In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Joe Cole plans to cross the English Channel in a kayak for charity, John Terry reveals how Eden Hazard and Diego Costa would mess about with his dressing-room superstitions and Netflix announce plans for a new documentary on former Blue Nicolas Anelka.
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Joe Cole to kayak for charity
Joe Cole has announced his plans to kayak across the English Channel with a friend later this year to help raise funds for charity.
The former Blues winger, who retired late last year and returned to the club in January as an Academy coach, revealed his plans in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
‘Who said retirement was going to be easy eh?’ he posted with a picture of himself seated in a kayak.
‘This May I have decided to kayak the Channel with my good friend Dave. Not sure what we’ve got ourselves into but we will be raising vital funds for two amazing causes which are very close to our hearts.
‘Any donation would be greatly appreciated and the link can be found in my bio.’
Cole is raising funds for Richard House Children’s Hospice, a charity in east London that he has been involved with since he was a teenage player at West Ham United.
The organisation provides specialist care and support for babies, children and young adults who have life-shortening, life-limiting or complex health conditions.
John Terry discusses his superstitions
Many of John Terry’s team-mates have spoken about what a superstitious player he is and the former Chelsea captain opened up on the subject himself during a candid chat with YouTube personality Tubes while the pair played a round of golf recently.
According to Terry, his superstitious tics helped to settle his nerves, especially before big matches.
'I always got nervous before every game which I think has always been a good thing. I always got little butterflies before every game but those big finals were just that little bit extra,' he said.
'I was terrible for superstitions, every time we won, I just added something on. So like I had to wee in a certain urinal, or I was counting the lamp posts from my house to Stamford Bridge.
'It got out of hand but because we kept winning, I kept adding stuff on before the game.’
Our Captain, Leader, Legend didn’t get too much sympathy from his team-mates with some deliberately trying to mess about with his quirks.
‘I couldn't touch the ball in the dressing room. Eden Hazard likes to do kick-ups and used to fire it against me and I'd be up against the wall lifting my legs up trying not to touch it,' he said.
'And you know the light switches have a little bit of red on top? Our rivals over the years were Manchester United and Arsenal and I just hated seeing anything red on a matchday, so I'd walk down the corridor (switching off the lights) and have Diego Costa behind me turning them all back on again.
‘I'd spend about five minutes turning them all off and then get on the bus and he would turn them all on, so I would have to go back and switch them all off again before we could leave.
‘It was a little bit OCD but going into games I always knew I was right and that made me feel comfortable. It’s a little bit weird and a nightmare when you have Diego and people like that around!’
Anelka to be subject of documentary
Netflix has revealed plans to produce a new documentary on the career of former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.
According to Variety, the French arm of the online media broadcasters have commissioned the programme, which follows in the wake of other Netflix football features on former England manager Bobby Robson, Atletico Madrid star forward Antoine Griezmann and English League One side Sunderland.
According to an official release from Netflix, the documentary will be an intimate portrait of the Frenchman, delving into the dramas and controversies that surrounded his career including ‘his experience at the Real Madrid, his troubled history with the French coaches, his banning from the World Cup in South Africa.’
Anelka, who currently works as a youth coach for French side Lille, played for a dozen clubs during his career and enjoyed one of his best spells at Chelsea, where he scored 49 goals in 184 games and won the Premier League’s Golden Boot in the 2008/09 season before being part of our Double-winning side the following year.