Pre-Season July/August 2012
As the 2012/13 season approaches, hopes are high this year for the beginning of a new era for Chelsea Football Club. I have continued to make my mark on the team and made quite a few further deals in the transfer market. Some sad but necessary changes have been made. Chelsea have sold 21,916 season tickets, a slight decline from last year. We will be looking at competing in four competitions this year, we will be aiming to have a good run in the domestic cups, but most importantly trying to reach the final of the Europa League again, and challenging for the Premier League after a bad League run last year. We definitely need to be playing Champions League football again next season & with the current set of players & staff, we look to achieve that and dominate Europe in the next few years. Seeing that we didn't make top four last season, we will be competing in the Europa League this season with our Fourth qualifying round tie against FC Otelul Galati from Romania on route to the Group Stages. Our League Cup third round tie will be against Aston Villa away. Before we kick off the season we have our Community Shield match against league holders Manchester United at Wembley. With the departure of one of our Chelsea legends, Fernando Torres will be handed the Vice-Captain role for the upcoming season. Youngster Jacob Mellis has committed himself to a four year deal worth 1.7 million. We have also signed Chelsea old-boy Tony McAndrew from Aston Villa as an addition to our coaching staff. Although we had two defeats in preseason I am very happy with the squad as they have started to gel together well & am looking forward to what should be another exciting season for the blues.
Marko Marin suffered a fractured wrist & will be out for 5-6 weeks.
Arturo Vidal out for 3-4 weeks with a broken wrist.
Vitesse vs Chelsea 0-1
Shrewsbury Town vs Chelsea 1-4
Leeds United vs Chelsea 0-1
Athletico Bilbao vs Chelsea 1-0
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea 1-0
Juventus vs Chelsea 0-1
Udinese vs Chelsea 0-2
Hervin Ongenda Exeter
Jamal Blackman Shrewsbury Town
Tyka Musonda Bradford
Matej Delac Westerlo
Ben Gordon Oldham
Patrick Van Aanholt Reading
Yossi Benayoun Inter Milan for 2 million
Frank Lampard Manchester City for 7 million
Ross Turnbull Liverpool for 1 million
Florent Malouda Atletico Madrid for 2 million
Ryan Bertrand West Brom for 6 million
Gary Cahill Aston Villa for 8 million
Hilario FC Porto on a free transfer
Paulo Ferreira Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer
Rhys Taylor & Kaby were released as free agents.
Eden Hazard joins from Lille, the 21 year old Belgian international playmaker signed a three year deal with us on 60kpw.
Marko Marin joins from Werder Bremen, the 23 year old German signed on a three year deal worth 15kpw.
Lamisha Musonda & Tyka Musonda join the club from Anderlecht on a combined deal worth about half a million.
Kwadwo Asamoah joins from Udinese for 16 million, the 23 year old Ghanian midfielder, labelled the next Michael Essien signed a five year deal worth 44kpw.
Ricardo Rodriguez joins from Zurich, the 20 year old Spanish leftback signed a five year deal worth 13kpw.
Martin Montoya the 21 year old spanish righback signed on a free transfer from Barcelona, agreeing a five year deal worth 16kpw.
Jose Campana signed a three year deal worth 15kpw. The 19 year old spanish midfielder signed on a free from Sevilla.
Lorenzo Benedetti joins our U18s on a four year deal. The 16 year old Italian defender signed from Parma for 4 million and is definitely one for the future.
Iker Aizpurua joins our U18s on a four year deal. The 16 year old Spanish striker signed from Real Sociedad on a 1.6 million deal.
Tottenham Hotspur buy Marek Hamsik from Napoli, James Rodriguez from Porto, Alvaro Perreira from Porto aswell & Andriy Yarmolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for a combined fee of over 70 million. Manchester United buy Domenico Criscito from Zenit & Milan Badelj from Malaga for a combined fee of 45 million. Manchester City buy Rafael Van der Vaart from Tottenham & Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a combined fee of 35 million. Elsewhere, Liverpool purchased the services of Jose Antonio Reyes from Atletico Madrid for 13 million, Fulham signed 11 million Leroy Fer & Birmingham City bought Christian Erikson from Ajax for over 12 million.
In Italy, Napoli ran up a bill of 35 million by signing Heleno Thiago from Anji, Davide Astori from Cagliari & Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV. Fiorentina signed Drissa Diakite from Nice for 12 million while Genoa sealed a 14 million deal for Eugene Konoplyanka from Dnipro. Juventus got Kevin Strootman from PSV for 11 million. In Spain, Real Madrid got Ganso from Santos for 25 million whilst Sevilla signed Borja Valero from Villareal & Christian Fuchs from Schalke 04 for a combined fee of 30 million. Atletico Madrid got Javi Garcia from Benfica for 11 million and parted ways with Filipe as he left for PSG for 12 million. Real Betis signed Emilio Nsue from Mallorca for 12 million.