Chelsea News, Features and Match Reports

10 Players Relieved They Didn't Sign For Chelsea

22nd October 2014, 09:28:32

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It isn't always about the money.

What’s not enticing about Stamford Bridge – the sponsorships, the lucrative contracts and the lure of potential silverware season after season? Working with the finest managers in the business, and playing with the most talented footballers on the continent, there are too many reasons to count as to why a player would want to sign for Chelsea.

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10 Shocking Chelsea Departures That Nobody Expected

10th October 2014, 15:55:22

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Some of these fan favourites didn't even get to say goodbye.

Chelsea are a club that have been known to show a ruthless streak every now and then. It doesn’t matter how many medals have been acquired, how many goals have been scored, or how many MOTM awards have been collected during their stint at Stamford Bridge – boasting the financial muscle that they do, the club realises no player is indispensable.

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FIFA 15: Chelsea Player Rating Predictions

28th August 2014, 09:13:56

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How the Blues should fare in the latest iteration of EA's football behemoth.

With Jose Mourinho’s squad looking as strong as any Chelsea team in recent memory, Blues fans will have good reason for looking forward to the release of FIFA 15 at the end of next month. After a strong campaign last season, there’s a good chance Chelsea will be among the highest rated teams in the game this year, particularly with such fearsome additions as Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, not to mention the burgeoning talent of Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle.

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Chelsea Transfers: Superstar Transfer Targets XI

27th August 2014, 15:22:38

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A theoretical Chelsea XI comprising superstar transfer targets who almost signed for the club.

Since Abramovich took over Chelsea in June 2003, the Blues have been a major force in the global transfer market, often investing over a hundred million pounds at a time to ensure some of the most high-profile players in the world turned out at Stamford Bridge. The jaw-dropping quantities of money being thrown around, particularly in the early years of the Russian’s reign, ensured that whenever a superstar came on the market, Chelsea were linked to him almost immediately. For all the players who did sign, quite a few truly astonishing names came surprisingly close to pulling on the shirt. A couple of these, you’ll be able to guess. A couple will blow your mind. Don’t miss the astonishing story of the final player selected, which involves sponsorship subterfuge and a potential transfer fee of a quarter of a billion pounds.

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5 Players Most Likely To Leave Chelsea This Summer

26th August 2014, 12:44:21

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Chelsea need to lose one non-homegrown player this summer, but who should it be?

Having made several outstanding signings over the summer, Chelsea find themselves with a packed and outrageously talented squad. The only problem is, it’s a little too packed for its own good. As any Football Manager player knows only too well, the Premier League sets quotas on the number of foreign players allowed to be submitted in any club’s squad for the season. The limit is 17 and Chelsea currently find themselves one over the limit, meaning they’ll either have to sell someone or leave them languishing in the reserves, which isn’t any use for anyone.

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Read Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr Cech's Amazing Response To Twitter Troll

26th August 2014, 11:25:24

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Cech takes on United and wins again... but on Twitter this time.

Petr Cech is going through the most challenging time in his career, having lost his place as Chelsea’s first choice keeper for the first time since joining the club back in 2004. Naturally, being a world class talent and determined professional, he’s responded to such setbacks in the best possible way. Reports last week had him turning up for additional training sessions on his day off, determined to prove to Jose Mourinho that he deserved to be back between the posts on matchday instead of his Belgian rival, Thibaut Courtois.

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10 Young Stars Who Could Shape Chelsea's Future

26th August 2014, 09:11:03

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Which of Chelsea's many talented youngsters represents the future of the team?

The wealth of young talent available to Chelsea is deeper than at almost any other club in the world. Some have come through the ranks at the academy, others have been cherry-picked from across the globe by the club’s extensive scouting network. With Financial Fair Play an increasingly important factor in the club’s considerations, not to mention quotas for non-homegrown players in both the Premier League and Europe, it seems almost undeniable that Chelsea’s youth prospects will finally have an avenue to the first team. Will any of them achieve John Terry’s level of success, planting themselves firmly in the heart of Blues’ first team and staying there? We can but hope, so here is my selection of the ten players most likely to prove themselves worthy of making the biggest step up in football.

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Chelsea 2-0 Leicester: 5 Big Things We Learnt

24th August 2014, 09:18:17

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Another solid win for Chelsea gives strong hints about the season ahead for both teams.

Following a challenging first half in which Leicester produced a number of positive opportunities, Chelsea’s depth of talent shone through as Diego Costa got his second goal in two games and opened his competitive account at Stamford Bridge. A 77th minute Eden Hazard run and shot added gloss to the scoreline, though the away side will have good reason to nevertheless feel positive about the overall performance. With a little more coolness in their finishing, they might have produced a shock result and even looked the better team for much of the first half.

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Can Chelsea Win The Premier League This Season? - Poll

22nd August 2014, 17:49:58

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Chelsea are the bookies favourite to take the title this year. What do you think?

There seems to be widespread consensus that Chelsea are comfortable favourites to take the Premier League trophy at the end of the season. The Blues have a strong squad, bolstered by the addition of key signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, while possible rivals Liverpool lost their key player from last season and Arsenal and Manchester United continue to struggle in their rebuilding efforts. Their 3-1 win against Burley last Monday was certainly an impressive and controlled show of intent.

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Sunderland Transfers: Are Black Cats Really In For Salah?

22nd August 2014, 14:49:28

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Egyptian winger "linked" with a loan move.

Twitter at the end of August is the silliest section of silly season, as supposed ITK’s crawl out of the woodwork for self-validating “rumours” and WORLD EXCLUSIVES designed to be just vague enough to be utterly deniable when they don’t come off. That inevitably means that teams that are demonstrably still in the market for new players – whether because they’ve missed out on someone, or their manager has admitted as much – end up getting linked to players every day.

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10 Reasons Fernando Torres Failed At Chelsea

22nd August 2014, 10:58:13

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Why the Spanish striker failed to live up to his enormous price tag.

Over the years, Chelsea have signed a lot of high profile strikers who have struggled to live up to their potential: no fewer than half my list of 10 Players Who Stole A Living From The Club is comprised of men who never managed to fire Chelsea to the top as expected. Among all of these striking misfits, Fernando Torres stands out as not only the only player still at the club, but also the one who cost the most and has arguably failed more spectacularly than any among his undistinguished peers.

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