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Juventus are interested in Chelsea star Eden Hazard and are tempted to make a move for the Belgium international next summer, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

The Blues are not expected to be willing to let him leave, anyway some reports suggested that Hazard will ask to join another club if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is also said to be ready to offer € 68m to sign Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci when the transfer market window reopens in January.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who will play against Hazard, Batshuayi and Courtois with Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, has confirmed his aim to reach the Champions League spots as soon as possible this season.

He told the Mirror: “We are into a period of transition, mistakes will happen and it will take time. But I think we will be very strong moving forward in the future.”

“We had a good start, first four games we played really well, everything was going our way and then we had a couple of bad results with Arsenal and Liverpool.”

“I think it is teething problems – Begovic added – You have to go through a process before it becomes a success. It takes a bit of time. As time goes on, we know more what to expect and what he expects from us.”

“Absolutely we can make the top four. That’s the main goal. Of course we want to win the title but getting back in the Champions League is crucial. I think it’s one of the best squads I’ve ever been a part of because we’ve got strength in depth everywhere”.

About new manager Antonio Conte he added: “It is fine margins, we will learn and get better. It’s unfortunate that we’ve had some defensive mistakes, we’ve tried to be defensively solid”.

“Things haven’t gone our way, the odd mistake and suddenly we’ve conceded a couple of goals a game which is very unusual for us”.

“We’ve got great attacking players and it’s important they put pressure on opposing teams. But to do that we’ve also got to be solid at the back to allow them to play so it really is down to the whole team”.

“Conte pays attention to detail, leaves nothing to chance – the 29-year-old revealed – He doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He puts the preparation in and then passes it onto the players and so you are left with the best possible chance.”

“He’s a good guy, very approachable. He was a top player, knows what it’s like to be a player and what it takes to succeed as a player so it makes it a pretty fun environment.”

“We’ve had some tough sessions. Everything that we do in training though we feel confident will help us get stronger as the season goes on.”

“As that goes on we will understand more about his philosophy and we will become a really strong team. If you are not doing the right thing then the Premier League will punish you but we’ll get stronger as the season goes on.”

Begovic was said to be ready to leave Stamford Bridge earlier this summer as Thibaut Courtois is still Antonio Conte’s first choice, but the manager himself reportedly convinced the Bosnia international to stay amid exit rumors.

“It was a clear situation. He made it clear, his philosophy. I never talked about leaving. Of course I want to play but at a big club you also have to accept you are part of a squad going for several trophies, different cups and be part of a big group”.

“It’s nice that the manager wants you to be part of that. We have three top keepers. We train hard, we need to stay at the top of our games”.

 

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Chelsea loanee Loic Remy is reportedly edging closer to a return to the pitch following a serious thigh injury suffered a few weeks after joining Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

The striker was allowed to come back to Cobham Training Centre as he needs to recover with treatments.

Anyway, Remy wanted to share his feelings via Instagram by posting this picture on his official account:

“Can’t wait to be back stronger than ever, – he wrote – Work in progress. A bit of gym today with obviously some French tunes.”

Loic Remy

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Thiago Silva against Chelsea in Champions League, 2015 © Francesca Ceciarini

Thiago Silva agent Paulo Tonietto admitted his client and him are not in talks with PSG for a contract extension and, even if there is no negotiation yet, the Brazilian defender’s next destination can be a big London club:

Chelsea are a big club. And the English league is the best in the world,” Tonietto told Sport Witness.

 “We’re not negotiating a new contract, let’s see what happens before December.

“Thiago’s deal ends on June 30th 2017 if PSG don’t qualify for the Champions League. Everything is possible in football,” he concluded.

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo closed to Diego Costa‘s return.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: “He’s got a deal with Chelsea and I don’t think he will leave them,” 

“Diego Costa has a contract with Chelsea, and I don’t think they’re crazy enough to let him leave”.

Furthermore he told Spanish media outlet Cadena COPE: “Costa is a magnificent player. We had the option to bring him back, but Chelsea did not let him leave.”

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Barcelona are lining up a move to land Danish international centre-back Andreas Christensen, according to Sport Mediaset.

The 20-year-old is currently playing with Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan and recently claimed: “It is very difficult to create chances in the Premier League. The Bundesliga is the more entertaining league. Almost every game is [played] at a breathtaking pace, up and down, back and forth, attack and counter-attack”.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is confident that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte can persuade defender Leonardo Bonucci to join the Blues on a world record bid in January.

Abramovich is reportedly ready to spend up to £60m for the Italian centre-back, who is under contract with the Serie A side until June 2020.

Bonucci recently told Mediaset Premium: “If I said that I wasn’t tempted this summer by an offer from England, above all for the coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie,”

“But Juventus is my home and I am happy to have remained. My dream was to win with this shirt and now I am here, ready to improve as a player and challenge myself to make this team become a legend.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic told the club’s official website: “I tend to get along with most of the goalkeepers. They are smart, educated guys and maybe we stick together more as we train together in a close environment on a daily basis so we build strong relationships.”

“Hopefully this event will be an educative evening with some good and smart talk”.

“A goalkeeper these days is as fit as the outfield players – the Bosnia international added – Before, years ago, goalkeepers could get away with it but now it is important you are as fit as everyone else.”

The fitness work you do is very important for the agility, and fitness in football has changed a lot. Everyone is fitter and stronger and it is the same with goalkeepers”

‘”The game is faster so we have had to respond. The goalkeepers have used the gym work and the fitness work to make ourselves faster so we can deal with the ball. The balls are faster and the guys are shooting harder now so it helps us cope”.

Then he added: “It is about taking care of your body and making sure we can cope with the general demands of the work, each and every day.”

“Fitness as well helps with your general well-being and concentration during games. The fitter you are, the longer you can stay concentrated”.

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Chelsea loanee defender Nathan Ake confirmed that he is struggling to break into Bournemouth starting XI  so far, after being loaned to the Cherries this summer.

He declared to Voetbal International: “I wanted to draw a line under last season, but that has not yet happened and the competition at my club is great.” 

“For now I’m still on the bench – It eats you, I want to play every week” Ake ended.

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