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Chelsea striker Diego Costa ‘is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp’, as confirmed by Spain National Team today.

The Spaniard, who scored in Spain 4-1 win over Israel on Friday night, suffered an injury to his foot and ankle.

Anyway, an official statement regarding the 28-year-old, read: “Diego Costa was forced to leave the training session after being injured on his foot and ankle, due to which he was submited to a series of tests (X-ray and TAC) at Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, where finally he was given the ok”. 

“The footballer is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp. Chelsea FC medical services were informed of the player’s condition.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to play regularly against Crystal Palace despite suffering a hip injury with Belgium a few days ago.

Anyway, the 24-year-old will travel to London tomorrow in order to receive treatment on his problem and will likely face Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, according to the London Evening Standard.

On the other hand, Eden Hazard will reportedly miss out the London Derby.

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Red Devils would deserve a better place in the Premier League table as manager José Mourinho ‘is doing a really good job’ at Old Trafford this season.

Ferguson told SiriusXM: “I get on well with Jose and I think he’s doing a really good job”.

“He’s been a bit unlucky because they’ve been absolutely brilliant in most of their home games and drawn [seven of] them. If they had got the wins they deserved they would be challenging for the league, no doubt about that”.

Then Ferguson added: “In the Premier League at the moment, there is a real fight for the positions behind Chelsea – Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, ourselves. It’s not going to be easy to get into the top four.”

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was interviewed by the Daily Star as the Eagles are preparing their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Palace are struggling at the bottom of the Premier League table after losing 16 games so far, anyway Allardyce is not scared as his side won the last three games against Middlesbrough, West Brom and Watford.

“It`s on because we`ve won three on the trot and four from our last six and we`ve made the team and the squad better. – he said –  We`ve disappointed some players who have not played as much as they would have liked to. But the players are picking themselves and it`s nice to look at the team and say, ‘Why change`?'”

“The four new players have all made a big contribution and that`s lifted the rest of the players` fears about playing at home.'”

When asked about Christian Benteke, who scored only 9 goals this season so far, Allardyce pointed out: “If we can get him scoring then we`re going to be an even bigger force than we are now”.

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Nathaniel Chalobah has claimed that his experience at Napoli on loan was crucial for his development and for the same reason ‘more English players should go abroad’.

“It’s really tough – he told The SunYou will want to come home after the first two weeks – but I think a lot more players should try it”.

“For me, it was an amazing experience. I learned a new language and went into a changing room where I was out of my comfort zone a bit”. 

“I had to deal with a different culture and adapt to being on my own without my family and friends around me – Chalobah added – It made me grow up. It was such a positive thing”.

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Torino forward Andrea Belotti wants to stay put in Italy despite several rumors linked him with a Premier League move in summer.

The 23-year-old, speaking after Italy’s 2-0 win over Albania in the World Cup Qualifiers, told the press, “I want to stay at Toro. I dedicate it [my goal against Albania] to my fans, for I am staying”.

Belotti has scored 22 goals in Serie A (24 goals in all competitions) this season and Arsenal are reportedly lining-up a massive bid to persuade the former Palermo star, according to TuttomercatoWeb.com.

He added: “Of course I want to stay at Torino. I’d like to stay and I want to stay, let the Torino fans know.”

Also Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea have been recently linked with a move for Belotti, who has a £86.6m buyout clause in his contract.

 

 

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Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti dismissed rumors linking him with a move to Premier League next summer following his outstanding performances in France so far.

The Italy international, speaking after his side’s win over Albania, said: “In Paris, there is an ambitious project, and I think I will stay there next season.” 

Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan and Arsenal have been recently linked with a summer move to sign the 24-year-old.

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Antonio Conte wants to land Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge next season, according to Spanish publication AS.

The Blues are reportedly lining up a £56m bid to sign the Spaniard, who is facing competition from Karim Benzema in Madrid so far and would reportedly welcome a move to Chelsea under former Juventus manager Conte, who left the Serie A side just a few weeks before Morata moved to Turin in 2014.

Several reports even suggested that Real Madrid recently offered Morata as a part of the deal to sign Eden Hazard in summer transfer window.

Morata, 24-year-old, played 34 games scoring 13 goals so far.

 

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It is understood La Liga giants Real Madrid are looking for a new goalkeeper and Manchester United star David De Gea is Red Devils’ priority, according to sports reporter David Garrido.

This would mean that Thibaut Courtois won’t leave Chelsea to join Los Blancos next summer.

Garrido said: “De Gea is Real Madrid’s priority for me, Navas is under such pressure right now, you can really sense that. People are talking about it and you can see it by his demeanour on the pitch.

Then he added: “For me I think that De Gea is the next Galactico.”

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Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea players are a bit bored as ‘Conte’s training sessions are mundane’.

Anyway, the SkySports pundit has underlined how the Italian manager found the right method to make Chelsea great again.

Ferdinand told the Sunday Times: “The key to sticking with 3-4-3 will be repetition, repetition, repetition.

“Chelsea play it so well because Antonio Conte lives and breathes repetition of phases of play, of game management, of team shape.

Then Ferdinand claimed that some Chelsea players told him they were bored due to Conte’s training sessions in Cobham: “From people at Chelsea I know his sessions are mundane. - he added - Players think initially: ‘What’s this?’ They want to enjoy training yet he has them playing against shadows, practising their positions depending where the ball is”.

“You stop and freeze and he breaks down the game for you. These are 30-40 minute sessions that could be boring, but when the players see it working, and the pictures he has painted in training appear in games, they believe.”

 

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