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Olivier Giroud has become Olympique Marseille’s first choice after the Ligue 1 side are growing impatient over the potential signing of OGC Nice striker Mario Balotelli.

The 31-year-old joined Chelsea just six months ago and scored two crucial goals in the Blues’ FA Cup campaign.

However Maurizio Sarri would let him leave the club as Gonzalo Higuaìn remains a transfer market target on the Italian manager’s wishlist.

The future of Alvaro Morata remains still unclear, Michy Batshuayi will battle for a place while Olivier Giroud could be on the move after less than a season at Stamford Bridge. Also Napoli have reportedly showed interest in the 2018 World Cup champion.

The former Arsenal forward has already opened talks with Olympique Marseille, according to the Daily Mirror.

 

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With a statement released via the League Managers Association, former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanked his players and staff, the Blues’ supporters, but he didn’t mention anyone from the club’s board.

I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” the statement read.

It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart. 

I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season. I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was among the players which bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte, who left the club following two seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The England international, who recently suffered a World Cup defeat against Croatia, wrote on his Instagram official account: “I would like to wish Antonio and his family best wishes for the future and thank him for helping me and Chelsea be successful during his time at the club”.

“A Premier League title and FA Cup winners medals are great memories we all shared together. Thank you Antonio. I wish you and all your coaches all the very best for the future”.

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Maurizio Sarri will becom new Chelsea manager very soon: according to Calcio Napoli 24 the Blues will pay SS Napoli a 5 million compensation, while the Italian coach will sign a two-year contract with Chelsea with also an option for the following 12 months.

On the other hand, it’s still unclear how much Chelsa will pay Antonio Conte to fire the manager who won a Premier League and an Fa Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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Eden Hazard is waiting for Chelsea to choose their next manager before deciding on his future:

“At the moment I only focus on the World Cup,” he claimed speaking to Sky Sports before heading to Russia with Belgium.

“We had a bad season with Chelsea. We won the FA Cup at the end, so it was a little bit better but I’m only focused on the World Cup.

“Then I let the board manage Chelsea the best way that they can,” he revealed.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the main candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Spanish outlet Marca claims.

The French manager resigned after winning three Champions League in a row, an all time record, for personal reasons.

The Spaniards were pursuing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he just signed an extension of his deal with the North London club.

According to Marca, Conte is now in pole position for the job, as his relationship with Chelsea directors has fallen out in the past year.

Despite winning the Premier League at his first attempt and the FA Cup in his second season, Conte and the board keep disagreeing on transfer market and club strategy.

 

Chelsea still have to finalise the deal with former PSG manager Laurent Blanc, despite agreeing terms several days ago, as they continue to wait for ex Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who is trying to close his contract with the Italian side without paying a penalty.

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Italian TV  Premium Sport reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will part ways with the club in the next few hours.

Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after having managed the Italian national team at Euro 2016: he won the Premier League during his debut season but failed even to reach the top four in this one, a frustration partially mitigated by the success in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the past weekend.

According to Premium, the termination of the manager’s contract is a contentious issue though, as the club wants to end it by mutual consent but Conte intends to get sacked to cover also the year left on the deal or to get a good payout.

It’s well known that the Italian boss’ relationship with Chelsea board fell out in the last months, mainly because Conte reckons it wasn’t given enough credit to his work and also because he wasn’t trusted during transfer market negotiations.

Possible substitutes to replace him are former AS Roma and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri seems keen to join Zenit St. Petersburg at the moment.

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

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Marcos Alonso lifted his first FA Cup title of his career since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina in June 2016.

The Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had”.

“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit, because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win”.

Manchester United manager and players believe the Red Devils were ‘better by far’ in the final. Marcos Alonso responded: “It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title”.

“I’m happy for my first FA Cup win, it feels good to go on our holidays with a title. The fans will be happy after the win, it was a good game and a title for them. I’m very grateful to them for their support during the whole season. Now we will have a good rest and come back stronger next season”.

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Gary Cahill is over the moon after lifting his first trophy as Chelsea captain.

“We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years… it’s not bad is it?” the Blues skipper said after winning the final against Manchester United today.

Speaking of Eden Hazard, who scored the penalty that gave the win to Chelsea, he said:

“He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi’s been superb all season, we’re buzzing, got the job done. We’re delighted.

“It’s a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I’m delighted I’ve won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn’t play in and it’s not the same if you don’t put everything on the pitch.”

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