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Chelsea second keeper Asmir Begovic is considering an offer from Bournemouth in this transfer window and this is the reason why Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to the Blues as a possible substitute.

Asked about this situation in today’s press conference, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte commented:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this, and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

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Chelsea made Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon their main target to replace Asmir Begovic, according to the Daily Telegraph.

It is understood Bournemouth have placed a £10m bid for the Bosnia-Herzegovina star, who could leave Stamford Bridge after joining in 2015 from Stoke City.

According to reports Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also a great admirer of Espanyol’s Diego Lopez and Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera, but the 34-year-old Celtic goalkeeper is said to be the Blues’ main target to replace Begovic.

Gordon, who previously played in Premier League with Sunderland, could be offered a one-year deal.

 

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Bournemouth placed a £ 10m offer for Chelsea second keeper Asmir Begovic and Blues boss Antonio Conte admitted the club and him are considering it:

Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch, he knows that. It’s true there is this offer, the club and I are evaluating this offer, it’s right to find the right solution. We are evaluting this, the club and Asmir knows my position, that is that he is an important player for me.

Speaking about Chelsea third goalkeeper Eduardo, that can become the second one should Begovic move from the Blues in this transfer window, Conte said:

“He is a great sign for us, for sure, he arrived to be the third goalkeeper, the positions are very clear in my mind and my team, he is working very well, he’s helping me, Thibaut and Asmir, he helps the goalkeepers coaches. Now he is the third keeper, for Sunday we have this situation for sure, then we will see.

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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before Hull City game claiming that all players in the squad are available for Sunday’s game against the Tigers.

The Blues manager started speaking about Diego Costa, who was officially out last week for back pain but was also the protagonist of many speculations of a possible move to China after a huge offer came to him:

“Diego is available, he trained very well, he’s fit, he doesn’t have pain in his back, so he is available,” the Italian coach revealed in the beginning of his press conference.

“Sunday and Monday he trained with a fitness coach to join us again on Tuesday, he restarted to train and he did it very well, to prepare his coming back on Tuesday, he did it only to prepare his body to have a good session on Tuesday.”

The Italian boss also revalead that all the players are available for Sunday’s clash and he has no injuries concerns.

Conte was asked if he had a private chat with Costa to discuss his situation:

“I have chats with my players every week, single meetings and all together.

“I think Diego wants to stay at Chelsea, he’s very happy with us, this idea [to move] is very far in his mind, he’s happy to stay here. I don’t see any problem about him.

“After the game against Leicester I told you the truth[ about Costa], I read a lot of speculations about Diego, the most important thing now is that he trains with us. Diego is an important player for us and we all know this.

“I will see on Sunday if I will start him against Hull City.

Should the Spanish striker play on Sunday it would 100th app for him with Chelsea:

“It would be a great achievement for him, I hope to celebrate this with a win,” Conte commented on this.

Asked if Costa is the best striker he has worked with, the Italian manager replied:

“It’s always difficult to say that a player is better than another one, for sure Diego is a really good striker.”

Bournemouth placed a 10m offer for Chelsea second keeper Asmir Begovic and Conte admitted the club and him are considering it:

“Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch, he knows that. It’s true there is this offer, the club and I are evaluating this offer, it’s right to find the right solution. We are evaluting this, the club and Asmir knows my position, that is that he is an important player for me.

Asked about who will he choose for his attack since all of his players are in good form, he said:

“It’s not easy to make a decision at the moment, it’s not easy because all of my attacking players are in a good form. It’s good when you have many players to choose, maybe I sleep one hour less to take the best decision, I know that I have to pick three players, if someone stays out is not for punishing him or other reasons, I also consider who is the opponent, for me it’s not easy to take the best decision.

Conte was also asked if Nathan Ake came back to stay or if he was called back from Bournemouth to be sold like Patrick Bamford, who moved to Middlesbrough a couple of days ago:

“He came back with us because I evaluated our situation and I think he is a good strengthening for us, I think he improved a lot in this one year and half where he played more, he has been working with us for two weeks, he is starting to go in our idea of football, I am pleased to help him.

Conte was asked, again, about Diego Costa’s future:

“I think now it’s important to be concentrated on the present, not the future, we have to be strong now, then we see. He is not distracted, he is a good player, a good person, he just missed one game, the last one, but now he’s ready to come back with us. He’s back to fight until the end, to fight to win the title.

Speaking about Chelsea third goalkeeper Eduardo, that can become the second one should Begovic move from the Blues in this transfer window, Conte said:

“He is a great sign for us, for sure, he arrived to be the third goalkeeper, the positions are very clear in my mind and my team, he is working very well, he’s helping me, Thibaut and Asmir, he helps the goalkeepers coaches. Now he is the third keeper, for Sunday we have this situation for sure, then we will see.

Former Dutch striker Marco Van Basten has joined FIFA executive board and proposed to change some football playing rules, like offside, that he wanted to eliminate:

“I don’t like this suggestion, I think if you start to change a lot of rules is not good, because football is this. This rules make football very attractive, football is football, I don’t like ideas taken from other sports.

The Italian manager revealed also which is the challenge that expexcts his team in the Hull City game:

“Our challenge with Hull is to keep the right concentration. This kind of game are really important. For me Hull City is a good team, they played a great game against Bournemouth, they changed the coach and this usually brings motivation to the players, we need to play 100% to beat them.”

 

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According to Sportsmail Chelsea turned down a £ 10m offer from Bournemouth for their second goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The Blues didn’t consider the bid satisfying, as they aim to obtain £ 12m from the Bosnian stopper.

Furthermore,  Chelsea will not let Begovic go though without having a suitable replacement as they pursue for a league and cup double.

Their third goalkeeper, 34-year-old Portugal international Eduardo Carvalho,  has yet to make a first team appearance and would like another in place before selling Begovic, who didn’t have much playing time this season but was an important substitute for Thibaut Courtois last year when the Belgian was out for almost four months with an ankle injury.

 

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Chelsea legend and current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech still hopes his current side can challenge the Blues in the title race.

The Czech keeper admits he was really impressed by his ex team form:

“They just had a tricky game in the last game after their first defeat after that long run without dropping points and they managed to win it.

“So their confidence is very high and they obviously have an advantage as well in terms of points.

“But there’s still a long way to go in football and everything can go pretty fast if you are ready to take it.”

 

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According to reports coming from Spain Thibaut Courtois is desperate for a move to Real Madrid.

Ok Diario reports that the Belgian goalkeeper is “crazy” to go back to La Liga, a championship where he has already played three years when he was on loan to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea,

The Champions of Europe have been looking for a top-keeper after failing to sign David De Gea on summer 2015 transfer window deadline day and have been keen on the Belgian player for a while.

Should Courtois move to the Florentino Perez’s club, Chelsea would ask Colombian winger James Rodrigues in part exchange.

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Thibaut Courtois suggests Chelsea the way to successfully end this title race, claiming the Blues are already thinking about the big clash at Anfield in the end of this month:

“We just have to take it game by game but the most important thing is for us to go to Anfield [on 31 January] with the biggest gap possible.”

The Belgian goalkeeper also think that his mates and him had a dangerous match last Saturday, where the team could slip up but eventually took three points home:

“Saturday was a game where, if I’m sitting at home and one of our opponents is playing Leicester away, I’d think they could drop points, so it was very good for us to win the game, and win well.

“Now, at home against Hull we have to get the three points and then go to Anfield with this gap, because anything could happen there.

“Obviously if you are in front you have the pressure of wanting to keep that gap, but we are there, we are seven points clear and the pressure is more on the other teams than on us.

“We must keep winning our games but we are in a good moment and things are going well. Last season we were having a rough time, it was harder to get the wins and we were having bits of bad luck, but this year everything is in our favour so we want to keep the momentum and win our games.”

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Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claims everyone is happy at Chelsea, despite their top striker Diego Costa involved in a transfer market saga.

The Spaniard allegedly received monster offers from a couple of Chinese Super League sides and didn’t train with the rest of the squad in the past days, being also dropped for Leicester City game: the official reason is that he is suffering from back pain, but it seems something is going on during this transfer window.

This situation, anyway, doesn’t seem to affect his team-mates, who won 3-0 at King Power Stadium:

“Yes. We are very happy, everyone is happy at Chelsea at the moment,” Courtois told reporters after the win against the Champions of England.

“If you are in first place with a seven point lead, it helps. It helps that you are winning, it helps in the way you’re working and helps everybody accept the way of working.

“The mood is very good, everyone trains very hard during the week. When we win like Saturday, we get a free day on the Sunday and it is obviously a nice feeling. Diego didn’t train since Tuesday and the manager had a plan in his head.

“We trained very well and we knew what to do. We played the same against Bournemouth as well. I don’t think it [Diego’s absence] is something that will effect us, but I think we did well again, with the guys up front. That’s good for us.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to the media before the Premier League leaders clash against Stoke City today.

The Italian manager dismissed speculations about Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid, that have been keen on the Belgian keeper for months:

“Thibaut for me is one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Blues manager said.

“He is working very well and is a fantastic goalkeeper and he stays with us, this is the most important thing and the other situations are only speculation.”

Always speaking about transfer market, Conte talked about Oscar’s possible replacement:

“In January it is always very difficult to buy because every team thinks to keep their best players, not to sell but with the club we are thinking about the best way to face the rest of the season. For sure we are thinking about our situation and our squad.”

Conte also spoke about Oscar’s super deal:

“When you have a good group, a new player can arrive into the group in a simple way, and for sure we have sold Oscar and we have money to spend, but it is important to spend money in the right way. I prefer to buy players adapted to our system that can come into our team and pass, but I repeat, it is not easy in January to find these type of players but with the club, we are working on this aspect.”

The Italian coach also spoke about Chelsea youngsters, that are ready to perform in the first team in case of need:

“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”

Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:

Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.

“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”

 

 

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