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  1. I agree, though upgrading doesn't always come at such a steep cost and sometimes you do have to sell a prized asset for a good fee to move forward. Though Chelsea does seem to always get the right balance. There are players who have left for good fee's that haven't played as much or been considered a starter, whereby other clubs would struggle to command a fee (some tend to lower it to force the move). To a degree this is like Liverpool with Benteke, yet Chelsea's stock worth is considerably higher and I do feel teams know that bargains won't always be had from the club. Fresh b
  2. Manchester United are still chasing him to my knowledge, the contract hasn't put them off - it's just added an higher price tag. Just last week news was filtering out that United would increase their off to £80m. Not sure I agree about Arsenal. Out of all the London based clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal actually compare quite closely in my opinion, you both avoid signing players for the sake of it - resulting in recruiting players who fit your play, at the right place and have potential to develop. There was once a time not that long ago where Chelsea had many upcoming academy players qui
  3. You may want to search Google. http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/17/tianjin-quanjian-owner-confirms-bids-for-diego-costa-karim-benzema-and-edinson-cavani-6385394/ I can pull many other stories which evidence genuine interest in your star striker.
  4. You make a fair point about experienced keepers, chances are if he goes - you'll probably tempt one to make a move (winning the Premier League will do that) or you will develop an upcoming keeper into the role. Football is a fast paced game, there's plenty of cash flowing around but why worry about the 'rich list'? I know full well last season the majority of Chelsea fans didn't think you would be in this position (top of the league). City throw money down the drain, as does United but you've turned things around with smart transfers and a manager who works hard for it. You've g
  5. I'm hearing it's not just Real Madrid who are interested and I think some of the rumours may just be people playing around with the stories, yet allegedly two top European clubs have been watching Thibaut Courtois which is where the information about Madrid steams from. The bust up stories I don't always buy, it's the common way of sensationalizing reports. However, I think others clubs may come looking because he's in good form this year. Juventus for example have money to spend (considering their outgoings) and of course Buffon isn't getting any younger. That said I think Cour
  6. Prior seasons Chelsea has invested quite heavily, I would say this naturally brings higher expectations but that was awhile back - plus not every team can break the bank like United have in recent years (quite odd for a club riddled in debt allegedly). Every club has gloryhunters and people with their own agendas, believe me I also run a L2 teams fan site and I've seen many. However, Chelsea in the last 2-3 seasons have spent wisely (although perhaps last season it should have been spent reinforcing the defence and finding a striker). For me this is a credit to what Conte is doing an
  7. He's a good player, though he shines best when he stands out. When I first read about Vidal being linked with Chelsea, I felt he would be quite ideal but the more thought that goes into the potential move - the more I think the money could be better spent. It depends on if you want a player for more than a few seasons, he won't be at the highest standard forever and really the 40m could be used to sign a defender or a few players with potential. He would probably give 3-4 seasons where he was in his prime, and this for the price tag seems steep. Certainly I think he's the right style
  8. Well, as expected my club has really nose dived as of late and its now to the point where by we are desperately on the verge of Non League football. Disappointingly we didn't use the potential cup tie to lift the spirit of our camp, ultimately leading to a very uninspiring F.A Cup exit to a team we should have beaten and would have surely if we didn't give them a two goal advantage when we first played. In an ideal world we would be playing you guys (as previously mentioned my son supports you guys - he's Hazard mad. My question: Do you have any good youngsters that are: A.
  9. Wow, I had tweeted earlier about how I had promised to take my son to see you guys play. Yet we are presented the chance to actually play you in the cup, provided my team can actually get into the next round. First Premier League team he has seen was Liverpool in the League Cup sometime ago, where Adam Coombes scored the only notable goal during his time with us. My lad loved it and even though you'll stuff us, this is quite magical in terms of football because you have earned yourself a very loyal follower in my son (so much so he wants to join this place). I can't even get him to p
  10. Training session in football are tedious, however if you focus on 'fun' clearly your not learning. I'm afraid it just sounds like a journalist spinning out a 'non story' and making a molehill out of it. I'd be surprised if any footballer over 32 found training to be fun at all, most will naturally get to the point whereby they are rested instead and therefore annoyed that they're not pushing themselves. With regards to John Terry as a player, honestly I can't really make a call and would always bow down to the experts that see him perform more regularly than I do. Sounds like he
  11. I got bored of it, I felt it was very basic in terms of drama and the excitement sort of bubbled out the further I watched. David Tennant's arrive being the only thing I can honestly say is of any note, just seems very average to me as a series. Daredevil and Luke Cage are superb though.
  12. I have only see 2-3 full games, so I'm mostly judging you guys based on highlights but I don't rate Branislav Ivanovic - he always looks prone to making mistakes and he just has this slowness about him. Last season, I honestly he let Chelsea down quite a bit and if I was Conte I would replace him. I've said similar about Cahill here, I don't rate him either and he's certainly no John Terry. However, he's stable enough if you could sign a solid partner to go alongside him. Personally with regards to John Terry, I would offer him a one year rolling contract. Get him involved in coachin
  13. Allegedly its all down to Mata's height and a rumour of them falling out whilst together at Stamford Bridge. Its insane though, Mata is a very good player and one who would be far more consistent regularly playing but I think it highlights what kind of manager Jose is. United will probably be reshaped (if he manages to keep the job) and perhaps other players will rejoin him. He should allow Juan to move on if he won't feature, as I would like to see him back at Chelsea. Would anyone else have him back if you had the chance?
  14. I think Conte is starting to settle in his position, he knows which players he can rely on and he's got the best out of players like Hazard and Costa. A couple of weeks back, I watched you guys destroy Leicester City with my lad (increasingly becoming a huge Chelsea fan), Hazard and Costa bossed the match, I think the majority of chances came through them and Hazard seems to have been revived to his best (perhaps even beyond that). There was rumours going around the media that Conte may have been on the verge of being sacked (before your run), with the treadmill linking Hazard with a move
  15. Which nickname do you use/prefer for Chelsea? The Blues The Blue Lions Blues The Pensioners Reason I ask is because a friend (also not a Chelsea fan) has said that he's never known Chelsea to be referred as by 'The Blue Lions' - however I have a couple of Nottingham based friends who support the club and they either refer to them as 'Blue Lions' or 'The Blues'. So I am wondering what the die hard fans use instead...
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