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Chelsea will face Slavia Praha in the Europa League’s quarter-final. The Blues’ will play the first-leg on Thursday 11th April away before hosting the Czech side on 18th April at Stamford Bridge.

Should Maurizio Sarri‘s men go through the next-stage, they will play against Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Here’s the draw in full:

ARSENAL v NAPOLI 

VILLARREAL v VALENCIA 

BENFICA v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 

SLAVIA PRAHA V CHELSEA

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Portuguese publication A Bola reported Porto have been offered David Luiz as part of the deal to land former Inter Milan and Galatasaray wing-back Alex Telles to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

However, the Brazilian star believes the unconfirmed rumor linking him with a move to Porto is “more of a newspaper lie” and “Benfica is always in the heart” after spending almost 4 years at the club since 2007.

David Luiz wrote on Instagram: “The history of FC Porto is more of a newspaper lie, the same ones that ask for interviews many times !! Haha. BENFICA always in the heart!!!”

David Luiz was left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad from head-coach Tite.

The former Paris Saint-Germain defender made 83 appearances for Benfica until January 2011, when he signed for Chelsea on a £18m plus Nemanja Matic deal.

The 31-year-old has started pre-season training with Chelsea in Cobham yesterday

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New Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic takes a little dig at his former club, Chelsea.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his super debut at Old Trafford against West Ham last Sunday, the Serbian midfielder claimed the Red Devils are one step above the Blues:

“Everyone knows what Manchester United is about. It is different.

“Chelsea is a big club, Benfica are the biggest club in Portugal. But Manchester United is Manchester United.”

“Maybe you have two or three clubs similar to United, but it is one of the biggest clubs in the world for sure.

“When I came here for the first day, I could feel that the people at the club help you every day if you need something and supporters are very important for this club.”

Matic spoke also about José Mourinho, who strongly wanted to reunite with him at Old Trafford after bringing him back to Chelsea in January 2014:

“He was very important for me,” the Serbian said about the Special One.

“When I decided to come to Manchester, he was a reason to come here.

“My decision was very quick and very clear. You don’t need to think a lot about if you are going to come.”

 

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Nemanja Matic will finally move to Manchester United in the next days.

The Serbian midfielder didn’t even take part to Chelsea Asian tour because his transfer to Old Trafford seemed imminent, but the deal was delayed because the two parts still have to agree the bonus payments.

Matic is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Red Devils for at least one month and also the transfer fee, £35, have been agreed for a while but the move won’t be completed until the two clubs can iron out every last detail of his transfer.

The Serbia international will reunite with former boss José Mourinho, who was the man that signed him back at Stamford Bridge in January 2014 for £ 25m, after Matic moved to Benfica in 2011 in the David Luiz’s deal.

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Manchester United have beaten Chelsea in the race to sign Benfica star Victor Lindelof following the confirmation of the signing from the Red Devils.

An official statement read: “Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a medical examination, international clearance and personal terms”.

“A further announcement will be made once the transfer is completed”.

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Manchester United are closing in on a £35m move to complete the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof next week, according to Portuguese publication Record.

The Chelsea target won’t join the Blues as looks set to have a medical at United on Wednesday. Lindelof, who will reportedly put the pen to paper on a five-year deal at Old Trafford, had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January transfer window.

 

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Nemanja Matic praised former Chelsea teammate Branislav Ivanovic after the Serbian star joined Zenit St Petersburg on Deadline Day.

The 32-year-old helped Matic since the current Blues’ midfielder joined Chelsea in 2008 coming back to London in 2011 from Benfica.

When asked about Ivanovic, Matic told Standard Sport: “When I first came here eight years ago, he helped me a lot in the changing room, in training sessions because my English was terrible. 

“He was my older brother at the club and it was a pleasure to play with him. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career.

“He has gone to a big club in Russia and is still captain in the national team, so we will still get to play together. But it was a pleasure to train and have him as a team-mate at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and seem ready to challenge Manchester United to sign the Swedish star next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte wants a centre-back to strengthen his team and could consider to land the 22-year-old to Stamford Bridge despite interest from Josè Mourinho’s side.

Benfica reportedly ask a fee esteemed around £38m to let Lindelof leave Portugal.

Also Inter Milan are said to be interested in the highly-rated defender, who made 26 appearances with his side this season so far.

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Both Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in January, according to reports in Italy.

It is understood the Blues tried to sign the Sweden international star this summer but failed to reach an agreement with the Portuguese giants.

The 22-year-old has a £25m buy-out clause in his contract, which is due to expire in June 2020.

 

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Chelsea are set to make a final £25m bid to land Benfica defender Victor Lindelof to the Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Star.

The Blues are considering a move to sign at least another defender following the arrival of Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina on a £23m move today.

Antonio Conte is reportedly targeting also West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna and former Chelsea star David Luiz, who might come back from Paris Saint-Germain on this transfer deadline day.

According to A Bola also Inter Milan have recently joined the race to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

 

 

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