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Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia has played down talk of a move to Chelsea this summer.

The Juventus defender has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer amid links both to Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I know that nobody will believe me, but I met with Juventus sport director Paratici because it was already scheduled,” Torchia claimed.

“I didn’t know there was going to be this storm the day before. We talked about how to improve the player and what to do going forward, but we didn’t set up any negotiations.

“We can’t say for sure in life that the player is off the market completely, but we can confirm no formal offers have arrived.

“He is happy to be there and Juve are happy with him. It was purely a coincidence we had this meeting after those reports. I can assure you we did not talk about Chelsea.”

Rugani has made seven appearances for the Italian national team since making his debut in 2016.

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Premier League 2018/19 fixtures have been announced this morning, with Chelsea scheduled to travel to Huddersfield Town for their first game of season before facing Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea confirmed via official website “some games may move from a Saturday due to our participation in the Europa League. Games especially affected by this are those scheduled for: September 22, October 6, October 27, November 10, December 1, December 15“.

Saturday August 11 Huddersfield Town away
Saturday August 18 Arsenal home
Saturday August 25 Newcastle United away
Saturday September 1 Bournemouth home
Saturday September 15 Cardiff City home
Saturday September 22 West Ham United away
Saturday September 29 Liverpool home
Saturday October 6 Southampton away
Saturday October 20 Manchester United home
Saturday October 27 Burnley away
Saturday November 3 Crystal Palace home
Saturday November 10 Everton home
Saturday November 24 Tottenham Hotspur away
Saturday December 1 Fulham home
Tuesday December 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers away
Saturday December 8 Manchester City home
Saturday December 15 Brighton and Hove Albion away
Saturday December 22 Leicester City home
Wednesday December 26 Watford away
Saturday December 29 Crystal Palace away
Tuesday January 1 Southampton home
Saturday January 12 Newcastle United home
Saturday January 19 Arsenal away
Tuesday January 29 Bournemouth away
Saturday February 2 Huddersfield Town home
Saturday February 9 Manchester City away
Saturday February 23 Brighton and Hove Albion home
Wednesday February 27 Tottenham Hotspur home
Saturday March 2 Fulham away
Saturday March 9 Wolverhampton Wanderers home
Saturday March 16 Everton away
Saturday March 30 Cardiff City away
Saturday April 6 West Ham United home
Saturday April 13 Liverpool away
Saturday April 20 Burnley home
Saturday April 27 Manchester United away
Saturday May 4 Watford home
Sunday May 12 Leicester City away

Further information on Chelsea’s official website (CLICK HERE)

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Also Manchester City are considering to place a bid and join Chelsea in the race for highly-rated midfielder Jean Michael-SeriMirror Sport revealed this morning.

It has been reported the Blues were closing in on a move to land the French star to Stamford Bridge, before Pep Guardiola planned a move for the 26-year-old, who’s been heavily linked also with a move to Arsenal earlier this month.

The Citizens made Napoli star Jorginho their first target to revamp the midfield, however they could place a bid for the £36m rated star.

TRANSFER MARKET – Manchester City in talks with Chelsea target Jorginho

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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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While rumors regarding next Chelsea manager are growing up, Chelsea are closing on their first signing of the summer as Jean-Michael Seri‘s completing a move to Stamford Bridge.

Also Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign the Frenchman, who played 121 games for Ligue1 club OGC Nice in all competitions since joining from Pacos de Ferreira.

Seri has not been included in the 23-man-squad to play the World Cup with France National Team alongside with Chelsea stars N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.

 

 

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals he’s got huge respect for José Mourinho, actually, he really loves the current Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was the one who brought the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge in summer 2014 and Fabregas won’t ever forget that:

“I love him,” the former Arsenal and Barcelona player said.

“I owe him a lot because he brought me here and I will always remember that. 

“Arsene [Wenger] always treated me like a son and it was amazing but the closest anyone else has been to him was Jose. 

“The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the Chelsea team from day one and believed in me, this was fantastic and will always stay with me. 

“It [this experience at Chelsea] is thanks to him. Our history, what had happened between us before I came, made it even more remarkable. 

“When I played for Arsenal, he was with Chelsea. When I was at Barcelona, he was with Real Madrid. We were confronting each other but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship.”

Speaking about his second spell at Barcelona between 2011 and 2014, he said:

“I was happy at Barcelona but there were players who were there for many years before me and the fans had them in their heart. 

“For me, it was different because I left and came back, they paid money for me. It is more difficult. I never had the same love that the other players had. That’s also because they were such fantastic players. 

“When Mourinho brought me to Chelsea, he brought back a lot of energy and fire inside of me. It was a fantastic year with him to be honest.” 

Speaking about Mourinho tactics for the FA Cup final, that some Chelsea players might know really well, Fabregas said:

“We have played a few games against them and he has changed the system many times. 

“I am sure he will change something again on Saturday. You can expect that, for sure. Mourinho prepares for finals very, very well. 

“This year at Manchester United we played well, went 1-0 up, could have had more and in one moment they scored. In the second half, it was not good and we tried to change things around but maybe it was a little bit too late.”

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Arsenal broke the deadlock just 10 minutes before half-time with Xavier Amaechi but Chelsea completed a massive comeback in the second period.  Daishawn Redan came off the bench to score a brace while Marc Guehi‘s powerful header put the Blues with 12′ left to go.

Chelsea Under-18s have a clear chance to lift the FA Youth Cup on Monday as they face Arsenal again at Emirates Stadium for the second leg of final stage.

Chelsea – Jamie Cumming; Tariq Lamptey (Juan Castillo 85′), Reece James (c), Marc Guehi, Jon Panzo; Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour; Tariq Uwakwe (Dujon Sterling 45′), George McEachran, Callum Hudson-Odoi; Charlie Brown (Daishawn Redan 61′)

Arsenal – Joao Virginia, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Dominic Thompson, Robbie Burton, Danny Ballard (c), Zech Medley (Joseph Olowu 88′), James Olayinka, Matthew Smith (Bukayo Saka 67′), Tyreece John-Jules, Emile Smith-Rowe (Trae Coyle 62′), Xavier Amaechi

Scorers: Amaechi 36′; Redan 67′, 86′; Guehi 78′

Booked: Burton

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Chelsea under-19 squad head coach Joe Edwards was severe when he commented the 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League Final.

“We spoke about the fact there wouldn’t be any shame in losing to Barcelona if we could walk in and say we gave everything we could – he said after the game – Unfortunately we didn’t get anywhere near the standards we normally set for ourselves. It was an absolute disaster from start to finish”.

“We had a message from Frank Lampard before the game, saying that once you get to a final and you don’t win, you wish you hadn’t got there because it hurts so much. Frank is right”.
Chelsea have a huge chance to bounce back from their last disappointing defeat as the Blues face Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup Final at Stamford Bridge on Friday 27th of April and then at the Emirates Stadium next Monday 30th of April.

Edwards noted: “A lot of those players get to go out and play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Friday,

For some of those who don’t have that option, today will prey on their mind for a long time but sometimes after a setback, the best thing is to get out on the pitch as soon as possible and put it right. Hopefully the boys will be celebrating lifting a trophy on Monday”.

 

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson, now a pundit at Sky Sports, is backing Chelsea to beat Southampton in tomorrow’s FA Cup semifinal and secure their place in final.

“It’s harder for Southampton to win the FA Cup now than it would be at the third-round stage. Seriously,” Merson claimed.

“You could win this FA Cup by not playing a strong side, but now they’ve got to beat two top teams – and they’re in the bottom three.

“They could near-on be relegated by the time they’re playing on Sunday. You have to go for it at Wembley, you might as well. If someone said you’ll get relegated but win the FA Cup I think the fans would take that. It’s not nice watching a team every week that don’t win, so why not give it a go.

“I think Southampton can bounce back if they go down, but I might be wrong. I’m going to have to go for a Chelsea win.”

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Arsene Wenger will leave his managerial role at Arsenal when the 2017/18 campaign comes to an end, the Frenchman has announced through an official statement this morning.

We read: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.
 
“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.
 
“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

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