(Clockwise starting top-left) Vicent Kompany, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Mesut Ozil, Diego Costa, Marco Reus, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Peter Cech (centre)

FifPro announces reserve Teams of the Year - but Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben won't be laughing while Iker Casillas is somehow named the second best goalkeeper of 2013

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

Transfer news: Chelsea winger Marko Marin keen to remain at Sevilla after loan spell

Chelsea winger Marko Marin is keen to stay at Sevilla after his loan spell at the Spanish club expires.

Transfer news: Nemanja Matic confirms he has played last game for Benfica as Chelsea move nears

Serbian midfielder on the verge of rejoining London club

Transfer news: Nemanja Matic close to finalising £25m Chelsea return - reports

Chelsea old boy reportedly having medical with London club today

Alan Pardew will not face charges following his insult towards Manuel Pellegrini

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew escapes FA charge over Manuel Pellegrini insult during defeat by Manchester City

Alan Pardew will be reminded by the Football Association of his responsibilities towards the game, but the Newcastle United manager will not face charges for calling Manuel Pellegrini a "fucking old cunt" during Manchester City's win at St James' Park on Sunday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the best sides in England must secure a top four place before making a title charge

Jose Mourinho pledges future to Chelsea, stating: 'I don't want to have a next move'

The Special One is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge

Adnan Januzaj goes close in United’s win over Swansea

Adnan Januzaj predictability helps Manchester United manager David Moyes sleep easy at night

Victory over Swansea on Saturday was the fifth win in six Premier League games

Jermain Defoe scores Tottenham’s second against Crystal Palace

Hull City 0 Chelsea 2: Fernando Torres is smiling again, says Jose Mourinho

The Spanish striker was on target in the win at the KC Stadium

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Wayne Rooney interest but confirms two offers made for Kevin De Bruyne

Rooney was the subject of two offers from the Blues in the summer but Mourinho neither confirms nor denies a renewed interest in the England star

Jose Mourinho has stressed that Chelsea expect to do very little in the transfer window despite rumours linking them with a new signing

Transfer news: Chelsea rumours refuse to go away despite the insistence of Jose Mourinho that club will not bring in new faces

Mourinho has claimed that he does not expect to be active in January but that could quickly change should either Kevin De Bruyne or Juan Mata be sold

Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea team to Hull

Premier League: Hull City v Chelsea match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the KC stadium

The FA Cup

FA Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton among fourth round ties selected for TV

The Arsenal match against Coventry will be played on the Friday night

John Obi Mikel celebrates scoring against Derby, but one Blues fan wasn't smiling after Lee Mitchell promised to get the midfielder's name tattooed on his bum if he scored

Chelsea fan has the words 'John Obi Mikel' tattooed on his bum following the Nigerian midfielder's FA Cup goal against Derby

Lee Mitchell made the promise on Twitter hoping that Mikel wouldn't add to his three goals in seven-and-a-half years, with painful consequences

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain was reportedly the subject of a £50m offer from Chelsea

Transfer news: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he 'can't get' Gonzalo Higuain amid reports of £50m bid for Napoli striker

Chelsea's current strikers have failed to produce the goals required to fire them to the top of the Premier League so far this season, with speculation claiming that they launched a staggering bid for the Argentinian

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