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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay patient despite lack of game-time

• Gianfranco Zola says: ‘He’s always on the edge of the team’• Chelsea and Malmö charged by Uefa after fans throw objectsGianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea’s infrequent use of Callum Hudson-Odoi since the forward’s failure to push through a move to B…

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Wilfried Zaha loses appeal against extra ban for Southampton dismissal

• Zaha to miss Doncaster Cup tie for sarcastic applause of referee• Wayne Hennessey to contest charge over alleged Nazi saluteWilfried Zaha’s appeal against an additional one-match ban and £10,000 fine for sarcastically applauding the referee after a r…

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Dan Ashworth says FA exit prompted by England’s World Cup success

• Former FA director takes up role at Brighton & Hove Albion• Ashworth says return to club football ‘not about money’Dan Ashworth decided the time was right to quit as the Football Association’s technical director as the England squad landed back a…

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Maurizio Sarri has a month to save his job as Chelsea prepare for Malmö trip

• Europa League takes on added significance for Blues• Chelsea have still to score an away goal in 2019Maurizio Sarri’s fate as Chelsea’s head coach will in effect be determined over the remainder of this month as the Italian seeks to convince the club…

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The rise of Aaron Wan-Bissaka: ‘A lot of the time I can’t get my head around it’

Crystal Palace’s right-back star on being the best tackler in Europe’s big leagues, wanting to be Ronaldinho and his toughest opponentEvidence Aaron Wan-Bissaka does actually do flustered surfaced at a little after 2pm on Tuesday. The novice full-back …

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Maurizio Sarri insists he will not change his ways at Chelsea

• ‘I am a dreamer’ says Italian amid mounting pressure• Sarri admits scale of task at Chelsea bigger than he imaginedMaurizio Sarri has described himself as a “dreamer” and insists he will not bend his principles in a bid to revive Chelsea’s stuttering…

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Maurizio Sarri’s love of hogging the ball without guile has to change – fast | Dominic Fifield

Chelsea need an injection of pace, width, even aggression, anything to make boom-and-bust team less predictableThe clamour around Chelsea is for change albeit, within the club at least, that does not extend to tinkering with the management.There are no…

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Maurizio Sarri tells Callum Hudson-Odoi to respect Chelsea’s academy

• The 18-year-old forward wants a move to Bayern Munich• Sarri: ‘He has time. This is his home – we will be patient’Maurizio Sarri has called for Callum Hudson-Odoi to respect the work put in by the coaching staff at Chelsea’s academy and claimed the t…

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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi submits transfer request to force Bayern move

• Teenager wants to leave before window closes on Thursday• Álvaro Morata in Madrid finalising loan move to AtléticoCallum Hudson-Odoi has handed in a formal transfer request at Chelsea in a bid to force through a move to Bayern Munich before Thursday’…

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Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara still wanted by Turkish club after arrest

• Yeni Malatyaspor’s president in London for talks with Fulham• Kamara arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harmThe Turkish Super Lig club Yeni Malatyaspor are pressing ahead with plans to sign Aboubakar Kamara from Fulham, despite the forward’s arre…

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Maurizio Sarri questions Eden Hazard’s ability to be a leader for Chelsea

• Manager claims star player is ‘more an individual’ • Sarri calls incoming Gonzalo Higuaín a ‘strong striker’Maurizio Sarri has risked straining his relationship with Eden Hazard by suggesting the Belgian is “more an individual player than a leader,” …

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Maurizio Sarri questions Eden Hazard’s ability to be a leader for Chelsea

• Manager claims star player is ‘more an individual’ • Sarri calls incoming Gonzalo Higuaín a ‘strong striker’Maurizio Sarri has risked straining his relationship with Eden Hazard by suggesting the Belgian is “more an individual player than a leader,” …

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Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata closes in on Atlético Madrid loan

• La Liga club have £48.5m option on striker at end of the season• Gonzalo Higuaín’s move to Chelsea nears completionÁlvaro Morata’s underwhelming 18-month stint with Chelsea appears to be drawing to a close with the Spain forward set to move to Atléti…

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Gonzalo Higuaín to arrive in London for formalities of Chelsea loan move

• Striker will join initially for six months from Juventus• Maurizio Sarri also hopes to sign a midfielder this monthGonzalo Higuaín is expected in London over the next 48 hours to undertake a medical and complete the formalities of his move to Chelsea…

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Bournemouth target Brentford’s Chris Mepham to bolster defensive options

• Eddie Howe is longstanding admirer of £15m-rated defender• Bournemouth had £10m offer turned down last summerBournemouth hope to continue their mid-season revamp after opening talks with Brentford over a potential deal for the highly rated Wales inte…

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Bournemouth target Brentford’s Chris Mepham to bolster defensive options

• Eddie Howe is longstanding admirer of £15m-rated defender• Bournemouth had £10m offer turned down last summerBournemouth hope to continue their mid-season revamp after opening talks with Brentford over a potential deal for the highly rated Wales inte…

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Bournemouth target Brentford’s Chris Mepham to bolster defensive options

• Eddie Howe is longstanding admirer of £15m-rated defender• Bournemouth had £10m offer turned down last summerBournemouth hope to continue their mid-season revamp after opening talks with Brentford over a potential deal for the highly rated Wales inte…

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Tottenham lose Harry Kane until March due to ankle ligament injury

• Striker sustained injury in defeat to Manchester United• He will miss games against Chelsea and Borussia DortmundTottenham Hotspur’s worst fears have been realised after a scan on Harry Kane’s left ankle confirmed he sustained ligament damage during …

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Chelsea face partial stadium closure over alleged racist chanting by fans

• Uefa open disciplinary proceedings in regards to Vidi incident• Guilty verdict could reduce crowd at European home matchChelsea face the partial closure of Stamford Bridge in the Europa League after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings over allegatio…

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Crystal Palace set to sign Lucas Perri from São Paulo amid goalkeeper crisis

• 21-year-old to join on loan from Brazilian club• Hennessey and Guaita out injured for next monthCrystal Palace are in the process of securing the Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri from São Paulo on loan with a view to a permanent deal. The youngster i…