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Crystal Palace is facing major injury problems ahead of the Premier League clash vs Chelsea.

Not only strikers Benteke and Wickham are not available for the game, but, on the other end of the field also Wayne Hennessey is a major doubt for the Eagles.

The goalkeeper picked up a knock with Wales in a World Cup qualifier and so veteran Julian Speroni could be part of the starting XI, making is first league start in 18 months.

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According to rumours coming from Spain Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put new deal’s negotiations with the Blues on hold because he’s considering a move to Real Madrid.

Merengues’ first-choice signing would be Manchester United’s David De Gea, Courtois has reportedly been identified as the ideal alternative, with Zinedine Zidane reportedly huge fan of the Belgian keeper.

This is the main reason why Courtois is currently refusing to put pen on paper on a new Chelsea deal, with the current one expiring in 2019.

It would be a return to the Spanish capital for the Belgian player, as he already played three seasons in Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea, from 2011 to 2014.

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Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier would like to play also at PSG with one of his team-mates in the Belgium national team:

“He’s very strong, Courtois. He wouldn’t be bad at PSG,” – Meunier told Le Parisien. – “We’ve already got two good goalkeepers but Thibaut also has the profile, I think. He’s very big – nearly two metres tall.” 

 

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Thibaut Courtois feels Chelsea are facing Arsenal at the right time: a bad defeat against the Gunners in this period last year was the turning point for the Blues to rise again and start an incredible run with no defeats until January.

Now the Belgian keeper thinks it’s time to close the gap and target the top of the table:

“We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good wins most importantly of all.

“Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes. Sometimes it is good to face a big team early. Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham.

Arsenal had a few bad matches, but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend.

“It’s a big game because we are third. We want to close the gap (to Manchester United and City) and take points off Arsenal.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech revealed why, in his opinion, Thibaut Courtois sent the ball above the cross-bar in the Community Shield penalty shootout at Wembley this afternoon.

The current Arsenal number one said about his ex team-mate:

Obviously we played together and we made a lot of challenges during the training session in the penalty shoot-outs so this is not usually where he shoots.

“So this is probably why he missed as normally he buries it in the top corner on the other side on the way I went so obviously maybe the fact we know each other and I know the players, maybe it made it more difficult for them.

“I hoped he was going to put it where I was going but obviously, you know…”

 

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Community Shield clash against Chelsea: the Chile international had a prolonged break after featuring the Confederations Cup in June, that was even longer for an illness.

The Gunners forward is lacking in match fitness and could not be featuring in next Sunday’s derby.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as a lot of respect for the Chilean player and hopes he doesn’t have to stop him during the game:

“Alexis is a guy with a lot of quality.

“If you see all the games from last season there is a lot of danger coming from him. He has a very strong shot, he is quick. He has the technique.

“He is important for them but Arsenal have a lot of players with quality. So they will miss him but I think they have a lot of players with that quality to replace him.

“I think they have bought a good new striker [Alexandre Lacazette].

“I’d prefer if he [Sanchez] doesn’t play because he is a good player! But we cannot only look to him.

“For example in the FA Cup Final [Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 last May] they missed some defenders and everybody thought they would be bad but Per Mertesacker played a great game that day.

“So you cannot look to the team as one player or another player. It will be a difficult game regardless but I hope for the same outcome as the friendly last week.”

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Willy Caballero has just signed his contract with Chelsea and he has told to Gianlucadimarzio.com his first words as a player of the London club.

“I’m happy to play for Chelsea, the Premier League last winner team. – Caballero said – I can’t wait to meet the players and help the group to reach its objectives next season”.

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Willy Caballero leaves Manchester City to join Chelsea on a free transfer, the club’s official website have just announced the deal.

Manager Antonio Conte wanted to sign a back-up goalkeeper following the departure of Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.

The 35-year-old previously played for Boca Juniors, Elche, Malaga and Manchester City before joining Chelsea today.

 

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While Thibaut Courtois is discussing a new deal with Chelsea, his agent admits he is meeting Real Madrid representatives to speak about the Blues’ goalkeeper.

“Of course Thibaut is of interest to the big clubs, including the latest Champions League winner.” – Christophe Henrotay, Courtois’ agent told the magazine Sport/Foot – “I meet regularly with those in charge at Real Madrid, and Thibaut’s case has come up. My role is to keep him updated on the situation.”

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A sad day for José Mourinho and his family: the Chelsea boss is mourning the death of his father, José Manuel Mourinho Felix, who died today after fighting for two years following a brain hemorrhage in 2015.

Mourinho Sr, who was 79, was a player and a football coach as well: he played as a goalkeeper in Vitoria de Setúbal and Belenenses, gaining also some caps in the Portuguese national teams, and managed several Portuguese teams after he retired from played football.

His son José started to learn about football coaching doing opponent analysis for his father as a kid and their bond was special: Mourinho travelled a lot to Portugal to visit his ill father through-out these two years, especially in summer 2015 when he still was Chelsea manager.

Mourinho himself posted a photo of him as a child with his father on his Ïnstagram account, a message that preceded the news of José Mourinho Sr. death.

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Our condolences to him and his family.

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