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Brazialian winger Willian started in Maurizio Sarri‘s first Premier League game as Chelsea boss on Saturday vs Huddersfield Town.

Willian himself admitted the appointment of the former SS Napoli manager was crucial in his choice to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No.” Willian said. “I’m here. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”

Then the Brazilian spoke also about Maurizio Sarri: “He wants to build from the back. This is what we will try to do this season”. Willian went on. “This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement and the manager told us to do that.”

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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


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Olivier Giroud has become Olympique Marseille’s first choice after the Ligue 1 side are growing impatient over the potential signing of OGC Nice striker Mario Balotelli.

The 31-year-old joined Chelsea just six months ago and scored two crucial goals in the Blues’ FA Cup campaign.

However Maurizio Sarri would let him leave the club as Gonzalo Higuaìn remains a transfer market target on the Italian manager’s wishlist.

The future of Alvaro Morata remains still unclear, Michy Batshuayi will battle for a place while Olivier Giroud could be on the move after less than a season at Stamford Bridge. Also Napoli have reportedly showed interest in the 2018 World Cup champion.

The former Arsenal forward has already opened talks with Olympique Marseille, according to the Daily Mirror.


Southampton and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea, according to reports in England.

The 28-year-old joined the Blues from Leicester City on Deadline Day last summer and has been reportedly given the green light to leave Stamford Bridge in order to get more game time next season.

Drinkwater, who feature against Perth Glory and Inter Milan, recently told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to getting going again.

We’re all determined to do better than last season, although it was a good way to end with the FA Cup. We know what is expected of this club and we want to win trophies, that’s what it’s all about”.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, who joined Chelsea on a £35m move last summer and whose time at the club could be over after less than 12 months.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played today in the Blues’ win over Perth Glory in their first pre-season friendly which marked also Maurizio Sarri‘s debut on the London club’s bench.

Fabregas himself recognised that many things have changed for the last two seasons under Antonio Conte:  “You have to be ready for everything, it’s all about getting the rhythm. This was our first game after the FA Cup final, so nearly 9 weeks ago. We are getting there slowly, slowly. Of course it was a different style with Antonio”. Fabregas said. “For example we played with five at the back, now we have four defenders. It will be tight to adapt to what Maurizio wants from us. We’ve been practicing for two years with another system, but I think with intelligent players we will learn fast”.

Things are new also for Fabregas who will play in a different position: “My new position? the Spanish midfielder went on. “Not more far than usual. Yes, in the last two years I’ve been playing as a defensive midfielder, very deep in midfield. Of course this new position [attacking midfielder] is better for me, this is the position where I have played in all my career but I am ready to play in every position, wherever Sarri will put me. We have three places in midfield”.

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Jeremie Boga has today joined Serie A outfit Sassuolo on a permanent move from Chelsea, both clubs have confirmed via their official websites.

The 21-year-old made his first senior appearance in the Premier League last season, against Burnley under Antonio Conte‘s management at Stamford Bridge.

Boga, who spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, joins the NeroVerdi in a deal worth around £3.5m and Chelsea will have buy-back option

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Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the appointment of Gianluca Spinelli as their new goalkeeper coach.

The Italian leaves Chelsea after almost two years in charge under Antonio Conte’s management.

Spinelli has put the pen to paper on a deal until June 2023, as PSG confirmed via their official website.

The former goalkeeper coach of Como 1907, Genoa CFC and Italy national team, reunites with Gianluigi Buffon.


Spinelli has been crucial in Thibaut Courtois‘ development at Stamford Bridge and won silverware twice as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title in 2017 and FA Cup trophy earlier in May.

Paris Saint-Germain may have been given a boost in their transfer pursuit of Chelsea target and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who could be eager to work with an italian goalkeeper coach as well as alongside with Juventus legend Buffon.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke today at his first press conference as the new Blues’ boss. The Italian also paid tribute to his compatriot Antonio Conte, who’s been sacked earlier last week after almost two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told journalists: “Antonio Conte has reached incredible results here and elsewhere. He is an extraordinary manager- Clearly I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time for the squad.

“This is a post-World Cup time. It will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing. All good things Antonio Conte did here must not be left. They must not be changed.”

When asked if he’s scared to cope with targets set by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ahead of next season, the former Napoli manager added: “If I was someone who always worried probably I would do another job. Our job means risks but also a lot of satisfaction. I don’t want to be afraid.

With respect to the rest, I haven’t won anything but in Serie A nobody has won anything. For three years in a row we had records with points. I think that we have worked very well and the difference in working well and winning is often minimum. I hope I will be able to fill in this gap. I hope so”.

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With a statement released via the League Managers Association, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanked his players and staff, the Blues’ supporters, but he didn’t mention anyone from the club’s board.

I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” the statement read.

It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart. 

I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”

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Tiemoue Bakayoko struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge last season after joining the Blues from AS Monaco on a £35m move in July.

The Frenchman, who wished Antonio Conte “the best for future projects” following his recent sacking from the managerial role at Chelsea, also spoke to the club’s official website about the upcoming World Cup final and his recovery from knee injury.

Bakayoko said: “During the summer I worked a lot because last season I didn’t have a pre-season, and I feel good for preparing for this season”.

“I don’t have pain in my knee, I am feeling very fit, and I hope to keep going like this and do a better season than the last one”.

He added: “I am happy to be here, to be in the best club for me in the world.”

Sevilla have reportedly targeted Tiemoue Bakayoko as a potential replacement if Steven N’Zonzi joins Barcelona on a permanent move.


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