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José Mourinho travelled to Croatia to scout two Chelsea targets yesterday: the Manchester United boss was in Zagreb to watch Inter players Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.

The winger was suspended for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, but the Special One met ex Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic, that became his agent some months ago to understand if a move to Old Trafford is possible.

The Red Devils are ready to place a € 40m offer to Inter but Suning, new Nerazzurri owners since last year, are not keen in selling the Croatian international and will consider only offers from € 60m on: also Chelsea were interested in him and will find the same situation in case they would like to bring Perisic to Stamford Bridge.

Marcelo Brozovic, instead, can leave Inter next summer and Inter can listen offers for him as, after the signing of Roberto Gagliardini and the growth of Geoffrey Kondongbia, the midfielder is a not a regular starter anymore.

It’s rumoured that Monaco would like to offer € 50m for him, but Manchester United and Chelsea are in the race for the 24-year-old as well since they have been tracking him for at least one year.

 

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Spain faced Israel in World Cup qualifying keeping the top of the table and remaining level on points with Italy, which managed Antonio Conte before joining Chelsea last summer..

Blues’ striker Diego Costa scored for Spain in their 4-1 win at Gijon, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro were unused subs by head coach Julen Lopetegui.

Here’s Group G table:

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Kurt Zouma has not played a lot for Chelsea this season after his serious knee injury.

Hovewer, now the 22-year old player feels a lot better and he hopes to be included in the starting 11 more regularly in coming weeks.

So, to try to convince manager Antonio Conte, Zouma posted a video on Instagram showing him scoring a brilliant goal during a training session.

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Kevin De Bruyne suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Belgium.

Due to this injury the Belgian player han been ruled out of the upcoming games vs Greece and Russia and, if the problem is serious he will be out also of the games Manchester City will play, after the international break, vs Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Chelsea legend Michael Ballack admits he was amazed by Antonio Conte‘s passion.

“I’ve been really impressed so far,” Ballack told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Since [Antonio] Conte came in, he brought the team back in line and they’re leading the table comfortably in front of Tottenham and Manchester City.

“All teams have high expectations but he seems to be able to have good access to the players and built up a quick new relationship which is always important after a disappointing season last season.

“He changed his system very early so it was really interesting to see how he could adapt to a new group and have such a huge impact, and they’re doing fantastic.”

The former German midfielder added:

“Italian coaches like playing a certain tactic.

“They are convinced with a certain tactic and if they are convinced, they repeat it all the time, and that’s what they’re doing in training at Chelsea.

“They repeat sessions three, four times a week so the players also get comfortable with the system and it automatically gets in the players’ brains, and in the game when you are under pressure you know the situation and things go automatically well, which you can’t really explain.

“I think that’s what he likes to do with his training and it was good to watch. Of course, he’s passionate. He’s a winner you can see that.

“He seems to be calm sometimes but when he’s on the line he has this little bit extra and when you’re a player and you look to your coach and he’s leading with such passion, that’s good to watch.”

 

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Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan admits he was in talk with the Blues last summer and claims a move to Stamford Bridge is still possible.

The Belgian midfielder reveals he spoke with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte during last summer transfer window:

“Yes, I talked to him,” Nainggolan said.

“They were really interested and wanted me. That’s all I can say. Bring me the sun and I’ll come.”

The Roma midfielder joked about the weather in England but admitted he is a big fan of the Premier League and has refused to rule out a transfer to the country in the near future.

“I watch the Premier League a lot. A lot of my international teammates play there. 

“I think it’s the best league in the world. When the transfer market opens, we’ll talk about it again.”

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Chelsea winger Willian came off the bench as a replacement of Coutinho in the 4-1 win against Uruguay last night.

This result means that Brazil are ever closer to the 2018 World Cup qualification as they have 30 points from 13 games played,

Brazil are now set to face Paraguay at home on Tuesday, while Argentina – who have beaten Chile last time out – will play against Bolivia in a crucial game as they want to climb up the table and reach the 2nd spot.

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David Luiz has been left out of Brazil squad by head coach Tite, but the 29-year-old apparently looked respectful of the decision.

“I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back [into the squad]. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No”.

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Real Madrid are considering to place a huge bid in order to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard, with striker Alvaro Morata as a part of the deal, according to The Guardian.

It is understood Los Blancos are also interested in Blues‘ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who already claimed that he would welcome a return to the city where he played for three years at Atletico Madrid.

Anyway, Courtois added: “I don’t see myself at Real Madrid, I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them”.

“We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being, there has not been an offer. I’m happy in London and I’m delighted with the success we are having this season.”

Hazard-and-Morata

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was offered Barcelona star Neymar by Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich, according to Italian publication Tuttosport.

The former Juventus boss reportedly rejected the offer as he could quit west London for a return to his homeland at the end of the season.

It is understood new owners of Inter Milan are lining up a £13milion-per-season bid to persuade Conte.

Anyway, the current Chelsea boss could sign a new deal despite exit rumors, according to several reports in England.

 

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Blues legends Frank Lampard and Graeme Le Saux are studying together at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to begin their coaching education.

The former English defender praised Super Frank who, according to him, can have a bright coaching career:

We are both at very early stages but you find out a lot about yourself as you’re going through it,” Le Saux told Mirror Sport on behalf of the FA Mars Just Play programme.

“You’re always learning, that’s the key about being a top level coach. I’ve known Frank since he was a young player at Chelsea, coming for a huge price tag from West Ham.

“He’s very bright, always wants to learn, down to earth but he also has the credibility from the game. What he’s achieved and the experience he has are all fantastic qualities he can bring to management.

“It’s down to him if he wants to do it and use those experiences he has had and put a stamp on what he wants to do. It’s fascinating.”

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