Loan Potential

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June 29, 2011

In the past few weeks, Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton has taken to Twitter to ask his followers for ‘scouting’ advice on new signings. Upon recommendations from a number of his followers, the Glovers’ boss secured the signature of striker Kieran Agard, formerly of Everton. In keeping with that sort of thinking, TheChels presents five young Chelsea players who are likely to head out on loan during the 2011-12 season and…

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Youth & Reserve Pre-Season Plans (Almost) Finalised

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June 28, 2011

With June coming to an end, impatient domestic football fans are turning their attentions towards pre-season football. Whilst Chelsea’s first team are heading off to Asia for much of the month, their youth and reserve teams are in action on domestic shores and there will be plenty of action to look out for. Players have been returning in dribs and drabs throughout this week ahead of a full scale return…

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Under-17 World Cup: Chalobah Leads England Into Last Sixteen

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June 26, 2011

Never let it be said that there’s no football in the summer months. Whilst the western club football calendar takes its traditional break, there has nonetheless been regular action from all corners of the world, perhaps most notably in Mexico, where a quartet of Chelsea players have been representing their countries at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Chief amongst those is Nathaniel Chalobah, the sixteen year-old defender who has successfully…

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Academy Adapts To (Yet Another) New Manager

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June 23, 2011

For the fifth time in slightly under five years, Chelsea have a new manager. Andre Villas-Boas returns to Stamford Bridge having departed with Jose Mourinho in September of 2007, and he returns as one of the hottest commodities in the game, a 33 year-old academic who smashed records with FC Porto last season. For Chelsea’s academy, however, things are about to change again as they will embark upon yet another…

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…Or Is It Villas-Boas?

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June 20, 2011

The Chelsea managerial merry-go-round continues to spin, but news this morning suggests it may be slowing down ready to stop. Major sources in Portugal are reporting that FC Porto manager André Villas-Boas is headed to London after Blues owner Roman Abramovich agreed to pay his release clause, believed to be in the region of €15m. The 33 year-old, who has previous experience at Stamford Bridge working as a scout for…

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Bruma to Hamburg: A Good Move

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June 18, 2011

When Jeffrey Bruma returns from his holidays later next week, he will complete the formalities in a deal to join German outfit Hamburg on a two-year loan. The reaction to the news has been mixed amongst Chelsea supporters, with some suggesting that the young Dutch defender will never be capable of holding down a regular place in the Blues’ lineup, whilst others have vented their anger at Frank Arnesen for…

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Töre Joins Hamburg Exodus

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June 6, 2011

After Michael Mancienne and Jacopo Sala, Turkish winger Gökhan Töre has become the third Chelsea player to join German club Hamburger SV, signing a three-year deal this evening. The 19 year-old returned from international duty, where he had been with the senior Turkish squad under Guus Hiddink, to his native Germany in Cologne before travelling to Hamburg for a medical examination today. Chelsea are believed to have received in the…

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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part Six: Best Of 2010-11

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June 4, 2011

To finish the review of the season at youth and reserve level, we’ll hand out a few recognitions and ‘best ofs’. Rather than simply nominate individuals, multiple players will get mentions, which is the right way to do things, particularly at this level where everyone is developing and striving to better themselves each and every week. Youth Team: Todd Kane was voted the club’s Scholar of the Season and deservedly…

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Jacopo Sala Joins Hamburg On Three Year Deal

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June 3, 2011

Hot on the heels of Michael Mancienne joining Hamburg earlier this week, news is breaking this afternoon that Italian midfielder Jacopo Sala has also been snared by Frank Arnesen and has signed a three-year deal with the German club. The Italian, who has represented his country at all junior levels up to Under-21, was not expected to move, with a year remaining on his contract, but has this afternoon been…

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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part Five: Internationals

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June 3, 2011

In 2010-11, Chelsea had more players represent England than any other club in the world. It’s a statistic which goes some way to countering the myth that the club imports the best talent from around the world at the expense of home-grown youngsters, particularly as many of them have been outstanding performers for the Three Lions. At the top, John Terry regained the captaincy, whilst Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 team has…

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