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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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Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after his side’s wins against Everton at home and Manchester City away.

The Spaniard, who joined the Blues on Deadline Day from Serie A side Fiorentina, told the club’s official website: “I think both types of win are very satisfying,w inning 5-0 makes it a bit easier, of course, but when you come from behind I think it’s also a very good feeling”.

“It’s satisfying when you play a hard game like that. I remember how I celebrated with Gaz Cahill at the end of the Tottenham game – it was great to come back like we did that day”.

Then Alonso added: “But it was also great to get the results like we did against Everton and Man U, so I get satisfaction from both.”

About the title race: “In the Premier League there are so many teams fighting for the title and it will be very tough. We just have to think game-by-game and keep on giving everything we have to win those games”.

“Winning game after game gives you confidence but you have to keep working - Alonso claimed - The results give you confidence to work in this way, though. We have got to use this momentum of the last eight league games and go on to have another good game against West Brom now”.

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is only focused on his current season with the Azzurri, according to the player’s agent.

“I don’t live in the past, all opportunities and negotiations have been forgotten, – Bruno Satin told Radio Crc – I look at the present and the future”. 

It is understood both Chelsea and Everton tried to land the Senegalese star to Premier League last summer.

“Several clubs were interested in Koulibaly, but he’s a Napoli player and he’s focused on Napoli” his agent added.

 

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David Luiz already achieved many successes with Benfica, Chelsea and PSG, and knows what is the way to get there.

The Brazilian defender spoke after the fantastic win against Everton and suggested what is the right path toward more success:

“We played a great game against a strong team, it’s good to win by scoring many goals and not conceding but it’s just the beginning.

“We just want to go match by match, we don’t want to speak about the future. It’s important to keep our feet on the ground and have humility, that’s the key.”

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Liverpool win 6-1 against Watford and are top of the league with 26 points while Chelsea remain second with 25.

The goals were scored by Sadio Mane ( brace) Firmino, Coutinho, Emre Can and Wijnaldum, with Janmaat scoring the only goal for the Hornets.

Arsenal and Spurs draw 1-1 in the Northern London Derby and sit respectevly 4th and 5th in the table with 24 and 21 points, with Man City sitting in the 3rd place with 24.

Manchester United and Everton are 6th and 7th with 18 points.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry wanted to share his feelings after the 5-0 win to Everton by posting this picture on his official Instagram account.

‘Another brilliant result and performance - he wrote – now enjoy the international break and everyone come back fit!’

The 35-year-old came off the bench playing 6′ at Stamford Bridge after recovering from his ankle injury.

Chelsea John Terry

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after Blues’ brilliant 5-0 win to Everton last evening.

The Spaniard scored in the first half after Eden Hazard broke the deadlock at 19′.

“I am very happy, I hope more of that will be coming in the next few matches - Alonso told the club’s official website – We are playing great games – not just scoring goals, but also not conceding. This is the way we have to continue”.

Chelsea did not concede Everton any chance to score during the whole game, and the former Bolton star underlined this strong point: “It’s important to start games well and then we could keep control of the game”

“Overall we have to keep working as we are doing now because the team is playing very well and this is the way we have to follow”.

“We have settled well in this system. We are all defending well, all the players are running and helping each other and I think that is the main thing”.

“Even if we play four at the back, three at the back, if we all run like this and we all put this passion into the game, I think it’s going to be tough to beat.”

About the position on the league table, which sees Chelsea currently leaders of the Premier League: “It’s good to be at the top – Alonso said – but the important thing is to be there at the end of the season so now we will have to fight to stay up there”.

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