Henrique Hilario hints at Chelsea return as coach

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Henrique Hilario has announced his retirement after being released by the Blues earlier this summer following eight years in west London. (Daily Mail)

The Portuguese veteran made just 39 first-team appearances since arriving in England in 2006 as a back-up to first-choice stopper Petr Cech.

Jose Mourinho brought the 38-year-old in during his first spell as Chelsea manager, and is believed to have offered the custodian a coaching role to stay on at Stamford Bridge.

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Posting on Instagram Hilario paid tribute to the supporters and his old team-mates, sending out a heartfelt message with a series of pictures celebrating the triumphs he's enjoyed over the years.

He was part of various squads that claimed Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies, and will continue his affiliation with the club moving forward in a non-playing capacity.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Juventus are reportedly hesitant to match Ezequiel Lavezzi's extravagant wage demands, potentially handing Chelsea a timely boost in the race for his signature. (Daily Express)

Paris Saint-Germain are looking for a fee of £18 million, and the Blues will have to be willing to pay around £76,000-a-week to lure the player to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea must pay £28 million if they are serious about signing Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, after it emerged that Inter Milan are seeking more money for the player's signature. (Daily Express)

The 21-year-old scored nine goals in 22 appearances for the Serie 'A' giants last season, and could provide additional competition for the likes of Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in west London.

Chelsea target Alex Song has been told to find a new club ahead of the new season - or face exile from the first-team squad at Barcelona. (El Mundo Deportivo)

New Barca boss Luis Enrique has reportedly informed the Cameroon international that he will not play a minute of meaningful action this season if he refuses to leave Camp Nou, paving way for a possible return to England.

John Obi Mikel looks set to stay at Chelsea following the departure of teammate and fellow midfielder Oriel Romeu. (The Sun)

The Nigeria international was set to be offloaded by the Blues this summer but will now fight for his position in Jose Mourinho's squad after Romeu joined Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart on a season-long loan deal earlier this week.

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