Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be on his way out of the club in January according to his agent

Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien to complete AC Milan move

Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Michael Essien to AC Milan, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Transfer news: If Juan Mata or Michael Essien want to leave Chelsea, the 'door is open' says Jose Mourinho

Mata reacted furiously to being substituted in the victory on New Year's Day

Chelsea midfielder Ramires celebrates scoring the iwnner against Crystal Palace

Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 match report: Ramires saves Blues from famous Palace coup

Chelsea recover from defeat to Stoke last week to record nervy victory over valiant Palace

Steven Gerrard tangles with Germany’s Max Kruse

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John Terry celebrates Chelsea's second goal against Southampton on Sunday

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: 'I'm very proud of my Chelsea career,' says John Terry after his 400th Premier League match

Defender headed in the Blues vital third in the victory at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Capital One Cup: Swindon plan to attack Chelsea in tonight's tie at the Country Ground

The League One side play a passing style of football

Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Nathaniel Chalobah pose for a photo with children at a coaching clinic session

Indonesia All-Stars 1 Chelsea 8 - player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta

Petr Cech on the pre-season tour

Transfer news: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is a 'great player' says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

The Blues have made an offer in the region of £20m for Rooney

Lukaku celebrates his goal with Andre Schurrle
Branislav Ivanovic reacts after being bitten by Luis Suarez

Transfer news: Branislav Ivanovic open to Chelsea signing Luis Suarez - despite being bitten by the Liverpool striker

The Blues have been linked with a move for the unsettled Uruguay striker

Jose Mourinho talks to the media ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League tie against Manchester United

England 'will be my next step' after Real Madrid, confirms Jose Mourinho

Mourinho talks ahead of his side's Champions League tie against Manchester United

Chelsea defender David Luiz

Chelsea defender David Luiz open to midfield switch

Oriol Romeu injury has left gap to fill

Mourinho has regularly spoken of his love for England

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho hints at return to England

Given his past successes with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and now Real, coupled with the notoriously short shelf-life of the coach's job at the Bernabeu, Mourinho's future is often the subject of speculation.

Mourinho insists he will not make wholesale changes despite questioning some of his players' commitment after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Sevilla

Real Madrid depleted by injuries ahead of Borussia Dortmund meeting in the Champions League

Borussia Dortmund entertain Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday with the Germans eager to take advantage of their injury-hit Spanish opponents by grabbing top spot in Group D.

Stephanie Houghton proves an inspiration on the football pitch and in the virtual world of Twitter.

Tweet sound of success for Team GB's football star Steph Houghton

Even the Premier League has not yet come up with the wheeze of having the name of players’ Twitter accounts on their shirts. The FA Women’s Super League beat them to that one in April this year ahead of the launch of their first summer competition and found a willing “digital ambassador” in Steph Houghton, the personable full-back of Arsenal Ladies.

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