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Ex Chelsea player Demba Ba move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua last January and spoke about his new experience with The Sun:

“I received a lot of calls from other players that asked me news about Chinese football and China.

“Of course, my advice change according to who’s calling me: for instance, if  Eden Hazard calls me, I will say to him to not be stupid and stay where he is now.

“If John Terry calls me, I will say to him to get the first flight to China.

“John is still a top player, but he’s 35 now and he has not prove anything to anyone. He would be really welcome here.”

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Ex Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli knows Antonio Conte very well since they were team-mates at Juventus in late 90s: they won a couple of Italian titles and a Champions League together and they remained friends throughout these years.

Ravanelli also coached Juventus youth teams for two years when Conte was in charge at Bianconeri, and also helped him in his experience in the Italian national team, so he knows his way of working really well.

That’s why The Sun asked him an opinion about new Chelsea manager and what he can bring to the West London side:

“Chelsea have made the right choice if they want to win back the Premier League,” Ravanelli told to the English newspaper.

“I think, under Conte, it’s a guarantee.

He is one of the most meticulous managers in the world – but also a fighter.

“He demands professionalism. He is meticulous – especially on tactics. Chelsea have made a great decision.

“But when he did start his new career — even if he had endured some difficult times — you could see he was going to be successful.

“He always had a great determination. He always had a willingness to make it to the top — and that shows in his incredible rise.

“He won promotions, he won three league titles in a row. He’s an extraordinary boss.”

Conte doesn’t have a great score in the Champions League: his best result is a quarter final in 2013, when Juventus was knocked out by future champions of Europe, Bayern Munich, and was even kicked out at the group stage in the following edition, after a controversial defeat in Turkey against Galatasaray.

Ravanelli claimed he is sure Conte will success in the major European competition too:

“He has always said that, having won it as a player, he wants to win it as a manager.

“No, he will win it as a manager.

“I think in his future there will be a Champions League victory and I hope for him it’s with Chelsea,” Ravanelli concluded.

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Antonio Conte made a surprise visit yesterday travelling to Cobham training ground along with Chelsea sporting director Michaeal Emenalo.

The Italian manager wanted to meet the players and he was supposed to have watched to training.

Conte will have to make important decisions on the squad next summer, in fact some players are not sure to stay: Eden Hazard has got offers from PSG and Real Madrid and with Chelsea not taking part to next Champions League a huge income from his sale would be great for FFP, so the club could invest some more money to revamp the squad.

Thibaut Courtois is in a similar situation and after what he said last week a move from him wouldn’t be so strange. He has been targeted by Real Madrid and PSG too.

Diego Costa is wanted by Atletico Madrid, who dream about his return, but the Colchoneros chairman stated that his a tough negotiation and Conte would like to keep him.

John Terry still doesn’t know if he will remain or not, and he is in talks with the board. Conte would like to keep him too to have a leader in the dressing room to help him with his delicate job.

Nemanja Matic is set to leave after he got a small playing time in this season, especially after Guus Hiddink took charge, so the Conte had to decide on his future too since Chelsea invested £ 25m two years ago to bring him back from Benfica, an effort that was in part repaid last season where Matic was fundamental in the title race with impressive performances on Fabregas‘ side.

Chelsea also got interesting youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Jake Clarke-Salter or Kenedy and, of course, Conte want to realise if they are really ready to be part of the first team squad for next year.

It won’t be an easy job for the Italian manager, that’s why he’s starting to work now for next season: he wants to bring Chelsea back to glory, as he did with Juventus four years ago.

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Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is keen to see his former club back at the top and he thinks Conte could be the proper man, claiming he is on par with Pep Guardiola.

He told beIN Sports: “He is a great coach, has done so well in Italy, he has some very good qualities, strong character and is the man who can start a new cycle for Chelsea so I hope things go well for him,” 

“He has very strong ideas, very determined and is very disciplined. He will bring all these qualities to Chelsea and hopefully he will be able to integrate into the culture.”

“He has already coached in Italy, all these things, the language, they can influence the results, but he will bring self discipline and determination, as well as tactical awareness and all these things can be good for Chelsea.”

About other managers: “Conte is one of those managers like Guardiola, like Simeone, like Mourinho. They have got the careers to manage big teams. The results will tell us whether it is right or not but I really hope so.”


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Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, now playing in China after a lucrative move to Jiangsu Suning, claims he left Stamford Bridge due to interim manager Guus Hiddink‘s refusal to give him playing time.

Ramires told The Sun: “One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of Hiddink.”

“It wasn’t just because I had a good relationship with Jose Mourinho , but when he was in charge, I knew there was a chance of playing and that the fight for a place in the team was always open.”

About Chelsea: “I always had a good relationship inside the club and I still have today. I played and performed in some important matches for Chelsea and can honestly say that I always worked hard for the team.”

“The previous coaches always trusted me to perform in the key games and I loved my time at the club” Ramires added.







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Alexandre Pato thanked Cesc Fabregas for giving him a perfect day in his Chelsea debut.

The Brazilian striker won a penalty last Saturday at Villa Park when the Blues were up 1-0: according to team rules it should have been Fabregas to kick it, but he left it to Pato so to allow him to score on his first game with the team ( something the Brazilian did in EVERY side he played for).

So today, speaking to Chelsea TV, Pato had the chance to express this feeling on this special day for him:

“When we had the penalty I asked Cesc if I could shoot and he said, ‘Okay, you go.’

“Thank you to Cesc because it was very important what he did for me. After three years I’ve come back to Europe and Chelsea have given me a new opportunity. I also want to say thank you to the Chelsea fans.

“When you play for a big team every game is important. Every player has that mentality.”


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It’s now been nearly 24 hours since Italian manager Antonio Conte was announced as the next Chelsea boss. But what will he have to change at Stamford Bridge to bring back success?

Conte won three consecutive Serie A titles at Juventus between 2011-2014 during which he amassed the highest points total of any team in Serie A history in the 2011/12 season. Having taken over from the club when they finished just 7th in the league.

Having taken over the Italian national team and qualified them for Euro 2016 unbeaten, winning seven and drawing three he will lead the team to France this summer before making his switch to London.

But the job at Stamford Bridge could well be Conte’s biggest challenge. Having never managed in England before, he will be under the microscope with an extremely talented squad and, I’m sure, plenty of money to spend. So how does he bring the good times back to West London?

Give John Terry a new deal

Chelsea captain John Terry has been the clubs talisman for the last 15 years. Being captain during the most successful period in the clubs 111 year history. He has been starting nearly every game he’s been fit for this season, and is still obviously one of the club’s best centre backs currently.

It would make no sense to get rid of John Terry. Even if the former England captain isn’t seen as a first team regular under Conte, his role in the dressing room would be key to any success Chelsea were to have. His experience and know how on the big Champions League and Premier League games would be key for the next 2-3 years at least.

Build a spine

When fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti took over at Stamford Bridge in 2009 from interim boss Guus Hiddink the Blues had a very strong spine to their team. Cech, Terry, Cole, Lampard and Drogba who went on to win countless trophies including the Champions League. This was the catalyst to Chelsea’s success over the last decade. Now only one of those players remains.

Chelsea have a strong squad of young players. There is the potential for a great spine there. Courtois, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa. You can change some of those names, but essentially those are Chelsea’s best players in their respective positions. With Chelsea in a sense of transition, the club will need to build a team around these players in the hope they will stay without Champions League football next season.

Sort out the current squad before identifying new signings

With over thirty first team players out on loan and an incredible youth setup to his disposal, Antonio Conte needs sort through plenty of players before even attempting to make any new signings. Yes investment may be needed but it will be difficult to attract the top players without Champions League football. Therefore identifying those players who can really improve the team from within will be vital.

As discussed in my previous article, loan players such as Patrick Bamford, Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado and many more could well improve this current squad of players. Youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman and Kenedy who have had a taste of first team football will have even more to prove to the new manager.

There are plenty of players out of form, such as Matic, Hazard, Oscar and Remy. Conte will need to decide who will stay, who goes and most importantly, who will replace them.

There is a lot of work for the Italian man to do. But with a talented squad of players at his disposal and the backing of the board in summer, he could well turn this club around. Let’s face it, it can’t get any worse then this season surely?


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Cristiano Ronaldo

Sky Sport Spain report that Real Madrid decided to put Cristiano Ronaldo on the market for the next summer transfer window.

The Portuguese star is already 31 and his contract with the Merengues will expire in 2018, these are the reasons why the Blancos want to get rid of him.

The club and his agent, Jorge Mendes, would already had a meeting on this, fixing his price to €60m, around £ 50m.

A top player as Cristiano Ronaldo can make an impact in every side in the world but his price is not affordable fot all the clubs, anyway there are several teams in the Premier League that would pay £ 50m to sign him immediately: among them his ex club, Manchester United, but also Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

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Antonio Conte‘s lawyer, Leonardo Cammarata, spoke about the judge request of six months jail sentence for match fixing for his client, a request that was formalized this morning by the Court of Cremona, head of the trial in Italy.

His legal team have ruled out a plea bargain in the trial though Cammarata has described the protracted process as “a nightmare”.

Conte missed fifteen of Juventus’ Serie A matches and six Champions League games because of the suspension in from August 2012 to December 2012.

“He is very tired of it,” Cammarata said.

“It has been a nightmare, completely crazy. We are convinced he is innocent and asked for this trial to be fast-tracked because we did not want a long and boring trial which would turn into a TV show at a time when he wants to concentrate on his football.”

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Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Atletico Madrid chairman Enrique Cerezo spoke to Spanish radio Onda Cero about Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

In fact, it’s no mystery the Spanish side would like to bring back the forward to the Vicente Calderón in next summer transfer window but Chelsea are really keen to keep him, as well as their new manager Antonio Conte:

He’s got a contract with Chelsea and we must respect this,” Cerezo said.

“To negotiate with Chelsea will be really hard, almost impossible.

“We don’t have to forget he is one of the Blues stars. 

“If Falcao was close to come back last January? He was injured and we didn’t know really well the injury’s extent.”


Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his 1st appearance for Argentina in the 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night. The 36-year-old was sensational...