Chelsea Sign Celtic Kid Feruz?

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August 5, 2011

Reports breaking this evening suggest that Chelsea have finalised a deal this week for Celtic’s young forward Islam Feruz. The Somalian-born Scottish youth international hit the headlines two years ago when playing in the Sky Sports Victory Shield aged just 13 and has long since played above his age group at Celtic Park. Now, sources at Scotzine – with plenty of other talk to go with it – claim that…

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Reserves: Hampton & Richmond Borough 0-3 Chelsea

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July 30, 2011

Chelsea’s Reserve team recorded their first win of pre-season with a 3-0 victory over Blue Square South outfit Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday afternoon. A brace from Adam Phillip followed Philipp Prosenik’s opener in what was an impressive display from Dermot Drummy’s boys. Following a 6-1 reverse at Crawley Town a fortnight ago, the group took in a week of training in Austria which culminated in a fixture against…

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Hutchinson Returns, But For How Long?

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July 17, 2011

As many of you will know by now, Sam Hutchinson played 45 minutes for Chelsea’s Reserve team at Crawley Town yesterday afternoon. It came as quite a surprise given that the young defender announced his retirement from the game last summer as he battled a chronic knee problem. The question now being asked, of course, is whether he is attempting a return on a full time basis or if he…

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First Team Heads To Asia With Youth In Tow

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July 17, 2011

Chelsea this afternoon depart English shores ahead of their Asian tour and manager Andre Villas-Boas has included a smattering of youth in his travelling party. In his two pre-season victories over Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth, the Portuguese boss has given opportunities to a clutch of reserve team players and whilst not all of them will make the trip to Malaysia and beyond, there are enough travelling to create a keen…

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Reserves: Crawley Town 6-1 Chelsea

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July 16, 2011

Chelsea’s Reserve team opened their 2011 pre-season schedule with a 6-1 defeat to League Two new boys Crawley Town. A mixed team which included experience in the likes of Jacob Mellis alongside the youthful endeavour of first year Adam Nditi went down courtesy of goals from Matt Tubbs (2), John Akinde, Wes Thomas (2) and Tyrone Barnett. The Reds have already been in preparation mode for over a fortnight and…

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Cork Makes Saints Switch

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July 7, 2011

Southampton have this evening confirmed that they have secured the permanent services of Chelsea’s England Under-21 midfielder Jack Cork on what is thought to be a long-term contract. It brings an end to over a decade at the club for the 22 year-old, who never made a senior appearance at Stamford Bridge. Cork now returns to a club he spent six months on loan at in 2008, and will also…

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Chelsea Set For Youth Coaching Re-Shuffle

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July 7, 2011

Steve Holland’s promotion from Reserve Team Coach to work with Andre Villas-Boas’ first team staff has led to a re-shuffle of roles in the academy’s coaching structure. Speaking to Chelsea TV, Academy Manager Neil Bath revealed that Dermot Drummy would be moving up from his Under-18 post to take charge of the Reserve team, with Under-16 boss Adrian Viveash stepping up to replace the former Arsenal man. Viveash’s promotion would…

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Reserves 2011-12 Fixture List Takes Shape

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July 6, 2011

The English Reserve League structure is an ever-changing one, with the landscape never quite clear year on year. For 2011-12, things are set to change again as Chelsea prepare to defend their title. According to News Wales, sixteen of the twenty Premier League teams will enter the competition, with Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur electing not to take part. Things have been made slightly easier…

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The New Boys: Chelsea’s First Year Scholars 2011-12

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July 5, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Back in March, a group of teenagers signed their first full-time contracts in football, putting pen to paper on two-year scholarship deals which will see them continue their footballing – and scholastic – eductation at Chelsea. They will make up much of Dermot Drummy’s Under-18 squad for the coming season, and whilst many names will already be familiar to regular readers, let’s take a…

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Blues Sign Four To Pro Deals

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July 4, 2011

Four young Chelsea players put pen to paper on their first ever professional contracts on Monday morning. Having returned from their summer break, Todd Kane, Archange Nkumu, Amin Affane and Jamal Blackman all secured themselves senior deals to train at the club full time. It follows on from last summer’s group of eight first-time professionals and means that the vast majority of the club’s bright talents are now secured to…

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