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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits that he was surprised by David Luiz in these first months at Stamford Bridge:

“I have to say he is better than I thought before, really better,

“As a player and as a man,” the Italian manager revealed.

“I don’t know [what happened] before, but when I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he is a very good player for my way of football because he is a very technical centre-back. Then, I appreciate very much the man.

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After a difficult season because of many injuries and a difficult relationship with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, now Brazilian defender David Luiz is enjoying his life at Stamford Bridge and he has regained a place in the Blues’ starting XI.

David Luiz himself believes his new happiness in London is linked with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the new Chelsea boss: “First of all he’s a great person, great as a human. I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day, David Luiz told Chelsea’s official magazine. “He wants to be happy and he wanted to take this opportunity to start one more chapter in his life. I think that is one of the most important things in life: when you love to do something, when you’re happy.”

The Brazilian defender also claimed Sarri’s work and philosophy is useful for all the team: “So, I believe in this philosophy, and then after that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent”. the defender explained. “Every week he tries to make the best plan possible for the exact game and this is great because he is working in the best way for the team, for the collective.”

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma doesn’t give up on his career at Stamford Bridge: the French central back moved on loan to Everton last month, a year after signing a new six-year deal with Chelsea.

“I will go back, yes,” Zouma told British media.

“I have always believed in myself since I started playing football at 16. I have always wanted to show myself at Chelsea since I have been there.”

Zouma, who spent last season at Stoke City, said new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri agreed to the temporary switch only because there had been a surplus of centre-back options at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew I needed to play regularly so I didn’t want to stay on the bench and wait for my chance after two or three months,” he added.

He (Sarri) agreed with me. I spoke with him and I knew at Chelsea they had five central defenders already.”

Zouma still have to find his best form after recovering from an ACL injury that occurred more than two years ago and last season played on loan at Stoke City:

“I have come here to play and I want to take the opportunity the manager has given me,” Zouma said.

“We played well in the three games, especially with the away games with 10 men. The spirit is good. With the players we have, we can do something.”

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.

 

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Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole believes the Blues could have their say in this season’s Premier League title race.

Chelsea have gone about their business a little bit quiet in terms of having a new manager”. Cole told ESPN. “They should be fighting for the title, but I don’t think people are [thinking that way] at the minute”.

Ashley Cole has been encouraged by the way Chelsea have started their domestic campaign. “To get six points from two games, it’s a fantastic start. They’ve just got to keep going.” the former defender added.

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Kurt Zouma has today joined Everton Football Club on a season-long loan from  Chelsea.

A deal had been agreed by both clubs before 7PM deadline and was eventually confirmed earlier this afternoon.

The Toffees have now completed four siginings on Deadline Day after Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard joined the club on the last day of the transfer market window.

Zouma, who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne back in 2014, has enjoyed a successful loan-spell at Stoke City collecting 34 appearances in the 2017/18 season despite the Potters were eventually relegated.

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Defender Matt Miazga has today joined Ligue 1 side FC Nantes on a season-long loan with an option to sign the Chelsea defender on a permanent move next summer.

The USA international, who spent both 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has recently put the pen to paper on na new deal with Chelsea until June 2022.

The 23-year-old joined Chelsea from New York Red Bulls on 30 January 2016 collecting just two appearances with the Blues.

 

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Juventus defender Daniele Rugani looks set to join Chelsea on a £35m move as the deal “is virtually done”, Premium Sport journalist Paolo Bargiggia claimed today.

Maurizio Sarri, who’s expected in London in the next few days to complete his takeover at the club, has reportedly pointed out the centre-back as first transfer target ahead of next season.

Standard Sport understand Chelsea are willing to offer a £60-per-week contract to secure a deal for the 23-year-old defender.

Rugani ended 2014/15 campaign without getting a single yellow card in 38 Serie A games with Empoli under Maurizio Sarri’s management.

It is obvious to say that the Sarri question must first be resolved, then proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete,” Rugani’s agent told Sportitalia earlier last week, when the uncertainty around Sarris future was stopping a potential move to Chelsea.

Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid on a €105m move today, and this could mean some players might leave the Serie A champions.

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Daniele Rugani‘s agent Davide Torchia has confirmed he will enter talks regarding a potential move only when “the Sarri issue” is resolved.

Torchia told SportItalia“It’s obvious to say that the Sarri issue must be resolved first,” he told Sportitalia.

“After that, we can proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete.”

It is understood Chelsea placed a bid in the region of £35m to land Juventus defender Rugani to Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old is contracted with the Serie A champions until June 2021 and could reportedly be offered a £60,000-per-week deal from the Premier League giants.

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Antonio Rudiger was selected in Germany’s XI to face Sweden in Soči last night.

A last-gasp goal from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos completed a clinical turnaround as Germany scored twice to bounce back in the second half.

The Chelsea defender came in to replace injured star Mats Hummels, who suffered a problem on his neck ahead of the game.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill could start for England in their second game of 2018 World Cup against Panama this afternoon.

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