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According to ESPN sources Chelsea long-time target Radja Nainggolan is open for a transfer to Stamford Bridge, encouraged by the fact that several other Belgian players are currently in the Premier League.

The Roma midfielder is one of the first names in next Blues boss Antonio Conte‘s wishlist for next summer transfer window.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

Asking to comment Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo, words on the players that came out of Tottenham academy, Guus Hiddink explained that the process to make it into the first team, especially in a big club, is not so easy as external people can imagine.

The “final step” is always the most difficult, especially if you are in a top team, that one of the reasons why Chelsea, that got a really good academy, didn’t bring many players into the first team in the past years:

“I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment,” Hiddink said.

“At Spurs they have started a process to grow their own players twelve-thirteen years ago and Harry Kane came out of that, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, they won many trophies, also around Europe, and that means that the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them  you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.

“The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that participated to the training, among them Kasey Palmer, he is often with us. For me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”

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Guus Hiddink’s press conference ahead of the clash at Bournemouth:

INJURED PLAYERS-Kurt Zouma is working very hard, Remy is out, Terry is not still available to play, he will travel with the team this afternoon to Bournemouth. He travels because I like people to be involved in the team, he is very committed, he was very annoyed by his injury, and I want him to be the team.

JONH TERRY – “He’s under treatment, I hope he will step up next week. He has to step up at least Thursday, training with the group, to play against Spurs

It’s a long way to go for him to become a manager,  if you gather all the players you’re interested, yu always have a good view of the other side, but first of all I consider him as a player.

EDEN HAZARD – “He is available, he will travel, maybe not the whole game. This week he was training without complaining, he was training very alive, a good signal to participate.

UPCOMING GAMES – “We’re not in the middle of the focus, I said to the guys that they are still in a big club, in a dififcult season, and you have not to forget also our loyal supporters

“Players motivation? When we play games in training they are fully committed to win, so Chelsea will try to win all the remaining wins.”

NEW TOP CLUBS –Everyone is in favour to see Leicester being champions

“If you have a wise and smart [players] recruitment maybe you have good players for 1 million or a little more, then maybe the pass 3-4 years in the club their value is 20 million, of course the demand of a big club is very high, it’s not that easy, but sometimes you find what you call a white horse.

“In some club you don’t have very good players, good players not superstars, but they got also very strong team spirit that give you the appearance to be unbeatable.”

BOURNEMOUTH –It’s not easy to come from Championship and to keep them in the Premier League is even more difficult, they kept on doing well, that’s an example of a good English manager and what he can do. He’s a good example of how he can manage it.

“Leicester got a good management, probably a good transfer policy, when you can from the bottom to the Premier League it’s always respectful

EPISODES – “I watched to game Bournemouth won at Stamford Bridge, yes, it’s true, their winner was offside. But at the end of the season you got compensation in those episodes, like the equaliser Terry scored against Everton, it was offside too.

BAD SEASON – “I watched that game and I wondered how Chelsea, the champions, could lose like that. The club wasn’t used to situations like this, it’s a new negative experience. 

“Next seasons many teams will have the possibility to sign very good players, so it will be tougher for everyone.

SQUAD MOOD – “When results are not good during the season, of course there is a different mood, when we went out of the Champions League and Fa Cup of course something changed, automatically there was a little less “sparkle” to perform at the top. We have to go into the last games with a lot pride

EMENALO/ACADEMY – “I don’t know exactly what Emenalo said, but it’s difficult to comment…Harry Kane came from Spurs academy, of course. At Chelsea the demands to be first team player is very high, you must have a very good recruitment department but it’s not easy in big clubs, it’s difficult to make the last step. Of Course Chelsea got good youngsters, the average quality is ok, but you must ask yourself if among them  you got 2-3 players that in a couple of years can make it in the first team.

PATO and FALCAO“Pato and Falcao with Costa? I have to make my fair judgement and give them the opportunity they deserve in the games, in January we had many problems and only Diego Costa was available, then Traore came and did well, Pato came on loan and he took a while to play because there was competition.

CHELSEA TOP YOUNGSTERS – “The youngsters, like Tammy Abraham, often train with us and you can see them how they grow in a short time, how they improve also their resistance, yesterday we had three-four players of the ones that won the youth League that partecipated to the training, for me they learn much more when they train with the first team that playing with not so challenging teams.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex footballer and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson explained why, according to him, Eden Hazard failed this season at Chelsea:

You’re just hoping that this is an off season and he got a bit carried away with himself and wasn’t fully fit.

“Some players are starting to concentrate on the Euros now. They’ve got nothing to play for and they don’t want to get injured before the Euros.

“Belgium have got a very good chance of winning this tournament. For me, players have always got that in the back of their mind now.”

“I’d give him one more season to prove himself because you can’t be that good and then that bad.

“It’s impossible – you can’t hit those heights without being a top-drawer player, in my opinion.”

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Mats Hummels has been among Europe top defenders for years and several Premier League clubs targeted him: in fact, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea hope to sign him during the next transfer window.

“Mats is facing a tremendously important decision in his career, in his life, similar to a woman who is 30 and has to decide now or never having children,” his father and adviser, Hermann, is quoted by Bild.

“Dortmund is back among the top clubs in Europe, so the decision is so hard for him. If he should leave Dortmund yet, then he goes to one of the five or six top clubs and to these clubs is one course of Bayern Munich.

The German defender, 27, added fuel to the speculations on his future, claiming he’s losing his sleep over this important decision:

“I’ve set a date, but I’m keeping it to myself: it’s costing me half an hour before bed every night,” he said to Sky Sport Deutschland.

Hummels has been at Borussia Dortmund for eight seasons and have special bond to the club whose he’s has been the captain for a couple of years, so of course for him it’s not easy to leave the German side.

The top clubs tracking have just to wait for him to take this decision.

 

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Two of most important rugby coaches Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick visited Chelsea training ground at Cobham for a day of information-sharing at the elite level of professional sport.

Jones was Grand Slam-winning England rugby union coach and Borthwick  the team’s forwards coach. The first one was also a guest at last weekend game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

“It is fantastic to come to Chelsea, which is one of the greatest clubs in the world of football,” Jones told the official Chelsea website.

“Guus Hiddink has had a great career and the chance to exchange ideas with him is enormously valuable. I have made an attempt to keep improving myself as a coach and you can only improve by meeting with coaches who are better than you.”

 

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Alexandre Pato recently made clear his wish is to stay at Chelsea for the next season.

The Brazilian striker came to the Blues club on loan last January, that means the club would have to pay a fee to his parent club, Corinthians, if they want to sign him with a permanent deal.

And about this, the Braziliand side president Roberto de Andrade claimed:

“If Chelsea don`t pay for his transfer he will move back to Corinthians,” The Sun reports.

“And once back with us he will be used.”

A clear way to say that Roman Abramovich won’t have any discount or favour if he wants to keep Pato at Stamford Bridge.

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Ousmane Dembele‘s agent gave new hopes to Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool to sign the Rennes prodigy.

Badou Sambague spoke to French website Foot Mercato and said about the young talent’s future:

“I categorically deny any agreement with Borussia Dortmund or anyone else… There is no agreement between Ousmane and another club for next season.

“Ousmane will end the season [at Rennes]… The journalists are doing their job, everyone is doing their jobs. 

“But there is no agreement in place between Ousmane and any club for next season.”

Dembele,18, has scored 12 goals and notched 5 assists in 24 games for Rennes in his debut season in Ligue 1 and some reports recently claimed that he already got an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for next season.

He has been targeted by several Premier League clubs and Chelsea is among them: now his agent’s words put the Blues again in the race to sign him.

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Chelsea are really close to sign Ajax young talent Juan Familia Castillo, beating Manchester United in the race for the Dutch wonderkid.

Familia Castillo, 16, is an attacking midfielder and was previously linked with the Red Devils but now appears set for a switch to Stamford Bridge, as reported by the Daily Mail.

He played for the Netherlands at Under 17 level and is seen as one of his country’s brightest prospects for the future.

 

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Romelu Lukaku wants to solve his “unfinished business” with Chelsea, that’s what The Sun reports today about the Belgian star future.

According to the British paper Lukaku would like to come back to Stamford Bridge, that he left a couple of years ago having really few chances to prove his talent: he made just 10 appearances with the the Blues, spending most of his time on loan, first to West Bromwich Albion and then to Everton, that he joined on a permanent deal in summer 2014 for a £28m fee.

Now the Belgian striker thinks the moment to become a real Chelsea star has come.

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