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Marcos Alonso has been one of Chelsea key-men and regular starters during this fantastic campaign for the Blues: he arrived from Fiorentina in the last days of the summer transfer window but, initially, there was a lot of skepticism about his skills and his real value, since it was a common opinion he couldn’t fit into Chelsea squad.

But Alonso proved everyone wrong and became one of the sensations of this season.

The Spaniard, anyway, explained that the Blues were not the only top team keen on him:

“Well, I think there was some conversations with Barcelona but the truth is that at that point it was not in my plans to leave Fiorentina,” he told IbTimes.

“It was only when the interest from Chelsea arrived in the summer when I started to consider to make a change.”

“There were some great teams interested in me in the summer but I decided to join Chelsea because they are a team that I had always liked,” he added.

“I saw a possibility of succeeding here. I had some other offers from other teams from Italy and Spain but when Chelsea came to get me, I did not think twice. Chelsea are a club that had always attracted me.

“From my early years at Bolton I knew that Chelsea were a great club and the truth is that I was right to come here. Things are going well but I have to continue this way because I think I still can give much more. Now with the tranquility of not having to prove anything I have to keep improving.”

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Chelsea found Thibaut Courtois‘ replacement, should the Belgian join Real Madrid next summer: it’s Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Merengues have been following him for a couple of years and are ready to splash a world-record fee for him, at least £ 70m.

Oblak, meanwhile, would not be allowed to leave Atletico on the cheap as he has a €100m (£85m) buy-out clause in his contract.

The Slovenian stopper, who was signed in a £12.6m deal from Benfica in 2014, has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester City.

 

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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley revealed a possible Blues signing for next summer: it’s Celtic Glasgow forward Moussa Dembele.

“Scottish football is quite embarrassing at the moment in terms of the standard but he is head and shoulders above the rest,” the ex player said speaking to ESPN.

“He’s a good player and is young. Chelsea, I’m hearing, are the favourites [to sign him].

“Talking to one or two guys I know back in Scotland, they said he is pretty much nailed on to go to Chelsea and possibly for around £40m.”

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Ivan Perisic was one of EURO 2016 stars with Croatia but has also been one of the Serie A best players in the last two seasons with Inter, this is the reason why the ex Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund player was targeted by Premier League top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United.

But Inter sport director Piero Ausilio quenched their enthusiasm claiming the Croatian winger won’t move from the Nerazzurri:

“I do not think it is either Perisic’s or our intentions for him to leave.

“He is part of a massive project and we do not want to sell our players. We cannot envisage an Inter without Perisic.

“We are not going to get rid of our best players.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reveals he is not sure captain John Terry will be his team-mate next season:

“I can see him continuing to play and while he is playing like this, I don’t see why he should quit,” Begovic told the London Evening Standard.

“He trains every day, he’s as fit as a fiddle and you don’t get the sense that he is coming to an end. 

“What he has in his mind and what he is planning to do is something only he can answer. 

“But if he collects two trophies, maybe that’s a great way to go out. Who knows?”

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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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Speaking to Spanish media Radio Onda Cero Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso said he hopes one of his most important Blues team-mates won’t leave Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid next summer:

“I really hope [Thibaut] Courtois doesn’t move to Real Madrid because he is great goalkeeper and he is helping us every game,” Alonso told Onda Cero show Radio Estadio when asked about the rumours linking the Belgium international with a move to the Blancos.

Alonso grew up in the Merengues academy but left in 2010 to join Bolton, then moved to Fiorentina, Sunderland and eventually Chelsea.

Since I left there I have had no contact with the club and now I am very focused on Chelsea. We have a very important season ahead,” he revealed.

Speaking about the current Blues season he claimed:

“The team are playing very well. We have adapted very well to the idea of the coach and we hope to continue this way until the end of the season. We are training a lot and very well. The team has understood perfectly what the coach wants and we are proving that every weekend,” Alonso said while hailing the hard training sessions of Conte as the key behind their success.

“It is clear that not playing Europe is an advantage over other teams but we are training very well, and I think that’s the most important thing. That’s what is allowing us to stay free of injuries and play with almost the same eleven every weekend.

“It is not easy to bring the methods of a new manager to the Premier League. We are seeing that with Pep Guardiola and other new coaches. In the Premier League it is not easy to innovate (like Conte is doing with the 3-4-3). But we are doing things well, we train a lot and that is helping us.”

 

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Transfer window was over two days ago but according to some rumours, Diego Costa continues to receive offers from China, where the transfer market is still open, and many football and market experts reckon the Spaniard can move to Chinese Super League next summer:

“I don´t know, every week I have a lot of news and speculations about Diego, now the important thing is to be focused in this title race. Diego now is with us, summer is far, and it´s important to be prepared for this title race.

Speaking about the possible signing two Celtic players, Moussa Dembele and Ryan Gordon, who eventually stayed at the Glasgow side, Conte said:

“I’ve never talked with my club about Dembele, we tried [to sign] Gordon because we tried to satisfy Begovic and his requests, he wanted to play every game, but I told him he could leave only if we could find a substitute: Gordon was one of the goalkeepers in our list, we tried but when Celtic told us they couldn’t sell him, it was over.”

“During this transfer window we signed three young players: Ake, Kenedy and Musonda.

Ake played very well for one year and half in the league, I think now he´s more mature, he can improve with us and help us until the end of the season, the others are two young players but with good quality.”

 

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic officially moves to Zenit St Petersburg on January 2017 transfer window deadline day.

The Serbian defender, who scored in his last Stamford Bridge appearance last Saturday, posted a selfie of himself with a Zenit training t-shirt, probably after undergoing a medical.

Here is the snap:

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