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Manchester United manager José Mourinho has confirmed his side ‘won’t go with a Nicky Butt team’ (Butt is the Academy Squad head coach) on Monday Night against Chelsea, in the F.A. Cup Quarter-Finals

“We cannot go with Nicky Butt’s team. Manchester United is too big. Manchester United is the winner of the competition. – the manager said – It is not Chelsea’s fault that we were given this Monday match, so we have to make changes for sure because we play Thursday against Rostov and they play Sunday against Terek Grozny”.

“But we cannot go to Stamford Bridge with a Nicky Butt team.” Mourinho added.

 

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho, speaking after the Europa League clash against Rostov in Russia, claimed that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still in doubt for their next F.A. Cup Quarter-Final against Chelsea.

“We know he cannot play 90 minutes, – Mourinho said – We knew he would only play 60 minutes – it doesn’t matter the final result, we made that decision together as he is not in the best condition”. 

“We gave him freedom to play in attacking positions with Zlatan, to try to find spaces to score. He did well and managed to finish the game without injury, which is important for us.”

Chelsea are set to face the Red Devils on March 13th at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea could consider a move to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Kouliably following his’ agent words over a possible move.

The Senegal international has recently signed a new contract to stay at San Paolo, but his agent Bruno Satin is still uncertain about the 25-year-old’s future: “With a President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] like that, – Satin is quoted to have said – Declaring certain things, it’s difficult for us to say 100 per cent that we’ll stay next year.”

It is understood Antonio Conte already tried to land Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge last summer, but the defender decided to stay at Napoli despite a huge bid from the Blues.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to extend Nathaniel Chalobah‘s deal at the end of the season, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old could be rewarded with an extension following his great performances with the first-team squad.

Chalobah’s deal is due to expire in June 2018 as the former Napoli midfielder has just 15 months left, anyway Chelsea look set to offer him a new contract.

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Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes Blues’ midfielder N’Golo Kante ‘has no equal as a midfield tackler’ in Premier League, especially after his performance against West Ham on Monday Night.

“One minute he was on the left wing, the next right full-back and all the while winning tackle after tackle he had no right to win – Nevin told the club’s official website – Frank Lampard was a world-class finisher from the midfield area. Eden Hazard is a world-class dribbler, Cesc a world-class passer of a football and N’Golo Kante almost certainly has no equal as a midfield tackler in the game today”.

Then he added: “In an era when tackling is a dying art and opponents are quick to throw themselves to the ground with the hint of the merest breath of wind against their bodies, getting the ball clean and coming away with it, without being penalised is particularly difficult. N’Golo Kante makes it look ridiculously easy.”

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Arsenal are resigned toto selling Alexis Sanchez in summer, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in the former Udinese striker.

Anyway the Gunners are not willing to let him join another Premier League side despite interest shown from Chelsea and Manchester City, according to Standard Sport.

Arsène Wenger won’t reportedly accept any audacious bid from England for the 28-year-old, despite Sanchez has less than 18 months left on his contract and has not claimed interest in committing his future to the Gunners so far.

Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United in 2012, with the Dutchman who rejected a move to Serie A.

 

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon put the pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Scottish Premier League side, which means that will stay at Celtic Park until June 2020.

The Blues’ January target told Celtic’s official website: “It’s taken a little while after the interest in the January window but it’s good to finally get it done and concentrate on the rest of the season”.

It is understood Chelsea did not sign Gordon after failing to reach an agreement with Bournemouth to sell backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Craig Gordon

 

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is confident the Citizens can still catch Chelsea at top of Premier League table despite the Blues are currently leading 10 points clear at the top.

“When you have this desire to win, to win, to win, I would not feel comfortable losing a title, – Fernandinho told Sky Sports – We have to believe, I still believe. We all know the Premier League is so tough and many, many things can happen – right until the last game of the season”.

“We have Stoke and it’s always difficult to play against them. After that we have Liverpool and then Arsenal and Chelsea.

“So I think this month is going to decide if we are going to be up there new the top of the table or not.”

 

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Gary Cahill is looking forward to playing next FA Cup round against Manchester United, when Chelsea will face his former manager José Mourinho.

“It’s a fantastic game for us, for everyone involved – the England international said – There are still big teams in it, so you’re not going to dodge them at this stage. If you go on to win the Cup, you certainly deserve to.”

The Red Devils won’t count on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swedish star faces a three-games ban after elbowing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke after the Blues’ away win against West Ham United last night.

The captain said: “I’m sure Spurs and City are frustrated. It was important we responded after what happened on Sunday”.

“There have been times when we have played first this season and managed to get the result. This time it was their turn and the pressure was us on in that sense” 

“I’m sure they were watching and hoping we’d lose. It could have been a sticky game for us, but we did enough to get the win.”

Chelsea are now 10 points clear at top of Premier League table and Cahill is confident his side can keep going this way. “I know the points can quickly disappear – he said – That’s why we need to keep focused. If everyone is aware of that and we keep the hunger, then we will be okay”

“Experience comes into play, especially at this stage of the season. We know what we have to do and we are ready to see this over the line.”

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