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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about the development of Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge so far, said: “We trust a lot in him. I don’t want a loan for Ruben, I don’t want this. I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team. If he shows me that he wants to play, he knows he plays”.

When asked about Conte’s words, the U-21 starlet told the club’s official website: “At my age I just want to be playing so for him to say he wanted me to stay gives me confidence that the chances will come, and when they do I just need to make sure I take them”.

“I look to improve and learn as much as I can, and it doesn’t matter to me which position, I’ll always give my best”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he’ll always leave doors open for his players, as some decisions made by the Italian coach could be misunderstood.

When asked about the importance of backroom bonding, Conte said: “The best way is to leave your door always open”

“If I have to make a choice, it is not important to always explain this choice but if the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open to explain the reason why I made this decision”.

Then he ended: “When you are honest in your choices you can always look your player straight in the eye”. 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the incoming F.A. Cup clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Italian manager said: “When you are in a great team the target is to win, not to try to have 21 players all happy and you don’t win anything. The owner does not ask for this, to make 21 players happy”.

“We are in his great competition to try to win, not just to find a solution to make someone happy, I have to show always respect to my players and make the best decisions for every game and today for sure I will try to do this”.

Conte, speaking at press conference yesterday, confirmed that he will extend FA Cup rotation by resting some starters at The Molineux today.

“When a player does not start he is not happy, – he stated – But I don’t want him to be happy because I want the player to try to fight to give me problems to solve to find the best selection for the team”.

“I am pleased to have a group of players that are growing very well in all aspects – technical, tactical and mentality, feeling the right responsibility for the season. Believe me, it is not easy to have those type of groups, and we have grown a lot in these seven months. We must continue to improve and put the team above all. Honestly, I am very pleased to observe this”.

“I was a footballer and for this reason I know what happens in the changing room, for the players that are used to playing every game, for the players who are not playing a lot, for the players who are not playing”.

“The most important thing is always to have great respect for all, not only to pay most attention to 11 players. For me every single player is the most important. I try always to pay good attention to every single player, I want to give them great respect because I demand this and I think this is the way to have a good dressing room”.

“The best way is to leave your door always open and if I have to make a choice, it is not important to always explain this choice but if the player wants to ask me, the player knows very well that my door is always open to explain the reason why I made this decision. When you are honest in your choices you can always look your player straight in the eye”. 

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Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a key man in the previous F.A. Cup games so far after the English star scored against Peterborough while played the whole clash against Brentford last month.

“I should have scored in both matches to be honest, – Loftus-Cheek told the club’s official website – I hit the bar against Brentford and their keeper made a few good saves. Hopefully if I play against Wolves one of them will go in for me”.

When asked about next rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, he added: “When you go away from home it’s always going to be more difficult, there are so many previous examples in the FA Cup of lower-league teams getting results against bigger sides. Wolves caused an upset in the last round by winning at Liverpool so we’ll need to be at our best and we’ve prepared for the game in the same we do for every match”.

“No matter what the competition is, if you keep winning it builds momentum. Winning is a habit, just like losing. If you’re losing matches regularly you really struggle, but if you keep winning it just becomes natural and really builds your confidence. It would be great for us to get into the quarter-finals”.

“In training the link-up is improving all the time, – Loftus-Cheek claimed – I’m getting used to where he likes to run and what he wants to do, and he’s getting used to the positions I take up and how it can benefit the team, so it’s been working well”.

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Marc Clattenburg is set to leave Premier League as he’ll take up job in Saudi Arabia, as revealed yesterday.

He claimed: “This is an important move forward. We have professional referees in the country that I am leaving, which has been a big positive.

“One thing I’d like to do is work with the refereeing team and the president to make this happen so that it will be successful for many, many years to come.”

Anyway, according to former referees’ chief Keith Hackett, his decision to leave England was due to a lack of support from PGMOL /Professional Game Match Officials Limited/ following alleged insults towards former Chelsea stars Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel in 2012.

“I think it’s down to poor management. – he said – There were incidents when the PGMOL haven’t supported or clarified decisions when they’ve needed to. Mark felt after the Mata incident no one supported him. He was left high and dry”.

“I was doing lot of talking to him at the time and it’s how you manage people and how you manage personalities. That’s a part of the skillset that’s lacking at the moment. The problem is he’s gone and the Premier League are without the best around”.

Then Hackett added: “And I feel he’s gone because no-one ever comes out from the PMGOL and clarifies a decision. There’s time when refs need a phone call, they need an arm round the shoulder but it isn’t happening”.

“It’s not about the money. He’s got an opportunity to secure his future, yes, and they’ve not tried to stop him going. Where’s the Premier League, where’s the PGMOL and where’s The FA? Why haven’t they tried to keep him?”

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Barcelona star Arda Turan, who missed the loss to Paris St-Germain due to a thigh injury, is rumored to be planning a Premier League move.

Chelsea could be next club for the Turkish star, after Turkish Football revealed that the former Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder made a big-money purchase by buying a new house in London, very close to Stamford Bridge.

The 3-year-old star has previously been linked with a switch to Premier League and was spotted with Chelsea striker Diego Costa in a restaurant last week.

Diego Costa Turan Arda

 

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Former Chelsea youngster Thorgan Hazard spoke after Borussia Monchengladbach loss to Fiorentina last night.

When asked about his teammate Andreas Christensen, Eden’s brother said: “When he arrived everybody in the team and at the club were saying ‘wow’, what a defender, what a player,”

“He can play football, he is strong, he is fast, he is intelligent and so he has helped us a lot and helped us get Champions League qualification”. 

“I think he has a great future and he can play at a top, top level at a top, top team. When a 19-year-old comes into defence like this and does this and I am very confident about his future”.

Then he added: “We have a good relationship and we played also at Chelsea for a month. We played in the youth team and trained together, but I didn’t realise until he came here that he was so good.”

“He won’t return to Chelsea just to sit on the bench” Christensen’s father recently claimed.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised midfielder Cesc Fabregas after the Spaniard provided some great performances so far this season.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star decided to rebuff interest in him showed by a host of European sides despite starting many games on the bench.

Conte said Fabregas has the same speed of thought of Andrea Pirlo: “Cesc is a top player and is a genius at football. – he said – I can talk in the same way about Andrea Pirlo,”

“Cesc if he doesn’t run 100 metres in 10 seconds, I can allow him this, because he’s a genius with the ball. His velocity is in his mind.”

Then the Italian manager added: “Sometimes you must make the decision and to look the balance of the team and sometimes you must make different decisions. For me Cesc is an important player.

“And I try to put him always in the best condition to give us his best for the team”.

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is confident that Josè Mourinho‘s side can reach the third spot at the end of this campaign.

The Red Devils are climbing up the table and recently took up the 6th spot with 48 points.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Scholes said: “It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years. The first two or three months weren’t great but they’ve turned it around. There’s a way of playing that the fans are enjoying.

“The only problem is they’re still sixth, which after being in such good form is a bit of a worry. But I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four.

“They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third. Probably third if I had to nail it down.

“They’re creating more than enough chances — 20-odd a game or something — but the conversion rate needs to improve. If it had been anything like decent, they would have been up there challenging Chelsea.”

Here’s the final Premier League table, according to Paul Scholes: “Chelsea, City, United and then it’s between Arsenal and Liverpool” he ended.

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