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Everton are upset at Chelsea for their attempt to unsettle Romelu Lukaku and bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

This is what the Daily Mail reports.

According to the British newspapers, Ronald Koeman is unhappy with Chelsea’s behaviour, and this will lead to a refuse to sell, like they did one year ago with John Stones, for whom they rejected three offers from the the Blues ( the latter one was £ 37m).

The Mail claims that  Chelsea remain confident they will take their former player back to Stamford Bridge with an offer of £65million plus Loic Remy, Everton say they have yet to receive any kind of contact — nor do they intend to encourage it.

Lukaku himself often spoke about a will to leave Everton this summer, but the Liverpool side are keen to keep him.

 

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JEFFREY BRUMA PSV
Bruma moved from Chelsea to PSV in 2013

PSV Eindhoven defender Jeffrey Bruma is set to reject Chelsea and Inter Milan bids in order to join Wolfsburg this summer, according to Football-Orange.

Chelsea have reportedly set sights on the former Blues centre-back and new boss Antonio Conte personally contacted the Dutchman to offer him a return to Stamford Bridge.

 

Anyway, he has decided to join the Bundesliga giants instead of a comeback to the Premier League, where he only made four league appearances for the club in six years.

His ownership is currently esteemed around £8.5m.

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After claiming he wanted a Barcelona return a few days ago Chelsea star Pedro backtracks and says he’s keen to stay at Stamford Bridge, since a return to his former club is almost impossible:

“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spanish forward said to RAC1.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.

“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.”

 

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Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez has admitted that he wants to return to Barcelona, after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the European Championship’s, joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £22m, but failed to make much of an impact last season.

Pedro told BeIN Sport that he hopes to return to Barca, but admits will be tough.

“Hopefully [I can return to Barcelona] but I know it’s hard.

“I have already spoken about it with the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] when we [Barcelona] were in the [Cup] final [when Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 last month] and spoke to all the people who want me there.

“It’s complicated, but I’ve always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it’s difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.”

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Speaking about his future to So Foot Everton striker Romelu Lukaku damped the enthusiasm for a Chelsea return, claiming he wants to play for a side challenging in the Champions League, a competition the Blues will skip next year due to their poor form in the last season:

“In the past, when I was playing at WBA, I was close to sign for Juventus but my agent Mino Raiola said to me I had to be more continuous and aggressive on the pitch.

“I am ambitious, I want to win trophies, as all the players that Mino represents like Pogba and Ibrahimovic.

“I won the Champions League with Chelsea back in 2012 but I didn’t want to touch it. The reason? I didn’t give my contribution to that success.

“Going to PSG? For sure I want to play in a club that aim to Champions League.”

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According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws Chelsea have made contact with their former striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left Stamford Bridge for Everton for £28m in July 2014. He scored 45 goals in all the competitions played with Toffees in these last two seasons: 20 in 2014/2015 and 25 in the campaign that just ended.

Next Blues boss Antonio Conte would like to bring him back to Chelsea but Everton set a £ 65m fee to let him leave Goodison Park.

However, Lukaku has expressed strongly the desire to play next year’s Champions League but Chelsea are out of the European competitions next season.

 

 

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Leicester clinched the title following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on May 2, and the Foxes were welcomed onto the pitch with warm ovation from the home fans at Stamford Bridge today. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri, Blues manager from 2000 to 2004, receiving a positive response from all at the Bridge.

Kasper Schmeichel produced excellent saves to keep Willian and Cesc Fabregas out in the first half, before Jamie Vardy fired off target from 20 yards in the 13th minute, but Riyad Mahrez set him up for a better chance midway through the half.

With the clock showing 26 minutes, Stamford Bridge turned their attention away from the pitch.

John Terry’s name rang out, along with placards showing his name and number, prompting a show of appreciation from the suspended captain – who was offered an extension to his expiring contract earlier this week. Both teams went into the half goalless.

In the second half Chelsea were given an opportunity thanks to a substitute Jeffrey Schlupp bringing down Nemanja Matic inside the box. Fabregas converted from the spot. However, the Blues victory was denied as Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater slotted in a 82nd minute goal that drew things to 1-1. With 8 minutes to go Chelsea struggled to create chances and the game ended in a draw.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, was unfortunately not given a winning send-off before Antonio Conte takes the reins next season.

CHELSEA 1-1 LEICESTER CITY

 

Venue:  Stamford Bridge

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.

Substitutes: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Tomori.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Kante; Gray, King, Mahrez; Vardy.

Substitutes: Albrighton, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa, Chilwell, Schwarzer.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

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Current English champion Claudio Ranieri will be back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge with Leicester City, in the stadium where he started his Premier League adventure sixteen years ago and where he stayed four years, until José Mourinho came in his first spell in 2004.

The Italian manager admitted that it will be an emotional return for him:

“I don’t know how I will feel. I saw some of the Chelsea supporters with placards saying ‘Do it for Claudio’ and I would like to thank them all personally for that.

“I have been back to Stamford Bridge with Juventus in the Champions League, but this will be different.

“When I left Chelsea the players gave me a guard of honour. It was one of the greatest moments of my sporting life.

Speaking about his incredible triumph with the Foxes he said:

“It’s impossible for me to reflect on everything right now because it’s too fresh. I need time to put it all into perspective.

“But it just shows that if you believe in yourself, then sooner or later it will come to you.”

“It hasn’t changed my mind about me but maybe it has changed other people’s.

“I knew very well what I had achieved but it’s not important for me to be given credit or not.”

Ranieri also said that he is sorry John Terry is suspended, because he would have loved to see him on the pitch:

“That’s sad because he is like a son to me,” he said.

“I wanted him to be out there on the pitch.”

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho confirmed once again he will back to coach next July.

The former Blues manager was in Mexico City for FIFA annual congress, taking also part to a friendly game with FIFA and Mexico legends, where his side ( FIFA Legends) lost 9-8.

There is plenty of time,” he said ”

He reveals he misses his daily job and the pitch:

“Of course I miss “In July I will be back. So we are in May. May to July is nothing. I keep enjoying my life which I’m doing, keep enjoying my family. But in July I am back.”

Asked when he will sign his new contract, he replied: “June 30 – that’s fine.”

About the rumours of him replacing his mentor Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United, he claimed:

“I don’t know. I know nothing about it really. I don’t have a club and I was waiting for these guys [the Fifa Legends] to win the match to give me a hand but because I lost the match [9-8] it’s even more difficult to get the club,” he joked.

He said also his next job won’t be easy because he didn’t have the situation in control since the beginning:

“It’s difficult because when you get a new club in this period normally the clubs they did already their work,” Mourinho said. “I give you an example. I’m not the Chelsea manager but I organised the Chelsea pre-season in many aspects because I did that 10 months ago.

“Clubs have their commercial, marketing departments always involved in everything. When a new manager arrives in May, June it’s very difficult to touch in some points but we know that.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa might come back to Atletico Madrid, according to AS.

The Spaniard is reportedly willing to return to his former club and Colchoneros are expected to be keen on him, as their chairman Enrique Cerezo hopes to be able to sign him.

It is understood Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone wants Costa to remain competitive and revamp the attack.

Chelsea is reportedly not eager to sell the 27-year-old striker, but a €30m bid could be enough, despite he has received lucrative offers from Chinese Super League sides.

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