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Also Manchester United were interested in Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Daily Star.

Chelsea have reportedly moved ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman, who is said to have already set personal terms with the Blues.

It is understood the deal would be worth around £40m but Jose Mourinho will try to lure Bakayoko from the Ligue 1 giants as he’s the main target in midfield as a possible replacement for Michael Carrick, according to reports.

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has warned Chelsea ahead of the clash against Baggies at the Hawthorns set for tomorrow night (8pm BST).

The manager, speaking at a press conference, said: “Firstly, you have to give Chelsea great credit, they deserve to be where they are and have been most consistent team.

“We will give it our best [on Friday]. We’re looking forward to it. We owe it to our supporters and we have our own targets to hit.

“We are looking forward to a game of football which has three points riding on it, nothing else. I think it’ll be a great atmosphere – absolutely fantastic.”

Then Pulis added: “We have three great games, three very competitive games left to come this season. Chelsea, Man City and Swansea on last day.

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Chelsea have reached an agreement over the transfer of Billy Gilmoure from Scottish Premier League side Rangers, the Glasgow outfit have confirmed the deal.

An official statement read: “The club’s preference would have been for Billy to stay at Rangers but when he made clear his desire to move to the Premier League it was important that we maximised the commercial value for him. We believe we have done this.

The agreement will provide Rangers with a significant sum for a young player who has yet to play first-team football, and further significant amounts could be due based on milestones being reached. We are pleased with this outcome and believe this deal represents good value for Rangers.

That he was sought after by many Premiership clubs, and indeed a number of the largest clubs in Europe, further demonstrates the quality of player now being produced by the Academy. Everyone at Rangers wishes Billy well for his future”.

 

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Gary Gahill was seen giving Chelsea‘s armband to John Terry, who replaced David Luiz for the closing stages of the Middlesbrough game.

The Blues’ defender, speaking about his teammate and compatriot, explained to Chelsea’s official website the reason why he wanted to hand over the armband to Terry.

“I offered it to him last time he came on but sometimes he’s a bit superstitious and he didn’t want it, which was fair enough – Cahill explained – He’s obviously the club captain and he deserves the armband, it was great to see him out there”.

Former Manchester United and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes Eden Hazard has been crucial in Chelsea‘s title hopes as ‘improved his movement’.

He told The Times: “Not since my Manchester United team with Cristiano Ronaldo in his pomp have I seen a side counter so quickly, so efficiently and with such devastating effect,” 

“Hazard has improved his movement and, of course, he is Chelsea’s ace, just like Cristiano was ours”.

When asked about his memories of the Belgian star on the pitch, Ferdinand added: “Playing against him, I found that when he received the ball his awareness of where people are was brilliant and his low centre of gravity meant he could roll people”.

“Patrice Evra is small but a superb specimen who used to physically dominate wingers because of his strength, speed and low centre of gravity. But then he came up against Hazard and you were thinking, ‘Wow, this kid – you don’t want to be coming up against him too much, Pat!”

Ferdinand ended: “Pound for pound, Hazard was the same shape, strength and size and he was rolling Patrice inside and outside.”

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Genoa‘s Academy head coach Cristian Stellini could replace Steve Holland as new Chelsea assistant coach under Antonio Conte.

The former Juventus assistant coach is the main choice of the Italian manager following Holland’s decision to leave Cobham and Stamford Bridge at the end of 2016/17 campaign to join Gareth Southgate as England National Team assistant coach.

Stellini, who currently works with Genoa Academy team, reportedly refused to join Conte’s staff last season despite they spent time together at Siena and Juventus.

It is understood Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Genoa star Diego Laxalt.

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SkySports pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte “was really worried about Tottenham” following the recent performances of Pochettino’s men.

“I think Antonio Conte was really worried at one stage about Tottenham, – the former England international said – He was focused and intense. I can imagine him being like that around the training ground”.

“He was part of Juventus teams that lost titles on the last day – you don’t forget things like that. He’d have been drumming that into his players”.

“Before the game at Goodison Park, where they could have lost, you could tell he thought it wasn’t in the bag yet.”

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“Antonio Conte pays a lot of focus to defence” and brought brought tactical balance to Chelsea, according to Gary Neville.

Neville told SkySports: “We had a debate about Jose Mourinho, who we said was a great manager but he’s a defensive manager. I’m interested to what we would describe Antonio Conte as – I look at him and I think there is a balance in the team”.

“He pays a lot of focus to defence – they’re not a [Jurgen] Klopp, [Pep] Guardiola or [Arsene] Wenger type team, where they can be reckless in attack: they always have plenty of security in defence.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was seen applauding Middlesbrough fans after the game last night, before speaking with some of the Boro players.

The Italian manager told journalists after the game: “In this case, it’s important to celebrate your win and it means for us we are close to winning the title,” 

“For me, in the first season, it’s great. But it’s great to see a team that got relegated and to see their fans clapping the players and them staying behind to clap them back”.

Then Conte added: “This situation happens only in England. In Italy it’s difficult to see a team being relegated.

“I felt in my heart to go and clap these fans and tell every single player good luck.”

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