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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is really enthusiastic about his national team-mate N’Golo Kante to join the Blues.

The French defender is convinced the ex Leicester City star will make an impact at Stamford Bridge:

“Kante will bring a lot to the team,”the Frenchman told the club’s official website.

“We saw him in the Premier League last season with Leicester and he was unbelievable.
“He runs all over the pitch, makes lots of tackles and interceptions and he’s very effective with and without the ball.

“The midfield area, like the attack, is full of competition and that’s really good for the whole team.”

 

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According to the Daily Mirror new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte asked two or three more signings to his boss Roman Abramovich.

The Blues have already invested € 63m ( £ 55m) on the market to sign Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante, but the Italian coach met Abramovich and technical director Michael Emenalo during the pre-season tour in Austria and spoke to them also about their strategy in this transfer window, the Mirror reports.

Conte would have asked at least another striker, to choose between Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku, and another centre-back: Juventus’ Leornardo Bonucci, Roma’s Kostas Manolas and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly are his favourites.

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Chelsea left their pre-season camp in Austria one day before , despite the return to London was scheduled for tomorrow.

Antonio Conte decided to give his players one day off after nearly ten days of double training sessions and three friendly games.

Conte and his team will be travelling for nearly twelve hours on Sunday morning to USA  for another the pre- season tour where they are set to play “International Champions Cup” a friendly  tournament. Chelsea will be playing against Liverpool,  Real Madrid and AC Milan in three different venues  accross USA.

The team will train in Los Angeles at UCLA during their stay in the USA.

 

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José Mourinho and Nemanja Matic can work together again but this time, of course, not at Chelsea.

The new Manchester United boss has been trying to sign Juventus star Paul Pogba in the last weeks but the Red Devils haven’t reached an agreement with the player and the Italian side yet.

Should they fail to close the deal, the Portuguese coach already set his next target to revamp United’s midfield: it’s Chelsea Serbian international Nemanja Matic, who can have less playing time at the Blues after N’Golo Kante’s signing.

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Schurrle had an 18 month spell at Stamford Bridge

Ex Chelsea star Andre Schurrle joins Borussia Dortmund after an eighteen months experience at Wolsburg.

The Germany international left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in January 2015 in £ 20m deal but never met the expectations at the Volkswagen club.

Today Borussia released a statement to announce his signing, the Dortmund side paid £ 25m to secure his services for the next seasons.

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Antonio Conte revealed his main goal in this first season at Chelsea is to make again the Blues fans proud of their players and manager.

After a bad season like the last one, where the Stamford Bridge outfit finished 10th in the League and failed to qualify for any European competition, the Italian coach reckons Chelsea have to go back into the title race, so to obtain also qualification for the next Champions League, that was the club’s “natural environment” for many years:

“We must work a lot, we come after a bad season, after a 10th place and we need to come back very soon in the right position because Chelsea is a great team in England and in the world , we must come back to fight for the title, I know it’s not easy because we have many teams competing in the Premier League,” Conte said last night after the 3-0 win over RZ Pellets WAC in a pre-season friendly match in Klagenfurt, Austria.

“Usually when there are these bad seasons it means there are many problems but the past is not important for me, for the club, for the players, what is important is the present, we have to fight together to come back and fight for the title, it’s important to stay together and overcome this bad period for Chelsea, to come back to play the Champions League, because it’s Chelsea’s home. I want our fans to be very proud about the players and the manager, it’s very important.”

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Loic Remy‘s transfer to Besiktas was called off due to the Turkey delicate political situation in this moment.

Last Friday there was a coup attempt in the Southern Europe country and now the Turkish president Erdogan is taking advantage of this delicate situation to strength his power, putting at risk the Turkish democracy and safety and acting like a dictator.

24 among TV and radio stations were closed, 2700 judges or prosecutors were laid off or arrested, and thousands of educators, police officers or army people as well as politicians had the same destiny, with the only fault to be Erdogan’s opponents.

This unstable situation in the country is having, of course, repercussions on many people working and leaving in Turkey since thousand of them are leaving the country to feel safer.

This is the reason why many footballers playing in the Turkish Super League are looking for other teams and many deals of other players that had to transfer there were called off, including the one of Loic Remy.

Now Chelsea and the player will have to find another team ready to sign him.

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Kurt Zouma spoke to Chelsea official website about his situation after the severe knee injury he suffered back in February.

Antonio Conte revealed the other day in his press conference, when he was asked about the French defender conditions by ChelseaNews24, that Zouma is already training with the rest of the group, avoiding tackles and strong situations, so his recovery is on the right path and Kurt himself confirmed this:

“When you’re coming back from injury that’s all you want to do so I’m very happy. I’m working hard every day.

“I’ve been working alone for a while and now I’m training, learning and improving with the guys. I didn’t know I would be back on the training pitch by now, I thought it would be a bit later.

“My knee is okay and I don’t have any pain, which is great. I’m not fit enough yet but hopefully in six weeks or a couple of months I will be, we will have to wait and see.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke after the 3-0 win against RZ Pellets WAC, the second pre-season friendly for the Blues.

The Italian coach was, of course, satisfied for the win but more than that for the progress his team shown in the game and was particularly impressed by the attitude of the players and by some youngsters.

“Today before the game I said to my players that I wanted to see improvements of our idea of football and I think that tonight I saw a good answer under this aspect, we must improve but we are at the beginning, we are working very hard.

“Today I saw a situation we can improve, but it’s normal, we’re in pre-season, we’re working, it’s important to win, to fight, for mentality… despite many players being tired for the preparation.

“I am happy also because I saw a good attitude and for me it’s the most important thing.

“Batshuayi is a young player, he’s got a huge potential, good technique, [he is]very fast. He is in the third day of training sessions and today I wanted to see him to understand some situations in the tactical aspect. But he is very young, with great talent, I am happy for him and for the other players. We’re working very hard to improve, and I know these players have the right attitude to improve.

“We know our targets on the market, the most important this is that between me and the club there is a great synergy on the this aspect.

“About Sam Allardyce close to be appointed as new England coach, he said: “I know Sam Allardyce, I visited him when he was West Ham manager, I am happy for him to become the new England coach, I can say that this kind of experience is fantastic because you are the coach of your country, you feel a great responsibilty, but it’s fantastic because you represent your country.

“WAC they are a good team, last year they finished 4th position, they play good football.

ChelseaNews24 asked to Conte which one of the youngsters impressed him the most in these last days, both in the training sessions and games:

“We got many good young players but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the youngster that impressed me the most so far: I would like to play him as a forward because I was impressed by his skills, his personality, his physique, I guess he can become a great player. Also Chalobah and Ola Aina impressed me and I guess this means the academy is very good. In the future I would like to try other young players like Abraham and Solanke.

“I see that every manager has his own idea, in this system with two midfielders Ruben can play close to the forwards, but when we got the ball he’s got the charachteristics to play as pure forward and today he showed this. I think he can improve a lot.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is really keen to revamp Chelsea midfield after signing N’Golo Kante and now the target is set on two of Lazio and Italy’s players.

In fact, the Italian coach, wants to bring Antonio Candreva and Marco Parolo to Stamford Bridge.

Candreva is set to leave the Biancocelesti, a decision taken already before the euros and confirmed by his agent, Federico Pastorello:

“Antonio has realised it’s time for a new challenge.

“Fans shouldn’t be upset or angry, it’s part of the logic that brings clubs and players together, and then clubs take decisions to go their separate ways.”

The Italian winger has been targeted also by Inter and Napoli but Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito’s € 25m ( £18m) request was considered exaggerate for a 30-years-old player the missed half of EURO 2016 tournament for an injury.

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