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Chelsea young star Lewis Baker is close to join Middlesbrough on loan.

The 22-year-old was targeted also by Reading and Birmingham City but Boro are currently in pole position to sign him.

He would join the Garry Monk‘s side to replace Marten De Roon, who is set to return to Atalanta.

Baker has kicked on at Vitesse Arnhem since 2015 and scored 10 goals for the Dutch top-flight side last season.

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Former Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has been appointed by Reading in the same role.

The former Blues CEO – who replaced Peter Kenyon in 2009 and worked at Stamford Bridge until 2014- has a long experience in the football business, as he worked also for Manchester United and Umbro.

After signing his new contract for the Royals, he said:

“I look forward to working closely with all the staff who, through their dedication and commitment on a day-to-day basis, strive to make this club successful at every level.

“I am excited to be working alongside manager Jaap Stam and his coaching team, director of football Brian Tevreden and a very promising squad of players ahead of what I am sure will be another exhilarating campaign in the Sky Bet Championship.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic praised Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon, who joined the West London club in the end of the summer transfer window:

“Lucas Piazon, in the last few games, has started to be a very important player for us. He is very fast and has experience playing in this competition,” the Serbian coach said.

“He played 23 games for Reading last season, so he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt himself. We are happy with what he has offered in the last few games.”

The Brazilian joined Chelsea in 2012 but has only made one league appearance for the club and was sent out loan to several sides in these four years.

“He stayed with us during the international break, when we are not working with a complete team. Step by step, without any game, we try to detect what these players can offer us, how they can help us,” Jokanovic concluded.


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No worst way to start a loan and a season: Chelsea defender Hector, on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt, hoped to gain more playing time during his experience in the Bundesliga side, but now the situation is more complicated, after he took two red cards in the first games of the season: the Jamaica international was dismissed in the German Cup fixture against Magdeburg after receiving two yellow cards and was then sent off against Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Hector joined Chelsea last summer in a surprise deadline day move but he remained back on loan at Reading last season: after joining the squad for the pre-seasons tours, new boss Antonio Conte decided to send him on loan to Germany to improve his playing style.



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Chelsea defender Michael Hector has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan, the Bundesliga side have confirmed the deal yesterday.

The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Reading last January and travelled with the Blues’ first squad to Velden and the United States this summer, anyway new manager Antonio Conte has decided to let him leave on loan to play regularly and gain more experience this season.


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Reading FC have completed the signing of young midfielder John Swift .

The 21-year-old free agent, whose contract with Chelsea came to an end this summer, has penned a three-year contract with Royals.He has a one-year option to extend his contract too.

The midfielder leaves Chelsea after nine years at the club.

Reading boss Jaap Stam said: “John is a very talented player. I’ve seen him play and I think he could be very important in the way we want to play.”

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Results and scorers for FA Cup Fourth Round games played on Saturday 30 January 2016

Colchester United v Tottenham 1-4

( Chadli 27′, 79′; Dier 64′, Davies -OG- 80′, T. Carroll 82′)

Arsenal v Burnley 2-1

( Chambers 19′, Vokes 30′, Alexis Sanchez 53′)

Aston VIlla v Manchester City 0-4 

( Iheanacho 4′, 24′, 74′, Sterling 76′)

Bolton v Leeds 1-2

( Doukara 9′, Diagouraga 40′, Pratley 80′)

Bury v Hull 1-3 

( Chuba Akpom 14′, 57′, 69′ – Jones 86′)

Crystal Palace v Stoke City 1-0

( Zaha 18′)

Nottingham Forest v Watford 0-1

( Ighalo 89′ )

Oxford United v Blackburn 0-3

( Marshall 36′ P, 76′; Watt 45′)

Portsmouth v Bournemouth 1-2

( Roberts 43′, King 71′, Pugh 83′)

Reading v Walsall 4-0

(Robson-Kanu 37′, Vydra 41′, 90′; Williams 75′ )

Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield Wednesday 3-2

(McGugan 19′, 76′; Akpa-Akpro 56′, Whalley 87′, Grimmer 90′)

WBA v Peterborough United 2-2

( Berahino 14′, 84′; Coulthirst 79′, Taylor 86′)

Liverpool v West Ham 0-0

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Petr Cech can leave Chelsea after eleven years this summer

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that recovering from his head injury sustained in 2006 was the toughest challenge of his career. 

The Czech suffered a fractured skull in a game away to Reading, as Steven Hunt’s knee collided with Cech’s head as both players chased a through ball.

The 33-year old, who moved to London rivals Arsenal last summer, was out for three months with what was described by doctors as a “life-threatening” injury.

However, speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech has said that the injury was a huge challenge, with the shotstopper still having to wear his protective helmet:

“There were a lot of people saying it was probably the end and that I would not play again,” he said.

“You get so many people telling you that you should take time, you should take the whole year off and build up slowly to get back; I wanted to get back playing as this is what I enjoy the most and it was a challenge to prove to everyone that I don’t need a whole year.

“It was a massive challenge for me because there were days when you just feel like it will never happen, it’s not going well, you don’t feel well and you think, ‘OK, what am I going to do.’

“But then you had days where all the positive things came back and I was really happy with the way I did it. I enjoyed the rest of the season when I came back because it was kind of a bonus.

“Nobody expected me to play so I really enjoyed that because I played with less pressure as I was appreciating the fact that I was back.”

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Reading executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut has revealed that Chelsea began efforts to cut short Michael Hector’s loan spell at the club.

Chelsea have signed 23-year-old centre-back from Reading this summer but then they immediately loaned him back at Madejski Stadium until the end of the season. But now, according to latest reports the Blues will try to cut short his loan spell at Reading.

As Chelsea’s defensive struggles since the beginning of this season there is nothing surprise in the fact that Jose Mourinho is looking to solve the situation. However, recalling Hector back at Stamford Bridge can be a very difficult task as the Royals are determined to keep hold of him till the end of the loan deal.

Reading executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut told Goal :

“Chelsea want him back early but I think we’ll retain him as we agreed until the end of the season.”

And not so long ago praised his player in Getreading:

“Michael reads the game well, he sticks his head on the ball, can make tackles and can pass out from the back as well.”

“He’s got a lot of good attributes which is why Chelsea decided to take him on board. Hopefully he goes on to have a big career with them.”


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