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Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier has revealed Chelsea placed a deadline day transfer offer to land him to Stamford Bridge, before setting their sights on former Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta, who joined the Blues on a £25m move.

“On the last day of the transfer period, they made an offer to Paris but I know it was no, – Meunier said – From the club, they didn’t want to sell me – because we have two right-backs, with Dani Alves and me, it was difficult to sell one.”

Then he added: “I didn’t really think about it [a move to Chelsea] because they called me in they told me ‘you will not move at all so don’t think about Chelsea or another club, you will not move so you stay in Paris and we are counting on your for the rest of the season’.”

Meunier is a regular starter in Belgium national team, alongside with Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.

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Chelsea right-wing Victor Moses, speaking in an interview with Goal.com, revealed how Cesar Azpilicueta has been crucial in helping him last season: “I’d say he has influenced me most. – the Nigerian star claimed – He played a huge part in my defensive development last season”.

“He is always behind me, always constantly talking to me to make sure I am in the right position. When is the time to go and when’s the time to stay. He understands me. We established a partnership which was very good“.

Then Moses added: “To me, I would say that Cesar is underrated. As a defender he has got everything. He’s quick, he’s got that desire, passion for the game. He just wants to play football. Azpilicueta is never tired. He can run all night in every minute. He wants to play every game.

“It is great for us that we have him. He’s someone that loves the game. He is always talking to every player before games. He wakes everyone up and says we have got to go out there and win this game.”

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Alvaro Morata was among the scorers in Spain’s 5-0 friendly victory against Costa Rica at La Rosaleda.

The Chelsea striker was quick to exploit an easy rebound from a close range as David Silva’s effort was deflected by Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Danny Carvajal. The Manchester City star scored a brace, with also Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta who found the net in a comfortable win in Malaga.

Davide Zappacosta will face Sweden for the second-leg of World Qualifiers play-off on Monday night at San Siro in Milan, with Andreas Christensen involved in Ireland-Denmark on Tuesday night. The defender was an unused substitute in last night’s 0-0 at Telia Parken in Copenaghen.

Willian was given the armband in the friendly of Brazil against Japan at Pierre-Mauroy in Lille: Neymar Jr, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus secured the Selecao a three-goal lead in a comfortable and deserved 3-1 victory.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham made their senior England debuts against Germany, with also Antonio Rudiger on the pitch for the visitors.

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It’s not a good moment for David Luiz with the defender not included in the team who faced Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and speculations of a difficult relationship with manager Antonio Conte.

David Luiz’s future at Chelsea seems now in doubt, but Belgian star Eden Hazard recognises the Brazialian player is very important in the team.

“It’s good to have people like this in the team”. – Hazard told Soccer AM – “He is a geezer, always smiling, so he’s in a good mood all the time”.

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko suffered an alleged muscular injury after falling down during a one-to-one session yesterday.

The France international has recently recovered from a knee surgery after joining the Blues from AS Monaco in July. Bakayoko had to receive some treatment from Chelsea physios.

Also David Luiz, who came back in action after an argument with manager Antonio Conte, reportedly suffered a knock on his knee.

With Victor Moses just back in action after recovering from a hamstring strain suffered against Crystal Palace, also Dinkwater and Kante are not in perfect shape ahead of next clash at the Hawthorns.

 

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With Michael Emenalo having left Chelsea, now the London club are looking for the right profile to take his role.

In the last few days Frank Lampard has been linked with the role of technical director at Chelsea, but now, according to The Sun, another strong candidate could be Blues legend Gianfranco Zola who spent seven years at Stamford Bridge during his career.

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Chelsea star Alvaro Morata was full of praise for Diego Costa, who played at Stamford Bridge for three seasons scoring 52 goals from 89 games. The Spaniard left the Blues following a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and will join Atletico Madrid when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“People remember him there, – Morata said of Diego Costa in an interview to Spanish publication AS I speak to him quite a lot. There was a chance that we might have played together but in the end that didn’t happen.”

Morata praised also Cesar Azpilicueta, who served an handsome assist for Morata’s goal against Manchester United“Azpilicueta is amazing. We understand each other well and at Chelsea, the service we get off the full-backs works well. I’m very grateful to Cesar.”

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Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid: a never ending story? After saying, just one week ago, that he was a mistake to join again the Blancos, after his experience with Juventus, now the Spanish striker seems to have changed his mind, not about the past, but probably about the future.

Of course I would go back to Madrid after I win everything with Chelsea. It’s hard to say no to Real Madrid for every player you ask around the world,” – Morata told Cadena Ser.

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who was nominated for the 2017 African Footballer of the Year earlier this week, returned to training in Cobham after fully recovering from hamstring injury suffered at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said before Manchester United game: “Moses suffered a bad injury, a bad muscular problem, so we have to wait and have patience”.

Moses could be picked-up by the Italian manager for the next Premier League clash at the Hawthorns, before visiting Qarabag in Azerbaijan as the Champions League Group C continues.

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Chelsea entered talks with a Chinese company to discuss a potential rebuilt of Stamford Bridge, according to London Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson. A Chinese company is rumored to be set to invest in a commercial partnership with the Premier League champions.

New commercial director Christopher Townsend has recently said: “We want Chelsea to be a top four or five club in Europe, rather than ranked eight […] We plan to focus on more premium brands in a far more limited range of categories”, as Standard Sport revealed earlier today.

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