News, views and rumours relating to Chelsea FC in the past 24 hours.
Chelsea beat Swansea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday via a goal from Oscar and a converted penalty from veteran Frank Lampard.
“Our attitude before the game was very determined, we were a little bit slow at the start of the game, but there was a feeling within the squad that we needed to win, especially with the games we have coming up, and we did the job,” he said.
Next up, Chelsea face Manchester United, newly crowned champions at Old Trafford next Sunday.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has outlined that his team will ‘try their hardest’ against the Blues, despite having already secured their 20th league title win last Monday.
"We have got Chelsea next week, they are fighting for a Champions League place and we have to honour the rest of the teams who are trying to get there, like we did (against Arsenal),” Ferguson stated.
Ferguson also stated his belief that Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea, describing the switch as a ‘done deal’.
However, Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims that he leaked information to the press regarding Mourinho’s rumoured return to Stamford Bridge.
“I never told anyone that Mourinho is going to Chelsea or another club. I’m not a person who does things like that,” said the Dortmund coach whose side travel to face Mourinho’s Real Madrid tomorrow night in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Meanwhile, Blues boss Rafael Benitez has revealed he has not discussed England with John Terry, despite speculation the Blues’ captain could come out of international retirement.
"That is not my business," Benitez responded when quizzed over Terry’s international future.
"My business is to keep him as fit as possible for every game. I only speak to him about Chelsea."
In transfer news, Hamburg have turned down a permanent deal with Chelsea for Jeffrey Bruma who has been on loan for the last two seasons. Bruma is expected to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, rumours have emerged suggesting that Marouane Fellaini will ‘snub’ a move to Chelsea this summer, preferring to stay at current club Everton.
The Belgian midfielder told The Daily Mirror:
“Am I interested in Chelsea? It’s normal, right? I’ve never played in the Champions League! But I’m happy here, I know everyone, I get along with my team-mates. It’s my home.”
Elsewhere, speculation continues to link Chelsea with a move for Radamel Falcao who is expected to join Jose Mourinho at the Blues next term.
According to reports in Bild, CNN sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri has announced on Twitter that Mourinho recent met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to outline Falcao’s signing as one of the conditions to his mooted return.
In other news, Chelsea’s U21’s beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 this morning.
Chelsea’s U18’s take on Norwich in the FA Youth Cup final tonight, broadcast live on Chelsea TV.
Finally, a French TV pundit was forced to eat a dead rat live on television after betting that Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta would never make Spain’s starting XI, which he did in their 3-1 victory over Uruguay in February.
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