Chelsea latest: Amazard! 2 exits, Falcao loan, player racially abused

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There was a festival of goals at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, December 4 when Chelsea left Sunderland's manor with a 4-3 victory. Goals from Jozy Altidore, John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley for the Black Cats were offset by an own goal, Frank Lampard and a brace from Eden Hazard, who won the praise of his manager Jose Mourinho.

'It was his best performance playing for me,' said Mourinho of Hazard, to ESPN. 'We know about Eden's talent, but for the first time under me he showed ambition from the first to the last minute. I don't normally like to praise individual performances, but I have to because from the first minute, Eden was amazing.

'Sometimes he can disappear from games. Today, he was fantastic - getting the ball, attacking defenders, shooting. Eden, [Juan] Mata and Willian were creative and dynamic. They gave to the team what they needed in terms of creation.'

Despite not scoring, Fernando Torres also received managerial commendation, as per London24: 'He worked fantastically for the team. He did fantastic work for them. He played against two very experienced defenders in Wes Brown and John O’Shea and gave them a fight.

'He opened spaces for the other guys. He missed chances, but he was there.'

On to transfer news and the bizarre Radamel Falcao transfer situation had an added element to it by the Daily Star as the British tabloid believes a loan deal may be a possibility, with Mourinho still keen on bringing the Colombian he scouted last month during the 2-0 victory over Belgium, to the Bridge.

Two players who may be leaving West London - no surprises - are again said to be Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne, with the Daily Star claiming they may well be on their way to Atletico Madrid.

And finally, Chelsea player Nathanial Chalobah, on loan at Nottingham Forest, was allegedly racially abused at Millwall.

A statement on the Nottingham Forest website read: 'At half-time, the on-loan Chelsea midfielder told Forest's assistant manager David Kelly that he believed he was subjected to racist chanting from a section of the home support in the first half.

'The 18-year-old, who claims to have been initially subject to verbal abuse from the same section after receiving treatment for an injury in the opening minutes, was upset by the alleged abuse and struggled to keep his concentration during the interval as a result.

'Nottingham Forest treat any incident of this nature extremely seriously and will be liaising closely with the relevant authorities in their investigation of this issue. Both clubs are in communication regarding the alleged incident and hope to uncover the truth as quickly as possible for all concerned parties.'

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