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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, as well as forward Alvaro Morata, (Spain) has not been selected in the England squad to face Holland and Italy next week. Antonio Conte believes the defender deserves to be called in Gareth Southgate‘s final selection to play the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “For sure you are talking about a really good player, with great quality as a player and also human qualities. It is difficult for me with my past to speak about the decisions of the manager of the national team. We have to respect, also because this is not the final call for the World Cup. Maybe the manager wants to try or find out new solutions. There are a lot of thoughts in the mind of the coach before preparing the final list, and you have to try to have a very clear mind”.

“This is the last opportunity for the managers of the national teams to explore new situations. Gary is a player who for his experience and for the quality of the player and the person, I hope he goes in the national team and plays another World Cup. Usually with the national team, you can call also players who are not playing with regularity. When I was coach with the national team, it happened because I trusted in the players and it can happen that when a player is with a great team with a lot of competition, you can stay on the bench”.

Also Alvaro Morata has a clear chance to be included in Spain National Team again, according to the Italian manager: “I understand it is a hard time but there is only one way, to work hard and show that you deserve to play for the national. team That is the only way, not to complain, and I can help them to improve and to work very hard and show that they deserve to go”.

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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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Speaking to Chelsea official website, the Blues captain Gary Cahill suggests Ross Barkley‘s move from Everton is a good thing both for the player and the club.

“I think it’s a great signing,” Cahill said “If you look at the market in this day and age, it’s a snip for a player like him. I’ve played with him and trained with him, so I know what he is capable of and so does everybody else. He’s capable of whatever he wants. If you’re looking at attributes, has he got two good feet, is he strong, is he quick, can he finish, is he comfortable on the ball? He ticks all the boxes and now he’s just ready for a platform to go and express himself. This club will give him that, like it did me and like it did for other players, and it’s down to him to go and take it. It’s a very exciting signing and for the money that’s been paid, it has to be a bargain. He’s come at a great age, that’s another thing. I’d say come and be confident, but not arrogant. Come and listen and learn from the players at this football club, work hard at your game and you will progress. He knows what he’s got to do – you’re talking about somebody who has got 20-odd England caps and a player who has played many, many games in the Premier League, even at such a young age. I texted him before he came, he trained on Friday with some of the other lads and I’ll bump into him for the first time on Monday when we get back in.”

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Ross Barkley earned 22 international caps with England so far, and from playing with the National Team he became a close friend of both Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester City on Deadline Day last summer.

The 24-year-old told Chelsea’s officiale website: “Yes, I know Gary Cahill from playing with England and I know Danny Drinkwater as well.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the other lads, and playing with them as well. There are world class players in the squad and I can’t wait to work with them every day”.

“I’ll speak to them all a bit more once we’re training together and I’m mixing with the lads. If I need any advice obviously Gaz will be there for me”.

When asked to give his thoughts on Chelsea’s campaign so far, Barkley claimed: “The team have been doing really well. The lads have been on a good run recently.

“Obviously the festive period is tough, with games coming thick and fast, but hopefully I can be a good addition to the squad and we can continue that and get some success along the way”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed England midfielder Ross Barkley is signing for the Blues.

The former Everton player is undergoing a medical in this moment.

I think it’s a good opportunity for the club, to sign this player, he’s a good prospect for Chelsea,” Conte said about him.

“He is a good prospect. He is very young, he’s got a lot of space for improvement, he’s strong physically, very technique.

“It’s always very important to understand when he can recover from his injury, he had a bad injury, he is recovering, he´s not been playing for seven months, we hope to recover him very quickly.”


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Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, the first one impressed in the England friendly game against Germany some days ago.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad and the Italian coach replied that the loan step was necessary to let them play and improve:

“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”

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Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek limped off during England friendly against Brazil at Wembley after just 35′ and was replaced by head coach Gareth Southgate.

The midfielder, who currently plays for Crystal Palace, showed an impressive performance in the goalless draw against Germany on Friday night. Also Tammy Abraham picked-up his first call-up for England National team last week.

Loftus-Cheek has featured in 7 Premier League games so far with the Eagles, who are sitting at the bottom of the table with 4 points and just one victory – against Chelsea – at Selhurst Park.

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, now at Swansea, is happy after his second cap with England major team against Germany last night.

Speaking after the clash he claimed he’s sure his future will be at Stamford Bridge:

“Yes, it’s been amazing, obviously to make two senior caps is a big achievement for me,” the current Swans striker said after the Wembley game.

“It proves that I am doing the right things. I just have to keep focused and working as hard as I can.”

Chelsea’s academy staff know all about his ability but also mention his love for the game and his unbounded enthusiasm for it :

“Yeah, for me I live football,” Abraham agreed.

“Football has always been in my heart. And every time I step out on that pitch I always want to prove myself and do the best that I can.”

Asked if he can make it to Russia 2018 World Cup:

“Definitely,” was his instant response.

“I’m a person who believes massively in myself, and like the (England) coaches just said to us – we have to go back to our clubs and give 100 per cent and hopefully see what happens.”

Abraham, while focused on his loan club sees his England future at Stamford Bridge:

“Yeah, definitely,” he replied.

“Hopefully that will be the dream really. Like I said, I have to do everything right this season and we will see what happens next season.

“Right now, I’m literally just focused on Swansea. Last season I was focused just on Bristol and this season focused on Swansea. So I just have to keep proving myself and hopefully I’ll get my opportunity.”

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Chelsea loanees Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned their first caps in England’s friendly matches against Brazil and Germany this week.

“It would be a massive achievement for me and a big confidence boost as well, it would show that I’m going in the right direction, – said the Swansea striker, who scored 5 times this season so far – I feel like I’m ready but it won’t be easy. I just have to keep proving to the manager in training and showing why he picked me and just keep working as hard as I can. I just want to go out there, enjoy myself and show to the world what I’m truly made of”.

The 20-year-old is keen to return to West London at the end of current campaign as he hopes “to be in that Chelsea squad one day”: “My main focus is the team that I am at, which is Swansea but pushing on, my main target is to hopefully be in that Chelsea squad one day and it is not going to be easy. You look at the players and you just have to keep pushing and working as hard as you can”.

“I have always wanted to play games and express myself and enjoy myself and you look at a club like Chelsea and they have fantastic players, it won’t be easy to get into that team so sometimes you do have to go away and play football and show Chelsea that you could be ready to get into that team“.

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek said about his first call-up in Gareth Southgate‘s team: “It was a really good moment for me and my family but you cannot linger on it for too long, I have got to work hard and knuckle down. I am very happy but at the same time I have still got to work hard”.

“I came away from Chelsea to get game time, experience, fitness, just getting used to playing in the Premier League week-in, week out. That is what I am getting”.



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