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This afternoon, a report has emerged that implicates Chelsea in a particularly costly incident. Club owner Roman Abramovich failed to negotiate a termination settlement with former coach Roberto di Matteo, who navigated the Blues to their one and only Champions League triumph durins his spell in charge on an interim basis. As such, the Stamford Bridge outfit are still, to this day, paying the Italian £130,000 a week.
Chelsea's local rivals Fulham have been linked with di Matteo, as they are currently in a precarious position in the Premier League, however, it is unlikely that they will be able to better, or even match, what he is currently receiving from Abramovich - something he could continue to pocket until June, at the latest.
Current manager Jose Mourinho has also been in the spotlight due to his confrontation with West Bromwich Albion player Jonas Olsson at the weekend. The former is alleged to have called the latter a Mickey Mouse player while the latter is believed to have said eff you. Because referee Andre Marriner did not include the apparent incident in his official report to the FA, the organisation can take no action.
Despite the dropped points against the Baggies due to the 2-2 draw, the Chelsea players are in good spirits and are confident of success this season.
Ramires, who cites the Champions League triumph in 2012 as his career-defining moment, believes that could only be bettered by claiming a World Cup in his native Brazil next summer. However, the midfielder also believes Chelsea can 'win it all this season'.
He is effectively keeping team-mate Michael Essien out of the first XI due to his performances but the Ghana man is not troubled by his familiarity with the bench: 'I am not worried to sit on the bench at Chelsea,' the 30-year-old told Asempa FM.
'I am an experienced player to cope with this situation. I will continue with my hard work and training and I hope my time will come to start games for Chelsea.'
And finally, the chances are high that Frank Lampard will not only join the exclusive club of England centurions, but will don the captain's armband while doing so on Friday, November 15 during the Three Lions' friendly fixture against Chile.
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