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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to the media before the Premier League leaders clash against Stoke City today.

The Italian manager dismissed speculations about Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid, that have been keen on the Belgian keeper for months:

“Thibaut for me is one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Blues manager said.

“He is working very well and is a fantastic goalkeeper and he stays with us, this is the most important thing and the other situations are only speculation.”

Always speaking about transfer market, Conte talked about Oscar’s possible replacement:

“In January it is always very difficult to buy because every team thinks to keep their best players, not to sell but with the club we are thinking about the best way to face the rest of the season. For sure we are thinking about our situation and our squad.”

Conte also spoke about Oscar’s super deal:

“When you have a good group, a new player can arrive into the group in a simple way, and for sure we have sold Oscar and we have money to spend, but it is important to spend money in the right way. I prefer to buy players adapted to our system that can come into our team and pass, but I repeat, it is not easy in January to find these type of players but with the club, we are working on this aspect.”

The Italian coach also spoke about Chelsea youngsters, that are ready to perform in the first team in case of need:

“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”

Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:

Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.

“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”

 

 

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Chelsea are interested in defender Virgil van Dijk and look set to place a bid to land him to Stamford Bridge in January, according to reports in England.

Anyway, Southampton manager Claude Puel told journalist that the defender won’t leave St.Mary’s until the end of the season.

“Van Dijk is a very important player for us and he will stay here, – Puel is quoted to have said – It will be important with Virgil to continue his work and (help us) go up on the table. For me it’s not an idea or view with Virgil”.

“Of course they will both stay beyond January,” the manager added, as also Portuguese centre-back José Fonte is rumored to be ready to leave when the transfer market window reopens.

“It’s important for them to stay and have a good attitude and improve our position in the table”.

It is understood Chelsea tried to sign also Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

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It’s no news Antonio Conte brought Chelsea passion and determination again, and we also know the Italian coach loves to join his players during training exercises to improve the feeling and remain fit.

But the unexpected can happen, and it’s understood the Blues boss picked up a calf injury while doing a running exercise with his squad.

Who knows if this we will stop him to be so passionate in the touchline during Stoke’s game tomorrow, as we could see in these first months at Stamford Bridge.

But when you are pursuing the 13th win in a row and you are in the title race, nothing can basically stop you, especially if you are an ardent guy like Antonio Conte.

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Arsenal manager ARSENE WENGER speaks out about the loan system

Chelsea football club with thirty players on loan currently have been heavily criticised by the Arsenal manager this week as he spoke on the Arsenal website. WENGER says said that the whole loan system which involves players with talent not playing at their clubs at such a youthful age should be “looked at again”. ARSENE WENGER expressed that he thinks the loan system is “one of the biggest problems in the modern game”.

WENGER said: “The way a youth team is organised now is that all the best young players go to the richest clubs, which is where they have fewer chances to develop, so you have to make sure the system shares out the best young players equally.

“It’s difficult because the development of the players depends on the concentration of the good players.

“The more good players you have together, the more chance they have of becoming even better players.”

Chelsea manager ANTONIO CONTE has indeed made good use of young developed energetic players seen to have distinct talent, such us the likes of VICTOR MOSES and has been rumoured to be looking to buy more players despite having young talented players on loan. While WENGER believes there can be improvements to the loan system in the future, Chelsea who are on top as the year ends may still be looking to buy further players with money that Arsenal may not be willing to spend.

One of the highly talented players developed in his young age at Arsenal is CESC FABREGAS. After going away from  the Emirates to his homeland of Spain for a time and then trying to return to Arsenal but rejected by WENGER, FABREGAS could be a title winner at the cost of Arsenal. FABREGAS is a high flying midfielder constantly adding to the attacking new formation of ANTONIO CONTE whilst ARSENE WENGER as usual comes up to a season period where he has to consider spending money or getting players from the January possibility of loans. The loan system WENGER is not happy with can help his team as Chelsea at present are flying high despite having thirty players on loan this season.

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Chelsea star Pedro has admitted the toughest opponent to face is Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, according to Daily Telegraph‘s journalist Matt Law.

“When I interviewed Pedro last week, – he said – I asked him which player in the PL surprised him. and he said Danny Rose and rates him as toughest opponent.”

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Shanghai SIPG general manager Sui Guoyang claims that Oscar has chosen to leave the Blues for China in pursuit of regular football.

The Brazilian didn’t get much playing time under Antonio Conte, and this is one of the reasons why he decided to move to China:

“It played a key part in his desire to leave. He felt terrible to sit on the bench and not be involved,” Guoyang reveals.

“He is so young. Oscar wants to come back to the Brazil national team. Some of his compatriots play in the CSL and they still get called up to the national team.

“So it helped him to make the decision to move to China. And of course, the appointment of Andre Villas Boas is a plus. Oscar knows we are an ambitious club.”

 

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Victor Moses is being, for sure, one of Chelseas key-men in this season but Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, who will face his former player next Saturday at Stamford Bridge, claims the credit he deserves for the Nigerian’s improvement as a full-back, especially for his defensive skills:

“I’m not surprised at all. I’m going to take all the credit for all his defensive work because when he came here, he wasn’t great at that,” Hughes said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Potter’s trip to Chelsea on New Year’s Eve.

“We taught him how to defend and now he’s reaping the benefits at Chelsea!”

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George Atangana, Franck Kessie‘s agent, has confirmed that a host of Premier League side will battle to land the Atalanta star to England in a near future.

He reportedly told Guardian Sport: “We have a lot of interest from the Premier League – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal”.

“I cannot say at this stage how much he will cost but we are talking about one of the best young players in the world”.

Atangana will reportedly meet Chelsea officials in London next week and the agent himself has revealed that Atalanta esteeme Kessie’s ownership around £34m, while Chelsea have a £21m bid rejected by the Serie A side.

“For us the most important thing is that the technical project is the right one for him – Atangana added – Franck is very young so we have to be very careful about his development”.

Then the 20-year-old’s agent ended: “Chelsea are very interested and it is a great club but we must take our time to consider all the options, now we are in January so he has to play at the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast so I am not going to rush anything.”

 

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Bournemouth star Jack Wilshere, who faced Chelsea on Boxing Day clash at Stamford Bridge, admitted that the Blues “look like champions at the minute”.

“For me, right now, they’re the best team in the league” he told reporters just after the game, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

“They’ve found this new formation that works for them, – Wilshere added - I’ve always thought it’s a tough place to come anyway. I’ve been here a few times with Arsenal, and we’ve only won once, but they’re more ruthless now”.

Then, speaking about the 3-0 defeat last time out, the Arsenal loanee ended: “They know what the job in hand is. They go out there and – week in, week out – change their gameplan depending on who they play. That’s the sign of a top team. They’ve got a structure with Matic and Fabregas holding in there, and players like Hazard and Willian, who were both different class against us.”

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