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After leaving the field for an injury during the second half of his World Cup‘s debut vs Perù on Saturday, today Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was included in the Denmark starting XI who faced Australia.

The Blues’ player recovered perfectly from his injury and played 90 minutes. Denmark scored first with Eriksen, but Australia equalized with a Jedinak‘s penalty.

Denmark is now on top of the Group C table with 4 points in two games. Later today France will face Perù.

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed Chelsea asked him two times, some years ago, if he was interested to become the Blues’ manager.

I was approached by Chelsea and other clubs during my time with England. But I listened to what Chelsea had to offer. Not in financial terms, it would have been the same more or less. Eriksson told the Daily Star. “That wasn’t the question. It was what they wanted me to do and so on. I was interested, yes”.

Altough the Swede was interested, he declined both Chelsea’s approaches, the first made when Roman Abramovich bought the club, the second when the Chelsea’s owner sacked Claudio Ranieri:

It came out and became a mess. I thought I couldn’t do it and had to stay with England”. Eriksson went on. “When I say ‘had to stay’ it wasn’t something that I went home crying about. I had a fantastic job that I was very proud to have.”

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly backs Azzurri‘s former manager Maurizio Sarri and believes his imminent move to Chelsea is going to be a success.

It is understood the Blues are keeping tabs on the Senegal international defender, but new Napoli manager and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly asked Aurelio De Laurentiis to stand firm and refuse any offer for the centre-back.

Koulibaly, who won a crucial opener against Poland in the World Cup last evening, told journalists: “They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.

“I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach [Carlo Ancelotti]. We know we can win something with him”.

“I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach. When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

“At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea I think it will be the same.”

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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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Maurizio Sarri will make Napoli star Dries Mertens Chelsea’s first summer target if his takeover at Stamford Bridge is completed, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The Italian manager is edging ever closer to sign for Chelsea with Gianfranco Zola reportedly set for an assistant coach role.

Zola was coy on a potential move to the West London side as he told SuperSport yesterday: “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”.

Moreover, the signing of the Belgian 31-year-old could be a proper move in order to persuade both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay at Chelsea also next season.

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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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Good news for Chelsea players in Belgium‘s World Cup debut and 3-0 win vs Panama

Eden Hazard provided an assist for Romelu Lukaku 3-0 goal in the second half.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spent a quiet afternoon as he had to make just two saves both during the second half: one on a shot by Murillo and the second after an Escobar‘s free-kick from just outside the box.

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Later today Chelsea star Eden Hazard will play with Belgium vs Panama in his first game of Russia 2018 World Cup.

Speaking with French paper L’Equipe, Hazard himself gave “contrasting” messages on his future.

The Belgian player on the one hand said he is “focused on the World Cup,” but, on the other, admitted: “Real Madrid can interest me, everyone knows that. But if tomorrow this club does not want me, we will no longer speak about it. If they want to buy me they know what they have to do”.

However, at the moment, Hazard is a Chelsea player and first, of all, he wants to know what it is going to happen with the London club: “I won everything in London except the Champions League. If I’m here in my career, it’s thanks to Chelsea. the Belgian star explained.  “To say that I am going would be too easy and so first of all I want to see what will happen at Chelsea ahead of next season. I want to see if the coach stays or not. If it is going to Madrid just to go there for the sake of it then no. I need a project and at Chelsea I have one.” 

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Chelsea are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, with Gianfranco Zola reportedly eager to become the Blues’ next director of sport.

With the Italian boss at Stamford Bridge, some reports suggest a number of players could be signed by Chelsea from Napoli and Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly seems to be their main target.

However, Azzurri’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed “not just one” player will leave the Serie A side when the transfer market window reopens in July.

He said: “Koulibaly is unapproachable and with him also [Piotr] Zielinski and with them [Marko] Rog.”

It is understood Napoli rejected a massive £58m bid for Koulibaly earlier last summer, before completing the signing of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma.

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