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Arsenal confirm the signing of Calum Chambers from Southampton

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I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone at @southamptonfc for everything they have done & for making this possible.

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I'm looking forward to joining up with my new team mates today & beginning preparation for the season ahead. Thanks for all your messages.

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Drogba returns to Chelsea 'to make more history'

Didier Drogba (L) pictured with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in his previous term
Didier Drogba (L) pictured with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in his previous term Credit: PA

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that his decision to re-sign Didier Drogba, who was the club's fourth highest scorer of all time, was not clouded by sentimentality.

"Didier's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe," Mourinho said.

"I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he's not protected by history or what he's done for this club previously.

"He is coming with the mentality to make more history."

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Didier Drogba: Easy decision to return to Chelsea

Didier Drogba will begin his second spell at Chelsea next season after agreeing a one-year deal with Jose Mourinho's side.

The 36-year-old striker and Blues favourite returns to Stamford Bridge after leaving in 2012 for stints at Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.

Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea
Didier Drogba returns to Chelsea Credit: PA

"It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again," Drogba said.

"Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me."

Read more at ITV Football.

Mourinho 'thinking about' Drogba return to Chelsea

Didier Drogba, Galatasaray, former Chelsea player.
Didier Drogba, Galatasaray, former Chelsea player. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering a possible return Didier Drogba, he revealed today.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "We think about it.

"We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe.

"If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the team stronger".

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Andy Carroll out for four months due to ankle injury

Carroll is out for up to 4 months
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West Ham's Andy Carroll has been ruled out for up to four months as he undergoes surgery tomorrow on an ankle injury.

The striker missed most of last season due to a foot problem and was ruled out of two friendlies on the current tour of New Zealand as a precaution.

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Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!! http://t.co/kTAYuF0YGB

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'Young and naive' Lampard sorry for post-9/11 abuse

Frank Lampard told ITV News he regrets drunkenly abusing Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks, admitting he "was young and naive".

New York City FC's Frank Lampard.
New York City FC's Frank Lampard. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The midfielder, who has joined New York City FC, said: "I was young and naive...and now have some regrets about what I did.

"I categorically didn't set out to insult anyone and have badly tried for 13 years at Chelsea to be a good man on and off the pitch and I want everyone to see that I have improved.

"The most important thing to say is, I did not set out to hurt anyone. I was misrepresented by the British newspapers at the time.

"I will go to the 911 memorial to pay my respects and to show New Yorkers who I am and to apologise."

Read: Lampard faces New York hostility over 9/11 behaviour

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Lampard apology for his post-9/11 abuse of Americans

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

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NEW: Lampard tells us he's sorry over his 2001 drunken abuse of Americans post-9/11 & WILL go to 9/11 memorial now he is playing for NYCity

Read: Lampard faces New York hostility over 9/11 behaviour

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