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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could miss Chelsea clash next Sunday due to his recent ankle injury.

The English striker has been struggling to recover since he picked up this issue one month ago, right before FA Cup quarter finals game with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Rooney didn’t travel to Bruxelles, where United are facing Anderlecht in Europa League quarter finals tomorrow night, and Red Devils manager José Mourinho revealed he’s a serious doubt for Easter afternoon’s match at Old Trafford:

“He’s not happy with his condition, he’s trying to work with the team, which he does, but he’s not confident, not happy,” Mourinho said on Wednesday.

“He has a bad feeling with his ankle and is not ready to play. Let’s see for the weekend or the next game. We don’t have many players fit but for tomorrow? No.”

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Kurt Zouma has not been very lucky this season: he has been out due to a knee injury and he has not played a lot of games.

However, there’s a moment that the Blues player will remember forever and it is his first Premier League goal, which Zouma scored vs Arsenal.

“One of the best memories I have from my time at Chelsea so far,” – he told the Chelsea official website. – It was my first goal in the Premier League and the fact it came against Arsenal, in a big London derby, made it even more special. It was really nice to score against Petr Cech, a good friend. Everybody knows how good he is so it’s not easy to score against him, but it was a really nice moment.”

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Two Chelsea games have been rearranged for television purposes and Fa Cup clashes and so Antonio Conte‘s side have to face West Bromwich and Watford in just three days.

Chelsea will travel to West Brom on Friday May 12 for an 8pm kick-off, before hosting Watford on Monday, May 15 for another 8pm kick-off, both to be shown live on Sky Sports.

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Last summer Alvaro Morata spoke with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, but then Real Madrid didn’t want to sell him and he stays with the Blancos.

Now the Spanish striker is thinking again about a possible move to Premier League and especially to Chelsea: “I’m very happy at Madrid and they support me. – Morata told The Guardian – But if an offer like that came again and they want to sell, I shouldn’t close doors. I loved Italy but if one day I have to leave, I’m sure it will be to the Premier League. Conte is the manager who most bet on me, without even ever having had me in his team. I’m very conscious of that, he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea. I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level. Yet I’ve never had the fortune to actually work with him. I’m sure sooner or later I will.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois praises his manager Antonio Conte: according to the Belgian player, the Italian coach has made winning a habit at Stamford Bridge.

“A lot of players have the will to win, but sometimes if winning becomes a habit, the hunger might drop and you will lose some games,” – Courtois told The Daily Star -.“I always try to have that hunger in training, to become better and to win. But it’s always nice to have a manager who keeps the players at the level they need to have, who keeps our focus and doesn’t allow us to drop our guard. That’s a good thing, that’s how you can win the League.”

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Diego Costa missed two chances to score on Saturday vs Bournemouth and he doesn’t seem in a very good form right now.

Marcos Alonso however not only recognises the striker’s big contribution this season, but he also thinks Costa will be again at his best vs Manchester United.

“Diego has been massive for Chelsea this season”. – Alonso told the Evening Standard – “He has almost scored 20 goals and that is a significant contribution. But it’s not just about that, with the way we play, he is very important. He had another couple of chances to score against Bournemouth but no doubt next week, he’ll be there again. Is he a big-game player? Yes. Manchester United is going to be a tough game for us but it doesn’t matter who scores, hopefully we will get the three points”.

 

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Blues Legend Marcel Desailly speaks about the future of two Chelsea star, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

According to the French ex player, the Belgian striker should stay at Stamford Bridge, while Costa could go, especially if someone will offer big money for him.

“I’m not sure Eden Hazard has the intention of being that top player” – Desailly told TalkSport – “being first choice at Real Madrid. I am not sure he is fully ready to change and take the risk, because he will want to play regular football”.

On the other hand, Desailly added “Costa should go if he feels like it. Money now in modern football is high and if a Chinese or another rich team comes for him in the summer he will have to go”.

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Pat Nevin, writing his weekly column on Chelsea‘s official website, has underlined the importance of next clash against Manchester United, a game which could ‘squeeze the breath out of the challengers’.

“In that it is all about Chelsea, then the next game against Manchester United is the focus, hopefully on another sunny, joyful day. – Nevin claimed – We will look around the other results, but the ability of our manager to focus himself and the team on what we have to do has been consummate. Forget that there is a little bit of breathing space. By winning we squeeze the breath out of the challengers”.

Then he added: “Manchester United is going to be another tester. Jose’s side have European interests and it is maybe another little bit of luck in our favour that we get them when they have been travelling again, but you have to take advantage of any little breaks. The old saying is, make hay while the sun shines. Chelsea appear to be doing just that right now”.

 

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Fenerbahce are leading the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is currently enjoying a second loan spell at PSV after joining also A.C. Milan and Stoke City in 2014 and 2015.

The Holland international impressed manager Phillip Cocu as he scored 7 goals in 11 appearances in the Eredivisie, but also Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat has admitted interest in the 24-year-old: “He’s a good player. – he said – He can be the one who will move the ball from the midfield area to the last third. 

“He’s a good passer and also a great competitor. He has a good mindset. If the terms are acceptable, signing him would be a no-brainer.”

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