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Since the appointment of Antonio Conte as the new Chelsea boss today, chairman Bruce Buck told the clubs official website that he has confidence in the Italian because of his previous success in management and is excited to welcome him to Stamford Bridge.

“Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.”


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TalkSPORT say the Red Devils are now preparing to make a £24million offer for Alessandro Florenzi, but Chelsea are also believed to be very interested in Roma’s full-back. He can play also as winger, so he is a really useful player thanks to his adaptability in both attacking and defending.

Anyway, ASRoma wouldn’t easily allow him to leave the italian capital, then will be necessary a big deal.



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Ray Wilkins, formerly of the back-room staff at Chelsea, has said that Antonio Conte would be a good fit for Chelsea, but because he wants to re-shape the staff and mould it into his own, Chelsea have a lot to think about in terms of the clubs current staff that work hard behind the scenes.

Conte has officially stated that he will be stepping down from the Italian national side at the end of this summers European competition, thus leaving a big opening for him to Join Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ray Wilkins spoke to sky sports news HQ giving his opinion on the whole situation.

“I think he would be a good fit. No question about it, he knows his stuff.

“I sincerely hope he speaks the language, because it is a massive barrier if you don’t.

“And especially if he wants to bring in six people as well – I think that could be why Chelsea haven’t quite come out and said he is the manager.

“I believe there are a number of people that he wants to bring with him. His two brothers – one of his advisers is his brother, one scout that watches the away teams play is his brother – plus he wants to bring in two fitness coaches, and two coaches [Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera].

“So, you are going to lose Steve Holland, you are going to lose Eddie Newton, you are going to lose [fitness coach] Chris Jones, all fantastic people at Stamford Bridge who know what Chelsea is all about.

“That is probably why Chelsea have not quite announced that is going to be the situation, because they have got a lot of thinking to do.”


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Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli expressed his opinion on next Blues permanent manager and thought that to continue the Italian Chelsea tradition with Antonio Conte should be good for the club:

“I think that probably 50-60 per cent of the trophies won by Chelsea in the last 20 years have been won by Italian manager so I think going for an Italian manager is definitely a good choice.

“In Italy they call him the Italian Mourinho because he’s got that kind of personality.

“His teams aways play in a very humble way with a lot of humility and pride and tactically they are always well placed on the pitch.

“He is a winner, he won three consecutive titles with Juventus so I think if he’s the guy signing the contract he will be a great choice.”

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Italian national team manager Antonio Conte has emerged favourite to become the new Chelsea boss after this summers European Championships when his current contract ends.

If Conte does sign a deal with the Blues, he will look to make his mark on the side and bring in new players and also sell some that he doesn’t feel he needs.

The Italians primary target is rumoured to be Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to the daily telegraph, which could prove troublesome for the likes of John Obi Mikel. Another player that could struggle to keep his place is unfavoured goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who hasn’t even managed to break through into the team as Chelsea’s ‘cup goalkeeper’. Everton and Norwich are both said to be interested in the former Stoke City shot stopper.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma has emerged as one of the goalkeepers for the future. The Italian keeper has cemented his place as AC Milans number 1 at the age of just 16.

There are rumours that Chelsea have contacted AC Milan over the availibility of the youngster who is tipped to be a long serving goalkeeper for the Italian national team.

Donnarumma is reportedly already worth a staggering £119m

Manchester United are also keeping an eye on the teenagers progress.

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Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah admits that he is enjoying the Neapolitan way of life. The midfielder joined Napoli on a season long loan from the Blues.

Chalobah told told TheFA.com. :

“You don’t get bored, as there’s always things to do and the weather has been nice most of the time, it’s just really relaxed,”

“It’s a simple life over there, so it’s not really complicated and the city has been good, I’ve been on a few walks into town and had a look around. It is a beautiful city and a nice, historic place.”

“I’d heard it could be quite dangerous, but I think that’s just something you hear and get told, because I haven’t seen anything like that at all.”

“The people are really passionate about their football, real fanatics and they love Napoli, their city and their football team.”

“I’ve seen that from when I’ve just been out for a walk and people were stopping me for photos, and I’ve not even really played a game for them yet.”

“And that passion runs throughout the club, all of the players are passionate about the games and that comes from it running throughout the whole city.”

Chelsea youngster reveals that he is taking intensive Italian lessons:

“I’ve started lessons and I’m getting it bit-by-bit and slowly but surely,”

“Speaking to people helps, the lads try and speak Italian to me and for anything I don’t understand, it’s best for me to ask questions [in Italian] and that’s the best way to learn.”

“Learning a language is something you can keep for life though, and learning as you live in a country can only help that.”

Chalobah spoke also about his U-21 experience :

“It’s been good, learning a different style of play and the Italian league is a very good league,”

”Experience-wise, it’s been good for me to see how they play their football, the culture, the lifestyle and everything else.”

“I’ve enjoyed it so far and I’m just hoping to get more game-time but at the minute, the team is doing really well and it’s tough but I’ve got to be patient.”

“There’s some quality players in the squad, a lot of talent and that has shown in the games and results that we’ve had in the last couple of weeks.”

“We’ve been winning a lot of games and getting good results so the manager has been sticking with the team, but it’s great to be a part of it.”


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Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia is going to become a Chelsea player really soon.

His agent, Federico Pastorello, published a photo on his Instagram account where the pair was celebrating the new deal with the Blues, that is not official yet, with this caption:

Dinner with #marcoamelia to celebrate the contract with @chelseafc !!! Good luck !!”

Amelia, 33, is a veteran of Italian football and was part of Italy’s squad that won the World Cup in 2006.

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola could become Brentford manager next season

The Chelsea icon is in line to become a manager next season, and it would be his second club this year.

Gianfranco Zola, has some experience in England having coached West Ham and Watford. He was appointed by the Serie A side Cagliari but was later sacked as he failed to win a single game for three months

Mark Warburton is set to leave Brentford next season and should Zola land the job, he would come up against the likes of Mourinho and Van Gaal next season if Brentford get promoted to the Premier League.

Gianfranco Zola is and will always go down as a legend for Chelsea. He made 312 appearances for the club during his seven year stay and scored 80 goals in the process



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