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Ex-players

There will be no one more important — not only for you, but for everyone — than John Terry.

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Arjen Robben has written his "Letter to my Younger self" over at The Players Tribune and has paid tribute to John Terry. Of all the tributes we have written and read, Arjen Robben's speaks volumes of the most successful Chelsea Captain in our clubs history - Captain, Leader and Legend.

Having left Chelsea to sign for Watford, Nathaniel Chalobah reveals the barrier between first team and academy.

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Nathaniel Chalobah rejected a new lucrative contract offered by Chelsea to sign a five-year deal at Watford and revealed an insight into how tough it is to take the step forward at Stamford Bridge.

I was gutted that we lost Nathaniel Chalobah because anyone worth their salt as a Chelsea fan or genuine football supporters would have known of the massive potential he has to make it as a big Premier League star over the next decade or so.

Frank Lampard talks of a potential replacement for Diego Costa.

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Frank Lampard has given his opinion on the potential signing of Romelu Lukaku as a replacement for Diego Costa this summer.

Lukaku has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge for the majority of the past season after a source close to the player revealed that he felt that he had "unfinished business" here and was pushing for a return to Chelsea.

Chelsea Legend plays down comparisons to N'Golo Kante, states judge him when he plays every four days.

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Claude Makelele has hit out at comparisons between N'Golo Kante and himself and claims that they are being made in a bad way because we need to judge him when he plays every four days.

What is there that is left to say about N'Golo Kante over the passed two seasons.

English Premier League

The BIG Question: Which Is Your Favourite Goal From 25 Years Of Premier League Football?

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Pies feel obliged to admit at this juncture that we've never really felt any special admiration for Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Newcastle in 2002: your newly-crowned 'Best Goal in the History of the Premier League'.

It's a nice enough goal, sure the turn is clinical, the touch superb, etc but as far as we're concerned (not very, truth be told) it's not even top-three material when it comes toBergkamp's personal highlight reel.

The Next Nino Torres

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Nothing plagues the sports world like the "next" label. In chess, every talented American player is the next Bobby Fischer. In soccer, Neymar is the "next Pele" and Messi is the "next Maradona." Fans cling to nationalities as predictors of success and prototypical molds.

Which is why EPL clubs continue to sign Spanish strikers.

What are Tottenham’s expectations? If they don’t win the title it’s not a tragedy but for the others it is.

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Antonio Conte has spoken out on comments made by Tottenham's Chairman Daniel Levy who has claimed that this summers transfer spending is unsustainable.

Heading into this summer the TV monies in the game being paid to ALL Premier League clubs as a minimum (£84.

Chelsea Academy: The money and pressure in the game has turned the Academy into a money making machine.

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It's been a subject for debate for good knows how many seasons but it's becoming clear that Chelsea's Academy players are becoming more valuable for differing reasons.

The sale of Nathan Ake has for me re-iterated just how much the game has changed in this country. As more and more money is ploughed into our game, expectations increase and with that comes pressure to succeed in the Premier League.

The Premier League Is Leaking: Study Finds Third Of Fans Watch Live Matches Via Illegal Streams

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How much would you pay to watch stellar action like this?

Drovesof football fans are now regularly resorting to illegalstreamsto watch Premier League matches, a study has found.

According to the survey commissioned by BBC Radio 5 Live, just over a third of fans admit to regularly watching top flight matches from unofficial providers, with one in five watching at least one match per week.

What is going to happen this summer with Nathan Ake?

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He started in the absence of Gary Cahill in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham and now the season is over, what do you think will happen to Nathan Ake this summer?

It's a question that needs to be answered as with so many other players who have spent more than enough time out on loan in recent seasons.

David Luiz - Premier League Champion.

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David Luiz has been a revelation at Chelsea this year under Antonio Conte and is now finally a Premier League Champion.

When David Luiz came back to Chelsea all of us were shocked or a least surprised at the fact that he wanted to come back. Having won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup in his first spell to then move to PSG and a new life in France, he seemed set to remain there and to be a key player in their charge to win the Champions League.

Juan Cuadrado - Finally signs for Juventus and puts an end to Chelsea nightmare.

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You have to hold your hands up and admit that Chelsea very rarely get their transfers wrong and if they have, there has only be a few but Juan Cuadrado was one of them.

When he signed for the club for £23.3m in the January transfer window 2015, I had to be honest and admit that I knew very little about him.

N'Golo Kante: Is he better than Claude Makekele?

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N'Golo Kante picked up the PFA Players Player of the Year award in London this past weekend and after two stunning seasons in the Premier League I ask the question "Is he better than Claude Makelele?"

I personally believe he is despite both being very different types of players for their teams.

Chelsea take one step closer towards the double

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Nobody knew what to expect from Chelsea this season after the disaster of last year in which everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but the fact that we are now on the cusp of a potential double speaks volumes of the impact made by Antonio Conte. The charismatic Italian has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge to turn our fortunes around as not only do Chelsea find ourselves within touching distance of the Premier League title, but are now in the FA Cup Final after an enthralling 4-2 win against Tottenham at Wembley.

The title race: The pressure is all on Tottenham not Chelsea.

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The title race is between Chelsea and Tottenham now without question and all we are reading about these days is the supposed pressure on Chelsea from Tottenham.

Being honest, I refuse the read most of the reports and opinions of pundits, ex-managers, ex-players and reporters who are paid handsomely well to write about Football despite never having played the game at the same levels.

What are your thoughts on leaked images of what could be Chelsea's first Nike kits for next season?

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According to The Sun, leaked images of Chelsea's new home, away and 3rd shirts have appeared on the Internet as Nike takes over as our kit supplier in a reported £900m deal.

Again, these are not confirmed by Chelsea themselves or by Nike Football for that matter but I have to say that if the image above is a true indication of the reality, I like the blue home shirt, the white away shirt but am not to sure about the orange and black third kit.

The Spuds’ Secret

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As an avid fan of soccer who has played and coached at various levels, I am a keen student of what is reported by the always trustworthy British sports dailies. In particular, I read with a discerning eye about managers. I ask myself: how do they manage so well?

And how can I imitate them?

Neymar

Outstanding: La Liga Simply Refuse To Accept Payment From PSG To Prevent (Or At Least Stall) Neymar Leaving Barcelona

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Neymar's imminent £198million move from Barcelona to PSG has hit a very minor, minor snag in that La Liga are flat-out refusing to accept the Ligue 1 club's payment.

La Liga are protesting against PSG exploiting what they have called "financial doping" to purloin one of their biggest stars, blocking the payment on the grounds that it violates UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and it just isn't bloody fair.

NEYMAR - Have your say on his world record deal. Is it good business or a joke?

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Paris Saint Germain have sent their lawyers to Madrid and the La Liga offices to pay the £198m release clause to sign Neymar on a five-year contract with over £515,000 per week.

It's the most ridiculous transfer ever, the most ludicrous and a deal that will have an effect on the transfer market like never before.

The Manager

Sometimes young players think they can play easily in the Chelsea first team, but that’s not true.

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Antonio Conte has defended his decision to sell Nathaniel Chalobah, Bertrand Traore and Nathan Ake this summer and has spoken of a lack of patience from youngsters these days.

There has been plenty of debate and comment made this summer over the decision to sell some of our most promising youngsters at the club who have had a taste of Premier League football at Chelsea last season.

Diego Costa: No messing around from Antonio Conte - Case closed.

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Antonio Conte has revealed to the media that a decision was made of the future of Diego Costa back in January as it became clear to the club, to the player and his agent that he was to leave Chelsea.

As with any player and the speculation regarding their future, you always have to wait to hear substance to those reports rather than rely on a barrage of comment and debate that follows for days/weeks afterwards.

Antonio Conte holds talks with Chelsea midfielder - Promises more game time this season.

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Antonio Conte had called a meeting with Cesc Fabregas at the start of Chelsea's pre-season campaign to re-iterated that he is in his plans for the coming season and that he will start more games.

I have to say it looking back now that the season is over and we have started preparing for the new campaign, Cesc Fabregas was different class both on and off the pitch.

Deal agreed - This is Chelsea's biggest summer signing - Antonio Conte.

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Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract at Chelsea making him the highest paid manager in the clubs history and reaffirms his commitment to our club.

There are literally no words to describe the achievements of Antonio Conte at Chelsea last season and the impact he made in the Premier League.

Diego Costa: You do not cross the boss - Striker told to find a new club by Antonio Conte.

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Diego Costa has revealed that he has been told to find a new club as he is no longer required at Chelsea in a message sent by Antonio Conte.

Speaking after Spain drew 2-2 last night with Colombia, when asked of his immediate future and any possible developments said:

"I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there.

'It is true that I think we are building something important.' - Antonio Conte

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Chelsea's celebrations at the final whistle against Stoke on Saturday gave an indication of just how big those three points could be. Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand believe that no one can catch Chelsea now.
Stoke away is always a potential banana skin with our hosts being much stronger at the bet365 than they are on their travels and for many this game would have had this marked as a possible draw or even a Chelsea defeat as part of their Accumulator betting tips.

Michy Batshuayi

Why spend £20-£30m on Fernando Llorente?

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There is continued speculation that Antonio Conte wants to sign a backup striker to Alvaro Morata as he prepares to challenge on four counts this season.

Having made four new signings already this summer, we are reading speculation and report that Antonio Conte has demanded FOUR more players to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

Michy Batshuayi - Surely he has proven himself to Antonio Conte now right?

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Life at the moment for Michy Batshuayi could not be better. He finished the season with a flourish of goals including the goal that won the title and has scored five goals in three pre-season games.

Having read months and months of speculation that Michy Batshuayi was about to either be loaned out or sold this season, I am pleased with the response from the Belgian striker.

He must try to play more at Chelsea. Or he finds another club to bounce back.

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Eden Hazard has urged Michy Batshuayi to try harder to impose himself at Chelsea or leave the club in search of regular first team football this summer.

We all agree that it has been a season to forget for the young Belgian striker at Chelsea so far. Having made all of his seventeen appearances in the Premier League as substitute (with the majority being within the last five or ten minutes in a game), it's clear that having played regular first team football for Marseille before his big money move to Stamford Bridge he needs to be starting games more often.

Chelsea

Alvaro Morata - Why he will not fail at Chelsea and will prove to be a better signing than Romelu Lukaku.

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Alvaro Morata will be a major success at Chelsea, will not suffer the same problems as Fernando Torres and will prove to be a better signing than Romelu Lukaku mark my words.

The signing of Morata in my view comes only second to Antonio Conte signing a new contract to re-affirm his commitment to Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger signs as Chelsea reveal signing in cool Social Media video.

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Antonio Rudiger has signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £31m rising to £33m and signed a five-year contract. The German international is Antonio Conte's first major summer signing.

Which name would you get on the back of your @nikefootball Chelsea home shirt today?

John Terry leaves Chelsea to a fantastic and well deserved ovation. He will be irreplaceable.

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Sunday 21st May 2017 will live long in the memory of John Terry. It was a day he never wanted to arrive but when it did, it provided him with everything he could ask for and more from the Chelsea and their fans at Stamford Bridge (Check out my defence at the way it was handled here!)

I turned to my mates in the Matthew Harding Lower applauding with me as he was substituted in the 26th minute and said "This is the end of an era" and I truly meant it.

Diego Costa: Chelsea and the fans are losing patience. He MUST deliver a big performance against Tottenham.

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The speculation surrounding Diego Costa's immediate future has become the focus of attention once again. Chelsea are reportedly losing patience, the Chelsea fans are losing patience and he MUST deliver a big, big performance tomorrow at Wembley.

Having fallen out with people at the club over a lucrative move to China once, Diego Costa has become the focus of an improved offer to the club AND a ridiculous salary offer which is reported to be £650,000 per week.

Stats

Like Chicharito, Only Better: Alvaro Morata Is Precisely The Kind Of Striker Man Utd Need Right Now

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It would appear that Alvaro Moratais teetering on the very cusp of making an expensive switch toManchester United.

Along with MARCAclaiming that Jose Mourinho has instructed Morata to gird himselffor a formal offer being made this week, the Real Madrid striker has also gone and 'liked' a spurious Instagram post that links him (and Gareth Bale, and James Rodriguez) with an imminent switch to Old Trafford.

Let’s Hear It For… Hull City Coach Marco Silva!

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Hull City were rock bottom of the league when little known, little fancied Marco Silva (forren) replaced Mike Phelan (British) at the beginning of January.

All the usual apprehensionwas expressed over the 39-year-old Portuguese coach'sappointment his tender years, his supposedly iffygrasp of English, his relatively limited prior experience, and of chief concern for Paul Merson and his ilk the fact that if we've never heard of 'im, how could 'epossibly know the league, Jeff?

The Rest

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: "Now I've Seen Their Team I'm Confident We'll Win This."

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As you can see we learned nothing at all from the FA Cup Final.

Us: It was a predictable Chelsea line up, with Michy replacing Costa. Obviously Matic and Chequebook Pulis have hooked up again like a couple of exes ignoring all the reasons they broke up in the first place, so Cesc started alongside Kante.

Andreas Christensen: What a chance he has this pre-season to stake his first team claim.

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Andreas Christensen, now 21 has a massive chance to stake his claim to be involved at Chelsea this season with our three game tour of the far east in pre-season.

As we know, John Terry has left the club and signed for Aston Villa, Kurt Zouma is expected to sign for Stoke on a season long loan arrangement and with just Toni Rudiger signed as one of two replacements, Andreas Christensen has a massive opportunity to stake his claim for a spot in our first team squad this season.

Welcome to the Blue Wall in Chelsea's midfield - N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko and N'Golo Kante will provide a ball wall in our midfield this season with the latter having signed for Chelsea last week for £40m.

The much talked of move for Tiemoue Bakayoko was finally completed and the French midfielder signed a five-year contract at the club which is great news following the signing of Toni Rudiger .

John Terry confirms he wants to carry on playing so where next and a possible FA Cup Final swansong?

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John Terry has confirmed that he intends to carry on playing beyond this season but where do we think he will end up? Was his much talked about appearance at the Bridge on Sunday his last in a Chelsea shirt or will we see one final swansong at Wembley in the FA Cup Final?

It's been less than a week since JT played his final game at Stamford Bridge and the debates up and down the country that followed.

Liverpool Old Boys: Jurgen Klopp Gives Minutes To Several Familiar Faces In Post-Season Sydney FC Friendly (Photos)

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Barely a day or so after the culmination of thePremier League season, Liverpool were packing up and flying out to Australia for a corporately-mandated friendly against Sydney FC.

Standard drill: Spend the entire latter half of the campaigngriping about fixture congestion only to clamber onto a 22-hour flight to the other side of the planet the moment it comes to an end.

When football doesn't matter - 22nd July 2017 - #Westminster #WeAreNotAfraid

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England did win yesterday. I'm not talking about the borefest against Germany, which was slightly less tedious than under the previous England manager but still, dire. I'll give him a few more months before I make him the latest object of my ridicule.

Yesterday afternoon a maniac went onto the streets of London in a car and used it as a weapon.