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
£32 million was the transfer fee that Chelsea had to pay in order to sign N’GoloKante from Leicester City, the French player completed his move to Stamford Bridge on July 16 of 2016 and so far it seems like he has impressed the head coach Antonio Conte.
N’GoloKanté has performed in all 3 of the opening league matches of Chelsea and Antonio Conte has stated himself that he has been impressed by what he has seen in relation to the 25 year old French midfielder.
On August 15, Chelsea played against West Ham in their opening match of the season 2016-17 and Antonio Conte said: “N’Golo is a great player, a great buy. He’s important for the team; he has good technique and fantastic stamina. He’s able to cover a lot of space and help his team-mates always. We are happy with his performance but I was happy with the performance of all my players.”
This was the statement released by Antonio Conte as the Italian manager said that he was impressed by the performance that N’GoloKanté displayed during that match. Chelsea went on to win that game with a final scoreboard of 2-1 and they have continued their string of positive results with successive triumphs over Watford and Burnley. Continue reading
Chelsea missed the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday evening.
Branislav Ivanovic put the Blues in front on the stroke of half time, only for Baggies substitute Victor Anichebe to equalise three minutes from time to give Pepe Mel’s side a share of the spoils with their only attempt on target in the entire game.
Both Arsenal and Manchester City now have the opportunity to leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s men, should they win their matches against Manchester United and Sunderland respectively.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now turn their attention their trip to Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup in four days’ time, while their next league game is against Everton at Stamford Bridge the following Saturday.
Elsewhere, Eden Hazard has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to French champions Paris Saint Germain, according to Sky Sports.
The Belgium international midfielder, who scored his first hat-trick for the Blues in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United, is a reported target for the mega-spending Ligue 1 side though he has expressed his desire to achieve success in West London.
Chelsea beat Premier League title favourites 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday evening to move level on points with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, and two behind leaders Arsenal.
Branislav Ivanovic’s 32nd minute strike was enough to separate the sides, and consign City to their first home defeat of the season.
The Blues, who are contenders for the title according to manager Jose Mourinho, will now turn their attention to next weekend’s visit of Newcastle United, which is followed by a trip to West Bromwich Albion before they return to the Etihad Stadium a week on Saturday in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Elsewhere Thibaut Courtois’ father has insisted that Petr Cech’s Chelsea future must be decided before Courtois junior decides where he will be playing his football next season, ESPN understands.
The Belgium international is currently in his third campaign with Atletico Madrid, who climbed to the top of La Liga for the first time since 1996 after they beat Real Sociedad 4-0, and champions Barcelona were defeated by Valencia.
Courtois, who has kept clean sheets in half of Atleti’s league games so far this season, has already won the Copa Del Rey, Europa League and Super Cup in his time in the Spanish capital.
Chelsea remain without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for Sunday afternoon’s visit of Premier League champions Manchester United.
The pair are unlikely to return until later this month, so Ashley Cole is set to continue at left back with Cesar Azpilicueta playing on the right.
New signing Nemanja Matic could be included to make his second Blues debut, ironically in place of David Luiz, the man for whom the Serbia international was used as a makeweight to land in 2011.
The sides played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford back in August, while there last meeting at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-0 win for the Blues in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Last season’s corresponding league match was won by United in October 2012, while Chelsea won in extra time when the sides met in the League Cup four days later.
Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand has been loaned to Aston Villa for the rest of the season, Sky Sports understands.
The full back has been used sparingly this season, making just one appearance in the Premier League, and two in the League Cup.
He could make his debut tomorrow afternoon when Villa travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.
Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime with a trip to Hull City.
The Blues remain without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, both of whom are out of action for about a month with muscle and knee problems respectively.
The sides met at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, when goals from Oscar and Lampard secured a 2-0 home win.
Another three points here will see Jose Mourinho’s men move to the top of the league, with second place Manchester City not playing until Sunday when they face a difficult trip to Newcastle United, while Arsenal travel to Aston Villa on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, the Metro understands the Eden Hazard has told friends that he wants to join Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
Reports in France suggest the Belgium international ‘will do whatever it takes’ to secure a move to the Ligue 1 leaders.
The 23 year old moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Lille, and has since notched up eighty-nine appearances in all competitions for the club.
Twenty-seven of those outings have come this season, while he is the Blues’ top scorer so far this campaign with ten goals.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad for Sunday afternoon’s trip to Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Blues impressed in the league over the Christmas period, taking ten points from the twelve available after beating Southampton, Liverpool, Swansea City and drawing 0-0 with leaders Arsenal.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic have both been ruled out for a month, and join Ryan Bertrand and Marco van Ginkel on the side-lines.
Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-1 in the semi-finals of the competition last April to condemn the club to their first FA Cup defeat, within 90 minutes, since they lost to Barnsley in March 2008.
Derby currently sit in fourth place in the Championship, and lost for the first time in ten games last time as Wigan Athletic ran out 1-0 winners when the sides met at the iPro Stadium on New Year’s Day.
They are the top scorers in the second tier with 48 goals in 24 matches, though they have also conceded the most, 30, of all the sides in the top fourteen of the division.
Chelsea ran out 6-1 winners the last time the sides faced each other, in Derby’s disastrous Premier League campaign of 2007/08.
Chelsea began 2014 in style by beating Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s to keep pressure on the top two in the Premier League.
Second half goals from Fernando Torres, Willian and Oscar secured all three points for the Blues, who remain a point behind second place Manchester City, who won at Swansea City and two points behind leaders Arsenal, who beat Cardiff City.
Liverpool moved back into the top four after taking all three points from their match against Hull City, while Everton slip to fifth after drawing with Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Manchester United into sixth following their second successive win at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie against Derby County.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the trip to the iPro Stadium after the Blues boss confirmed that the pair will both be out of action for a month, according to the Metro.
England international Lampard was substituted with a muscle injury at half time during Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, while Serbian Ivanovic injured his knee during the same game, and was replaced during the second half.
Chelsea will be without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for this afternoon’s trip to Southampton, as the pair both picked up injuries in Sunday’s win over Liverpool.
David Luiz will also miss the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend, though fellow Brazil international Ramires returns after serving a one match ban.
Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met at Stamford Bridge a month ago, with Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba scoring the goals after Jay Rodriguez had given the Saints the lead in the first minute.
The Blues could end the day in first place if they win, and Arsenal and Manchester City fail to win against Cardiff City and Swansea City respectively.
Elsewhere, the club have completed the signing of Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore, according to BBC Sport.
A deal was agreed for the eighteen year old back in October after he had impressed as a trialist, scoring three goals in the Blues preseason tour of Asia.
Traore made his international debut at just 15, and was part of the Burkina Faso squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where he made one appearance as a substitute.