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Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer, who had been previously linked with a move to Chelsea, has turned down rumors of a possible departure from Turkish Super League next summer.

“I have no intention of leaving Turkey, Turkish football has taught me a lot, – the former Roma centre-back told Turkish outlet Fotospor – I have improved to have more responsibility, some of the matches I have played are like something I haven’t experienced anywhere in the world.”

The Denmark international spoke out on transfer interest reportedly shown by Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United, as both Antonio Conte and José Mourinho are in search of a man to strengthen their defense.

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Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku believes ‘there’s nothing wrong with ambition’ as looks set to leave Everton at the end of season.

“The decision has already been made so I can’t talk about that, – Lukaku told reporters – There is nothing wrong with ambition. You have to embrace it and where you are as a footballer”.

“Sometimes people will mistake things that I say but it’s just ambition that I have; I want to win titles and trophies and I don’t think people should take that as arrogance – people should embrace it. This is what footballers need to achieve if they want to become the best, and I think young kids need to learn that too.”

Ito is understood Chelsea are still keeping tabs on the Belgian star, who left Stamford Bridge to join Toffees in 2013.

“I have made a long way until now but the road is still long and I know I have to improve and get better. – he added – I want to help Everton as much as I can, as well as the national team. I think a lot of stuff can be achieved.”

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Spain faced Israel in World Cup qualifying keeping the top of the table and remaining level on points with Italy, which managed Antonio Conte before joining Chelsea last summer..

Blues’ striker Diego Costa scored for Spain in their 4-1 win at Gijon, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro were unused subs by head coach Julen Lopetegui.

Here’s Group G table:

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Chelsea winger Willian came off the bench as a replacement of Coutinho in the 4-1 win against Uruguay last night.

This result means that Brazil are ever closer to the 2018 World Cup qualification as they have 30 points from 13 games played,

Brazil are now set to face Paraguay at home on Tuesday, while Argentina – who have beaten Chile last time out – will play against Bolivia in a crucial game as they want to climb up the table and reach the 2nd spot.

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David Luiz has been left out of Brazil squad by head coach Tite, but the 29-year-old apparently looked respectful of the decision.

“I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back [into the squad]. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No”.

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Real Madrid are considering to place a huge bid in order to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard, with striker Alvaro Morata as a part of the deal, according to The Guardian.

It is understood Los Blancos are also interested in Blues‘ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who already claimed that he would welcome a return to the city where he played for three years at Atletico Madrid.

Anyway, Courtois added: “I don’t see myself at Real Madrid, I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them”.

“We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being, there has not been an offer. I’m happy in London and I’m delighted with the success we are having this season.”

Hazard-and-Morata

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was offered Barcelona star Neymar by Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich, according to Italian publication Tuttosport.

The former Juventus boss reportedly rejected the offer as he could quit west London for a return to his homeland at the end of the season.

It is understood new owners of Inter Milan are lining up a £13milion-per-season bid to persuade Conte.

Anyway, the current Chelsea boss could sign a new deal despite exit rumors, according to several reports in England.

 

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has no rivals in the Premier League so far as the former Leicester midfielder is in running for the Player Of The Year award.

“He’s the best player in the league, simple, – Koscielny said speaking at press conference with France National Team – He has this ability to adapt. He has made tremendous progress”. 

“When you have a player like that in the middle…he knows what he can do and not do: he does it admirably.”

Then Koscielny added: “Kante had the aptitude to adapt in his new club, he had a difficult first month but since the loss to Arsenal, he has progressed enormously”.

“He knows what he can and cannot do. He harasses his opponents and gives the ball to his offensive players”.

 

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Adnan Januzaj is confident he can learn from his compatriot and ‘good friend’ Eden Hazard, despite the former Manchester United winger is not impressing at Sunderland so far.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “I can learn from him. He has more experience than me. When you are playing against Chelsea there are more players who can make a difference so it’s harder to track all of them”. 

“I watch a lot of games in the Premier League when I have free time and that’s where I learn. Hazard is a good friend to me. He is a top player. Whenever he has the ball he is dangerous”. 

Then Januzaj added: “He is one of the best players in the Premier League, if not the best, he has so much talent now and I know him well.”

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PEDRO SPAIN

Chelsea star Pedro spoke after being selected in 25-man Spain squad for their incoming games against Israel (World Cup Qualifier) and France (friendly).

“It’s a new chance for me, a new challenge, – said Pedro when asked about head coach Julen LopeteguiWe are looking at how he wants to play, his ideas. He’s another coach to add to the list in my career. I’m pleased to meet with team-mates and experiencing a good moment with my club. I am happy to be here”.

Then he added: “We all come to join the team with the coach’s requests. I work at 100 per cent and try to compete at the top level. I have to make the most of the chances I’m given. I’m happy to be back and to train with the squad”.

 

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Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill played the whole game in England defeat to Germany tonight.

Lukas Podolski scored in his last international game with National Team leading Gareth Southgate to the first defeat since he joined Red Lions after Sam Allardyce lost his job in September.

Now England are set to face Lithuania in World Cup Qualifier at Wembley on Sunday 26th March, with Cahill in all likelihood involved again.

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