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Chelsea are trying to sign new players as boss Antonio Conte needs to strengthen his squad as soon as possible.

The Blues are reportedly set to place a double bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic following their home defeat against Burnley in the Premier League opener.

The Dutchman has handed in a transfer request a few days ago, while Perisic is a long-term target for Manchester United.

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Diego Costa spoke in an interview with the Daily Mail and attacked Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte, since he’s considered the responsible for his premature departure from Stamford Bridge.

“In January, things happened with the coach – Diego Costa explained – I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it.

“I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen. I have seen the sort of person he is. He has his own opinion and that will not change. I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that, but as a person, no.

The Spaniard says the text message he received at the end of season was ‘a shock’: “I was with the Spain national team, alone in my room, when it (the text message) came through. It was a shock to get it like that. I was showing it to my team-mates and they could not believe how he had done it. I was angry at the time. Now I am more calm.

“I have not deleted the message. If people accuse me of lying, I can show them. It was clear, saying that he didn’t count on me and wishing me the best for the future. Full stop. Conte has his mentality. He thinks it’s the best way of working.

Then Diego Costa added: “My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, “If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid”. I have rejected other offers. They want to sell me to China or other teams.

“If I have to I will stay in Brazil. I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”

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After Chelsea‘s shocking Premier League‘s opener vs Burnley, Paul Hayward believes Antonio Conte has a lot of responsibilities for the outcome of the Stamford Bridge‘s game.

“I think Chelsea have got good reason to feel aggrieved with the way Conte is carrying on,” – Hayward told Sky Sports. – “This grumbling began at the end of last season, and it picked up momentum from the minute they won the title. This message went around that Conte felt he didn’t have enough players to compete on two fronts the following season, that’s standard fare for a manager, pushing early to get bodies in.  But it has continued unabated. When you look at the players they’ve bought, they’ve done reasonably well in the transfer window.  But Conte has appeared relentlessly unsettled or unhappy. Everyone knows that with the Chelsea manager, the owner and the people around him like to play the transfer game, like a bit of a hobby, almost like a poker game that they all enjoy. Conte knew that, but he also knows they won the title and had an extremely good season and had built something to progress from, and yet he seems to want to destabilise everything.”

 

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According to The Sun, goalkeeper Eduardo wants to leave Chelsea.

The article suggests that the Portuguese keeper, who signed a contract extension this summer, believed to be Thibaut Courtois back-up, but then Chelsea reached a deal with Willy Caballero and now Eduardo fears he could lose his place in the Portugal team who will play the World Cup next summer in Russia.

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Schalke 04 chief reveals the German club are in talks with Chelsea for Baba Rahman’s loan.

The player, who joined the Blues in 2015 from Ausburg has already made 21 appearances last season with Schalke 04 before suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

“We are in talks with the player, his agent and Chelsea,” – Christian Heidel said. – “Ultimately, it is about when Baba will be able to play again. No decision has been made yet.”

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Andreas Christensen made his debut for Chelsea in the first half against Burnley, replacing Boga after Gary Cahill was sent off.

“I think everyone knows what happened. – the defensive-midfielder said – We have to pick ourselves up and look forward to the next game”.

“We could have taken something from this match. When we got the first goal, the belief grew and you could feel it in the stadium as well. The noise and everything just went to another level and we could have got something”.

Chelsea came from behind in the second half scoring twice with Alvaro Morata and David Luiz: “We’re proud of our second half – Christensen noted – we fought well and we know we had made it difficult for ourselves in the first half. I think everyone is quite clear what happened and now we are just looking forward”.

“We have to fight the same way. Be clever, play our type of football again and I’m sure everybody is looking forward to Tottenham next week”.

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Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Danny Rose has confirmed he will consider an move to Chelsea if the Blues place a bid until the transfer market deadline.

The England international recently said: “I am reaching my peak and probably only have one more big contract left in me”,

“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal”.

“That’s not what I’m about. I’m not saying I want out but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the football club”.

 

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Alvaro Morata was impressive on his debut against Burnley despite Chelsea were defeated at home following an dramatic first half. The former Real Madrid star, who had missed a penalty against Arsenal last week, scored and provided an assist at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Spaniard admitted “the game didn’t go as we expected, but is just the beginning” by posting a picture on Instagram after the game.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his thoughts after the game against Burnley and praised new signing Alvaro Morata, who scored a goal providing also an assist in the second half.

“I think Alvaro has good space to improve, he’s working very well and working very hard to quickly find good fitness and adapt himself to our style of football. – Conte told journalists speaking at press conference – For sure he played very well, he scored a goal and played a good game”.

Then he added: “Now we have to work, we know this. That is the only way for me and my players. I’m not worried because we have to trust in our work”.

“Today there were three injured players, Pedro, Hazard and Bakayoko, and Moses was banned. I don’t know if Pedro will have recovered for the next game but for sure we will have two players banned, Cahill and Fabregas”.

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