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Arsenal midfielder thanks Chelsea for Cech 'favour'

Mathieu Flamini has thanks Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for doing Arsenal a "good favour" by selling them Petr Cech.

The Czech goalkeeper joined Arsenal this summer after 11 years at Stamford Bridge, much to the surprise of many, including Flamini.

Petr Cech will be Arsenal's first choice. Credit: PA

"I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn't do that," Flamini was quoted as saying in several national newspapers.

"He (Mourinho) is a competitor and usually doesn't like to sell any players to his rivals, but it's a good favour for us and now we have to take advantage.

"It's a top signing. That's why we have been lucky on this one."


Begovic looks to dethrone Courtois as Chelsea number one

Begovic wants a starting spot. Credit: Reuters

New Chelsea signing Asmir Begovic insists he has no desire to play second fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Begovic joined the Blues from Premier League rivals Stoke on a four-year deal earlier this month following the departure of Petr Cech to Arsenal.

"I want to test myself against Thibaut, he's one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can," he said in several national newspapers.

"Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I'm all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so.

"There have been no guarantees. The challenge that's here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision.

"I'll back myself, absolutely."

Arsenal responds to Mourinho over spending

Arsene Wenger has rejected claims from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Arsenal have abandoned their cautious transfer approach.

Chelsea manager Mourinho has suggested totting up Arsenal's spending in the last two years leads to a "surprise", resuming his sparring with Gunners boss Wenger.

Mourinho has labelled Arsenal as genuine contenders for this year's Premier League title, before the two teams clash in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has stuck to his guns. Credit: PA

Wenger responded by insisting Arsenal spend within their means, and will not fret too much about outside opinions.

"We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say," said Wenger.

"We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available, we spend it. When we don't have the money, we don't spend the money we haven't got."

Chelsea confirm defender sale to Atletico

Filipe Luis only had one season at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

Chelsea have sold defender Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid after just a season at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian left-back has moved back to the Vicente Calderon, having won the Premier League and and Capital One Cup during his year in England.

Mourinho: De Bruyne had to leave Chelsea

De Bruyne is wanted by Man City. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho says he has no regrets about selling Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne, insisting the winger lacked the necessary mentality to succeed at Chelsea.

Mourinho sold De Bruyne to Wolfsburg for a deal worth £18million in January 2014 and the Belgian has blossomed in Germany, helping his new club to second in the Bundesliga last season with 10 goals and 22 assists.

His excellent form has reportedly attracted interest from a host of top clubs in Europe including Manchester City, who are thought to be ready to pay more than £50million to land the 24-year-old.

De Bruyne has claimed he was never given a chance to impress at Chelsea, where he made just three appearances in the league, but Mourinho maintains it was the player's decision to quit Stamford Bridge.

"That is unfair because I wanted to keep him and he told me it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team," Mourinho told national newspapers.

"He needed a team where he knows he can play every game. He needs to know that he is important.

"He did not want a team where he thinks, 'am I playing or not?'. He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left. So yes it's not fair."

Mourinho added: "He was not training very well and he was saying, 'I can't give you more - this is just my way'.

"So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it's his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal."

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