Willian opens up on departures of Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, John Terry, others from Chelsea

Terry, Costa, Diego Costa, Ivanovic, Willian

Chelsea midfielder Willian has denied claim Chelsea have been weakened by the exits of high-profile players from Stamford Bridge, stating that the Premier League champions are just as strong as last season. The Premier League champions allowed long-serving captain John Terry, influential midfielder Nemanja Matic to leave the club in the summer and have agreed…

Diego Costa’s former Chelsea teammate welcomes striker back to Atletico as he arrives in Madrid

Diego Simeone and Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid full-back Felipe Luis has expressed his ‘delight’ at the return of his ‘friend’ Diego Costa at the club. Both players joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 from the then-Spanish champions, although Luis returned to Los Rojiblancos the following summer. Atléticos, a friend says hi! pic.twitter.com/l9AzyL9ou8 — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 22,…

Antonio Conte set to offer Kenedy role against Nottingham Forest

Kenedy

Kenedy is poised to play his first game for Chelsea since being sent home from China in disgrace. The Brazilian caused outrage during Blues‘ tour to the Far East by posting a string of offensive messages, including one captioned: “f***ing China”. Both he and Chelsea issued grovelling apologies – but reportedly still face the threat…

Antonio Conte defends David Luiz over red card during Arsenal clash

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte defended David Luiz following the Chelsea player’s late sending off for a reckless challenge on Sead Kolasinac. For the third consecutive game against Arsenal, the Blues were reduced to 10 men after referee Michael Oliver showed Luiz, who had already been booked, a straight red card for an 87th-minute lunge on the Gunners’…