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The Watford defender told the official KNVB: “It is important for a player of my age to get regular playing time. Things have been going pretty well this season. I am getting plenty of game time and I really feel like I am improving as a player.

Ake added: “Let’s see how the season ends with Watford and then we can start thinking about the future. Of course, I would like to return to Chelsea.”

He signed a long-term contract with Chelsea before leaving last summer on loan and manager Quique Flores is keen to bring him back to Vicarage Road, but the 21-year-old is showing his aim to return to Stamford Bridge when his loan comes to an end.

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Papy Djilobodji joined Chelsea at the end of summer 2015 transfer window before being loaned out in January to Werder Bremen.

A German (DFB) panel will meet on Monday to discuss Djilobodji’s ‘throat cutting’ gesture made at an opponent during a Bundesliga game. It is understood a decision on any punishment for the player will be announced by Wednesday. Probably then he’ll be banned for Werder Bremen next game against Borussia Dortmund on 2nd of April , an essential match to avoid relegation, given that they are only one point above Eintracht Frankfurt in 17th.

Coach Viktor Skripnik admitted Djilobodji has “a temper” and expects there to be consequences for his gesture, adding: “I’ll accept whatever comes.”

Bremen’s director told Sky in Germany: “I’ll have a serious talk to him about it and he won’t do it again in the future.”

 

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Quique Sanchez Flores wants to sign Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake on a permanent basis; the Dutch defender has impressed during his season-long stay at Vicarage Road, but he signed a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge before off heading to Watford last summer.

He was expected to play back-up to Jose Holebas but has instead been regularly in Watford Starting XI.

Ake is highly-rated at Chelsea and he wants to stay for a first-team chance, but an offer in the region of £3m could be enough for Watford to seal Ake’s signature.

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The Brazilian defender Miranda is having a great season with the Italian club and according to Corriere dello Sport Inter are worried for the possibility to lose their best central defender in this season. Jeffrey Bruma is seen as a potential replacement, but the first aim for Mancini is to keep Miranda with Nerazzurri.

Could Miranda depart to play under Antonio Conte at Chelsea? Could he surrender to the lure of Chelsea? For the 31-years-old defender this could be the last challenge in his career.

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Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has come to the defence of Chelsea forward Diego Costa, despite dropping him from the Spanish national team this week. He feels that the striker is being unfairly treated in the Premier League.

“From what I’ve seen, they have demonised Costa a lot and maybe that’s why [there are some who don’t want him in the squad] but the last episode isn’t so serious, honestly.”

“He was putting in effort to play because it was Chelsea’s last chance to get something and he plays with great excitement.

“That’s a good part of his approach. He also has other things that are bad, but I don’t want either to change.

“If we called him it’s because we already know him, but I don’t like that he does ugly things, but the other day wasn’t like that.”

 

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CalcioMercato.com claim Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, who scored six goals this season with Nerazzurri.

The versatile midfielder has previously played with Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg and according to the Italian rumours he could be a potential signing by Antonio Conte, who is expected to be announced as the next Blues boss in a short while.

But Roberto Mancini remain reluctant to sell a player who they signed only last summer in a €16million transfer, then CalcioMercato.com claim Chelsea may have to pay as much as £30million.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has told goal that he believes former Blues boss Jose Mourinho will succeed at Manchester United, despite it being a tough challenge.

“I think Mourinho can manage anywhere in the world.”

Lampard went on to discuss Mourinho‘s previous achievements with other clubs and said that he has what it takes to bring glory back to Manchester United.

“I think he’s shown it with his record and whether it’s with Porto, a so-called smaller team in Europe; Chelsea, the success he had there; Inter, again taking a team that’s hardly won the Champions League to go and win it; Real Madrid.

“No job will be too much for him. [Manchester United is] not an easy job, similar with Antonio Conte with Chelsea [the Italian is expected to take over in the summer], but he certainly has the attributes to do it.”

Simone Zaza, who joined Juventus from Sassuolo last summer, has been called up by Antonio Conte for Italian international squad and the Chelsea’s potential new boss seems really keen on him.

For this reason, Tuttosport claim that the Italian manager would sign Zaza to revamp Blues’ attack, but they need to start negotiations as soon as possible, given that after this summer the value of the Italian striker could be highly increased.

 

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Unfavoured Chelsea winger Cuadrado is currently out on loan with Serie A leaders Juventus.

He failed to impress at Stamford Bridge, forcing the Blues to send him out on loan to gain more experience. However, Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Moratta would like to make the deal a permanent one at the end of the season after some good performances from Cuadrado in Italy.

“He is on loan but for the squad and his tactical flexibility we really need him. He plays in a different way compared to all our other midfielders.

“Cuadrado could help us a lot and we are happy about his performances. We will try to hold on to him for the next campaign.”

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After a dismal season comes to a close and without the Blues securing Champions League football some of Chelsea’s star men have been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

But one player that needs to be kept at Stamford Bridge, is Diego Costa. After a poor start to the season the Brazilian born Spaniard has led the charge since Hiddink’s appointment. He has gone on to score 15 goals in 37 games.

But more then that, he has looked like the player to make things happen for Chelsea when they really need it. Against PSG just a few weeks back, before he went off injured the Blues really looked in the game, he took the fight to them and the fans really believed. But when he went off, it deflated everyone. He scored the last gasp equaliser against Manchester United and got the winner against Norwich and Arsenal in recent weeks.

With top quality centre forwards so difficult to come by nowadays (just look at Arsenal) it is vital Chelsea keep hold of him and most importantly, keep him motivated without Champions League football. The fans adore him when he’s on form, showing the passion and tenacity that very few players do.

It looks as though Hazard could well be on his way out as does John Terry, but with Diego Costa being the spearhead in attack, players follow him, he’s one of the few leaders in the team along with Cesc Fabregas. And these two must be kept for the Blues to have any hope of getting back in to the Champions League next season.

Costa has netted 36 goals since his move to England in 2014 and will continue in that way. If Chelsea keep him fit and happy they will be in the Champions League next season.

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