Board would like to make clear that, in light of what we know now about the widescale abuse in football clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, it now believes that the use of such a clause while understandable was inappropriate in this instance. We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view. Quite the opposite.

Chelsea today is a very different club than it was in the 1970s. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises. Their welfare is of paramount importance. The safeguarding policies and procedures that are implemented at the club, and similarly with the Chelsea Foundation, are robust, continually reviewed and the club-wide safeguarding provision is audited regularly each year by the Premier League.

We are determined to learn from this case and will do everything we can to investigate these horrific events. We owe that at the very least to those who suffered unacceptable abuse from the people that were entrusted with their care.

 – The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry. The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 0232642

If people would prefer to speak to the club directly, they can do via safeguarding@chelseafc.com<mailto:safeguarding@chelseafc.com> or on 01932 596188

The Board of Directors of Chelsea FC plc

Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum

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Juventus are still keen on bringing Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado back to Italy after the successfull loan spell with the Serie A side last season, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

His agent Alessandro Lucci has reportedly travelled to London to enter talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia in order to persuade the Blues to let the 28-year-old joining Juventus on loan again.

It is understood Cuadrado would love to rejoin his former side despite Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a great fan of him.

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