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According to rumours coming from Spain Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put new deal’s negotiations with the Blues on hold because he’s considering a move to Real Madrid.

Merengues’ first-choice signing would be Manchester United’s David De Gea, Courtois has reportedly been identified as the ideal alternative, with Zinedine Zidane reportedly huge fan of the Belgian keeper.

This is the main reason why Courtois is currently refusing to put pen on paper on a new Chelsea deal, with the current one expiring in 2019.

It would be a return to the Spanish capital for the Belgian player, as he already played three seasons in Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea, from 2011 to 2014.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has landed in Madrid today to finalize his move to Atletico after being AWOL with the Blues for a couple of months.

The Spanish forward arrived from Brazil to undergo a medical and discuss his deal, that will be signed only in January 2018, when the Colchoneros ban on the transfer market will end.

Meanwhile, Costa will train with his new team-mates to be ready to come back in action next year.

The Diego Simeone‘s side will pay £ 50m to Chelsea, £ 10m more of what the Blues paid in 2014 to sign him, and will earn £ 6m-per-year, ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources reveals.

This is the end of a summer-long saga that started when the Brazilian-born striker fell out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the last season, with the Italian boss telling him that he was not in his plans anymore via sms before holidays.

After failing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who preferred a move to Manchester United, the Blues completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to replace Costa.



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Diego Costa’s move to Fenerbahce was definetly called off this morning, ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources revealed us.

The Spanish striker was really close to move to the Turkish side on loan for the next four months, but his demands on the wages were considered too high after an agreement for £ 4m + 2m on add ons was found yesterday.

Chelsea gave him the green light after accepting a free loan until December 2017, with an option for a permanent moved fixed at £ 45m.

But the Brazilian-born striker changed his mind, since he already promised himself to Atletico Madrid from January 2018: Fenerbahce agreed to include a clause in the deal to set him free for his return to the Colchoneros, but then Costa increased his wages request to Fenerbahce with a shocking £ 7m deal for just four months.

Now the Turkish Super League side has just a little more than 24 hours to find another top striker on the market, with ex Blues Samuel Eto’o among the favourites to sign for them, and Chelsea will have to deal with an AWOL player for other four months, until the Atletico Madrid transfer ban will end and he will be free to move to Atletico.

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Davide Zappacosta to Chelsea was probably the most surprising deal closed on the deadline day of this transfer window.

The Italian wing-back joined the Blues in an unexpected last minute deal:

“It’s been an unusual day but at the same time it’s the best day of my life,” the Italian said speaking as the first time as a Chelsea player to the club official website.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to come to Chelsea and grow in my career. Obviously I’m ecstatic. Everything went well and I’m really happy to be here. I want to make the supporters very proud.”

Zappacosta had the chance to work along with Conte already:

“I know him a little. I trained with him for a few weeks when I played for the national team under him and from that small experience I gathered, he was a great manager who is always hungry for victory and wants to improve and progress, which is very good for the players because he can convey that philosophy to us.”

Speaking about his career and playing style, he said:

“Initially I started as a winger but I’ve been moved further back, playing as a more traditional full-back, and I can also play as a wing-back which seems to be the role which suits me best.

“I used to play in a 3-5-2 under Gian Piero Ventura at Torino and while it wasn’t exactly the same, I think I will find it quite easy to settle in and obviously there is time to learn.”

Zappacosta reveals he’s always followed English football:

“I followed the Premier League a lot. In Italy matches are played on Sunday so Saturday was free to watch the best games in the Premier League and most of the time it was Chelsea.”

Speaking about Chelsea popularity in Italy, especially with Conte succeeding last year, and the tradition the club has with Italians ( both players and managers) he said:

There was a lot of talk about that in Italy last year, especially because he left there as a winning manager following a positive experience.

“It’s very exciting to continue in that tradition and I would like to leave a big mark on the club and make the supporters very proud.”

To play in the Premier League was one of Zappacosta’s ambitions:

“It has always been something I’ve thought about because I want to challenge myself with different types of football and styles of play. I’m very happy to be in the Premier League because I consider it to be one of the best – and most fascinating – leagues in the world.

“I’m very excited about playing in the Champions League because it’s every footballer’s dream to be a part of this competition. It will be a big challenge but I’m ready for it and I will do my best.”

The Italian wing-back also reveals he’s never been to London before:

“No, never, so this is a great opportunity for me to visit.”



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Antonio Conte promises to work hard to take Chelsea back to a top level after a very bad start of the season but the Italian coach is uncertain to continue his adventure at Stamford Bridge after his deal will expire in a couple of years:

For sure I have two years, this season and next season, to work with this club and then if we stay doing very well and we have the same ambition, we continue.

“I do not see any problem about the future. I have two years left [on my contract] but if we have the same ambition we can continue to work together. I think I stay in the right club at this point of my career.

“For sure I have the vision to work and have only this vision, and then I repeat, we have to continue to work, sometimes slowly slowly to try to improve and to build something important. We need time, honestly.”

Speaking about the season that just started, Conte added:

“I like to be positive and last season we started a new path, a difficult path.

“Despite that we won in my first season, which was incredible, but now we have started this path we want to continue this path together to improve, and to bring this club to have the solid foundation to stay for many times at the top and to try to fight to win the Champions League and the league, because a club like Chelsea must have this ambition.

“But I repeat we need time and we must have patience, and we must have patience to work. Now there are people working very hard to try to improve this situation and there are people working for the best for the club, and for this reason the fans must be happy.”

Conte was asked whether he has the chance to make progress in building a solid base without winning at the same time:

Sometimes you can win and you are preparing yourself to disrupt yourself, and sometimes you don’t win but you are preparing to be better yourself,’ he responded.

The Italian coach signed a new deal that was just a lucrative improvement, but not an extension:

“No person put a gun to my head and said you win or you go away. The only thing I can promise is to work, work, work and to try to do my best to improve the club, and then if we are able to win I am the first to be happy. But sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future.”

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Chelsea are ready to splash £ 38.5m to sign Antonio Candreva from Inter.

The Italian winger was signed only one year ago from the Nerazzurri, who paid £ 19.7m to Lazio to secure his services.

Candreva’s first and only season at San Siro was full of high and lows but Blues manager Antonio Conte knows the player very well since he was one of his key-players in the Italian national team and he’s really keen to sign him.

Chelsea need a player like Candreva to have more attacking options, especially now that Eden Hazard hasn’t still recovered from his ankle injury and that new signing Alvaro Morata has to adapt to a new idea of football.

Candreva knows Conte and his playing style and would be faster in adaptation.

This deal, that seems to be close, would push away Ivan Perisic from Manchester United, since Inter don’t want to sell both of their wingers and are trying to convince the Croatian international to stay and decline Red Devils‘ offer.

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Nemanja Matic will finally move to Manchester United in the next days.

The Serbian midfielder didn’t even take part to Chelsea Asian tour because his transfer to Old Trafford seemed imminent, but the deal was delayed because the two parts still have to agree the bonus payments.

Matic is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Red Devils for at least one month and also the transfer fee, £35, have been agreed for a while but the move won’t be completed until the two clubs can iron out every last detail of his transfer.

The Serbia international will reunite with former boss José Mourinho, who was the man that signed him back at Stamford Bridge in January 2014 for £ 25m, after Matic moved to Benfica in 2011 in the David Luiz’s deal.

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Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan extended his deal with AS Roma today.

The Belgian international has signed a new contract with the Italian side that will run until 2021.

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Nainggolan was linked to Chelsea in the past two years and Blues boss Antonio Conte was keen to sign him to revamp his midfield, but he preferred to extend his stay in the Italian capital instead.

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Chelsea announced the loan of young striker Izzy Brown to Brighton and Hove Albion.

The English forward got a contract extension with the Blues until 2021 before moving on loan to Premier League newcomers until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old is an FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League winner with Chelsea and made his senior debut for the club in May 2015: he played an important role in Huddersfield promotion to Premier League in the last season.


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