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Chelsea remain keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij despite the Serie A side have reportedly offered him a new and improved deal, according to Calciomercato.com.

Antonio Conte reportedly retains an interest in De Vrij and with John Terry entering the twilight years of his career and Kurt Zouma still sidelined with a serious knee injury, a move when the transfer window reopens could be on the cards.

De Vrij was part of the Holland side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup under former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal two years ago.

The 24-year-old is in his third season with Lazio after signing from Feyenoord in 2014.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has confirmed new boss Antonio Conte ‘is a great manager’.

Speaking about the Italian man, the 25-year-old Nigeria international told the club’s official website: “He is a great manager if you look at what he did at Juventus and he is a very passionate manager and he wants the best from us,”

“You could see in pre-season how hard everyone was working. I think he is the right man for this club”.

“He came in and changed quite a few things and everyone was expecting that. The food regime and the training have changed and he wants everyone to gel together as a team. He speaks to every player and wants the best from each and every one of us, and he will get the best out of us”.

Conte wanted Moses to stay despite he struggled to get playing time in the last seasons and the winger claimed: “We appreciate that and it will help us in the long run,”

‘We know what is expected of us this season and we will hopefully do our best. It is going to be a hard league and we have to take every game seriously. Every one is a must-win game for us”.   

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Marco Amelia is edging ever closer to join Serie A side Bologna following the injury of both Antonio Mirante and Alfred Gomis, according to reports in Italy.

The 34-year-old Italy international is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Chelsea at the end of the season.

Amelia joined Chelsea in October 2015 while Thibaut Courtois was recovering from an injury but did not feature with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

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Lazio are on the verge of offering Chelsea target Stefan de Vrij a new contract according to the Daily Express.

De Vrij has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea earlier this summer but the Serie A side consider him a main choice and has reportedly rejected a £21m bid to land the Dutchman to Stamford Bridge.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of the 24-year-old, but he is now expected to stay after failing to join the Blues.

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Latest Chelsea signing David Luiz spoke after the draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea and admitted he believes new manager Antonio Conte is the right man to make him a world-class defender.

 “I have tried to improve and mature day by day. When you try new things of course you improve, that’s why I tried a new league,”

“But I want to continue to improve here. I never want to think that I know everything. I want to learn every day. I feel at home, I feel like I never left. I have a great relationship with everyone”.

The Brazil international believes Conte “loves football, that’s why he’s a passionate guy on the bench, celebrating and supporting the team,” 

“He’s a specialist in tactics and training in a tactical way, I’m excited to learn under him”.

The 29-year-old defender added: “Every single coach has been important in my professional life. I want to learn, especially with him and his Italian style in a tactical way, this can make the difference.”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking about the injured players, has confirmed that Dejan Lovren is fit while midfielder Emre Can is not expected to be on the pitch against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday.

“The players who were not involved in the last game are available again, plus Dejan, but not the others – Klopp said – Emre is not injured any more, but he needs to train. He had a difficult pre-season that came later than the other players. It was not the best moment, but he’s a wonderful player, now he needs to get fit. We do the same with Mama and Joe Gomez.”

“It’s a game we can look forward to. It sounds good to play against Chelsea. Let’s go there and try everything! – the Reds’ manager added – World class, that’s the best thing about football fans, if other supporters love you, it’s not a good sign.

 

 

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Chelsea were dominating their last game against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday despite the final score was a disappointing 2-2 draw.

“I saw the whole 90 minutes of the last game vs Swansea and they could have won that game – Klopp said at the press conference ahead of next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Friday – Good moment, strong, competitive, that’s how it is with teams like this: the champion of two years ago. Last season was not a Chelsea season”.

Speaking about Chelsea’s strong points, Klopp added: “Now they are back on track. We need to be ready for a real challenge. They defend well, attack strong. It’s not an easy job, but we feel confident we could do something there”.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken ahead of the clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.

Speaking about the similarities between himself and the Italian head coach, he said: “He looks quite emotional, even when they don’t score”.

“I watched the game against Swansea, whoever was the broadcaster, they showed when they missed the goal. He’s involved in the game”.

When asked if Pep Guardiola is better than the new Chelsea manager, Klopp revealed: “That’s not the important thing, he’s a successful manager. He was the Pep Guardiola of Turin. He created a special style of play. He was very successful there and with the national team. Quite impressive, but I don’t play against Antonio Conte.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been targeted by AC Milan who want to sign the Spaniard when the transfer window reopens in January, According to the Guardian.

The Serie A side are reportedly willing to bid around £3m to sign him on a season-long loan with a compulsory option to buy him permanently next summer.

But while the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder had reservations about joining Milan in the summer, he could change his mind in four months with the arrival of the rich Chinese investors.

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Belgium international midfielder Radja Nainggolan has claimed he wants to extend his current deal with AS Roma.

The Giallorossi are reportedly set to offer the 28-year-old a new and improved deal to extend his contract, which runs until June 2020.

Nainggolan had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the last months, but he has decided to commit his future to the Serie A side.

“I spoke to Conte and he told me what he is expecting from me – Nainggolan said ahead of the Euros – He told me which kind of player I can be in his team, it’s important to know that a manager wants to really sign you”.

 

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