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While the upcoming winter window will no doubt be filled with a plethora of goal-scorers seeing their name linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, it will perhaps be uncommon to come across fresh exit reports (outside of the obvious Kevin de Bruyne murmurs).
Fabien Piveteau, the agent of 31-year-old midfield enforcer Michael Essien, has admitted that his client remains admired by the European elite and that he could join a big European club.
He told RMC: 'You've got to stop with all that. Michael plays for Chelsea, a big club, so there's no point in dreaming about him coming back to France.'
Before adding that: 'It's true that he could leave Chelsea this winter. Several big European clubs playing in the Champions League have made enquiries and it should play out in the next 10 days or so. Michael wasn't included in Chelsea's list of players for European competition, so he's free to play in the Champions League with another club.'
Elsewhere, Gary Neville Tweeted that there were 20 dives during Chelsea's triumph over Liverpool, but that only one has been perhaps unfairly singled out for censure.
“@jaideepthered About suarez's apparent dive vs chelsea” Their were 20 dives yesterday. People only see the ones they want to see!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 30, 2013
And finally, it appears Chelsea have rediscovered their mojo, their identity, coincidentally, as former head coach Jose Mourinho has been reinstalled as the club's permanent manager. John Terry has more, as per ChelseaTV: 'The last couple of years we've lost our identity a little bit.'
Terry has long been regarded to be a Chelsea icon due to his loyalty, punctuated by his 600th appearance at the weekend: 'I'm really honoured to have played so many games for such a top team. When I came through here we were buying players and it was difficult to come through. I had to work hard to get where I am today.
'To still be fighting and playing and being involved is really special to me.'
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