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Bits And Pieces Of Chelsea News, July 1st Edition

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Andre Villas-Boas talks to the media after being unveiled as the new Chelsea manager during a press conference at Stamford Bridge on June 29, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Andre Villas-Boas talks to the media after being unveiled as the new Chelsea manager during a press conference at Stamford Bridge on June 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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While we've mostly been focusing on the neat/interesting/bizarre transfer saga troika that is Chelsea's ongoing chase of Alexis Sanchez, Javier Pastore and Neymar, the Blues have some actual (but minor) news as well.

First up is new manager Andre Villas-Boas, singing the praises of anyone and everyone and being generally likeable. Seriously, all of those Jose Mourinho comparisons look pretty stupid now:

There are so many strong teams. You see the way Tottenham is playing, the way Man City is being revolutionised by Mancini and the ambitions and top quality they have. You see Arsenal with that hunger for success year after year and the way last season slipped away from them, so for sure Mr Wenger will again provoke them to respond in every single fixture, and the way Man United are about in their business.

They are here to be successful, as we are, so the references are pretty clear and it is not impossible that even Liverpool with the arrival of Dalglish, the way he built on them and took them up, just missing out on the Uefa Cup spot, so big challenges are ahead for us and that's what we face.

-Andre Villas-Boas. Source: ChelseaFC.com

It really is nice to see a manager have respect for the opposition and not attempt to stir up fights. It's easy to be calm and collected before the season has started, so this serenity may not last long, but if Villas-Boas is half the tactician he seems and acts like this, we'll have improbably melded the best aspects of Mourinho and the more recently-departed Carlo Ancelotti into one super-likable manager. Ace.

In actual actual news,19-year-old Dutch centre back Jeffrey Bruma has finalised his loan move to Bundesliga side Hamburg and will spend at least a year there, with an option for a second. When the deal was being mooted, it was initially reported as a straight up 2-year deal, which didn't make much sense, but one with an option is much better.

Bruma is obviously keen to get some playing time at one of the highest levels available to him, so sending him out on loan makes perfect sense - he's not going to usurp John Terry, David Luiz, Alex or Branislav Ivanovic in the first team anytime soon, and in order to get to the level he needs to be at he'll have to actually, y'know, play. He's quite a good prospect, although I am frankly baffled by his apparently inability to tackle*, so hopefully all goes well and Frank Arnesen doesn't attempt to steal him permanently.

*A disease shared by Patrick van Aanholt and Josh McEachran, incidentally.

This isn't really related to football, but apparently Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has just completed a super-amazing music club in London designed 'to the artists' specifications'. Cue insinuations that he's bored of the club and won't put any more money in but will totally fire Andre Villas-Boas any day.

Last, but not least (unless we're sorting downwards by age) Nathaniel Chalobah captained the England under-17s in their rain-soaked match against Argentina, drawing 1-1 in regular time after a hilarious error by England/Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was cancelled out by a long-range effort by Liverpool's Raheem Sterling that crept just inside the post. Pickford had the opportunity to make up for his error in the penalty shootout and came up huge, stopping two Argentinian attempts and allowing Chalobah to step up to the spot with a chance to win the game. The captain came through with a thumping effort, so well done to Chalobah (who had an excellent all-around game) and well done to the England kids. Highlights are here.