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Why I Ignored Chelsea Offer Says ‘African Xavi’

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Many eyebrows were raised when experienced, impressive and highly-rated midfielder Michael-Jean Seri joined Fulham despite interest from top Premier League clubs — including Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool — for his service.

The player was closed to joining Barcelona in the previous transfer window by the Catalans shockingly cooled their desire in him despite agreeing terms and conditions with him.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who is tagged ‘African Xavi’ by his fans, surprisingly joined the Craven Cottagers this summer and has been awesome for the new Premier League side.

Jean-Michel Seri

Jean Michel Seri

He scored a mouthwatering 30-yard screamer against Burnley to announce his presence in the League.

The player has finally revealed the reason behind his move to Fulham at the expense of Sarri’s offer.

In an interview with the Times publication, Chelsea, Arsenal and other top European clubs were only linked with his signature but they never make any official towards capturing him.

“Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, they saw me but they didn’t say, ‘We want you.’ Because Fulham gave me this respect, although other clubs wanted me, I wanted to sign for Fulham.” he said.

He revealed that Fulham met with OGC Nice president for his signature and that shows they are ready to have him play for them.

According to him, the Blues didn’t respect him as a player they really wanted in their team, therefore, he chose to sign for the team who are desperate for his signature.

With his commanding display for the newly-promoted Premier League side so far this season, it won’t be surprising if the Ivorian didn’t last long before being snapped up by a top-six club in the League.

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Another former Chelsea player reveals the incredible reason why he left Stamford Bridge

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Former Chelsea player and legend Florent Malouda has revealed why he was forced to leave the Stamford Bridge against his wish at the time he did so.

The Chelsea legend spent six seasons with the West London outfit where he won a Premier League title and three FA Cups, to add to the UEFA Champions League he won with the Blues team.

All of the feats ended in the other way round as Florent Malouda was unhappy at the club in his last season because he was asked to take an £80,000 pay cut during the summer which he refused.

The result for him was to be left out of the Blues squad from all of the competitions they competed in before he left to Turkey to join Trabzonspor the next summer.

Now that it is history, Florent Malouda, who spoke on the Legend of Legends, said his last days at the West London outfit was not funny because there was a serious disagreement with the club.

He, therefore, exposed that there were threats and conspiracy against him, just like it was done with Nikolas Anelka and Alex after they won the Champions League.

Florent Malouda concluded by stating that he was a victim because he was not scared of how he would have been treated for speaking out his mind.

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How Mourinho “killed me”, former Chelsea star

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Former Chelsea star and Nigerian international John Obi Mikel has lamented how his career fell short of expectation under the former boss Jose Mourinho in the early days of his career at the Stamford Bridge.

John Obi Mikel recalled how he first got sent off in his first game for the Blues because of the speed of the game which took him a while to understand.

It would be recalled that the Super Eagles captain joined the West London outfit in 2006 from Lyn Oslo at the age of 19 after Man United failed to secure his signature because of his impressive performance during the 2005 U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands where he was the tournament’s second best player.

At that time, John Obi Mikel had gotten offers from a number of top European clubs before he opted for the West London outfit and he almost regretted the decision during his early days because of the demands of the manager and the pace of the league.

He recalled how he was naughty and most at times got late to training as well as wear the wrong dress code but he was later put through by the Portuguese manager who will not take any excuse for wrongdoings.

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Four of EPL top-six clubs fight for Serie A defender

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There is no doubt that a number of top English Premier League sides are struggling with their defence will seek to strengthen as soon as the summer transfer window is reopened.

It is reported that English Premier League sides Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal are all in the race for the signature of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

The West London outfit are looking forward to part with a number of their players including David Luiz and that is the reason why they need Milan Skriniar as an option as they intend to challenge for the league title next season.

The Blues are struggling to be in the top four of the English Premier League as they face competition from Arsenal and Man United, having lost a number of games.

However, the West London outfit are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and there are fears that they could still play at that level in the coming season, should they fail to secure qualification.

Meanwhile, there is a need to strengthen the team, and Milan Skriniar has been tipped to be a good fit for the club. He is suggested to cost Chelsea as little as £30 million.

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Man United Join Race To Sign Chelsea Winger

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Premier League giants Manchester United have joined the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

This is according to reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.

The Daily Mail revealed that Manchester United are ready to fight other interested clubs for the young England international winger.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has previously been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

German champions Bayern Munich tried to sign him during the winter transfer window but Chelsea stood firm in the face of several bids from the Bavarian giants.

Chelsea rejected at least five bids from Bayern Munich for Callum Hudson-Odoi in January.

The young English winger submitted a transfer request amidst the interest from Bayern Munich but it was rejected by senior officials at the club.

Chelsea want to keep the 18-year-old at Stamford Bridge though Bayern Munich have already revealed their desire to pursue their interest in him when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Hudson-Odoi has just over a year on his current deal at Chelsea.

He made his debut for the Three Lions of England two days ago during the 5-0 win over Czech Republic at the Wembley Stadium.

Callum Hudson-Odoi came on as a second-half substitute for hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.

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Jorginho fails again for Italy

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Chelsea fans will now have something to refer to when it comes to the gist about Jorginho as he struggled for his Italy national team in their 2-0 win against Finland.

The former Napoli star has been in the black book of the Chelsea supporters over what is perceived as poor performance, especially in the games that were lost in the season.

A number of pundits and former players have asked Maurizio Sarri to sack the Italian from the starting XI or make room for another role for him but he has been reluctant as the former Napoli boss stated that Jorginho is best for the deep role in the team.

Because of the presence of Jorginho, Maurizio Sarri pushed away France powerhouse N’Golo Kante from his natural role and have him play a more advanced role. This has not gone well with the club supporters and that has been one of the issues with the manager.

However, Jorginho could not prove Chelsea fans wrong at the national side as he struggled throughout his stay on the pitch.

Suggestions are that the former Napoli player would be the scapegoat in the Chelsea team and might be shown the way out when it is time to make some squad adjustments.

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David Luiz tells Chelsea players why they must fight

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Brazilian international and Chelsea defender David Luiz has told his players why they must fight as he explained that winning a trophy will not come as easy as having flowers.

The West London outfit have the Europa League as their only hope of landing a trophy this season as they are currently in the quarter-finals. All hope for the Blues is lost for the English Premier League title and the FA Cup as they have been eliminated.

The season has been full of ups and down for the West London outfit as they are currently fighting for a top-four finish so as to be able to play in the Champions League next season.

Winning the Europa League will hand them an automatic opportunity to play in the Champions League next season but that will not come easy with the former PSG star stating that his team must give a good fight.

David Luiz noted that there will be a lot of twists and turns as the season runs to an end, stressing that his team must be ready for any opportunity that comes their way.

However, the West London outfit will play Slavia on April 11 for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.

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How Hazard finally breaks Real Madrid heart

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The report coming from Belgium international Eden Hazard will not go down well with Real Madrid and their fans after he dismissed all suggestions that he already has a deal in place to move to the Spanish capital at the end of the season.

Eden Hazard has refused to sign a new deal with the West London outfit with claims that he wants to move to his dream club. The situation got more interesting when football legend Zinedine Zidane returned back to Real Madrid knowing that the former Real Madrid player is his football idol.

However, there are insinuations that a deal is already in place, hence he is yet to sign a new deal at the Stamford Bridge and he could be making good use of the exit door.

The Belgium international has now come out to dismiss the claims, noting that he is on a national team assignment and will be focused on doing just that.

Meanwhile, the West London outfit are understood to have begun the search for the replacement of the star player but are being humbled by the transfer ban they are currently facing.

Although, the Blues have already secured the signature of Christian Pulisic from the German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

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It’s becoming more difficult for Chelsea to keep this star, see why

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West London outfit Chelsea are finding it more difficult to keep England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi at the Stamford Bridge with the growing interest in his signature.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is being identified as a part of the Blues future, yet he is not being handed the needed playing time. This has made the young lad push for a move away from the Maurizio Sarri team for more playing time elsewhere.

German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich have made efforts by submitting three different offers for Callum Hudson-Odoi but they have all been rejected by the West London outfit as they are keen on keeping him at the club.

However, Man United are the latest to be linked with a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi as they are reported to have joined the race ahead of the coming summer transfer window as interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has already made it clear that he wants to have him for next season.

Suggestions are that the Blues team will not allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave the club and they will not in any way consider a loan move for him so as not to lose him.

Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been called to the England senior national team under manager Gareth Southgate.

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3 Players That Must Rise Up To Rescue Chelsea’s Season Apart From Eden Hazard

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The Blues have been impressive of late but a dismal result against Everton has declined their effort in recent weeks. Though they lost 2-0 at Goodison Park it was (arguably) not the best outcome or the true reflection of the game for them. Chelsea dominated the match, had more shots on goal but it proved not to be their day and it was Everton’s night to remember.

This leaves Chelsea with three points off the top four (4) as the battle for Champions League place for next term continues.

With the situation and the need for the Blues to get sparkling again, we take a look at three players that must stand up and be counted for Maurizio Sarri’s side in the exception of Star duo Eden Hazard and William as the case may be.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Attack)

The talented teenager (19 years of age) is proven to be an asset to the club as he will put in a superb shift for the Chelsea side.

He was a player that was not expected to have risen to this level by now but he’s proving many wrong as the press and media are beginning to talk about him. He scored against Dynamo Kiev and also have an
assist in the game.

If Chelsea is to do the needful to upstage rivals Arsenal and Manchester United, then Odoi must be called up (even from the start) as he was a threat to the Everton side when he came on from the bench
at the weekend.

Ross Barkley (Midfield)

The English talent received a round of applause as he left the pitch in the Everton defeat to (2-0) Chelsea. This was due to the player’s benevolence on the attacking side of the pitch during his stay at Everton.

Barkley’s quality is an advantage to the Blues as the player is sensational when in (full) match fitness. Antonio Conte and Chelsea signed the player from Everton even when he was undergoing a long injury lay-off.

This is a sign of his potential and how much he’s valued by the previous technical crew (manager) as he scored a couple of goals to aid Chelsea this season especially in the 0-4 defeat of Burnley earlier in the campaign at the Turf Moor.

David Luiz (Defense)

The Brazilian must improve very much defensively if the Blues are to meander their way into the top 4.

There is no doubt about the player’s quality as we have seen over the years; both at PSG and in Brazil’s National team.

However, the player needs a high level of focus and concentration at the back as this has been his major weakness.

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Why sarri-ball difficulty is no problem, Mateo Kovacic

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Chelsea player Mateo Kovacic is of the opinion that there is no need to worry about the Sarri-ball system of play introduced by manager Maurizio Sarri at the Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that it is not working.

The Italian boss joined the West London outfit in the last summer transfer window from Italian Serie A outfit Napoli and introduced a style of play which was tagged Sarri-ball. It proved to be working at his start of his management at the club, but that cannot be said of him now because he is struggling to win games.

A number of pundits have blamed the inability of the team to win games to the Italian manager’s style which is not working for the team.

But Mateo Kovacic, who is on loan from Real Madrid, has stated that there is no need to worry because his team will definitely end the season on a good note either with a good pattern or not.

According to him, the players have now realized that they still stand a chance of winning a trophy this season and qualify to the Champions League with a top-four finish.

He, therefore, stressed that he is positive that the mission of the team this season would be achieved at the end of the day.

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