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According to reports coming from England José Mourinho and Nemanja Matic could reunite soon, after working together for a couple of years at Chelsea.

In fact, the ex Blues boss seems really keen on the Serbian midfielder, that came back to Chelsea after three years at Benfica under his management, and would like to sign him to revamp Manchester United midfield after losing Morgan Scheiderlin, who moved to Everton in the past week, and with Michael Carrick approaching the end of his career, since the Red Devils legend will turn 36 before the start of the next season.

The Portuguese manager has already handed chief transfer negotiator and club vice chairman Ed Woodward his list of recruits for next campaign and Matic would appear in this short-list.

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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Despite Antonio Conte dismissing speculations on an a possible Diego Costa’s move to China many English football pundits think there is something true behind what happened in the last days between Chelsea and the Spanish striker.

For instance, former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes it’s natural that Diego Costa’s head will be turned by a rumoured transfer to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian:

“Suddenly there’s rumours of a bid that, you know, China want to offer him thirty million pounds a year, is it? Of course his head is going to be turned.

“You know, why wouldn’t it? Who wouldn’t have their head turned at that? Who wouldn’t want to go?

“People talk about loyalty – there’s no loyalty from clubs, you know, that’s non-existent in this day and age and you have to remember Costa’s Brazilian.

“You know, he’s already defected his country and gone and played for Spain, he has no affinity to his own country let alone to an English Premier League side, he’s not particularly… I’m sure he likes London but he’s got no real affinity to London. Brazilians move around all the time, it’s what they do.”

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Speaking about Diego Costa‘s situation BBC Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright said:

“For Costa to come out at this stage when they need him so much feels very strange. He’s scored 14 goals this season – you need someone like that in this team. It seems like it’s derailed what’s going on.”

The Arsenal legend would not be surprised should Costa move to China after an alleged monster offer from Tianjin Quanjian ( £ 30m per year):

“Absolutely not. Costa doesn’t seem like the sort of person who cares what people think. Whatever happens – if it’s his back it’s very hard to detect – something has turned him.”

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Asked about Diego Costa’s return after the striker apparently suffered a lower back injury in the past week Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he is unsure on the timing the Spaniard will be back:

“I don’t know how long it will take, I don’t have his pain,” the Italian manager said after the win over Leicester City.

“We’ll see about this next week.”

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Speaking to BBC after scoring the brace that helped Chelsea to beat Leicester City 3-0 today Blues full-back Marcos Alonso claims that speculations on a possible Diego Costa‘s exit from the Stamford Bridge club are not true:

“You guys made up the story. Diego wasn’t feeling well because of his back. He’s very happy and will have a great enough season at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea current pitch captain Gary Cahill spoke after Blues’ 3-0 win at Leicester.

The English defender reckons the team reacted well to Diego Costa’s absence: the Spaniard was dropped for an alleged negotiation with a Chinese Super League club that left him distracted in the past week:

“Diego is a massive player for us,” Cahill said after the final whistle.

“He wasn’t there today but we put Pedro, Hazard and Willian up there instead and it is hard to defend against talent like that.

“We are delighted with that result.”

 

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Easy job for Chelsea at King Power Stadium, where the Blues win 3-0 over Leicester without any particular stress.

The game immediately goes onto the right path with Marcos Alonso scoring his first goal at 7′, after Pedro missed a chance on an Azpilicueta cross from the right: Eden Hazard gets the rebound and assists the Spanish full-back, who scores with a great shot from the left of the box.

Chelsea dominate in the first fifteen minutes of the first half, then Leicester try to react looking for the equaliser, being dangerous with Chilwell and Vardy, but Courtois manages to keep his goal clear.

Pedro gets close to score 2-0 in the end of the first part missing an incredible chance after David Luiz and Hazard perfectly carry out a tactic on a free kick.

Six minutes into the second half and Alonso find the goal who seal his personal brace and the game: a shot from the box limit on a Willian’s free-kick from the right that his deflected by Foxes’ captain Wes Morgan with his knee, Schmeichel cannot reach it, 2-0.

Still 39 minutes to go Antonio Conte’s guys find themselves in comfortable position, with Leicester trying to react but showing a poor organisation and not the same spirit that let them win the title last year.

A fact that became even clearer in the 3-0 goal scored by Pedro at 71′ after a poor clear from the Foxes defense, with Willian trying a lob on Schmeichel coming out and Pedro finishing it with a header.

This is the moment where the match ends, with still twenty minutes to go: Chelsea controls it until referee Andre Marriner blows the triple whistle and maintain their gap from Spurs, second with 45, to seven points, with Liverpool ( now fourth with 44) still having one game in hand, the one to be played tomorrow at 4 pm at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

It could seem ironic, but it could Blues former boss José Mourinho to do a big favour to his ex team beating the Reds tomorrow and keeping them in the same place as they are tonight, letting Chelsea seven points above their first chasers.

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Chelsea are leading 1-0 over Leicester City at half time at King Power Stadium, thanks to a goal by Marcos Alonso at 7′, assisted by Eden Hazard after that a good play by Azpilicueta was ending with a missing chance by Pedro.

The game was balanced, with the Foxes trying to equalise but with no success, thanks also to a couple of Thibaut Courtois’ decisive saves.

The Blues still have 45′ to complete their chase to increase the advantage over the other teams in the title race.

 

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LEICESTER CITY – Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Mendy, Albrighton, Musa, Vardy.

Subs: Zieler, Simpson, Wasilewski, Kapustka, King, Gray, Okazaki

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro

Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee: Andre Marriner

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK

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