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New Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic takes a little dig at his former club, Chelsea.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his super debut at Old Trafford against West Ham last Sunday, the Serbian midfielder claimed the Red Devils are one step above the Blues:

“Everyone knows what Manchester United is about. It is different.

“Chelsea is a big club, Benfica are the biggest club in Portugal. But Manchester United is Manchester United.”

“Maybe you have two or three clubs similar to United, but it is one of the biggest clubs in the world for sure.

“When I came here for the first day, I could feel that the people at the club help you every day if you need something and supporters are very important for this club.”

Matic spoke also about José Mourinho, who strongly wanted to reunite with him at Old Trafford after bringing him back to Chelsea in January 2014:

“He was very important for me,” the Serbian said about the Special One.

“When I decided to come to Manchester, he was a reason to come here.

“My decision was very quick and very clear. You don’t need to think a lot about if you are going to come.”

 

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Former Scotland midfielder John Collins claims Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is continuing his summer break in Brazil while pushing for a return to Atletico Madrid, is a shame for the profession of footballer:

“He’s just a disgrace,” the ex Celtic Glasgow player said on talkSPORT.

“He’s an embarrassment to the profession, to be honest, with what he’s doing.

“I hope they sell him because it will be a nightmare for the manager if he comes back and is hanging around the dressing room.”

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Antonio Conte is not concerned after the two defeats against Arsenal and Burnley: the Italian boss is sure Chelsea will perform in the upcoming season.

Speaking ahead of Spurs clash he said:

“We are preparing for this game very well.

“We must be focused on the pitch, on the game and try to do our best against Tottenham and not find excuses, but only focus on the game.

“It can happen during a game to receive two red cards and I think a great club like Chelsea must be prepared for this situation,” he claimed speaking of what happened in the last match against Burnley.

“For sure at this moment it’s not simple, it’s not easy but we must be strong to face this situation. I repeat it’s very important not to find an excuse, about this moment. It’s important to continue to work, it’s important everyone gives 150 per cent, and then we can solve the situation.

“The only words I can tell our fans are these: for sure we are working very hard with the players to have a good season.”

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Antonio Conte reveals Tiemoué Bakayoko can make his official debut with Chelsea next Sunday.

The French midfielder was recovering from a knee injury when he signed for the club one month ago and he proved he can perform in a friendly game against QPR arranged last Wednesday to test his and Eden Hazard’s condition before Spurs clash:

“Bakayoko is improving very well.

“He is not at the top physical condition but I think he could be in contention for the game. 

“The situation is not easy in this moment. At this moment I don’t have other midfielders available. I have to make a difficult decision, but Bakayoko could be in contention for the game against Tottenham, why not.”

Regarding Pedro and Eden Hazard, both recovering from ankle injuries, the Blues boss revealed:

Hazard is improving but to be fully fit he needs time. We must have patience with him and try to do the best for him. At the moment some players are not 100 per cent fit.

Morata also is another player who needs to continue to work and improve and find the right physical condition.

“My only worry is when you try to put the players back very early, the risk of getting an injury is high. This is my worry. The physical condition could not be 100 per cent but we have to face this situation.

“About Pedro, today he trained with us and he felt pain in his ankle. I don’t know about him. His situation is very difficult. I don’t know if he is available for the bench on Sunday.”

Chelsea will miss also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill against Tottenham, both suspended after their red card against Burnley in Premier League first game of the season.

 

 

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During today’s press conference ahead of Tottenham’s game at Wembley next Sunday Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hinted he was not pleased to let youngsters as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go.

The first one completed a permanent move to Watford, the second one is on loan at Crystal Palace.

With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspension, Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko not ready yet for official games, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek could have been useful in Spurs clash.

When he was asked if he regretted their departures, Conte bluntly responded: ‘

“Another question, please.”

Pressed on whether he would be more open to giving young players a chance this season, he added:

“If you remember last season I utilised different young players.

“Don’t forget Ake, Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek. And also Kenedy and Aina as well. I think for a club like Chelsea if I have the opportunity to have players ready to play I’m the first person to be happy.

“But I repeat the players need to grow in the right way or you risk damage to them and the club.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte laughed off Diego Costa‘s claims of the past days.

The Spanish striker stated he was “treated like a criminal” by the West London club.

When Conte was asked about this in today’s press conference to preview Spurs clash, he laughed:

“It’s great. I prefer to laugh,” the Italian coach said.

“I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.

“No. I’m not interested to continue this issue. I repeat: for me, it is the past.”

A Chelsea spokesman added: “Antonio’s not wanting to comment further on this subject and neither are the club. Our position is clear.”

Asked how the situation might be resolved, the Chelsea spokesman added: “I don’t think that’s something we’ll get into publicly. As a Chelsea player we’ve said he should return to Chelsea and that’s where we’ll leave it.”

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Diego Costa claimed he has no intention to go back to London to respect his Chelsea contract, while the club arrange a solution for his future.

The Spanish striker is still enjoying his long break in Brazil and will be back to Europe only to break his deal with Chelsea and sign for Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old is determined to return his former side, as he stated in a recent interview, but he is still under contract with Chelsea, who are considering to take a legal action over him for this situation.

However, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi urges Costa to respect Chelsea:

“From what I know, Atletico Madrid want to sign him and he wants to join,” Gabi said at a press conference.

“But of course, there is Chelsea in the middle and when you are part of a club you must respect the badge and try and leave in the best way.”

Midfielder Koke added: “If Costa joins then he will help the team as he always did, we know he is a great player but right now he is a Chelsea player and I cannot tell you any more.

 

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Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko were back in action in a friendly game against QPR played arranged at Cobham today to test their fitness.

Chelsea won 8-0 and Hazard even scored a goal but it’ s unlikely either of them will play any part in the match against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

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The Belgian star is in the ending part of his broken ankle recovery, while the new French signing was recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in May.

A good boost for Antonio Conte and Chelsea in this start of a season that began in a negative way, with two defeats in the first two official games.

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Chelsea are set to take legal action against striker Diego Costa after his refusal to head back to England to start training with the club this summer.

The Blues gave the Spanish international an extended break after boss Antonio Conte told him that he was not part of his plans this season.

But the Brazilian-born striker has no intention to go back to London, as he claimed in a statement released by GloboEsporte this morning.

The Spanish striker wants to return to Atletico Madrid but he is still under contract with Chelsea, who Costa expects to set him free.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea bosses cannot stand this situation anymore and having already fined the player £300,000 for his absence, they may now decide to put the matter into the hands of their legal team.

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Tottenham are set to reject Chelsea bid for Danny Rose in the next days: the Blues are expected to offer £ 50m for the left back.

According to the Evening Standard the interest sprouted following an interview given by Rose in which his criticised Spurs’ wage structure, transfer business and ambition.

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to almost double the England international’s £65,000-a-week wages with an offer of £120,000-a-week.

But it is said to be unlikely that Spurs would consider negotiating with the Blues – who will be also their next rivals in the Premier League next Sunday – over a deal for Rose.

The 27-year-old expressed a determination to be paid what he is worth, indicating that is not currently the case, and a willingness to consider a move to another club if an offer came in.

Rose signed a new deal with Spurs that will run until 2021 last year and the North London club are not intentioned to sell him.

 

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