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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Cesc Fabregas is still in his long-time plans also following the rumors over an exit of the Spaniard when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“Cesc is in our plans – Conte said – we all know him on the pitch as a fantastic player but I am starting to know him also as a man”.

The 29-year-old did not start a single Premier League this season so far (he played 90′ only in the Blues’ EFL Cup game against Bristol Rovers) but his new manager has confirmed he is pleased to see his attitude when in training at Cobham.

Then Conte added: “I am pleased to se him with his great behaviors and if he continues in this way it will be very hard to choose the starting squad every week, but this is good for me”.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan this summer and the Rossoneri are said to be keen on bidding for him again in January.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed new signing David Luiz is fit and ready to feature against Liverpool on Friday following the ankle injury suffered by Blues’ captain John Terry.

“David Luiz will play for the fist time with us tomorrow – Conte revealed – We expect to play very well with attention, we know David is a good player and I am confident that he wants to give us the best of him”.

“Tomorrow we need to play David, who worked a lot. I am pleased because during the training sessions he did very well”.

Then, about John Terry’s absence, the Italian manager added: “John strained the ligaments of his ankle. The doctors told me that after 10 days he can be available again, the player is working very hard and today was here for the training session as he wants to recover”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Liverpool clash today.

When asked about the type of the match he expects against Jurgen Klopp, the Italian manager said: “Tomorrow it will be tough, they are strong”.

“I think Liverpool are a very good team with intensity, they bring many players in offensive situations, they are a very good team and we’ll need to pay attention”.

In regard to the Reds’ manager, who claimed Conte has been ‘the Pep Guardiola of Turin’, the Blues’ boss added: “It’s difficult to describe other persons, anyway Klopp is one of the best in the world, he is showing great capacities to be a great manager”.

“I know him but not to much, we played against only once in the pre-season and I repeat, he is a fantastic manager. I am very glad to see him tomorrow”.

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has started well his new experience at Bristol City scored eight goals in the first nine games with the Robins.

“I have always been confident - Abraham told Goal.com – I knew I had one job to do when I first came to Bristol City, which was to score goals and help the team, which is what I have been doing. Scoring goals is nothing new for me, every time I go out onto that pitch I just go out there to score goals. Scoring comes naturally because every time I come off the pitch and I haven’t got a goal then I am not happy with my performance”.

“I am continuing to work on finishing, but one thing I am working on at the moment is my left foot finishing as well, trying to improve that as much as I can.”

The 18-year-old scored 74 goals in 98 matches with Chelsea youth team in two seasons, but is now facing competition from older players in the Championship.

“Our aims should be pressing for promotion through the playoffs – he added - hopefully I can score some amount of goals to help us achieve that. I’m learning, you are playing against players that are older than you and are stronger than you, so you have to adapt the way you play”.

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Chelsea development squad made their debut in the EFL Cup on Tuesday but were defeated 2-1 by Swindon Town away.

The Blues are now set to face Reading in Premier League 2 on Monday 19th September.

The Blues were drawn in Southern Group C alongside with the senior sides of Swindon Town, Oxford United and Exeter City.

Chelsea – Bradley Collins; Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Fikayo Tomori , Jay Dasilva (c); Josimar Quintero (Mukhtar Ali 73), Kyle Scott (Martell Taylor-Crossdale 65); Charlie Wakefield, Mason Mount, Isaac Christie-Davies; Ike Ugbo (Joseph Colley 57)
Unused subs 
Jared Thompson, Mukhtar Ali, Miro Muheim, Ruben Sammut, Harvey St Clair

Swindon – Will Henry; Lloyd Jones, Raphael Rossi Branco (c), Jamie Sendles-White; Darnell Furlong, Johnny Goddard (Ellis Iandolo 57), Tom Smith, Sean Murray, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill; Jermaine Hylton (Jon Obika 73), Luke Norris (Nathan Delfouneso h/t)
Unused subs Lawrence Vigouroux, Jon Obika, James Brophy, Jake Evans, Bradley Barry

Scorers Branco 18; Delfouneso 61 Ali 80
Booked Delfouneso

 

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Chelsea remain keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij despite the Serie A side have reportedly offered him a new and improved deal, according to Calciomercato.com.

Antonio Conte reportedly retains an interest in De Vrij and with John Terry entering the twilight years of his career and Kurt Zouma still sidelined with a serious knee injury, a move when the transfer window reopens could be on the cards.

De Vrij was part of the Holland side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup under former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal two years ago.

The 24-year-old is in his third season with Lazio after signing from Feyenoord in 2014.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has confirmed new boss Antonio Conte ‘is a great manager’.

Speaking about the Italian man, the 25-year-old Nigeria international told the club’s official website: “He is a great manager if you look at what he did at Juventus and he is a very passionate manager and he wants the best from us,”

“You could see in pre-season how hard everyone was working. I think he is the right man for this club”.

“He came in and changed quite a few things and everyone was expecting that. The food regime and the training have changed and he wants everyone to gel together as a team. He speaks to every player and wants the best from each and every one of us, and he will get the best out of us”.

Conte wanted Moses to stay despite he struggled to get playing time in the last seasons and the winger claimed: “We appreciate that and it will help us in the long run,”

‘We know what is expected of us this season and we will hopefully do our best. It is going to be a hard league and we have to take every game seriously. Every one is a must-win game for us”.   

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Marco Amelia is edging ever closer to join Serie A side Bologna following the injury of both Antonio Mirante and Alfred Gomis, according to reports in Italy.

The 34-year-old Italy international is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Chelsea at the end of the season.

Amelia joined Chelsea in October 2015 while Thibaut Courtois was recovering from an injury but did not feature with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

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Lazio are on the verge of offering Chelsea target Stefan de Vrij a new contract according to the Daily Express.

De Vrij has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea earlier this summer but the Serie A side consider him a main choice and has reportedly rejected a £21m bid to land the Dutchman to Stamford Bridge.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of the 24-year-old, but he is now expected to stay after failing to join the Blues.

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Latest Chelsea signing David Luiz spoke after the draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea and admitted he believes new manager Antonio Conte is the right man to make him a world-class defender.

 “I have tried to improve and mature day by day. When you try new things of course you improve, that’s why I tried a new league,”

“But I want to continue to improve here. I never want to think that I know everything. I want to learn every day. I feel at home, I feel like I never left. I have a great relationship with everyone”.

The Brazil international believes Conte “loves football, that’s why he’s a passionate guy on the bench, celebrating and supporting the team,” 

“He’s a specialist in tactics and training in a tactical way, I’m excited to learn under him”.

The 29-year-old defender added: “Every single coach has been important in my professional life. I want to learn, especially with him and his Italian style in a tactical way, this can make the difference.”

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