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Chelsea are looking for a top striker to sign next summer and the Blues targeted to 24-year-old forwards to revamp their squad: Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

Antonio Conte is keen on Real Madrid‘s striker, that he already signed in summer 2014 for Juventus but didn’t have the chance to coach since he left the Bianconeri during the pre-season.

The Spaniard is not a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane but it won’t be easy to convince Real Madrid to sell him, since the Merengues signed him back from Juventus last summer after he improved his playing during the two seasons he spent in Italy.

But Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo would like to re-sign Everton star Romelu Lukaku, and among the reason to put the Belgian player under contract again there is the fact that Emenalo wants to prove José Mourinho wrong.

It was the Portuguese manager, in fact, that allowed Lukaku to permanently join Everton in summer 2014, with the Toffees that paid £28m to bring him to Goodison Park.

The Nigerian director was the man who alerted Chelsea to Lukaku when the Belgian was at Anderlecht, and is ‘determined’ to be proven right about the striker.

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Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku believes ‘there’s nothing wrong with ambition’ as looks set to leave Everton at the end of season.

“The decision has already been made so I can’t talk about that, – Lukaku told reporters – There is nothing wrong with ambition. You have to embrace it and where you are as a footballer”.

“Sometimes people will mistake things that I say but it’s just ambition that I have; I want to win titles and trophies and I don’t think people should take that as arrogance – people should embrace it. This is what footballers need to achieve if they want to become the best, and I think young kids need to learn that too.”

Ito is understood Chelsea are still keeping tabs on the Belgian star, who left Stamford Bridge to join Toffees in 2013.

“I have made a long way until now but the road is still long and I know I have to improve and get better. – he added – I want to help Everton as much as I can, as well as the national team. I think a lot of stuff can be achieved.”

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that is confident about Romelu Lukaku‘s future at Goodison Park despite several rumors linking the Belgian star with a move back to Chelsea next summer.

The Toffee’s head coach said today: “The deal wasn’t agreed; 99.9 per cent is not 100 per cent and they are still trying to get the contract over the line. That’s what I know from the board.”

Lukaku recently claimed that ‘Everton as a football club has a great history, but the future has to be written’.

Koeman responded to the Belgian forward: “Of course I am not happy about that interview because, firstly, if Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition, I wasn’t the manager in Everton.

“Secondly, and I spoke with Rom this morning, I know it’s difficult but if you are a player, prepare yourself to play well and score goals – the rest needs to be done by the manager and the club.

“I spoke with Rom about this project. We had several talks about the future. But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has two years more on his contract. Of course [I am confident of keeping him] and everybody knows what can happen in football. But you need to respect your contract”.

Lukaku showed his desire to play the Champions League and winning titles in the future, as a football player wants to be remembered.

“Every player has ambition, likes to play for titles, play in the Champions League. That’s a normal ambition. What we want to do and like to do is to show everyone that if there is one club out of the big six to make the next step then its Everton”.

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The Premier League announced its live television selections for April and five Chelsea games are involved.

The Blues will play against Manchester City on Wednesday 5 April with an 8pm kick-off and then they will face Bournemouth away the following Saturday at 5.30pm. Both games will be shown live on BT Sport.

Three more games will be, instead, on Sky Sports: Antonio Conte’s side will travel to Old Trafford on Easter Sunday (16 April) with the kick-off now scheduled at 4pm; next Sunday Chelsea will face Southampton at Stamford Bridge with the kick-off at 2.15pm; the schedule of this match, however can be changed again due to the Fa Cup semi-finals.

Finally, the away game at Everton will no be played Sunday 30 April with a 2.05pm kick-off time.

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Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace Ian Wright believes that Everton star Romelu Lukaku would love a Chelsea reunion, should Antonio Conte place a bid in a near future.

He told The Sun: “If I was him I’d actually get in my car and phone the manager on the way down to London. I’m off. – I wouldn’t even lock the door”.

“This is going to rumble on and if he has to make that decision, he’ll probably leave. As soon as they can quell that talk, he’s settled and everyone else will be settled,” 

Then he added: “There are massive things happening at Everton with the new ownership and money coming in so it’s a very exciting place to be right now.”

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Chelsea and Everton are still interested in Atalanta youngster Franck Kessie, according to Goal.com.

It has been reported that Antonio Conte‘s side have a £22m bid rejected by the Italian side, while Ronald Koeman wants him to strengthen the midfield.

Anyway, still no agreement on price has been reached, with Atalanta reportedly asking around £30m for the Ivory Coast star.

Also Manchester United are keeping tabs on Kessie, but Chelsea are said to be leading the race following the departure of John Mikel Obi, who joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA last week.

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Burnley defender Michael Keane admits to be “flattered” by some Premier League giants interest, as Chelsea and Everton.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, the former Manchester United academy player said:

“It’s nice to see. It wouldn’t happen if you weren’t playing well.

“But I don’t let it affect me at all, it doesn’t affect me going into matchday or going into training every day. I just get on with my football.

“I’m really happy here at Burnley, but it is flattering to see.”

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Liverpool are second in the table, 6 points under Chelsea, but derby hero Sadio Mane – who scored the winner at 94′ last Monday- said the Reds are just focused on themselves and don’t think too much in chasing the Blues, that seem unstoppable in this moment:

“I think wins like this show we’ll be there, yes,” said the Senegal international speaking about the derby.

“We are focusing on our team. It was important to get the three points at Everton. It is still early to talk about what is going to happen and we are thinking about ourselves, not Chelsea.

“But one of our ambitions is to go far as possible and we are going to try and do that.”

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Zola speaks highly of a number of players he worked with.

On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues.

“I remember the goal well, I would say it was my first free-kick but there was another one against Newcastle in the previous home game which Vialli claimed, – Zola told the club’s official website – Taking free-kicks was something I practiced a lot and that one was a good goal.”

“My first impression was good because when I came over here Roberto Di Matteo and Luca Vialli were already playing for Chelsea, so they informed me about the situation and spoke very highly of the club,”

Then Zola added: “I enjoyed it very much because there was a lot of enthusiasm and a great atmosphere, not only around the stadium but also with the players. It was really good and I think that’s one of the reasons why we were so successful. We were allowed to get into the system very quickly and there was a collaboration from everyone for us to be successful, which was important”.

“In Italy at that time football was huge. Every aspect of the game was taken to the extreme and I felt it was too much. I felt it was losing the fun part of it. At the end of the day as footballers, regardless of how big you are or how much you earn, what matters is having fun. What I was feeling was that at that time in Italy, the game was so big, so important, and at such a high level, that it was losing something”.

About his arrival at Stamford Bridge: “When I came here I found a high level of football but, above all else, enjoyment. I appreciated that very much and that’s one of the reasons why myself and many others played for so long for this wonderful club.”

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