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Chelsea players Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Marco van Ginkel were all protagonist their national teams games last night.

The two Belgian players both started and the playmaker was the Red Devils captain for the first time.

Belgium eventually drew 1-1 against Finland, with the equaliser scored by ex Chelsea talent Romelu Lukaku at the last minute.

Van Ginkel started with Netherlands in the friendly game against Poland, that the Orange won 2-1 with goals by Janssen and Wijnaldum, while Jedrzejczyk scored the temporary equaliser for the Lewandowski‘s team.

Holland, anyway, incredibly missed the qualification for EURO 2016, so they won’t take part to the continental tournament in France.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored the second goal of the six with whom Spain beat South Korea last night in Salzburg, Austria, in a friendly game to prepare next European tournament in France.

The Blues number 4 played the first half,  as well as his club mate Cesar Azpilicueta.

The other Chelsea Spanish player selected for EURO 2016, Pedro, was not used by the coach Vicente Del Bosque.

The other goals were scored by David Silva, Alvaro Morata ( brace) and Nolito ( brace).

Se-Jong Joo scored the only goal for South Korea.

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Chelsea scout Piet De Visser says the Blues are planning to send Charly Musonda back to Real Betis on loan next season.

The youngster made an impact in Spain in the last campaign but Chelsea want him to improve even more before including him in their first team squad:

“We decided to give him another campaign over there where he had a great performance – then you are ready to return.

“”Charly has made an excellent choice [to go to Betis]. When we took him he was very frail. We even feared that he was too little athlete despite his talent to make it in the sport.

““He is a player for a top team and Chelsea will protect his talent. An option to buy him could be too expensive for us and will be impossible to pay it. These clubs buy and invest in talented players.”

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Yesterday the 23-men-squads travelling to France for EURO 2016 were confirmed by the international coaches.

Chelsea will have six players taking part to the competition, plus new manager Antonio Conte, that is currently Italy’s coach.

Let’s see who are the Blues who will be in EURO 2016:

SPAINCesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro 

BELGIUMEden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois

ENGLAND Gary Cahill

ITALY Antonio Conte ( coach)

 

Kurt Zouma could not take part to the tournament for his knee injury, while players like Diego Costa and Loic Remy that used to be regulars in their national teams were snubbed by their coaches.

ChelseaNews24 will follow their performances at EURO 2016 and will update you with the main news of the competition, so stay tuned!

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New Manchester United boss José Mourinho is ready to challenge Liverpool and his former club Chelsea in the race to sign one of the Serie A stars: Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian international is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Italian championship and he impressed once again in the last campaign: with 12 goals and 13 assists in all competitions he helped Roma finish third in the table and qualify for the Champions League next season.

Chelsea have been tracking him and his team-mate Radja Nainggolan for months but being out of the European competitions next year decreased the appeal of the club for the next transfer market window, Liverpool are in the same situation.

New Blues boss Antonio Conte knows Roma’s midfielders really well from his spell in Serie A and will try to convince at least one of them to land at Stamford Bridge.

In this moment, anyway, Manchester United seem to be in pole position to sign Pjanic, who will be glad to be coached by José Mourinho.

 

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Three European top clubs are in the race to sign Real Madrid wonderkid Borja Mayoral.

The 19-years-old burst on to the scene after Zinedine Zidane was appointed as a manager last January and Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus have been scouting him throughout all this time.

He made 6 appearances under the French coach in these past months and some of the Real Madrid youth coaches compared him to the Merengues’ legend Raul.

Mayoral, anyway, just extended his deal with the Perez‘s team until 2021 and the current Champions of Europe are are unlikely to allow him to leave on a permanent basis.

 

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England U21 won Toulon Tournament against France, beating the host 2-0 in the final with goals by two Chelsea youngsters: Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The duo impressed all over the entire competition: Baker was the top scorer with 4 goals while the midfielder was voted as the best player of the tournament.

Also Nathaniel Chalobah impressed and was included in the top 11 of the tournament.

A good news for next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, that now knows he can count on these youngsters to build his next team.

Many future top players made an impact at Toulon all over the years: James Rodriguez,  Javier Mascherano, Thierry Henry, Rui Costa and Alan Shearer are among those.

Last England win in this tournament was in 1994, where the U21 national team was captained by Jamie Redknapp.

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone revealed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa didn’t send him a message yet before this final against Real Madrid, but he sent it before, showing his affection for the club he played with for years in La Liga, included a Champions League final in Lisbon 2016:

“He hasn’t send me a message yet for this game, but yes he did after the Spanish side went through the quarter finals with Barcelona and with Bayern Munich in the semifinal. I am sure that him and other guys that are not in this club anymore or that got good feelings for us will watch the game with our shirt on tomorrow.”

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Speaking before the Champions League final in Milan with Atletico Madrid ex Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, that won the trophy with the Blues in 2012, said:

I won many important trophies with Chelsea and with the Spanish national team: I enjoyed those victories but for sure this is going to be the most special match in my career since Atletico has been the [most important] club of my life. Tomorrow will be the game of my life without any doubt and I have the chance to fulfil my childhood dream.”

Atletico will face Real Madrid in San Siro tomorrow night, in the replay of the final they played two years ago in Lisbon, that the Blancos won for 4-1 at extra time, after Sergio Ramos equalised Godin’s goal in the injury time: Chelsea players Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa took part to that final too.

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According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the top targets for the incoming Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte.

Conte has put French defender on top of his shopping list and Ambramovic’s staff would offer at least €40m (£30m) for the defender.

Koulibaly was also followed by Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

The Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claimed that Red Devils had a €20m (£15.5m) offer turned down in January, as Napoli would only negotiate him for at least €30m.

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