Round-up: Jose upbeat, Diakite wants chance, Bees reject bid, Middlesex lose

Chelsea ended their pre-season campaign with a third loss in five friendlies.

The Blues were beaten 1-0 by Italian side Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge, where Radamel Falcao made his first appearance in front of the home fans since moving to West London.

Boss Jose Mourinho played down the significance of the result and was pleased to see youngster Ola Aina pick up first-team experience along with fellow academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Meanwhile, Brentford have rejected an £8m bid from Hull City for Andre Gray and Moses Adubajo.

Brentford want £10.5m for a double deal involving Gray and Adubajo
Brentford want £10.5m for a double deal involving Gray and Adubajo

Another player who won’t be leaving west London for the time being at least is QPR midfielder Leroy Fer, whose proposed loan move to Sunderland was scrapped after he failed a medical.

Samba Diakite, on the other hand, has told West London Sport he wants to stay at Rangers and has pleaded with boss Chris Ramsey to give him a chance.

There continues to be speculation over the future of Charlie Austin – the Daily Mirror claim Tottenham want the QPR striker.

And R’s fans have been reacting to the arrival of veteran defender Paul Konchesky, with some on Twitter not impressed with the signing.

Elsewhere, new Fulham signing Luke Garbutt faces six weeks out with an ankle injury.

And Middlesex were beaten by Essex in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup match.

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