Chelsea are reportedly stalling on their potential approach for James Rodriguez after knowing of Real Madrid’s £70m asking price for the Colombia international.
The South American attacker has been constantly linked with a Premier League move after he was found applying for a UK working visa earlier in the January transfer window. Rodriguez eventually opted to stay put at the Bernabeu under the advice of agent Jorge Mendes with a view to resolving his future in the summer.
Rodriguez was partially used by Zidane Zinedine during the course of the previous campaign with most of his goals coming off the substitutes’ bench. The most surprise decision of them all was his surprise exclusion from the Champions League final squad despite training with the squad prior to the showpiece event against Juventus. Los Blancos eventually won the premier competition to become the first side ever to retain the title in the modern era. Continue reading
Antonio Conte says that he is disappointed to see the referee Mark Clattenburg leave the Premier league.
One of the best referees in England, Clattenburg has been given the opportunity to take charge of some of the biggest games like the English FA Cup final. He was regarded as the next big thing in English football refereeing aside from Howard Webb, who retired from refereeing a few years ago. Clattenburg was recently rumoured to be considering offers from China and Saudi Arabia. These were far more lucrative than the £ 100,000 per year contract he currently receives as the Premier League referee.
In addition to this contract, Clattenburg is understood to be receiving around £5,000 per match. Now, the referee will be receiving a whopping £ 500,000 per year. More importantly, this will be money that does not attract any taxes since Saudi Arabia is a tax haven. It is also understood that China offered him around £ 1 million per year in order to be the head of refereeing. Continue reading
Antonio Conte has taken a parting shot at midfielder Oscar, who has secured a move to Chinese football, by saying that the midfielder has lost a fantastic opportunity to play in the Premier League.
Regarded as the best league in the world, the Premier League is one of the home pitch for some of the greatest players in the world like Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard. However, Oscar has chosen to follow the riches on offer, as he has moved to an unknown league where he will be earning £ 20 million per year. Oscar has become the best paid player in the world following this move.
Chelsea will be receiving £ 60 million, which can be invested on new players like James Rodriguez even in the January transfer window, for the player who was signed for just £ 25 million for years ago. Even though they have made an extremely healthy profit on the player, it seems that manager Antonio Conte is sad to lose a player just entering into the prime of his career. Continue reading
BranislavIvanovic has stated that he accepts his current situation after being dropped to the bench by Antonio Conte.
He said that he has no hard feelings towards the manager and that he wants to do his best for the team. He believes that the manager has made the best decision by choosing the most in-form players and that he will accept the situation at the moment.
Indeed BranislavIvanovic has been a major player for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and seems to have now lost his first place in the team. The defender said that he understands the situation and that he will be training hard in order to win his place back in the team.
The player has been criticized for the past months, and it seems that Antonio Conte has finally decided to replace him in the team. Indeed the player has been the culprit of many mistakes that have gifted opposition goals against Chelsea. Many pundits believe that BranislavIvanovic may have a hard time in getting his place back in the team and that at the moment Antonio Conte has different alternatives in this position.
The rumours linking Diego Costa with a move away from Chelsea do not seem to be going away even after the appointment of Antonio Conte.
The striker has been linked with an imminent return to Atletico Madrid, where he became a legend in the last few years. Costa was a major factor in helping Chelsea lift the league title in the 2014-15 season, but he had a very poor season the last time around. His poor form was especially pronounced in the first half of the season when José Mourinho was the manager. Incredibly, Costa’s form including dramatically after Mourinho was sacked and Guus Hiddink was appointed.
The patchy form for the Spaniard in the last two seasons may have been one of the reasons, while language issues have also been spoken about. Costa has scored 36 goals in the last two campaigns, which is a good return for someone who cost only £ 30 million. At 27 years of age, the striker still has plenty to offer for the club if he manages to strike good form. After having been an extended holiday due to Euro 2016, Costa was seen only towards the latter end of the Chelsea’s pre-season. It remains highly doubtful if he would start the game against West Ham on Monday night.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stated that Diego Costa should stay with the London club.
There were reports that the striker might be looking for a move to Atletico Madrid, but Conte has denied the existence of such rumors. He said that Diego Costa is happy to play with Chelsea and that he will be staying with the club next season.
Antonio Conte said that Diego Costa is an important player for the team and that there is no reason that he should be leaving in the summer. He admitted that he has always been a fan of the player and that he wants the player to stay at the club. Conte said that Diego Costa is an outstanding player and that he is one of the best forward players in the world at the moment.
For Antonio Conte, Chelsea needs to have the best players in the world and that they will not allow Diego Costa to leave. He said that Costa is happy at the club and that they are building a team around him. He stated that he is not aware of any rumors that Diego Costa wants to leave the club. At the moment he is a Chelsea player and said that he would be staying for the long term.
Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink believes that defender and captain John Terry is worthy of a new contract.
The 35-year-old is set to leave the club at the end of the campaign as his contract runs out in a few weeks. Chelsea confirmed six months ago that they would not be extending the deal of their talisman even though the player himself expressed his desire to stay. After his recent sending-off against Sunderland, Terry will be unavailable for the last two games against Liverpool and Leicester City. This denies him a chance to put on a Chelsea shirt for one final time at Stamford Bridge.
After having given impeccable service to the club over the last decade, Hiddink feels that Terry deserves a great sending-off if he is to leave the club. However, he has urged the club to reconsider their decision since he feels that a player like Terry is invaluable in the dressing room. The presence of Terry is especially important next season considering that new manager Antonio Conte comes to the club to replace Hiddink. He has no experience of managing outside England and any help from experienced players with the Chelsea squad will be immense. Terry is last of the old guard left at the club. Continue reading
Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea can utilise their underdog status and potentially aim to win the Champions League this season.
The blues are not even listed as amongst the favourites to win this season’s title after having been very poor so far. Surprisingly, the Premier League champions are involved in a relegation fight with the season almost about to approach Christmas. Mourinho has still been kept in the job and it has been unlike Roman Abramovich, who has resorted to sacking managers even at the slightest hint of poor results. It seems that Mourinho will stay at the club irrespective of the results – at least until the end of the campaign.
For the time being, the manager can hope to impress the owner with some good performances in the Champions League. It has certainly been arriving for the club and the latest was in the 2-0 win over FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich was in the stands to witness this victory and he applauded the team following a good performance. Mourinho says that this victory has done little to change Chelsea’s status as one of the underdogs especially in the competition that has the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona. However, the club’s previous success in the competition came under similar circumstances and Mourinho has targeted a repeat of the same. Continue reading
Chelsea will be hoping to regain their four point lead at the top of the Premier League when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool’s victory over Sunderland on Wednesday moved them to with a point of first place, but with Brendan Rodgers’ side not playing until Sunday afternoon, and Arsenal hosting Manchester City later on Saturday, the Blues can once again create distance between themselves and the chasing back.
Ramires remains suspended, while Samuel Eto’o is doubtful after limping out of last weekend’s 6-0 win over Arsenal, and Ashely Cole is doubtful with the knee injury that kept him out of that game.
The Blues have won their past five games against the Eagles, the last of which saw goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires secure all three points for Jose Mourinho’s men at Selhurst Park back in December.
Palace themselves are desperate for the points as they look to end a run of five games without a win.
Last weekend’s last minute loss to Newcastle United – their eighteenth of the season, left them just three points of the bottom three of the top flight, having played a game more than eighteenth place Sunderland.
Premier League leaders Chelsea will hope to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack as they welcome third place Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Victory for Jose Mourinho’s men will see them regain a seven point advantage over their London rivals and Liverpool, who travel to Cardiff City later in the day while Manchester City in fourth face Fulham at Craven Cottage.
David Luiz may return to the Blues starting line-up after being fit enough to be named on the bench for Tuesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg victory over Galatasaray, though Ashley Cole is set to remain on the side-lines with the knee problem that saw him miss out midweek.
Brazilian internationals Willian and Ramires miss out having both been sent off in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
Should Chelsea lose to the Gunners in what is Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge, it would give all of the three sides below them the chance to overtake them in midweek.
Arsenal host Swansea City and Manchester City travel to neighbours Manchester United on Tuesday evening, while Liverpool host a struggling Sunderland side twenty-four hours later.