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Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his as a player:  “He is someone who does wonderful work, he is right on top of everything that is going on on the pitch”. Jorginho said about Sarri. “When the weekend comes around and you have a game, you start that game knowing how every situation is going to pan out on the field offensively and defensively, and that is something that really helps you in your work. He is a very straight-forward person, he is easy to communicate with, he is very approachable and that is something that also helps the players. I think he had a really big influence on my development as player. He teaches a lot about the game and how you see the game on the field of play, and that helped me to grow. I think I have the right characteristics as a footballer for the type of football that he likes to play, and the type of football that he teaches and passes on to his team. When we were together at Napoli, it was a case of me taking on his mentality and putting that together with the characteristics I have as a footballer.”

Then, Jorginho said he hopes his style of play will be good for English football and the Premier League: “Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England,” Jorginho explained. “I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out. I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game”.


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According to reports by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is in Italy and he will soon meet members of Juventus board in Milan.

Abramovich will try to close a double deal with the Bianconeri and sign defender Daniele Rugani and striker Gonzalo Higuain who already played under Maurizio Sarri at SS Napoli.

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is willing to join La Liga giants Seville on a season-long loan with a possible option to make the deal permanent, according to Estadio Deportivo.

The Spanish publication reports Seville are set to pay the Frenchman 2.5m€ in wages per-year tops.

Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea from AS Monaco last summer on a five-year contract, has reportedly asked to leave the club on loan to get more game time next season.


Tiemoue Bakayoko struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge last season after joining the Blues from AS Monaco on a £35m move in July.

The 23-year-old told Chelsea’s official website: “During the summer I worked a lot because last season I didn’t have a pre-season, and I feel good for preparing for this season”.

“I don’t have pain in my knee, I am feeling very fit, and I hope to keep going like this and do a better season than the last one”.

Bakayoko added: “I am happy to be here, to be in the best club for me in the world.”

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Chelsea have announced the 25-man squad which is currently heading to Australia ahead of their friendly game against Perth Glory on Monday.

Maurizio Sarri, who spoke at his first press conference today, won’t count on Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi, olivier Giroud, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, Matt Miazga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses, Willy Caballero and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Here’s the full list: Marcin Bulka, Jared Thompson, Bradley Collins, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Tomas Kalas, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Davide Zappacosta, Ola Aina, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Mario Pasalic,  Jorginho, Kasey Palmer, Pedro, Lucas Piazon, Charly Musonda, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham

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Gianfranco Zola has joined Maurizio Sarri‘s backroom staff and will work as assistant coach to the Italian manager at Chelsea.

The club has confirmed the appointment today, while Chelsea are traveling to Australia ahead of their friendly match against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday.

Zola, who scored 80 goals with the Blues, told Chelsea’s official website: “For me it is an amazing thing. I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful”.

“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position”.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure”.

Chelsea will reportedly appoint also Luca Gotti as No2 coach at the club, with Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach. Paolo Bertelli may stay on following Antonio Conte’s departure, as well as Carlo Cudicini.  The club has yet to confirm the Sarri’s backroom staff in full.

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With Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois still on Real Madrid‘s radar, the Blues in the past few weeks targeted As Roma’s Alisson as a possible replacement.

The Italian club, however, have accepted today Liverpool‘s bid and the Brazilian is now heading to England to undergo his medicals, sign his contract and become a new player available for Jurgen Klopp‘s team.

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Maurizio Sarri has praised also Chelsea star Eden Hazard in his first press conference since being appointed as the new Blues’ manager.

The Italian has admitted he hopes he can “improve him too” at Stamford Bridge despite several reports from Spain believes both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be heading to Real Madrid in the next few weeks.

However, Sarri said: “I was not talking about having fun in a press conference, but on the pitch and during the week and want to win matches.

Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players. I would like to have fun during the week with him, this would mean good results and being competitive at the end of the season”.

“I hope I will manage to improve him, this is very difficult as he is at a high level”.

Also winger Dries Mertens became crucial in Napoli’s front three as he was transformed into a centre- forward at the age of 30. He managed to score 68 goals from 170 games with the Azzurri.

Sarri added: “With Mertens it is different. Dries had been an external striker, everybody thought by necessity he became a high level player. They are two top players, I hope I will improve Hazard too, but this will be very difficult”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spoke today at his first press conference as the new Blues’ boss. The Italian also paid tribute to his compatriot Antonio Conte, who’s been sacked earlier last week after almost two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri told journalists: “Antonio Conte has reached incredible results here and elsewhere. He is an extraordinary manager- Clearly I play in a slightly different way so it will take some time for the squad.

“This is a post-World Cup time. It will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing. All good things Antonio Conte did here must not be left. They must not be changed.”

When asked if he’s scared to cope with targets set by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ahead of next season, the former Napoli manager added: “If I was someone who always worried probably I would do another job. Our job means risks but also a lot of satisfaction. I don’t want to be afraid.

With respect to the rest, I haven’t won anything but in Serie A nobody has won anything. For three years in a row we had records with points. I think that we have worked very well and the difference in working well and winning is often minimum. I hope I will be able to fill in this gap. I hope so”.

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Maurizio Sarri has also been asked if he wants to be labelled with a nickname just as José Mourinho did with “The Special One”.

The new Chelsea manager, speaking at his first press conference in Stamford Bridge, told journalists: “I would like everyone here just to call me Maurizio. Just Maurizio”.

On Mourinho: “He has won everything and I think that this is enough for a manager. Someone who has this track record does not need a description. We are talking about a world level manager. I esteem Pep, and the other managers, my style is closest to Guardiola”

And on Guardiola: Well he is a class act, he is a champion and a genius. It is difficult to explain his insights. Clearly he had some difficulties in the first year, but reaching 100 points in Premier League is extraordinary and might not be repeated. For us we need to fill in a gap. I hope last year was an occasional gap”.

About his past faux pas towards Roberto Mancini back in 2016 and an Italian journalist last season, Sarri noted:  “People make mistakes”.

“One was made when I was angry, the other was not a mistake because she was a journalist who I shared jokes with for three years, it was miscronstued. Those who know me very well, I am not homophobic/racist or sexist”.

“I do not have this type of problem and I hope to show this when I work and live here. Mistakes were made and you have to apologise and a professional attitude is needed”.

About the relationship with Roman Abramovich: “This is something where our owner is a reserved person. I don’t want to start a work relationship with him by speaking about private things. This is a private relationship and I hope this is respected, also given the characteristics of our owner”.



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Chelsea have today unveiled Maurizio Sarri as their new boss with a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager told journalists: “Clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager and club wants to do. We will have to see where the transfer market goes.

I am more of a field manager, a pitch manager than a general manager. I think I am one of the few managers bored by the transfermarket. I don’t want to talk about it, I am keen to growing the players we have”.

About Chelsea targets in the transfer market, Sarri added: “I cannot give you the names, because I don’t know. I spoke with the club and ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre-halves for a certain type of play. At the end of the transfers I will understand which type of game is the most suitable”.

“I cannot change 20 players, I must adapt and then I will see if we change some thing in my game because of their characteristics”.

About English players currently under contract at Chelsea: “Well, a number of English players is imposed so there will be some. I don’t want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality.

Cahill can still give us a lot. In keeping the English players, something must be left. Juventus had the most Italians and it led to good results. We should respect a very long tradition”.


Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri. Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his...