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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Rumours linking English star Jamie Vardy to Chelsea were dismissed today.

In the past week reports suggested the Blues were looking for another striker to add to their squad and that they had targeted the England international.

But according to the Leicester Mercury, a source that is really close to the Foxes, Vardy has no chance to leave the Midlands side.

The Leicester newpaper reported:

“The Mercury understands there is no possibility of any deal and the player himself does not want to move.

Vardy signed a new long-term contract last summer after Arsenal‘s much-publicised transfer bid and wants to cement his legendary status at the club and among the fans.”

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Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte didn’t crossed their paths at Juventus for a couple of days when, back in summer 2014, the Spanish striker signed for the Bianconeri just a few days after the current Chelsea coach left in the middle of the pre-season for some misunderstandings with the board.

After improving his playing in the two years spent in Italy, where he scored 27 goals in 93 appearances, Morata joined Real Madrid back last summer.

The Spaniard was often linked to Chelsea but, as Spanish outlet AS reports, he dismissed those speculations adding a malicious comment on the current Blues manager:

“If Conte is continuing to call me then it will be my old mobile phone because nothing has come to me.

“He won’t have my new number.”

The 24-year-old also claimed he is in a good situation in the Spanish capital now:

“I feel good at Real Madrid and that is the important thing. I’m getting goals, I feel important and I have to keep it that way.

“I cannot think about next season when we have the most important and hardest part of this season in front of us now.

“The most important thing is that we have won against Leganes. Now we have a difficult schedule and have to win everything possible. That is what we are here for.”

 

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It will be a hot summer for Chelsea in the transfer window: not only for the players that might be signed by the Stamford Bridge outfit but also for the ones that could leave, since the impressing form of the team and of some players attracted the attention of many top clubs in Europe, now ready to invest money in the Blues stars.

Cesar Azpilicueta, who moved from Olympique Marseille to West London in summer 2012, has been targeted by Barcelona and the Spanish full-back admits to be flattered by the interest of the Blaugrana:

Right now I am only thinking about Chelsea and I feel loved here. I’ve been here five years now and I extended my contract not long ago,” he told The Guardian.

“It’s flattering to be linked to Barcelona: it means you’re playing well. I wasn’t hearing those sort of stories last season. That’s a consequence of us being top of the Premier League, things are going well.

 “My objective since I arrived was to grow as a player and a person. I’ve adapted to the city, to the country. I feel settled, I’m comfortable with the language, my family is very happy. Right now my only objective is to continue with Chelsea.”

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Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has been linked to Chelsea for a couple of years, mainly because of the lack of playing time at the Merengues: the Colombian struggled under Zinedine Zidane‘s management but, with Gareth Bale‘s injury as a contributing factor, he has found more space on the pitch since the new year began.

Speaking after the Champions of Europe’s 3-1 win over Napoli last night, James ruled out a possible exit from Real Madrid:

I think that everything is fine,” he claimed.

Real Madrid is a great club and I always wanted to play here.

‘The good and bad times always come, but I want to stay here long term”.

 

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has been linked to Chelsea and Manchester United more than once, but the French striker reveals he is not really interested in a Premier League move, as he prefers Spanish football:

In Spain, Barcelona have Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, and a move to Real Madrid would be impossible because I play for Atletico.

“Germany is not a league that appeals to me. France, not right now. As for England, I do watch the Premier League but I have doubts about the lifestyle. Rain, bad weather; I need to be happy off the pitch.

“I like the style of play in England and that the referees let the game flow and the grounds are always full, but the Spanish league is better suited to my style of play.”

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New Inter coach Frank De Boer insisted that Mauro Icardi won’t leave the Nerazzurri.

The Argentinian striker was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past months, and this morning the rumour of him landing to Stamford Bridge soon was hot again, but it seems that he will stay at the Milan side, for now.

The Dutchman was appointed today by the Milan side to replace Roberto Mancini, that was sacked afer 20 months for misunderstandings with the directors and the new Chinese property, and stressed in his first press conference in Italy:

“First of all we don’t want to sell our key players for sure and Icardi is very important and I want to keep all of our important players,” he said.

“Of course we analysed the squad very carefully, but we’ve got to see how things develop. I want everybody to stay right now and then in a few weeks we will see if we need anything else.”

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has distanced himself from reports that he is set to move to Chelsea this summer. 

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri said ‘There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.’

Allegri’s side have been on a remarkable run of form since a disappointing start to the season and have won 17 out of their last 18 matches in all competitions. They currently sit in second place in Serie A , just two points behind their opponents this weekend Napoli.

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GARETH BALE
Bale's season hasn't been able to get on good terms with the fans this season.

Gareth Bale is going through hard times at Real Madrid, as his performances dropped to a low level after the turn of the year, and as the Merengues have not been living their best moment since 2015 began some local media are treating him as a scapegoat, with the fans occasionally booing him at Santiago Bernabéu.

It seems the feeling between the Welsh player and Real Madrid environment is lost and Bale has been linked for months with Manchester United, but now, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are keen on the player, with the Blues ready to make a £75 million bid for the most expensive player on the planet.

Bale scored a brace last night in the 3-0 Wales victory in Israel in the Euro 2016 qualifier, another sign that highlights that his poor performances in Madrid are not just his fault.

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