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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal when he left the La Liga giants in 2014.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. – the Spaniard revealed – Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause”.

Chelsea signed Fabregas on a £30m move, with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come. – Fabregas confirmed – The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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New Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic takes a little dig at his former club, Chelsea.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his super debut at Old Trafford against West Ham last Sunday, the Serbian midfielder claimed the Red Devils are one step above the Blues:

“Everyone knows what Manchester United is about. It is different.

“Chelsea is a big club, Benfica are the biggest club in Portugal. But Manchester United is Manchester United.”

“Maybe you have two or three clubs similar to United, but it is one of the biggest clubs in the world for sure.

“When I came here for the first day, I could feel that the people at the club help you every day if you need something and supporters are very important for this club.”

Matic spoke also about José Mourinho, who strongly wanted to reunite with him at Old Trafford after bringing him back to Chelsea in January 2014:

“He was very important for me,” the Serbian said about the Special One.

“When I decided to come to Manchester, he was a reason to come here.

“My decision was very quick and very clear. You don’t need to think a lot about if you are going to come.”

 

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New York Times journalist Rory Smith claims there is a feeling this one will be Antonio Conte‘s last season at Chelsea.

Smith believes all the signs are pointing towards Conte leaving Stamford Bridge next summer.

The Italian coach recently signed a new contract but he didn’t extend the deal, he only agreed more lucrative terms: with all the disquiet coming from the Blues in the last weeks, it seems the moment Conte will depart from West London is not so far:

“There seems to be at Chelsea, a kind of understanding that this will be Conte’s last season whatever happens,” Smith claimed.

“Why? He’s never made it clear.

Mourinho at Manchester United is pretending he wants to be there for 10 years, just as [Pep] Guardiola is pretending he wants to be there [at Manchester City] for 10 years, they don’t.

“Managerial lifetimes last three to five years.

Pep Guardiola will not be at Manchester City for the next 10 years.

“Conte’s always made clear this is a short-term thing.

“I’m not 100 per cent certain his wife and daughter have moved to London yet.

“There has always been this whisper that he feels that two or three years will be enough and there were suggestions at the start of the season when he signed a deal for improved money but not greater length after winning the title.”

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville reveals he’s still astonished by Nemanja Matic‘s move to Old Trafford from Chelsea.

The Serbian midfielder, who completed the transfer a couple of weeks ago, was a key-player in the last two successful Chelsea campaigns in the Premier League ( 2014/2015 and 2016/2017) and it seems he will have a fundamental role also at the Red Devils.

Matic was one of the best players in the team that beat West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday:

“You cannot believe Chelsea have given Mourinho a piece of the jigsaw in Matic,” Neville told Sky Sports, where he is a pundit now.

“I can’t think of one reason why Chelsea sold him.

“United beat Chelsea to Lukaku and then Chelsea have handed them Matic. They look like the type of players that were needed to correct what was wrong last season, and Chelsea have helped them and had a big influence on that.”

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According to Chris Sutton the future of Chelsea‘s manager Antonio Conte can be away from London and Stamford Bridge.

Speaking ahead of the launch of a new football magazine available inside the Daily Mail, the former Blues striker sent a clear message to all Chelsea’s fans.

“Conte has said that he wants to avoid a ”Mourinho season” – Sutton said. – “I can see him walking. He walked from Juventus when he didn’t get his own way. If the club are selling Matic from under his nose then it’s not looking great.”

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Chelsea star Willian admitted Manchester United were keen on him and tried to start a negotiation to bring him to Old Trafford, but the Blues didn’t want to let him go.

“There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well,” the Brazilian winger revealed.

“He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.

“Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I’m very happy at Chelsea.”

Willian, anyway, claimed he is more than happy to stay at Chelsea and play under Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian believes both the Italian and Mourinho have a very different way to coach:

“They are very different. Everyone has their way of working. Mourinho is a coach who likes more the ball practice, works the ball possession and makes short games.

Conte likes to work the tactical and the physical part. Every coach has his way of working. Mourinho is a fantastic coach and won everything wherever he went.

“Conte is a fantastic coach too, because he won everything at Juventus and has already won the Premier League in his first year with Chelsea. Each one has his merits.

“Conte is a coach who works hard every day, works a lot of tactics and the physical part. In the last season, he transformed our team when he changed the formation to 3-4-3. We managed to assimilate very well what he asked us in the training sessions and things worked out.”

Speaking about future Chelsea targets, Willian said:

“I dream of winning more titles with Chelsea, win a Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup with Chelsea and be one of the best players in the world, as well as win titles with the Selecao (Brazil) and a World Cup.

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Gary Neville reckons Nemanja Matic‘s move from Chelsea to Manchester United is strange: according to the former Red Devils defender the Blues don’t have a valid substitute yet.

“It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen,” said Neville speaking to Sky Sports.

“So I’m not quite sure why they’re letting him go but they must have replacements lined up.

“United need a holding midfield player. Schneiderlin was let go, Schweinsteiger didn’t get a game and so they need a replacement in there and Matic fits the bill.

Michael Carrick can’t play every single week so they need a player that can come in and do the same job as Carrick and Matic can do that.”

The move reunites Matic with his former Chelsea manager José Mourinho, under whom he won a Premier League title in 2015. The Portuguese himself was the man who brought Matic back to Stamford Bridge, after the Serbian midfielder moved to Benfica in January 2011 in David Luiz‘s deal.

“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player,” the former Chelsea boss told MUTV after the signing was official.

 “I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”

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Nemanja Matic will play for Manchester United next season, both Chelsea and Red Devils have just confirmed the deal.

The Serbian star will reunite with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho and has put the pen to paper on a three-year-deal to stay at Old Trafford.

Matic, whose move is worth around £40m, will wear the n°31 shirt.

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Nemanja Matic will finally move to Manchester United in the next days.

The Serbian midfielder didn’t even take part to Chelsea Asian tour because his transfer to Old Trafford seemed imminent, but the deal was delayed because the two parts still have to agree the bonus payments.

Matic is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Red Devils for at least one month and also the transfer fee, £35, have been agreed for a while but the move won’t be completed until the two clubs can iron out every last detail of his transfer.

The Serbia international will reunite with former boss José Mourinho, who was the man that signed him back at Stamford Bridge in January 2014 for £ 25m, after Matic moved to Benfica in 2011 in the David Luiz’s deal.

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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