William Gallas on why Chelsea was his favourite club in England
“I liked all three, but maybe Chelsea was the most special time for me. It was my first club abroad and I had a great time there, winning a few trophies as well.
“And it was there that I first started my international career as well. When you are playing for a big club you expect to lift trophies. When I won the Premier League with Chelsea I felt like the King of England. You want to keep experiencing that.” (FourFourTwo)
John Terry adamant that Aston Villa move will not tarnish career
“You don’t put 22 years on the line, having won what I’ve won – that remains regardless.
“Over the years at Chelsea, they haven’t all been successes, we had some really disappointing ones.
“But if you can have a really good year and get promoted and win a trophy, the disappointing ones get forgotten a little.
“If I can add this to a long list of trophies and successes, fantastic.” (BBC Sport)
Willy Caballero on initiation and pre-season
“It was a good pre-season tour. After a long career it is a new one, in this case with a manager from Italy so I was expecting training like that, and it was good.
“The way we work with Thibaut Courtois and Eduardo, it was fantastic. The way they gave me a very warm welcome, it was amazing and also the whole squad. Pre-season was good and it was what I was expecting, but it was a surprise for me to have to sing!” (Chelsea FC)
Denis Irwin on Matic’s move to Manchester United
“I was a little bit surprised by the fact Chelsea are selling to their rivals who will be challenging for the Premier League next year.
“But Matic has done a fantastic job for Chelsea over the last few years and I suppose it was a bit of a thank you.” (Evening Standard)