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Thomas Vermaelen might be back playing in the English top flight next summer and that too for Chelsea

Thomas Vermaelen might be back playing in the English top flight next summer and that too for Chelsea.

It has been known now that John Terry’s contract is not going to be extended at Stamford Bridge.

So, his departure is almost certain and in that case, the Blues would definitely need an oily defender to fill his shoes and there would be very few better options than Vermaelen.

Veramelen is currently at Barcelona, but, his position over there is not good as he is not getting to play as many games as he probably should be.

So, he would not be that reluctant either to move away from the Catalan giants’ camp.

If he does so and comes to Chelsea, it would be pretty similar to what Cesc Fabregas had done.

Fabregas had also left Arsenal to join Barcelona and then, after a couple of years, came back to England to join Chelsea.

The Arsenal faithful, since then, have been very angry with Fabregas and even now, they don’t let go of any opportunity to have a brutal verbal go at the Spanish playmaker.

Vermaelen should also be ready to take the flak if he makes his way to Stamford Bridge.

Vermaelen was actually rumoured to be on the target of Manchester United as well in the earlier parts of the mid-season transfer window, but, Luis Enrique, the Barcelona head coach, had denied that possibility at that time terming Vermaelen a vital cog in the team’s set up. Continue reading

Willian reckons victory against the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev

Willian reckons victory against the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev the other day in a European clash shows that Chelsea is starting to find a bit of confidence again.

The Blues beat Kiev 2-1 with Willian playing a major role in that, converting a free kick at a crucial juncture.

Willian has actually been somebody, who unlike most of the other Chelsea players, has not come for much criticism recently. He has produced the goods.

The Brazil international has made 16 appearances in Chelsea jersey across all competitions in the season so far and has put the ball into the net 5 times which is not a bad performance at all.

Talking to the press yesterday, he said, “I think it’s all falling in place for us. Confidence wise, we are getting there and the results are only going to help. It was important to try and secure three points over here and we will have to capitalize on this win now. It’s not been easy at all for us this summer, but, we’ve always believed we can turn the tables.”

Chelsea is now occupying the second position in the standings in the Champions’ League Group G and they are well and truly in race for making it to the pre quarter final round of the competition. Continue reading

Mourinho marks return with victory

Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning return to Stamford Bridge as his Chelsea side beat newly-promoted Hull City 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard wrapped up the victory for the Blues, who extend their unbeaten home league run under Mourinho to sixty-one games.

The hosts were awarded a penalty after just six minutes, though Hull keeper Allan McGregor saved Lampard’s effort.

They eventually took the lead seven minutes later through Oscar before Lampard fired in a long range free kick half way through the first half.

New signings Marco van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle both made their bows as second half substitutes, with the latter replacing fellow debutant Kevin De Bruyne.

The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday’s match against Aston Villa, who currently sit a place above the Blues by virtue of goals scored following their 3-1 win at Arsenal.

Meanwhile, ESPN understand that Chelsea are lining up a third and final bid of around £40m for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The England international made two assists after coming on as a second half substitute against Swansea City on Saturday, and cut a lonely figure as the rest of his teammates celebrated.

Mourinho happy with first team squad

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has endorsed the Chelsea’s three new signings ahead of the clubs preseason tour of Asia, according to Sky Sports.

Andre Schurrle, Marco Van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer will join up with their new teammates for the trip on Thursday, and the returning manager is pleased with the business the Blues has done.

The 50 year old has also been waxing lyrical about Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tomas Kalas, all of whom are expected to be bedded into the first team next season.

The trio spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion, Werder Bremen and Vitesse Arnhem, but are now considered ready for action.

Meanwhile, the club have been boosted in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruma, after the Portugal under 20 star reportedly begged for a move to Stamford Bridge, the Metro understands.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on the 18 year old, who recently impressed at the Under 20s World Cup in Turkey, though a deal has dragged on.

The Blues original offer of £12million was rejected by Sporting, who are keen to keep hold of Bruma for at least another twelve months.

Manchester City and Real Madrid are also reportedly interested, but have not made a move as yet, as they pursue other targets.

Mata distances himself from exit rumours

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata is adamant that he will be at Stamford Bridge next season, despite reports that returning manager Jose Mourinho could move him on.

The Spanish international scored twenty goals in all competitions last season, leading to be named the clubs Player of the Year for the second season in succession; a feat only achieved by Blues legends Frank Lampard, Ray Wilkins and John Hollins.

Mata, who has three years remaining on his contract, told Spanish newspaper Marca that the possibility of him being sold has not been mentioned to him, whilst insisting that he is happy at the club.

Mata’s Spanish counterpart Fernando Torreshas also insisted that he wants to work with Mourinho, after being linked with a move to Barcelona.

The 29 year old emerged as a shock target for the La Liga Champions last week, despite suffering a drop in form since securing a £50million move to Chelsea in January 2011.

Meanwhile, the club look set to miss out on signing forward Robert Lewandowski, who looks set to remain at Borussia Dortmund for the final year of his contract.

Both Manchester clubs have also been linked with the Polish international, who is likely to secure a free transfer to Bayern Munich next summer.

Mourinho now ‘the happy one’

Jose Mourinho has declared that he is ‘the happy one’ following his return to Stamford Bridge for his second spell as manager.

The 50 year old yesterday gave his first press conference since retaking the reigns at Chelsea; speaking to the broadcast media for almost an hour.

On the players still with the club from his first regime, Mourinho stressed that there would be “no privilege for them”, whilst expressing his willingness to work with those who have served the club well in recent years.

On John Terry, Mourinho refused to comment on any decisions that were made by Rafael Benitez during his time at the club, but did confirm that would the former England skipper would remain as club captain.

In the case of those players out on loan, specifically Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, the Portuguese coach said his job was to “extract the best out of that investment”.

Mourinho insists that he has learnt a lot in his five and a half years since initially leaving Stamford Bridge, during which time he won leagues and cups with Real Madrid and Inter Milan, also clinching the Champions League with the latter during a treble winning 2009/10 campaign at the San Siro.

Mourinho set to face press

Jose Mourinho is preparing to face the media for the first time since returning to Stamford Bridge as manager.

The 50 year old last week signed a four year contract with the Blues, and his first press conference of his second spell will take place this afternoon.

It is nine years since Mourinho’s initial arrival in London, when he famously told the media that he was a ‘Special One’.

Discussions on the future of a number of squad will no doubt be on the agenda, as well as the several transfer targets the Chelsea have been linked with, not least the plethora of strikers rumoured to be moving to the club.

The Express claims that the Blues will bid around £90million for Edinson Cavani and Hulk, whilst the club have also been alerted to reports that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski will not be joining Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.

However, the Express also understand that Belgiium international Romelu Lukaku will be part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the forthcoming campaign, and so will not be loaned out again.

The 20 year old excelled during his season long spell with West Bromwich Albion, scoring seventeen goals in thirty-five Premier League appearances.

Mourinho returns as Chelsea manager

Josse Mourinho’s return to Chelsea was finally confirmed yesterday, with the self-proclaimed Special One set to be unveiled at a press conference next Monday.

The Portuguese manager has signed a four year deal with the club to the delight of chief executive Ron Gourlay, who declared that “his continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate”.

During his first spell at the club, Mourinho guided the Blues to their first league championship in fifty years, retaining the trophy the next season.

He also won two league cups and an FA cup, as well as a community shield before being dismissed a month into his fourth season at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho then moved to Inter Milan, where he again clinched back to back league titles and the Coppa Itallia; winning the 2010 Champions League final against Bayern Munich before moving to Real Madrid.

Following a victorious Coppa Del Rey campaign in his first season at the Bernabeu, another league championship was recorded in 2012, making Mourinho only the third manager ever to have won the top division in at least four countries.

Chelsea’s odds of winning a first league title in four seasons next year were slashed to just 5/2 following yesterday’s announcement.

Mourinho confirms Blues return

Jose Mourinho has finally put to an end any doubts that he will become the next Chelsea manager by confirming on Spanish television that he will return to Stamford Bridge by the end of the week.

The news is sure to delight Blues fans, a number of which failed to accept interim manager Rafael Benitez, who last week left the club to become manager of Italian side Napoli.

Mourinho won back to back league titles, as well as two league cups and the FA Cup during his first spell at the club, which ran from 2004 to 2007.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has issued an apology to Chelsea after their official website which seemed to confirm the Special One’s return was published by mistake.

They indicated that the piece, that has since been removed, was written with the possibility of a managerial change in mind, and wasn’t meant to be uploaded.

Elsewhere, the club are prepared to part company with defensive duo David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Star.

Barcelona are reportedly considering a £40 million bid for the pair which, if accepted, would free up funds for Chelsea’s new manager to spend on rebuilding the squad.

Mourinho expected to return next week

A ‘senior Blues source’ has claimed that a deal to bring Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge is officially completed, according to the Metro.

The 50 year old will return to the club he originally left in 2007 next week after reportedly signing a £40 million four year deal.

It is believed that the self-proclaimed Special One will take a short holiday following next week’s final La Liga game of the season against Osasuna, before returning to the Chelsea hot seat for the second time.

The Metro also claim that Mourinho has assembled his backroom staff ahead of his return.

Fitness coach Rui Faria has been rumoured to again team up with the former Blues boss, along with Sivinio Louro expected to be handed a prominent coaching role.

Goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon is likely to remain at Stamford Bridge as is former Chelsea winger Bolo Zenden, who was brought in by outgoing interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku has told Talk Sport that he ‘has to be realistic’ regarding his future with the club.

Whilst maintaining that his first ambition is to play for Chelsea the Belgian international, who scored 17 league goals in his season long loan at West Bromwich Albion, has indicated that he may have to consider other options.