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The Blues defender will move to Villa Park for the rest of the season

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'It is one of the easiest things in football' - has Jose Mourinho rediscovered Chelsea's defensive mojo?

Blues boss blasé about improving his side's defence

Tomas Rosicky receives treatment after catching a stray elbow off Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor during Arsenal's 2-1 victory

Mesut Ozil praises Arsenal team-mate Tomas Rosicky: 'In my opinion, Tomas belongs to the best'

The Czech Republic international broke his nose in Monday's match against Aston Villa

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Lionel Messi misses out on Uefa Team of the Year after fans vote him the 13th best player of 2013, adding to Ballon d'Or woe

Messi is not named for the first time since 2007 while is arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo tops his Ballon d'Or award off with a seventh consecutive inclusion

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The second, third, fourth and fifth string Team of the Year has been announced and unlike the main award, both English and Premier League stars are included

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Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf returns to the San Siro as manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri

The former Netherlands international has hung up his boots to take the position

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Serbia international Matic looks set for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, but will it be more successful than his first?

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet a legend, says Pele

The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

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