Real Madrid close to Hazard agreement

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is ‘on the cusp’ of agreeing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to a report in The Sun this morning. Last week it was reported that moves had begun to bring the Belgian to the Bernabeu, but those links appear to have grown over the weekend, and an agreement for a summer transfer could be found this week. It is thought a fee of £100m will be accepted. Hazard, 28, has been linked with a Stamford Bridge in the last two close seasons, but…

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Chelsea sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58m

Chelsea have signed Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic for 64m euros (£58m) but will loan him to the German club until the end of the season. The 20-year-old United States international, who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, joined Dortmund as a youth player in 2015. Pulisic has scored nine goals in 23 games for the US. 🤝 @cpulisic_10 wechselt im Sommer zum @ChelseaFC! Der BVB hat sich mit dem FC Chelsea auf einen Transfer von Christian #Pulisic mit sofortiger Wirkung geeinigt, Chelsea wiederum leiht den 20-Jährigen bis zum Saisonende an den…

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Mateo Kovacic eyes permanent stay at Chelsea

Mateo Kovacic has admitted he “can imagine” staying on at Chelsea, but acknowledges that Real Madrid will have the final say on his future. The midfielder joined the London club on a season-long loan from the European champions after becoming frustrated at a lack of regular playing time in Spain. Kovacic has taken to life in the English capital, playing 23 times in all competitions for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, and with the possibility of a permanent switch now being mooted, the 24-year-old is open to staying if all parties reach an agreement. “I…

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Manchester City receive timely boost with Silva return

Manchester City have been handed a timely reprieve from injuries as the club announced David Silva returned to training on Christmas Day and is in the running to face Leicester. The Spanish midfielder had been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury in City’s loss at Chelsea earlier this month, missing games against Hoffenheim, Everton, and the shock home defeat to Crystal Palace. The 32-year-old is now in the frame to play when City travel to Leicester on Boxing Day as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to claw back the four-point…

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Sarri admits Drinkwater can leave Chelsea if he wants

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that midfielder Danny Drinkwater is free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses. The 28-year-old has completely fallen off the radar under Sarri, having made his only Blues appearance of the season in the Community Shield back in August. Drinkwater signed for Chelsea from Leicester City in September 2017 for a £35 million fee, and featured sparingly in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Under Antonio Conte, Drinkwater made 22 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season. But after Sarri took over the England midfielder has fallen out…

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Arsenal face familiar opponents in BATE as Chelsea draw Malmo in Europa League

Arsenal face a reunion with their former midfielder Alexander Hleb after being drawn against Belarussian side BATE Borisov in the Round of 32 of the Europa League. Chelsea, who won the competition in 2013, take on Swedish side Malmo, with Scottish champions Celtic drawn to face Spanish side Valencia. The two-legged ties will be played on 14 and 21 February 2019. Arsenal are at home in the second leg of their tie and the game will kick off at 17:55 GMT on Thursday, 21 February to avoid a clash with Chelsea’s…

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Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta signs new contract until 2022

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new four-year deal, extending his stay at the club to 2022. The 29-year-old Spain international has made 298 appearances since arriving from Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2012, in a transfer package worth an initial £6m. Azpilicueta, who has won the Premier League twice with Chelsea, has captained the Stamford Bridge side in the league this season. Delighted to be a blue until 2022. Since I arrived in 2012, my desire has been always to give my best and fight for this club, and…

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to miss Europa league clash

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard as they look to secure first place in their Europa League group. The Blues qualified for the last 32 with a 1-0 win against Bate Borisov earlier this month so there is no need to risk the Belgian forward, who has an ankle injury. Victor Moses – who has only played 176 minutes all season – is out with a back injury. Chelsea need a point from their final two games to win Group L. Hazard should be fit to face Fulham on Sunday but…

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LA Galaxy release Ashley Cole as contract expires

Former England left-back Ashley Cole has been released by LA Galaxy after his contract at the Major League Soccer club expired. The club decided not to exercise an option to re-sign Cole, 37, along with seven other players. The former Arsenal and Chelsea defender joined LA Galaxy in 2016 and was named captain in March, two months after signing a one-year contract extension. Cole scored three goals in 86 appearances for the club, who narrowly missed out on progression to the MLS playoffs this season. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of…

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Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli reveals year-long cancer treatment

Former Chelsea and Watford manager Gianluca Vialli has revealed he was treated for cancer for almost a year but is now “very well”. The 54-year-old has written about his illness in a new book, and told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he hid the illness because of “a sense of shame”. “It’s been a year and I’m back to having a beastly physique,” the former Juventus and Chelsea striker said. “But I still have no certainty of how this match will end.” Vialli, who won Serie A and the Champions…

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Eden Hazard drops hints at 2019 Chelsea exit

Eden Hazard has dropped his biggest hint yet he could leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The Belgium international has 18 months remaining on his contract and has been linked with both Real Madrid and Paris St Germain and admits a summer departure from Stamford Bridge is possible. Football punters have also been backing his exit with an offer from betdaq, at odds that are surely likely to only get shorter as the summer nears. Hazard himself has played up his interest in joining Real in the past, saying…

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N’Golo Kante signs new Chelsea deal until 2023

Midfielder N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea running until 2023, the club confirmed on Friday. The France international signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2016, following a debut season in the Premier League which ended with a title medal with Leicester City. “I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come,” Kante told Chelsea’s official website. “Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never…

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Didier Drogba announces retirement from football

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba has announced his retirement as a player. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances in two spells at Stamford Bridge, helping them win the Premier League four times and the Champions League in 2012. He also won four FA Cups and three League Cup victories during his time in west London. Drogba had most recently been playing in the USA with Phoenix Rising, the second-tier club at which he is a co-owner. He had been expected to announce his retirement following…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic open to Premier League move

Christian Pulisic has said he is open to moving to the Premier League, with Chelsea understood to be leading the race to sign the forward from Borussia Dortmund next summer. Pulisic has been linked to several Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham in the past but it is understood that Chelsea have shown most interest in prising him away from the Bundesliga leaders. The 20-year-old – who spent a year in Oxfordshire as a child before moving back to the United States with his family – has so far refused to discuss a…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Former England midfielder Joe Cole announces retirement from football

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired at the age of 37. Cole, who came through West Ham’s youth system before spells at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry City, has played for United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies since 2016. He scored 10 goals in 56 games for England between 2001 and 2010. “It has been a dream come true. All of it,” said Cole. “I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been.” Cole made…

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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. Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live online – click here to find out how 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…

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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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