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22-year-old star Kasey Palmer has ended-up his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers and has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

The Chelsea loanee told the club’s official website: “I spoke to Jay when making the decision. He told me it was a great club to be at and it’s the right club for me,” 

“My first impressions are all good. I’ve walked around the stadium, got a feel for the place, I’ve met the staff and I’m raring to go. Hopefully I can repay the trust that the head coach has shown in me.

“The first day is always difficult, getting to know everyone but hopefully I can get down to business quickly, train with the boys and get to know everyone and hopefully produce the goods on the pitch.”

Palmer made 14 appearances with Blackburn Rovers in the first six months of current season, scoring once against Brentford in July.

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Chelsea take on Spurs in the first-leg of Carabao Cup’s semi-finals tonight. Official line-ups have been unveiled as Alvaro Morata is ruled out due to a minor injury he suffered earlier this morning. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces the Spaniard in the attacking trio.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (4 3 1 2) – Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane

Subs: Lloris, Davies, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Lamela, Llorente

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

CHELSEA (4 3 3)  Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Luiz, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 8PM GMT

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Chelsea face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round before taking on Spurs in the Carabao Cup’s semi-finals later on Tuesday. Official line-ups for the upcoming clash have been announced:

CHELSEA (4 3 3) – Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Palmieri; Ampadu, Fabregas, Barkley; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4 2 3 1) – Steele; Darikwa, Yacob, Fox, Janko; Guedioura, Colback; Cash, Osborn, Carvalho; Murphy

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 3pm GMT

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Also Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc commented Christian Pulisic‘s move to Chelsea, who was officially announced today:

“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” he told Borussia Dortmund’s official website.

“That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract.

“Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”

“Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player,” added Zorc.

“I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates Borussia Dortmund.”

Pulisic is believed to be Eden Hazard‘s substitute at Stamford Bridge, with the Belgian that will probably move to Real Madrid next summer.

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia commented Christian Pulisic signing:

“We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.

“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”

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Christian Pulisic gave his first thoughts after Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea confirmed an agreement has been reached for the permanent move of the USA international to the Premier League giants in the 2019/2020 season.

The 20-year-old, who will spend six months on loan at the Bundesliga side, told Chelsea’s official website: “In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League.

It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players”.

In a letter to BVB fans published on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, he added: “I would also like to thank Mr. Watzke and Mr Zorc. It was very important to me that I handled my situation in as fair and professional manner as possible towards the club. So I thank them for finding a solution that was a win-win for everyone.

“In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to and to a new competition, the English Premier League. It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players. Looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team.

“But for the next six months, it’s all BVB! Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 100% commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season. We all feel that this is ‘our year’ and we are determined to achieve the best possible results in a ll competitions”.

Borussia Dortmund had previously released a statement regarding Pulisic, confirming the Blues will pay a fee in the region of £57m for the USA international star.

On the other hand, an official statement from Chelsea read: “Chelsea Football Club and Borussia Dortmund have today agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Christian Pulisic. Pulisic will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with Dortmund before linking up with the Blues ahead of the 2019/20 season”.

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Chelsea have released a statement regarding Christian Pulisic, confirming the 20-year-old will join the club next season after spending six months on loan with his former club Borussia Dortmund. The Blues will pay a fee in the region of £57m for the USA international star.

The statement read: “Chelsea Football Club and Borussia Dortmund have today agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Christian Pulisic. 

Pulisic will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with Dortmund before linking up with the Blues ahead of the 2019/20 season”.

An official statement from Borussia Dortmund read:Borussia Dortmund has agreed a fee from Chelsea for the transfer of Christian Pulisic with immediate effect. The British side will loan the player until the end of the current season to Borussia.

Pulisic’s transfer will be completed until the 2019/2020 season. The transfer fee to be paid by Chelsea for Pulisic, whose BVB contract would have expired at the end of next season, is 64 million euros”.

BREAKING – Borussia Dortmund confirms Pulisic will join Chelsea next summer

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Borussia Dortmund has just announced Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea next summer, in a £57.6m move from the Bundesliga giants.

The 20-year-old will be loaned back to the German club for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

An official statement read:Borussia Dortmund has agreed a fee from Chelsea for the transfer of Christian Pulisic with immediate effect.

The British side will loan the player until the end of the current season to Borussia. Pulisic’s transfer will be completed until the 2019/2020 season. The transfer fee to be paid by Chelsea for Pulisic, whose BVB contract would have expired at the end of next season, is 64 million euros”.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said: “It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League. That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract, “

“Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”

“Christian Pulisic, is a perfect player. I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his Borussia Dortmund teammates. “

More to follow…

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Maurizio Sarri makes twho changes from Chelsea‘s 1-2 win at Watford last time out. Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley are in, while injured Pedro Rodriguez and midfielder Mateo Kovacic start from the bench at Selhurst Park. Also the starting line-up of Crystal Palace has been revealed:

CRYSTAL PALACE (4 5 1) – Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha

Subs: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Meyer, Ayew, Wickham, Puncheon

Manager: Roy Hodgson

CHELSEA (3 4 3) – Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Giroud

Subs: Caballero, Kovacic, Zappacosta, Christensen, Morata, Emerson, Ampadu

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Selhurst Park

Kick-Off: 12PM BST

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Brighton change three players from the starting XI which suffered a defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor last time out, while Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri makes ten substitutions as the Blues faced MOL Vidi in the Europa League earlier last Thursday.

Willian is the only player who will start, with also Eden Hazard, Pedro, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, David Luiz, Cesar Apilicueta and Kepa Arrizabalaga all returned to the Chelsea squad.

BRIGHTON – Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Balogan, Bernardo, Stephens, Gross, Propper, Knockaert, Murray, March

Subs: Steele, Bruno, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Locadia, Andone

Manager: Chris Hughton

CHELSEA – Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Pedro

Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

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