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Hitzlsperger revealed on Wednesday that he is gay and hopes that the widespread acceptance will help to progress the discussion of homosexual sportspeople forward

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John Obi Mikel calls on Uefa to overturn Chelsea's Champions League final bans

John Obi Mikel believes UEFA should overturn suspensions on the "devastated" Chelsea quartet that will miss the Champions League final.

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Roman Abramovich may have spent more than half a billion pounds on players for his beloved Chelsea, but the abrupt departure of yet another manager suggests it is patience he needs as much as talent on the pitch.

The Internazionale president, Massimo Moratti, signalled defeat in his club’s bid to sign Tevez

Paris St Germain end pursuit of Carlos Tevez

Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the French club have ended their interest in Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after failing to agree a deal.

Gary Cahill is thought to have agreed personal terms and could play in next Saturday's Premier League game at Norwich City

Cahill signs but Alex deal in limbo

The Bolton defender Gary Cahill underwent his medical at Chelsea's Cobham training ground yesterday morning and watched his new team-mates beat Sunderland 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the afternoon prior to being officially unveiled as a Blues player tomorrow. The England centre-half has agreed personal terms and could play in next Saturday's Premier League game at Norwich City.

Chelsea believe Alex is worth more than QPR's £3m valuation

Alex deal on hold as Cahill edges closer

QPR bid £3m for unsettled Brazilian defender but Chelsea hold out for more

Despite Villas-Boas having previously claimed Alex and Nicolas Anelka, who were sidelined after submitting transfer requests, could force their way back into his plans, he declared the former would not be recalled - even if the worst happened

Villas-Boas rules out recall for Alex

Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated he will not bring Alex in from the cold, even if it means Chelsea starting Boxing Day's west London derby with John Terry as their only fit centre-half.

Gary Cahill is out of contract with Bolton at the end of the season

Chelsea open talks to land £7m Cahill

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed they have begun talks with Chelsea about the sale of Gary Cahill.

Cahill's contract with Bolton expires in the summer

Chelsea begin transfer talks for Cahill

Bolton have confirmed they have begun talks with Chelsea about the possible sale of Gary Cahill.

Cahill in Villas-Boas's sights

Andre Villas-Boas, the Chelsea manager, has admitted his interest in Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill after revealing the extent of his rift with Alex, the defender who recently requested to leave Stamford Bridge.

Andre Villas-Boas: Returned to the criticism he made of the media after Chelsea's win on Tuesday night

Chelsea deny Andre Villas-Boas had former star removed from in-house TV channel

Chelsea today denied Andre Villas-Boas had former star Tommy Langley removed from the club's in-house television channel for criticising the manager's treatment of Nicolas Anelka and Alex.

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It's a long way from Tipperary but Shane loves the hurly burly

One of the most astute signings of the summer grew up as a hurling specialist and his physical duels are proving a big hit

Bar&#231;a VP arrives to net Fabregas

Barcelona have sent their vice-president, Josep Bartomeu, to London to work on the deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal as well as negotiate a £4.35m transfer fee for Chelsea's 19-year-old defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Barcelona agree £23m deal for Alexis Sanchez

Barcelona have confirmed an agreement has been reached over the signing of Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez on a 26 million euro transfer.

Napoli join race for Alexis Sanchez

Napoli have made an offer for Alexis Sanchez, Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has revealed.

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