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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    AC Milan has financial difficulties and may have to sell players.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Some of the stories doing the rounds; Courtois edging closer to Real Madrid after Chelsea has lowered their asking price (from eur50m) and Courtois imself has reiterated his desire to play out his final year (has he really?) Hazard can go - but only for a fee over £200m Kanté is going nowhere Luca Gotti is ready to be Sarris new right-hand assisant (Zola will only act like a buffer between Sarri and the players and Sarri and upper management)
  3. Official: Jorginho Signs

    Super signing! Kanté and Jorginho in tandem will be a sight to behold. I hope this signing and a few words from Sarri can prevent Kanté from going to Barca. Kanté and Jorginho with the right candidate for the #8 would be right up there. As I see it: Kanté/Bakayoko - Jorginho/Fabregas - Loftus-Cheek/Barkley Now we just have to make sure we retain Hazard and Willian while strengthening with two or three attacking players of high quality.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Afraid that's Hazard off. Willian to follow?
  5. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Yes - the core is there. Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Alonso, Kanté, Jorginho, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Morata We have the following squad players Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Emerson, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Barkley, Giroud, Batshuayi With Rugani and Golovin to sign (apparently) and youngsters in Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi. Add two additional quality players and we have an extremely interesting squad - with some players leaving. Will be interesting to see how Sarri attempts to build the side from here.
  6. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    How many times was Emenalo referred to as the 'girl scout'? Matt Law has publishd a pretty daming version of events here. Hidden behind a pay-wall. Sorry. Here's the text: I have a semi-connected friend who gets second-hand info on what's happening at the club. I can't vouch for the validity of course, but he gets a lot of things right (although some things he gets wrong). Anyhow, he backs up Matt Laws story and also claim that Sarri and Jorginho are 100% (maybe not a big claim now!), but also that both Rugani and Golovin are done as well.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not discrediting the idea, but as far as Asensio go is h really that good? I get some defenite Morata vibes from Asensio.
  8. Positivity corner

    Again spot on. The list of recent academy graduates we have let go that would be good enough to be squad players here is quite long. Instead we get rid and buy squad replacements for 'big money' that could and should have been used to buy players that make a real difference. The players there aren't too many of in this world. But no, we spend our money on buying squad players all the while having the best academy in England. It's madness.
  9. World Cup 2018

    Yeah think you are being way, way too harsh. These are still young lads. Harry Kane is only 24 for example. This teams' moments would be Euros 2020 and World Cup 2022. Whatever they did in Russia was always going to be a bonus. I'm proud of the boys!
  10. Positivity corner

  11. World Cup 2018

    I would agree with this. This England side has one star and quite a few young and able players. But we are 1-2 real top players away from being a world class side. IN midfield we sorely lack someone that can control the game and it would be nice to have a better striker than Sterling. I also don't like the formation that Southgate has played (352) and would have preferred a 433; ---------------------Pickford Trippier - Stones - Maguire - Rose -------------- Dier ------- Henderson ---------------------- Alli - Lingard ----- Kane ----- Sterling
  12. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I think you misunderstood my post. I was merely replying to xCeleryx where he stated that we will find ourselves here in 12-18 months time. Yes of course we will, that is our model like you also state above. We agree 100%.
  13. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    To be fair, that's the default view every time we hire a new manager. Every once in a while, we stumble over a manager that makes it beyond 24 months. Since Roman bought us, only three managers has managed that - Ancelotti, José (twice) and Conte.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    A midfield of Jorginho and Kanté is right up there. Not many clubs that has a better duo if he indeed ends up signing for us. The only other midfielders I have ever wanted as much, is Kanté himself and Verratti. (Well - I was pretty estatic when we signed Ballack and Essien as well...) If we manage to sign Jorginho, the club has made some seriously good business. If we get him regardless of Sarri, then it seems like we've managed the impossible.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Can he come back from a second serious knee injury?
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    I always had the feeling when Neymar left Barca for PSG that the long play was a move to Real. The biggest club in the world and he could step out of Messi's shadow. No way will PSG be able to keep both Neymar and Mbappé this summer. But what scares me, is that Real may sell off Bale and Asensio and use the proceeds to go for 2 out of Neymar, Kane, Mbappé or Hazard. Boy has he been good. He looks at least a level above Hazard. His speed and close control with the ball is amazing to watch.
  17. World Cup 2018

    I thought Eden was quite good. It was a more mature performance from him, where he lead the team and tried to take responsibility. It was KDB and Lukaku that let them down massively. KDB has had a dreadful World Cup. He has never looked like a player that you build a side around. He's the type of player that needs a team around him to be effective. At City he can do what ever he wants. For Belgium he needs to adhere to the team structure. Immediately his effectiveness goes down. He is rarely very good for Belgium imo.
  18. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    This made me spray all my morning coffee on my keyboard. I have a sneaky suspicion you may be right lol!
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well, there would be five possible replacements as I see it. 1. Hazard 2. Neymar 3. Mbappé 4. Kane 5. Alli Let's hope it's not Eden Hazard.
  20. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Well if he is staying one can only hope he doesn't manage to damage us as much as he managed last season. If we have another season like last, I'm not sure we will come back from that. So. What does everyone think? Will Conte continue with the same defensive rubbish and **** signings like he did last season? Will he sign a few attacking midfielders and start playing attacking football? How will the top players react to him staying?
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    You say you haven't watched him much at Palace and then say that you don't think others have either? How can you have a viewpoint on his current level, if you haven't watched him play? Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the type of player an academy sees once in a great number of years. He such a natural talent, has such movement and a perfect build for the position he plays. He is quite frankly "perfect" from a technical viewpoint. He's a natural with immense natural talent. The club has known what a jewel they have had on their hands for a very long time. That's why he has never been loaned out until last season - he was so good that the club had expected him to make the grade without much playing experience. What they underestimated was the fact that no manager at Chelsea will play a youngster since their job is on the line every time the team walks out on the pitch. The fact that his performances alone last season was enough to take him to the world cup (deservedly I might add) says everything. He was a beast at Palace, clearly one of their absolute best players last season and had been a contender for team of the year had he not been injured fro 3 months. Last 8 weeks of the season he was their best player - Hodgson couldn't stop talking about him and Southgate had no qualms nominating him to the squad despite not having been back to full fitness for long. You don't do that to a player who has not showed he's good enough. He played a massive role in keeping Palace up. Does he have weaknesses? Of course he does. But I think it is criminal that players like Bakayoko and Drinkwater have been picked ahead of him last season considering they are both decidedly average at best and have no chance of reaching the heights of RLC. But for RLC to develop and be what he can be, he needs to play. At Tottenham/Liverpool he had already been played enough to be a nailed-on first team player by now. He would have been at this World Cup as a starter instead of the first CM option off the bench. Yep - this is the viewpoint most people in the game has on him. I'd be disappointed if we loaned out all the talented youngsters we have. I do suppose though that the club is hesitant to keep Mount and severely under-play him after such a marvelous season in Holland.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah if Conte stays RLC will leave on loan. 100%.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm not sure what you are on about here Mark. Let's make this a little bit less complicated for you. Last season Golovin played 2,200 minutes in the RPL. RLC played 1,900 minutes in the EPL. One is proven (Golovin) whereas the other is unproven. How? Being ok for CSKA Moscow is enough to be considered for Chelsea? Also, I have never said RLC should be the first name on the team sheet. I'm merely saying he should be in the squad and an option that is used. Last season we bought a player that is inferior to RLC in basivcally every skill imaginable for a CM. Apparently this year we will sign another 20-something that also is not better than RLC. No wonder we never get anyone through from the academy - how could we when we never give our youngsters a chance, even those who are CLEARLY good enough for the Premier League? No, a much better strategy buying players for £30m, £40m or £50m who are not better than what we have. If Alli or Kane came through at Chelsea they'd be nowhere today, probably not more than a handful of appearances for us.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Which is why I specifically wrote out three seasons at Chelsea and one at Palace. Did you read the post? True - but regardless of whether that is 46, 68 or 80. PL appearances can't be compared with appearances in the Russian PL. The leagues are MILES apart. But apparently Golovin has made it as a world class player and Loftus-Cheek hasn't? 1) I disagree with this. He was truly awful before heading out on loan but this is the area which he has improved upon the most imo. I have personally seen him make 30-40 yard rushes back to win back the ball through a tackle. That would never have happened 18 months ago. 2) This is probably the most valid critisism of him. But considering this area of say Golovin he's not one iota better than Loftus-Cheek. RLC is young and lacks experience. Of course he won't score loads of goals. Those things comes with time and added experience. 3) So does every single footballer out there. A problem that is more severe the younger you are. Is Baka better than RLC? Absolutely not imo. Does he have the same issues? Yes he does. Would RLC look like a world class midfielder if he played in France? Yes of course he would. Didn't stop us paying £40m for Baka. As for the last comment, I didn't say he was the best player. I said from a technical point of view he was the best our academy has ever produced. I stand by that.