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Mata faces late fitness test ahead of Hulll game

Jose Mourinho has just one injury concern for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Hull City on Sunday.

Juan Mata will face a late fitness test ahead of the game after suffering a slight knock, with the rest of the first team squad fit and vying for a starting berth.

Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to get the nod having returned from a season long loan with West Bromwich Albion, while Kevin De Bruyne and Michael Essien have also return after spending a year away from the club.

New signings Andre Schurlle and Marco Van Ginkel may feature at some stage, though Mark Schwarzer is expected to provide nothing more than back up to first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The omens are good for the returning Blues boss, with the club unbeaten in the last sixteen opening day fixtures, and also unbeaten in their four fixtures against the Tigers in the Premier League.

However, in terms of statistics there is none more impressive than Jose Mournho’s home record in England’s top flight.

During his first spell with the club, the Portuguese manager was undefeated at Stamford Bridge and will be confident of maintaining that record as the Blues take on one of the favourites for relegation.

 

Chelsea sign Schwarzer

Chelsea have announced that they have signed verteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a one year contract.

The Australia international was released by local rivals Fulham last month following the arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg, and will provide competition for first choice shot-stopper Petr Cech.

Schwarzer came to England seventeen years ago with Bradford City, but moved to Middlesbrough after playing just thirteen games for the Bantams.

In eleven and a half years in the North East, the 40 year old racked up nearly 450 appearances, including the 2004 League Cup final victory over Bolton Wanderers.

A move to Craven Cottage followed, where he missed only a handful of games in five years, making him the only overseas player to have turned out over 500 times in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the club will have to pay £30million if they are to have any chance of securing the services of Aston Villa’s want-away striker Christian Benteke.

The Blues are one of a number of clubs to be linked with a move for the Belgian international, who scored nineteen goals in his debut season in the Premier League last year.

The 22 year old handed in a transfer request earlier this week.

Chelsea agree Van Ginkel deal

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United in the race to sign Dutch international midfielder Marco Van Winkel from Vitesse Arnhem, the Metro understands.

The 20 year old is set to undergo a medical with the club ahead of the £8million transfer, and will become the Blues second new signing of the summer following the arrival of Germany striker Andre Schurrle.

Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Hulk has admitted that he would be happy to stay at Zenit St. Petersburg should an agreement with another club not be reached.

Chelsea have been linked with the 26 year old, who was part of Brazil’s victorious Confederations Cup squad last month, while Tottenham Hotspur and big spending Monaco are also said to be interested.

Elsewhere, the Guardian have reported that the club will make an improved offer for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a backup for first choice Petr Cech after neither Ross Turnbull nor Hilario were offered new contracts, while Belgian international Thibaut Courtois has been allowed to extend his loan with Atletico Madrid for a further year.

The Canaries rejected a £5million bid last week, with it believed they are holding out for a fee closer to the £10million mark.

Oscar ready for a busy run in

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has told ESPN that the club will not make any sacrifices as they embark on run of four fixtures in nine days.

The Blues face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, before hosting Manchester United in their FA Cup Quarter Final replay less than 48 hours later.

They then play Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Europa League Quarter Final on Thursday before a home game against Sunderland in the league on Sunday.

However, Brazilian international Oscar has claimed that the club are not prioritising any particular competition, insisting the club want to win every game.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Petr Cech became the second Blues player in two months to win his 100th international cap.

The 30 year old reached the milestone in Czech Republic’s 3-0 win in Armenia in the World Cup Qualifiers last night.

Ashley Cole made his 101st England appearance in the 1-1 draw in Montenegro last night, while Frank Lampard remains on 95 caps after being an unused substitute in Podgorica.

Elsewhere, Eden Hazard hit the winner for Belgium in their 1-0 win over Macedonia in the pick of the performances by Chelsea players on international duty.