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Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Francesco Fontana has revealed Maurizio Sarri is still in Tuscany while rumors regarding his potential takeover at Stamford Bridge are growing up.

“You know the situation” Sarri reportedly told the Italian journalist in Italy.

“I just can’t talk right now” he added.

His wife reportedly added: “We hope everything could be sorted out soon”.

While talks between Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Chelsea board are still ongoing, also some transfers remain blocked as the one which could land Daniele Rugani to Stamford Bridge this summer.

His agent told Sportitalia: “It is obvious to say that the Sarri question must first be resolved, then proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete.”

However, current Chelsea head-coach Antonio Conte was pictured in Cobham yesterday as the squad started his pre-season tests in Cobham training centre.

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Danny Drinkwater was among the Chelsea players who started the pre-season at Cobham training center this morning.

The former Leicester City star, who joined the Blues on Deadline Day last September, told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to getting going again. I had a good break over the summer, it was nice to get away for a bit. The World Cup has obviously been great so that gets you in the mood again, especially with England doing so well. You just want to get back out on the grass and start training again”.

“It’s all about building up your fitness at this stage. Pre-season is always hard, your body needs time to get used to it, but it’s such an important time of the year. You need to get the balance right between work and rest, watching what you eat and giving yourself the best chance of getting into that rhythm”.

Drinkwater added: “‘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”.

PHOTO – Conte and Chelsea staff in Cobham as pre-season got underway

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Chelsea head-coach Antonio Conte was pictured in Cobham today despite former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri seems to be destined for a takeover at Stamford Bridge.

Conte started the pre-season with a dozen of players from his 2017/18 squad: Ethan Ampadu, Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Davide Zappacosta were all involved.

It is understood talks are still ongoing between Napoli and Chelsea over the appointment of Sarri, who would bring in also Gianfranco Zola as assistant coach.

Also former Chelsea loanees Tammy Abraham, Jeremie Boga, Kenedy, Kurt Zouma, Fankaty Dabo, Marko van Ginkel, Mario Pasalic, Michael Hector, Ola Aina, Jamal Blackman and Charly Musonda returned to the club following their loan spells:

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After yesterday’s great performance with BrazilChelsea winger Willian is again a target for many European top club.

According to Sky Sports, Spanish giants Barcelona have offered more than £50m to sign the Brazilian star, but Chelsea have rejected their second offer.

It has been reported the Spanish giants had already a £50m bid rejected earlier last week.

However, talks are still ongoing between the two clubs as it is also understood Willian wants to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remains the Blues’ manager.

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Reports in Italy claim Maurizio Sarri has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for today, as Chelsea still have no deal with Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis on his release clause.

It was reported yesterday that the Partenopei had agreed to finally release the Coach from his contract, for a fee of around €5m.

That would have seen Sarri fly out to the U.K today to sign a two-year contract with an option for a third to be announced once Antonio Conte’s deal is resolved.

However, speaking on Radio CRC Premium Sport Naples based journalist Raffaele Auriemma expressed his doubts upon the deal.

According to him, Sarri has been advised by his lawyers not to fly to London today, because that could spark legal action from Napoli.

The issue is that while there may be a basic agreement on €5m, it is De Laurentiis who must receive offers from Chelsea, not the sporting director or anyone else.

It appears that hasn’t happened, so everything is on hold until the chairman gives the go-ahead.

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Gianfranco Zola could join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea as the Blues’ new director of sport, according to reports in England and Italy.

However, the former Chelsea striker has confirmed a deal has not be completed at all and remained coy on questions over his possible role at the club.

Zola told SuperSport“There is a lot of rumours about me at the moment and nothing has happened. And we’ll see what happens in the future.

“I don’t know. I was afraid you were going to ask me this. Really, I don’t know. But honestly, at the moment it is only talking. Nothing is decided.”

Then, speaking to Premium Sport in Italy, he added: “At the moment nothing has happened, we’ll see what happens in the future.”

“Chelsea has not found a new manager, it’s true and I hope they can do it as soon as possible”.

“Very often, when a manager must to be replaced or sporting director’s role is still vacant they [journalists] think through association of ideas”.


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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made CSKA star Aleksandr Gloving a target to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

It is understood also Juventus are keeping tabs on the attacking-midfielder, who’s been targeted by Barcelona and Arsenal too.

With Maurizio Sarri reportedly set to be appointed as new manager, the Russian starlet could become the first signing to revamp Chelsea’s midfield.

Golovin, who scored in the World Cup 2018 opener against Saudi Arabia, played the whole game against Egypt in St.Petersburg tonight.

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Maurizio Sarri will becom new Chelsea manager very soon: according to Calcio Napoli 24 the Blues will pay SS Napoli a 5 million compensation, while the Italian coach will sign a two-year contract with Chelsea with also an option for the following 12 months.

On the other hand, it’s still unclear how much Chelsa will pay Antonio Conte to fire the manager who won a Premier League and an Fa Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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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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