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Hakim Ziyech ready to exit Chelsea.

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He rarely completed the full 90 minutes even when he did start, and although Tuchel’s arrival was the chance for a fresh opportunity, early indications are that he is not an integral part of the German’s plans.

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is ready to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer if he continues to play a peripheral role under Thomas Tuchel, a new report has claimed.

The 27-year-old joined the Blues in the summer of 2020, but injuries have hampered his ability to nail down a regular starting berth. Ziyech has made just 11 Premier League appearances to date, and has not featured in the top flight since he started Tuchel’s first game in charge – the 0-0 draw with Wolves.

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Now, Corriere dello Sport claim that Ziyech is ready to end his disappointing spell in the Premier League, with teams in Italy lining up to make a move for him in the summer.

AS Roma and Milan have both shown interest in the former Ajax star in the past, and could take advantage of his unsettled status to try and get a deal done.

For Ziyech, a departure would end what’s been a fairly miserable time in England so far, where his repeated injuries and inability to fit into certain tactical setups have seen him slide down the pecking order at Chelsea.

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Initially a favourite under Lampard once he’d overcome injury, Ziyech soon slipped out of the side and onto the bench as the Blues strived for consistency.

Ziyech wants to leave Chelsea this summer | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

He rarely completed the full 90 minutes even when he did start, and although Tuchel’s arrival was the chance for a fresh opportunity, early indications are that he is not an integral part of the German’s plans.

The Moroccan has played just 82 minutes of a possible 360 Premier League minutes under the former PSG boss, which is a far cry from his dominating spell at Ajax – one that yielded a Dutch Footballer of the Year award, four successive nominations for the Eredivisie Team of the Season and four seasons finishing as the player with most assists.

Ziyech was also a regular goal getter in the Netherlands, bagging 49 goals for Ajax in 165 appearances.

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For Chelsea, he’s scored just twice in all competitions, and only once in thePremier League.

Chelsea’s mini-revival has coincided with Ziyech’s absence from the team, which may indicate that he’ll have little to no chance of earning a regular place in the team unless things dramatically change in west London.

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Tuchel settles to give Kepa fresh start at Chelsea.

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..circumstances of his transfer are a little bit on his shoulders. That was the impression from far away, from outside.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has complete faith in goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who he believes can prove himself as a top shot stopper once again.

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An abysmal 2019/20 campaign, in which Kepa posted a historically low save percentage, saw then-manager Frank Lampard push for the signing of new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who has impressed since his £22m move from Rennes.

Mendy has been Tuchel’s go-to goalkeeper, but the boss confirmed that Kepa will be given a chance to prove himself with an appearance in Thursday’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Barnsley.

“He will play [against Barnsley],” said Tuchel. “From outside, of course we had a view on his situation and some difficulties on the sporting side. Maybe, also, the circumstances of his transfer are a little bit on his shoulders. That was the impression from far away, from outside.

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“The good thing for him is that we start new, that this is a new start for him because I don’t have a history with him and I hope there will be no difficulties and I don’t see them coming. Today, I absolutely believe [he can turn things around].”

Thomas Tuchel will give Kepa Arrizabalaga a fresh start | Clive Rose/Getty Images

There is a belief that the Chelsea hierarchy would like Tuchel to give Kepa another chance. Lampard’s reluctance to do so contributed to his dismissal from Stamford Bridge in January, but director Marina Granovskaia has personally involved herself to try and keep Kepa happy.

Granovskaia took time out of her summer break to sit down with Kepa to offer her support and to try and find a way back for the Spaniard, who cost a world record £72m when he arrived from Athletic Club in 2018.

“It applies for Kepa because it applies for every player, no matter whether we bought him for crazy money or he came from the academy, or was a free agent,” Tuchel continued. “It is our job to push the guy to the limit.

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“And we are pretty selfish because we want to have them in the best shape on the pitch. Of course, the club want the market value to stay or increase but for me it is pretty selfish, we want the guy in the best shape and we want the best competition in any position.

“From inside, I see a nice guy, a nice personality, an open personality. A hard working guy with, obviously, a lot of quality. He deserves to be here. He’s a sports guy who loves competition, he does everything to impress in training.”

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Rudiger in racial mess over ex-chelsea star dismissal.

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Rudiger received a barrage of racial abuse after Lampard was dismissed, both directly and indirectly…

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he suffered ‘immense’ racial abuse in the aftermath of Frank Lampard’s sacking, but believes social media companies will not make any changes to tackle this issue.

The 27-year-old has been blamed by some sections of the Blues fanbase for their former coach’s departure, but he dismissed these rumours as nonsense.

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However, Rudiger received a barrage of racial abuse after Lampard was dismissed, both directly and indirectly on Twitter and Instagram. Chelsea are investigating the matter, and will hand any evidence over to the police.

And, speaking to the club’s website, the German defender has since suggested that social media companies ‘don’t really care’ about the ease in which the public can hurl derogatory insults at people in the spotlight.

Rudiger has admitted he suffered immense racial abuse | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

“To be very honest, I don’t know about all these social media things but I think the more people who make accounts, they make money off it,” Rudiger said.

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“So me personally, I think they don’t really care because as you know money has power so the rest doesn’t matter so it’s hard to tell if people will make a change on that.”

Rudiger described the level of racism he experienced as ‘immense’, and claimed that his conscience is clear over the sacking of Lampard, despite the suggestions that his attitude led to the Chelsea legend’s demise.

“My conscience is clear. I know I did not do all that nonsense. I am open for every new coach as I was open also for Mr Lampard.

“I cannot control people’s emotions but people should be human beings. I didn’t post anything but the racial abuse was immense. This makes me stronger because I know who I am and I can look in the mirror and smile.

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“Of course if hurts, but in this case I just block it out because I know I didn’t do anything.”

The German international has started all five of Chelsea’s most recent fixtures, and he has impressed under new coach Thomas Tuchel.

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Chelsea gives update on Thiago Silva’s leg injury.

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Silva had been having a fine game before he was forced off, with the interception that caused the injury typical of his disruptive influence on the Spurs attack in the first period.

Chelsea could be left with just two fully fit senior centre-backs when they travel to face Sheffield United on Sunday.

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Thiago Silva hobbled off in the in the first half of the Blues’ 1-0 win at Tottenham on Thursday night with a thigh injury.

The Brazilian veteran had stayed down having stretched to cut out a long ball in 36th minute and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.

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Speaking after the game, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said the 36-year-old was a ‘big doubt’ for the trip to Bramall Lane, potentially leaving him with just two fit central defenders in Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger.

Thiago Silva was forced off injured in the first half of Chelsea’s win at Tottenham | NEIL HALL/Getty Images

Kurt Zouma missed the London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having failed a late fitness test alongside Kai Havertz, so could well be a doubt on Sunday.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Tuchel said: “It will be very tight for Sunday’s game, only two days recovery.

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“It is too early to give a diagnosis because I saw him very briefly with a big strap around his muscle. We will have to wait until tomorrow [Friday] so we can confirm it but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt.”

Silva had been having a fine game before he was forced off, with the interception that caused the injury typical of his disruptive influence on the Spurs attack in the first period.

Chelsea’s back line looked far less confident without the experienced campaigner at the heart of the defence – especially when playing out from the back – although his replacement Christensen did settle into the pace of the game well and was rarely tested.

At the other end of the pitch, the Blues struggled to create chances despite dominating possession, and the German coach added that this was something they would work on.

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“We lacked a little bit of precision in the box and composure to make it 2-0 and to score more goals and decide the match, so the second half was a bit hard,” he said.

“We need to create more clear chances, this is the objective and the job from me. One of the hardest things in football is to score and keep calm, but we have trust in our players and we will work to create more clear chances, and to be more effective, but in general everyone wants to score with every half-chance but it is not like this in the Premier League.”

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Mason Mount continues to underline his status at Chelsea.

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The real victory on the evening goes to Tuchel, with the German boss masterminding the system which Jose Mourinho’s side simply had no answers for.

The first game in any manager’s tenure at a club is often quite telling. Who does he like the look of? Who hasn’t impressed? Who could soon be heading for pastures new?

Having established himself as one of the key men in Frank Lampard’s side, Mason Mount was a surprise inclusion on the Chelsea bench for Thomas Tuchel’s maiden game in charge of the club against Wolves last month.

Whether the decision was made with the fact he’d played the full 90 minutes in all of Chelsea’s last 13 league outings in mind we’ll never quite know, though you’d be forgiven for assuming any new boss would opt to field their strongest team in their first game in charge.

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After all, the longer the wait for a first win goes on the more the pressure begins to…mount.

The youngster’s brief cameo towards the end of the draw with Wolves was enough to earn him a start at home to Burnley the following game, and he was yet again fielded from the off in their 1-0 win over London rivals Spurs on Thursday evening.

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Critics lambasted the Chelsea man’s status as an automatic starter during Lampard’s time at the club – and in truth the former Blues boss did little to dispel the rumours of Mount being the teacher’s pet as he waxed lyrical over him just about every time he was faced with a microphone – but the England international is beginning to prove that Lampard was right. Mount is integral to Chelsea’s progression.

The 22-year-old played as a false nine at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, picking up little pockets of space between the Spurs backline and midfield.

His movement and guile proved too much for Spurs all evening, with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld too cautious to step out of defence to pick him up and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg unable to track his runs.

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Far from content with sitting between the Spurs centre-back pairing all evening, Mount dropped back into midfield whenever his team were without the ball – something which really didn’t happen very often if truth be known – with Timo Werner pulling in from the left hand-side to occupy Dier and Alderweireld.

Throughout the evening, Mount engaged in numerous tussles with the man mountain that is Tanguy Ndombele, refusing to be shoved off the ball by the Spurs man.

Meanwhile, whenever he pushed further forward he was just too quick, too sharp and too cunning for Alderweireld, with the Belgian chasing shadows at times in his bid to curtail the youngster’s progress.

The real victory on the evening goes to Tuchel, with the German boss masterminding the system which Jose Mourinho’s side simply had no answers for.

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But for said system to work it required a lynchpin, a player integral to the team who the rest of the side could feed and work off – that man was Mason Mount.

All in all it was an absolutely superb performance from the former Derby man. It was a showing full of guts, energy and quality, and he’s undoubtedly the most important player at the club.

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Alaba open to reject Real Madrid move for sudden EPL club.

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Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta, and the agent believes that Camp Nou could be an ideal landing spot for Alaba.

Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba is understood to no longer be certain to join Real Madrid in the summer, with a Premier League move back on the cards.

Reports coming out of Spain in January suggested that Real had already agreed a deal with Alaba, who will be out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season, although there has been some questions asked about that story ever since.

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The biggest quash of the rumour comes from Sport Bild (via AS), who state that talks with Real are nowhere near as advanced as has been suggested in Spain and Alaba is waiting for offers from the Premier League before making his final decision.

As revealed exclusively by 90min in November 2020, Alaba is now open to the idea of moving to England, having previously rejected the chance to test himself in the Premier League.

Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi, is said to be waiting for offers from English sides, which he believes will be far more lucrative than the terms on offer at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it’s Chelsea who are named as the main contenders for his signature.

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Zahavi is known to have close ties with Chelsea, who were previously said to be ‘confident’ that they could force their way to the front of the queue for Alaba’s signature with a blockbuster offer. It was Frank Lampard leading the charge, but interest in Alaba has remained under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

David Alaba’s move to Real Madrid is not done | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Alaba has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, although there have been several reports suggesting none of that trio will actually make a move for the 28-year-old.

One side who could try and spoil the party is Barcelona, who are keen to reinforce defensively in the summer.

Just like with Chelsea, Zahavi is close with Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta, and the agent believes that Camp Nou could be an ideal landing spot for Alaba.

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However, if Real might not have the financial muscle to land Alaba, it’s hard to see how Barcelona have any chance.

Ronald Koeman’s side are facing debts of close to €1bn and would likely struggle to find a way to offer out a new £200,000-a-week contract.

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Here is what Tottenham clash mean to Chelsea’s Tuchel.

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Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

For even the biggest Frank Lampard supporter, it was hard to overlook his Chelsea side’s shortcomings in big games.

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His Blues roared to the top of the Premier League table by dispatching of so-called smaller teams, but whenever a genuine rival rocked up at Stamford Bridge, it was a different story, and that was a large part of the reason why he was given the boot.

Owner Roman Abramovich was concerned that Chelsea didn’t have what it took to fight their way back into the top four under Lampard, so he made the hugely controversial decision to show Lampard the exit door and replace him with Thomas Tuchel.

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The German’s infectious positivity has won over most fans already, and a 0-0 draw with Wolves and 2-0 win over Burnley have brought a nice start to the Tuchel reign, but Thursday’s meeting with Tottenham will be the first real test.

Lampard was sacked after a string of poor results | Pool/Getty Images

Level on points with Chelsea but with a game in hand, Spurs are the first top-ten opponent Tuchel will face since moving to Stamford Bridge, and they’re the first real chance for the boss to prove he can take Chelsea further than Lampard could.

It’s an opportune time to play Spurs, who are down in the dumps after bad defeats to Liverpool and Brighton. Even the eight-game unbeaten streak which has only just ended wasn’t impressive enough to keep spirits high.

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Turning his Chelsea side into one who don’t hand out free wins to struggling teams (a flaw present well before Lampard’s time) is important enough, but Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

Against Wolves, a league high in passing brought zero goals, and while the chances were more frequent against Burnley, there was still a feeling that Chelsea were missing a little oomph. Relying on Callum Hudson-Odoi to outpace Robbie Brady isn’t a tactic.

That lethargy is to be expected, given Tuchel has been in charge for just two games. His Chelsea have shown improvement already, but they must go one step further against a Spurs side who will likely prove to be stiffer opposition.

Thomas Tuchel is set for his first meeting with Jose Mourinho | Julian Finney/Getty Images

This is the game which will kick-start the Tuchel era. A dominant victory will bring some real momentum, but a pass-heavy performance with little in attack will bring back terrifying memories of Maurizio Sarri’s tenure.

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Likely being without the injured Kai Havertz won’t help that, but in Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, Tuchel has more than enough firepower to pick through Spurs’ stubborn defence.

Lampard had the same tools in his arsenal, but as we saw in November’s goalless draw between these two sides, he was unable to make them click. It was decided that Tuchel could do that, and this is his first real chance to prove it.

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Timo Werner ‘not making’ excuses – Thomas Tuchel

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Tuchel is hoping a return to a ground where Werner has had happy memories will be the catalyst for his rediscovering his appetite for goals.

Timo Werner is “working hard with a smile” as he tries to end his scoring drought in the Premier League dating back to last November said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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The 24-year-old German international has failed as of yet to justify the £52 million ($71 million) former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard persuaded the board to spend on him in the close season.

He has scored nine goals across all competitions with just four in the Premier League.

However, fellow German Tuchel says Werner is “not looking for excuses”.

“With every player we try to create a relationship,” said Tuchel at his press conference on the eve of their game with Tottenham Hotspur.

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“Every guy is different.

“Some need to be close and some need to be alone.

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“We find out what suits him and allows him to open up and feel comfortable again on the pitch.

“It is our responsibility to create moments where he can bring out his best, which means attacking the space in behind to use his speed.

“We create situations with the whole team to use his strengths.”

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Tuchel is hoping a return to a ground where Werner has had happy memories will be the catalyst for his rediscovering his appetite for goals.

“He has good memories at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,” said Tuchel.

“He has scored for Chelsea and RB Leipzig there and he is not looking for excuses.

“He is working hard with a smile.”

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‘Role model’
Tuchel’s first two games in charge since replacing Lampard last week have yielded four points, leaving them 11 points off the top two Manchester City and Manchester United.

His chances of securing a second successive win will be enhanced by the absence of Spurs’s injured talismanic striker Harry Kane.

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Kane has scored or created 23 of Tottenham’s 34 Premier League goals this season.

“It is always easier when Harry Kane is not playing,” said Tuchel.

“He is one of the best number nines in the world and when he is in shape, he is maybe the role model number nine that every coach wishes for, in terms of work rate and ability.

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“His goalscoring is outstanding. We assume he will not play but we will prepare for all cases.”

Tottenham’s form, like Chelsea’s, has dropped away after a bright start.

They topped the table in December, but have won just two of their past nine league games and lag behind in the race for Champions League spots as they are six points adrift of the top four.

Tuchel, though laid to rest any thought that he might feel sentimental towards his opponents having been rumoured to be a Spurs supporter when he was a boy.

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“When I was a boy and I was Tottenham in the garden, it was to show off with my friends,” said Tuchel.

“I did not know they were a club in London, it was just a name we heard on the television.”

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Grealish signing would’ve made ‘the difference’, and Lampard wouldn’t be sacked – Hudson

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Both can drive forward from midfield with real purpose and are quiet often central to an attacking move.

Alan Hudson claimed that Frank Lampard would not have faced the sack had he signed Jack Grealish for Chelsea from Aston Villa.

The Chelsea icon told Caught Offside that Lampard could’ve kept his seat in the dugout had he made a move for Villa’s talisman.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

“I know Frank, used to know him well until becoming manager, and had I been his adviser I would have told him to buy Jack Grealish,” Hudson said.

“And I mention this because Jack has just learned the ins out outs of top-level football, and he’s 25-year-of-age – that’s how long it takes today, not eighteen months.

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“Had Frank had signed Jack he’d still be the Chelsea manager.”

Lampard lost his job after Chelsea underwent a poor run of results that included a home draw against Grealish’s Villa.

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Hudson was also critical of the youthful contingent who made such an impact under their previous manager.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 21: Mason Mount of Chelsea heads the ball as Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea FC at Villa Park on June 21, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

“That’s the difference – Jack makes things happen, he knows the game, not like these kids, who are players-in-waiting.”

It was not long ago that Grealish was a young gun trying to prove himself in the Premier League. He has since flourished into an exceptional talent and many at Chelsea are on a similar track.

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One name that stands out is Mason Mount. The 22-year-old has easily been Chelsea’s best player this season and has a comparable influence on his team as Grealish does at Villa.

The pair have parallels in their respective styles of play.

Both can drive forward from midfield with real purpose and are quiet often central to an attacking move.

Mount and Grealish have been pitted against each other as rivals not just at club level, but the international set up as well.

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Plenty was made about which one would make it into Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Mason Mount of England(L), Jadon Sancho of England(C) and Jack Grealish of England(R) look on during the national anthems during the international friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on November 12, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Egerton – Pool/Getty Images)

This obsession caused Grealish to call the whole debate ‘annoying’ and that ‘they weren’t even fighting for the same spot’ (Sky Sports).

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Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea contract length uncertainty

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confessed he had to talk himself into accepting the Blues’ offer of an 18-month contract.

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The former Paris Saint-Germain boss was earmarked as a preferred replacement for Frank Lampard, who was sacked after leading Chelsea on a run of four wins in 11 games in all competitions, and he was flown in to take charge in the 0-0 draw with Wolves last time out.

During negotiations with Tuchel, reports on the length of his contract varied wildly. Some said four-and-a-half years, but those who said 18 months were eventually proven correct, and Tuchel confessed that he was taken aback by the proposal initially.

“I want to be very honest with you, at first it was a concern, I was a little like ‘oh, why 18 months?’” Tuchel confessed (via Goal). “And after one minute I thought ‘what does it change?’

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“What does it change? If they give me four-and-a-half years, they [could] sack me anyway. If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four-and-a-half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they’ll pay me.

“So where can I be sure that I’ll be there for four-and-a-half years? You cannot. That is the truth at this level. What is the role right now of the coaches? Are we in charge of the whole team and the transfers as well, or not, are we totally free in everything we do or not? Are we only responsible for bad results or also good results? What is this role and where do we find ourselves in that?”

Recently, Chelsea have made a habit of offering their managers short-term contract, with Roman Abramovich seemingly growing tired of shelling out enormous compensation fees to part ways with his staff.

While the Russian’s ruthless, trigger-happy approach to managers has left many concerned in the past, Tuchel insisted that he is not focused on the risks of such a perilous position.

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“I decided not to worry too much, be brave enough to take on this adventure, because it was absolutely clear that I want to do it and I don’t want to miss the chance,” the German added.

“It’s also my character to believe more in the chances than the risks. There is absolutely, for me personally, nothing to be afraid of. I’m very grateful to do this job at this level and I don’t want to waste my time thinking about risks.”

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Chelsea defender, Reece ‘faces’ Racial Abuse on Instagram

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There has been a concerning spike in racist abuse online in recent days, with Chelsea team-mate Antonio Rudiger and Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe other high-profile targets of online racism.

Chelsea right-back Reece James has become the latest Premier League star to be targeted by racist abuse on social media.

Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the abuse stopping just yet as James took to Instagram to reveal his own flurry of abuse.

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“Something needs to change,” James wrote over the message, which featured insults and slurs relating to the colour of the right-back’s skin.

The abuse came just hours after West Bromwich Albion contacted police over alleged racist abuse directed towards midfielder Romaine Sawyers following the recent loss to Manchester City. The Baggies hope to ban the person responsible from The Hawthorns for life and have called on the police to inflict a strong punishment.

“I am appalled to see the racial abuse received by players this week,” Premier League executive Richard Masters said in a statement. “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and nobody should have to deal with it. Tackling online hate is a priority for football, and I believe social media companies need to do more.

“We at the Premier League will continue to support players, managers and their families who receive discriminatory online abuse. Through our central reporting system we have been able to take immediate action on cases like this and we investigate every report received, with legal action taken where possible.

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“We are in regular dialogue with social media companies, challenging them to do more against discriminatory abuse on their platforms. We want to see swifter removal of offensive messages and improved identification and banning of offenders.”

The Premier League have vowed to continue working with relevant authorities and social media companies to try and find a way to rid the platforms of racist abuse, including urging the likes of Twitter and Instagram to provide more support identifying their users.

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Goalless Chelsea, Wolves clash means a lot to me – Tuchel

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Despite that enthusiasm, Tuchel urged fans to be realistic about their aspirations for the current season, insisting the main goal for Chelsea is to make it back to the top four again.

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he was pleased with his side’s 0-0 draw with Wolves on Wednesday, claiming it was a real sign of things to come during his reign.

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The game, which came just 24 hours after Tuchel’s first training session with the team, saw Chelsea dominate possession and set records for both single-half and full-game passing numbers this season. However, clear-cut chances remained at a premium and it was Wolves who arguably had the better opportunities to win the game.

It wasn’t exactly the most inspiring performance, yet Tuchel was determined to see the positives and could not hide his delight at Chelsea’s energy and determination.

“Yes [disappointed not to win], it was deserved for the effort the guys put in,” Tuchel said (via Sky Sports News). “But I spoke in the dressing room and told everybody there was no room for disappointment or doubts.

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“I was very happy with the performance energy-wise, we were structured and didn’t allow any dangerous counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous teams. We were very well-organised, brave, played with courage as a team both offensively and defensively.

“We had a good impact from the bench and a very good attitude from the players who did not come on. It was hard work, but we never lost intensity and for that I am happy. If this is our starting point I’m looking forward to where we will end up.”

“The title is far away, we have to be realistic,” the boss continued. “Honestly, when you sign for Chelsea or, like me, as a manager, you sign for the expectation of challenging for titles; the Premier League, Champions League and all of the Cups. That’s absolutely clear.

“At the same time you have to be realistic and, at the moment, there are a lot of points and places between us and fourth. We have to work on a daily basis on the details and the progression of our game and the points will follow, I’m absolutely sure.

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“We have the capacity with this squad to hurt everybody in every league, in every competition, and it’s my job to bring the team to that level as fast as possible.

“We will build a team that nobody wants to play against. And that’s the challenge for me to do that as quickly as possible.”

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Chelsea confirms Thomas Tuchel as new Manager.

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Chelsea went on to confirm that Tuchel would lead his first training session on Tuesday evening, before taking charge of his first match against Wolves a day later.

Chelsea have confirmed Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach, replacing Frank Lampard who departed the club on Monday.

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Tuchel was most recently in charge of Paris Saint-Germain. During his time there, PSG dominated domestically, as well as reaching last year’s Champions League final which they lost to Bayern Munich. Prior to taking over in Paris, he was Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel has signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge, and revealed his delight in an interview with the club’s website.

“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” he said.

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. At the same time, I cannot wait to meet my new team and compete in the most exciting league in football. I am grateful to now be part of the Chelsea family – it feels amazing!”

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Director Marina Granovskaia added: “It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel. There is still much to play for and much to achieve, this season and beyond. We welcome Thomas to the club.”

Chelsea currently sit ninth in the Premier League having won just one of their last eight games. Tuchel’s first task will be to get the club back on track domestically, while his predecessor had safely guided the Blues to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Atlético Madrid in February.

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Tomori joins AC Milan from Chelsea.

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Chelsea have confirmed the departure of centre-back Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

Milan wanted a new centre-back this summer and had initially identified Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan as their preferred target, but eventually set their sights on Tomori, who was eager to make the move.

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The two clubs began talks midway through January and things progressed fairly quickly, and now Chelsea have confirmed on their official website that they have sent Tomori over to San Siro for the remainder of the season.

As part of the agreement, Milan are understood to have the option to sign the 23-year-old permanently next summer for a fee of around £25m.

Tomori is now expected to compete for minutes with Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjaer, who have formed a dominant duo since the latter’s arrival from Sevilla in the summer.

Stefano Pioli’s side currently sit top of the Serie A standings, three points clear of rivals Inter, and the hope is that Tomori will help strengthen their defence and keep them on track for their first league title since 2011.

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Tomori will be eager to play football again. He managed just four appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, finding himself firmly stuck behind Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard recently insisted that he still had a ‘long-term plan’ for the centre-back, but Tomori has seemingly been won over by Milan, where director Paolo Maldini admitted they were waiting to welcome him with open arms.

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Chelsea ready to sign Haaland.

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On top of Haaland, whose value may well approach the £100m mark, Chelsea are also keen on West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who has been valued at £80m in the past.

Chelsea are ready to push to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer and are prepared to break their club transfer record to get the deal done.

Since joining Dortmund back in January 2020, Haaland has continued his rise towards the top of the football mountain. His tally of 35 goals in as many games for the club has seen the 20-year-old attract interest from nearly every top side on the planet.

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Manchester United and Manchester City are keen, while Real Madrid are thought to be leading the race for Haaland’s signature, but The Athletic’s Simon Johnson has revealed that Chelsea are hopeful of swooping in and getting a deal done this summer.

Sources confirmed to NoRM in December that Chelsea had registered their interest with Haaland’s representatives, but the Blues had fears that City were putting together a proposal which would take the Norway international to the Etihad instead.

However, Chelsea believe that most of their competition are prepared to hold off on their bids until 2022, when Haaland will have a release clause of around £66m, so they are ready to swoop in this year and pay extra to sign him.

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There is an awareness that Dortmund will demand a substantial figure for Haaland, but Chelsea have already decided that they are ready to exceed the £80m they have agreed to pay Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz to get a deal done.

Bringing in a world-class striker is thought to be high on the club’s agenda. Olivier Giroud is expected to leave in the summer and Frank Lampard wants someone else to compete with Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.

On Werner, this pursuit of Haaland is no reflection of the German’s struggles in front of goal. Chelsea don’t see Haaland as a replacement for him, but rather a player who can compliment his skill set and bring out the best in him.

It is understood that the Blues are already planning for yet another eye-watering summer spending spree.

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Club owner Roman Abramovich will have to dig deep into his pockets if he wants to make these deals happen, but Chelsea will definitely have to offload some of their fringe players for these plans to become reality.

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While building up another £200m war chest is unlikely, Chelsea can raise a significant amount of money if they can find buyers for the likes of Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho, all of whom are facing uncertain futures at the club.

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Chelsea’s 4-1 win against Sheffield United: Ratings

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The Blues continued to dominate the game in the second half, and had several opportunities to put the game to bed.

Chelsea picked up a vital three points on Saturday evening, as they defeated winless Sheffield United by four goals to one at Stamford Bridge in a hard-fought encounter in west London.

The Blades took a shock lead on nine minutes, when a well-worked corner kick routine landed at the feet of David McGoldrick, and the forward cutely flicked the ball into the net with his back to goal. But the Blues were not behind long, as Tammy Abraham pulled the hosts level with a neat finish on 23 minutes.

Frank Lampard’s side took an advantage ten minutes later, after Hakim Ziyech’s deep searching cross fell into the path of Ben Chilwell, who simply couldn’t miss from all of a yard out.

Sheffield United tried desperately to get back on level terms, but Chelsea ultimately clinched the game through a Thiago Silva header and a Timo Werner strike to lift themselves back into the top four of the Premier League table.

Let’s have a look at the player ratings from Saturday evening’s action at Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA

  1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
    Edouard Mendy (GK) – 7/10 – Finally beaten in the Premier League by a cheeky flick. Realistically given no chance. Commanded his penalty area with dominance and kept the visitors at bay throughout. Confident.

Reece James (RB) – 8/10 – Set Chelsea moving with a great ball over the top for the equaliser. Solid defensively and pulled off a crucial interception to kill a Sheffield United counter attack in the second half.

Thiago Silva (CB) – 9/10 – Continued his impressive transition into Premier League football. A visible leader in the backline, and offered his experience and calm head when the hosts fell behind. Capped off a super performance with a goal.

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Kurt Zouma (CB) – 8/10 – Growing as a player with a proper winner by his side. Won plenty of headers, cleared everything from the box and looked very composed in possession. Becoming the player Chelsea have hoped he could be.

Ben Chilwell (LB) – 9/10 – Spent huge chunks of the game in Sheffield United’s final third. Had a good shot saved early on. Put the Blues ahead with a strike off of his thigh. Had to be in the right place to score it, though.

  1. Midfielders
    Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 8/10 – Provided the killer cut-back to Abraham for Chelsea’s first strike of the evening. Drove the Blues forward in the second half. Almost got an assist with a delicious back-heel.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – 7/10 – Darted around the pitch, making himself available and breaking up the Sheffield United counter-attacks with his usual expert timing.

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Mason Mount (CM) – 7/10 – Pushed up onto the left side of the midfield to try and invent openings for his teammates. Made some nice runs to get in behind and bring his colleagues into play. Typically busy.

  1. Forwards
    Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 9/10 – Always working the ball onto that deadly left foot to whip dangerous crosses into the penalty area. Got his reward with a perfect ball onto Chilhwell’s thigh and Silva’s head for the second and third goals.

Tammy Abraham (ST) – 8/10 – Tucked away his chance on 23 minutes clinically, sweeping the ball into the bottom corner. Constantly searching to supply his fellow forwards, even if his buildup play didn’t always find the right man. Solid.

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Timo Werner (LW) – 8/10 – Looked less comfortable than he has centrally in recent weeks, but the guy is a natural all over the pitch. Finally got on the scoresheet with a goal late on.

  1. Substitutes

Jorginho (CM) – 7/10

Olivier Giroud (ST) – N/A

SHEFFIELD UNITED

  1. Goalkeeper & Centre-Backs
    Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 5/10 – Beaten by the bounce of Abraham’s effort, and should have been braver at the far post for Chelsea’s second. Instead, he stayed rooted to his line, and Chilwell did the rest. Beaten and beaten again.
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Chris Basham (CB) – 6/10 – Defended on the front foot, gave Werner little time on the ball and space in which to operate. Denied Kovacic with a great last-ditch tackle. Never going to be an easy game and caught out chasing the match.

John Egan (CB) – 6/10 – Great header off the line in the second half to deny Ziyech what surely would have been the decisive goal. Did his best to handle the strength and movement of Abraham.

Enda Stevens (CB) – 5/10 – Not a good performance. Struggled to cope with the trickery of Ziyech. Almost handed the game to Chelsea in the second half with some sleepy defending.

Wing-Backs & Midfielders

  1. George Baldock (RWB) – 6/10 – Switched on to take the corner quickly for the opening goal, and pulled it back accurately for the waiting Berge.
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Sander Berge (CM) – 6/10 – Got the assist with his pass into the box which landed at the feet of the deadly McGoldrick. Offered his usual bustle, using his size and physique effectively.

Oliver Norwood (CM) – 5/10 – Nothing seemed to flow through Norwood, who should have been dictating the game for the Blades. Couldn’t get his foot on the ball, and his teammates couldn’t find him. A bad combo.

John Lundstram (CM) – 5/10 – Not quite the impactful player he was last season. Whatever he did to get into goalscoring positions so often in the past, is evidently lacking from his game at the moment. Out of form.

Max Lowe (LWB) – 5/10 – Put some nice, dangerous crosses into the Chelsea box from the left flank, but failed to deliver on his defensive duties. Appeared off the pace and out-thought by his opponents.

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  1. Forwards
    David McGoldrick (ST) – 7/10 – CHEEKAYYY! Provided a lovely little flick to open the scoring, showing 100 composure. Won so many high balls through his physical presence and experience in the air. A classy operator.

Rhian Brewster (ST) – 5/10 – Fed off McGoldrick’s flick ons and knock downs, constantly dipping in behind the Chelsea defence. Never really looked like scoring, though – which is a problem, as a striker.

  1. Substitutes

Oli McBurnie (ST) – 6/10

Ben Osborn (CM) – 6/10


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Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

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Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


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Shocking: Messi wants to join Chelsea

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A remarkable claim by Gianluca Di Marzio on Sky Sports suggests that a FaceTime call was held between Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho, back in the manager’s second stint at Stamford Bridge in 2014.

Chelsea were ready to pay the Argentine’s €700million release clause and the pair spoke on the phone to determine the suitability of the move. Messi was impressed by Mourinho, says the Italian journalist.

But Deco informed Messi’s father and agent Jorge of the call, which was facilitated by someone else entirely, and the entire deal collapsed.


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Breaking: Thiago Silva completes first training as Chelsea’s Player

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There was a new face at Cobham on Wednesday as Thiago Silva finally joined up with his Chelsea team-mates for the first time.


The 35-year-old Brazilian defender has signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge after calling time on his time at Paris Saint-Germain.

Silva made 315 appearances for the French champions over an eight-year stay in the capital.

He appeared in training with his new colleagues, taking part in small-sided matches and other drills

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Alongside him was Ben Chilwell, who has missed the start of Chelsea’s season with injury.

The full back joined from Leicester City in the summer in a £50million deal but has struggled with a heel injury he picked up towards the back-end of last season.


He is now back in training, and could be in line for his debut in the coming weeks.

Chelsea began their season with a 3-1 victory over Brighton on Monday evening.

Frank Lampard’s men take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this Sunday at 4.30pm.


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Officially: Chelsea completes the signing of Kai Havertz

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Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Germany wonderkid Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

He becomes the club’s sixth major signing of an incredible transfer window, taking their total spending to an enormous £230million.

The move makes the 21-year-old the joint most expensive player ever signed by a British club, along with Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United in 2016. The Premier League transfer record is £145m, which Liverpool received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

Havertz is also the most expensive German player of all time, and his signing also sees Chelsea smash their own transfer record. The £72m previously spent on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is now set to leave the club having failed to live up to his price tag.

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This is the high-water mark on an incredible window for Chelsea, which has seen transfer chief Marina Granovskaia land all of the club’s top targets.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner had already been secured before the window had opened, the Morocco international joining from Ajax for £38million, while Germany striker Werner arrived from RB Leipzig for £53m.

Both made their debuts during the friendly with Brighton on August 30, which saw fans allowed into the stadium at the AMEX to watch Premier League sides for the first time since March.

Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva have both been brought in on free transfers, while Ben Chilwell has also joined for £50m from Leicester City.

Frank Lampard’s side begin their Premier League campaign on Monday September 14, when they visit Brighton once more.

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Officially: Chelsea signs Thiago Silva

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OFFICIAL: Ex-PSG captain Thiago Silva joins Chelsea as a free agent

During his eight years in the French capital, the Brazil international centre-back won seven Ligue 1 titles among the huge haul of 25 trophies he has collected with Les Rouge et Bleu.

Though he turns 36 in September, Thiago Silva was still in prime form in 2019-20, topping the division’s ‘passes completed’ chart with 95.5% of his attempts reaching their target.

With 204 league games, including 200 starts for PSG, Thiago Silva last season went past former teammate Blaise Matuidi to move level with Dominique Rocheteau in 14th on the club’s all-time appearance makers chart.

With 154 wins in those 204 league games, PSG have won 73.5% of their matches with Thiago Silva in the side compared to 66.3% without him.

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Breaking: Chelsea confirms signing Ben Chilwell

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Chelsea have officially confirmed the signing of defender Ben Chilwell from Leicester in a £50million deal.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have been keen to recruit another left back this summer and identified the 23-year-old as their primary target for that position.

Chilwell’s arrival on a five-year deal comes during a remarkable summer of spending which has also seen both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech snapped up, with German starlet Kai Havertz closing on a switch to join them.

Chilwell has penned a long-term contact at Stamford Bridge and will become a crucial part of Frank Lampard’s attempts to push for silverware next season.

The 23-year-old had missed the final five games of the last campaign with a heel problem, but his new club are believed to have held no long-term concerns over the setback.

His contract with Leicester was set to run until 2024, but it is believed the England international was keen to make the switch to west London and he has got his wish.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has previously insisted that Chilwell was not for sale, yet privately the club never ruled out allowing him to leave.

The defender’s departure will certainly represent a sizeable profit for Leicester on a player they developed through their academy system.

Chilwell still had plenty of time remaining on his deal at the King Power and also has 11 England caps to his name, meaning Leicester were in a strong negotiating position.

The club have also proven themselves difficult negotiators in the past, as demonstrated during Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United last summer.

Chelsea are attempting to bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City at the Premier League summit and have laid out a remarkable statement of intent with their business.

The Blues narrowly pipped Leicester to a Champions League place on an action-packed final day of the 2019/20 campaign, forcing their rivals to settle for a spot in the Europa League, and have now sealed the deal for one of their prized assets.

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And their activity in the market shows no signs of slowing down, with Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr expected to arrive in the near future in what may prove to be an eye-watering £231m overall splurge.

On making the move to Stamford Bridge, Chilwell said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club. I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”

It is Chelsea’s first defensive signing of the window, after spending vast sums of money on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Kai Havertz is also expected to complete a €100m move to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Chilwell will hope to play alongside Thiago Silva in Chelsea’s backline. The Brazilian veteran’s contract at PSG has just expired and he is expected to join Chelsea for free on a two year contract in this transfer window.

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Chelsea’s EPL fixtures for 2020/21

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Chelsea will begin their 2020/21 campaign two days after the official start of the Premier League season, playing Brighton away on Monday September 14.

Blues head coach Frank Lampard had warned the Premier League’s return date of September 12 was too soon for his players to return after ending their season with a Champions League last-16 second-leg match against Bayern Munich.

“The 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again,” he said after Chelsea lost in the FA Cup final to Arsenal. “The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings [Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic] and had players pull out of the game before this.

“I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that and hopefully give us a fair start next season. We deserve to be, as a Premier League club competing in the Champions League.”

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He later said: “We will be ready to go come September 12 or whenever they give us our first league date… It has been the longest season ever, so it is important they have a break and we will be firing.”

Lampard has been granted a small reprieve on that front with Chelsea’s 2020/21 Premier League season starting two days after the official start date when they travel to Brighton on September 14.

That is followed by a visit of reigning Premier League champions Liverpool to Stamford Bridge before a trip to newly-promoted West Brom. Manchester United also feature in their opening seven fixtures.

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It is a short Boxing Day trip for the Blues as they visit Arsenal and Lampard’s team will not face west London rivals Fulham until January 16 at Craven Cottage. The return fixture will be played on May 1.

After this, Chelsea face a tricky end to the season with Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester in successive games before rounding off the campaign against Aston Villa on May 23.

CHELSEA’S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES
September

14: Brighton (a)

19: Liverpool (h)

26: West Brom (a)

October

3: Crystal Palace (h)

17: Southampton (h)

24: Manchester United (a)

31: Burnley (a)

November

7: Sheffield United (h)

21: Newcastle (a)

28: Tottenham (h)

December

5: Leeds (h)

12: Everton (a)

15: Wolves (a)

19: West Ham (h)

26: Arsenal (a)

28: Aston Villa (h)

January

2: Manchester City (h)

12: Leicester (a)

16: Fulham (a)

27: Wolves (h)

30: Burnley (h)

February

3: Tottenham (a)

6: Sheffield United (a)

13: Newcastle (h)

20: Southampton (a)

27: Manchester United (h)

March

6: Everton (h)

13: Leeds (a)

20: Liverpool (a)

April

3: West Brom (h)

10: Crystal Palace (a)

17: Brighton (h)

24: West Ham (a)

May

1: Fulham (h)

8: Manchester City (a)

12: Arsenal (h)

15: Leicester (h)

23: Aston Villa (a)

The key dates of the Premier League 2020/21 season
The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12.

The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament kicks off.

The transfer window opened on Monday July 27 and will close on Monday October 5 at 11pm. An additional domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16 but Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs.

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