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Antonio Conte spoke again about his future in today’s press conference, claiming that he wants to keep the focus on the present to reach the title but also stressing that he’s under contract with Chelsea for two more years:

I” have a contract with Chelsea for other 2 years,” the Italian manager said about his future.

“it’s logical when you start the work in a new club, the will is to continue to work, to develop it in the years, my will is to stay. But not we have to look at this moment, it’s important we are ready to do this step.”

Rumours suggesting Conte will join Inter in the summer refuse to go away but the Blues boss insisted he has a project to work on at Stamford Bridge:

“I have a two years contract with Chelsea, but also I like to repeat in this moment, for me and my players, to be focused on the moment, because this moment it’s very important. This is the right thing in this moment. It’s not normal to have a lot of speculations, but we have not to lose the concentration, the focus, because it’s really important.

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Antonio Conte is looking forward to secure the title with Chelsea in the next three games, better if tomorrow night against West Bromwich.

The Blues boss claimed he has no injury concerns for the clash at The Hawthorns:

All my players are available for the game,” the Italian coach revealed.

“This moment is a really good moment for us because we are really close to reach a fantastic target, he continued.

“But we have not to forget that we have to take three points, we must know that to play against WBA is not easy, they got a really strong team and a good coach, the atmosphere will be hot, we have also to enjoy because we worked a lot, we worked very hard. This is a fantastic season and we have to take 3 points to reach our target.

“I think my players are totally focused at the moment, this is an important moment for us, for the fans, we are in a good position, but we have not to forget that we have to take three points to reach this target.

Conte was asked if he preferred to win the title at home on Monday night, against Watford, but for the Italian manager that is not the most important thing:

“Honestly I prefer to try to win as soon as possible, it’s not important where we win, it’s important to win, and then you have the time to celebrate the win wherever you want. Tomorrow it’s like a final game for us, we’ve been thinking like this for a long time, it won’t be easy because WBA are a really strong team, they played a great match against us in Stamford Bridge.”

Rumours suggesting Conte will join Inter in the summer refuse to go away but the Blues boss insisted he has a project to work on at Stamford Bridge:

“I have a contract with Chelsea for other 2 years, it’s logical when you start the work in a new club, the will is to continue to work, to develop it in the years, my will is to stay. But not we have to look at this moment, it’s important we are ready to do this step.”

Conte was asked if he would like to improve his contract with Chelsea at the end of this successful season:

“I think when you reach a certain level the money could be important but it’s not everything, the money is only explaining your value, it’s not important. I was thinking the same was when I was working in football as a footballer, the same is when you become a coach, the money is not important, it’s important to win. Money are important, but they are not everything.

Conte was then asked what his the key factor for Chelsea success this season:

“First of all I like to underline that this season wasn’t easy,especially at the start, we faced a lot of problems, we had to solve a lot of problems.

“The problem in a club couldn’t be only one person, we tried to solve these problems with my staff, we tried to find a solution, I have also to thank the club and my players because they worked hard to change this.

“It’s not easy to adapt to a new method, a new philosophy, a new work, comparing it with the work of the past, I want this job to become great and then fantastic.

“My biggest achievement? The players gave me their availability to work hard, on all aspects, a lot of situations were very different if you compare this with the past, you must find great men and then players that accept this, I found great men in my players, and I have to thank them for what they did for me.”

How Conte does rate this achievement in his career?

“It’s another big step for me, I like to take big challenges for me, I started my career with Arezzo and I arrived to Chelsea last year, this could be another big big step for me, in my career I enjoyed to have this kind of big challenges.

“So far this season for me was great, because when you arrive in a new country, new language, different culture, it’s not easy. For myself this season was a great challenge, for me and for my family. I am enjoying a lot this season, we are in a moment now where it’s right to enjoy this moment, with players, the fans, the club, every single person working for Chelsea is deserving to enjoy this moment. It’s very important to take these 3 points, because after this I will be more relaxed.”

And this is what Conte thinks about N’Golo Kante, one of the key players in this season:

“I can say only positive things about N’Golo, he’s always with a smile in his face, he’s fantastic, he’s having a great season with us. The most important thing for him, it’s to have this desire to improve every day, he can improve and become better than now. It’s incredible his evolution and career, I saw another situation like this, as Torricelli in Juventus, he was not in professional leagues, and then he came to Juventus, national team, he won a lot. IT’s great to have this kind of stories, football always give this kind of stories.”

Asked if Inter would be a big challenge for him, Conte replied:

“I have a two years contract with Chelsea, but also I like to repeat in this moment, for me and my players, to be focused on the moment, because this moment it’s very important. This is the right thing in this moment. It’s not normal to have a lot of speculations, but we have not to lose the concentration, the focus, because it’s really important.

Conte confirmed he didn’t watch Spurs game against West ham last week:

“I had a dinner with my wife and my daughter, I didn’t watch the game but after the dinner the surprise was great.

Asked if after winning the league he will rest players for the FA Cup final, he said:

“The most important thing is to win, to take 3 points, I am not worried for the physical condition, we worked with the same program in the past weeks, we worked a lot and for this reason the shape it’s good, it’s important to take these 3 points, then we will think about the future.

When asked if he is scared about what his players could do during the celebration, he replied:

“After one season where you work a lot, you enjoy but you also suffer, I think the celebration moment must be fantastic. Now it’s not right to think about this, we must take 3 points, after this I think my players want to celebrate in the right way.”

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According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are ready to offer a new contract to Thibaut Courtois to prevent his move to Real Madrid next summer.

The British outlet revealed that the Belgian goalkeeper will receive an increase on his £120,000-per-week wages, while his existing deal which runs out in 2019 will be extended.

Courtois was often linked to Real Madrid since the Champions of Europe have been looking for top keeper for at least two years.

The ex Atletico number one is tempted to move back to a city where he was well settled when he was playing for Simeone’s side and Florentino Perez would reward him with a huge salary, should he accept to move to the Bernabéu.

Chelsea are trying to increase his wages to keep him at Stamford Bridge, but it’s unclear which shirt Courtois would like to wear next season.

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Will Eden Hazard leave Chelsea at the end of season? It is understood Real Madrid are keen on the Belgian star, who is leading Antonio Conte’s men to the Premier League title, and seem ready to place a record £100m bid to lure Hazard from Stamford Bridge next summer.

The Chelsea winger, when asked whether he’ll pen a new deal with Blues, claimed: “There is no sign of a new contract for the moment. I am focused on the last month, and we will talk later”.

“It’s not in my mind now. I have three years left. I just want to finish the season well and we will see afterwards.”

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Chelsea captain and legend John Terry expressed his feelings after announcing he will leave the club after 22 years with a letter to the fans posted on his Instagram account.

The Blues skipper stressed the unconditional love for Chelsea and his fans, claiming he hopes to come back in the future with another role and highlighting this was the toughest decision of his life.

The complete message:

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This is the official statement with whom Chelsea and legendary captain John Terry announced that they will not renew their deal in the end of this season, with the English skipper leaving the club where he played his whole career:

John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season.

Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future.

John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service. In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt, something he has done on 713 occasions since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times.

This season he has featured less on the field but remained an influential and inspirational member of the squad which, under Antonio Conte’s guidance, sits top of the Premier League.

Throughout his career ‘JT’ has contributed immensely to us achieving consistent success unequalled in the club’s history. He has won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups. His 14 major honours make him our most decorated individual of all time.

Terry said: ‘After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks.

‘I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.

‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I. I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge. I will of course always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware.

‘Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years. You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club. He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.

‘In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.’

Both the club and John look ahead to the possibility of him returning to us in a non-playing capacity, when he will be able to share his unparalleled experience with players, staff and fans alike.

John’s outstanding qualities as a footballer, particularly his defensive skills, have deservedly received widespread recognition and admiration. He is one of just five defenders to have won the PFA Player of the Year award and was named in the FIFA/FIFPro World Team of the Year five seasons running. He is both the club’s and the Premier League’s all-time top-scoring defender and earned 78 England caps before retiring from international football in 2012.

His longevity is testament not only to his ability but also his professionalism and dedication. Countless times he returned early from injury, playing through pain but never allowing his performances to drop, and repeatedly putting his body on the line and in the way of opposing attackers, all for the benefit of Chelsea Football Club.

He is, as the famous banner reads, our captain, leader, legend, and we wish John the very best of luck in the next chapter of his magnificent career.

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Diego Costa claims he’s happy at Chelsea but that he’s not liking his life-style in London: nothing new, as the Spanish striker never hid he’s got no feeling with the English capital.

This is the main reason why it was hinted he could leave the Blues in the summer, but the former Atletico Madrid forward claims to be happy at Stamford Bridge:

“I have another two years on my contract,” he told SFR Sport.

“I am always very honest with those close to me. I tell them that I am very happy at Chelsea.

“The club gives me a lot, the fans, the team-mates. I am in a team that is winning and that motivates me even more. Last season was not the best, not just for me but for other players and for Chelsea.

“This year I hope will be different, that we win titles. If you are in a team that is winning, you always want to stay for the allotted amount of time.

“I am happy at Chelsea, I am not necessarily saying that I am happy with my life in London, but that is something completely different. It has nothing to do with it.”

Costa revealed a couple of weeks ago that he did everything to force an Atletico’s return last summer, will he try it again in the next transfer window?

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the Blues clash at Bournemouth, a crucial game in this season title race.
First of all, an injury update, with Victor Moses that seems recovered after missing the last two games for an injury:
“Moses he trained with us yesterday and today, I have to check the situation to value, he is available.”
Speaking about tomorrow’s clash, the Italian coach said:
“Tomorrow for us is a great challenge, because it was not easy to play against Man City, a big game, and then [we must] play three days after in Bournemouth. I think we must pay great attention, if we think tomorrow is easy, we make a great mistake.
Conte was asked also about Nathan Ake, who played the first half of the season on loan to the Cherries and then came back to Stamford Bridge in January, barely getting playing time:
“I think this was the right decision because for us it’s important to have him in our squad, it’s important to check our players, we thought to stay in the squad he had the chance to show me and the club his capacities. It’s not easy when you arrive and you have ahead of you you got five really good central defenders. It’s right to give him this chance.
About the continuous rumours coming from Italy of a move to Inter for him next season, he said:
“I read this interview about Andrea Pastorello, not Federico Pastorello, I don’t know him and I don’t know why this person spoke for me, I stay here and this is the most important thing. I don’t like when another person speaks for me. I have two more years of contract with Chelsea.
“I don’t know why they link me to Inter, for the media it’s normal to put me in this situation, maybe they want me back in Italy.”
Steve Holland will leave Chelsea at the end of this season to join Gareth Southgate in England staff: rumours suggested that Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo could replace him, but Conte stated:
“In this period I am listening a lot of things. Andrea Pirlo is playing and he wants to continue to play. I don’t know why there are all these rumours, but I want to focus on the present, it’s more important than future now, I want to finish this season, hoping it will be a great season, not a good season.”
Speaking again of tomorrow’s clash, he said:
“First of all I think it’s important to get the 3 points and to reach our target, when we started the season our first target was to be back in Champions League. Chelsea must play there every season. We are talking with the club to try to have the best solutions for next season, but this one now it’s more important, we want to finish well, it has to become a great season, not just a good season.
It was rumoured that something happened between the two coaching staffs in the Stamford Bridge tunnel at the end of the Manchester City match last night, this is how Antonio Conte commented it:
“I didn’t see anything in the tunnel at the end of City’s game, I was in the changing room. It’s not important what happened in the tunnel, but what happened on the pitch, it was a great game.
“Respect is always important, it’s the most important thing in football, there is a winner, there is a loser, but both have to show respect for each other.”
Ex Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri visited Cobham yesterday:
Claudio is a good friend and I was very pleased to see him in Cobham yesterday, we stayed together, we chatted. Of course I asked him something about last season, I hope to see him again this season.
“We’ve spoken about our experiences in England, his and mine, about the different way to train in England and Italy, He is a good friend and I wish for him the best in the future. I think he deserves another job, he’s ready to take it.
“Ranieri my next assistant manager? He is a top manager, I can become his assistant…He is a top manager, top coach, I wish for him the best, I hope he finds a new job.
Asked if it would be an advantage to play tomorrow already knowing Tottenham’s result, he said:
“I don’t think it’s an advantage because you always have pressure if they win, but even if they lose or draw the pressure it’s the same. I think we have to look to ourselves, not the others, Spurs results are important but ours are more important.
This title race is open, now I can see two teams, Chelsea and Spurs, in this race, anything can happen because there are 24 points and other rivals can enter the race again.”
Speaking about the importance of some players in his team, he said:
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are very important players for us, that’s sure, but I count on the team and we have very good players in the team.
Conte was also asked if Moses’ absence in the last two games changed something in the team balance:
“He showed to be an important player for us, but in the last two games we showed we can play also without him, we showed in the past we can play without any other important players. We are a team, we cannot rely on single players, because then if you miss them you are in trouble, a team must be ready to find the right solution, also when important players are missing.
I am pleased when other players come in and perform well, it means that every single player got our idea of football. I train all my 20 players in the same way, players must be reliable to play in this way. Zouma played a great game, he showed great commitment and to have understood our idea of football.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed that the last one wasn’t an easy week for the Blues, that couldn’t have a full squad available for the derby against Crystal Palace tomorrow:

“We got two-three situations that we have to value tomorrow. This week wasn’t easy to work, with the international break, some players came back with some problems, I have two-three situations to value.

“I think is important to check the situation with these players, John [Terry] is good, he trained all the week, for some others is important to value the situation.”

About rumours of Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, he said:

“I repeat the same thing, now it’s important to be focused on the present,  we don’t have to look too far forward, Eden is our player, we aee happy with him, he’s happy with us, I don’t see problems about him.

“I think that this is a part of our game, that other people report these rumours to influence player’s minds, but I think we have experience, also my players got experience, it’s logical in this part of the season rumours about our players start, I am very happy because it means we are doing a great job and my players are doing very well.

“I don’t see any problem about our players, we all know we are in a great club with great ambition, there is a great will to do great things in the future, don’t forget there are some games to play, we hope to finish the season with great success for us.

“I think it’s positive, when another top team wants your players it means you are doing a very good job, but I repeat, I think that now we are already in a great club, with great ambition, they want to do something important, for the present and the future, I think we just started our path.”

About the title race and common opinion that Chelsea will be champions, he stated:

“In my past I lived two different experiences, one positive and another one negative, we need 21 points to be champions, tomorrow we will play a very tough game for us, it’s not easy [to play]after international break, we had a lot of problems this week, tomorrow it will be a very difficult game for us, for many reasons. Palace will a game of fundamental importance for us.

“Football is strange, it’s full of surprise, in my experience as a footballer I won a lot but I think I lost more, for this reason I want to keep our feet on the ground, also because in this part of the season there are many difficulties to overcome the problems. I think we deserve to win, but for sure our opponents don’t want to accept that Chelsea are champions, I think it’s important to get three points tomorrow.”

About Eden Hazard’s form, Conte said:

“I don’t think it’s important to talk about him, it’s important to speak about this game, that is crucial, he missed last game with Stoke and we have to check his form, we hope he’s in shape tomorrow, so he can play great football. I’m confident not only he will play, but he will play really good.”

About John Terry’s future, the Chelsea manager said:

“I think the club is working very well to solve many situations we have to face, I like to talk about John Terry for this season because he’s helping me a lot, he’s doing a great job, in and out the pitch.

“I think John knows my thought about him and I think the most important thing is that him knows my thought.”

Conte was asked an opinion about Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce:

“I met him in my travel in England [when he was Italy’s coach] and I stayed with him two days in West Ham training ground. I think he’s a top coach, for sure it’s a pity he was sacked from the national team after only one game, I know how is that, it’s a great feeling. For sure it will be good for me to meet him before and after the game tomorrow.”

Finally, an opinion on Crystal Palace:

“I remember very well the game against Crystal Palace back in December, I think we deserved to win but we suffered. They got really good players, like Benteke, Zaha, Townsend, Cabaye...a lot of great players. I don’t know why they are in this position, it’s very strange, but it can happen, last season happened to Chelsea, for example.

“We have to pay great attention, in the last three games they won and in the last three games they are sixth, so we have to pay attention, we are coming from international break and we got a lot of problems this week.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was offered Barcelona star Neymar by Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich, according to Italian publication Tuttosport.

The former Juventus boss reportedly rejected the offer as he could quit west London for a return to his homeland at the end of the season.

It is understood new owners of Inter Milan are lining up a £13milion-per-season bid to persuade Conte.

Anyway, the current Chelsea boss could sign a new deal despite exit rumors, according to several reports in England.

 

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