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John Terry reveals that back in April, when Radamel Falcao started with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a very important game for the league, he understood that the Colombian striker, now one of his team-mates, still was one of the most difficult players to mark on the pitch despite is unhappy spell at the Red Devils:

I could tell pretty much straightaway how good he was and how difficult he was to mark.

“Literally after two minutes, he was backing in. He did the same to Gary Cahill.”

“We had a little tussle on the floor ten to 15 minutes later. He was up for it, was hungry and his movement and first touch were both excellent.

“You get that feeling as well. You can tell after a couple of minutes – it’s ‘I’ll give a bit and he’ll give a bit’.

“I just thought he was up for it that day and Gary felt the same.”

José Mourinho revealed also that he decided to sign Falcao just after speaking with his two defenders about this game against Manchester United.

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Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, has recently joined the Canadian team Montreal Impact. The Ivorian has just posted on his Instagram a photo of his passports and flight ticket to Montreal, commenting the photo: ”Next chapter loading”.  Good Luck !!!

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Drogba in his last season at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set to join MLS side Montreal Impact.

According to ESPN, the Canadian team acquired the rights to negotiate with the former Chelsea star, who is set to sign an 18-month contract with them.

Impact chairman Joey Saputo said earlier this week the team had been in contact with the 37-year-old striker: the Montreal side acquired his MLS rights from the Chicago Fire – who was, initially, the team chosen by Drogba-  for an amount in excess of $100,000, and have an offer sheet for the former Chelsea striker worth $3 million/season over 18 months.

It is not official yet as the 37-year-old still needs to put pen to paper, but the signing is imminent.

 

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Former Chelsea striker Franco di Santo has completed his move to Schalke 04 from Werder Bremen.

According to the latest informations, Schalke04 have activated a release clause in Di Santo’s contract. The Argentinian joined Werder Bremen in 2013 on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic and still had a year of his contract to run. But it is said that Schalke 04 have paid the €6 million release clause for the forward.

The German club made a statement on the club’s official website:

”Franco Di Santo leaves Werder with immediate effect after a clause was activated in his contract. Consequently, he will no longer train with the team and will be unavailable for selection for this afternoon’s game against Sevilla.”

While Schalke 04 have tweeted :

Di Santo joined the Blues in 208 from Audax Italiano. He made 8 appereances and scored no goal. When he was playing at Chelsea he was nicknamed ‘Crespito’ after Chelsea’s former Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo.

 

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 Diego Costa has warned Chelsea’s rivals that he is ready to fight for another title.

The Spanish striker has scored 20 goals in his debut season. His good form has helped Chelsea win the title in May.

During the last campaign, Costa has struggled with injuries, however in his recent interview he has ensured that he is fit again. What is more, he has warned Chelsea’s rivals that he is ready to fight for another title.

Diego Costa told the Mirror:

“Last season I suffered with injuries. But this time around, God willing, I hope to remain fit and enjoy a full season where I can play in every game and hopefully pick up some trophies,”

“I know that 20 goals is a decent total but I will be trying to improve upon that figure, without a doubt.”

“I believe that in life you have to keep improving and working hard. This time around I will be trying my absolute best to improve upon last season so I can beat that goals total.

“But let’s hope that my goals help us to win some silverware. There is no value in scoring goals and not winning a trophy.

“The club is the most important thing here and the individual player comes second. If the goals do flow, then that’s great, but for me, winning things is more important than your personal goals tally.”

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Since he arrived at Chelsea Diego Costa  showed all his potential  as great striker, adapting himself to to Chelsea football style.

He scored 26 goals in 20 matches last season showing an extraordinary performance  never seen before.Rumours back some months ago said he might have left for Spain,  but preferred staying in London.

By the way his aggressive style has been bit criticised about his temperament but he is thinking keeping it.

Costa: “I don’t think I have done anything malicious; I’ve not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am“I’ve always played this way for all the sides I’ve been with and I’ve always scored a lot of goals in this style.The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I’m not going to be the same player. I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me.”

Costa will have Radamel Falcao on his side next season. Together they have played at Atletico Madrid where they played very good

 

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RADAMEL FALCAO

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao gave his first interview as a Chelsea player to the club website.

He seems very enthusiastic to start this new adventure with the Blues:

It has been a busy summer for you…

“Yes, I had the Copa America, playing with my national team, and then a holiday. I went for 14 days to visit my family and friends in Colombia and had time to enjoy my people, and then straight here where I have quickly joined the pre-season.”

Jose Mourinho says you come to Chelsea with great motivation to show England how good you are…

“I am with a lot of motivation to join Chelsea. I have challenged myself to play in the Premier League and I am enjoying living this experience with a lot of motivation, with a lot of concentration, because I want to triumph with Chelsea. I want to win the league and to be important in the team.”

It must have been good to hear the manager make it clear over the course of the summer how much he admires you?

“He sent some messages to support me and he said that he believes in me and has faith in me, and for that reason I am very grateful to him and I want to give my 100 per cent for the team and for him.”

You moved to Porto from South America five years after he left but did people there still speak about Jose Mourinho during your time?

“Yes, he left a lot of influence in Porto, and the tactics and the way Porto plays is a legacy of what Jose did there.”

Chelsea fans were grateful when your powerful shot hit the post rather than the net back in April and we went on to record an important 1-0 win over Manchester United. Were Chelsea the best team you played against last season?

“Chelsea showed during the whole season their quality and they maintained that during the whole season. The performance was high and they were the best team during the season.”

There are many of your Colombian fans making their presence heard in Montreal this week. How big are Chelsea back in Colombia?

“In Colombia Chelsea has a lot of supporters and now with Juan Cuadrado and me, 45 million people watch each game, and not only in Colombia, in all of the continent Chelsea has fans.”

You know Juan well, tells us about him…

“Juan is a happy person with very good qualities and skills and he only needs time to grow in this club and be important, like he was when playing in Italy. He is a fantastic player and everybody supports him because all the players and coaches know about his quality. He is so quick over a few metres and I think this season will be a good one for him.

“I talked with Juan before I came to Chelsea but I had decided I would like to join Chelsea some years ago. The media talked about me and Chelsea and it was not possible but this summer finally I come.”
Did you also ask your team-mate at Monaco, Ricardo Carvalho, about us?

“He spoke with me about the club and told me how big is Chelsea and that he had a very good time here. He enjoyed it a lot and he is grateful to the team. He is also a very good defender.”

You are reunited with Diego Costa, a true character…

“He is crazy! And happy. I know him from Atletico and we enjoyed very good times. We shared very good moments and he is a great guy. Among funny moments there, I remember from the cold pool he sent the water over the players – every time!

“We are used to playing together, and the 2012/13 year was very good for Atletico when we scored a lot of goals. We are different kinds of strikers and we complement each other.”
The 2013 Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid when you provided a great assist for Diego Costa to equalise equally well especially stands out…

“We were great in that game. For us it was a fantastic win in the stadium of our main rival. It had been a lot of years without a win in that stadium.”

Thibaut Courtois played too…

“He is very good. He grew a lot as a goalkeeper at Atletico and I am happy for him. He’s a fantastic person as well.”
Coming on as a second-half substitute in a group-stage game for Porto against Chelsea in 2009 might not normally stick in the mind, but this was your Champions League debut…

“I never forget that first match in the Champions League, it was in Stamford Bridge and I liked the club and I thought in that moment I would like to play in this club in the future.  

“That was a fantastic Chelsea squad with very good players. It was raining and I remember the pitch was fantastic, perfect, and I came on in the second half and I played well. I remember John [Terry] and Ricardo [Carvalho] were the central defenders and for me it was a very good experience. Then when Porto played at home against Chelsea I was in the starting line-up.”

The next time you played Chelsea was in Monaco in the Super Cup in 2012, a game Blues fans remember but not for good reasons. You were brilliant that night…

“It was maybe my best performance in a match in Europe. I scored three goals and I hit the post twice in the first 45 minutes. It was a fantastic night and the whole Atletico team was brilliant.”
It might have been harder for you had John Terry played…

“John Terry is a legend of this club, of England and of football, and he is a leader. I am happy to share a dressing room with him.”
You might not have noticed but when you came off near the end, not only were the Atletico fans applauding you but the Chelsea fans also…

“I didn’t notice, but that is good.”
We are yet to know but your first football for Chelsea might be against Barcelona in Washington DC, an opponent you of course know well…

“It will be a very good match, two strong teams. The meaning in pre-season is different but always these type of matches create a good atmosphere in the crowd. It will be a good game for American fans to watch.”
Your full name is Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate, with Garcia from your father [a former player] and Zarate from your mother. Often with names in Spanish you would be known by a name containing one of those surnames, so why are your two first names used?  

“I don’t know. A lot of people call me Falcao only. Radamel Falcao I am used to as well.  My father is called Radamel too, and for that reason I like it that people call me just Falcao.”
Tells us about your English roots…

“My great grandfather was born in Yorkshire and he emigrated to Colombia and he had my grandmother there. Some people from my family came to England to visit Yorkshire and one year some of my cousins wanted to take British nationality but it was not possible. But all of the people in my family have a love for England”.

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Former Chelsea player, Hernan Crespo is convinced that Radamel Falcao was never given a real chance at Manchester United.

The Colombian striker spent his last season on loan at Manchester United. He scored just four goals for the Red Devils and  failed to impress Luis van Gaal. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho has decided to give Falcao a second chance.

Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo has stated today that in his opinion, van Gaal didn’t have complete faith in Falcao. And this could caused his poor displays.

Crespo told Daily Star:

“There is a big difference between Falcao before and after his bad injury.”

“Before the injury, he was the best of the ‘human players’ – by that I mean all the players apart from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are on another level.”

“After such an injury you need time and it’s not easy to recover.”

“He also had a manager in Louis van Gaal who didn’t give him the chance to play regularly [at United]. He probably wasn’t the kind of player Van Gaal was looking for.”

“We will see what happens at Chelsea, which is obviously a big club too, but it won’t be easy for him to play regularly there either.”

“All Falcao has to do is to believe in himself and be the great player he is. That will be enough to convince Mourinho to give him a chance.”

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey has confirmed that Chelsea target, Charlie Austin wants move to a big club.

Chelsea are reportedly keen to land the 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin from QPR. In his debut season, the Englishman has scored 18 goals. And his great form caught the eye of Jose Mourinho.

According to the rumours, QPR have received a £12m bid for the striker from Leicester City but the offer was immediately rejected as the Hoops demands at least £15m.

Chelsea have a big chance to sign the striker as according to Ramsey’s word, Austin wants to join the team that will play for the top trophies in the coming season.

Chris Ramsey told Kick Off:

“We have to be realistic, it’s unlikely he’ll stay,”

“We want to keep him but it’s unlikely, the club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros.”

“We’ve been offered £12m and turned it down so we’re looking in excess of £15m – goalscoring is something you can’t coach, it’s just a habit that some people have.”

“He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay,”

“He puts in a shift in training, I don’t think he’s going to be one of those whose head is all over the place. It’s hard for any young man with this sort of attention to not be affected but he’s been very good.”

 

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DROGBA
Didier Drogba © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was offered $ 1m to play for Atletico de Kolbata, a side playing in Indian Super League.

Furthermore, the club would offer to Drogba an unspecified bonus in addition to his living costs and travel to India and undertake pre-season with the ISL champion side next month before competing in the October 3-December 20 league.

Indian Super League clubs must confirm their marquee players by July 31 but King Didier hasn’t made a decision yet.

Drogba’s UK-based agent Baljit Rihal was quoted by the Evening Standard saying: “This is a real statement of intent from clubs in the Indian Super League, who are passionately trying to put India on the global football map.

Drogba also received an offer from MLS side Chicago Fire, but he claimed that he was still thinking on it, letting understand that he would prefer to stay in Europen adding “a club like Inter Milan would be a good option”.

These will be important days for the Chelsea legend future, who is set to make a decision next week.

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