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Former Arsenal winger Aleksandr Hleb has provided the reason behind the exits of both Ronaldinho and Deco at Barcelona in 2008.

The two players were key for Barcelona in the leading years before current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was promoted to be the Barcelona manager from the Barcelona B team.

One of his major acts as a Barcelona manager was to offload both Ronaldinho and Deco shortly after his appointment.

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BATE Borisov player and former Arsenal star Hleb was at Barcelona then and he has lifted the lid on what led to the controversial exits of the two players.

According to him, Ronaldinho and Deco came into training drunk and they were both sold to prevent them from influencing a young Lionel Messi.

Ronaldinho was offloaded to Italian Serie A giants AC Milan shortly after that incident, while Deco joined Chelsea from the Catalan giants.

Chelsea were said to have paid £8m to secure the signing of Deco.

Hleb revealed that the decision was made by Pep Guardiola to protect an 18-year-old Messi.

Guardiola went on to win the Champions League with Barcelona in his first season at the club while Messi is widely regarded as the greatest player ever 14 years after that drunk incident involving Deco and Ronaldinho.

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When Olivier Giroud Will Leave Chelsea Revealed

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There has been suggestions that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could leave the club in the winter transfer window in January but the player might need to wait for next summer according to the publication from the stables of The Sun.

Giroud has found it hard to play regularly for Chelsea due to the form of Tammy Abraham who has scored 12 goals in all competitions for the West London giants.

The lack of match action has prompted Giroud to consider his options ahead of the January transfer window as he tries to keep his place in the French national team starting XI with the 2020 European Championships on the horizon.

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The aforementioned report said that the interested clubs are ready to wait till next summer to sign Olivier Giroud on a free transfer rather than spend money to secure his transfer in January.

Giroud has six months remaining on his Chelsea deal at the moment meaning that the 33-year-old striker can start to speak with the foreign clubs as from January 1 over a free transfer move.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea from fellow London rivals Arsenal in January 2018 and he has already won the Europa League title with them.

Arsenal received £18m for his transfer to Chelsea.

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Chelsea Target Five Players After Big Transfer News

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West London giants Chelsea are reportedly targeting five new players ahead of the January transfer window after their ban was lifted on Friday.

Chelsea were given a big boost following the news that they can now sign players as from the January transfer window.

The Blues didn’t sign players in the summer after world football’s governing body FIFA slammed them with a two-window transfer ban for breaking the rules relating to the signing of young players.

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Chelsea appealed the ruling but it was thrown out by FIFA and that prompted the club to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The CAS verdict held on Friday partially upheld the ruling from FIFA but the transfer ban was reduced to just one window which has already been served.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are now targeting five players in the transfer window including Brentford star Said Benhrama who plays for the Algerian national team.

Others on the list include Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and former Blues defender Nathan Ake.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is a top performer for his German club and he’s on the radar of Chelsea alongside Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.

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Europa League winners Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer market which opens again in the next few weeks.

According to The Independent, Chelsea want to sign the in-form Zaha if their transfer ban is overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Chelsea are in the midst of a two-window transfer ban imposed on them by world football’s governing body FIFA due to their culpability in the signing of underage players.

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The Blues had earlier made an appeal to FIFA over the transfer ban and it was thrown out thereby prompting them to take the matter to CAS.

Chelsea were unable to sign players in the summer as they served the first part of the punishment.

They will serve the second part of the punishment in the January transfer window if the ban is not overturned.

Wilfried Zaha was a transfer target for both Everton and Arsenal in the summer but the two clubs were unable to produce the £80m transfer fee ended to sign him.

Recent reports claimed that Crystal Palace have slammed a £70m asking price on him ahead of January transfer window.

Zaha has scored two goals in the last three games for Crystal Palace.

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EPL: Another Chelsea Striker Nominated For Goal Of The Month Award

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been nominated for the Premier League Goal of the Month for November.

The Nigerian-born England international has made the list of eight nominees for the Goal of the Month Award for last month.

He made the list for his strike during the 2-1 away win over bottom club Watford.

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Others on the list of nominees for the Goal of the Month for November include Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United), Harry Wilson (Bournemouth), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Fabinho (Liverpool).

Tammy Abraham has been in sensational form for Chelsea this season following his return to the Blues from a loan spell at Aston Villa.

He scored 25 goals in 37 appearances for Aston Villa last season in the English Championship as he helped the club to return to the Premier League.

Tammy Abraham has scored 12 goals in all competitions including 11 goals in the Premier League.

He returned from a small injury layoff in the midweek game against Aston Villa.

Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 at home with a goal and an assist for Tammy Abraham.

He would be hoping to continue his form for Chelsea when they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton.

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Chelsea Can Now Sign Players For This Reason

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Europa League winners Chelsea are free to sign players in the January transfer window after their transfer ban was lifted earlier today.

Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA earlier this year for their involvement with underage players and that prompted them to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their appeal to FIFA was turned down.

The Blues have already served a transfer window ban during this summer’s transfer window.

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The CAS hearing took place earlier today and the FIFA ruling was partially upheld but the transfer ban was reduced from two transfer windows to one transfer window which had already been served by Chelsea in the summer.

With new development, Chelsea can now sign players as from the winter transfer window in the New Year.

Chelsea have been seriously linked with a move to Wilfried Zaha even before the ruling from CAS.

The latest development means that the Blues have the opportunity to sign Zaha from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.

According to the Independent, Chelsea will have to pay as much as £70m for Zaha if they want to sign the Ivorian international player who has scored two goals in the last three league games for Crystal Palace.

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EPL: The Legend Backing Chelsea To Beat Struggling Everton

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West London giants Chelsea have been backed to pick up the three points on offer for the league game at the home of Everton this weekend.

Tennis star Andy Murray made his prediction on several Premier League Matchday 16 games including the Everton vs Chelsea clash at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

According to the former Wimbledon Open champion, Chelsea will secure the maximum points via a 2-1 win over Everton who are without a permanent manager following the dismissal of Marco Silva earlier this week.

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Marco Silva was appointed the Everton manager last summer and he led them to eighth place on the Premier League table last summer.

He had not reached the heights of last season in the new Premier League campaign and the final straw was the Merseyside Derby which Everton lost 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday and he has since been replaced by club legend Duncan Ferguson who will be in temporary charge of the team starting with the Everton game.

For Chelsea, a win over Everton will consolidate their spot in the top four on the Premier League.

The Blues beat Aston Villa in their last league game to end a two-game losing run and could make it two wins in a row at Everton this weekend.

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EPL: Chelsea Confirm Starting Lineup vs Everton

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Cheslea would be hoping to pile up the misery on Everton when the two teams meet at the weekend in a Premier League clash.

Everton will be without manager Marco Silva for the first time in almost two years when they welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park for the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday after the Portuguese tactician was sacked on Thursday evening.

Marco Silva has left Everton in trouble with the Toffees in the bottom three on the Premier League table after the thumping defeat at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool earlier this week.

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Everton were beaten 5-2 at Liverpool and that left them in 18th position on the log after 14 points from the first 15 league games of the season.

Club legend Duncan Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge of the team and his first test would be the Chelsea match on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea would be targeting a second successive league win after ending a run of three matches without a victory in midweek via the slim 2-1 over league newcomers Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Possible Chelsea XI vs Everton: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante; Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Willian.

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Eden Hazard To Miss El Clasico Clash With Barcelona

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Real Madrid have been dealt a big injury blow following the news that star player Eden Hazard will miss the El Clasico clash with arch rivals Barcelona.

Summer signing Eden Hazard has suffered a fractured ankle and would miss the blockbuster El Clasico meeting with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.

He suffered the injury from during the recent Champions League game at home to French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

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Eden Hazard was subbed off during the PSG game following the injury he sustained via the tackle from Belgian international teammate Thomas Meunier.

Eden Hazard has not enjoyed an extended run in the Real Madrid team mainly because of injury problems.

The 28-year-old forward signed for Real Madrid from Premier League giants Chelsea in the summer in a club-record deal.

Real Madrid paid around €100m to sign Eden Hazard who had one year remaining on his contract at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard spent seven successful years at Chelsea with two Premier League titles and two Europa League titles.

The Belgian international signed for Chelsea from French Ligue 1 outfit Lille for a fee of around £32m.

He won the Premier League title under former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

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