Chelsea fans, welcome to today’s roundup on this blustery Thursday morning.
With pre-season nearly out of the way the start of the new Premier League campaign is in sight, and that means Jose Mourinho’s preparations are almost certainly well underway.
Fortunately for you we make it our job to find the last information regarding those possible preparations, be they changes to the team, forays into the transfer market or simply vicious rumours that have no grounding in reality. We’ll let you decide what fits which category.
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Costa's first words
When a footballer arrives at a new club it’s safe to assume the first thing he might say to his teammates goes along the lines of ‘hello, how are you?’ or perhaps ‘what lovely facilities you have here’.
After all, strip away the mega millions and they’re just humans. Well, an extract that has surfaced from Diego Costa’s upcoming biography reveals that the Spain international doesn’t do things by the book.
It’s said his first words upon meeting John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill were ‘I go to war, you come with me’. Unsurprisingly it’s not detailed how the trio reacted, but it’s safe to say they were bemused.
That’s not of course to say that Costa and his band of brother didn’t go to war last season. In a storm of goals and brutal dominance they rode forth from Stamford Bridge and reclaimed the Premier League crown, with Costa leading the charge atop a glorious destrier.
It’s all getting a bit Game of Thrones, isn’t it.
Second bid for Stones
Moving on and Everton have rejected Chelsea’s second bid for John Stones. It’s said the Blues re-entered negotiations with an offer worth £25million.
It appears though that Roberto Martinez’s resolve is firmer than Jose Mourinho anticipated, and the Special One now has to return to the drawing board if he’s to get his man.
Whether or not he’ll do that remains to be seen. Chelsea aren’t in any urgent need regarding a new defender, but with John Terry’s career almost over it’s high time Mourinho sourced his replacement.
Keown on Stones
Last but not least, and sticking on a familiar track, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged John Stones to reject both the Blues and Manchester United in favour of staying at Goodison Park.
The former Gunners centre-back detailed how it would aid Stones’ development to remain where he was. Will the England international buck the recent trend and stay loyal?