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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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KEVIN DE BRUYNE
De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Ex Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne can transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in this transfer window for the English record-breaking fee of £60million.

De Bruyne was sold to the German side in January 2014, and he made an impact last season at Wolfsburg, with 25 assists and 15 goals in 45 games.

Many people say Chelsea would regret to let him go, since the Belgian 24 years old and has a huge potential for a great career.

Blues manager José Mourinho explained why the club decided to sell him:

“He did not want a team where he thinks am I playing or not? He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left. So yes it’s not fair.”

He didn’t tell me he couldn’t handle the pressure. He told me he wanted to play every weekend. I told him this is Chelsea, you are very young, you have Eden Hazard, you have Mata, you have Willian, you have Schürrle, and I cannot promise you that.

“And the first game of the season against Hull City he played. For the second game against Manchester United, he played. The third game of the season was the Super Cup in Prague, I decided not to play him. For the fourth match, in the Premier League, he was on the bench. And he was not happy. He told me he was not happy.

He was not training very well and he was saying: ‘I can’t give you more. This is just my way.’

“He told me it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team. He needed a team where he knows he can play every game.

“So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal. Chelsea made a good deal and he was happy to go and I am happy because the kid is a good kid. And I am happy for him.

“Players have different circumstances. We sold him, made our money and it was fantastic because we bought him cheap and sold him for a fantastic price. And now Wolfsburg, if they make a fantastic deal, that is good for them.”

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The enthusiasm of Radamel Falcao for his new adventure with Chelsea seems very huge, as the Colombian striker posted another picture after his first training with Blues on his account after the ones we showed you before.

Here is the latest Chelsea’s signing for the attack with Willian and Juan Cuadrado after their first training of this pre-season in Montreal.

The three look all very happy to have join the squad and start this new campaign.

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Sky Sport Italia reports that Roma and Chelsea have agreed a fee for Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian should sign for the Giallorossi soon, while Roma will pay a £1.5m fee to the Blues for a season long loan, and £15m next year to buy him permanently.

According to the Italian media, Roma sports director Walter Sabatini negotiated last night with Salah’s entourage and a deal was found.

Salah also updated his Twitter profile, where he still have pictures with him in Fiorentina  -his last club- shirt, saying “Be ready to change profile picture” another signal his transfer to Roma is really close.

SALAH TWITTER

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The Montreal Impact have joined the race to sign legendary Chelsea player Didier Drogba.

Montreal’s team president Joey Saputo has spoken with Didier Drogba on Monday, reveals the team spokesman. According to his words, the Canadian team hopes to convince former Chelsea player to join Montreal Impact instead of Chicago Fire.

Former Chelsea striker is now in talks with Chicago Fire and it is said that the club have already put Drogba’s name of their discovery list. However, according to the rumours the Canadian team is ready to pay a fee to Chicago Fire to acquire Drogba’s rights.

Besides MLS clubs also Inter Milan have announced their desire to sign the Ivorian. However, Serie A giants do not have too much chance of success. 

One thing is certain, Didier Drogba certainly can not complain about the lack of offers.

 

 

 

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy is convinced that he can learn a lot from Chelsea’s new signing, Radamel Falcao.

Radamel Falcao has joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco. Due to the fact that the Colombian striker had a very bad season at Manchester United last year, this transfer aroused a lot of controversy.

However, Chelsea striker Loic Remy is convinced that the Blues have made a good decision. The French player is convinced that he will be able to learn a lot from the Colombian. In his opinion, Falcao’s transfer will bring many benefits to the team.

Loic Remy told the journalists :

“Falcao is one of the best strikers in the league and it’s good for the club to have this kind of player. For me there is no problem,”

“It is a good thing that he joined us and we have three strikers. We can all play because one of us can get injured and there are a lot of games during the season. Chelsea can count on three strikers and that’s really good.”

“I have watched him everywhere he has played. At Manchester United I think he may have had some trouble, but before that he was a very good striker, he scored a lot of goals.”

“So for me it’s good to play with him. I can learn a lot training next to this kind of player.”

“It’s all good to have Diego and Falcao next to me to improve and to be a good striker.”

 

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patrick bamford

Crystal Palace has signed Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan for next season.

The 21-year-old forward impressed last season while on loan at Middlesbrough scoring 19 goals in 44 games, helping them to reach the Playoff final that they lost with Norwich at Wembley.

Boro wanted to renew the deal but both Chelsea and the player want him to improve more in a Premier League side.

Bamford was also named Championship Player of the Year and his signing was deeply wanted by Palace manager Alan Pardew.

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