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Chelsea have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Mirror.

The Ivory Coast international, who has scored 4 goals from 12 games so far, is currently monitored by Chelsea. The Premier League champions could reportedly place an audacious bid for the 25-year-old if they fail to persuade Ross Barkley.

It is understood Tottenham Hotspur went really close to signing Zaha earlier last summer on a supposed £15m move.

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Serie A giants Juventus are said to be interested in Chelsea‘s David Luiz, who could leave the club in January according to the Mirror on Sunday.

It is understood Antonio Conte prefers to play Andreas Christensen (“He is the present and the future for Chelsea”) instead of the 30-year-old defender, who has recently suffered a minor knee injury and played only once since Champions League 3-0 loss against AS Roma in October.

The Bianconeri are reportedly considering to replace Benedikt Howedes, who’s struggling to get game time following two injuries since he joined the club from Schalke 04 last summer. Chelsea could reportedly ask a fee in the region of £23m for the defender. Chelsea are also heavily interested in full-back Alex Sandro.

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According to The Sun on Sunday Real Madrid eyed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the possible Zinedine Zidane substitute, should the Frenchman leave the Champions of Europe next summer.

The Merengues manager deal will end next June and the chairman Florentino Perez could decide to let him go.

Conte signed an improved contract at Chelsea last summer but that did not extend the terms of the agreement past the 2018/19 season.

The Blues boss currently earns £10million a season and would likely demand a similar wage in Madrid.

AC Milan were early frontrunners to appoint the Italian coach but their recent woes make a move to the Serie A side not possible for now.

Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea board is not the best at the moment and the former Juventus coach could decide to step out of Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti waiting on the sidelines for a return.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on Virgil van Dijk‘s future at Southampton, speaking after his side’s home win against the Saints at Stamford Bridge.

While Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino admitted he “can’t control the market”, the Italian boss when asked whether the Dutchman could join Chelsea in the January transfer marked or stay at Saint Mary’s responded: “I don’t like to talk about other players. It’s a lack of respect for my players and other team. He is a really good player, I wish him the best”.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been previously linked with a move for van Dijk, who asked to leave the club but was forced to stay at the club, despite several clubs were reportedly set to place audacious bids in order to secure the 26-year-old.

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Manchester City got another crucial win in their race for the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola‘s men have beaten Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Stering’s brace in the last 10′ of the game.

The Citizens are currently fourteen points clear at the top of Premier League table, despite Manchester United still have one game in hand (against West Brom, kick-off time 2.15PM BST).

And Chelsea are level on points with the Red Devils so far, after their 1-0 home win over Southampton. On the other hand, Tottenham remain 7th in the standings with 31 points-

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted his side was a little lucky to get three points against Southampton today: despite having the control for a large part of the game the Blues risked to conceed the equaliser in the last minutes of the clash:

“When you do not score the second goal, you have to suffer,” Conte told Sky Sports News afterwards.

“You are afraid at every corner and free kick and the opponent has the chance to draw. We dominated the game, shooting 24 times, hitting the post and we needed to score the second goal to be relaxed.

“We had a lot of chances but the goalkeeper Fraser Forster was good. We have to be happy with the performance and the clean sheet.

“If you shoot only twice and score two goals, you must be worried. We had lots of shots but we must be more accurate in our finishing.

“In the last 10 games, we have won eight, drawn one and lost one. This is our run, you have to consider last 10 games, not just two. It shows we are doing our job.”

 

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Antonio Conte was satisfied for other three points in the sack against Southampton but he admitted it was not an easy win:

“A good win. Yesterday I said we have to pay great attention to Southampton because they are a great team. I am happy because my players played a good game.

“I hope after this something can change. To book the goalkeeper early is important as the game becomes faster.

“It’s very difficult. Man City are doing a fantastic run, in this run they are also lucky, against Southampton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield they scored in the last minutes.

“Alonso is a specialist in this situation. Willian and Fabregas are also very good. Today I am very happy for Marco.”

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Southampton head coach Mauricio Pellegrino was the first manager who spoke after the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“It was difficult game, we were unlucky to concede. – he claimed – We were really close to equalising through [Charlie] Austin twice and [Manolo] Gabbiandini”.

When asked whether the rotation of players could have played a key role in the clash against the Premier League champions or not, Pellegrino added: “We have played three games in six days, it’s hard to recover. Most of the squad showed they can compete”.

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Chelsea are currently level on points with second-placed Manchester United, ahead of the Red Devil‘s clash at West Brom tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues found the opener with a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso just before the halftime whistle, then failed to raise up the score despite several chances were missed in the second period. It remains 1-0 after 90 minutes: Chelsea won another crucial game, Antonio Conte earns three points in a really tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso’s free kick gives Chelsea their 8th win in 10 Premier League games so far.

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Chelsea are 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso, whose free-kick gave the lead just a few moments before the halftime whistle. The Spaniard delivered the ball past Forster with a curled left-footed shot around the wall into the bottom left-hand corner.

Pedro hit the post earlier in the first period, also N’Golo Kanté went close to scoring in a tough first half for the Premier League champions, as Southampton‘s resilience made things harder for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Cedric Soares limped off the pitch following an injury and Yoshida was booked by referee Roger East.

 

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