Michael Ballack's verdict on Chelsea and Bayern Munich new signings Antonio Rudiger and James Rodriguez

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Premier League champions Chelsea recently added Germany international Antonio Rudiger to their squad on a five-year contract.

Former Chelsea midfielder and Germany icon Michael Ballack is optimistic about his compatriot's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

The 40-year-old thinks he is a talented player but will have to live up to the expectations of the fans and adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

In an interview, Ballack also talked about how Chelsea's attempt to defend their title won't be easy, more so with focus on the Champions League in the 2017-18 season.
Meanwhile, Ballack also revealed that James Rodriguez's move to Bayern Munich from Real Madrid came as a surprise for him but might well serve as a fresh start for the Colombian.


That and much more in the above video!


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Chelsea sign £40m Tiemoue Bakayoko as Manchester United target Nemanja Matic edges closer to exit

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Chelsea have announced the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

The 22-year-old, who played a leading role in Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

The France international has reportedly cost the Blues around £40million.

He told the club website: “I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.”

Bakayoko, who also helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title last term, added: “I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said: “Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.

“Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.”

The imposing defensive midfielder will add considerable power and energy to Antonio Conte’s side, but his signing raises further doubts about the future of Nemanja Matic.

Matic, Press Association Sport understands, is set, along with striker Diego Costa, to miss the champions’ pre-season tour to Asia, which begins next week.

He has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and Juventus. Bakayoko would be a like-for-like replacement.

Bakayoko, who joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014 and made his senior France debut in a friendly loss to Spain earlier this year, is Chelsea’s third summer signing.

Centre-back Antonio Rudiger arrived from Roma for a reported £29million while veteran former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero joined on a free transfer.

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Manchester City sign 19-year-old Brazilian Douglas Luiz

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Manchester City have signed Brazilian Under-20 international of Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama.

The midfielder, 19, has penned a five-year deal with the Premier League club.

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said on the club’s official website: “Douglas is an exciting player with great potential. Everyone here is looking forward to helping him develop his talent and progress in the game.”

On Friday, City confirmed a deal to bring in defender Kyle Walker from Tottenham in a deal that could reach £50million.

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