Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline fracas

Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ianni twice goaded Jose Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for the hosts, leading to the United manager having to be held back by stewards as he attempted to chase the Italian down the tunnel. Mourinho has avoided a charge from the Football Association for his role in the incident and has instead been reminded of his responsibilities.…

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‘Forget it, it’s over’: Mourinho accepts apology after touchline fracas

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accepted an apology from Chelsea second assistant coach Marco Ianni following the touchline line row that greeted the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager, was left incensed as he leapt from his seat and had to be held back by stewards after Ianni celebrated wildly when Ross Barkley scored a last gasp equalizer for the home side. Mourinho raised three fingers to the Chelsea faithful to indicate the number of Premier League titles he won at the club as tensions…

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Real Madrid make contact with Antonio Conte – reports

Real Madrid contacted Antonio Conte this week as the Italian is their first choice to replace Julen Lopetegui if he fails to turn his side’s fortunes around, according to reports in his native Italy. The club’s directors have held initial talks with Conte to see if the former Chelsea boss would be keen on taking over the reins. Italian publication Corriere dello Sport suggest current Real Madrid boss Lopetegui has just three games to save his job after a topsy-turvy start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu. Lopetegui will reportedly be sacked if…

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard keen to work with Jose Mourinho again

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard says he would like to work with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho again. Belgium international Hazard, 27, has been at Chelsea since 2012 and won the Premier League under Mourinho in 2014-15 and under Antonio Conte in 2016-17. Mourinho now manages Manchester United, whom Chelsea face in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 20 October. “If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: ‘Mourinho’,” Hazard told HLN. “Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right.”…

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Eden Hazard torn between new Chelsea contract and ‘dream’ Real Madrid move

Eden Hazard has admitted he is undecided between signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and a “dream” move to Real Madrid. The Belgium forward has two years remaining on his contract with the Blues, but was linked with a move to the European champions in the summer. Hazard has scored seven times in the Premier League already this season. “I don’t want to say, ‘yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing,” the 27-year-old told the media. “I want what’s…

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Andreas Christensen frustrated with lack of playing time at Chelsea

Andreas Christensen has become the first Chelsea player to publicly question manager Maurizio Sarri with the Danish international frustrated over a lack of playing time since the Italian took over in the summer. Sarri has been a roaring success at Chelsea since he was appointed as Antonio Conte’s replacement with The Blues the only Premier League side unbeaten in all competitions, level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the league, top of their Europa League group with two wins from two, and through to the next round…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Maurizio Sarri open to John Terry joining Chelsea coaching staff

Maurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club’s former captain is intent upon playing for another season before he turns his attention to life in the dugout. Terry, who spent last season at Aston Villa but is a free agent, turned down a two-year contract at Spartak Moscow this week after indicating it would not be the right move for his family. Terry has been maintaining his fitness at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex and is working towards his Uefa A licence,…

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John Terry turns down Spartak Moscow transfer citing family reasons

John Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow, with the former England and Chelsea defender saying he had decided it was not right for his family. The 37-year-old is understood to have had a medical in Rome ahead of a proposed two-year deal with the Russian club, chronicling it on his Instagram story, but has since had a change of heart. Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak…

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Sunderland consider suing absentee duo Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji

Sunderland are considering legal action against the club’s record £13.6m signing Didier Ndong and his teammate Papy Djilobodji, both of whom remain awol, for allegedly devaluing themselves. Djilobodji, an £8m former Chelsea centre-half, had permission to miss pre-season training in July but the 29-year-old failed to clock in last month and returned only last week, when tests indicated his fitness levels were significantly sub-standard. Ndong, meanwhile, a 24-year-old Gabon international signed from Lorient of France two years ago, last week posted poolside pictures on Instagram, though they have since been deleted.…

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Chelsea coach continues attack on Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris

Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon believes those who praise Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris “live in a dream world” as he continued his criticism of the World Cup winner. Lollichon hit out at Lloris last week, claiming that Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was far superior. Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach has since reiterated his belief that Lloris is not at the elite level many claim he is. “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,” he told Le Figaro. “Against Germany, he…

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Chelsea fans don’t know the truth about Real Madrid move, says Courtois

Thibaut Courtois is saddened by Chelsea fans’ response to his Real Madrid move that been had in the pipeline as early as March. Belgium international Courtois left Stamford Bridge for a reported £35 million in August after making clear his desire to return to Spain. The 26-year-old earned the ire of Blues supporters when he failed to report for pre-season training in what seemed an attempt to force through the transfer. However, Courtois claims his actions were misinterpreted, and that Chelsea had been made aware of his intentions well before the deal was completed. “It makes…

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John Terry to join Spartak Moscow in surprise two-year deal

John Terry is set to complete a surprise move to Spartak Moscow after reportedly accepting a two-year deal with the Russian side. The former Chelsea and England captain had been without a club since his contract with Aston Villa expired at the end of last season. Terry was due to appear in a charity match on Saturday at Celtic Park but pulled out in order to undergo a medical in Rome before his move to the Russian capital. Spartak, currently second in the Russian Premier League, are managed by Massimo Carrera, who…

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Jorginho agent claims midfielder agreed Manchester City move before joining Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho agreed to terms of a move to Manchester City before his eventual transfer from Napoli to the London club but the English champions couldn’t reach a deal with the Serie A side, according to the player’s agent. The Italy international signed for the Blues for £52m after leaving Serie A, following Maurizio Sarri to the club who left Naples to replace Antonio Conte as manager this summer. The 26-year-old has made an impressive start to life in Chelsea blue but the club weren’t his first choice destination having…

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Could John Terry really join Mourinho at United?

John Terry, Aston Villa

There have been suggestions recently that former Chelsea defender John Terry could turn down a move to Sporting Lisbon – or a return to Aston Villa – in favour of reuniting with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Man Utd. The suggestion – credited initially to Adrian Durham on talkSPORT – may seem somewhat silly on the surface of it, but dig a little deeper and there is certainly an argument to be made for it happening. Assuming there is any interest from the Portuguese manager (who counted Terry as…

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Alvaro Morata says he never considered Chelsea exit

Alvaro Morata is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea after admitting he never considered leaving the club after a difficult first season in England. Morata only scored one league goal after the turn of the year as speculation over his Chelsea future intensified amid links with Serie A and LaLiga. The 25-year-old Spain international, who was left out of the country’s World Cup squad, was on target in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal in Premier League action on Saturday. “There was never a thought for me to leave. For me,…

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Eden Hazard says he’s happy at Chelsea and will stay

Eden Hazard has said he’s happy as a Chelsea player and confirmed he will not leave the club this month despite speculation linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge. The Belgian himself seemed to imply he was keen on a move in the immediate aftermath of his country’s World Cup participation, saying “After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different,” said the forward. “I can decide if I want to stay or go.” That comment appeared to be the precursor to a transfer…

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Emery backs Cech to keep his place against Chelsea

Unai Emery has backed Petr Cech to keep his place when his Arsenal side travel to play Chelsea in Saturday’s London derby despite the goalkeeper’s discomfort with the ball at his feet against Manchester City. Emery believes the goalkeeping selection is “easy” for this weekend’s challenge and the former Chelsea player is expected to keep his place ahead of the new arrival from Germany, Bernd Leno, who will get game time soon enough when the cup competitions begin, if not before. “Petr Cech can continue to start the match. I…

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Victor Moses retires from international football with Nigeria

Chelsea winger Victor Moses on Wednesday announced his shock retirement from international football with Nigeria. Moses made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in February 2012 away in Rwanda. The debut indeed took a year before it happened due to a prolonged delay by FIFA in confirming his international switch of allegiance having already represented England at youth level, and a late minute withdrawal from a pair of international friendlies in 2011. The 27-year-old stated his desire to focus on his club career…

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Tiemoue Bakayoko moves to AC Milan from Chelsea on season-long loan

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has joined AC Milan on a season-long loan move in a deal that could become permanent next summer for a fee in the region of £35m. The 23-year-old joined moved to England last summer from Monaco for £39.7m, and despite making 43 appearances and scoring three goals, he struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. The arrivals of midfielders Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic this summer from Napoli and Real Madrid respectively and Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return from a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace meant opportunities would have…

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Qatar SC sign former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o

The former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has joined Qatari side Qatar Sports Club on a free transfer. The 37-year-old was on the hunt for a new club after being released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of last season, and was said to be in talks with a number of French clubs with the possibility of a move to Ligue 1 on the table. But the Qatari side have stolen a march on potential suitors and have announced the signing on their official Twitter page, saying they…

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Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid from Chelsea

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea for £31.5m on a six-year contract. Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea contract and did not report for training with the club this week as he held out for a move to the Champions League holders. Courtois lifted two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge and is keen to continue winning silverware. “I’m coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it’s important to keep winning all…

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Athletic Bilbao say Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71m buyout clause has been met

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80m (£71m) buyout clause has been met, Athletic Bilbao have announced, as the goalkeeper appears on the verge of a world record move to Chelsea. The LaLiga club confirmed the 23-year-old’s release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea. The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month. Chelsea have made Kepa their number one target to replace the want-away Thibaut Courtois who has stayed away from pre-season…

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Sarri admits Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea

The Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested he could allow Thibaut Courtois depart the club if the first choice goalkeeper asks to leave. Courtois’s agent, Christophe Henrotay, has said the player wants to move to Real Madrid to be closer to his daughter, who lives in Spain. But Sarri says the Belgian, who returns on Monday from post-World Cup leave, must explain his ambitions in person before Chelsea consider accepting a bid for him. “I’m not interested in the agent,” Sarri said after Chelsea’s Community Shield loss to Manchester City. “I want…

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Aguero double seals Community Shield win for Manchester City

Manchester City defeated Chelsea 2-0 to lift the curtain-raising Community Shield courtesy of two goals from Sergio Aguero in either half at Wembley on Sunday. The Argentine striker opened the scoring in the 13th minute as he drove home with his left foot, low through Rudiger’s legs and across Caballero into the bottom corner. The goal came about through the impressive Phil Foden’s decisive probing that began from just right of centre with Chelsea offering no resistance. Aguero doubled City’s advantage 13 minutes into the second period when John Stones stopped…

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