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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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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 have joined Real Madrid in the race to land Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, according to SkySport in Italy.

It is understood the La Liga giants are also keen on Blues’ keeper Thibaut Courtois, and Alisson would become Chelsea’s main target should the Belgian star leave Stamford Bridge.

However, AS Roma are reluctant to sell the Brazilian star, who’s going to face the World Cup in Russia alongside with Chelsea winger Willian.

SkySport in Italy understand the Giallorossi put a £87m price-tag on the highly-rated 25-year-old.

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Thibaut Courtois has confirmed the uncertainty over his future at Chelsea won’t divert his attention as he’s focused only on representing Belgium National Team at the World Cup in Russia.

The goalkeeper, when asked whether he will stay at Stamford Bridge next season amid speculations over a potential exit to join Liverpool, told SkySports: “I think I proved at Chelsea the last two months that I don’t care about speculation,”

Courtois added: “I said what had to be said on that terms. I’m now focused on the World Cup. I think my performances proved that.”

It is understood Real Madrid are also adamant that Thibaut Courtois will consider a move to Spain following his successful spell at Atletico Madrid as Chelsea loanee.

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Chelsea are more confident Eden Hazard could stay at Stamford Bridge following Zinedine Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid, as London Evening Standard revealed this morning.

It is understood the Frenchman was a huge admirer of the Belgian international, who’s currently traveling with the National Team ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

And Chelsea board are expected to be keen on holding more negotiations with Eden Hazard over a potential contract extension that that increase his salary from £200,000-a-week to £300,000-a-week.





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Former Chelsea‘s Chief Executive Trevor Birch has warned Blues’ fans after Roman Abramovic decided to halt the £1bilion redevelopment of Stamford Bridge facing also many difficulties in getting a new UK visa.

Some rumors suggested the Russian is considering to sell the club and Birch, who left the Premier League giants in 2003, told BBC Radio 4: “Chelsea fans now face the prospect of no stadium, no manager and no star player if Eden Hazard, above, moves to Real Madrid. The stadium news is obviously linked to the visa situation.

“There have been rising costs and it’s a difficult project to deliver, but this is clearly Roman [Abramovic] upping the ante in the spat with the Home Office. If the visa issue isn’t resolved anything could happen.”

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Frank Lampard has been named new Derby County manager, the club have confirmed on his official website.

“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity” he said.

“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman and board members”.

“We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and Academy talent we have at Pride Park.

Lampard, who has signed a three-year-deal, added: “This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board. I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Derby County failed to get promotion to Premier League after losing 2-1 on aggregate against Fulham.

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22-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has confirmed Chelsea would remain his first choice if regular first-team football is guaranteed. The England international, who’s been selected from Gareth Southgate in the 23-man squad which will travel to Russia next month, played 22 games for Crystal Palace in 2017/18 campaign.

Loftus-Cheek said speaking at a press conference: “I always try to improve my game but this was my first real season as a Premier League player. I didn’t play as much as I wanted because of the injuries, but I am excited for next season and just want to play a lot again”.

“I’m not thinking about going on loan again too much right now. I’m trying to focus on this summer and what’s to come. This tournament is too big to be overlooking and not giving my full focus. Right now my mind is on that”.

The midfielder suffered an ankle injury which kept him out for three months earlier this season.

“I have to go back to Chelsea for pre-season anyway, that is where I will be after the World Cup. So I will decide, when that time comes” Loftus-Cheek added.

“I’m not too worried about future. It will get sorted. But I’m focused on training well now and looking to get as fit as possible for the World Cup.”

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

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Eden Hazard will be one of the stars of the Russia 2018 World Cup and, this summer, he will also be the target of many European top clubs, with Real Madrid in the front line in the race to sign the Belgian striker.

However, the Blues player confirmed he is focused on Chelsea and he is already thinking about winning the next Premier League with the London club: “We have a lot of top players, players who are used to winning trophies. We will be ready next season,” Hazard told the London Evening Standard. I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title. Of course we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.”

Hazard also claimed it will be difficult for Manchester City next season, as it was for Chelsea after winning the 2016-2017 title: “If City keep playing like this, it is going to be hard, but you never know in football,” Hazard went on. “It is always hard to win the league one season and then win it again the next year.”


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...