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According to reports coming from Spain Thibaut Courtois is desperate for a move to Real Madrid.

Ok Diario reports that the Belgian goalkeeper is “crazy” to go back to La Liga, a championship where he has already played three years when he was on loan to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea,

The Champions of Europe have been looking for a top-keeper after failing to sign David De Gea on summer 2015 transfer window deadline day and have been keen on the Belgian player for a while.

Should Courtois move to the Florentino Perez’s club, Chelsea would ask Colombian winger James Rodrigues in part exchange.

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Blues legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared his opinion about Diego Costa‘s future at Chelsea:

“I think only Costa can keep Costa happy, I don’t think Chelsea are going to keep him happy,” the ex forward told Sky Sports.

“He’s playing the best football of his career, of course he’s going to get other clubs interested, it’s just the nature of the game, and Chelsea will have to deal with that.

“It’s how he takes it further. He might want to leave, but if he keeps on doing the business on Saturday there’s no problem there.

“The team is the most important thing, and Chelsea need to do the right thing for Chelsea.

“The boy is under contract and we all know Costa is a very important player in the Chelsea set-up, especially in counter-attacking, bullying and leading the front line.”

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Sky Sports transfer market expert Aidan Magee insists that Diego Costa wants a Chelsea exit, but the club is trying to convince to stay at least until the summer.

According to the Sky Sports journalist sources the Spaniard is demanding a wage rise to the club to accept an extension, using the offers he recently received from China to obtain it:

“Diego Costa has returned to training,” Magee said while speaking on the Transfer Centre.

“We’re told talks with Antonio Conte were amicable.

“Our information is Costa would like to extend his Chelsea contract but only if his wages are doubled to £300,000-a-week.”

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Despite his Chelsea future remains unclear after joining the Blues on a £32m move last summer, striker Michy Batshuayi is not worried about the lack of playing time under manager Antonio Conte.

He scored once featuring 8 times in Premier League so far, while in the last F.A. Cup clash against West Ham raised up the score after Pedro’s opener against Peterborough.

The Belgium international, responding to a fan on Twitter, turned down speculations defending his current manager Conte.

“I wish our coach would respect you more” wrote a fan, but Batshuayi claimed: “He does, bro”.

Michy

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa hinted at possible move of Brazilian star Kenedy, who is said to be set to join Flamengo on loan.

ESPN claimed that the Brazilian side are interested in signing the 20-year-old after he returned from Watford season-long loan last month.

Kenedy struggled to make an impact at Vicarage Road as he featured just once under new manager Walter Mazzarri.

Anyway, Diego Costa wrote ‘Okay man, good luck at Mengao’ on a live video posted on Instagram by Kenedy himself today.

Kenedy

Kenedy was signed by Chelsea in a £6.3 million move from Fluminense in 2015.

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is on the verge of signing for Middlesbrough on a permanent basis, according to reports in England.

The former Norwich and Burnley forward is reportedly set to join the Teeside outfit this week as the 23-year-old has already underwent a medical.

Middlesbrough are ready to spend around £6m plus extra £4m in add-ons.

Bamford already played for Boro in 2014/15 campaign featuring 38 times and scoring 18 goals.

 

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Ghanaian defender Baba was replaced after only 39′ due to a knee injury in Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nation clash against Uganda.

The Schalke 04 star, who is currently on loan from Chelsea, told Goal.com: “I twisted my knee twice in the spate of five minutes. I have some pains but at this moment, I think the pain is going down”. 

“But we still need to do some scans and see what happens. It’s 50- 50, we will see in the next day what will happen.”

Baba Rahman Ghana

 

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Current Champions of England coach and ex Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri hopes his former club will successfully end their title pursue:

“As former Chelsea coach and as an Italian supporter, I hope that Conte can achieve the goal,” Ranieri told reporters in Florence on Tuesday ahead of the Italian Hall of Fame.

Conte came without uproar but demonstrated that the Italian school of coaches is valid more than ever”.

Ranieri is contracted to Leicester City until 2020 but he is not sure about his future.

“I hope to remain in England, I’m good there, even though in football one day you are in the stars and the next day in the dust, so never say never,” the 65-year-old concluded.

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Fulham has announced to have extended Lucas Piazon’s loan deal from Chelsea.

An official statement from the West London club read:

“The club is delighted to confirm that Lucas Piazon’s loan deal from Chelsea has been extended until the end of the season.

His initial deal had expired following Saturday’s win against Barnsley.”

The 22-year-old Brazilian player has scored 4 goals in 17 appearances for the Cottagers in the first half of this season, becoming a key player for Slavisa Jokanovic side.

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Thibaut Courtois suggests Chelsea the way to successfully end this title race, claiming the Blues are already thinking about the big clash at Anfield in the end of this month:

“We just have to take it game by game but the most important thing is for us to go to Anfield [on 31 January] with the biggest gap possible.”

The Belgian goalkeeper also think that his mates and him had a dangerous match last Saturday, where the team could slip up but eventually took three points home:

“Saturday was a game where, if I’m sitting at home and one of our opponents is playing Leicester away, I’d think they could drop points, so it was very good for us to win the game, and win well.

“Now, at home against Hull we have to get the three points and then go to Anfield with this gap, because anything could happen there.

“Obviously if you are in front you have the pressure of wanting to keep that gap, but we are there, we are seven points clear and the pressure is more on the other teams than on us.

“We must keep winning our games but we are in a good moment and things are going well. Last season we were having a rough time, it was harder to get the wins and we were having bits of bad luck, but this year everything is in our favour so we want to keep the momentum and win our games.”

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