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Radja Nainggolan spoke about his future: the Belgian midfielder was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past months and he admitted the negotiations are going on:

“The two clubs are speaking, we will see,” he is quoted by Gazzetta.it

“If I have to remain here I would be happy, but in this moment I am thinking just about the euros.

“Vermaelen? He’s a great player, everybody would want him. I’ve already said to Roma they have to sign him.”

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According to Portuguese newsapaper Jornal de Noticias Chelsea made a shocking offer for Sporting Lisbon star João Mario.

It’s understood that the Blues bid € 50m ( £ 38m) before the Euros: this made the Portuguese side hopeful that someone could still pay the €60m ( £ 45m) release clause this summer.

Sporting would like to sell the Portugal international as he requested a huge salary that would be difficult to afford for the club.

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Spain lost 2-1 to Croatia last night and now they will face Italy for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 next Monday night.

It will be a Chelsea game, since four Blues men are involved: Antonio Conte is currently coaching the Azzurri, while La Roja count on Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro.

The latter one burst out in the past days for the lack of playing time, but the ex Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder was always a starter – last night he provided the assist for Morata’s goal and was one of the best of his team- while Azpilcueta entered in the final minutes in the previous games against Czech Republic and Turkey.

Other players to watch: Alvaro Morata, Leonardo Bonucci and Emanuele Giaccherini, as the three were heavily linked to Chelsea in the past days.

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Speaking to Italian media Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed that Real Madrid will buy back Alvaro Morata:

Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back, we are just waiting for the documents next week”.

The Champions of Europe are not really keen to keep the Spanish striker in their squad: their intention is to buy him back for € 22m ( £ 18m) and then re-sell him in England, when he’s got a lot of clubs that targeted him.

Manchester United and Chelsea are the the two sides leading the race, with Mourinho hoping to sign him since he was the first coach who trusted Morata when he was in charge at Real Madrid and made him debut in the first team, giving him also a good playing time for a youngster.

But, as we already reported, Blues boss Antonio Conte is huge fan of the Spain international and has been holding talks with him in the last month almost every day to try to convince him to land to Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid would probably ask a price around £ 60m to secure Morata’s services.

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England, captained by Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill tonight, qualified for EURO 2016 Round of 16 as the second classified in in Group B, with 5 points.

The Hodgson boys drew 0-0 against Slovakia, in a very boring game.

Wales qualified as first after winning 3-0 against Russia, that are out of the competition.

The Welsh top the table with 6 points, while Slovakia, with 4 points, got good chances to qualify as one of the four best third classified.

England will play against the second of group F, composed by Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and Austria.

 

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PEDRO SPAIN

A very disappointed Pedro exploded while on duty with Spain at EURO 2016, creating a case in his national team.

The Chelsea striker still hasn’t played a minute in the international competition:

“I had other expectations when I got here,” he burst out in an interview with Movistar +.

“Taking on this role is difficult for me and if you can’t see any prospect of a regular game it isn’t worth carrying on coming [just] to be part of the group and to be with your team-mates.”

Speaking about the Spanish coach, Vicente Del Bosque, he said:

“It took me by surprise, but it’s better that the lad speaks and explains himself.

He went on: “I’ve spoken to him, he’s apologised to me.”

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With Wayne Rooney on the bench Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will be England captain tonight in the clash against Slovakia at EURO 2016.

The line ups:

SLOVAKIA-  Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Pecovsky, Kucka, Mak, Hamsik, Weiss; Nemec.

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Salata, Svento, Duris, Novota

Coach: Jan Kozak

 

ENGLAND: Hart, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Clyne, Dier, Henderson, Wilshere, Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge

Subs: Walker, Rose, Milner, Sterling, Kane, Rooney, Forster, Stones, Barkley, Alli, Rashford, Heaton

Coach: Roy Hodgson

 

Kick Off: 8pm GMT

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

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After claiming he wanted a Barcelona return a few days ago Chelsea star Pedro backtracks and says he’s keen to stay at Stamford Bridge, since a return to his former club is almost impossible:

“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spanish forward said to RAC1.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.

“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.”

 

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New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to keep Oscar at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Brazilian had a difficult last season and even withdrew himself from a match citing illness during the spring, before driving home, increasing speculations about a quick exit from the club.

Conte is, anyway, a fan of the Brazilian attacking midfielder: when he was in charge at Juventus Oscar was linked to the Bianconeri on several occasions.

His agent also confirmed that an unnamed Chinese club had made a huge offer for his services during the January transfer window but the player – that arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2012- should stay at least another year.

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