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One of Chelsea most promising talents, Dominic Solanke, is now set to join Liverpool, as Sky Sports UK revealed today.

Solanke’s Blues contract expires this summer but the club will still be due compensation for the 19-year-old, expected to be around £3m and decided by tribunal.

That a tribunal is involved means Chelsea offered Solanke an extension to the three-year deal he signed in September 2014 – his first professional contract – but the youngster turned it down.

Solanke hasn’t made a single appearance in the first team in this title winning campaign and only played five games in Chelsea U23 team, scoring 2 goals.

The English forward returned last summer after a season-long-loan to Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored 7 goals in 25 appearances.

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Asmir Begovic left a farewell message on Facebook to Chelsea after he closed a deal with Bournemouth, where he will play since next season.

This is what the Bosnian goalkeeper wrote on his official profile:

Thanks to the players, managers, staff & the fans Chelsea Football Club. It was great to be part of this winning squad. All the best for the future

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The season is over and now it’s time to think about the future and that’s what is Michy Batshuayi doing.

The Belgian striker suddenly became a Chelsea hero after scoring the goal that brought the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge against West Brom, but now he is open to a loan move for next campaign:

“Honestly, I’m not trying to think too much [about my future],” Batshuayi explained after Chelsea lost the FA Cup final.

“Now it will up to the board and the coach to make a decision.”

 

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Cesc Fabregas doesn’t dismiss any speculation on his future, instead, he puts fuel on fire and claims he is not sure to stay at Stamford Bridge for the next season.

Recently the Chelsea star was often linked to Manchester United, where he would reunite with his ex boss Jose’ Mourinho, with whom he’s got a huge mutual respect and a good friendship.

Since the Blues have signed N’Golo Kante Fabregas lost his place as a regular starter and despite being an important man in the Chelsea title campaign this year, he is still looking for more playing time:

“I am not upset and I have nothing against Antonio. He has done a fantastic job,’“he said after Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Wembley.

“I think I have a very good relationship with him. He has been honest with me and me with him. I understand his idea of football very, very well. I like it a lot.

“Every player wants to play more. This is in the genes of a winner. I am one of them and I will never put my head down or hands down. I want to fight.”

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Speaking after the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup final Chelsea star Diego Costa dismissed China’s move speculations revealing the only club he would leave the Blues for, and it’s not Chinese:

“I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico. If not, I will stay here,The Daily Telegraph quote Costa as saying after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

“I’m not interested in other clubs. I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so.

“I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract. I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space to another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave. But only to where I’m willing to.

“Everyone knows what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.

“If I have to move to another City or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”

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ARSENAL –  Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud.

Manager: Arsene Wenger

CHELSEA – Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

 

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During today’s press conference to preview FA Cup final against Arsenal Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked again about his future plans, and the Italian manager reaffirmed he will stay at Stamford Bridge, despite a huge offer he received from Inter, 

“At the moment the situation is very clear, if the club give the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, it’s great for me. We have the same idea, to improve the squad, I am happy for this season, I am happy to stay here, I want to stay here for many years.”

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Antonio Conte is concerned for the game that is waiting for Chelsea tomorrow: the Italian tactician reckons Arsenal will fight hard onto the pitch as – after missing all the targets in this season, including the Champions League qualification- the FA Cup will the only way to save this campaign:

“We have to pay great attention in modern football,” Conte said in today’s press conference.

“Honestly I saw a lot of attention, a lot of concentration for my players, we trained very well this week.

“I can stay calm because I trust my players, it’s impossible for me not trusting my players for what they did this season.

“We don’t have to forget this target, it’s a fantastic target and we don’t know if in the future we will have again the chance to win this trophy.

“In this game I think we must think about ourselves, to be very focused on the game and to do what we know, it’s important to do it, this is the most important thing.

“If you start to think players can miss next game, it’s not right, Arsenal got many good players, we need to pay attention.”

Asked if he can imagine his feelings playing a final in Wembley, he replied:

“I had this feeling already in the semifinal against Spurs, to play in Wembley it’s a fantastic experience, if the stadium is full it’s great, tomorrow we have another chance to play there, we have to do our best for our fans. To have all these emotions in my first season here is a fantastic opportunity for me.”

“Maybe we started the season as underdogs, but then we won the league and it was right to enjoy. On the other side we have a team that have lost also champions league spot, they have only this target to save the season, so we must be focused.

“But I trust a lot my players, because they’ve always showed me to have the right concentration. For sure tomorrow it will be a tough game for both team, but we will try to win the trophy.

Earlier this week many young people unfortunately lost their lives in a terroristic attack in Manchester, after kamikaze blew himself up at the entrance of Manchester Arena, while people were leaving after popstar Ariana Grande’s concert.

Asked if he is worried about this situation, with terrorists targeting big events like football games and big gigs, he said:

“Honestly I lived another similar situation when I was with the Italian national team and we were playing in Belgium, when they tried to place a bomb at England v Germany game.
I think this can condition your mind, but you have to go on, you must live with passion, enthusiasm, when there are these situations you are a bit scared, but we must continue to live and face the situation.”

John Terry will play his last game for Chelsea tomorrow, but Conte admitted is unlikely for the Blues captain to start:

“I don’t know, it’s very difficult to answer, for sure John will be with us, for sure will be on the bench, and then we will see what the game requests, it depends on the moment of the game, we will play also to see him lift this trophy. My players have this dream as well, tomorrow anyway will be a tough game.”

Asked again about his future plans, Conte reaffirmed he will stay at Chelsea despite a huge offer he received from Inter:

“At the moment the situation is very clear, if the club give the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, it’s great for me. We have the same idea, to improve the squad, I am happy for this season, I am happy to stay here, I want to stay here for many years.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that, despite speculations insisting he would accept Inter offer in Italy, that he will stay at Stamford Bridge next year, revealing his family- that was still living in Turin this year- will move to London with him, a big change for the Italian tactician:

“My family will move to London next season,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We are planning the future [with Chelsea], we got the base, we miss the cherries on top.

“I still have two year of contract, they [Chelsea] show to appreciate me, we share the same ideas and also the kind of project [for the future of the team].

“When you have the same pace in the construction of some things you are calm.”

 

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