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    Chelsea will not have new transfer guru in place for World Cup as Boehly forced to delay hunt after Freund snub

    CHELSEA are set to delay plans to recruit a transfer guru until after the World Cup.Chairman Todd Boehly and right-hand man Behdad Eghbali are scouring the globe for a sporting director to help buy the biggest names and source up-and-coming talent.
    Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly wants to bring in a transfer guruCredit: AP
    But the American won’t have one in place to aid Graham Potter until after the World CupCredit: GETTY
    The two Americans had hoped to get a new person before November’s finals in Qatar which is a huge showcase for players.
    But after a potential move for Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund failed to happen, Boehly is prepared to take his time with the appointment.
    Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is another linked with a move to the Blues.
    But Chelsea are looking at many candidates and finding the right person is the priority above getting somebody in quick.
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    Blues boss Graham Potter is assisting with the recruitment process. Boehly is also looking to take on a technical director to help Potter on a more nuts and bolts level.
    Lead physio Thierry Laurent was relieved of his duties after 17 years at the club on Tuesday as part of a shake-up.
    On the playing front, Chelsea are optimistic that their France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be fit to play for his country at the World Cup.
    Kante, 31, has only just resumed light training following the latest in a line of hamstring strains.
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    He is still some way off even contemplating a first-team return and the World Cup kicks off in 52 days.
    Potter wants the inspirational midfielder to be carefully managed as he returns to fitness given the player’s age and recent injury problems.
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    France boss Didier Deschamps is expected to name his provisional squad for the Qatar tournament next month.
    Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday at Crystal Palace.
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    Premier League medal Jose Mourinho threw into Chelsea crowd in 2006 actually belonged to Robert Huth

    JOSE MOURINHO threw Robert Huth’s 2006 Premier League winners’ medal into the crowd – not his, it has been revealed.Images of the Special One chucking a medal into the crowd following the title win have resurfaced over the years.
    Mourinho chucking a Premier League winners’ medal into the crowdCredit: PA:Press Association
    Mourinho won two titles in a rowCredit: PA:Press Association
    It happened to be Huth’s medal – not Mourinho’sCredit: PA:Press Association
    Mourinho threw the medal into the crowd after his side clinched back-to-back titles in a 3-0 win at home to Manchester United on April 26.
    Many had believed the precious medal to have been Mourinho’s.
    However, it was in fact, wantaway defender Huth’s, who was trying to force a move away from the club at the time.
    Neil Barnett, who worked as a pitch announcer and presenter at Chelsea for 32 years before being axed in 2018, debunked the famous incident on Twitter.
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    The initial tweet from a Blues fan account read: “Jose Mourinho throws his 2005/06 PL winner’s medal into the crowd of Chelsea fans to show his love for them. One of us, forever.”
    In which Barnett responded: “It wasn’t his. It was Robert Huth’s who hadn’t reported that day in order to force a move.”
    Huth eventually left Chelsea at the end of the season for Middlesbrough.
    The German sealed a £6million switch despite initially failing a medical with the club.
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    Huth featured 13 times in the Blues’ title-winning campaign, but was left out of the squad for three of their final four fixtures.
    In the later years of his career, Huth would win a third Prem title – but with Leicester City.
    The Foxes survived relegation narrowly the season before, but shocked the world under Claudio Ranieri in the 2015/16 season.
    Mourinho said on the incident at the time: “The crowd here is special.
    “They have contributed so much to the record we have at home. It is extra special in the Matthew Harding Stand.
    “The medal was for everyone.
    “The lucky guy will go home with an incredible memory – or make a fortune on Ebay.
    “Someone gave me a second one, so that one went too.
    “In Porto I kept the medal for me. That was for the Champions League and it was only one.
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    “I was guessing, in future, it could be difficult to get another one.
    “I have one from last season in the Premier League and the medal is the same one. You can’t keep everything.” More

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    Andre Villas-Boas reveals the five players he was gutted to miss out on signing for Chelsea after disastrous spell

    ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has opened up on his short-lived disastrous spell at Chelsea and revealed five star players he missed out on signing.The then 33-year-old coach took charge of the Blues in 2011 after leading Porto in his native Portugal to the treble.
    Andre Villas-Boas has revealed the star names he missed out on signing at ChelseaCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
    That included the Europa League, making him the youngest manager to win a European competition.
    That convinced Chelsea, who had previously employed him as a scout during Jose Mourinho’s first tenure at the helm, to fork out a whopping £13.3 million in compensation to get him.
    But Villas-Boas, 44, failed to get the star-studded Blues squad going and he was sacked in March 2012 after a defeat to West Brom left them fifth.
    Their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were in tatters, but Chelsea remarkably went on to win the competition that very season after Roberto Di Matteo took over following his departure.
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    Speaking to The Telegraph a decade on, AVB has revealed how he was left feeling frustrated over the failed transfer activity during his brief time there.
    Villas-Boas said: “Of course, we missed the (Luka) Modric deal at the beginning of the season.
    “If the Modric deal was not to be done there was the (Joao) Moutinho deal to be done. That was the promise of Roman at that time.
    “Moutinho joined the Premier League years and years after I tried – proposing to both Chelsea and Tottenham – and everybody has seen the player that he is. So that denial of him was a failure that you can’t (blame on) a coach. 
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    “I thought that we had the Modric deal done and he ended up in Real Madrid the season after. Then the Moutinho deal was to be done with Porto but the problem was the deal (for Chelsea) for the left-back of Porto, Alvaro Pereira, fell through.
    “Roman felt p***ed off. So, no Modric, no Moutinho…(Radamel) Falcao is another one that was about to come in but then you had (Didier) Drogba who couldn’t decide whether he wanted to leave or not in January.
    “He was about to go to Shanghai, then he isn’t any more and then Marina (Granovskaia, former Chelsea director) she wanted Carlos Tevez and suddenly she doesn’t want Tevez any more.”
    Falcao did eventually join Chelsea in 2015 under Jose Mourinho but scored just once in ten Premier League appearances.
    Villas-Boas has since gone onto manage Tottenham, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Shanghai SIPG and Marseille and enjoyed various levels of success – especially in Russia where he won the league and cup double. More

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    Chelsea exile Romelu Lukaku shows off ripped physique and six-pack as he poses in Calvin Klein underwear

    CHELSEA exile Romelu Lukaku showed off his toned physique as he modelled for Calvin Klein. The Inter Milan striker left Stamford Bridge on loan in the summer after a frustrating year back in the Premier League.
    Lukaku looked in good shape as he posed for Calvin KleinCredit: Instagram / @calvinklein
    The striker has previously been criticised for being out of shapeCredit: Instagram / @calvinklein
    While injury has hampered him back in Italy, he started the season looking back to his best.
    And the photoshoot with Calvin Klein will lift hopes of Inter fans that he is ready to rumble on his return.
    The 29-year-old looked ripped on the fashion brand’s Instagram story as he posed in their micro stretch underwear.
    The black briefs are the only clothing on show as Lukaku showed off his strapping stature and six-pack.
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    Lukaku becomes just the latest football superstar to model the Calvin Klein briefs, with Tottenham ace Son Heung-min also stripping off for the fashion brand.
    The Belgian has previously been criticised during his spells in England for his weight and Lukaku has even hit back at his detractors on occasion.
    Inter even reportedly put him on a diet after he returned to the San Siro.
    He appeared to be back to his best as he scored in the Nerazzurri’s opening Serie A game of the season as they beat Leece.
    But Lukaku has missed several games after a thigh strain and has missed major clashes against rivals AC Milan and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
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    He will be hoping to be back for a huge clash against Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Saturday.
    He is beloved by Inter fans after his superb two seasons at the club where he notched up 47 league goals in 72 Serie A games.
    It represents a sharp contrast to his time at Chelsea, when he clashed with the manager, fell out with the fans and consistently struggled to find the net after his £97.5m move. More

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    Denzel Dumfries ‘flattered’ by Chelsea and Man Utd transfer interest with clubs set to battle over Inter Milan defender

    CHELSEA are reportedly plotting a January transfer for Inter Milan star Denzel Dumfries.The Blues were linked with a move for the right-back in the summer but a bid never came to fruition.
    Chelsea are set to up their efforts to sign Denzel Dumfries in JanuaryCredit: Getty
    Manchester United are also believed to be interested in Dumfries following his impressive debut season at Inter last year.
    But it is Chelsea who will ramp up their efforts to sign the 26-year-old once the transfer window re-opens, according to Corriere dello Sport.
    Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer Inter £45.5million for Dumfries and could loan him back to the Serie A giants for the rest of the season if he agrees to sign.
    That is a big if as Dumfries revealed he is only concentrating on winning success at the San Siro – with the Scudetto in his sights.
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    The Dutchman said of the links to Chelsea: “The interest flatters me, of course. But my focus is only on Inter.
    “We want to win the Scudetto because we lost it last season.”
    Chelsea could wait until the end of the season to make a bid for Dumfries after spending heavily in the summer.
    But United could rival their bid having targeted the right back in the summer.
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    Erik ten Hag was keen to bolster his options at right-back but the club was unwilling to make an offer for Dumfries before selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
    Dumfries is under contract the San Siro until 2026 but Inter are believed to be open to selling with money tight.
    Chelsea could even use Romelu Lukaku as a pawn in negotiations with the Italian side keen to keep the striker beyond this season. More

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    Chelsea star Christian Pulisic ‘in transfer talks with Juventus with Blues set to demand £31m for winger’

    CHELSEA winger Christian Pulisic is in talks over a move to Juventus, according to reports.The American has become a frustrated figure at the Blues with his game time limited.
    Christian Pulisic is reportedly wanted by JuventusCredit: Getty
    Pulisic fell out with Thomas Tuchel during the German’s time at the club and now reportedly wants a move away despite him being sacked.
    Juventus have held preliminary discussions with the player’s agent, who has made it clear Pulisic wants to leave at the end of the season, claim Calcio Mercato.
    They also report that Chelsea value him at £31million.
    It is unclear whether he has a way back into the team under Graham Potter, the ex-Brighton boss did sub him on in the one match he has took charge of so far.
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    The 24-year-old has another two years on his contract at Stamford Bridge and the club don’t plan to let him go for a cut price despite his relationship with the club becoming difficult.
    Pulisic has featured eight times this season and is yet to score or assists but he has only made one start and not played over 60 minutes in a game this campaign.
    Cheslea signed him back in 2019 for a fee reported of around £58million from Borussia Dortmund.
    He has gone on to play 123 times for the club scoring 25 goals.
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    Pulisic is expected to be a key man for the USA at the World Cup in Qatar later this year and he will get the chance to prove his doubters wrong against England in the group stage.
    As for Juventus, they have begun the season poorly and could need a new spark in attack as pressure builds on manager Max Allegri.
    The Turin based side see Juan Cuadrado and Angel Di Maria’s contract expire at the end of the season and therefore adding Pulisic to the squad may be necessary and Wolves’ Adama Traore. More

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    Jude Bellingham ‘set to snub Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool for Real Madrid as he wants transfer to LaLiga giants’

    BORUSSIA DORTMUND star Jude Bellingham would prefer a move to Real Madrid over the Premier League.That is according to Marca, who claim Bellingham, 19, is keen to sign for Real and snub Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool who are also interested.
    Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham prefers a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty
    SunSport recently revealed that the in-demand midfielder could leave Dortmund for just £83million next summer.
    That is if the entire fee is paid up front by one of the England international’s suitors.
    If he moves, Bellingham’s “gestures” suggest that his preference is a switch to Real.
    The reigning European champions reportedly asked the 19-year-old to reject a new a contract with Dortmund.
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    The ex-Bimingham star acted accordingly and also turned down his Premier League suitors’ advances.
    Real are looking to inject some youth into their midfield, which has been rock solid in the last few years with the star trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who left for United.
    Modric, 37, and Kroos, 32, are both at an advanced age and their deals run out in June.
    Los Blancos are now slowly paving the way for the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde to take over in the future.
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    Bellingham, whose Dortmund deal runs out in 2025, is seen as another major addition with the Madrid giants keeping tabs on him since 2019.
    And the fact that Real didn’t sign a replacement for Casemiro appears to point at an imminent swoop for the England star. More

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    Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his wife attend Dolce & Gabbana SS23 show in matching D&G outfits

    PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG made the most of the international break by attending a plush fashion show with his wife – in matching outfits.The Chelsea hitman attended the exclusive Dolce and Gabbana SS23 show in Milan on Saturday night along with several other fashionistas.
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made quite the statement with his outfit at the Dolce & Gabbana SS23 show in MilanCredit: INSTAGRAM@DOLCEGABBANA
    Aubameyang’s wife Alysha also wore the same D&G outfitCredit: INSTAGRAM@DOLCEGABBANA
    The pair even met global celebrity Kim Kardashian during the fashion celebrationCredit: INSTAGRAM@AUBA
    And the striker and wife Alysha stole the show with their matching outfits.
    Aubameyang wore a black and white tracksuit which had multiple D&G logos emblazoned across it.
    Alysha donned a long skirt and a sheer long-sleeved top that had the same pattern as her husband’s outfit.
    Their outfits caused quite the stir as several paps took the time to take their photos.
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    The Aubameyangs also attended a second Milan Fashion Week event on Sunday.
    And they bumped into global celebrity Kim Kardashian – whom they made sure to get a picture with.
    Aubameyang shared the snap on his Instagram with the accompanying caption: “Thanks @dolcegabbana & @kimkardashian for having us yesterday night, it was an amazing experience !!
    “#milanofashionweek #ciaokim #dg.”
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    Aubameyang signed for Chelsea earlier this month following a six-month stint in La Liga with Barcelona, whom he joined from Arsenal.
    The former Dortmund man recently hinted he was hurt by the manner in which he left the Gunners, saying: “I’ve been through a lot of bad moments, not injuries. I was okay.
    “But at the beginning of my career, everyone was talking about me as a sprinter only, this hurts sometimes because you know where you’ve come from.
    “You know you went through a lot of stuff and you always try your best and some people, even from your club say you’re not good at playing football.”
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    Aubameyang and his Chelsea team-mates will be back in action on Saturday, travelling to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
    He is yet to score in two games for the Londoners, having seen the manager who signed him, Thomas Tuchel, sacked and replaced by Graham Potter. More