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Cesc Fabregas just posted a photo of Chelsea squad leaving for China on his Instagram account.

Besides the Spanish midfielder in the picture we recognize Courtois, Willian, Caballero, Batshuayi, Pedro, Davis Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Kenedy, Lewis Baker,  Remy, Christensen, Scott, Kalas, Pasalic, Clarke-Salter, Boga, Musonda.

As we said today new signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger didn’t travel as they are recovering from minor injuries, Eden Hazard stayed in London to have a better recovery for his fractured ankle injury, Nemanja Matic didn’t travel since he can sign for another team in the next days ( Man United?) and Diego Costa is still on his break in Brazil since he is out of the squad and ready for a return to Atletico Madrid.

The team will do a stop-over in Dubai before continuing their journey to Bejing, where they will play against Arsenal next Saturday.

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Chelsea will then travel to Singapore where they will face Bayern Munich ( 25 July) and Inter ( 29 July) in the last two friendly games of this pre-season.

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King Antonio Conte celebrating last season title at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia commented Antonio Conte signing a new deal with the club:

“Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title,” the Russian director said.

“This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.

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Chelsea just announced that manager Antonio Conte just signed a new contract with the club.

The Italian coach new deal is se to expire, anyway, in two years ( 2019), as the Blues didn’t reveal the duration.

Two new Italian coaches were added to his staff: Paolo Vanoli joins as assistant to the first team head coach and Davide Mazzotta will work as assistant/player analysis.

Conte commented his new deal with the Stamford Bridge outlet with these words:

“I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.  

“The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”

 

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New Chelsea signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the first part of the Blues Asian tour.

Bakayoko underwent a minor knee surgery in the end of the past seasoon and he is still recovering, while Rudiger is not ready to play yet and will miss the first game against Arsenal next Saturday in Bejing, but he could be available for the clash against Bayern Munich on 25 July or Inter on 29 ( both to be played in Singapore).

Eden Hazard is also not fit to play after suffering a fractured ankle while on duty with Belgium, and he will probably miss the start of the Premier League season: Conte is unsure to bring him to Asia, as it would be better for him to stay in London for a quicker recovery.

Diego Costa in out of the squad, waiting for his move to Atletico Madrid, while Nemanja Matic is not sure to be in the group that will travel to China because he has got chances to leave the club soon.

Mario Pasalic, Lewis Baker, Jeremie Boga and Andreas Christensen are among the youngsters that will jet out to Asia,  after a week back in training with their parent club this week at Cobham Training Centre.

 

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keen to stay at Borussia Dortmund: the Gabon international was set to leave the German side this summer, but he couldn’t find a new destination before today, that was the deadline the Bundeslinga club gave him to move to another team.

The striker, targeted by Chelsea to replace Diego Costa, is currently on tour in China with Borussia and today he scored a brace in the 3-1 win in a friendly game against his former side, AC Milan, played in Ghuanghzou: the Rossoneri were interested to sign him back, but at the end it seems that Aubameyang won’t move from Signal Iduna Arena for at least another year.

The 28-year-old revealed that his dream has always been to wear Real Madrid shirt and maybe he is waiting for a call from the Merengues next summer.

Chelsea now will challenge AC Milan also in the race to Alvaro Morata, but the Spanish forward has almost been convinced by Zinedine Zidane to stay at the Santiago Bernabéu, where he will find more playing time during the next season.

But Aubameyang and Morata were not the only two forwards that both Chelsea and AC Milan are chasing: the two European giants are after Torino star Andrea Belotti as well, but Toro chairman Urbano Cairo value him € 100m ( £ 87m).

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Two Chelsea legends met last Saturday, when Manchester United and LA Galaxy played a friendly match in Los Angeles: José Mourinho and Ashley Cole.

The pair was seen hugging and laughing on the pitch in the game warm-up and the Portuguese coach revealed what they said to each other in the post-match press conference:

“I wanted to know about him, how he is…is he enjoying. He is a good friend and he gave his blood for me.

“I will never forget the players that give blood for me and I’m pleased that he’s enjoying his experience.”

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Gary Neville reckons Premier League title will go to Manchester this season: the Sky Sports pundit is not sure if United or City will win it, but he is sure the league trophy will be back in his city.

“I said last season that the title would come to Manchester – and I was wrong – but I think this year it will.

“I think Chelsea will dip a little bit,” the Manchester United legend claimed.

“Not in a negative way, but just having the Champions League will bring different challenges.

“I think Tottenham will be strong, but I feel that either United or City will win it, but I’m not sure who!

“I say it every year, whoever recruits best, wins the league.

“Chelsea getting N’Golo Kante was a masterstroke and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa came back to form.

“All the clubs are going for the same players, they’re all expensive and controlled by agents.

“So, whoever has the best relationship, the best contacts and is willing to put the money in will probably do it,” the former England international concluded.

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Diego Costa made Chelsea fans upset again by posting a video on Instagram where he was wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt and was making sarcastic comments on Blues manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian born star was excused from Chelsea pre-season since he broke up with Conte in the end of the past campaign: the Italian boss told him he was not in his plans anymore and Costa asked to leave the club, not hiding his desire to join back Atletico Madrid, the club where he was playing before signing for the Blues.

The Spanish forward – still under a Chelsea contract- is continuing his break in Brazil and last night he posted a live video of a party he was at in Lagarto, Brazil, on Instagram.

He then turned the camera on himself to reveal he was dancing in an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Plenty of followers on Instagram reacted to the shirt, including Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who posted a laughing emoji at the sight of the top.

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Costa then responded to his fellow Spanish international, who is gearing up for next season with the Blues, by telling him to ‘give Conte a hug’, a comment followed by a big laugh, to underline it was done in a sarcastic way.

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The 28-year-old is sure to complete an Atletico Madrid return but it remains to be seen whether he can join them given the Spanish side’s current transfer embargo.

 

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According to reports in the British press Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has put talks for a new deal with the Blues on hold.

The Italian coach was set to sign a new deal with the Stamford Bridge side in this summer, but it seems he is – at the moment- really disappointed by the club activity in the transfer market

Chelsea signed second goalkeeper Willy Caballero, adding two big signings like Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoué Bakayoko in the past week, but the Blues haven’t signed a striker to replace Diego Costa yet and Conte was literally furious after Romelu Lukaku completed is signing to Manchester United, snubbing Chelsea offer ( it is believed the player and the club had already agreed personal terms).

Conte was approached by Inter over the past months, but the Nerazzurri eventually appointed ex Roma manager Luciano Spalletti, since the Blues coach preferred to stay at Chelsea, who offered him £ 9.6m new deal, that hasn’t been signed yet since Conte want more guarantees from the club, especially in the transfer market.

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Danilo is set to leave Real Madrid and he even urged his current chairman Florentino Perez to accept Chelsea offer, believed to be approximately £ 27m, to move to Stamford Bridge.

But the Merengues are holding it because now also Manchester City is in the race to sign the Brazilian full-back.

Pep Guardiola is keen to sign him and, after signing Walker from Spurs for £ 50m, Citizens can improve the bid to secure the ex Porto defender services.

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