Who Needs Costa When We Have Terry?

by David on July 19, 2014

John Terry PosterNot sure now Chelsea‘s big summer signing Diego Costa is going to get in the side the way that John Terry is playing this preseason.

In Chelsea’s first preseason game against Wycombe on Wednesday Terry got on the scoresheet and then on Saturday the Bluues captain bagged two more as a Chelsea XI fought back from 2-0 down to beat AFC Wimbledon in Kingston.

The Blues fell behind to first-half efforts from Alan Bennett and Matt Tubbs. Young midfielder Lewis Baker was influential as Chelsea mounted their second-half charge, setting up all three goals.


mourinho2Jose Mourinho has suggested Chelsea‘s transfer business for this summer’s window ended when they sealed the deal to sign Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid on Friday.

“I have to say my club did a fantastic job and not just because of what we brought, but because we did it in almost record time,” he added, as Luis joined Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa as the Blues’ three summer captures.

“The transfer market closes August 31, and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today. The club did fantastic. We knew the targets, we knew the players and the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage.”


new-jose-mourinhoChelsea manager Jose Mourinho is already in midseason form judging by is shot across the bow of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Speaking at at a BT Sport event in London Mourinho said this about the signing of former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas:

“I spoke with him for 20 minutes. I think he really wanted to come to us.

“As you know Arsenal had an option to interfere, but I think he was not open for that. I think he was very much in our direction so it was an easy job for me.”


Is Lukaku Heading To Atletico Madrid ?

by David on July 8, 2014

Romelu Lukaku ChelseaRomelu Lukaku says wants to be “free” of Chelsea by signing a permanent deal with a Champions League club.

The Belgium striker insists he does not want another season out on loan after spending the last two campaigns at West Brom and Everton.

And the Belgium forward , who has been linked with clubs all over Europe, said:

“What I don’t want is to be loaned out.

“I am 21 and I have been loaned for the last two seasons. Thibaut Courtois was loaned for three seasons and will be without doubt the first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper.

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Petr Cech Turns Down Move To Serie A

by David on July 3, 2014

Petr Cech dives to keep out  Bastian Schweinsteiger's penaltyPetr Cech’s agent has sensationally snubbed a move to Serie A, insisting his client won’t go to Italy because ‘there are too many problems’.

The veteran goalkeeper could well leave the club this summer with youngster Thibaut Courtois coming back to Stamford Bridge after three years on loan at Atletico Madrid.

However, the player’s representative has claimed that the shot-stopper is definitely not coming to the peninsula.

“Petr has a two-year contract, but I don’t know if it’s going to be respected,” Viktor Kolar told Aktualne.

“Both Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are interested. He’s a great goalkeeper and will play for another big club.


Chelsea hand Schwarzer new deal

by David on July 2, 2014

Mark-SchwarzerChelsea have announced that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a new one-year contract.

The 41-year-old Schwarzer headed to Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer from west London neighbours Fulham to offer back-up to Petr Cech.

The former Australia international made 12 starts and a single substitute appearance, in the Champions League semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid.

With the impending arrival of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea this summer, is Schwarzer’s job to be his back-up or is he simply Chelsea’s third choice goalkeeper as Cech will back-up Courtois?


Its Official- Chelsea Sign Diego Costa

by David on July 2, 2014

diego-costa2It was a poorly kept secret that Atletico Madrid and Spain stoker Diego Costa was heading to Stamford Bridge and on Tuesday, Chelsea confirmed signing the striker.

A statement on the Chelsea website read:

Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.

A statement on the Atletico website added:

“Diego Costa communicated to us at the end of last season his wish to be transferred to Chelsea FC and today the two entities have reached an agreement for the transfer of his rights, by which the London club is obligated to pay the buy-out clause in the contract between player and club.


Wallace Joins Vitesse On Loan

by David on July 1, 2014

Chelsea has announced full-back Wallace has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan to gain more regular first-team football.

The 20-year-old is the latest in a long line of Chelsea players to be loaned out to Vitesse.

Lucas Piazon, Bertrand Traore, Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Atsu, Gael Kakuta and Sam Hutchinson have all spent time at the Dutch club in the last 12 months.

Vitesse, who finished sixth in the Eredivisie last season, enjoy a close relationship with the Blues. The club’s owner Alexander Chigrinsky is an associate of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.


Mikel Welcomes Cesc Competition

by David on July 1, 2014

John_Obi_MikelJohn Obi Mikel says he is not worried about the increased competition for places in the Chelsea midfield following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas left Barcelona this summer to sign a five-year deal with Chelsea, returning to London where he first made his name during eight Premier League seasons at Arsenal.

At Chelsea since 2006, Mikel remains under contract for a further three seasons with the Blues, and told reporters ahead of Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup round of 16 encounter with France he was relishing the opportunity to be in the same side as the Spain international.


Now PSG Are After Oscar

by David on June 24, 2014

OscarOscar has told French media that he has had contact with Paris Saint-Germain this summer but has no plans to leave Chelsea.

The 22-year-old Brazilian is the latest Stamford Bridge star to be linked to PSG, with Eden Hazard heavily rumoured to have been high on Laurent Blanc’s summer wishlist before he confirmed his commitment to Chelsea.

Fellow Brazilian David Luiz also recently sealed a big-money move to the French capital.

Oscar, who has played a key role for the hosts in the World Cup so far, has now followed in the footsteps of Hazard in publicly declaring he wants to stay at the London club.