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It wasn’t just Chelsea FC who lost a legend, football lost a passionate man in Ray Wilkins who passed on last week at the age of 61.

Tributes have poured in all over for the Chelsea legend, and in the eighth minute against West Ham, Stamford Bridge paid a touching tribute to our former captain and assistant coach Ray Wilkins following his passing.

There was a minute’s applause while his name was sung by both sets of supporters together, and a flag and banner in his honour were also unfurled by the home fans.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte appreciated the tributes given to Ray Wilkins as he also admitted that he is close to the family of the Chelsea legend.

“I really appreciated the tributes for Ray,” said Conte. “We are talking about a really good person and a legend of this club, an ambassador of football.

“We knew him very well in Italy because he spent a lot of time playing with Milan. He deserved these tributes. We are talking about a tragedy and it’s very difficult to accept. It’s very difficult to find the right words for the family at this moment, I’m very close to them. It was really bad news for us and the club.”

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