Kakuta on Dijon, Chelsea, France and The Future

June 7, 2012

Gael Kakuta sat down this week with Thomas Siniecki of Sports.fr – read the original interview at this link to discuss the end of the 2011-12 season at Dijon, where he spent four months on loan, and also his future as a Chelsea player. The interview has been translated into English below. Apologies for any minor inaccuracies, the content is generally as published in French. Gael, is it not annoying…


When Is A Player ‘Ready’?

June 3, 2012

In many ways, it’s not a question you can answer with particular ease or brevity. After all, what is ‘ready’? We often see players head out on loan moves to help them refine their game and develop in order to be ‘ready’ to compete for a first team spot upon their return. It usually entails some combination of developing physically against older players, progressing mentally with points and league positions…


Blues Set For Summer Departures

June 2, 2012

Friday saw the Premier League publish their official Released and Retained lists for the end of the 2011-12 season and in doing so all but confirmed the departures of five Chelsea players. Didier Drogba’s exit has already been announced and is the most high-profile free agent in the game. He’ll be joined by Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa, whilst two reserve team players will also depart at the end of…


Champions League Final Travels with the Chels Part 2

June 1, 2012

The alarm clock on my mobile rang. I was surprised. Why was I using my mobile as an alarm? I reached out and looked at the time. It said 06.00. Why was I in an unfamiliar room? Suddenly I realised I was in Stuttgart and in less than two hours I was going to be on a train to Munich to watch my beloved Chelsea play in the Champions League…