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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is discussing his contract with Napoli in this moment at Filmauro ( the movie production company owned by the Azzurri chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis) headquarters in Italy as Blues target Maurizio Sarri is keen for a move to Zenit St. Petersburg.

The negotiations became yesterday, when Sarri informed De Laurentiis he was going to accept the offer received from the Russian club – who released Roberto Mancini ten days ago to let him join the Italian national team.

Ancelotti will sign a 2-year-deal with an option on the third one, earning € 6m per year.

With Sarri on his way to Russian Super League and Ancelotti to Napoli, Chelsea will have a limited choice should they part ways with Antonio Conte as it was rumoured: former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

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Italian TV  Premium Sport reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will part ways with the club in the next few hours.

Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after having managed the Italian national team at Euro 2016: he won the Premier League during his debut season but failed even to reach the top four in this one, a frustration partially mitigated by the success in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the past weekend.

According to Premium, the termination of the manager’s contract is a contentious issue though, as the club wants to end it by mutual consent but Conte intends to get sacked to cover also the year left on the deal or to get a good payout.

It’s well known that the Italian boss’ relationship with Chelsea board fell out in the last months, mainly because Conte reckons it wasn’t given enough credit to his work and also because he wasn’t trusted during transfer market negotiations.

Possible substitutes to replace him are former AS Roma and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri seems keen to join Zenit St. Petersburg at the moment.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero was confirmed in the 23-men-squad selected by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for this summer World Cup in Russia.

The top-notch player ruled-out by this squad was Serie A join-top-scorer Mauro Icardi, who netted the ball 29 times during this campaign – along with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile-  helping Inter to go back to Champions League after 6 years of absence.

The list in full:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi

Midfielders: Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Eduardo Salvio

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain.

 

 

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Three Chelsea players make Belgium 28-men-provisional squad for Russia 2018 World Cup: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi are among the players called by coach Roberto Martinez before travelling to Eastern Europe, five of these will be withdrawn on 04/06, when the list will be reduced to 23 players.

Surprisingly Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan was ruled out of the list, officially for tactical reasons.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (LAFC), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)

 

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Cesc Fabregas shared his impressions after the FA Cup final, claiming it was a well deserved trophy for Chelsea but also admits the real target of the season was another one:

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it’s important for them.  

“It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it’s more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it’s tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

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Gary Cahill is over the moon after lifting his first trophy as Chelsea captain.

“We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years… it’s not bad is it?” the Blues skipper said after winning the final against Manchester United today.

Speaking of Eden Hazard, who scored the penalty that gave the win to Chelsea, he said:

“He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi’s been superb all season, we’re buzzing, got the job done. We’re delighted.

“It’s a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I’m delighted I’ve won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn’t play in and it’s not the same if you don’t put everything on the pitch.”

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José Mourinho insisted his side was the one who had to lift the FA Cup today.

The Manchester United manager reckons that pundits would have destroyed him if his team had played like Chelsea did today:

“I think we deserved to win, we were the best team but that’s football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can’t imagine what you will say.

“My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.

“We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don’t have presence so they knew they’d dominate direct football.

“They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn’t touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net.

“I congratulate them.”

 

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Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup was a well deserved for Chelsea players after a weird season with may up and downs.

The Belgian keeper also reveals that the dressing room stick with Antonio Conte, but also stressed that the responsibility to decide on the manager’s future belongs to the club.

“I believe it was a very hard game, I made a couple of good saves,” Courtois said after Chelsea secured their 8th FA Cup today.

“It was a season with many up and downs so we are happy for this achievement.

“Conte won a title and a FA Cup in two years, he did what the club wanted.

“We get along with him and it’s the club that have to take a decision about his future, but we have no problems with him.”

 

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José Mourinho was clearly disappointed after his team lost the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Eden Hazard‘s penalty was decisive to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge

“If we deserved to lose? You have to ask me why I lost…I don’t think my team deserved it, we gave everything…

“I think we missed a bit of luck, sharpness and presence in the box that we couldn’t have without Lukaku and Fellaini.

“We tried everything we could with Martial, Rashford, Pogba, we missed strong players in the area, we needed them against strong players like Bakayoko, Rudiger, Cahill… I’m curious to know what the pundit will say in the next days about this game.”

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Antonio Conte called himself ” a serial winner” after securing his second trophy as a Chelsea manager in two seasons.

The Blues won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United today thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half and the Italian coach thanked his players and the Chelsea fans after this triumph but he”forgot” to thank the club, with whom he hadn’t a great relationship in this last campaign.

“To win in England is never easy, in two years is not easy to win the title and the FA Cup facing really good rivals like Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United is not easy,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“I believe today we won because we worked very well tactically and we were committed: I’ve always seen their commitment, there have been rumours since the first half.

“I am really happy for the supporters and the players, they always showed me a great will and sacrifice, I guess this win is really valuable because Manchester United is better than us in this moment. I have to thanks my players and the fans for this success.

“My future? I don’t change my position, it’s always the same. 

“I didn’t want to hear any other offer because my position has been always the same, since January: to continue here

“I showed to be a serial winner winning the title and FA Cup here in UK: it’s not easy to do that, also because here the title is not assigned before the championship starts.”

 

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