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AS Roma made Chelsea’s Charly Musonda Jr. a top target to revamp the squad in January transfer market window, according to reports in Italy.

The 20-year-old was recalled from his season-long loan at Real Betis and is reportedly set to join another side, with the Giallorossi keeping tabs on him.

It is understood Roma manager Luciano Spalletti is also keen on West Ham flop Sofiane Feghouli.

Musonda is contracted at Stamford Bridge until June 2019 and the Serie A side have reportedly placed a loan bid with a £7m option to buy the Nigerian star next summer.

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Chelsea are interested in West Ham versatile midfielder Michail Antonio, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

Anyway, the report suggested that the Hammers are reluctant to sell the 26-year-old in the January transfer window and won’t accept any bid for the former Nottingham Forest star, who joined the London team on a £7m move in the summer of 2015.

It is understood Antonio Conte appreciates players with stamina and versatility, with Victor Moses who became a key player of his squad this season.

Antonio’s ownership is still uncertain as West Ham are reportedly not interested in selling the England international, who recently signed a four-year deal to stay at the Olympic Stadium.

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Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc is confident that new Chelsea midfielder Nathan Ake can make an impact in Antonio Conte‘s team as ‘he’s a very talented player’.

Boruc told SkySports: “Of course – I think that’s why they brought him there,” 

“He’s going to fight for his spot. He’s a very talented player. He can be very important for the team.”

“Nat was absolutely fantastic for us, he scored a couple of great goals” the Poland international ended.

Ake was recalled as Chelsea need a back-up in midfield following the departure of both Brazilian star Oscar (who joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG) and Nigerian skipper Mikel John Obi (who joined Tianjin TEDA last week).

 

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During the past days many transfer market were reporting that Swansea manager Paul Clement looked into getting Terry to help Swans’ survival bid, but the veteran centre-half has no plans to leave Chelsea.

Clement, that have been knowing the Blues skipper since he was Carlo Ancelotti‘s assistant at Stamford Bridge, had appeared to rule out any possibility of Terry joining Swansea at his unveiling last week.

“We have to be realistic,” said the head coach.

“I cannot ever see John wearing another shirt apart from Chelsea.”

 

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Former Chelsea star Oscar recently completed a £60m move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, with the 25-year-old who is set to earn about £500,000 a week.

The Brazilian star, when asked about his decision to leave Stamford Bridge, told Sky Sports“The transfer was good for me, for Chelsea and for Shanghai, I’m so happy to come to the Chinese league”.

“The Chinese clubs put a lot of money for the players to go to China and make the league more strong. They offered me and I was very happy to come.”

 

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Also Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Swansea forward Fernando Llorente, according to reports in England.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio told the Blues are considering to swap the Spaniard with Michy Batshuayi, who would join the Swans on loan.

The 31-year-old could put the pen to paper on a deal with Chelsea as former manager at Juventus Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of him.

Batshuayi has not made a single Premier League start since he joined Chelsea on a £33m move from Marseille last summer.

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Speaking to ESPN Sports Chelsea defender David Luiz explained why he returned to the Blues after a two-year-spell at Paris Saint Germain:

“I lived here for many years before moving to Paris,” the Brazilian defender said.

“About the structure, what I found has not changed much.

“It’s all top-notch. They [Chelsea] offer us the best conditions to do what we love, which is to play football.

“I love this club and I saw that if I came back it was because there was a story to continue.

“I did not win the Premier League during my first spell and this is a goal I have now: to help where I can to win this championship. Conte has been great in that regard.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given a chance by Antonio Conte against Peterborough last Sunday.

The Chelsea youngster explained how the Italian manager is helping him to improve as a player:

“He always helps me in training and playing different positions is only going to help my knowledge of the game. I’m getting my development in training with him,” the academy player said about the ex Italy coach.

“In all positions we can play well and we’re versatile. We saw Pedro play as a wing-back on Sunday and there are no egos, wherever we’re asked to play we’ll do that to the best of our ability.”

Speaking about the last FA Cup clash he said:

“I thought I did quite well and I really enjoyed being out on the pitch.

“When the cup games come around the players who haven’t played much usually get a chance, so it was great for me to get an opportunity.

“We had quite a lot of chances and we didn’t take all of them, I missed one as well but that happens. We got a few goals so we can’t be disappointed and we move on to the next round.”

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FA rejected Chelsea appeal for John Terry‘s red card against Peterborough, a measure that also Blues boss Antonio Conte reckoned was excessive.

An official FA statement read:

“John Terry will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was unsuccessful, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

“The Chelsea defender was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during the FA Cup third-round tie against Peterborough United on Sunday.”

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Kurt Zouma came back after 11 months featuring in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “It was a proud moment, an amazing moment to be back and playing 90 minutes”,

“I’m really happy because it was a long time I was out for and now I’m back at the Bridge with the lads”.

“I played four games for the development squad and in two of them I played the full 90 minutes. I played one for 45 minutes and one for 60 minutes but that was a long time ago, two months ago”.

“The medical staff have been brilliant with me, they did a great job and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and they prepared me very well”.

About manager Antonio Conte, who praised Zouma after the game, he added: “He talked to me like he talks to everyone, ‘recover well, because when you are back I want you to play.’”

“In August I went on the tour with the squad, so I was next to the players, close to them, and that helped a lot. The manager explained his tactics to me because we did not know them before”.

“At that time we were playing four at the back but now we play a five with three central defenders”.

“The manager likes to do a lot of tactical work and he put me in there with the other players to help me learn and understand. It was good. He worked to make me understand it in my head even though I was not fully fit”.

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