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Chelsea are lining up a stunning move to land Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel to Stamford Bridge, according to Don Balon.

It has been reported that Blues’ manager Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on the Colombian star in order to revamp the attack when the transfer market window reopens in January.

It is understood the Serie A outfit could insert a €25m buy-out clause in Muriel’s new deal and Chelsea would be reportedly ready to meet that fee to lure the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge in a near future.

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Chelsea development squad manager Adi Viveash revealed that defender Kurt Zouma ‘is ready’ to train with Antonio Conte’s first team again, as reported by Goal: “He has been a privilege to work with, he is a fine young player, he has been tremendous with the boys, he works very, very hard every day, – Viveash said – He has been really good and he gives good advice, but you have still got to remember that he is very young and he has now got to get into a defence that is performing excellently at the minute”.

“But what he does do is that he gives the manager another quality player and that, I imagine, is important for his squad”.

“I would imagine [that he will return soon to the first team], he has trained with them a few days of last week then going into this game he came back with us on Sunday, two days before this. He did a few days with them and he did a few days a week before”.

Then Viveash added: “He is building up and the manager is getting to look at him. He is getting closer and I think he is waiting to see if he gets through 90 and now we will see if there are any problems with the knee tomorrow. He will come in and cool down and then after Thursday he will train with the players that have not gone on international duty.”

 

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is only focused on his current season with the Azzurri, according to the player’s agent.

“I don’t live in the past, all opportunities and negotiations have been forgotten, – Bruno Satin told Radio Crc – I look at the present and the future”. 

It is understood both Chelsea and Everton tried to land the Senegalese star to Premier League last summer.

“Several clubs were interested in Koulibaly, but he’s a Napoli player and he’s focused on Napoli” his agent added.

 

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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

Chelsea star John Terry told the club’s official website that ‘when Gianfranco Zola came his professionalism stood out’.

“He was such a big name in world football – the Blues’ captain added – but he really took to the younger players. I was only 16, doing my YTS, but he had so much time for everyone. He always wanted to help us younger players and give us advice”.

Gianfranco Zola signed for Chelsea twenty years ago on a permanent move from Parma.

“I’d always try to watch the way he prepared for training and games. As a kit boy I used to have to be in at 7.30am or 8am in the morning and he would come in at the same time. He’d be in the gym stretching and doing strength work which, back then, was unheard of really, so he was very much ahead of his time. It was great to pick his brains and we’d always be asking him questions about what he was doing and why he was doing certain things”.

Then he added: “He ended up making a head-tennis court in the gym, it was only tiny but he got the tape out and we’d use a little ball, he used to beat us all every morning. He was such a big star but to see how he prepared for training and what he ate was great, he took care of himself in every way.”

“He set high standards at the club, he didn’t accept people not working hard or not trying, and obviously when you have players like Gianfranco around it naturally lifts the quality and intensity of the sessions,”

Zola Gianfranco John Terry

Terry remarked on the attitude of the Italian star: “Even after training he’d grab a bag of balls, call you over as a young defender and run at you, twisting, turning and leaving you in tangles. It was all a learning curve, though, because he would step in and tell you where to position your body to make it more difficult for the striker. He was always offering advice”.

“It was the same with his free-kicks. Over the years we saw so many of them go in the top corner and as a youngster watching from the stands, every time we got a free-kick on the edge of the box you fancied him to score. That was purely because he worked so hard and practiced them over and over. That was a massive lesson to us all back then.”

Then he explained how Zola was focused in every training session: ‘Training against him was a nightmare because he had everything. He could drop off and play in that little hole where he would twist and turn on the ball, but he was also very quick and he worked hard on his explosiveness.”

“His ability on the ball was just natural, he was one of the best players I’ve ever seen. As a centre-half you didn’t know whether to get tight against him because if you did, he’d be able to spin and go in behind, and he also had the acceleration to pull away.”

“He’d always have time for the fans after a game and he stressed to us younger players the importance of doing that – Terry ended –He’d tell us that one day there would be a time when nobody wanted your autograph and little things like that have always stuck with me. He gave us so many great memories and he’s a true legend at this club.”

Zola Gianfranco

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Chelsea are planning a January move to to give Antonio Conte a new defender, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

It is understood both Blues and Manchester City tried to land Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci to Premier League in the last transfer market window, anyway the Italian manager is said to be a huge admirer of his former player.

The 29-year-old could reportedly leave Turin for a esteemed around £50m.

 

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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Blues legend Pat Nevin analyses Chelsea fantastic moment and he’s full of praise for Belgian star Eden Hazard, as well as his attack partner Diego Costa and defender David Luiz:

“There were stunning performances throughout, with Eden Hazard showing precisely why it is not silly to ask whether he is capable of consideration alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, Nevin said.

“Diego Costa was colossal and David Luiz bestrode the match like a world-class footballer playing against an under-11 side.”

The former striker, anyway, claims feet must remain on the ground:

“This isn’t to say Chelsea are going to walk away with the league title but at the very least it suggests this is a team that will be in the shake-up come May.”

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil revealed he apologised to Chelsea star after inflicting him a huge humilation with a 7-1 defeat.

The Germand midfielder claimed he felt sorry for Blues defender David Luiz and the other Brazilian players:

“All the players, me as well, were a little bit surprised.

“After 20 mins it’s 4-0 and you’re like ‘What’s happened here?’.

“If you lose a big game and you see all the fans outside crying and the players crying, you feel with them.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa had dinner with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone on Monday evening, as the player himself revealed on his official Instagram account.

The Spaniard has taken to Instagram posting this picture: “Great reunion and great memories.” he wrote.

Diego Costa had been repeatedly linked with a move to his former side last summer, before Kevin Gameiro joined the La Liga giants on a permanent move.

Diego Costa Simeone Instagram

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has turned down reports linking him with an exit from the club in January.

The Belgium international told Cadena Cope: “I never had anything with Real Madrid. I did not see anything published, but I never had any contact with Real Madrid”.

“I am happy at Chelsea. Everything is going very well: it is a great club” Courtois added.

“There is no reason not to be happy at Chelsea. You never know what will happen in the future, but at the moment I am very well, in a very good atmosphere.”

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the Evening Standard that his side have their own identity and will fight to win against Chelsea on November 26th.

“I cannot say if it is a better way to play in the future but it is important to be flexible and it is a good step forward for the team to use different systems, different ways to try to play.” the Spaniard said.

“Chelsea, when they played here, started with a back four and after 3-0 in the 60th minute they changed to three. But last season we played against Watford, December 28, with three centre backs”.

Then Pochettino concluded: “Just because Chelsea won 5-0 yesterday, they didn’t discover the system”.

 

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