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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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part Four: The Youth Team

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June 2, 2011

With almost half of all players used this season still at school, Chelsea are looking to the future like never before. No fewer than nineteen Under-16s or Under-15s appeared for Dermot Drummy this season as players pushed on through the ranks. The Blues may have finished a lowly ninth in Premier Academy League Group A, but followers would be wise to heed Drummy’s words and explanations as to the aims…

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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part Three: The Reserves

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June 1, 2011

The season started and finished at Stamford Bridge, but the fact that only three players started both matches speaks volumes not only about the depth of quality in the ranks at this level, but the work done by Steve Holland and his coaching staff in juggling players on a game by game basis. A total of forty players turned out for the so-called ‘second string’, including no fewer than three…

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Mancienne Set To Complete German Move

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May 31, 2011

England Under-21 captain and Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has this afternoon arrived in Germany to finalise a €2m transfer to Bundesliga outfit Hamburg. After completing a medical, Mancienne will sign terms on a four-year deal before heading off to join back up with Stuart Pearce’s England squad ahead of the start of next week’s European Under-21 Championships. He will become Frank Arnesen’s first official signing since the former Danish international…

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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part Two: The Loanees

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May 31, 2011

It’s generally been a successful season for Chelsea when looking at the exploits their young loanees have gotten up to in the last nine months. With Daniel Sturridge scoring at a fine pace in the Premier League and more players in England’s second tier than in any recent season, the next generation at Stamford Bridge are making waves. Whether it’s good enough to see them push through at the club…

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Youth & Reserve Year in Review – Part One: Introduction

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May 30, 2011

For the second successive season, Chelsea’s academy has finished the campaign with silverware. The youth team were unable to defend their FA Youth Cup crown from last season, but many of them were key figures as the Reserves won their first regional title since 1994 and followed it up by securing the national title a week later. Add in a number of successful loan spells and increasingly impressive youth international…

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