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During his unvealing for Paris Saint Germain new French football star Kylian Mbappe` revealed Chelsea was the first big club to offer him a chance when he was just a kid.

The former AS Monaco striker, who signed for PSG on £ 166m record fee last week, told the Blues invited him when he was a player at amateur side AS Bondy  to visit Cobham Training Centre.

The youngster played a friendly game alongside Jeremie Boga and Tammy Abraham for Chelsea academy.

The Blues scouts, anyway, were not impressed with the young French guy and must be kicking themselves following Mbappe’s sensational rise to fame in the past year.

It was a wonderful experience,” the 18-year-old said during his first press conference as a PSG player about his Chelsea trial.

Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit.

“So it was a real discovery for me.

“I was coming from my grassroots, amateur club. It was a whole new world.

“Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out.

“And visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development.

“I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality and after that I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.”

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Diego Costa was left out of squad by Antonio Conte after the pair fell out in the end of the past season: the Brazilian-born striker is AWOL despite being included in the Blues Premier League squad, and always claimed his only wish is to return to Atletico Madrid.

But the Spanish side have to respect FIFA transfer market ban until the end of 2017 and Diego can join them back only in January 2018.

Next year all major national teams will have to challenge in Russia 2018 World Cup and the Spanish forward needs to play during the season to be selected in the Spain squad.

This is the reason why Fenerbahce presented an offer to Diego last Monday: ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources in Costa’s entourage revealed the Turkish side proposed a £ 7m deal to the player that accepted the offer and free loan to Chelsea, who wanted a fee. 

The two clubs agreed a £ 5m fee for a season-long loan, but then the Spanish forward changed his mind, claiming he just wanted to be loaned to the Turkish only for the next three months, asking a £ 4+2m add ons in wages for until the end of 2017, so to join Atletico in January 2018: in this case the loan would be free of charge.

Always according to our exclusive sources Costa rejected a £ 24m per year contract Tianjin Quanjin last January, when the winter transfer window was opened and Chelsea could still replaced him, and then accepted a £ 26m on February from the same side, but the Blues had no chance to substitute him anymore so they didn’t let him go: it was in this period that his relationship with Conte started to fall out.

The deal can be closed today or tomorrow, as the transfer market window in Turkey is still open until tomorrow night.

 

 

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Eden Hazard is training at Cobham Training Ground ahead of his return on the pitch with Chelsea  this weekend.

The Belgian star was back in official games last weekend, where he played a total of 90′ minutes with Belgium in Russia 2018 qualifiers, gaining the access to the competition, after recovering from a broken ankle injury all summer long.

Eden is training along with his youngest brother Kylian, that was signed by Chelsea in the last week of the transfer window.

Hazard is ready to come back on the pitch with Chelsea in next Premier League clash against Leicester City, scheduled for this Saturday at 3 pm BST.

The Belgian forward already played a friendly game against QPR and a league game with Chelsea U23 before being back in action in official games with his national team.

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According to reports in England Chelsea have started to clear out Diego Costa’s locker after he refused to return to west London, being AWOL at the moment.

They add that the Blues have also moved Costa’s car from the first-team car park and dumped it in one of the youth team bays.

This is another sign the club and the striker are every hour further, as exclusive sources told ChelseaNews24 that Costa is negotiating a loan move to Fenerbahce until January 2018, when he will be able to return to Atletico Madrid when their transfer ban will end in the December.

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Last week manager Antonio Conte criticised Roberto Martinez’ decision to include Eden Hazard in the Belgium squad for the two World Cup qualifiers vs Gibraltar and Greece.

Now, despite Hazard played in both games, Conte, according to reports by the London Evening Standard, still wants to delay Eden Hazard return to first-team action.

On Saturday, Chelsea will play Leicester away and the best the Belgian striker can hope for is a place on the Blues bench.

 

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The Italian manager was rewarded at 2017 GQ Men of the Year gala following the successful season with Chelsea in Premier League.

Conte, who was introduced and then given the award by Gordon Ramsey, said: “It’s a great pleasure for me to be here. Last season was a very special one for me, my players, the club and our fans. For this reason, I want to share this award with them. 

 “A special thanks to my family: my wife and daughter because they have always supported me. I am very proud to receive this award so thank you very much.” 

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Leicester City are in serious trouble as their £22m transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting CP on Deadline Day has been rejected by FIFA. The paperwork needed to delay the Portuguese’s move to the Premier League side arrived 14 seconds late and the deal could fall through at the last minute.

Drinkwater joined Chelsea on a £40m move and his signing was confirmed on Thursday night, while his replacement at King Power Stadium is expected to be staying in Portugal until next transfer window.

A spokesman from the club, who’s working with the player’s agent and Sporting CP to fix the situation, confirmed: “We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player’s registration and exploring all options to find a resolution.” 

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho, in an interview with The Times, has confirmed he believes to be the manager who ‘played more quality football’ at Chelsea, adding fuel to fire on his frosty relationship with current Blues’ manager Antonio Conte.

“For me, let’s be honest and objective: the last three Premier League champions [Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with Ranieri, Chelsea with Conte], which of these teams was the most offensive one?” 

“Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says” Mourinho added.

Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 5th.

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Danny Drinkwater has trained with his new teammates at Cobham this week.

Antonio Conte wanted the England international to bolster his midfield, where the former Leicester City star rejoined N’Golo Kante.

Anyway Drinkwater, who has been out due to an injury recently, looked in great shape as he made his first appearance at the Chelsea training ground in London.

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