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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was upset at UEFA officials last night after they showed at Spain training camp in Las Rozas, near Madrid, around 11.30 pm.

The men from the most important European football institution visited the current Champions of Europe to let them undergo some doping tests.

Fabregas was annoyed by the time of the visit and posted this sarcastic picture on his Snapchat profile:

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Visiting the UEFA anti-doping page we can read:

The 2015/16 campaign will finish with UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

“UEFA has planned an extensive testing programme to ensure that the expanded tournament, with 24 teams, remains free of doping.

UEFA will start conducting tests on all the finalists from the beginning of January, with a combination of urine, whole blood and serum samples being collected in-and-out-of-competition.

“Tests will also be conducted at each of the 51 matches in France, involving at least two players from each team at every game.”

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Chelsea players on international duty: the programme

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

Poland vs. SERBIA (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić

THURSDAY, MARCH 24

GHANA vs. Mozambique (2017 ACN qualifying)

15:30 GMT
Baba Rahman (17)

DENMARK vs. Iceland (Friendly)

19:00 GMT
Andreas Christensen (2)

Italy vs. SPAIN (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Cesc Fàbregas (101), Pedro (55), César Azpilicueta (13)

Bolivia vs. COLOMBIA (2018 World Cup qualifying)

20:00 GMT

Juan Cuadrado (47)

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 25

NIGERIA vs. Egypt (2017 ACN Qualifying)

15:00 GMT
John Obi Mikel (73), Victor Moses (24)

IVORY COAST vs. Sudan (2017 ACN Qualifying)

16:30 GMT
Victorien Angban (0)

Luxembourg vs. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Friendly)

19:15 GMT
Asmir Begović (47)

JAMAICA vs. Costa Rica

8pm EST
Michael Hector (11)

BRAZIL vs. Uruguay (2018 World Cup qualifying)

8:45pm EST

Oscar (48), Willian (32)

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

BURKINA FASO vs. Uganda (2017 ACN qualifying)

18:00 GMT
Bertrand Traoré

Germany vs. ENGLAND (Friendly)

19:45 GMT
Gary Cahill (40)

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It is understood that Real Madrid could come calling for Chelsea goalkeeper Thiabut Courtois should they fail in their pursuit of Manchester United’s David De Gea.

It’s believed that the Blues have put a £73 million price tag on the Belgian youngster to scare off any interest according to the Evening Standard.

Courtois has had a poor season by his high standards and yesterday told how he preferred to play with the Belgium national team defensive line as oppose to the Chelsea back line.

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Chelsea defender Matt Miazga spoke to ESPN about how he needs to establish himself and take chances when they come.

Miazga, 20, signed from New York Red Bulls in January, but the American hasn’t seen any first team opportunities since his move.

Speaking to ESPN Miazga said “The set up is great over there – I feel like even in training I’m getting so much better working with all these world-class players.”

“I just have to be patient, and when I get opportunities take them and slowly impress the coaching staff and just establish myself.”

“I wanted to test myself in Europe to see what I can do,” Miazga said. “I want to be the best player I can be, the best American player. Why not challenge myself at one of the biggest clubs in the world?”

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Antonio Conte will have to make one of the most difficult decisions at Chelsea:  to tell probably the most significant player in the club’s history whether or not he has a future at the club.

The club says they do not see the value in extending the 35-year-old’s deal, but they will be swayed by whatever the new manager has to say.

Conte is tied up with the matter of Euro 2016, so he could potentially not arrive in London until July 10th. Nine days after the opening of the summer transfer window, and ten days after Terry’s Chelsea contract ends.

The defender spent part of this international break commuting to China, on a promotional visit for Chelsea sponsors Yokohama, where he has been linked with a potentially move to the Super League.

Conte has worked with older players before, he brought new life to the career of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

Frank Lampard said: “I think John’s a link with the Chelsea fans, but the decision will be made by the owners. Same as what happened with me. Eventually your time comes. I’m not sure now is John’s time.”

But it is not Lampard’s decision, it is Conte’s. He will be known as the man who either saved or axed John Terry.

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Chelsea number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has recently been speaking to The Sun and has shed some light on the poor start to the season and why the players’ confidence was so low.

“It is hard to explain why our season has been bad. Maybe it is as a result of our pre-season preparations, which were very brief.

“We returned to training on July 16 and six days later we were already playing a match against New York Red Bulls.

“We weren`t in good physical shape. We then lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield and went on to make a bad start in the league. A downward spiral set in.”

Thibaut Courtois then goes on to discuss the current form of international team-mate Eden Hazard. Courtois believes that Hazard is still the same player and he’s just been unlucky this season, compared to last years campaign where Hazard was the star man in almost every game.

“I see Eden in training every day and he is the same player he was last year.

“He was very strong against Paris Saint-Germain and in other games before ten.

“He made the same runs and moves he did last season.

“But he did not score or create a goal in those games, so it is easy to criticise him.”

 

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Antonio Conte is going to put pen to paper on a deal to start as the new Chelsea manager.

The Italian current National team boss confirmed last week that he wouldn’t continue in Italy after this summer’s European Championships and he is expected to be announced as Chelsea boss very soon.

Roman Abramovich has the funds available to afford some of the biggest names in Europe, although Conte will have to contend with no Champions League football next season.

Getwestlondon.co.uk suggested many big names are linked with a move to Stamford Bridge: Arturo Vidal, Miralem Pjanic, Radja Nainggolan, Marquinhos, N’golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Leonardo Bonucci, Riyad Mahrez, Kōnstantinos Manōlas, Giacomo Bonaventura, Carlos Bacca, Leroy Sané and Allan.

These are supposedly the names written by Antonio Conte on his shopping list.

Who will Chelsea sign?

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Since the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December and the appointment of Guus Hiddink, Chelsea‘s form has drastically improved and are still unbeaten the Premier League.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink is urging the players to continue this form and says the team needs to play with pride to achieve the highest position possible.

“First of all we want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible. 

“But also we appeal to the players to say hey, you are a big club which has had a very difficult season and is recovering step by step.

“We are unbeaten in the league so far, and when you play as a big club in a difficult situation, you must have pride as well.

“We say to them you are champions from last year so play with your heart and play with desire, and I think against West Ham the players showed desire, especially in the second half when they regained their confidence. It is about personal pride.”

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Raul Meireles will shortly become a free agent at the end of the season and Fenerbahce have yet to enter talks over extending his contract.

The 32-year-old currently earns 2.000.000€ per-season and made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Yellow Canaries despite being plagued with injury problems this season.

The former Chelsea midfielder won the Portuguese league title four times with Porto, and also won the Champions League with the Blues during his stay in Premier League.

 

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Zenit St. Petersburg player Axel Witsel is keen to move away from the Russian club this summer and many clubs are interested in him.

Chelsea and Spurs have joined the chase to sign the Belgian talented midfielder, according to The Daily Star.

As ChelseaNews24 reported in August, Chelsea held talks with the Belgium international over a £23m transfer last summer, but the Blues failed the signing.

His value at the moment is around £25m.

 

 

 

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