Chelsea

  • Brown loaned to Brighton after signing C...

    Chelsea have confirmed that Izzy Brown has been loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion after signing a new contract with the Premier League champions. Brighton 5/4 to be relegated in 2017-18 The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Huddersfield Town as they earned promotion thro...

    Brown loaned to Brighton after signing Chelsea contract

    Chelsea have confirmed that Izzy Brown has been loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion after signing a new contract with the Premier League champions. Brighton 5/4 to be relegated in 2017-18 The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Huddersfield Town as they earned promotion through the Championship play-offs, will spend 2017-18 on the south coast after extending his Chelsea deal until 2021. Brighton boss Chris Hughton said of the forward: "The natural progression for Izzy, having enjoyed such a successful season in the Championship last season, was to step up to the Premier League and we are delighted he will be doing that with us, here at Brighton. "He is a player with great potential and will bring a different dimension to our attacking options for the season ahead, alongside our existing strikers." Brown, who began his career with West Brom, has made only one senior appearance for Chelsea and had loan spells with Vitesse and Rotherham United prior to joining Huddersfield. He follows team-mates Tammy Abraham (Swansea City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) and Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) in moving on loan from Chelsea to other clubs in England's top flight.

  • Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the...

    Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern Munich put in their best pre-season performance so far in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in Singapore. Carlo Ancelotti's side lost on penalties to Arsenal and then 4-0 to AC Milan in their previous International Champions Cup fixtures, and concer...

    Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the double as Bayern bounce back

    Thomas Muller scored twice as Bayern Munich put in their best pre-season performance so far in a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in Singapore. Carlo Ancelotti's side lost on penalties to Arsenal and then 4-0 to AC Milan in their previous International Champions Cup fixtures, and concerns had begun to surface about their ability to cope with the retirement of influential stars Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso at the end of last season. Brazilian full-back Rafinha soothed those worries by scoring an opening goal that had all the hallmarks of Lahm's attacking game, before Muller scored with two fine strikes as the Premier League champions were overrun by their Bundesliga counterparts. Marcos Alonso pulled one back for the Blues shortly before half-time, and Antonio Conte introduced star signing Alvaro Morata for his first pre-season appearance in the second half. Morata had a hand in Michy Batshuayi's late consolation goal in a second half that saw Bayern continue to create the better of the chances, many of which fell to the Spain striker's former Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez, who endured a frustrating evening. Bayern, keen to make amends for a disappointing performance in their drubbing by Milan, started the game brightly with veteran winger Franck Ribery probing forward down the left flank. It was a cross-field pass from Ribery that allowed Rafinha to break down the right and hit a low, bouncing shot across the face of goal that found the net via Thibaut Courtois' right-hand post. Ribery was again the architect when Bayern made it 2-0 after 11 minutes, skipping into the box and cutting the ball back into the path of the onrushing Muller, who volleyed home from close range. Muller scored the pick of the goals after 26 minutes after he was put through by Corentin Tolisso and then allowed to run at Chelsea's defenders, who backed away while the Germany international curled a powerful 25-yard shot beyond Courtois and into the top-right corner. Chelsea improved before half-time and enjoyed a spell of pressure that culminated in Alonso pulling a goal back, arrowing the ball across Tom Starke and in after Victor Moses' low cross found him unmarked on the left side of the penalty area. Marco Friedl's superb curling cross after 56 minutes found the head of James, who was only inches away from the target with his attempt, and the Colombian star was denied from by a last-ditch Gary Cahill challenge as he bore down on goal four minutes later. Conte sent on Morata along with David Luiz after 63 minutes but Chelsea were frequently stretched throughout the last half hour of play and James should have done better when Ribery teed him up for a shot from 15 yards that he dragged wide. David Luiz saw a deflected effort hit the post, before Chelsea set up a frantic finish when Morata flicked Cesc Fabregas' corner into the path of Batshuayi to bury, but it was too late to alter the result.

  • Chelsea urged to learn from 'terrible se...

    Cesar Azpilicueta hopes Chelsea will have taken important lessons from their last “terrible” Premier League title defence. The Blues swept to the English top-flight crown under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15, with Eden Hazard starring as he collected the PFA Player of the Year award. ...

    Chelsea urged to learn from 'terrible season' by Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta hopes Chelsea will have taken important lessons from their last “terrible” Premier League title defence. The Blues swept to the English top-flight crown under Jose Mourinho in 2014-15, with Eden Hazard starring as he collected the PFA Player of the Year award. dabblebet: Chelsea 10/3 for PL title A humbling fall from grace saw the west London outfit toil a year on, though, with Hazard among those to suffer an untimely dip in form as Mourinho was ushered through the exits. Chelsea restored domestic dominance with Antonio Conte at the helm in 2016-17, and Azpilicueta is looking for them to build from this point rather than suffer another regression. The Spanish defender told the club’s official website: “After being champions three years ago we had a terrible season and we have to learn from this. “We know after being champions of the Premier League, every team we are going to face, they want to win more than before so we know that it is going to be harder. Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour “That is what we are working on in pre-season, to get into the best shape as soon as possible and to fight for it because it is a big challenge. “We are back in the Champions League, we are the current Premier League champions and we have a big season ahead of us.” Azpilicueta impressed as part of a three-man defensive unit last season, with Chelsea benefiting from a consistent and stable starting line-up. His fellow countryman Cesc Fabregas was another to catch the eye, with his assist-making ability coming to the fore, and both men will be expected to deliver once again in 2017-18. 'Destiny' brought Morata to Chelsea “We expect a big season from all of us,” added Azpilicueta. “Obviously Cesc is a very good player with very good experience and he has given a lot in the team, but what I expect as a team is all of us to keep improving and to reach the targets that we are looking for.” Chelsea will look to secure the first silverware of the new season in a Community Shield clash with London rivals Arsenal on August 6, before opening the defence of their Premier League crown at home to Burnley the following weekend.

  • Never give up: How three non-professiona...

    In football, second chances do exist. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Frank Vincent and Ibrahim Meite are proof of that. After being dubbed not good enough for non-league club Barnet FC, El-Mhanni and Vincent have had the last laugh, having recently joined up with Newcastle United and Bo...

    Never give up: How three non-professionals signed for Newcastle, Bournemouth and Cardiff City

    In football, second chances do exist. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Frank Vincent and Ibrahim Meite are proof of that. After being dubbed not good enough for non-league club Barnet FC, El-Mhanni and Vincent have had the last laugh, having recently joined up with Newcastle United and Bournemouth respectively, while one-time amateur star Ibrahim Meite has had the privilege of signing for Cardiff City after an impressive trial - all with the help of the Ask Godders Academy, which finds players who slip through the net and helps them back into the game.  Bet on Chelsea to beat Burnley Vincent had a trial at Bristol Rovers before joining Bournemouth to work with Eddie Howe and he outlined the importance of keeping faith in your abilities after a set back. "Coming from a League Two club where things just didn’t go to plan and a couple of months later getting signed for a Premier League club is just like a dream come true really," Vincent told Goal . "At first coming out of that, you’re quite disappointed obviously and you’re thinking about whether football is the right path for you. "I kept my faith and I knew I was good enough, I just needed a platform to get me to a point where I thought I could achieve it. My birthday is 23rd April, and I thought before my birthday I need to get something ready for next year.   Absolutely buzzing to sign my first professional contract with @officialafcb A post shared by Frank Vincent (@frankvincent_) on May 25, 2017 at 8:23am PDT "It actually got announced on the Friday before my birthday. So, it was a surreal moment for me, I got to tell my family across the dinner table on my birthday and I won’t ever forget that moment." Meite, by contrast, was just an amateur before he got picked up by the Ask Godders Academy. However, his exceptional natural talent convinced the team's manager Godfrey Torto to put him forward for professional trials.  Leicester City invited Meite in but it was Cardiff City who took a chance on the youngster, and he has since gone on to make his debut in the Championship.  "This time last year I didn’t have a team I was just playing around locally in parks and everywhere I played people would come up to me and tell me: I feel like you’re good enough to go somewhere in football," Meite added.  "The [AG Academy] helped me a lot, they got me into a non-league club and I scored a few goals there. Then I went on trial with Leicester City, after that I signed with Cardiff City. Neil Warnock brought me into his office and said: 'Listen, I really like you'. It’s the best gaffer I’ve had. He put his trust in me and gave me the chance, and I took my chance."   More than happy to have signed my first professional contract for Cardiff city FC. I wanna take a moment to shout out Godders and Manny, they made this possible and always believed In me and helped me on the pitch become a better player and off the pitch to become a better person. Took a lot of hard work and this is just the beginning. Really couldn't of asked for a better agent and assistant big up @askgodders and @sensational_semps if your a young footballer trying to make it definitely give @ag_football_academy a follow #agacademy A post shared by Ibrahim Meite (@meite_015) on Jan 26, 2017 at 1:07pm PST El-Mhanni was also released from Barnet, but unfazed, went on trials with West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea before signing for Newcastle United.   The Newcastle United trickster had previously turned down Watford, in a move that he admits was a mistake, but he is happy that he got his second chance thanks to the academy in London.  "My dad told me to stop playing [after Barnet released me]," El-Mhanni admitted. "He’d be like: just forget it, you’re 19. One manager might not like you and another might like you – that’s how it works. "I’ve been on trials to places managers aren’t keen on me. I’ve performed, done what I had to do and trained well, but sometimes you’re just not what they’re looking for. "I still I couldn’t believe it, going up on the train I was sitting with Godfrey and I was saying: 'I’m actually going to sign for Newcastle! This is a Joke!' He was telling me: 'This is where it’s got you but this is only the beginning, you can’t take this for granted'." The mastermind of this project to help youngsters who could fall out of the game is Godfrey Torto, who was released by Chelsea as a youngster, after training alongside the likes of John Terry and Jody Morris.  He then became a successful football agent but he grew frustrated that he lacked the ability to help youngsters who had been kicked out of the game. Torto's ability to spot talent and love of football led him to start up his own community project. He admits that although he is delighted to have found three men good enough to go professional, he also aims to impact the lives of those who aren't able to find a club.  "A lot of these lads, the majority of them aren’t going to become professional footballers," Torto admitted. "And that is the reality I paint to them – it’s a very hard game. But if I can guide them, give them advice and just give them that chance where they can be seen. "It was really out of the passion of trying to help people. When I was 17 I got released from Chelsea. At the time, I didn’t have anyone who could pick me back up. "The reality of it is, I wasn’t released because I didn’t have the ability, it was more just because I was badly advised and I took the opportunity for granted. I just wanted to set something up that gave lads a second chance but then also give boys that maybe haven’t been seen before an opportunity."   Thanks to @AskGodders lifestyle for organising my car with @Mercedes. Top service. Give him a shout definitely will find the best deal. #notjustaagent A post shared by Ibrahim Meite (@meite_015) on Jul 1, 2017 at 11:44am PDT Barca wait for Neymar as Messi steps in "Seeing Ibrahim last year, not earning any money, not really doing much with his life. Then putting him into non-league, he’s on £70 a week. Then going on trial at Leicester, he’s in the paper. "Then signing his first contract, last week I helped him get a deal with Mercedes, he’s got his first car. So, for me to see him develop from that a year ago to this now, I love that. That’s what I do it for."

  • Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour followi...

    Chelsea have removed Brazilian winger Kenedy from their pre-season tour of Asia following his insulting comments about China on social media. Get Chelsea at 10/3 to defend PL title The 21-year-old returned to the UK on Tuesday after being sent home by the reigning Premier Leagu...

    Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour following insulting China comments

    Chelsea have removed Brazilian winger Kenedy from their pre-season tour of Asia following his insulting comments about China on social media. Get Chelsea at 10/3 to defend PL title The 21-year-old returned to the UK on Tuesday after being sent home by the reigning Premier League champions. That decision was taken in the wake of inappropriate posts which appeared on Kenedy’s Instagram account during the Blues’ time in Beijing. A statement from Inter Sports on their Weibo page read: “Chelsea FC can confirm that Kenedy has returned to the UK and will play no further part in the Club’s pre-season tour of Asia.” Kenedy was jeered by Chinese supporters on Saturday while figuring in a 3-0 victory over Arsenal, which had been sponsored by Inter Sports. He has since apologised for his actions, while Chelsea have confirmed that the youngster will be disciplined. A statement from the Blues read: "Kenedy's actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from. "His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club's high expectations and strict requirements of its young players. He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined. "Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect and admiration for China and loves our Chinese fans. Chelsea reveal Morata shirt number "It is because of this that the negative impact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and saddened. "Once again, we sincerely apologise for the hurt caused to our Chinese fans as well as to the Chinese people." Kenedy said: "I would like to apologise to the people of China for the offence I have caused. It was never my intention to insult or offend anyone at all and I now realise that my comments were totally inappropriate." Kenedy made two appearances for Chelsea last season, having seen a season-long loan at Premier League rivals Watford cut short.

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