Video: Simon Rice talks through Chelsea's draw in the last 16 of the Champions League

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Premier League: Chelsea v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho claims he will continue pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney because 'nobody forbids you to try'

Blues manager says he has back-up plans should he fail but insists he if doing nothing wrong as David Moyes can always reject their offers

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has ruled out a move for either David Luiz or Daniel Agger

Transfer news: Gerardo Martino rules out Barcelona move for Chelsea defender David Luiz and Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger

'Tata' says he is happy with his current options and that he can strengthen the squad in January if needs be

Sturridge limped off in England's friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley

Daniel Sturridge set to feature for Liverpool in Premier League curtain raiser against Stoke

Martin Skrtel could also play a part after the pair recover from individual knee injuries

Mikel Arteta has been ruled out of Arsenal's opener against Aston Villa and could face six weeks on the sidelines

Mikel Arteta ruled out of Arsenal opener against Aston Villa and could face six weeks out with thigh injury

Midfielder suffered a tear to his quadricep and adds to Arsene Wenger's increasing injury woes with just four fit defenders

Daniele De Rossi in action for Italy during the Confederations Cup with Spain

Transfer news: Daniele De Rossi omission from Roma squad fuels rumours of switch to Chelsea

The Italian defensive midfielder has been constantly linked with a switch to London and would add a wealth of experience to Jose Mourinho's midfield

Chelsea want to buy midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Sevilla

Transfer news: Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido accepts club could lose Geoffrey Kondogbia to either Arsenal or Chelsea

He does however claim that bid that meets his release clause will be considered an 'attack on the club'

Chelsea have no intention of selling David Luiz to Barcelona

Transfer news: David Luiz rocks Chelsea by asking for a move to Barcelona - reports

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo are reporting that the Brazilian defender has asked his current club for a move to Spain

Luiz Gustavo can fill the gap left by Alex Song

Why Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo would be a good signing for Arsenal

The Brazilian can fill the gap left by Alex Song and has qualities which Arsène Wenger will welcome with open arms

Luis Suarez, Luiz Gustavo and Arsene Wenger

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits it is important to bring in new players before the transfer window shuts

Gunners' boss is yet to make a significant signing despite pursuit of Luis Suarez and Luiz Gustavo

Transfer news: Dani Alves would love Chelsea defender David Luiz to join Barcelona but admits it is an 'impossible task'

Barcelona defender wants Brazil team-mate at the Nou camp but concedes Jose Mourinho will not sell

Chelsea have no intention of selling David Luiz to Barcelona

Transfer news: David Luiz could be the latest player to ask for a move in effort to swap Chelsea for Barcelona

Spanish champions are confident that the Brazilian defender will ask for a transfer on Monday despite Jose Mourinho's insistence he is not for sale

Bernard of Atletico Mineiro

Transfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham target Bernard joins Shakhtar Donetsk for £21.5m

20-year-old Brazilian midfielder had been linked with a move to north London as well as Porto and Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea have no intention of selling David Luiz to Barcelona

Chelsea to resist Barcelona despite rumour of £40m bid for defender David Luiz

Chelsea are privately insistent that they will not sell David Luiz, despite the current interest in the defender from Barcelona and a potential £40m bid in the next few days.

Fernando Torres sends out warning to Premier League rivals that Chelsea are ready to hit the ground running

Striker has had an inconsistent spell with the Blues but claims he is fresh and ready for the new season along with the rest of the squad

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