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Chelsea are confident they can beat Arsenal to sign Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez this month, according to reports in England.

The Switzerland international is contracted until June 2019 and Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £21m bid to land the left-back  to Stamford Bridge.

With Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in that position, Rodriguez could represent a new back-up in Antonio Conte‘s five-man midfield.

Conte is said to be interested also in Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt as Chelsea could place a huge bid for the Uruguayan star next summer.

 

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, speaking to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, described Antonio Conte‘s work at Stamford Bridge as ‘extraordinary’.

The current Bayern Munich manager, who led Chelsea to the Premier League title and FA Cup in the 2009/2010 campaign, said: “Conte is doing an extraordinary job at Chelsea,”

“He has determination, ideas, personality and experience. He’s mature as a coach now and I’m truly happy for him” Ancelotti added.

Conte will try to extend the Blues’ positive trend against Tottenham tomorrow night, with Chelsea currently five points clear at the top of Premier League table with still one game in hand.

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Victor Moses challenging Spurs star Harry Kane in November 2016 game at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

“We know we can beat themTottenham striker Harry Kane told the club’s official website this morning, speaking about incoming clash against Chelsea We just have to go out there and play well enough,” 

“That’s what people are going to say but we’re focused on each game as it comes. We’ll keep fighting until the very last game whether we win, lose or draw”.

The England international added: “We’ll give it 110% and hopefully we can come away with the win,” 

Kane also admitted the strength of Chelsea’s defense under new manager Antonio Conte and confirmed that will be the biggest test of the season: “Yeah – I think so, there’s a lot of tough games in the Premier League but we know how much this means to everyone”.

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OSCAR set for Super League on weekly earnings of £400,000

Chelsea’s former attacking midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba  Júnior, better known as OSCAR lands in China for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG after a tantalising confirmed fee of £52 million.

The Brazilian Midfielder, aged 25 was mobbed by crowds at the Chinese Airport on Monday with gifts of flowers and a scarf as he took photos. Chelsea have confirmed the deal of £52 million which has given OSCAR a move beyond his wildest dreams. OSCAR now beats the record signing of his Brazil team-mate HULK who in June was sold by Zenit St Petersburg for a whopping £47 million and on a weekly earning of £320,000.

Chelsea as a Premier League football club have now richly benefited from the sales of their players more than any other team in the Premiership. Since June 2013 Chelsea have made around a reported £314.4 million which has made heads turn. Players still are on loan as well as coming in and ANTONIO CONTE seems keen to use the players he currently have on high performance on a consistent rotation. The likes of CESC FABREGAS, VICTOR MOSES, PEDRO and WILLIAN have all been firing for the Blues and OSCAR going abroad is a move which players like JOHN OBI MIKEL who have not made the team may also consider in the January transfer window.

Whether it is China or Europe for yet to feature Chelsea players like JOHN OBI MIKEL is not yet fully certain. But high-flying midfielder OSCAR has made up his mind and moved from Stamford Bridge to the Chinese Far-East. On his Instagram OSCAR commented once the deal was agreed saying: “I want to thank Chelsea, the owner and all the employees who have made my time at the club so special”.

OSCAR added: “A very special thank you to the Chelsea fans you guys are very special and I am honoured to have been a part of your club. We have won some special titles together”.

By: Samuel Georgewill

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea winger Willian scored a decisive brace in the Blues’ victory against Stoke City in the last New Year’s Eve fixture and now he’s ready to face Spurs in a crucial London derby on Wednesday night, where the Blues can improve their gap on Liverpool – who sit second in the table – after Jurgen Klopp’s side drew at Sunderland this afternoon.

“It will be a very difficult game,” he claimed to Chelsea official website.

“We are playing away so we have to prepare to make sure we keep going in the same way. We are going there to try to win the game”.

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Great news for Chelsea and his fans after the first games of this Premier League fixture: title race rivals Liverpool drew 2-2 at Sunderland today, losing 2 precious points at 85′, when Sadio Mané – who had scored the 2-1 goal – provoked a penalty with a handball in the box trying to deflect the ball on a free-kick.

Now the Reds sit second in the table with 44 points, 5 less than Chelsea that got 49, but the Blues got a game in hand, to be played at White Hart Lane against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

A positive situation for Conte‘s guys, that now have the chance to increase their gap with Liverpool in case of a win against Spurs, that would bring them at 52 points, 8 clear on Klopp‘s side.

Meanwhile, other title rivals Manchester City won 2-1 in their home game against Burnley, so now they are third with 42 points.

 

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Antonio Conte admitted that his captain’s help is really important, despite the Blues skipper having skipped most of this season’s game due to a couple of injuries.

Terry doesn’t miss a game, despite don’t being able to play, and always travels with the squad in the away games to be a good captain with his team-mates:

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us,” Conte said speaking to Chelsea official website.

“Even when he’s not playing, he helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails again his players, that were able to win 13 games in a row in the Premier League, being the undisputed leaders of the English championship:

“You see your players are very good at adapting to different situations,”Conte told to Chelsea official website.

“The Stoke game was different to the last one because they played long balls to [Peter] Crouch. For us it was very difficult to stop this situation, above all the second balls, and the free-kicks and corners to find him, but I’m pleased because I saw my players ready to face this situation. You have to fight every game to win, and the Stoke game was another great example of that.

Speaking of the derby against Spurs, he said:

Tottenham is another challenge, another type of football to face. They like to play from the back, they like to put a lot of pressure on when you are in possession. We have to prepare very well because this game will be very tough, for us and for them.

Tottenham are a great team. Last season they could have won the title, and this season they have a stronger team. For sure we will see a good game.

“We only have three days to prepare for this game, but we also have a lot of work we did in the past and we need that in this moment because we haven’t a lot of time to find a solution for this game.”

The Italian boss didn’t lose another chance to praise one of his top players, Diego Costa:

“Diego, together with his team-mates, is playing very well.

“Don’t forget we are a team. That’s important, to show you are together when you win and when you lose. I’m pleased when I see my striker scoring a goal, but I’m also pleased if Cahill scores a goal.

“Diego is a good guy and with him it’s important to joke, and when it is the moment to work, he works. He is always happy and he wants to show this. When you have this type of player who keeps the atmosphere always with good positivity, it’s important.

“I want to mention John Terry also, because John is very important for us, even when he’s not playing. He helps us a lot in the changing room and in the training sessions, and I want to say thanks to him as well because his support is very important.”

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Shocking announcement from a Chelsea rival, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Speaking to the NBC the ex Barcelona coach announced he is close to end his manager career:

“I will be in Manchester for at least other three years, but I feel the process to end my career has already started.

“I won’t coach until I will be 60-65 years old, I am sure I am getting close to my manager’s career end.”

Will Manchester City and Premier League be the last team coached by the Spanish manager or Pep will change his mind in the next three years?

 

 

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Diego Costa was very close to Atletico Madrid return last summer, the Spanish striker himself admitted it in a recent interview when asked about this matter:

“Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave,” the striker said. 

“I was about to but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that. 

“Did I want to go? Yes, yes. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things, the family, the life I have there but not because of Chelsea, because, here, there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.” 

Now, also Colchoneros manager Diego Simeone reveals the Chelsea striker was close to go back to Vicente Calderón and he has not lost hope about the deal:

“You never know if situations might change. 

“It is impossible to think about it, because it did not happen,” he concluded speaking about the failed attempt to bring back Costa to Atletico.

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