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Arsenal and Liverpool threat as AC Milan go in for Nuri Sahin

Arsenal and Liverpool now fighting with AC Milan for Real Madrid's Sahin

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UPDATED:

06:18 GMT, 9 August 2012

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The fight for Nuri Sahin looks set to continue for some time yet after AC Milan became the latest club to approach Real Madrid about the star.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both made firm contact with Madrid regarding the future of the Turkey international, who has been told he can quit the Spanish champions.

The Gunners were leading he chase last week but the relationship Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers enjoys with Jose Mourinho, the Madrid boss, has slowed things down for Arsene Wenger.

Man in the middle: AC Milan are the latest club to make a move for Nuri Sahin

Man in the middle: AC Milan are the latest club to make a move for Nuri Sahin

And not the Italian giants have thrown their hat into the ring, according to talkSport.

Milan are desperate to strengthen their squad having sold both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as released several of their elder statesmen, including Mark van Bommell and Clarence Seedorf.

Sahin only moved to Spain last summer having helped Borussia Dortmund to the German title as the Bundesliga's player of the season.

However his early progress was hampered by injury and his mustered a mere handful of appearances under Mourinho.

Tottenham turned down the chance to take the 23-year-old on loan as part of any proposed deal to sell Luka Modric to the La Liga side.

Milan and Real Madrid played out an entertaining pre-season friendly in New York on Wednesday night, won 5-1 by the Spaniards at Yankee Stadium. Sahin played 16 minutes as a substitute.

Chelsea to loan Kevin de Bruyne to Werder Bremen

Leaving so soon Chelsea to send De Bruyne on season-long loan to Bremen

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UPDATED:

08:43 GMT, 25 July 2012

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Kevin de Bruyne is heading to the Bundesliga to continue his development after agreeing to join Werder Bremen on loan.

Chelsea’s former Genk winger, signed on a five-and-a-half year deal for 7million in January, admitted earlier this week he was ready to consider a temporary move in his quest for first-team football.

Sportsmail understands that has led to an agreement being struck with Werder Bremen and that he will join them on a season-long loan on his return from Chelsea’s current tour of the United States.

Short stay: Kevin De Bruyne (right) is to join Werder Bremen on loan

Short stay: Kevin De Bruyne (right) is to join Werder Bremen on loan

Speaking after playing in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Paris St Germain in New York’s Yankee Stadium, the 21-year old said: ‘For me, it is important to be playing. If that is not going to happen at Chelsea, perhaps it is better to go to another club and get some games.

‘I am pleased with how I have adapted so far, and I know I will continue to grow as a player. We will sort something out one way or another after we get back to London.’

Next to go Romelu Lukaku (centre) has been linked with a move to Fulham

Next to go Romelu Lukaku (centre) has been linked with a move to Fulham

After seeing Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan join him at Stamford Bridge from Lens, de Bruyne sensed starting opportunities would be scarce this season. With a World Cup qualifying campaign looming, he needed little persuasion to accept the opportunity of switching to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

His compatriot Romelu Lukaku could also be on the move, in his search for more first-team appearances, with Fulham keen to take him on loan next season.

Frank Lampard unsure of Chelsea future

Lampard questions Chelsea future as England star enters final year of his contract

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 23 July 2012

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Frank Lampard has refused to rule out this being his final season at Chelsea.

Lampard, who joined the Blues in 2001, is entering the last year of his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 34-year-old England midfielder has previously expressed his desire to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge but suggested today he had yet to open talks with the club over his future.

State of the game: Frank Lampard has been linked with a move to the MLS

State of the game: Frank Lampard has been linked with a move to the MLS

State of the game: Frank Lampard has been linked with a move to the MLS

After captaining Chelsea in their pre-season friendly against Paris St Germain on Sunday, the first football match ever at the new Yankee Stadium, Lampard was asked about a potential move to Major League Soccer.

'I'm not sure,' said the man who captained the Blues to Champions League glory in May. 'I have another year on my contract at Chelsea.

'We have a big season. We play in the Super Cup and the World Club Championship in December. Then it's up to Chelsea. If they want to speak with me about my future, then I'll speak with them.

'I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment.'

Pressed on whether he was on his way to America, Lampard replied: 'Not at the moment, no, because I have a contract with Chelsea. Beyond that, I don't know.'

Lampard is already ensured legendary status at Chelsea thanks to the goals he has scored and the trophies he has lifted while at the club.

John Terry relieved after Chelsea return against Paris Saint-Germain in New York

It felt very good… Terry relieved to get back in Chelsea colours after court nightmare

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UPDATED:

09:20 GMT, 23 July 2012

Nine days after his acquittal in London on racism charges, John Terry ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium back in his familiar blue Chelsea kit instead of a business suit.

Thousands of Blues supporters behind the first-base dugout rose to their feet and cheered. 'It felt very good,' Terry said after the game, giving a thumbs-up and then walking away after the European champions' 1-1 friendly draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night.

Terry was acquitted of a 'racially aggravated public order offence' on July 13 in Westminster Magistrates' Court, accused of making racist remarks to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game last October. The 31-year-old defender still could face charges from the Football Association.

Back in blue: John Terry (centre) in action against Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium, New York

Back in blue: John Terry (centre) in action against Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium, New York

'John will always be a hero for Chelsea fans. Quite rightly so, the way he's done on the pitch,' midfielder Frank Lampard said.

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by the FA in February after he was charged, a move that prompted then boss Fabio Capello to quit.

'He's come through the ranks of our club and he's an icon. He's just happy he can move on and play football again,' Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said.

A match-up of two of the world's wealthiest clubs featured 20 substitutions and drew a crowd of 38,202 to the $1.5 billion granite-and-limestone stadium, which opened in 2009.

An overwhelmingly blue-clad, pro-Chelsea crowd made Yankee Stadium feel a bit like Stamford Bridge, with six sections of loud Blues supporters behind the first-base dugout, opposite five rows of PSG fans at the front of the left-field bleachers.

Cheerleader: Terry congratulates Lucas Piazon (left) on his equaliser against the French side

Cheerleader: Terry congratulates Lucas Piazon (left) on his equaliser against the French side

Chelsea fans hung the familiar 'JT Captain, Leader, Legend' and 'Born Is The King' banners from the back wall of the Legends Suite section behind the Yankees dugout.

Lucas Piazon, the 18-year-old Brazilian forward who signed for Chelsea last year but has yet to play a competitive match, came on in the 65th minute and levelled the score late on after exchanging passes with Ramires on a counter-attack down the right flank.

'He's definitely one to watch for the future,' Di Matteo said.

Chelsea have won three Premier League titles since Roman Abramovich took control in 2003 and last May added a first Champions League crown.

Let's play ball: Terry was playing in the first football match staged inside Yankee Stadium

Let's play ball: Terry was playing in the first football match staged inside Yankee Stadium

Football's ante was upped when Manchester City were bought in 2008 by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, and that team won its first Premier League title in 40 years last season.

Then PSG were purchased last year by the Qatar Investment Authority, which last winter hired Carlo Ancelotti shortly after he was fired by Chelsea.

PSG have added Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, even as UEFA have been phasing in Financial Fair Play rules, designed to prevent teams from operating at a huge loss.

'Chelsea was one of the best teams in Europe, and Paris Saint-Germain wants to be one of the best teams in Europe,' Ancelotti said.

It's a wonderful town: Chelsea fans enjoy their trip to the Big Apple to watch the Blues in pre-season

It's a wonderful town: Chelsea fans enjoy their trip to the Big Apple to watch the Blues in pre-season

'To reach the highest level in Europe, you have to spend money. You have to do investment. Chelsea made this investment 10 years ago, and they are at the top. Paris Saint-Germain started last year. We want to be quickly at the top of European football.'

Only Lavezzi has appeared during the pre-season, with Ibrahimovic scheduled to report on Tuesday following his acquisition from AC Milan.

'It's good for Ligue 1 and for the Champions League. I'm sure they're going to be a force,' Di Matteo said. 'These things happen to football now, and people take over and they invest a lot of money.'

With a relatively old squad, Chelsea are in transition. Eden Hazard and Marko Marin have been added while Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jose Boswinga have departed following a sixth-place Premier League finish that went along with the surprising Champions League title.

Back to the day job: Terry has spent his summer at Euro 2012 with England and then battling charges in court

Back to the day job: Terry has spent his summer at Euro 2012 with England and then battling charges in court

Chelsea were without Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Raul Meireles and Daniel Sturridge, all players who should see regular action this season. They missed appearing on a field that was slightly narrow and short by European standards. The infield dirt, basepaths and mound area were covered with grass, which will be removed before the Yankees return home to start a series against Boston on Friday.

Most of the stands were 20-30 yards from the sidelines. It was strange for many seeing a football field in a stadium built for baseball.

'I couldn't quite imagine how it was going to happen,' Lampard said.

Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis meet Chelsea players

More star signings for Chelsea! Ferrell and Galifianakis turn up at Blues' Seattle hotel

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UPDATED:

09:27 GMT, 20 July 2012

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Eden Hazard, Oscar, Will Ferrell… just some of the big names Chelsea have picked up this season.

The Blues' tour of America took a star studded turn as actors Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis showed up at the players' hotel in Seattle.

The two stars, best known for their roles in comedies Anchorman and the Hangover respectively, met with players including Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Paulo Ferreira.

Top line up: (from left) Ross Turnbull, Frank Lampard, Will Ferrell, Petr Cech, Zach Galifianakis, Paulo Ferreira

Top line up: (from left) Ross Turnbull, Frank Lampard, Will Ferrell, Petr Cech, Zach Galifianakis, Paulo Ferreira

Oh hello European Cup: Ferrell with the precious trophy

Oh hello European Cup: Ferrell with the precious trophy

Ferrell is a long-time Chelsea fan, has
visited Stamford Bridge and has even acted as honorary captain for the
Blues during their US pre-season tour in 2009.

He has often been spotted in a Blues top – including on The Daily Show – and now both he and Galifianakis can sport the latest edition, having been given personalised shirts by the club on Thursday.

In return they handed Chelsea a signed St. Louis Rams helmet – the Rams are an American football team based in Missouri.

Think of the printing costs: Galifianakis gets his shirt from Cech

Think of the printing costs: Galifianakis gets his shirt from Cech

Chelsea are busy chasing other signatures at the moment. New signing Eden Hazard's brother, Thorgan, is likely to seal a switch to west London sooner rather than later.

The 19-year-old plays for RC Lens at the
moment, but manager Jean-Louis Garcia said in an interview on the club
website that Thorgan is on the verge of leaving.

Industry legends: Lampard and Ferrell come face to face

Industry legends: Lampard and Ferrell come face to face

The Blues will head to New York next to play Paris St Germain at the Yankee Stadium on Sunday, which will be the first time the venue has ever been used as a football stadium.

After that they take on an MLS all-stars side and AC Milan before returning home.

Chelsea to play Paris Saint Germain in Yankee Stadium

Rip it up and start again: Yankee Stadium pitch changed for Chelsea's historic match

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UPDATED:

08:39 GMT, 20 July 2012

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The Yankee Stadium has hosted its fair share of baseball matches, concerts, college football matches and even a boxing fight.

But history will be made on Sunday when Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in the first ever football match to be played at the stadium.

And the groundsmen have been hard at work preparing the field for some of the world's finest players.

Hard at work: The groundsmen prepare the pitch for Chelsea's game with Paris Saint Germain

Hard at work: The groundsmen prepare the pitch for Chelsea's game with Paris Saint Germain

Hard at work: The groundsmen prepare the pitch for Chelsea's game with Paris Saint Germain

The operation is not without its difficulties as the infield area where the baseball mound is situated needs to be covered with grass. The workers have had only days to get the pitch in shape.

Although this is the first football match
to be played at the new stadium, the old ground held matches played by
Pele's New York Cosmos side.

And
other sides such as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid,
Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica,
Sparta Prague and Panathinaikos, along with the national sides of
England, Israel, Italy and the United States also played at the famous
old ground.

Big day: The Yankee Stadium will host a football match for the first time this weekend

Big day: The Yankee Stadium will host a football match for the first time this weekend

Chelsea began their tour with a comfortable 4-2 win over the Seattle Sounders with Eden Hazard scoring his first goal for his new club.

Hazard’s countryman, Romelu Lukaku,
also got his pre-season off to a blistering start with a first half,
while summer signing from Werder Bremen Marko Marin also marked his
Chelsea debut with a goal.

After taking on PSG on Sunday, Roberto Di Matteo's side face the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday and round off the tour with a clash with AC Milan next weekend.

Off and running: Chelsea made a successful start to their tour of America

Off and running: Chelsea made a successful start to their tour of America

Chelsea announce US tour

Chelsea announce US tour… kicking off against Ancelotti's PSG at Yankee Stadium

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 7 May 2012

Chelsea will play Paris St Germain this summer in New York as the club come face-to-face with former boss Carlo Ancelotti in the first-ever football match to be played at the new Yankee Stadium.

The match will take place on Sunday July 22 at the 54,000 capacity stadium, followed up with a clash against AC Milan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Saturday July 28.

Yankee doodle dandy: The Blues will play at the 54,000 capacity stadium in New York

Yankee doodle dandy: The Blues will play at the 54,000 capacity stadium in New York

It will be the first reunion with former manager Ancelotti who was in charge at Stamford Bridge for two years from 2009 until 2011.

The Italian led the Blues to the Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season – the first in the club’s history. He is assisted by Chelsea legend Claude Makelele and former coach Paul Clement.

'We are very excited to announce these two final fixtures in our summer tour,' said Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay.

Wembley winners: Chelsea celebrated victory in the FA Cup at the weekend

Wembley winners: Chelsea celebrated victory in the FA Cup at the weekend

Wembley winners: Chelsea celebrated victory in the FA Cup at the weekend

'Chelsea Football Club is delighted to be heading to New York after such a long time away, and it will be a real pleasure to visit Yankee Stadium for what is sure to be a competitive game.

'Paris St Germain represents a true test for us in our preparations for the new season. We know Carlo well and respect the superb job he did for us, and continues to do in France. It should be a fantastic game.

Double your money: Ancelotti led the west Londoners to the first-ever domestic Double

Double your money: Ancelotti led the west Londoners to the first-ever domestic Double

Double your money: Ancelotti led the west Londoners to the first-ever domestic Double

'Southern Florida is a hotbed of football support and we cannot wait to resume our friendly rivalry with AC Milan at a packed stadium.

'The four fixtures we have lined up in the US offer an exciting schedule and as a club we cannot wait to sample the ever-growing appetite for the game in America.'

Swing the zone: Chelsea will grace the pitch at the new Yankees Stadium in New York

Swing the zone: Chelsea will grace the pitch at the new Yankees Stadium in New York

Swing the zone: Chelsea will grace the pitch at the new Yankees Stadium in New York