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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has ended his loan-spell at Celtic and he is back at Stamford Bridge.

The talented midfielder joined the Scottish Champions during last January transfer window as the two clubs agreed an 18-month deal for Musonda’s loan.

However, the Blues youngster didn’t have many chances to play as explained by Celtic’s manager Brendan Rodgers: “He was a joy to work with, a really good boy”, Rodgers said. “wanted to learn and he’s now at an age where he needs to play week in, week out, and, unfortunately, I couldn’t promise him that.”

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has joined Celtic on an 18-month loan deal, the clubs have announced.

Musonda, 21, stayed at Stamford Bridge in an attempt to break into the first team rather than leaving on loan last summer, and signed a new deal until December 2022.

But he has since made just 7 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, only 2 of which were starts.

Chelsea believe that working under former Blues academy coach Brendan Rodgers could kickstart Musonda’s senior career in football.

Celtic published an official statement that read:

“The Belgian Under-21 internationalist has been a much sought-after player in this transfer window, with many of Europe’s top clubs keen to take him on loan,” a Celtic club statement said of the move.

“However, both the player and his parent club believe that his football development will be best served at Celtic Park under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.”




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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed that, as expected, he will rotate some players against Everton in Wednesday night League Cup clash:

“I think for the game against Everton it is a good opportunity to give a chance to young players like Charly Musonda and Kenedy, the Italian manager revealed.

“They are young but they deserve this chance because they are working very well, they are improving and to see the improvement during a tough game against Everton, I think is important for the club.”


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Chelsea win 5-1 on Nottingham Forest in League Cup third round and go through the next stage.

Antonio Conte chose to rotate many players and gave chances to Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi and Caballero, with Eden Hazard starting his first Chelsea game of the season.

The first three took the chance they got tonight with great displays and they all scored: the Brazilian winger netted the opener ( 13′) the Belgian striker scored an hat-trick ( 19′, 53′, 86′) and Musonda ( 40′) scored the third goal in the end of the first half.

Forest only goal was scored by Dyer at 90′.

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Tomorrow’s night League Cup game against Nottingham Forest will be a good chance for some Chelsea youngsters to collect some playing time and show the manager and the fans what they are capable of.

Antonio Conte confirmed that he will give some minutes to the young players that don’t usually start in today’s press conference ahead of the clash:

“The next game could be a good opportunity to give chances to players who didn’t play a lot (so far),“the Italian boss revealed.

“I think tomorrow can be a good chance for Musonda and Kenedy.”

Kenedy got himself in trouble during Chelsea summer tour in Asia after an offensive social media post, but Conte claims the Brazilian winger has learned from the incident.

“He knows very well what happened in China. He knows he made a mistake. Now he’s focused and working very well.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke today before the FA Cup against Wolves.

The Blues manager revealed that the whole squad is fit for this crucial game but, anyway, he will give rest to some players:

“John Terry is fit for this game, he is ok.

“All the players are available but there are situations that is better to keep under control, Marcos Alondo and David Luiz will rest, we gave him [Luiz] a week to recover well and prepare for next game, all the players are in good form and I will make the best decisions for the game.

“Luiz is better, his knee after Man City game was bad compared to now, it’s normal to control the situation, but he’s good,  he’s working with te physios and the situation is under control.

“I don’t know about Diego Costa’s new contract situation, I think now it’s very importat to look at the present and not to look so forward, all people at Chelsea must focus on the present, then we will see the situation.

“I am confident for him to stay, but now it’s important to keep a great concentration for the present, and the present is tomorrow’s game against Wolves, we must go through the next round.

“Would I like to win the double? I like to win, I like to win with my team, every competition, in every season, it won’t be easy to win the league and the cup, of course I will like to win both, because when you are at Chelsea you need this winning mentality.

“There are six teams in the title race, all very strong, and in the cup there are 16, but tomorrow it won’t be easy, don’t forget Wolves won against Liverpool and Stoke away, we must pay attention because this team showed in the past they can beat great teams like Liverpool and Stoke City, I hope tomorrow the other side will be different and Chelsea going to the next round.

Conte was asked if it would be possible to see him to manage in the Premier League at 67, like Arsene Wenger is doing, but the Italian manager was evasive in his answer, where he praised the Gunners boss:

“I have great respect for him, I think he did a great job in 20 years for Arsenal and he’s still doing it, he’s one of the best in the world, we all know that in some moments the results are not good, but it’s important to not forget the job that a manager, and players, did in the past.

About Mark Clattenburg quitting his referee role in English football, he claimed:

“It’s a pity Clattenburg is leaving because he’s a really good referee, it’s a pity that he wants to go and he took this choice, it’s not a good news for us, because it’s important to have the best [referees], and he’s one of the best referees in this country and seeing him go away it’s a pity. I am a bit sorry for this.

Dominic Solanke’s contract with Chelsea is expiring next June and the striker allegedely asked 50.000 pounds per week, an amount that the Blues director believe is outrageous for a young kid with no much first team experience:

“I don’t know his future,” Conte said”We should have a crystal ball to predict it, he’s a Chelsea player now, I wish him and his family the best.

“I am not sure he will leave, but I think this is his will. I think it’s better to ask this question to him. I’ve been here only for seven months, I think to stay in a team like Chelsea is a great opportunity, but we have to respect every decision by the player, anyway, I don’t know his future. I spoke to him to try to understand his will but, I repeat, we must have a great respect for every decision a player can take. His contract expires in June.

Wolves manager Lambert was playing in Borussia Dortmund when they beat Juventus, Antonio Conte’s team, in 1997 Champions League final, even if the Blues coach didn’t play because he was recovering from a knee injury:

“I remember that game very well, it was one of the three finals I lost: they were underdogs but they won very well, Lambert was playing for them and he was a great midfielder. I don’t think the result would have been different if I played, they played a really good game and had many great players, some of them ex Juventus players like Kholer, Paulo Sousa, Moller.

“And no, there is no revenge[in tomorrow’s game], I wish for him the best, after this game, of course, tomorrow it’s an important game for us, for Wolves. For me it would be a great pleasure to shake his hand.

Conte also revealed he will play some reserves’s in tomorrow’s clash:

“FA Cup would be a good opportunity to see some players that didn’t play so much, but we want and must go to the next round, for the club, for the fans and the team.

Chelsea U21 progressed in the Youth Cup during the week and when asked abou the great job that has being done at the Blues academy, Conte said:

“The academy is doing a great job in these years, we got players like Chalobah, Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina, it’s important to have this link betweenfirst team and academy and to exploit their good job.

“These players stay with me, with the first team, because they deserve it, not because I want to give them a gift.

Conte reveales that Charly Musonda is not selected for tomorrow’s game and explained why:

“Musonda is not in the squad for tomorrow, he is working very well, very hard in the training sessions but he is having supplementary work with a fitness coach, probably he will be with us in the next games, if he deserves to stay with us.

The Italia manager also explained the importance of a football coach mental job:

“Every manager has to do a mental job on his squad, not justo n th e physical, technical and tactical aspect. It’s important to work on the mentality, during the game, during training sessions, it’s an important aspect of our job.”

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Sharing the dressing room with him every day at Borussia Monchengladbach Eden Hazard‘s younger brother, Thorgan, knows Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen really well and is ready to bet him as one of the future top defenders:

“I think he has a great future. He can play at a top, top level at a top, top team. When a 19-year-old comes into defence like this and does this, I am very confident about his future,” Hazard said to Goal.com.

“They give their opportunity to play in a great club, great atmosphere and a great championship. Most of the guys are very good. It is a high level.”

Thorgan knows really well also Charly Musonda jr, that was is team-mate at Chelsea and also in Belgium national team:

He decided to return to Chelsea and he decided to take a place in the squad,” Hazard said about the Musonda’s decision to end his loan spell at Betis.

“I know Charly and I think he is a winner. He will fight for that and I hope he can do this (play for Chelsea).

“I think he knows also that there are very good players in his position, so he needs to fight very, very hard. My brother, Willian and Pedro and it is a lot of players.”



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During his interview with SoccerAm Chelsea captain John Terry revealed what are Roman Abramovich‘s plans with Blues youngsters.

Many of them are out on loan, but the English skipper said that the aim is to bring the majority of them back:

“Ideally you want them to come back.

The Chelsea fans want that, I think Roman wants that ideally.

“If that’s not the case and the Chelsea youngsters are not good enough, not performing enough to come through, then we have the capability of going out to buy big players.”

The opportunities are there for sure,” he added.

“We’re seeing that with [Nathaniel] Chalobah, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Nathan] Ake’s just come back, Ola Aina as well, Charly Musonda’s just come back off loan as well.

“The boys are there, now it’s just about giving them opportunities.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the FA Cup clash against Brentford today and, first of all, he assured everyone about Gary Cahill’s conditions after the terrible clash with Ryan Mason in last weekend’s game against Hull City:

” Cahill is fine, he has trained with us since Tuesday, he doesn’t have any problem, he never had, because he hit his forehead, he’s also mentally fine. I am sorry for whay happened to Mason and I wish him and his family the best and I hope to see him soon on the pitch.

Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to Chelsea as a possible substitute of Asmir Begovic, who could move to Bournemouth before the end of this transfer window:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

Rumours today suggesteted that Branislav Ivanovic is close to leave Chelsea after nine years, with offers from WBA and Zenit St Petersburg:

“I don’t know about his chances to leave, there are a lot of speculations, a lot of lies, but also there is some truth in some situations, there are four days to finish this window, and then we will see this situation.

Continuing to speak about the transfer window, Conte said:

“I don’t know what will happen before the end of this transfer window, if we stay with these players I am very happy as well.

“I think we have to improve our squad with the number of players, because in some roles we don’t have many.

“I don’t reveal what know about the transfer window because it seems you know more than me [he jokes] but anyway, I repeat that if some players are coming it’s to improve the squad, and I will have confidence in them, but if no one comes I am happy as well.”

Asked if he will play the FA Cup game with the Anfield clash against Liverpool in his mind, he said:

“It’s a good opportunity to see players that are not playing very much, tomorrow it’s an opportunity for us and for me, we want to win, we want to go to next round, I try to make the best decisions for our team tomorrow.

“I think we have to see game by game, last game, if we lose we have just the league to play, so it’s really impotant for us to go through. I will start to think about Liverpool after this game.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this,  and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

The Italian gaffer was asked if Nathan Ake will have a chance tomorrow, and in which position will he play, in case:

“He’s got the possibility to play in different positions, for me, he’s got the chance to show me how much he improved.”

Also Kenedy and Musonda came back after ending their loan spells:

“Kenedy and Musonda are young players, with a good prospect , if we take this decision to stay here, I think the players will be very happy.

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the youngsters tha have been with him since the start of the season will stay or will go on loan and if they got a chance to play tomorrow:

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah will stay for sure, Ola Aina maybe goes on loan, tomorrow we won’t see them.

The boss also said that there are no injury concerns for tomorrow’s clash.

And speaking about players that didn’t have much playing time, he said:

“Batshuayi got a chance to show me that he is improving tomorrow.”

Conte also explained why he wants to go through in the FA Cup:

“To have another competition besides the league is very important for us, we don’t play the Champions League this year, it’s good to play more competitions to keep motivation high. This is the oldest competition in the world and for me it’s an important trophy to try to win, you know better than me that anything can happen in the FA Cup, especually if you don’t go with the right concentration, the right focus, tomorrow it’s a tricky game and we must go to win to go through the next round.”


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