Ivan Rakitic reveals he rejected Chelsea - roundup

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Hello Chelsea fans and welcome to your daily roundup of all the latest news from Stamford Bridge. 

Preparations are being put in place for the big game against Manchester City this coming weekend, and it is looking increasingly likely there will be a new addition to the Blues squad by kick-off.

In today's roundup we have news on a surprising rejection from a Barcelona star, a failed bid for a PSG defender, plus changes on the bench for the trip to the Etihad.


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Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has revealed he turned down the opportunity to Chelsea 11 years ago, for the benefit of his career. 

While at FC Basel as a 16-year-old, the midfielder was offered the chance to move to Stamford Bridge but opted to stay with the Swiss side, as was revealed in the Mail.

Three years later he moved to Schalke, before a switch to Spanish side Sevilla, and now the 27-year-old, who speaks six languages, is a vital cog in a Barcelona side who completed an historic treble last season.

Chelsea fans may be thinking 'what if', but the Croatian may not have developed into the player he is today had he joined the Blues and not been afforded the first team opportunities he was in Switzerland.


Chelsea have been unsuccesful in their bid to land PSG defender Gregory van der Wiel, with the French club insisting they are not interesting in selling the 27-year-old.

The surprise bid was reported by French publication Le Parisien, who reported Manchester United were also interested in the full-back.

The Dutch international could have been seen as a long-term replacement for 32-year-old Serbian Branislav Ivanovic. 

However, it appears PSG have no interest in relinquishing a player who made 38 appearances for the club last season.


Jose Mourinho has sensationally axed physio Eva Carneiro from the bench following his public criticism of her. 

The Portuguese boss was angered by Carneiro's decision to treat Eden Hazard and force Chelsea to be down to nine men in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

She will remain as the clubs first-team doctor, but the Telegraph understand she will not be present at training, matches or the club's hotel. 

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