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According some reports, especially from the London Evening StandardChelsea‘s midfielder N’Golo Kante will soon sign a new contract with the Blues.

The new five-year deal will be worth 290.000 pounds per week, that is to say, 15 millions pounds every season. Now, Kante’s contract is due to expire in 2021, but with Paris S.Germain and Barcelona eyeing a move for the French player, Chelsea are trying to secure a new contract to keep Kante at Stamford Bridge.

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After a difficult start of the season, Alvaro Morata has scored four times in the last five Premier League games and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri now praises his Spanish striker, not only as a player, but also as a man.

Morata is a quality player, fast and technically gifted”. Sarri said. “He’s a sensible person and the difficulties had hurt him. The results and the quality of our football are positive”.

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Maurizio Sarri is happy about is first few months in England as a Premier League manager.

The Italian boss, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed what he likes most about English football: “Eighteen games unbeaten, in a competitive reality like ours, shows we’re on the right track. I’m even happier because we’re playing a lot of games and it’s harder to make headway like this”. Sarri explained. “It’s very tight and playing so much takes away some of the work we do in training, but I always knew that would be the case. Right now I’m trying to find middle ground between training and competitions. What won me over and what would I like to improve? The thing that wins you over immediately is the high level of football at fantastic stadiums. There’s an infinite amount of passion and, from what I have seen so far, it’s expressed in the right way”.

Chelsea‘s manager then also underlined an aspect which, according to him, needs to be improved: “The aspect that needs improving is timing. The limited time to train doesn’t help Coaches or players. We mustn’t only think about the physical component but also the mental one.” Sarri said.

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Chelsea duo Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard faced a disappointing relegation to UEFA Nations League‘s League B after suffering a massive comeback from Switzerland in the last game of Group 2.

Eden Hazard‘s brother gave a double lead to Red Devils in the first half, before goals from AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi and a hat-trick from Haris Seferovic completed the turnaround with 5′ left to be played.

Switzerland win means that Belgium failed to get the promotion to this summer’s final stage of UEFA Nations League, level on points with their recent opponents. Eden Hazard played the whole clash, while Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi came off the bench later in the second half.

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England have sealed a place into the UEFA Nations League final stage after beating Croatia at Wembley coming from behind in a dramatic second half.

Former Leicester City striker Kramaric put the visitors in front early in the second period before goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane ensured a victory to finish top of the group and relegating Croatia to League B.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was a starter for England, while both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic remained unused subs.

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho played the whole game in Italy‘s midfield, alongside PSG star Marco Verratti and Cagliari’s Nicolò Barella, in UEFA Nations League clash against Portugal at San Siro.

A goalless draw in the game tonight means the Azzurri terminate their international trip in 2nd place with 5 points, while the current European champions earn a place into the finals.

Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek face Croatia and teammate Mateo Kovacic in a decisive clash in Wembley tomorrow (Kick-Off: 2PM), with also Belgium in a crucial clash against Switzerland. Eden Hazard and Michy Basthuayi both could be involved in the clash.

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was involved in the whole clash in Cardiff on Friday night, when Denmark secured a promotion to the top division of the UEFA Nations League thanks to their 1-2 win against Wales. Also Ethan Ampadu came off the bench in the second half.

Chelsea players featured also for France in Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in Rotterdam. Both N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were selected in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI and the striker was replaced by Ousmane Dembele with 25 minutes left to go. Ronald Koeman’s men have a chance to get a pass to the final stage of competition if they get whether a draw or a win against Germany on Monday.

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Spain suffered an away defeat in a dramatic clash against Croatia. A late goal from Tim Jedvaj, who had scored earlier in the second half before Sergio Ramos made 2-2 through a penalty, means both Croatia and England have a chance to go through the final stage.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench with 25 left to be played, while Kepa and Azpilicueta were unused subs as well as Blues’ midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Meanwhile, Valencia star and Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi scored a brace in Belgium’s home win against Iceland. The Red Devils are currently leading the table with 9 points from 3 games and will face Switzerland on Sunday to defend their 1st place. Hazard was handed the captain’s armband.

Maurizio Sarri saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the second half of a 3-0 friendly win over USA, while Ross Barkley was an unused sub. Defender Antonio Rudiger featured for Germany in their home win against  Russia.

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Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic is enjoying is time with Chelsea and, speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca while on international duty with Croatia he explains the reasons of his move to the London club during the last summer transfer window.

I wanted to be happy and at Chelsea I am,” Kovacic said. “I just wanted to be happy and play matches, feel a responsibility within the team and I’ve found that at Chelsea.  This is not the time to talk about anything other than playing and enjoying. I don’t want to think about what will happen and do want to be happy doing what I like, which is to play football every week”.

 

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Chelsea could face a two-years transfer ban for breaking rules on the signing of underage players. One of the signings under investigation is reportedly that of Bertrand Traore, who moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 before signing for Olympique Lyon on a permanent move in June 2017. However, pictures have emerged of him playing in a Chelsea shirt against Arsenal back in 2011, when he was 16-year-old.

The Sun also reported “Chelsea paid £154,000 to Bertrand Traore’s mum and £13,000 to his former club AJEB” and the striker “seemingly featured for Chelsea U18 in 2011 despite being illegible to play”.

The Blues might have transgressed the rules on the signing of 25 foreign players under the age of 18, according to The Guardian. As the newspaper reported earlier this morning “clubs are not permitted to sign players under the age of 18 from other countries unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50km of a national border”.

A spokesman from the club told Press Association Sport: “The club has fully cooperated with Fifa and has provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable Fifa regulations. We will not comment further on speculation concerning confidential contracts or player related matters.”

Fifa are reportedly investigating also other four Premier League clubs. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid faced a two-window transfer ban between 2014 and 2018.

 

 

 

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