The Blues has suffered back to back defeat to both Bournemouth and Watford respectively – conceding three in the former and four in the latter, and that has made Rooney to suggest that the reigning league champions are in crisis.

The Blues manager though has adduced in recent times that he wanted to stay in Chelsea for the more years has been at loggerheads with the Chelsea Boards over failed transfers last summers.

The transfer melee at the club led to Michael Emenalo, the former Football to resign from his position at the club

And with Conte coming out on numerous occasions to critise the Chelsea Boards, Rooney posited that Conte’s antics might be a conduit to step down from his position at Chelsea.

Rooney believes that there seems to be a ‘big problem’ at the Stamford Bridge as things Conte do say openly are indoors’ discussion.

“Any problem that a team have should be kept behind closed doors,” Rooney said on Monday Night Football.

“It seems like Conte is putting a lot out there. Whether that is because he wants to find a way out because he isn’t getting what he wants, we don’t know.

“There seems to be big problem.”

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Meanwhile, fellow English International and former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher said Chelsea’s display against Watford was the Worst performance from the club in 15 years.

Chelsea’s cause to bounce back from 3-0 defeat to Bornemouth was shattered when Tiemoue Bakayoko received his marching orders for his second bookable offence inside half an hour.

Troy Deeney’s opener from the penalty spot was cancelled by Eden Hazard but goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu, and Robert Pereyra respectively in the dying minutes of the game ensured Chelsea were well pounded at the Vicarage Road.

Carragher, who also believed that Chelsea made things looked so easy for Watford said, “I do not think I have seen Chelsea play like this for 15 years.

“Tonight was a bad performance I have seen from a Chelsea team in a long time. Something isn’t right. Maybe they need a change.

“You would like to think that the problems he {Conte} has got with the board are not affecting the players, but as you have seen in the past few games, that was not Chelsea.

“I do not identify that kind of performance with Chelsea.”

Up next for Conte and his boys to redeem themselves will be a league meeting with West Brom next Monday at the Stamford Bridge

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By Oluwaseun Aleshinloye

Chelsea Football Club dream to build a 60,000 capacity stadium has faced hiccups due to a family need for sunlight.

According to BBC, the Crosthwaites- a family of four consisting parents Lucinda and Nicholas, plus children Louis and Rose- have lived in their west London cottage for 50 years and it is so close to the Premier League club's ground that you could almost kick a football from their doorstep onto the pitch.

The family took out an injunction in May over their belief the towering new 60,000-capacity stadium will cast a permanent shadow over parts of their home.

The new stadium was granted planning permission one year ago but Chelsea have called on the local council to intervene and take advantage of planning laws to stop the injunction effectively ending the planned development.

The club have told the local council that work cannot go ahead while there remains a risk the injunction could successfully stop the development. And the council says if it does not act to help Chelsea the "development would not proceed as proposed".

Hammersmith and Fulham councillors are meeting to decide what happens next.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is a man who usually gets what he wants, but the dispute has already put the brakes on the project's investment and there is a risk that the said Europe's most expensive stadium may not even get built.

But plans for a reported £1bn new stadium are being held up by one family over their right to light - and the lack of it shining into their home when the new Stamford Bridge is built.

Chelsea's offer of legal advice worth £50,000, and further compensation understood to be in the region of a six-figure sum could not persuade them to waive their 'right to light' in their home.

BBC also wrote that daughter Rose says their home is the nearest property to the new stadium. And even though it's on the other side of a railway from Stamford Bridge - and in a different borough - she says that "sunlight and daylight will be seriously affected".

"It is deemed as having an unacceptable and harmful impact by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea," she added in a recent letter as part of the case.

The family said via their lawyers they are not opposed to the redevelopment of the stadium, but have suggested the east stand in question could be "cut-back or re-designed so as not to cause interference".

The family also believe Chelsea's attempt to effectively sidestep the injunction with the help of Hammersmith and Fulham council is not in the public interest and possibly illegal.

 

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Chelsea completes Ross Barkley signing

Friday, 05 January 2018 18:36

Ross Barkley has officially completed a £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea after talks had previously failed in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea announced the transfer on Friday, confirming the 24-year-old midfielder had signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

The move was delayed due to Barkley's hamstring injury, but his improved condition has allowed Chelsea to complete a deal for the midfielder — who had just six months remaining on his contract.

According to Goal on Thursday, Barkley was in talks join Chelsea for a reduced price after the Blues had offered double the amount over the summer.

"I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started," Barkley said.

"To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game."

Barkley, who will wear the No.8 shirt at Stamford Bridge, has not yet played this season but has scored 21 goals in 150 Premier League appearances since debuting for Everton in 2011.

The playmaker also has two goals in 22 caps for England, having represented the Three Lions at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

"Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.

"He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level.

"We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action."

(Goal.com)

 

 

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Ross Barkley has undergone a medical ahead of his move to Chelsea and the deal could be confirmed by the Premier League champions on Friday, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News understand the Everton midfielder and his representatives are at Stamford Bridge finalising the transfer.

Barkley, who has not featured for Everton this season despite recently returning to first-team training following hamstring surgery, had less than six months remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.

The England international came close to joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window after the clubs agreed a £35m fee, but ultimately opted against the move.

Tottenham were also interested in signing Barkley last summer, but Sky Sports News understands they decided against reigniting their interest in the 24-year-old with Mauricio Pochettino focusing on other targets.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce admitted on Thursday that he was expecting to receive bids for Barkley before the close of the January window.

"I would expect there would be sometime in this window if there is going to be any interest from some of the big boys," he said.

Barkley, an Everton academy graduate, has scored 27 goals in 179 appearances since making his debut for the club in August 2011.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is close to securing his first signing of the January transfer window

He was rewarded with a new four-year deal in July 2014 by then-manager Roberto Martinez after featuring for England at the World Cup in Brazil.

Barkley, capped 22 times by England, has previously expressed a desire to play Champions League football and will be eligible to play for Chelsea in their last-16 clash against Barcelona in February

(Sky Sports News)

 

 

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Bellamy explains why is fellow Welsh man  will be a success at Stamford Bridge.

Amidst uncertainty that surrounds Antonio Conte’s future at the Bridge, Craig Bellamy has said that Chelsea have no better manager to succeed the Italian man than Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in 2015 but his new side Celtic has been flying under his watch – overseeing a 69-match unbeaten run in the Scottish league.

Conte on the other hand has been said to be unhappy with Chelsea’s hierarchy over transfer failures in the summer.

And should the man who has said on different occasions that he's home sick and wanted a move back to the Italian League decided to throw-in the curtain at Stamford Bridge, Bellamy believes Roman Abramovich should look towards the direction of Brendan Rodgers.

According to the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, Rodgers, who was a youth manager at Chelsea before stepping into first-team management with Reading in 2008 would be a success at Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers as a youth team coach for Chelsea

 

Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho in Chelsea
Jose Mourinho and Rodgers

 

Bellamy told SkySport, “If I was Chelsea and it doesn’t look like the relationship is great there (With Conte), If he goes at the end of the year

“Me Personally, I’ve spent all this money on youth players and I want to start seeing them going through the first team.

“There would be no better manager out there for me than Brendan Rodgers."

Bellamy explained further that Rodgers now has the bulk of experience required at a club like Chelsea.

The Welsh man explained, “He’s been at Chelsea’s youth system, he’s been part of the football club, and he’s helped develop a lot of players.

“He plays a good football, an attractive style of football, which would please Abramovich.

“But also with experience now of managing, could he go to a team like Chelsea and bring in young players and develop that football team over the next couple of years? For me, he could."

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