A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is delighted to be back at Chelsea with Jose Mourinho, and believes the Portuguese manager can help inspire the Blues to win more trophies next season. Essien, who spent last year on loan at Real Madrid with Mourinho, also revealed that the manager told him he was returning to Chelsea at the end of last season.
"When I scored my last goal for Real Madrid on the last day of the season, I ran over to celebrate with him and was expecting him to congratulate me when I hugged him,” he said.
"Instead he leaned over and said: 'See you at pre-season training on July 8'. I found that so funny.”
Chelsea beat AC Milan 2-0 overnight in Miami to progress to the final of the International Champions Cup. Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle got the goals in the win, with the Blues now set to play Real Madrid on Wednesday.
After scoring his first goal in a Chelsea shirt Schurrle said that the whole squad was confident ahead of the new season due to their good form this summer. The Blues have won every match of their pre-season, and Schurrle believes that will stand them in good stead for their Premier League opener against Hull on the 18th August.
Manchester United have confirmed that they rejected a second bid from Chelsea for striker Wayne Rooney over the weekend. Chelsea are believed to have offered around £30million for the 27-year-old, who is reportedly keen to make the move to Stamford Bridge, but Manchester United have so far insisted Rooney will not be sold and rejected the offer immediately.
A Sunderland fan has been banned for three years after he made a monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku when he played with West Brom at the Stadium of Light last season. Liam Jones, 22, originally claimed he was doing a chicken dance when photos emerged of him abusing Lukaku, but changed his plea to guilty last week.
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