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Stats: Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeepers compared

The stats suggest wasn't an improvement on Cech last season. Credit: Oulala

A lot has been written about Petr Cech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal this summer, but only time will tell whether Jose Mourinho's decision to replace him with Thibaut Courtois was a mistake or a stroke of genius.

Ahead of this weekend's Community Shield, the only viable comparison is how Courtois' stats for Chelsea last season compared with Cech's from the 2013/14 campaign, when he was still Mourinho's number one.

Arsenal's only summer signing to date enjoyed a more impressive clean sheet ratio, made less defensive errors and boasted a better distribution accuracy than Courtois clocked up the following year.

On average, Courtois pulled off more saves per game but less per goal conceded, even though he did catch the ball more often than Cech.

Who do you think the better goalkeeper is at present? Let us know @ITVFootball

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Courtois scores winning penalty in win over PSG

Chelsea recovered from their surprise defeat to New York Red Bulls to claim their first victory of their pre-season US tour with a penalty shoot-out triumph over PSG in Charlotte.

Courtois was the hero for Chelsea Credit: Reuters

Jose Mourinho's men, who were beaten 4-2 by the Red Bulls on Thursday, rode their luck to hold PSG to a 1-1 draw during regulation time before defeating the French champions 6-5 on penalties with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the Blues' hero.

He saved from Jean-Christophe Bahebeck immediately after Juan Cuadrado had missed for Chelsea and then, after the shoot-out had gone to sudden death, Courtois parried Thiago Silva's spot-kick before the Belgium international stepped up to smash home the next penalty himself and seal victory.

Earlier, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave PSG a deserved half-time lead before Victor Moses levelled things up after the break as Chelsea - for whom Radamel Falcao made his debut as a second-half substitute - enjoyed a better period.

Former Chelsea striker Di Santo moves to Schalke

Werder Bremen have confirmed that Franco Di Santo has activated a release clause in his contract to leave the club immediately, with Schalke set to sign him.

Schalke have signed former Chelsea man Di Santo. Credit: PA

The former Chelsea and Wigan forward, who joined the northern Germany side on a free transfer in 2013, still had a year left to run on his contract in Bremen.

However, a predetermined release clause - reported to be in the region of six million euros - meant the 26-year-old could leave at any time should a club meet the full amount.

Schalke are understood to have triggered that release clause with Werder bidding the player farewell on Saturday.

Franco Di Santo is leaving Werder Bremen with immediate effect. The Argentinian is taking advantage of a release clause in his contract and is no longer part of our squad.

Our game against Sevilla on Saturday afternoon will therefore take place without the forward.

– Werder Bremen statement

Man abused by Chelsea fans 'will help club tackle racism'

A French man who was racially abused and pushed off a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans has said he will come to the UK and help "eradicate" racism if the club invites him.

Souleymane Sylla says he would be willing to visit Chelsea to help eradicate racism Credit: ITV News

Souleymane Sylla was repeatedly pushed backwards off a carriage amid chants of "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it".

He said both he and his family are still "traumatised" after the incident, he is not currently working and is taking medication.

Sylla initially refused an offer from Chelsea shortly after the incident to visit the club, but he has now decided he will come if he can help in the battle against racism in football.

"I plan to go. When they first invited me it was early on. I did refuse their invitation, I just want to do it at a later stage. I had an open wound and it was hurting me, so I couldn't go out and I was scared," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.


Chelsea full-back Wallace joins Carpi on loan

Serie A new boys Carpi have signed Chelsea full-back Wallace on a season-long loan deal.

Wallace will play in Serie A next season. Credit: Reuters

The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from Fluminense in December 2012, has previous experience of Serie A having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Inter Milan.

Wallace failed to make an impact at San Siro but was more effective as a loanee at Vitesse last season, and now he has opted to try his luck with the reigning Serie B champions.

A statement published on Carpi's official website revealed the top-flight debutants possess the option to buy the Brazilian at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Everton chairman talks up Chelsea target John Stones

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright believes John Stones is England's best central defender and the club have a great squad.

Kenwright believes Stones is England's finest defender. Credit: PA

Chelsea have already had one £20m bid rejected for the 21-year-old but reports suggest Jose Mourinho will not be deterred and is lining up an improved offer in excess of £30m.

Everton have been resolute in their stance over the youngster, who became first-choice in central defence alongside captain and international team-mate Phil Jagielka in the second half of last season, and will continue that role into the new campaign.

"We've worked really hard to stabilise this club and we've got a great squad, a young squad... (Romelu) Lukaku and John Stones, who has to be the best centre back in England," Kenwright told the Newcastle Chronicle.

Chelsea fan William Simpson also handed five-year ban

Simpson has received a five-year banning order. Credit: PA

William Simpson is the latest Chelsea supporter to be handed a football banning order for his involvement in a racist incident on the Paris metro.

Simpson shook his head as the verdict was read out by the district judge, who handed him a five-year ban.

The 26 year-old from Ashford, Surrey, played a part in pushing Mr Sylla off the train in February, as a large group of Chelsea fans travelled to a Champions League match against PSG.

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