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Chelsea were in super form in October and the team dominated that month’s Premier League awards and after Antonio Conte being named as the best manager of the month, Eden Hazard is awarded with the EA Sports Player of the Month prize.

“It means a lot, we played a very good month,” was first Eden Hazard’s comment on his award

“I scored a lot of goals and all the team played well. We scored a lot of goals and we didn’t concede a goal. I’m the best player this month but the most important thing is at the end to win the league and to do that we have a lot of things to do from now until then.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted to turn down speculations on Oscar and Cesc Fabregas’ future: the pair was said to be set to leave the Blues already in January transfer window, with Italian and Chinese teams interested in them ( many rumours led to Inter and Milan, that want to revamp their squad with big names signings after being both acquired by new – and different- Chinese owners).

The Italian manager said:

Oscar‘s future is Chelsea, for me he’s an important player, he’s a in a good form, it’s logical I have to choose a starting XI every week, he’s a great player and for me he will stay in Chelsea, it’s important this message arrive, he will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.

Cesc Fabregas recovered from his injury and he’s in a great shape. I want to anticipate the question: Fabregas’ future is the same of Oscar, he will stay at Chelsea.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Middlesbrough game on Sunday, the first one after mid-November international break.

First of all, he gave an injury update:

“I have all the players available, they are in good form, Diego Costa had a small injury after the game against Everton, he started to train with us on Wednesday, his physical condition is good, we got also tomorrow to see perfectly the situation, but at the moment he can play. Eden Hazard is fit, he got only a knock.

“It’s a great pleasure and honour to receive the PL manager of the month award after just three months, it’s important to share this award with my players, with the staff and with the club, this is an award for all the team.

I’m pleased for Eden because he’s playing fantastic football, he’s got a great attitude and commitment also in training, he’s working a lot for the team, this is fantastic, it’s very good when he put his talent for the team.

“Eden like Ronaldo and Messi? I think we can go like the team, step by step, I think it’s not right to compare him to other players in this moment, I guess he got everything to do a great career.

“I said after the game against Everton that it was a pity to stop our run for the international break, but it’s important to continue in the way we did before the international break, I hope we found the right concentration and focus to restart after the break.

About Chelsea involved in the title race Conte said:

First of all I see a great opportunity this year to bring something important to Chelsea, to bring a new method, a new philosophy, you want to fight until the end in the title race or for a place in the Champions League, I still got the same opinion: it’s important to keep working and build something for Chelsea, for the future.

Assistant coach Steve Holland might take a permanent job as Gareth Southgate’s assistant at England national team, this is what the Italian manager said about this:

Steve Holland is a great professional, I’m pleased to have him as my assistant coach in Chelsea, for his work and also for the man, he’s focused on Chelsea now, he’s working really hard, I don’t know what is his decision for his future, but I don’t want to go in his decision, he worked with Southgate in U21 and he showed he’s great.

Speaking about Chelsea good moment Conte said:

“I’m very glad for our good run, I think we played a good football, we were really compact and we found a good balance, this is very important. This tactical system and starting XI is very good for the players, because I see them being very happy to play like this.

John Terry got injured while Conte was changing his tactical system and lost his place in the starting XI, but the ex Italy coach claimed the captain can regain his place in the starting formation:

“Terry can find a place in this formation, easily, he’s in a good shape. I am happy to have this adaptation from centre-backs, I am happy that Kurt [Zouma] now is with us, but in this moment he will need more time to find the good form, so we prefer him to keep playing with U23.

Asked about the differences about Premier League and Serie A Conte said:

“There is a big difference respect to Italy, and you have to be quick to understand this difference, every game everything can happen, the intensity is high and you have to play with high intensity if you want to win, this league is very tough, we must always have a great concentration from the start until the end, I try every day to push my players on this, even if they already know it.

Conte was also asked about players professional behaviour in their private lives after England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was seen drunk in the national team hotel after last week win against Scotland:

“I give freedom to players when they have spare time, I want them to take their responsibilities, it’s normal to celebrate after you win a game, but you need also to think about the next game.

Oscar‘s future is Chelsea, for me he’s an important player, he’s a in a good form, it’s logical I have to choose a starting XI every week, he’s a great player and for me he will stay in Chelsea, it’s important this message arrive, he will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.

“We have a competitive squad, it’s normal during the season to have some injuries, I think we get a good squad to cope with injuries.

Cesc Fabregas recovered from his injury and he’s in a great shape. I want to anticipate the question: Fabregas’ future is the same of Oscar, he will stay at Chelsea.”

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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed he is delighted to stay at the Serie A side amid Chelsea interest.

The Senegal international, who has put the pen to paper on a new deal until 2021, told France Football“I love this city, it’s magnificent. There’s the sun, the sea. The Neapolitans are very welcoming. I’m very, very happy here.”

“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million], – Koulibaly recently told SkySports – Mr. Conte I said, ‘The marina is behind me, follow me’, I offered him that.”

“Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 milion, or something like that.”

His agent Bruno Satin recently declared to Radio CRC“Premier League? Kalidou doesn’t think about it anymore”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been named October’s Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month.

His side have beaten Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton without conceding a goal, having also switched to a new 3-4-3 system.

“This is the first time I’ve won the award, it’s a great honour and I want to share it with my players and the club, – Conte told the club’s official website – It’s now important we continue and maintain our form. After an international break it’s not easy to restart but we must follow our way and work very hard”.

“Our next game is against Middlesbrough on Sunday, we know they are really strong and it will be a tough game, but we have prepared very well.”

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Chelsea are lining up a January move to sign Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as Nemanja Matic needs a back-up, according to reports in The Mirror.

The 23-year-old is said to be looking for an exit from the Serie A side due to the lack of playing time and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly considering to place a bid for the France international.

It is understood that even Arsenal tried to land Kondogbia to the Emirates Stadium before the midfielder joined Inter Milan last summer.

Chelsea have been linked also with a move for Nerazzurri‘s starlet Marcelo Brozovic.

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

West Ham United are interested in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the Daily Mail.

It has been reported that the Hammers want to sign the 20-year-old on loan despite manager Antonio Conte is a great fan of the English star, who is struggling to find game time as he played just 9′ in Premier League so far.

Conte recently said: “He has the right characteristics to play as a striker. He is physically very strong, he is very good playing with his back to goal, he also has good technique, he sees the goal very well, and he has a good shot. He can play in this role

“It’s right to give opportunities to young players like Loftus with great talent to stay with the first team and help us. It’s the same for Ola Aina.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic praised Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon, who joined the West London club in the end of the summer transfer window:

“Lucas Piazon, in the last few games, has started to be a very important player for us. He is very fast and has experience playing in this competition,” the Serbian coach said.

“He played 23 games for Reading last season, so he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt himself. We are happy with what he has offered in the last few games.”

The Brazilian joined Chelsea in 2012 but has only made one league appearance for the club and was sent out loan to several sides in these four years.

“He stayed with us during the international break, when we are not working with a complete team. Step by step, without any game, we try to detect what these players can offer us, how they can help us,” Jokanovic concluded.

 

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Branislav Ivanovic lost his place in Chelsea starting XI after Antonio Conte‘s tactical system change and now he also risks to lose his contract: in fact, it’s really unlikely the Blues directors will extend his contract at the end of this season and he will be free to move to another side as a free agent.

The Serbian, who arrived at Chelsea in 2008 from Lokomotiv Moscow, has been targeted by Barcelona, who are looking for a right-back after Aleix Vidal failed to fulfill expectations: the Spanish club might try to sign Ivanovic in the January transfer window already.

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Thorgan Hazard explained how is to be captained in Belgium by his older brother, Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Blues forward became the skipper of his national team after Vincent Kompany started to skip many games because of his injuries:

“Eden and I are brothers, but in the national team, we’re rivals (smiles). There will never be a fight between us, and he might be happy for me if I take his spot. There will be no jealousy, that’s for sure.”

Thorgan explained the difference between his brother and Kompany as Belgium captains:

“They have different ways of wearing the armband. Eden isn’t someone who will talk a lot, but when he wants to, he can be heard by the group. When he speaks, everyone listens.”

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