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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.

“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.

“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.

These lads might get disheartened,” he added.

The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.

“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”

 

 

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JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

PSG: “It will take our best performance of the season to turn this around. The whole team needs to perform if we are to go through. We have to do it together. We attack and defend together. We can’t just look to individuals. They are a very good team but we will find a way to go through.”

SUPPORTERS: “We need the supporters to make it as loud as possible. They have been amazing and fantastic to us this season. We have been up and down and they have stuck by us. Whether we have been doing badly or well, they have been there. Their support can help take us through tonight. This is also a chance for us to repay them by getting through to the quarter-finals.”

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

AS Monaco shareholder Alessandro Prato reveals that the French giants are doing their best to lure Jose Mourinho to Ligue 1 club.

According to the latest reports Mourinho could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the upcoming Premier League clash. However it seems that the Portuguese coach will not be too long unemployed as AS Monaco shareholder has revealed that the French club have already established contact with Mourinho. Alessandro Proto claims that the French giants are ready to make a move for the Special One.

Proto told Spanish newspaper Sport:

“On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco,”

“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.”

 

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JOSE MOURINHO FLORENTINO PEREZ
Mourinho and Perez have a great relationship

Chelsea boss José Mourinho admitted he spoke to Real Madrid manager Florentino Perez, but the chat was not about a possible return of him to Spain to manage the Merengues.

In the past days speculations ran about Real Madrid contacting Mourinho to manager them again replacing Carlo Ancelotti, whose adventure in the Spanish capital seems to be over.

But speaking to Spanish paper Marca Mourinho dismissed the rumour, admitting anywy he spoke to Perez, but for other purposes:

“It is not true [that he sounded me out]”

“The reality is that I called the president to congratulate him on the the European title won by the basketball section of the club”

“I know all too well what this success means for him, for Jose Angel Sanchez and Javi Coll. That is why I was so pleased and I wanted to congratulate him”.

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