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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not face any action over the gesture he made to Everton supporters during last Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Goodison Park.

The FA had given Spain striker Costa until 6 p.m. today to explain the gesture at half-time in the match, lost 2-0 by Chelsea.

The Football association could have charged and banned him for one game but they just released a statement that read:

“Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa’s observations in relation to a gesture made towards Everton supporters, the FA is satisfied no further action is required.”

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Ray Wilkins, formerly of the back-room staff at Chelsea, has said that Antonio Conte would be a good fit for Chelsea, but because he wants to re-shape the staff and mould it into his own, Chelsea have a lot to think about in terms of the clubs current staff that work hard behind the scenes.

Conte has officially stated that he will be stepping down from the Italian national side at the end of this summers European competition, thus leaving a big opening for him to Join Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ray Wilkins spoke to sky sports news HQ giving his opinion on the whole situation.

“I think he would be a good fit. No question about it, he knows his stuff.

“I sincerely hope he speaks the language, because it is a massive barrier if you don’t.

“And especially if he wants to bring in six people as well – I think that could be why Chelsea haven’t quite come out and said he is the manager.

“I believe there are a number of people that he wants to bring with him. His two brothers – one of his advisers is his brother, one scout that watches the away teams play is his brother – plus he wants to bring in two fitness coaches, and two coaches [Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera].

“So, you are going to lose Steve Holland, you are going to lose Eddie Newton, you are going to lose [fitness coach] Chris Jones, all fantastic people at Stamford Bridge who know what Chelsea is all about.

“That is probably why Chelsea have not quite announced that is going to be the situation, because they have got a lot of thinking to do.”

 

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After Chelsea failed to sign John Stones from Everton, despite taking their offer to a massive £38m. They now face another similar challenge in the pursuit of Roma defender Kostas Manolas.

Chelsea are clearly desperate to land a centre-back and it’s speculated that the London club are willing to offer a staggering £27.5m for the Greece international.

According to Italian newspaper Il Tempo, Roma are unwilling to sell Manolas, after purchasing the player in 2014 and Manolas playing well in his 37 appearances for club and country. Chelsea could face a bidding war with Roma to help persuade the Italian club to let the player leave at the end of the season.

 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the most wanted free-agent in Europe next summer

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG contract up at the end of this season will he look at a possible move to Stamford Bridge?

It is being reported that the Blues would offer the Swede £10 million per season in a two-year deal. Ibrahimovic put in a great performance for PSG in their win at Stamford Bridge last week.

With reports also linking star striker Diego Costa away from Chelsea, Ibrahimovic could be a viable option for the Blues on a free deal.

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Italian coaching chief Renzo Ulivieri has accused Chelsea of “lacking manners” in their pursuit of Italian national manager Antonio Conte.

“It was known that Conte would leave the national team,” Ulivieri said. “The thing I regret, though, is that a club contacts the coach of a national federation without any warning.

“It shows we are in a world which is failing to demonstrate even a minimum amount of education and manners.”

Conte is expected to move to Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal after Euro 2016.

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Chelsea managerial target Antonio Conte will do well, should he complete his move to Stamford Bridge.

Allegri, who was originally linked with the Chelsea job once Jose Mourinho was sacked, reacted to speculation that Conte could be in line to make the move to London.

“Other than a few like Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, Italian coaches are the best in the world,” Allegri said.

“I don’t know what Conte will do, if he will go to Chelsea or not. But if he does, he will do very well.”

Conte, 46, yesterday declared his intention to leave the Italian national team after Euro 2016, and is expected to sign a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

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Finally we got a date for the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield that was due to play last Sunday but was postponed for Chelsea’s FA Cup game at Goodison Park against Everton.

The away clash against Reds has been rescheduled on Wednesday 11th May at 8 pm and will be broadcasted by Sky Sports.

It’s possible the game will be rescheduled again if Liverpool will go through in the Europa League and would have to play on Thursday the same week.

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Chelsea U18 beat Ajax U18 in the Youth League at Cobham and secure a place in the semifinal of the UEFA most prestigious competition for youngsters.

The winner was scored by Kyle Scott at minute 44.

Now the young Blues will travel to Switzerland where they will face Anderlecht in the semifinal on April 14th.

CHELSEA – Bradley Collins; Dujon Sterling, Fikayo Tomori, Jake Clarke-Salter, Jay Dasilva (Trevoh Chalobah 73); Charlie Colkett (c), Mukhtar Ali; Jacob Maddox, Kyle Scott (Isaac Christie-Davies 83), Kasey Palmer; Tammy Abraham.

Subs: Nathan Baxter, Josh Grant, Ike Ugbo, Josimar Quintero, Ruben Sammut

AJAX –  Indy Groothuizen; Azor Matusiwa (Navajo Bakboord 67) , Matthijs de Ligt, Carel Eiting, Damil Dankerlui; Ashraf El Mahdioui, Abdelhak Nouri (c) (Kaj Sierhuis 77), Donny van de Beek; Vaclav Cerny, Ezra Walian (Justin Kluivert 60), Gino Dekker

Subs: Jeffrey de Lange, Conner Blote, Che Nunnely, Leon Bergsma

 

Scorer: Kyle Scott 44′

Yellow Cards: Palmer, Matusiwa

 

Referee : Orel Grinfeld

 

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JOHN OBI MIKEL
JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel revealed that he was scared when he first arrived at the Blues because of the stars he was sharing the dressing room with:

“I came into the dressing room that day literally shaking,” he recalls while he speaks to Chelsea official magazine.

“I saw the players that were in there – the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Geremi, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko – it was crazy. And I was just 19.

“I was shaking the whole day because I couldn’t talk to any of them. I didn’t know what to say to guys like that. They were really nice guys, but it was scary. It can be tough coming into a dressing room like that as a younger player. You had to earn the right to be among them.”

Speaking about his playing style he said:

“I love doing my defensive duties, but at the same time I love having the ball and always trying to be available so we can play out from the back,’ he said.

“This is something we’ve talked about, something the manager has stressed – trying to play out from the back so we can always be in control of the game. I think doing this we have much more possession of the ball.

“I like having the ball and making the team play. When I was young, my natural position wasn’t as a defensive midfielder so maybe that gives me a bit of an edge.”

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kenedy chelsea

FC Barcelona will try an assault on Chelsea wonderkid Kenedy in the next summer transfer window, that’s what the Spanish sport newspaper Mundo Deportivo reveals today.

According to the Catalan media the Champions of Europe have been tracking him for several years and will try to steal him from Chelsea trying to convince him with money and participation to the Champions League next year, competition where the Blues won’t take part due to their bad position in the Premier League.

Anyway, it won’t be easy for Barcelona to sign Kenedy since Chelsea consider him a key player for their future project.

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