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Chelsea have identified Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga as their main target if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid on a permanent move, as now looks likely.

The Blues are said to be in advanced talks to sign the 23-year-old on a £71.6 move which would be a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

It has been reported Chelsea representatives are expected to fly to Spain tomorrow to complete the deal and have him train on Thursday.

Chelsea will face Huddersfield Town in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Thibaut Courtois has today skipped Chelsea training for the second day in a row as rumors regarding a move to Real Madrid are growing up consistently.

Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan until the end of 2018/19 season, according to reports in Spanish publication Marca.

The Blues will reportedly have an option to make the move permanent on a £55m basis.

The former Inter Milan star is reportedly training alone as a move to Chelsea is edging closer.

Meanwhile, Chelsea target Bernard is said to be on the verge of joining Everton on a permanent move and is expected to undergo his medical at Finch Farm in the next few hours.

 

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has not reported for training for the second consecutive day, Sky Sports News reported today.

The Belgian star wasHe was due for talks with new Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri yesterday, but a move to Real Madrid looks every day closer and closer.

On Courtois’ agent, who recently said the Belgian goalkeeper wants to live with his children in Madrid, he added: “I am not interested in the agent. I want to hear if Courtois will say the same to me. I only want players with a very high level of motivation.”

Chelsea have reportedly targeted Stoke City star Jack Butland as a potential target if Courtois leaves Stamford Bridge before Deadline Day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud have all returned to Cobham alongside with England international Gary Cahill and Michy Batshuayi.

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Chelsea have confirmed the 10-man squad which will work alongside with newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri in the upcoming campaign. Paolo BertelliCarlo Cudicini as well as Henrique Hilario remain in the backroom staff despite facing Antonio Conte’s sacking earlier last month.

Here’s the new Chelsea staff in full:

GIANFRANCO ZOLA – Assistant first team coach

LUCA GOTTI – Assistant first team coach

MARCO IANNI – Second assistant coach

MASSIMO NENCI – Goalkeeper coach

HENRIQUE HILARIO – Goalkeeper coach

CARLO CUDICINI – Assistant to head coach/club ambassador

PAOLO BERTELLI – Fitness coach

DAVIDE RANZATO – Assistant fitness coaches

DAVIDE LOSI – Assistant fitness coaches

GIANNI PICCHIONI – Scout

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Fikayo Tomori will play under the management of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as the Championship side have today completed the signing of the 20-year-old on a season-long loan.

An official statement read: “The 20-year-old defender moves to Pride Park for the 2018/19 campaign where he will work under the guidance of Frank Lampard, having featured regularly for another Championship side, Hull City, last season”.

Derby County started their Championship 2018/19 with a 2-1 win against Reading, with Chelsea loanee Mason Mount among the goalscorers in the season’s opener.

Tomori as also put the pen to paper on a new contract with the Blues until June 2022, the club’s official website have confirmed earlier this morning.

 

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Chelsea 20-year-old midfielder Kyle Scott has joined Dutch side Telstar on loan until the end of 2018/19 season, the club have confirmed via their official website.

Scott will spend his first season away from Stamford Bridge since joining Chelsea as an Under-10 from Southampton.

Telstar have also landed Ryan Seager on loan from Southampton last week.

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Defender Matt Miazga has today joined Ligue 1 side FC Nantes on a season-long loan with an option to sign the Chelsea defender on a permanent move next summer.

The USA international, who spent both 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has recently put the pen to paper on na new deal with Chelsea until June 2022.

The 23-year-old joined Chelsea from New York Red Bulls on 30 January 2016 collecting just two appearances with the Blues.

 

Chelsea winger Willian played his first game with the Blues since Maurizio Sarri‘s appointment in Community Shield defeat to Man City yesterday.

The 29-year-old, who played at the World Cup 2018 with La Seleçao, had a couple of extra-weeks to rest after the competition was over and came back in action just three days ago.

It is understood Chelsea have already rejected several bids from Barcelona, with also Real Madrid and Manchester United reportedly interested in the Brazilian star.

Speaking in the mixed zone after the game, Willian said: “I’m happy here, I’m happy at Chelsea to play here. I’m looking forward to playing well and to win titles. I feel good, I feel good after three days of training, of course I am not my best performance, my best condition”. 

“And we have to look forward because we have a great season to play and we’re going to try to win some titles. 

“We have to learn in every game, not only this game, of course we want to win but we didn’t so now we have to keep going. We have a new manager with a new philosophy, a new profile of football so I have to keep going and try to train hard every day”.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has denied reports claiming he would be considering a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Olympique Marseille reportedly interested in signing the 31-year-old.

The Frenchman has no immediate plans to return to Ligue 1 after joining the Blues on January’s Deadline Day from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Giroud told Mundo Deportivo. “Many things have been said in the last few days, but in the near future my objective is not to return to France. For now I am a Chelsea player.”

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Chelsea failed to lift their first silverware of season after losing 2-0 against Manchester City at Wembley yesterday. Cesar Azpilicueta, who was handed the armband for the Community Shield 2018, believes the best way to come back stronger from the last disappointing defeat is only by winning the Premier League opener at Huddersfield.

“Dissapointed with the result and by not winning the trophy. We will work hard to fight back! Thanks for your support” wrote the Spaniard on Instagram.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “We wanted to finish the game with a trophy and we weren’t able to do that so obviously we are disappointed and we have to come back strong in the Premier League”

“We knew we were facing the best team in England last year, who broke every record. We have been working for the last few weeks in the best way possible to try to face them but we weren’t able to do it and we have to keep on improving”.

On Maurizio Sarri‘s methods, Azpilicueta added: “Well, what I can say is that from the first day we are working hard and we are working as a team. He knows what he wants and he explains it to us. We have to replicate what he wants and the only way is to keep working in every training session, every game, to try to reach that”.

About the Blues’ trip to Huddersfield next week: “The first target is Saturday against Huddersfield, we can’t think ahead of that”.

“After being out of the Champions League we have to be focused, we have to go game by game to keep improving and then we will see how far we can go. I trust in this team, I believe in what we are doing and the only way is to look forward”.

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