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Chelsea need to sell Willian this summer to maximise his value, former Premier League goalkeeper and current ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has claimed.

The Brazilian winger has been linked with a potential exit this summer after he struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Chelsea FC team in the last campaign under Italian manager Antonio Conte.

Willian was in and out of the Blues starting team in their title-holders campaign after they won the Premier League crown in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of the west London side.

The South American forward, now in Russia with Brazil to play the World Cup, was left out of the Chelsea starting line up the 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley one month ago.

After that, he published a celebration team photo cancelling boss Antonio Conte from it, showing his disappointment with the manager choice.

Anyway, Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge are counted, as former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is very close to become new Chelsea manager, as reported in Italy.

Willian has been linked with a controversial switch to Manchester United in the current transfer window to reunite with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with whom he’s got a strong friendship.

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Current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte won’t leave Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid as the La Liga giants have appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new manager.

Lopetegui will take the reins at Santiago Bernabeu when the World Cup ends in July, as Real Madrid confirmed on his official website.

Antonio Conte is expected to leave Chelsea and both Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc look set to replace him. However, the Italian manager’s future remain uncertain and the club must pay a £9.5m compensation if he is dismissed a year before his deal expires.

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Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

It seems Maurizio Sarri will become the new Chelsea manager this week: however, Blues’ legend Marcel Desailly has another ideal candidate for this role.

“I would be very happy if Laurent Blanc becomes the new manager of Chelsea, but if it doesn’t work, I want to give another chance to Conte,” Desailly told Goal.

According the the former Chelsea defender, who played and won the 1998 World Cup with Laurent Blanc, the Italian manager made some mistakes in the team’s tactical system: He had to make some concessions about his system, his philosophy and his method of working. In 2016-2017, he won the Premier League with a revolutionary three-man defence. It was a weird year because a lot of teams were in transition, like Manchester City, Liverpool and United.” Desailly explained.

Also, Conte was wrong when he sold striker Diego Costa: With Diego Costa, somewhere they must regret it,” Desailly said. “They believed that Morata had Diego Costa in him. No, it’s Giroud and Morata who together give Costa. He was a target man like Giroud can be, while possessing the agility shown by Morata.”

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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has plenty of respect for current manager Antonio Conte as the Italian was the one who signed him on Deadline Day in January.

The Frenchman joined from Arsenal on a permanent move scoring twice in the FA Cup against Hull City and Southampton.

Giroud rimained coy when asked about new potential Chelsea manager Laurent Blanc: “I do not know at all” he said.

“I hear things being said, but as long as it’s speculation, we do not know, we’ll see”.

“Blanc knows me, he trained me, but it is Antonio Conte who made me come to Chelsea”.

“Antonio Conte is under contract, I do not and will not talk about a new coach.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro says current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could be a good replacement should Antonio Conte leave the club in summer. 

The Spanish star told Cadena Ser:“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

Moreover, Pedro added he’s feeling “comfortable” at Stamford Bridge after joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015.

“Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here,” he said.

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

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Chelsea winger Pedro has praised Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic amid reports linking him to become the next Blues manager.

The Spaniard described the Serbian tactician as a “great manager” and expressed an interest in working with him.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that he [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager,” Pedro told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

This could be a huge tip about who could be the next manager to occupy Stamford Bridge dug-out next season.

Chelsea are yet to officially announce the departure of current manager Antonio Conte although the Italian is widely expected to leave the club after failing to guide them into the Champions League last season and falling out with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the main candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Spanish outlet Marca claims.

The French manager resigned after winning three Champions League in a row, an all time record, for personal reasons.

The Spaniards were pursuing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he just signed an extension of his deal with the North London club.

According to Marca, Conte is now in pole position for the job, as his relationship with Chelsea directors has fallen out in the past year.

Despite winning the Premier League at his first attempt and the FA Cup in his second season, Conte and the board keep disagreeing on transfer market and club strategy.

 

Chelsea still have to finalise the deal with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc, despite agreeing terms several days ago, as they continue to wait for ex Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who is trying to close his contract with the Italian side without paying a penalty.

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Chelsea star Willian has retreated from his recent Instagram post which hided manager Antonio Conte from squad-wide image of celebrations for the FA Cup Final win against Manchester United.

With the Red Devils constantly linked with a move for the Brazilian star, here are some words from Willian“I was happy with my performance during the season, I played very well I always try to do my best and work hard” he told journalists.

“Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager”.

“I think it was that I don’t have nothing more to say about my club because now I want to have focus here on the national team and the World Cup.”

Willian was crucial this season as he scored 13 goals from 55 appearances, coming off the bench in several games.

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