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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.



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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River Plate are reportedly ready to bid to take Chelsea man Radamel Falcao back at his former club.

Argentine president Rodolfo D’Onofrio reportedly wants to re-sign the Colombian International but all depends on Falcao’s will.

He told Marca: “Six months ago I contacted Falcao via some friends that we have in common, to see if he was eager to return to River. At the time, he told me that he wanted to continue in Europe, something which is understandable, as he is at a big club (Chelsea) and earning astronomical figures,”

“He is the one who must decide if he intends to return to River, as D’Alessandro and Cavenaghi did at the time. Everything depends on his decision. If Falcao has made the decision to return to River, the doors are open. It would be really nice to have him at the club again.”

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Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are ready to offer Wolfsburg winger André Schürrle a return to the Premier League, according to German reports.

Former Chelsea winger is currently under contract with the German side, but their poor Bundesliga season added fuel to the fire.

During his first Premier League’s experience the German International and World Cup winner struggled to play regularly at Chelsea, now Reds and Spurs are reportedly keen to give him a second chance.

Kicker reveals that Jurgen Klopp has targeted Schurrle, who has recently said: “Right now is not a topic for me to discuss as we have important games to go.”

“But after that we have to talk about the future and of course there might be changes”.

It is understood Schurrle is unhappy with Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and his Canadian wife also loves England.


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Juventus are desperately trying to keep Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado on a permanent deal but next Blues boss Antonio Conte is really keen to bring him back to London.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport the Italian club nearly resigned to the chance to sign him.

Cuadrado failed to make an impact in his first four months spell at Chelsea and was loaned to Juventus last summer: he came back to impress with the Bianconeri, finding again the confidence and the pace he needed.

For these reasons Conte, that always had a soft spot for the Colombian winger, wants Cuadrado in his next Chelsea squad and is not open to negotiate a permanent deal with his ex club, Juventus.


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