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Speaking to ESPN Sports Chelsea defender David Luiz explained why he returned to the Blues after a two-year-spell at Paris Saint Germain:

“I lived here for many years before moving to Paris,” the Brazilian defender said.

“About the structure, what I found has not changed much.

“It’s all top-notch. They [Chelsea] offer us the best conditions to do what we love, which is to play football.

“I love this club and I saw that if I came back it was because there was a story to continue.

“I did not win the Premier League during my first spell and this is a goal I have now: to help where I can to win this championship. Conte has been great in that regard.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given a chance by Antonio Conte against Peterborough last Sunday.

The Chelsea youngster explained how the Italian manager is helping him to improve as a player:

“He always helps me in training and playing different positions is only going to help my knowledge of the game. I’m getting my development in training with him,” the academy player said about the ex Italy coach.

“In all positions we can play well and we’re versatile. We saw Pedro play as a wing-back on Sunday and there are no egos, wherever we’re asked to play we’ll do that to the best of our ability.”

Speaking about the last FA Cup clash he said:

“I thought I did quite well and I really enjoyed being out on the pitch.

“When the cup games come around the players who haven’t played much usually get a chance, so it was great for me to get an opportunity.

“We had quite a lot of chances and we didn’t take all of them, I missed one as well but that happens. We got a few goals so we can’t be disappointed and we move on to the next round.”

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FA rejected Chelsea appeal for John Terry‘s red card against Peterborough, a measure that also Blues boss Antonio Conte reckoned was excessive.

An official FA statement read:

“John Terry will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was unsuccessful, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

“The Chelsea defender was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during the FA Cup third-round tie against Peterborough United on Sunday.”

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Ivan Perisic has been targeted by several clubs in Premier League – like Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs- after his outstanding performances with Inter and Croatia but 27-year-old, at the moment, would prefer a deal extension with the Nerazzurri rather then moving to England.

According to Calciomercato.com exclusive, Perisic and his entourage would like to convince new Inter owners, Chinese economical giant Suning Group, to get a contract extension: the Croatian international is currently earning €3m per year, but the new owners already raised other players’ wages and even Gabigol, Inter latest signing, is earning the same amount of Perisic, that yesterday was the man of the match again for the Nerazzurri, with the brace that allowed them to beat Udinese away.

His entourage wants more, something which has been made clear since Mauro Icardi signed a new extension ( a € 6m per year deal) with Suning.

Though the new Chinese owners aren’t enthusiastic about handing down new deals to everyone, they’ve also accommodated Perisic’s Croatian team-mate, Marcelo Brozovic – also a Chelsea target – who signed a contract extension last month.

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Nathaniel Chalobah is happy after playing his first whole game at Chelsea: this happened yesterday, in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough United, that the Blues won 4-1.

The young midfielder always had Antonio Conte‘s trust and support and was delighted to share his feeling after this special day with the press:

It was a proud moment for me to complete my first 90 minutes at Chelsea.

“I am really happy. We have just got to going now, we are up there in the league at the minute.

“We are taking it game by game and there is still a long way to go in the season, anything can happen. This is good development at a club that I have been at from a very young age so we [young players] are all very happy.

“I think that’s the dream [to make it at Chelsea], we have always thought of playing for Chelsea and we are doing it all together at the minute. The manager has got faith in us and he has given us the chance so it is something that we are proud of and all the young players at the club just need to keep following their dream.”

Chalobah played alongside Cesc Fabregas against in the FA Cup game against Peterborough on Sunday but he knows that it will be tough to be a regular starter. Anyway, he claims the chance to learn from Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic has been invaluable.

 

“I just watch them every week and they have just gone 13 games unbeaten which makes it hard to get into the side.

“Obviously there are a few players ahead of us [younger players]. So every week, every game, I just watch and learn from them because they have got the experience that I don’t have yet.”

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Important statement from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: while speaking to Talk Sport, he revealed Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s future.

The English midfielder started yesterday in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough, but the Italian manager revealed he picked up a little injury:

“Ruben has had a little injury. But he is an important player for Chelsea

“He must know this, we trust him a lot and for this reason it is important to work a lot.”

When asked if he may leave in January, Conte added: “I don’t want this.

He knows this and the club know this and I want him to stay. He is ready to play in the first team and if he shows me that he deserves to play he knows that he plays.”

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Eden Hazard against Everton © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to Fox Sports Chelsea star Eden Hazard admitted he was like a ghost last season but now he aims to come back on the top again, like two seasons ago when the Blues won their third Premier League title under José Mourinho.

“I learned a lot,” the Belgian forward, that now is back to top level, said about last season.

“Sometimes you are at the top like we were two years ago and sometimes it is difficult for everyone.

“For me, I was the best player two years ago, but last season I was like a ghost.

“I want to be the best again and win titles.”

 

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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking about best Premier League player in the season so far, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claimed Chelsea star Diego Costa has no rivals:

“I’m going to go for Costa. He’s been outstanding. I think he’s the one who has been dragging Chelsea along when they were winning but weren’t playing that well.

“He’s scoring important goals and is head and shoulders above what he was last year.”

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Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon, on loan at Fulham since last August, has announced today he will stay at Craven Cottage also in the next months.

The Brazilian player, who is impressing at Whites lately after a difficult start, announced it on his Twitter account while answering to a fan who was asking about his contract extension.

Here is what Piazon said:

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Blues captain John Terry saw red for a professional foul on Peteborough’s Lee Angol at 67′ on his return since October.

But after the game Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested that his side will appeal for this measure against their skipper.

The Italian manager believes that referee Kevin Friend was too harsh to brandish the red on two counts and is hopeful that the decision will be overturned on appeal.

“I think it wasn’t right, this decision from the referee. He didn’t take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Ivanovic to cover John.

“You have to respect the referee decision, but in this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation. The situation is very clear and I think John didn’t deserve this. It’s a pity when this happens, because the red card is not good.

Continuing to speak about his captain, he claimed:

“I’m pleased for John, because he’s showing me great commitment when I ask him to play, when he doesn’t play. He’s helping me a lot in the changing room. He’s showing me to be a good player, but above all a good man.”

Terry has now been responsible for three of the last six red cards shown to Chelsea players.

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