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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that Ryan Mason’s retirement from football was “heartbreaking”.

The Blues captain was involved in a clash of heads with the former Hull City player in January 2017 that left Mason with a fractured skull.

The ex-midfielder was forced to retire earlier this week 13 months on from the injury for the consequences of it, news which Cahill was “devastated” to receive.

“I was devastated to hear that Ryan Mason has retired from professional football this week, I can’t even imagine what he’s feeling and going through, having to retire at such a young age, and when I heard the news it was heartbreaking,” the defender told Chelsea’s official programme in last night game issue.

“I’ve got a son and a beautiful fiancee around me, so these are the sort of things that mean more to you than football when things are put into perspective. Challenging for the ball in the air is such a common thing and you never expect consequences like this to come from it.

 “That is when football goes totally out of your thoughts and it becomes about making the best decision for your health. I want to spend my best wishes to Ryan and his family. The most important thing in life is your health, and I am sure he will now go on to be successful in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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Italy's head coach Antonio Conte with midfielder Andrea Pirlo during the training section at Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo, Sicily island, Italy, 09 October 2014. Italy and Azerbaijan will play the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match in Palermo on 10 October 2014. A

Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo, who this morning announced he will retire from football when his New York City contract expires in December, learnt a lot under current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus and the Italian national team.

Speaking during an exclusive interview for Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Inter, Juventus and Milan midfielder claimed:

“His attention to detail is impressive,” he told about the Blues boss.

“He also manages to give you convincing explanations about things.

“One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days on the training ground”

“You immediately understand what it is you have to do.”

Speaking about Conte’s first season at Juventus, who ended with a title for the Bianconeri after ten years, Pirlo said:

“Over the year he improved, with his desire to win and doing everything to the best of his ability.

“He is one of the best, absolutely.”

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Current Fulham captain Scott Parker announced he will retire from football.

The English midfielder, almost 37, is a legend of English football, having played for some historical sides through-out his career like Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle, West Ham, Charlton, Norwich ( on loan) and Fulham.

Parker moved to Chelsea in January 2004, but he only collected 4 apperances in the first successful year of José Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 2004/2005, due to an foot injury: he scored one goal in 15 appearences in this unlucky spell. He was proceding from Charlton and then moved to Newcastle.

He also collected 18 for England senior team, and was once captain in a friendly match against Netherlands in February 2012.

Speaking about the decision of ending his played football career he said:

“The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” a statement from Parker wrote.

“I have enjoyed so many incredible moments during my career. From making my first team debut at Charlton, to playing regularly in the Premier League, playing in the Champions League to then playing in a major tournament for England, as well as ultimately fulfilling a lifelong dream by captaining my country. There are just too many highlights to mention.

“I would like to thank everyone at Charlton Athletic, Norwich City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham for the unbelievable support that I’ve been shown throughout my time at each and every one of the club’s I’ve been proud to represent.”


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Will John Terry retire after Sunday game vs Sunderland? Or will he sign for another team in the Premier League or abroad?

While everybody is waiting for the Blues legend’s decision, Swansea manager Paul Clement confirms his interest in John Terry.

“The fact is I know John, he is a top player and a free agent.” – Clement said “So it would only be sensible to have a discussion with him to see if he would be interested. I don’t know if he has already decided on somewhere else. A lot of the time these things are already done. But if that is not the case and he would be open to a conversation, then I would be open to that as well.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry has been speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge to Neville and Carragher.

The England international has confirmed he could retire from football at the end of current season: “I never wanted to be that player just hanging about that people can’t wait to get rid of or stopping the progress of a younger player coming through” Terry said.

“The transition for me being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect this year has served me well and will do if I go into management in the future”.

“I know I said I wanted to play regular football, but I have not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring. – Terry added – It depends if the right offer comes along I will sit and consider it with my family, whether it’s here or abroad, but I haven’t made any decisions yet and I am just evaluating my options.”

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Chelsea back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic wanted to share his feelings by posting this picture on his Instagram official account. The Bosnia-Erezegovina star paid tribute to teammate John Terry after the Blues’ captain announced he’ll leave the club at the end of season.

The message read: “Absolute privilege to have played with the Premier League’s best ever defend for the past 2 seasons. Fantastic captain and team mate. Wish you and your family all the best for the future and hopefully finish this season in a fitting way!”

Begovic Terry Instagram

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After announcing his retirement from football last week Chelsea legend Frank Lampard revealed the only time he was in awe during his career:

“Facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp and going up against Xavi and Iniesta.

“Obviously Messi is the best player in the world, but in midfield you’re playing against those two on a massive pitch”.

Lampard faced Barcelona in 10 games with the Blues during his long spell at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea winning three ties and the Spanish side two:

“That was the only “in awe” moment for me, the only team I went into the game thinking, “Oh god, here we go.

“I didn’t feel like that when we played them at the Bridge because I always believed we could get to them – it’s tighter, we got closer to them, stopped them playing. But at their place they opened up and they were brilliant. We actually had a half-decent record against them, even at the Nou Camp – we never got completely smashed.”

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Chelsea legend John Terry believes that Frank Lampard inspired him and everyone at the club during his experience with the Blues.

The 38-year-old midfielder has today announced his retirement from football, after spending 13 years at Stamford Bridge alongside Terry himself.

The English defender posted this picture on Instagram:


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Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football on Instagram today.

The 38-year-old wanted to share his feelings and admitted he’ll be forever grateful to Chelsea: “The largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories”.

“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together”.

“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there”.

Then Lampard added: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone”.

“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support”.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football this morning.

The 38-year-old star wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer”.

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life”.




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