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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and seem ready to challenge Manchester United to sign the Swedish star next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte wants a centre-back to strengthen his team and could consider to land the 22-year-old to Stamford Bridge despite interest from Josè Mourinho’s side.

Benfica reportedly ask a fee esteemed around £38m to let Lindelof leave Portugal.

Also Inter Milan are said to be interested in the highly-rated defender, who made 26 appearances with his side this season so far.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s 2-0 win to Hull City.

The Belgian star told the club’s official website: “We knew it would be hard, they’ve changed their manager and it’s harder for other teams to beat them as well”,

“Manchester United found it tough against them, they won against Bournemouth and they came with a plan so it wasn’t easy. I don’t think we played our best game but we are pleased to get the three points.”

“We wanted to win more games after the Tottenham result, and before we play Liverpool and Arsenal. Now we have a big gap, hopefully we can win against them and put ourselves further away”.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa completed his 100th appearance with the Blues’ shirt scoring another crucial goal in Premier League.

“We were very calm about it because we knew what was going on with Diego, – Courtois added – Speculation in the press is for the outside and maybe other teams find that stuff pleasing when it comes out”.

“But we knew it was just a minor injury and sometimes you have to sit out one game. Yesterday he was back, fit and scored a goal so it was good”.

Then he ended: “There was too much talk last week for him. He was just calm, working hard in training and he showed that in the game”.

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Hull City have announced that midfielder Ryan Mason underwent surgery on fractured skull and is slowly recovering at the St.Mary’s hospital in London.

Omnisport understands the England star was visited by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, club captain John Terry and assistant coach Steve Holland.

Mason has reportedly been speaking about the accident, as Hull City confirmed in an official statement earlier this morning: “Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary’s Hospital by club captain Michael Dawson, club doctor Mark Waller, head of medical Rob Price and club secretary Matt Wild”.

“Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary’s.”

Hull City added in their statement: “Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.”

WHAT HAPPENED? – Chelsea captain Cahill and Hull City‘s Mason went down after clashing heads during Stamford Bridge clash yesterday.

The former Tottenham midfielder required medical treatments and was taken to St.Mary’s Hospital to undergo surgery following a skull fracture.

Cahill Mason

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Ajax star Bertrand Traore scored in Burkina-Faso 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau last night.

The Chelsea loanee and his side went through the quarter-finals of African Nations Cup as Group A winners with 5 points.

Also Cameroon passed the group, while hosts Gabon were knocked out following 3 draws so far.

Betrand Traore recently said: “I am always pleased when I am playing for Chelsea, but you cannot always pick and choose which club to play for. Playing in different countries is always a good thing if you feel wanted because then you will feel happy”.

The 21-year-old played 13 games scoring 4 times in Eredivisie so far, while featured in 4 Europa League games against Panathinaikos, Standard Liege and Celta Vigo.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke after his side’s 2-0 win to Hull City at Stamford Bridge last evening.

The Spaniard, who came off the bench in the second half, told the club’s official website: “First of all I would like to say, on behalf of Chelsea and the team, we want to wish Ryan Mason well,”

“It was a very tough game, we knew it would be from the beginning, we prepared very well for it and it paid off. In the Premier League there are no easy games but we must be pleased with the result because it was three points we really wanted”.

“After this weekend, when there were some unexpected results, we knew it was a must-win to go into two difficult games with the advantage we wanted”.

“In the first half maybe we didn’t play the ball as quickly as we had to, but sometimes you have to win in a way which isn’t the prettiest. In this game it went well again so I just need to keep going and show the manager I deserve to play”.

About his teammate and compatriot Diego Costa, Fabregas added:

“It was a good goal and he’s always there when we need him, we know what Diego brings to the team, nothing needs to be said about that. We’re pleased he’s back and we need him if we want to achieve our targets”.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Hull City‘s Ryan Mason went down after clashing heads during Stamford Bridge clash yesterday.

The former Tottenham midfielder required medical treatments and was taken to St.Mary’s Hospital to undergo surgery following a skull fracture.

Cahill Mason

An official statement read:

‘The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon.

‘He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. 

‘Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.

‘Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.’

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s home win against Hull City.

Speaking at press conference, the Italian boss said: “We showed we are a team with a great unity, this is the real value that helps us stay top of the table”.

“This wasn’t our best game but we are in the second part of the season, and the points now are heavy – for us but also for the other teams”.

“A lot of opponents dropped points this weekend and it’s not easy to play the last game of the weekend and to know the results of the other teams”.

Then Conte added: “To exploit the situation was very important. We have an eight point lead with 16 games to play”.

“To be in that position is fantastic because at the start of the season, no-one backed us. But we know this will be tough until the end”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted that Diego Costa will stay at Stamford Bridge despite transfer speculations of a possible move to China.

The Italian manager said: “In this situation I told always the truth, I am happy for Diego and to finish this speculation. He played and played very well”.

“I am pleased for him and for fans and club. Today finished all types of speculation.”

About the Blues’ last win against Hull City, Conte added: “This game was very difficult for us. It is not easy to play this type of game. I think our opponent played very good, good organisation and made it difficult for us”.

“We are in the second part of the season and every game is now very tough for us and also for the other teams. You can see today the difficulty all of the teams have.”

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Chelsea extended their gap at the top of Premier League table today thanks to Diego Costa and their captain Gary Cahill, who both secured a crucial 2-0 win.

The Spaniard broke the deadlock just before the halftime well assisted by Victor Moses, scoring in the extra-time. Ryan Mason‘s head injury in a clash with Cahill caused a nine-minute delay in the first half.

Cahill Mason

 

The Blues took some risks during the game, as Hull were tactically well organized and were dangerous in more than one occasion, with Thibaut Courtois making a couple of crucial saves and the Tigers missing three/four goal chances, especially in the beginning of the second half, when they went close to equalise a couple of times.

Anyway, in the most difficult moment of the match, current pitch captain Gary Cahill sealed the win with a perfect header on a Cesc Fabregas‘ freek-kick from the left. It was minute 81 and Chelsea could control the last part of the game.

The Blues still leads the Premier League table and now are 8 points clear of Arsenal, that sit second with 47 points, with 55 points after 22 games.

Next weekend Conte’s boys will face Brentford in the FA Cup and they will come back in action in the Premier League on January 31, when they will visit Liverpool at Anfield.

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Gary Cahill, who celebrated his five-year anniversary as a Chelsea player this week, spoke ahead of today’s home clash against Hull City.

“This weekend will be difficult – the captain told Chelsea’s official website – Every game in the Premier League is, but we responded really well against Leicester and the performance was fantastic”.

“That was exactly what we needed after the Tottenham result. We want to go on another run and when we play at home against anybody we always feel confident. It’s a very important game for us because we want to keep a little gap at the top and a win would do that for us”.

When asked about the importance of Blues‘ defending trio (Cahill-Luiz-Azpilicueta), he added: “Thankfully we’ve all been fit and we’ve managed to play together since then, there’s a good understanding. We know each other as players and we’ve played together for a long time, even from before we all know David. We’ve trained together a lot and we know each other individually”.

“In that formation I think it’s important to get games under your belt and understand your role. During this period we’ve kept clean sheets and defended well, not just us three but the team as a whole”.

“Because playing in a three is slightly different, the more games you play the more you understand the position. I feel comfortable with it, we all know each other’s role so it’s good”.

Cahill was named captain of the squad against Hull City in October and kept the armband since that game.

“It’s something I’m very proud of – he ended – To captain this club for one game is an incredible feeling. John has done it for so many years now and to be able to lead the team out, particularly during a run in which we’ve done so well, has been fantastic”.

“I don’t think it’s changed me too much as player. It’s about being able to handle that little bit of added pressure on your shoulders, which I feel okay with. But in terms of my preparation for games, nothing has changed. I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been great”.

“No matter who the captain is, to have a few experienced players and big personalities around is important. Everybody says you need a lot of leaders on the pitch, and we have that at the moment, so it’s great for us”.

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