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A lot of European clubs are keeping their eyes on Thibaut Courtois but the Belgian keeper wants to stay at Stamford Bridge also next season.

“I’m not planning on a transfer. I am enjoying the success here and I am focused.” – Courtois told the Evening Standard.

In the last few weeks Real Madrid showed their interest for the keeper and this morning Diego Costa made some comments on Courtois’ situation and his fear he will leave to sign for the European champions.

 

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Chelsea star Diego Costa admitted that team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of season before claiming he’s ‘feeling very good’ in England despite several rumors of a January move to Chinese Super League.

It is understood also Atletico Madrid tried to sign Diego Costa last summer, but the Spaniard told Spanish radio station Cope: “At Atleti I lived a great moment, and this year I’m feeling very good…There was a lot of talk about going to China, but you see, here I am”.

About Thibaut Courtois, with Real Madrid interested in the Belgian star, Costa added: “We know Courtois loves Spain, his family lives there, he’s a great goalkeeper and Real Madrid needs people like that. It will be bad news for Chelsea if Real Madrid sign Hazard and Courtois”.

Also Eden Hazard could represent a summer target for La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, as Diego Costa confirmed: “Eden is the best, he’s top. Barcelona and Real Madrid will have their eye [on him] and if a team like these knock on the door you have to think about it. It is normal that they love him but hopefully he will not leave”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke at the end of last FA Cup game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, when the Blues beat former manager José Mourinho again.

Speaking about the Special One, the Belgium international told Standard Sport: “They tried to get in our mind maybe by fouling and kicking to destabilise us”. 

“These are the mind games they try to play – they get it from their manager – but we didn’t fall into that trap. They obviously came with a plan, to put Phil Jones and Darmian on Eden and Willian. It was hard to find the space but, after we did, they made a lot of fouls”. 

Courtois confirmed that the red card shown to Ander Herrera was the result for Manchester United’s aggressive strategy.

“They were very hard. It was the style of Mourinho – he added – And Herrera paid the price for his team-mates because Jones just before had made the fifth foul on Eden. Then 10 seconds later, you make another foul and the ref has to give another yellow card. Unfortunately for Herrera he’d already had a yellow”.

“We played our game, we did it our way, like we have for the last six months or so, and we did it well. 

Courtois ended: “Unfortunately, we couldn’t score and finish the game earlier, but it was a good victory, it is good to go to Wembley and now we have ambitions to reach the Final and win it.”

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Ex-Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was the man of the match at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United last night.

“The man of the match was undoubtedly Kante, – Shearer told BBC Sport after the game. – The way he retrieved the ball… He made such a big difference tonight.”

“I think you’re looking at the Football Writers’ player of the year and the PFA player of the year. He has stood out above everyone else”.

Then Shearer added: “We’re not used to him scoring too many goals but he was absolutely superb tonight. He was all over the park as usual.”

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi believes N’Golo Kante has no equal on Premier League following the Frenchman’s great performance against Manchester United last night at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian international wrote on Twitter ‘nope’ when an account asked ‘is there a better midfielder in the world right now than N’Golo Kante?’

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According to Chelsea‘s manager Antonio Conte, Manchester United tactic during the Fa Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge was very clear from the beginning of the game.

For Hazard it was impossible to play football. I see that he got a lot of kicks I don’t think I am crazy and only I see him in this situation. – Conte claimed – This is my reply and in the first 25 minutes it was impossible to play football, only kicks. He started to receive the kick and finished to receive the kicks. That is the truth and not one person could say that it did not happen. I don’t think it exists, a tactic to go to kick the opponent, it is not football for me”.

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Manchester United has played four games so far this season under the control of referee Michael Oliver, included the Fa Cup quarter final vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and they haven’t won one yet.

United‘s manager Jose Mourinho thinks the fault is not all on his players.

This season Mr Michael Oliver, he is a referee with fantastic potential, but with Manchester United we are a bit unlucky”. – Mourinho claimed – “In four matches, three penalties and one red card, and the red card was in such an early moment of the game. But, again, I cannot change that but I can try to interfere in Thursday’s match.”

 

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Chelsea will face Tottenham at Wembley in the Fa Cup semifinal in April: another huge game for The Blues in the competition after they defeated Manchester United in the quarter final at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte is thrilled for the draw and he knows beating The Spurs will be a difficult task to accomplish.

“It’ll be an exciting game and an interesting draw for us”. – the Italian manager explained – “Spurs will be difficult to beat. They have showed they are able to beat us. It happened in the second meeting. We’ll see what the result will be in the semi-final”.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard celebrates The Blues win vs Manchester United in the Fa Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge making an huge claim about N’Golo Kante who scored the decisive goal.

“I’d go as far as to say he’s the best central midfield player in the world on current form. – the former Chelsea captain said – What he’s given to the team with the way he’s playing and the driving force that he is… I cannot see anyone better than him in world football at the moment.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s home win in the FA Cup Quarter-Final against Manchester United tonight.

He told Fox Sports Italia: “We all knew it was a difficult game because Manchester United is one of the best teams in Premier League, they can change many players”.

“We created several chances but we conceded a huge goal attempt due to a defensive mistake, I am very happy for the final score and now we need to be focused on our next game against Stoke City in Premier League…then the international break”.

When asked about the altercation with Manchester United manager José Mourinho, Conte added: “I am Chelsea manager and I do everything for fans and Chelsea’s sake”.

 

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