Willian ends Chelsea stay with 'head held high'

Willian says he is leaving Chelsea with “his head held high” ending a seven year spell with the Premier League club he told fans in an open letter on Sunday. The 32-year-old Brazil winger has been linked with a move to Arsenal after he failed to agree a new contract with the Blues. Willian rejected Tottenham Hotspur to join Chelsea from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala for £30 million (US$39 million) in 2013. He scored 63 goals in 339 appearances and won five trophies, two Premier League titles, an FA Cup,…

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard out-manouevred his one-time mentor Jose Mourinho – but a comfortable win at Tottenham was overshadowed by alleged racist behaviour aimed at visiting defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger was involved in the second-half incident that saw Tottenham’s Son Heung-min sent off. The striker was dismissed, following a video assistant referee review, for raising his boot in a clash with the German centre-back near the touchline. Shortly afterwards, Rudiger, 26, appeared to gesticulate that he had received racist abuse from Spurs fans. Chelsea drew the incident to the attention of referee Anthony Taylor and three subsequent announcements were made over the public address system warning that racist behaviour among spectators was interfering with the game. The match was…

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Chelsea transfer ban reduced after appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Chelsea can sign players in January after having their Fifa transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Premier League side were given a two-window ban by Fifa in February for breaching rules on signing young players. Cas halved the ban to one window, which was served during the summer. It also reduced the fine for the London club from 600,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs (£230,000). Chelsea were given a transfer ban after 150 rule breaches involving 69 academy players over several seasons, according…

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N’Golo Kante on the Chelsea transfer he would make if he became manager – and fans will love it

N’Golo Kante says the first player he would sign if he was made Chelsea manager is former captain John Terry. Speaking to Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand , Kante was asked about his dream signing if he were to replace Frank Lampard as Blues head coach tomorrow – although he was also allowed to select retired players. The French midfielder said: “I’d probably say John Terry because when I came to Chelsea, he was the figure of the club and knows what it means to be here. “I knew…

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