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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that not only the manager but also all the players must take responsibility for disappointing results in the Premier League this season.

The Spanish player said that there is no doubt that the wave of criticism which flowed over the team is justified, however, he is confident that Chelsea are able to rise from his knees and start winning.

Speaking live at Q&A session Fabregas said:

“We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,”

“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”

“Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better,”

“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.”

“I don’t think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that’s it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows. We’ve put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning.”

 

 

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According to Don Balon Chelsea joined race for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

The Colombian player got limited game time under new boss Rafa Benitez in this season, things were also complicated by an injury but he seems not so happy in the Spanish capital in this moment, so rumours of him leaving the Santiago Berbabéu are growing day by day in Spain.

Chelsea would need a creative attacking midfielder like him to revamp their attack, that in this awful start of the season desperately missed goals and invention.

James joined Real Madrid in summer 2014 for £65m and, in case he would leave the Blancos, the Spanish club would like to sell him for the same amount of money or even more, since Rodriguez is just 24 years old.

 

 

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Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that when he was a teenager he was really close to sign for Chelsea but in the end he decided that joining the Blues too big a step for him to take.

The 23-year-old joined Tottenham from Ajax for £11.5m two years ago and became one of the pillars of Mauricio Pochettino team. 

He spent two trial periods at Stamford Bridge but he ruled out a move at Stamford Bridge because of a really tense atmosphere at the club.

Eriksen told the Daily Mail:

”Me and Rasmus Falk, my team-mate from kids football and also Odense, went to Chelsea on trial,”

”I also went back the next year and had to think what I wanted.”

“I played three games at Under 18s – versus Millwall, West Ham and some other team. We ate together with first-team players and you see Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba walking around.”

“But the whole thing was really different to Denmark where everyone goes in and everyone goes out, no problem. Relaxed.”

”Chelsea, boom, the door closes behind you and stays closed. It would be too big a step for me as a person back then.”

What’s more Chelsea offered Eriksen a third trial but he refused to take it and joined Ajax in 2008.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Ulises Davila has completed his move away from the Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old Mexican has signed a three-year deal with Santos Laguna.

Davila joined Chelsea in 2011 from from Guadalajara but he never made his debut for the team. Instead he spent several seasons on different loan spells in such clubs as Dutch Vitesses, Spanish Cordoba, Tenerife and Sabadel and most recently at Portuguese Vitoria Setubal.

Liga MX side Santos Laguna has confirmed his transfer on their official website.

”Santos Laguna announces the signing of Ulises Alejandro Davila Plascencia on a three year contract.”

Davila told the Santos club website:

“It’s great to see the interest from Santos and everyone who has given me confidence from the beginning since they sought me out,”

“ I’m eager to continue in my career, to be a major player and I think (this opportunity) comes at the perfect time. I am mature, physically fit and eager, with a strong will to compete and do important things with this club.”

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looked utterly heartbroken after Chelsea’s next defeat in the Premier League match, this time against Bournemouth.

The Serbian player had one of several Chelsea’ chances in the game to score but he did not used none of the occasions and the Blues lost the game 1-0. However, he admits that he is not able to answer the question what really is the main reason for the disastrous results of Chelsea.

Matic told Chelsea TV :

“I think we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but when you don’t score a goal, you also don’t deserve to win.  It was a difficult game for us.  We are in a difficult moment, in a difficult situation, so it’s going to be hard to come back from this, but we have to try to resolve this problem, we have to go hard and try to recover.”

“I’m not sure [what is our problem], I’m just one of the players.  I don’t think we played bad; we controlled the game tonight.  We didn’t score; they were lucky and scored one goal.  What is the problem, I’m not sure.  But I’m sure we have to improve in some aspects.  We have to try and work hard and see where is our problem.”

 

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Paul Pogba‘s agent Mino Raiola revealed that his client won’t leave Juventus in the next January transfer window, but keep Chelsea and Manchester City‘s hopes to sign hum alive for next summer transfer market:

“This summer, he decided to stay for another season and he kept his word,” he stated to Italian TV Mediaset Premium.

“We are not taking about the future, we are living in the present. Paul is only thinking about Juve. Next, we will see what happens in the summer transfer window. I can guarantee you that he will not leave in January. That has always been clear from the bottom of his heart.”

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Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 17-year-old midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, reveals his agent Klay Ekeocha.

The Nigerian player was named the Most Valuable Player at this Autumn’s  FIFA Under 17 World Cup and since then a number of European clubs start to be interested in the young sensational player.

His agent Ekeocha has confirmed that despite the interest from various clubs Chelsea have already prepared an offer on the table for the youngster.

Ekeocha told allnigeriasoccer.com :

”We are in contact with Chelsea, Udinese and Olympiacos”

”Udinese made a ridiculous offer of €800,000 for the Most Valuable Player of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup.”

”We are working hard for the player, his family and academy. Manchester City and West Ham are no longer involved because of work permit issues.”

The player himself said some time ago that he would rather choose Arsenal instead of Chelsea.

Nkwali said:

”I would love to play for Arsenal”

”They are their Premier League club I will like to play for them because they play the best football in the world.”

However, his agent does not count on is that the young footballer can join the Gunners as he was quoted saying:

”We got in touch with Arsenal and there’s no feedback yet.”

 

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed that he turned down a move to Chelsea when he was a teenager.

The Croat admitted that when he was 16 he received an offer from the Blues.At that age, Rakitic was already a player of the Swiss team Basel and he snubbed the move at Stamford Bridge because he preferred to become a regular first-team player in Switzerland before joining such a big club as Chelsea.

Rakitic told The Daily Telegraph:

It was important for me to do it step by step. First of all to arrive in the first-team in Switzerland because I had, at 16 years of age, a big offer to go to Chelsea. And another offer from Juventus.

”At that time, when I was 15, 16, I decided it was important to have my family. It might not have been the best decision for everyone but it was the right one for me.”

‘It was important for me to say ‘the money is there but the money will come with time”

”Also there was another player like me and he went and today he is playing in the fourth division in Switzerland.”

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According to the various reports, Jose Mourinho is considering making a move for Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder.

The attacking midfielder has been linked with Chelsea since Jose Mourinho returned at Stamford Bridge. The Dutchman worked under Mourinho at Inter Milan where they won the treble together and there is no secret that they are in close friendly relations.

The Dutchman has signed a three-year contract extension with the Turkish giants last month but according to the Turkish paper Fanatik, Chelsea are ready to pay Sneijder’s £14million release clause from Galatasaray.

Information was not far confirmed by any of the interested parties, but latest Sneijder’s words on Mourinho may suggest that the transfer is just around the corner as former Inter Milan player was quoted by O Jogo as saying:

“Mourinho deserves more respect, it would be a mistake to fire him. People love it when he fails… but for what he did in every club where he worked, he deserves respect.”

“It’s difficult when you lose, when players are not one hundred percent fit, but he will react. That’s why Chelsea won’t let him go: he’s the only person able to react and to get it  back.”

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According to the reports, Chelsea are in pole position to sign Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.

It is said, that Diawara’s agent Robert Visan has reached an agreement with Pini Zahavi, an agent close to the Chelsea owner.

Also Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzo reveals that this agreement puts Chelsea in pole position to sign the Guinean player.

It seems that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the 18-year-old Diawara at Stamford Bridge as a substitute for Nemanja Matica.

According to the rumours, young player is also said to be a target for the two Serie A giants. Juventus and AC Milan.

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