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Ian Fitzgerald

Mattermap door Ian Fitzgerald 29 april 2016

Chelsea Football Club

  • Possible player targets

    • "The Blues have been given a boost in their courtship of Romelu Lukaku, reports the Daily Express, which says the striker has "unfinished business" at Stamford Bridge. In recent weeks Chelsea and Manchester United have been making eyes at the burly Everton frontman, and his current club are resigned to seeing the Belgian goal machine leave at the end of what has been a disappointing season." ...»
      Theweel.co.uk Bron: Theweel.co.uk 20/04/2016
    • "Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci after he refused to commit his future to the newly-crowned Italian champions. The 28-year-old centre-back, who has just helped the Turin giants land their fifth successive Serie A title, is one of the Blues ’ top summer transfer targets. Juve have so far insisted he is not for sale. But, asked whether he would be moving on, Bonucci refused to commit his future to the club." ...»
      Darren Lewis Mirror.co.uk Bron: Mirror.co.uk 26/04/2016
    • "Meanwhile, Chelsea have expressed an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s goal-scoring midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Blues hope to tempt the 27-year-old Armenian, a former Liverpool target, to Stamford Bridge despite no Champions League football next season. Mkhitaryan has scored 18 goals this season in all competitions and is set for another campaign in European football’s No1 club tournament if he stays at Dortmund." ...»
      Darren Lewis Mirror.co.uk Bron: Mirror.co.uk 26/04/2016
    • "Chelsea may have received a boost in their attempts to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The France international has been in devastating form this season, and Guillem Balague believes his future is in some doubt. Atletico have often struggled to hold on to their best players, with Chelsea notably signing Diego Costa from them just two years ago." ...»
      Mark Brus Metro.co.uk Bron: Metro.co.uk 26/04/2016
  • New Manager

    • The outgoing Italy boss, Antonio Conte, is in advanced talks to take over from Guus Hiddink this summer after admitting he wants to return to club management.

      Conte, 46, is even considering starting
      work early by spending time at Chelsea’s training complex in between the end of the Premier League season and the start of the Euros — to start laying the foundations of a new era. ...»
      The Sun Bron: The Sun
    • "The 46-year-old Italian tactician will reportedly look to employ an ambitious 4-2-4 formation when he steps in: will such a bold move really serve to improve the Blues’ domestic fortunes ahead of the new season, or is Antonio Conte bound to struggle on the back of his daring new approach? Well, although Chelsea enjoyed a great period of success under Mourinho’s admittedly defensive tactics, perhaps the new domestic term could nonetheless signal an opportune moment for the Blues to rethink their philosophy." ...»
      Harry Burford FootballFanCast.com Bron: FootballFanCast.com 24/04/2016
    • "Former Italy international Alessandro Costacurta expects Antonio Conte to struggle at Chelsea because of the differences between working in Serie A and Premier League. Conte enjoyed a successful spell with Juventus between 2011 and 2014 - winning Serie A three times - before taking the Italy job after the 2014 World Cup. He will take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink - who assumed charge following Jose Mourinho's departure in December - at Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016." ...»
      Stefan Coerts Goal.com Bron: goal.com 25/04/2016
    • "Antonio Conte's decision to agree to become Chelsea's new first team head coach prior to Italy's Euro 2016 campaign is "shameful" and "disgusting," according to Argentine legend Diego Maradona. Earlier this month Chelsea confirmed that Conte will succeed interim manager Guus Hiddink at the conclusion of Euro 2016 on a three-year contract, with the 46-year-old citing his desire to get back into club coaching after two years in charge of Italy. The timing of the announcement was intended to aid Chelsea's planning for a crucial summer rebuild after the most disappointing season of the Roman Abramovich era, but Conte has been criticised in many quarters in Italy by those who fear it could harm the Azzurri's chances of success in the tournament." ...»
      Liam Twomey ESPN FC Bron: ESPN FC 27/04/2016
  • Departing players

    • Manchester United will allow Louis van Gaal to leave and will replace him with Jose Mourinho as the latter will manage the Red Devils from the next season. The Dutchman has one year left on his contract and despite that, he will be allowed to leave Old Trafford.

      Mourinho was sacked from his post at Chelsea last December after the Blues struggled under his guidance in the first half of the 2015/16 campaign. According to Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias, the ex-Real Madrid manager has already signed to join the 20-time English champions after he was relieved from his duties at Stamford Bridge.
      ...»
      Naveen Ullal International Buisness Times Bron: International Buisness Times 25/04/2016
    • "Captain, leader, legend John Terry will not be coming back to Chelsea next season. John Terry is a player who fully embodies Chelsea FC, having been with the club’s youth academy since 1995. Legends have left before – including Didier Drogba and Petr Cech – but Terry is actually English and (save for a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest) only ever wore a Chelsea shirt. Almost 500 appearances later, he still provided a memorable moment this season when he scored a dramatic late equalizer against Everton to extend the team’s unbeaten streak under Guus Hiddink." ...»
      Liam Twomey Fansided Bron: Fandided 31/01/2016
    • "Radamel Falcao's days at Chelsea are numbered and Roma are waiting in the wings to rescue him, ?Mirror Sport reports. Falcao's hopes of a Stamford Bridge reprieve were given a shot in the arm when it was announced that Antonio Conte will take over in the summer, but the club are still reportedly intent on offloading the misfiring forward." ...»
      Jay Harris 90min.com Bron: 90min.com 26/04/2016
    • "Chelsea striker Diego Costa seems determined to leave the club this summer, as the player is reportedly in contact with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, Daily Express reports. The Spain international has been linked with a Premier League exit for several times ahead of the upcoming transfer window, with a return to Atletico looming larger by the day." ...»
      Eetu Lkola Chelsea News.com Bron: Chelsea News.com 26/04/2016
  • Looking Ahead

    • "Cesc Fabregas says he hopes that Chelsea can get back to competing for the Premier League title under Antonio Conte next season and admits he is not used to the idea of competing outside the Champions League. Chelsea lie ninth in the Premier League table less than a year after winning the title in convincing fashion, and have no hope of qualifying for the Champions League." ...»
      Liam Twomey ESPN FC Bron: ESPN FC 28/04/2016
    • "There hasn’t been much discussion of whether Chelsea will look to add to their defense, but with such a poor defensive record it would make sense to bring in a center back to prepare for the imminent departure of club legend John Terry. Mats Hummels would be the obvious target but it is looking more and more likely that he will sign with German rivals Bayern Munich. Chelsea missed out on Everton defender John Stones in the last transfer window but could possibly persuade the club this time around. Roberto Martinez is on the hot seat and could be replaced by a manager who does not value Stones as much as the bid Chelsea make for him." ...»
      Ben Beane isportsweb Bron: isportsweb 28/04/2016
    • "With the Euro 2016 championships taking place in June many have suggested (including the current boss) that they players are indeed holding back in preparation for this. However, the players should be showing that passion and enthusiasm to focus on every game and play to win. The supporters expect nothing less. They must go out and show the fans that they still want to win games, despite having little at stake." ...»
      Rich Moody Theprideoflondon Bron: Theprideoflondon.com 28/04/2016
    • "Chelsea's under-18s clinched a third successive FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 victory over Manchester City at rain-soaked Stamford Bridge. Sterling and Abraham capitalised on errors from City goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw before Tomori guided in a late header to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory, and earn Chelsea's academy a second major trophy of the season after the under-19s defended the UEFA Youth League earlier this month." ...»
      Liam Twomey ESPN FC Bron: ESPN FC 28/04/2016

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