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Nemanja Matic will be back at Stamford Bridge next Sunday: the former Chelsea midfielder move to Manchester United in a £ 35m move last summer and now he is one of the most missed players in West London while he settled really well at Old Trafford, becoming immediately a key-man for José Mourinho’s side.

The Serbian midfielder was important in the last two title campaigns ( 2015 and 2017) for Chelsea as well and, speaking ahead of next Sunday’s clash, he hopes Blues supporters would “respect” his achievements but stresses that he would not be bothered by a frosty reception:

“When I played there I always gave 100 percent and we won two titles together. I’m sure they respect that, but if not I don’t really care.

“I spent a good time there, three-and-a-half years, which is a long time, and of course it’s going to be something special for me to play again in that stadium.

“But now I’m on the opposite side, I have to be professional and do the best for my team. I don’t have to prove to them anything. I just have to prove something to my new club.”

Matic said knowing how much José Mourinho had wanted him brought a “big responsibility” but declined the comment on Chelsea’s transfer strategy.

“I cannot say. The only thing I can say is that I am happy to be part of this club. I’m happy to working with Mourinho. That’s all I can say.”

Chelsea are fourth in the table after losing two of their last four games, but United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2012.

“It’s always important to win, especially when you’re going to play big games like Sunday, so we want to take all the points,” Matic said.

“But we know we must respect them — they are a good team, they’re champions, and it’s going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities.

“It’s going to be a big game, it’s difficult to say what’s going to happen before it, but we will try to do our best and take points.”

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Former Red Devil Gary Neville slams Chelsea directors and managers over Nemanja Matic‘s move to Manchester United.

The Serbian midfielder is establishing himself at Old Trafford, being a real key-man for José Mourinho side in this first part of the season.

Matic moved from Stamford Bridge in a £ 35m move last summer but according to Neville this was a huge mistake:

“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville said on BBC Five Live after the Blues were defeated 3-0 in Rome yesterday.

“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.

“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside N’Golo Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.

“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job, Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.

“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”


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Manchester United announced on their official website and on their social networks’ accounts, they have agreed a fee for Romelu Lukaku transfer to Old Trafford.

“Manchester United – reads the statement on the Red Devils official website – is delighted to announce that it has agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. The transfer is subject to a medical and personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course”.

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It seems Isco wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of this season:  the 24- year old midfielder has started just 11 of 21 La Liga games so he hopes to find another team which can guarantee him a more regular presence in the starting XI.

Chelsea is one of the Premier League’s teams reportedly keeping an eye on Isco along with Tottenham and Manchester City.

Also Juventus is monitoring the Spanish player’s situation.

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Lampard tells Soccer AM how he would love a Blues return

This past Christmas week on Soccer AM, FRANK LAMPARD answered some quick fire questions and  expressed his love to return to Stamford Bridge. The 38-year old all-time leading goal scorer has now finished his contract after two seasons abroad in America with Major League Soccer Team New York City FC.
Even if LAMPARD is not offered a deal, he intends to still be at Chelsea first as a fan with his ‘season ticket’ and then to be involved in any way he can. The midfielder indeed has got hopes to continue as a player but also emphasises that he wants to remain at the top of his game for his family. Chelsea currently with players of youthful energetic ages and high flying midfielders of different talents may consider a LAMPARD return. This similar to his previous return after going to title rivals Manchester City may be subject to some scrutiny especially as other players already fit and in the current team are struggling to get into manager Antonio Conte’s starting line-up this season.

LAMPARD, now FRANK LAMPARD OBE after receiving his honours medal last year from Prince William at Buckingham Palace for services to football is already a Chelsea legend and is loved by fans all over the world. Since leaving Stanford Bridge he (Lampard) has played darts live on television and has spoken about his possibility of getting into football coaching and football commentary.

The Ex-Chelsea midfielder has had a fantastic career with success as well as high progress in his international football appearances for England with 105 caps. After starting a career with West Ham, LAMPARD went on to Chelsea where he scored 211 goals in 13 seasons before leaving in 2014 to join New York City FC where he also had a loan spell with Manchester City returning to the Premier League. A true living legend of Chelsea like LAMPARD has said that if he has to continue playing football it would “have to be perfect” and understands that after the age of 30 “things are different”. LAMPARD has put himself out there for the club and only time will tell if he gets his dream return.

LAMPARD says: “I feel fit and I’m fresh in mind” which some Blues’ fans will pretty much be happy to still hear whilst Chelsea is top of the table going into the New Year. He additionally expresses his view on Chelsea winning the Premier League as possible only if Chelsea “do not suffer from injuries”. A Christmas online poll on Mirror Sport has revealed that 64% of Chelsea fans voted for LAMPARD to be re-signed. If this is the wish of the fans and it is granted, the career of Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer could see him experience yet another return to make more history in the English premier League.

By: Samuel Georgewill
Supported By: Light Of The World FC





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JOHN OBI MIKEL can’t go on temporary loan in his last six months.

Despite the Christmas festive holiday acts of goodwill it is clear that no team in Europe or abroad will be able to receive the talented gifted Chelsea Midfielder. This is due to per FIFA regulations which do not permit a player in the final six months of a current deal to go on loan to another team. This was exclusively revealed on the Nigerian football website, OWNGOALNIGERIA.COM

The Nigerian Skipper has indeed been rumoured to be heading out of Stamford Bridge due to being left out of the team this season by new Blues Manager ANTONIO CONTE. Own Goal Nigeria claim that MIKEL has not only been ‘frozen out’ by CONTE but is now being held by FIFA and not able to go out on loan in January.

With six months left on his contract, MIKEL can only possibly leave on a permanent transfer rather than a temporary loan. He has options to go outside the Premier League and Europe as far as China where teams such as Shanghai SIPG, Hebei Fortune and Shanghai Shenhua have all shown a keen interest.

JOHN OBI MIKEL, now Chelsea’s second longest serving player an already a Chelsea current legend in the making; has been believed to be considering staying in Europe to continue his career. His family is quite a young family and he wants to remain in Europe instead of making a decision to drastically move so far as China. However, the money earned in China will indeed be much more and maybe considered to be worth the move by some. The clubs in Europe which are an option include Marseille and Inter Milan. As with other players who have gone from the Premier League to other teams in Europe, MIKEL may end up gaining further success there. Players such as FABREGAS, MOSES, LUIS and even LAMPARD have gone away to other teams and came back to Stamford Bridge. On this occasion however, while MIKEL after eleven seasons at Chelsea has still not featured asks the question whether he will consider going now with the hope to return under different circumstances similar to his fellow Nigerian team mate, VICTOR MOSES.





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After back to back premier League defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has come under pressure for his side poor form.

The Chelsea defense can be faulted the most for the recent poor form, with schoolboy errors from experienced midfielder Gary Cahill twice costing Chelsea points.

Speculations are making the rounds and according to The Mail,  Antonio Conte is planning a defensive clear out by selling off both Cahill and Ivanovic in the coming months with the imminent returns of Kurt Zouma and captain John Terry from their respective injuries.

The blues have conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Speaking on ​Sky Sports after the weekend’s defeat to the Gunners left Chelsea sitting down in eighth place in the league, the Times’ Matt Dickinson claimed that the Blues were in crisis – saying:

“A defensive crisis, that’s for sure,” the weird thing yesterday is to see the same mistakes. When you realise you’re doing something wrong in the first five minutes – playing from the back – and you think: ‘Okay, this isn’t working,’ but it was like the highlights were on a constant loop.”

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Chelsea remain keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij despite the Serie A side have reportedly offered him a new and improved deal, according to Calciomercato.com.

Antonio Conte reportedly retains an interest in De Vrij and with John Terry entering the twilight years of his career and Kurt Zouma still sidelined with a serious knee injury, a move when the transfer window reopens could be on the cards.

De Vrij was part of the Holland side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup under former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal two years ago.

The 24-year-old is in his third season with Lazio after signing from Feyenoord in 2014.

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2016 summer transfer window has slammed shut, and teams have made notable and significant changes from last season in the already ongoing 2016/2017 Premier League season, albeit the international break it has been quite an electric start for the two Manchester clubs and of course Chelsea who all lead by 9 points.

During the course of the transfer windows there were some good signings by Chelsea in the form of Michy Batshuayi from Olympique de Marseille and N’Golo Kante from current Premier League champions Leicester City as well as two notable deadline signings in Fiorentina’s left back Marcos Alonso and and most notably yet sensational return of former blue David Luiz which raised a few eyebrows with some greeting it with criticism and others skeptic about the transfer but the reactions have been the exact opposite with the fans,since he’s a “fans favorite” in his first spell,so it’s no surprise he’s been received with an opened hand by the fans. But irrespective of what’s being said or speculated only time will tell if the signings make the desired impact this season.

Then we have the Cesc Fabregas dilemma, that has been a blight in an otherwise good start for Chelsea ,with the fans calling for him to start games because his creativity is being wasted on the bench and the rumors were making the waves around during the summer transfer window about his proposed move to Spanish giants Real Madrid but the spaniard has come out bluntly to deny such and even claimed to have a fantastic relationship with BLues boss Antonio Conte also stating that he has Fabregas in his plans, but it is yet to be seen where Spaniard will be deployed as the season unfolds but only time will tell.

Unfortunately he inclusion of Kenedy and Matt Miazga to the club loan army stronghold with both joining Watford and Vitesse Arnhem respectively while Michael Hector joined Eintracht Frankfurt earlier,only the best can be wished to them while we are optimistic of the performances at the end of the season and hope they garner the expected experience and improvement.

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All the major Premier League deals in this summer 2016 transfer window:




Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach
Lucas Perez (Deportivo La Coruna)
Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia)


Mikel Arteta (released)
Tomas Rosicky (released)
Mathieu Flamini (released)

Wojciech Szczesny (Roma) Loan

Calum Chambers (Middlesbrough) Loan
Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen) 
Jack Wilshere (AFC Bournemouth) Loan 



Nathan Ake (Chelsea) Loan

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool)
Brad Smith (Liverpool) 
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) 
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) Loan



Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) Loan
Steven Defour (Anderlecht) 
Partrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan






Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) £13m
Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
James Tomkins (West Ham United) £10m
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) 
Loic Remy (Chelsea)


Emmanuel Adebayor (released)
Marouane Chamakh (released)
Yannick Bolasie (Everton) 
Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa)



Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) 
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)
Enner Valencia (West Ham) Loan 


Steven Pienaar (released)

John Stones (Manchester City)




Islam Slimani (Sporting CP )

Raul Uche Rubio (Rayo Vallecano)

Nampalys Mendy (Nice)

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow)



Mark Schwarzer (released)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Gokhan Inler (Besiktas)




Joel Matip (Schalke) Free

Sadio Mane (Southampton) 

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle)



Kolo Toure (released)

Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town)

Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce)

Jordon Ibe (AFC Bournemouth)

Joe Allen (Stoke City)  £13m

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

Mario Balotelli (Nice)

Lazar Markovic (Sporting) Loan




Ikay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) 
Nolito (Celta Vigo)
Leroy Sane (Schalke 04) 
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) to join in Jan 2017
Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional) 
John Stones (Everton) 
Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) 


Martin Demichelis (released)

Marlos Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan

Joe Hart (Torino) Loan

Wilfried Bony (Stoke City) Loan

Samir Nasri (Sevilla) Loan
Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia) Loan




Eric Bailly (Villarreal)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) Free
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) 
Paul Pogba (Juventus) £ 100m


Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough) Free

Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt) Loan

Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) Loan
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)





Marten De Roon (Atalanta)

Victor Valdes (Manchester United)

Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) Loan
Gaston Ramirez (Southampton)

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Loan




Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich)
Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace)

Sofiane Boufal (Lille)



Gaston Ramirez (released)
Kelvin Davis (retired)

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Jason McCarthy (Walsall) Loan
Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)




Joe Allen (Liverpool) £13m

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Loan
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) Loan


Joselu (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan




Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea) £8m
Paddy McNair (Manchester United)
Donald Love (Manchester United)
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) Loan
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Steven Pienaar Free


Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Wes Brown (released)

Emanuele Giaccherini (Napoli)




Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) 
Mike van der Hoorn (Ajax)

Fernando Llorente (Sevilla) Undisclosed



Eder (Lille)
Alberto Paloschi (Atalanta)

Bafetimbi Gomis (Marseille) Loan

Andre Ayew (West Ham United) £20.5m





Victor Wanyama (Southampton) 
Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar) 
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Marseille) 
Pau Lopez (Espanyol) Loan
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)


Grant Ward (Ipswich Town)
Federico Fazio (Roma) Loan
Alex Pritchard (Norwich City)

Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)
Ryan Mason (Hull City)




Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool)

Juan Camilo Zuniga (Napoli) Loan

Stefano Okaka (Anderlecht) Undisclosed

Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) 
Roberto Pereyra (Juventus)

Kenedy (Chelsea) Loan



Mario Suarez (Valencia) Loan




Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Hal Robson-Kanu free agent



Victor Anichebe (released)
Stephane Sessegnon (released)
Anders Lindegaard (released)

Sebastien Pocognoli (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan




Toni Martinez (Valencia)

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) Free transfer

Arthur Masuaku (Olympiacos)

Andre Ayew (Swansea City) £20.5m
Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado) Loan

Simone Zaza (Juventus) Loan
Alvaro Arbeloa free agent



Enner Valencia (Everton) Loan

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace)




Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup semifinal's second leg vs Tottenham, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues. "Higuain is a few hours...