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New Ajax siging Bertrand Traoré, who joined the Eredivisie giants from Chelsea on a long-season loan, made his debut at the Amsterdam ArenA in the clash against Roda JC this weekend.

The Burkina Faso international has confirmed his current manager Peter Bosz played a key role in his final decision to move back to Holland.

The 20-year-old forward, speaking after the game, told De Telegraaf“The presence of Peter Bosz has influenced my arrival in Amsterdam, but that does not mean that if he had not been here, I would not have come”.

Traore played at Vitesse on loan scoring 17 times in 48 games under the current Ajax manager, who has reportedly made him a top target to revamp the attack in view of the Champions League playoff against Russian Premier League side Rostov.

Anyway, the Chelsea loanee could develop and gain more experience during his second Eredivisie spell with the same manager, who managed to nurture his talent when he was in charge at Vitesse.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is warming up for the Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge tonight, when the Blues will face West Ham.



New signings Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante will likely feature tonight (the Belgium international will probably start from the bench since Diego Costa is expected to lead the Blues’ attack) with Kurt Zouma still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last season.

Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will fight for a place in the midfield, with the Serbia International who is said to be more likely to play.

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Slaven Bilic has to replace Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini but Dimitri Payet is said to be fit and will play at Stamford Bridge.

Also Diafra Sakho and Doneil Henry are both injured and not expected to feature in the Premier League opener against the Blues.



Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa

West Ham: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble; Feghouli, Carroll, Ayew


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Inter Milan are closing in on a £34.5m move for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Joao Mario, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 23-year-old has been also heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer after the Portuguese international won the Euros with his national team.

New Inter Milan owners are said to have offered Mario a five-year-contract with a £51.8m buyout clause and he is going to earn a £2.5m per-year salary.

The Nerazzurri will reportedly pay around £7m to sign him on loan and £27.5m at the end of the season to make the deal permanent.


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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the Blues will be back challenging for the Premier League title under new manager Antonio Conte this season.

“Being at Chelsea for such a long time I have an allegiance – the 38-year-old told the club’s official website so I would obviously like Chelsea to win the league and I think they’ll be back challenging,”

“I do fancy it being between Chelsea and Manchester City this year. I spoke to Andrea Pirlo about Conte and he had nothing but great things to say.”

About Conte’s tactical approach, Lampard added: “He works the lads very hard in training with his fitness work and with organisation on the pitch. The players will need to buy into that and respect that then you’ll see an improvement from last year.”

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West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna knows new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte really well, having been his player both at Juventus in season 2013/2014 ( when they won the title together) and in the Italian national team in the past two years.

The Hammers centre back said about the new Blues boss:

“I call him ‘tailor’ because he arrived at Juventus when they were not playing well and the same with Italy and he can repair them, it is the same with Chelsea.

“I think he will bring passion to the Premier League. He likes to improve his players with physical methods and likes to improve the character.

“When I heard he was being appointed Chelsea manager and had the chance to come into the Premier League, I think it is good for him.”


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Mauro Icardi’s agent, his wife Wanda Nara, is set to fly to London this week to meet Chelsea and Arsenal representatives, as the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reports.

The Inter captain is in talks with his current club for wage’s rise, but the Nerazzurri are not really keen to satisfy his request in this moment, so the Argentinian striker is consider offers from other clubs, despite new De Boer’s side considering him not for sale.

Napoli offered € 60m plus € 2m of add-ons to convince him to move to South Italy to replace their ex star Gonzalo Higuain, that transferred to Juventus last month, but Inter don’t want to sell him to a direct rival in the Italian league, so Chelsea and Arsenal are in pole position to sign him placing the right bid.

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He scored the opener at 16′ and put the game on the right path, then he used his experience to lead his team to a really important win: this is what Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel made for Nigeria U23 at the Olympic games last night.

The African team won 2-0 over Denmark U23 in the Games’ quarter finals ( the other goal was scored by Aminu Numar) and qualified for the Rio 2016 Men’s Football semifinals.

Nigeria will face Germany next Wednesday.

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Santos manager Dorival Junior has revealed he wants to keep Chelsea target Gabriel Barbosa at least until January 2017, according to reports in Italy.

It is understood Inter Milan had a bid accepted by the Brazilian side but their manager reportedly wants to keep him in Santos squad.

Also Leicester City have placed a £23m to land Gabigol to the King Power Stadium and Chelsea have been repeatedly linked with a move for the 19-year-old, who could follow in the footsteps of new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras.

Anyway, the striker is expected to make a final decision after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


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Aston Villa are closing in on moves for Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford, according to The Sun.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace and Norwich City but struggled to break into the starting XI in both sides and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to let him join another team on loan to gain experience.

It is understood also Roberto Di Matteo is interested in signing Bamford on loan to allow him to get more playing time this season. The Blues’ striker is well known to the former Chelsea manager from his spell at Stamford Bridge and could be on his way to Villa Park in a loan deal.

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Watford are keen on signing youngster Kenedy from Chelsea on a two season-long loan, according to WDSport.

The 20-year-old is not expected to play a key role in the Blues’ starting XI this season and Antonio Conte has reportedly told the Brazilian star he wants to let him move on loan.

Kenedy told FourFourTwo.com: ”I’m happy with my own performances so far in England,”

“I mean, it’s my first season in the Premier League and it’s not easy to adapt to the best football in the world. But I’m aware that I have plenty of room to improve and I’ll be better next season for sure.”

Then he added: “I want to play. I don’t really care if I’m playing as a full-back or a forward. As long as I’m on the pitch.”

Kenedy could follow in the footsteps of Chelsea loanee Natham Aké, who has played for the Hornets last season on loan before joining Bournemouth this summer.


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