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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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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic a main target to replace Cesc Fabregas, should the Spaniard leave on a season-long loan in January, according to Calciomercato.com.

The 23-year-old’s ownership is currently esteemed around £22m by the Serie A giants, which are struggling with a slow start to the season and could decide to sell the Croatia international when the transfer market window reopens.

The Blues had been linked with a move for Brozovic last summer, anyway the Italian manager is said to be also a great admirer of Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi.

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West Ham are lining up an audacious loan move to land Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 29-year-old could accept to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan and the Hammers seem ready to place a bid for the Spaniard.

Fabregas currently earns around £160,000-a-week in wages and is contracted with the Blues until June 2019.

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AC Milan and Inter Milan are lining up a January move to sign Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi, according to reports in England.

The Nigeria skipper is struggling to get playing time under new manager Antonio Conte so far and his contract is due to expire in June 2017.

Moreover, the Express recently reported that also Olympique Marseille are keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.

Mikel joined the Blues in 2006 from Norwegian side Fotballklubben Lyn Oslo.

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Antonio Conte is not fully satisfied yet: the Italian manager is aware that Chelsea have not achieved anything at the moment, despite being in a fantastic moment of form.

The former Juventus and Italy coach knows the way to reach triumphs, and for a perfectionist like him, can be only hard work:

“I think you can always improve.

“I know we played a fantastic game and I’m pleased for my players. When you have this type of game you can continue to work very hard and show what we work on in the training session.”

“It’s important to continue to wor: for us, it was very important to win and win in this way, playing very well.

‘Now it is important to look at ourselves, not at the others and think we can do this or this. It’s important to improve and to work together. Then we can see in the future what happens.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard analysed this fantastic moment both for him and the team: the Belgian is back to his top level, shining again on the pitch, where he’s been fundamental for the team last successes:

“We are in good form and we want to stay like this: we are near the top of the league, a good place, where Chelsea has to be.

“We are enjoying our football and playing very well. We are creating a lot of chances and we haven’t conceded any goals for a few games now.”

Hazard also spoke about the change of playing style with this new tactical system:

“It hasn’t changed a lot, I just have a little bit more freedom with and without the ball.

“I don’t have to defend on the right-back because Alonso is there, I just have to stay in my position. When I get the ball I have more freedom and I can go where I want to go.

“People tell me I don’t shoot enough so now I try to do it more because if you don’t shoot you don’t score. I don’t know if the ball will go in but I have more chance if I shoot.”

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David Luiz already achieved many successes with Benfica, Chelsea and PSG, and knows what is the way to get there.

The Brazilian defender spoke after the fantastic win against Everton and suggested what is the right path toward more success:

“We played a great game against a strong team, it’s good to win by scoring many goals and not conceding but it’s just the beginning.

“We just want to go match by match, we don’t want to speak about the future. It’s important to keep our feet on the ground and have humility, that’s the key.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed what are his plans for this international break: first of all, some deserved rest after spending so much energy for the last team fantastic run:

“It’s important for me to have a bit of rest [in Italy] because my first period at Chelsea was very intensive and it’s important to have a bit of rest and then to be ready to restart.

“The Everton game is now the past. It’s important to think and be concentrated, and to restart in the right way after the international break.”

 

 

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David Luiz came back to Chelsea a couple of months ago after two seasons spent at Paris Saint-Germain, but the Brazilian don’t forget the friendship and the bond with the club and his former team-mates, that’s why he paid a visit to them at Parc des Princes last night, where PSG won 4-0 over Rennes in a Ligue 1 game.

Here are a couple of pictures David Luiz and PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi posted on social media:

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