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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte today refused to speak about David Luiz‘s future during his press conference ahead of the Premier League game vs West Ham.

I think now is not the right moment to speak about this”. – Conte revealed – “There are a lot games before the transfer window and now is not the right moment to speak about this. This is not important.”

David Luiz has had some problems with Antonio Conte in the last few weeks and the Brazialian defender has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand admits he hated to play vs Eden Hazard and that the memories of his “meetings” with the Belgian star are all but pleasant.

I still remember and I still get nightmares,” – said Ferdinand on BT Sport. – “I used to just be happy he was staying wide at that point… under Mourinho he stayed very much on the left-hand side so didn’t really come into my area which was a blessing. But now we’re seeing him all over the frontline – he’s fantastic to watch and he’s the man that really makes this Chelsea team tick.”

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Davide Zappacosta has already played vs As Roma in Serie A in the last few seasons, and tonight the Chelsea defender will face once again the Italian side at Stamford Bridge in the third game of the Champions League group stage.

“It’s a chance for us to bounce back after the weekend,” – Zappacosta told Chelsea official website – “Roma are a very strong team, I know their manager Eusebio Di Francesco and I know the players. It will be a tough match but at the same time I think this team can do much better than we’ve shown in the last two games. We must stay strong and show a lot of personality. If we do that we can win the match. Roma are a good team in attack, they have some quality players, and defensively we need to be strong and try to keep the ball. We’ve won our first two games and we have to continue in this way because if we beat Roma it will put us in a strong position, which means the game is very important.”

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Andreas Christensen showed a good performance vs Manchester City last Saturday at Stamford Bridge and now he reveals the importance of manager Antonio Conte in his development as a defender and as a player.

I’m happy for the matches I’ve got, and I think I’ve shown myself as well as I could. It may seem like I play in one position, but at training I have also trained on the other two places, so if I need it, I will not think twice about jumping in there”, – Christensen told Bold – “I can use it for something, and I hope it can help give me more playing time ahead. But the result was not very good, so it’s only the positive I can take with it.”

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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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According to Sky Sport Italia Juventus rejected a first € 30m bid ( approximately £ 26.5m)  from AC Milan for Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci.

The Bianconeri are demanding at least € 40m ( approximately £ 35m) for the 30-year-old, who seems keen to move to the Serie A rivals.

The Blues have been heavely linked to the Italian international in the past but the club preferred to sign Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma earlier this week to provide competition for the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill in the backline: the German defender, 24, costed £ 29.

Bonucci seems to have agreed personal terms with AC Milan, but now the two clubs have to agree a fee.

The Rossoneri are keen to include defenders Alessio Romagnoli, 22, and Mattia De Sciglio, 24, in the deal.

According to Sky Sport Italia Inter are keen to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

The Nerazzurri are looking for a centre-back and after signing Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria ( even if the deal is not official yet) they are looking for another young player to revamp their defense.

Rumours claim Inter directors enquired with Chelsea about Christensen situation: the 21-year-old impressed in his two years long loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach and he is now set to join the Blues first team squad for the pre-season.

Should he fail to gain Antonio Conte’s trust he will be on the market again but it’s not clear yet if Chelsea are keen for a loan or a permanent move for the Danish talent.

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Andreas Christensen‘s two-year-loan-spell at Borussia Monchengladbach is ending today.

The Danish defender impressed in these two years at the German side, where he improved a lot as a player.

Now he is set to join Chelsea first team squad for pre-season, but since Christensen is not sure about his future, he hinted to a return to Gladbach in his farewell message to the club on his social network account:

“The break is now almost over, and my time with @borussia has officially come to an end (for now anyway). 

“I wanna thank every one at the club for making my time there unforgettable, thank you to the fans for suporting the team trough thick and thin and a special thank you to my teammates for pushing me everyday. 

“It’s been an honor playing with you

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Andreas Christensen confirmed he will join Chelsea after his positive two-year-loan-spell at Borussia Monchengladbach but he also revealed that Blues boss Antonio Conte hasn’t got in touch with him yet.

“I will join up with Chelsea on July 7th. I haven’t talked to Conte yet,” the Danish defender told the Daily Express.

“I have talked to the sporting director and all those responsible for getting the players set up with a flat and what else belongs to them.

“The sports director says the plan is that I meet like all the others and go through the pre-season.”


Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League game vs Southampton tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte admits he has not a lot of power on the club's decision over the January tranfer window. "It's right to...