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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand didn’t like Tiemoue Bakayoko performance vs Liverpool on Saturday and he criticised the Blues midfielder.

Today, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte issued a response to Ferdinand during his press conference ahead of the game vs Swansea.

Don’t forget Bakayoko is a player very young. He’s only 22 years old,” – Conte said – “And for many reasons he played a lot of games. I think he needs to improve, under tactical aspect with us and to go into our idea of football. But, at the same time, for a young player to play with this regularity is not simple. He’s playing well. It’s normal you can alternate good performance with other performance less good. But I think he’s a young player, he’s working very well and I’m very happy for his commitment, for his behaviour. But, for sure, he has a lot of space for improvement.”

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Brazilian midfielder Willian believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek will have a great future as football player and, joking, says he doesn’t understand why Chelsea let him go on loan to Crystal Palace this season.

“A very good player,” Willian said about Loftus-Cheek -. “He is strong, he has quality. He has a great future. I don’t know why he is at Crystal Palace. He has to come back!”

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will have to face a battle to make the France squad for Russia 2018 World Cup, but the former AS Monaco has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including his team-mate N’Golo Kante.

“I am disappointed. I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told reporters.

I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends. I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”

Bakayoko has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea so far in this season after signing for the Blues in last July.

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Brazil were already sure of being part of 2018 World Cup in Russia, but last night they defeated 3-0 Chile.

Chelsea midfielder Willian played only the final minutes of the game, but then he expresses all his satisfaction on his social media accounts.

An important step has completed successfully! Congratulations to the squad and thanks fans!” – Willian wrote on Twitter in Portuguese – “Continue to work, as we should, and we can evolve.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was a PSG’s target in the same summer when he joined the Blues.

Now that the Ligue 1 team have become one of the most desired squad in the world Kante insists that signing for Chelsea was the right choice that summer and it is still the right choice now.

Do I regret that I rejected the PSG?” – Kante told Le 10Sport “No. When I was in Leicester, I had opportunities, but my priority was to stay in the Premier League.

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On Saturday Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola‘s team are top of the table now and the players are confident they can get a good result vs the reigning Premier League champions.

City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, for example, has a message for his rivals: “It’s a huge game and it’s away, so it’s even more difficult, but we feel ready”. – Gundogan said – If you ask the manager there is always something to improve but we know that we are a great team, we have great players and it’s just up to us to prove that every fourth day. It’s also about character, going to Stamford Bridge against the champions to play our game. We’re going to prove that we are ready for that and hopefully it will be a great game for us.”

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On this deadline day Chelsea have sent another of his young players on loan: Jordan Houghton joins Doncaster Rovers on loan for the second consecutive season.

Houghton played for the League One side 32 times before a knee injury forced him to return to Chelsea last February. Now the midfielder is ready for this new adventure with Doncaster Rovers.

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Leicester have raised again their transfer fee request for Danny Drinkwater.

Chelsea placed a couple of bids to secure the services of the England international but both of them ( £ 18 and £ 30) were rejected.

The Foxes are demanding £ 40m to let the Blues sign the English midfielder, so now the West London side will have one more week to increase the offer, as this transfer window will close in eight days.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare spoke out about the in-demand pair over the weekend, insisting:

“I’ve read the speculation the same as you but until we get the bids accepted, there’s no difference for me.

“We carry on with them. All the time we’re talking about the speculation. We’ll carry on as normal until I’m told otherwise.

“I’ve said that your worst fear is that an acceptable bid comes in, but if it does, we have to deal with it. Until it does, we have no decision to make.”

Drinkwater is keen to move to Stamford Bridge and he missed last weekend Leicester 2-0 win over Brighton, but this was due to a thigh injury.

However, the Foxes midfielder will complete the move only if Chelsea will satisfy Leicester latest fee request.


Richmond Boakye has already netted 23 goals in 28 games with Red Star Belgrade and he is a possible target for Chelsea in the January transfer window as manager Antonio Conte may...