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The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Tevez steps into limelight as Chelsea turn to farce

Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4: Premier League leaders end match with nine men and multitude of defensive howlers to reflect on

Injury makes Ashley Cole World Cup doubt

Chelsea have announced that defender Ashley Cole will be out of action for approximately three months after fracturing his left ankle in yesterday's match against Everton.

Ancelotti uses his guile to thrive where Scolari failed

Italian's understanding of Chelsea player power has been key to his success

Chelsea meet demand for style range

Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2

Malouda clears air with Ancelotti

The Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has admitted he met with his manager Carlo Ancelotti to voice his frustrations at a lack of first team opportunities in World Cup season.

Chelsea held by Birmingham

Birmingham 0 Chelsea 0

Awkward choices for player of the year

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Carragher confident of Liverpool revival

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is confident the Reds will be ready for a vital week that could turn their season around.

Wigan leap into unknown after Cech clears way

Wigan Athletic 3 Chelsea 1: Martinez's men claim 'big four' scalp at the 35th time of asking, helped by goalkeeper's dismissal

Tony Pulis relishing Manchester United visit

Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits a date with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium is the stuff of dreams.

Cole will improve says Ancelotti

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti believes the "best is yet to come" from Ashley Cole after the England defender signed a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Cole's new Chelsea deal breaks £100,000 mark

Full-back lands improved salary but still lags behind Liverpool's Glen Johnson

Fulham 0 Chelsea 2

Chelsea climbed to second place in the Barclays Premier League as they preserved their 100 per cent start to the season with an easy win over Fulham in the south-west London derby at Craven Cottage.

Everton turn attention to Onuoha

Everton have turned their attention to Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha after failing to add Kyle Naughton to their squad.

Ancelotti has tough first day at the office

Unanswered questions about Terry's future cast a shadow over the Chelsea manager's entrance as he learnt how lonely his new life can be
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