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Chelsea wing-back Davide Zappacosta played almost an hour in Italy’s home draw against the Dutch at Allianz Stadium in Turin last night. Valencia striker Simone Zaza opened the scoring in the first half well assisted by Federico Chiesta from the right flank.

Former Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake found a vital equalizer with just 2 minutes left to go, after Domenico Criscito was shown a red card for an alleged last man foul.

Zappacosta made 35 appearances with Chelsea this season after joining the club from Torino FC on Deadline Day. The 25-year-old played three more games in August as he faced Trapani, Bologna and Sassuolo with the Serie A side before a move to the Premier League giants was finalized.


Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta will face respectively Croatia (3PM BST) and Switzerland (8PM BST) today.

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Chelsea defensive midfielder Nathan Ake made his first senior appearance for Netherland National Team on Wednesday after being a regular in the Dutch Under-21 squad.

Quincy Promes and Tottenham star Vincent Janssen both scored in their 2-1 win over Morocco in a friendly game. Former Chelsea Academy Mbark Boussoufa also scored for the hosts.

The 22-year-old was recalled by Chelsea in January 2017, making his first appearance in the 4–0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Brentford. Then he replaced David Luiz in the starting lineup in the 4–2 semifinal win against rivals Tottenham.

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Nathan Ake revealed why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted to end his loan spell at Bournemouth, calling him back at Stamford Bridge:

“He’s happy for me to come back,” the Dutch midfielder told Chelsea TV after his move back to the Blues was confirmed.

“He wants to see me here, how I’ll do in this team and, yes, to learn different positions.

“I’m looking forward to training and learning a lot under this coach.”


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Chelsea have made contact with Arsenal legend Marc Overmars to bring him to Stamford Bridge for a role in the academy.

Overmars is currently the director of football at Ajax but Sport, a source close with Overmars‘ former club Barcelona, claim that the 43-year-old is ready to leave Holland and is considering a move back to London to assist behind the scenes with Chelsea.

Overmars has made a name for himself in Holland, bringing youngsters through the ranks at a good level and Chelsea bosses are looking to link him with technical director Michael Emenalo.

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Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel would be happy to leave Chelsea to stay at PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with AC Milan before joining Stoke last summer, only for the Potters to cut short his year-long loan deal in January: Chelsea soon loaned him to PSV, where he made an impact and was crucial in title winning campaign.

Now that he found a team where he fits and not feeling confidence from his parent club, van Ginkel would be glad to move permanently to the Eredivisie side:

“It is still unclear what I am going to do. I need to report to Chelsea at some point in July and there is new coach there; I need to know what he intends to do,” he said to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraf.

“I am not feeling any pressure, I had a good half season here and I feel fine. If I don’t have a future in London, Chelsea would have to sell as I would only have one year left on my contract after next season.

“I had a good time at PSV, so a transfer is possible.”


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Chelsea players Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Marco van Ginkel were all protagonist their national teams games last night.

The two Belgian players both started and the playmaker was the Red Devils captain for the first time.

Belgium eventually drew 1-1 against Finland, with the equaliser scored by ex Chelsea talent Romelu Lukaku at the last minute.

Van Ginkel started with Netherlands in the friendly game against Poland, that the Orange won 2-1 with goals by Janssen and Wijnaldum, while Jedrzejczyk scored the temporary equaliser for the Lewandowski‘s team.

Holland, anyway, incredibly missed the qualification for EURO 2016, so they won’t take part to the continental tournament in France.


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Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke is demanding £50,000 per week in wages and also first-team football if he is to sign a new contract with the Blues.

Solanke‘s contract has 1 year left but talks have stalled according to Sportsmail.

He made his debut last year in a Champions League tie against Maribor but now finds himself on loan in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, where he has scored 7 goals in 24 appearances.

The England U21 international has come through the ranks at Chelsea from the age of 8-years-old but has only seen 17 minutes of game time in a Chelsea shirt.

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Fullback Todd Kane, currently on loan at Dutch club NEC Nijmegenhas spoken out recently about his aim to do his best for Chelsea. Kane has spent the last four years away from Chelsea and he is hoping for a chance next season.

He said: “I’ve been out on loan for four years and I think I’ve learnt a lot more from playing men’s football than in the under-21s league. I’m near enough on the 100 mark of senior appearances.”

About Chelsea: “It’s been very good for me and you have to be realistic and know that only one or two will get opportunities at a big club like Chelsea. It’s the same at somewhere like Manchester United. Let’s be honest, Marcus Rashford got his chance at United because, to a degree, it’s fallen into place. He’s a great player but you have to get a bit of luck. I’ve learnt so much from being at Chelsea. From working and training with top quality players, I still speak to people from the club all the time, get advice from players, the Chelsea set-up is fantastic and I’ve definitely got no regrets.

About NEC Nijmegen: “I’m really enjoying it in Holland. I had a look round the place and loved it straight away. It’s just what I needed. I’m living in the middle of nowhere, just focused on football — training and working hard. It’s a great test.

Then he added: “But I’m hoping I will get a chance under the new manager at Chelsea this summer. Chelsea are good for the players out on loan. The technical director, Michael Emenalo, is a clever man, stays in regular contact and gives you a lot of encouragement.”

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After the death of football icon Johan Cruyff, Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has paid tribute to his friend.

Speaking the clubs Official Website Hiddink said “I received the news of Johan’s death with immense sadness. Firstly, I have lost a friend. I knew Johan well for many years and we spent time together in both the Netherlands and Spain.

‘Johan was a great man and always made sure he remained approachable to many people. His influence on the game, both as a player and a coach, cannot be overstated. We will miss him very much, but football will forever be indebted to his genius. What he taught us about the game is still as relevant now as it was 40 years ago.

‘My thoughts are with his wife Danny and his family at this very sad time.’


Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup's quarter final vs Bournemouth, Sarri's assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained he is not sure Gary Cahill will leave Chelsea during the January transfer window. "It is difficult...