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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has turned down a bid from Leicester City for Nathaniel Chalobah last month, according to The Independent.

The former Napoli midfielder had been also targeted by the Azzurri and Sevilla but the Italian coach is said to be confident that the 21-year-old will break into the first-team this season.

Chalobah also scored for England U21s in Tuesday’s victory over Norway.

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Chelsea development squad are set to face at home Tottenham for a London derby at 7pm on Friday.

Adi Viveash’s side are still unbeaten following their Premier League 2 opening games against Sunderland (D), Liverpool (W) and Manchester United (D).

The Blues will travel to the County Ground after the clash against Tottenham to make the debut in the EFL Trophy, where will face Swindon TownChelsea have been drawn in the Group C also with Oxford United and Exeter City.

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Chelsea are lining up a summer move to sign Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in the English press.

The Daily Telegraph claim Blues are still keeping tabs on the 25-year-old, who has recently revealed: “The only doubt would be if Simeone leaves for PSG or wherever, I called him before extending my contract and he confirmed to me that he was staying. I can learn a lot from him.”

It is understood also Manchester United are lining up an audacious move to land the Frenchman to the Premier League as Mourinho wants him to revamp his squad.

Anyway, Chelsea are said to be keen on battling the Red Devils – regardless of the cost – to sign Griezmann, who has a £84m buyout clause in his contract.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expects a difficult game against Swansea, when his Chelsea side take on the Swans on Sunday.

It’s been a fairly easy ride for Antonio Conte in the premier league,with impressive wins over West Ham, Watford and Burnley. The Blues are still unbeaten in the Premier League and face Swansea, a side that took four points off Chelsea last season and Conte isn’t taking them for granted as both teams face off this weekend.

Conte said: “After the international break it’s always very tough to restart because many players don’t arrive back until the end of the week,”

“but we must quickly find our concentration and be focused because we know we play a tough game against Swansea and we want to prepare in the best way.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes new signing David Luiz can help the entire squad to improve in the defensive line this season.

“I think David Luiz is a centre-back, he’s played a lot of games in that position – Conte told Chelsea TVI know sometimes he’s played as a central midfielder but in my mind the idea is to utilise him in the right position which, for me, is centre-back. He’s played with Chelsea previously and he will bring a good personality.’

Then, speaking about the other new signing Marcos Alonso, who joined the Blues from Fiorentina on the Deadline Day, Conte revealed: “I think it’s important because he’s left-footed. He played in England and for that reason he has good experience of the league”.

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Antonio Conte spoke about Chelsea‘s two new signings Marcos Alonso, who joined the Blues from Fiorentina, and David Luiz.

“We reached our targets, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are two good signings for us - Conte told Chelsea TV - Now we have to work with them because I think they can improve our squad”.

“We need to put them into our idea of football. Now we must work on our defensive situation and with the defensive line. We need to improve our physical and tactical condition”.

“After the international break it’s always very tough to restart because many players don’t arrive back until the end of the week, but we must quickly find our concentration and be focused because we know we play a tough game against Swansea and we want to prepare in the best way”.

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Niklas Süle has been recently linked with a move to Chelsea or Liverpool and his agent Karl-Heinz Forster German told Sport Bild“Chelsea was keen on him during last transfer window, and I know they still are. They might be willing to pursue him again in the foreseeable future“.

The 21-year-old is under contract with Hoffenheim until June 2019 and also a host of Italian sides reportedly tried to sign him in the last transfer market window.

 

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After his unexpected Deadline Day return to Chelsea, David Luiz is eager to prove his loyalty and dedication by stating he’s ready to play anywhere Antonio Conte deploys him.

Luiz who’s a centre back,has created a reputation for himself as one of the most versatile centre backs in the modern game,with his ability to play across the back four and as a defensive midfielder, if needed.

Speaking to Chelsea official website, Luiz said: “I started playing three at the back with Vitoria in Brazil, but it doesn’t matter where, I want to help and when I am in the team I am there to try to help,”

“The coach is an amazing coach, he understands a lot of tactical things and I know he chooses every match the best line up, so if he needs to play three, four ortwo, it doesn’t matter, I am there if he wants me to play. In different positions I am available.”

David Luiz will be hoping to playing a starring role during the course of the season and on Sunday, when the Blues take on the Swans at the Liberty stadium.

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Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes David Luiz‘s move back from Paris Saint-Germain on a £30m move is the perfect way to improve the squad under new manager Antonio Conte.

The New York City midfielder told The Sun: “It’s a good signing. I played with David,” 

“He’s a great defender, great energy. At today’s prices, it’s probably not a bad signing generally”.

They both played a pivotal role winning the Premier League, the Champions League and the Europa League in three seasons until 2014, when David Luiz joined the French giants and Lampard moved to Manchester City.

 

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New Chelsea signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso started training with the squad at Cobham Training Ground yesterday.

The former Paris Saint-Germain joined back Chelsea on a £30m move on the Deadline Day after leaving Stamford Bridge in 2014 for a record £50m fee.

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Marcos Alonso told Chelsea TV“I am very happy to be here and to join this great club, I am happy to be back in the Premier League. 

“My intention was to stay at Fiorentina, but when they told me Chelsea wanted me I said YES after one second.”

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