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According to reports coming from England José Mourinho and Nemanja Matic could reunite soon, after working together for a couple of years at Chelsea.

In fact, the ex Blues boss seems really keen on the Serbian midfielder, that came back to Chelsea after three years at Benfica under his management, and would like to sign him to revamp Manchester United midfield after losing Morgan Scheiderlin, who moved to Everton in the past week, and with Michael Carrick approaching the end of his career, since the Red Devils legend will turn 36 before the start of the next season.

The Portuguese manager has already handed chief transfer negotiator and club vice chairman Ed Woodward his list of recruits for next campaign and Matic would appear in this short-list.

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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Despite Antonio Conte dismissing speculations on an a possible Diego Costa’s move to China many English football pundits think there is something true behind what happened in the last days between Chelsea and the Spanish striker.

For instance, former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes it’s natural that Diego Costa’s head will be turned by a rumoured transfer to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian:

“Suddenly there’s rumours of a bid that, you know, China want to offer him thirty million pounds a year, is it? Of course his head is going to be turned.

“You know, why wouldn’t it? Who wouldn’t have their head turned at that? Who wouldn’t want to go?

“People talk about loyalty – there’s no loyalty from clubs, you know, that’s non-existent in this day and age and you have to remember Costa’s Brazilian.

“You know, he’s already defected his country and gone and played for Spain, he has no affinity to his own country let alone to an English Premier League side, he’s not particularly… I’m sure he likes London but he’s got no real affinity to London. Brazilians move around all the time, it’s what they do.”

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Speaking about Diego Costa‘s situation BBC Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright said:

“For Costa to come out at this stage when they need him so much feels very strange. He’s scored 14 goals this season – you need someone like that in this team. It seems like it’s derailed what’s going on.”

The Arsenal legend would not be surprised should Costa move to China after an alleged monster offer from Tianjin Quanjian ( £ 30m per year):

“Absolutely not. Costa doesn’t seem like the sort of person who cares what people think. Whatever happens – if it’s his back it’s very hard to detect – something has turned him.”

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Chelsea current pitch captain Gary Cahill spoke after Blues’ 3-0 win at Leicester.

The English defender reckons the team reacted well to Diego Costa’s absence: the Spaniard was dropped for an alleged negotiation with a Chinese Super League club that left him distracted in the past week:

“Diego is a massive player for us,” Cahill said after the final whistle.

“He wasn’t there today but we put Pedro, Hazard and Willian up there instead and it is hard to defend against talent like that.

“We are delighted with that result.”

 

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Ex Chelsea player Tony Cascarino claims Blues already found a Diego Costa‘s substitute, should the Spanish striker move to China after an alleged monster offer arrived to him from Tianjin Quanjian:

“That’s the reason we now know why [Fernando] Llorente has come to Stamford Bridge,” the ex forward said to Sky Sports.

“He’s worked with Conte before [at Juventus] but can he do the job Diego has done? Not so well, I’d imagine.”

 

 

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The news broke tonight and it’s sensational: Diego Costa has not been selected by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for Leicester City away clash and behind this there could be a transfer market reason.

It’s understood that the Spanish striker did not train fully with the rest of the squad during the week, claiming himself he was going through low back pain.

But, apparently, this could just ax excuse, because the real reason for Costa’s behaviour would be a monster offer from a Chinese Super League side that the player and his entourage are taking into consideration in these days.

Sources from England and Italy are claiming that part of the Brazilian-born-striker staff are in China to discuss another record move with Tianjin Quanjian, that are ready to place a £80m bid on the Spaniard and to offer a £ 30m-per-year-deal to the player.

It’s also reported that Conte and Costa frequently argued during past week over the matter, with the Italian manager yelling to Diego during a bust-up ” Go to China!” as Sky Sport Italia reports.

The ex Juventus boss also didn’t like the fact that Costa apparently faked an injury to not take part to group trainings during the past week, where Costa trained most of the time alone, this is the reason why also a fitness coach was involved in the bust-up, since the coach was claiming Costa had no back issues.

Chelsea refused to comment the news.

 

 

 

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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen is impressing at Borussia Monchengladbach and despite the Bundesliga side is aiming to sign the Danish defender on a permanent deal, the Blues are keen to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

But Speaking to Danish newspaper BT the centre-back’s father Sten confirmed his son will probably join the London side on a permanent basis next summer:

Chelsea would like Andreas back, and that they have wanted that for a long time. But it was an unbreakable two-year lease, so there was nothing to do. They have worked to get him back before the time, but Gladbach would not let him.Instead, they’d like to buy Andreas.

 

“As it is right now, he’s at Chelsea again this summer. It is important for Andreas that he plays. He will not return to Chelsea and sit on the bench. It is the transfer window which determines how Andreas’ situation becomes in the summer. If Chelsea buy ten central defenders, it may well be that we need to do something else.”

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During the past days many transfer market were reporting that Swansea manager Paul Clement looked into getting Terry to help Swans’ survival bid, but the veteran centre-half has no plans to leave Chelsea.

Clement, that have been knowing the Blues skipper since he was Carlo Ancelotti‘s assistant at Stamford Bridge, had appeared to rule out any possibility of Terry joining Swansea at his unveiling last week.

“We have to be realistic,” said the head coach.

“I cannot ever see John wearing another shirt apart from Chelsea.”

 

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Chelsea just confirmed a loan move for a 19-year-old forward: in fact, Blues forward Izzy Brown will spend the rest of the season at Huddersfield Town, where he will find another Chelsea academy boy, Kasey Palmer.

The striker, who ended his loan spell at Rotheram United after 20 appearances, will join the Yorkshire side until June.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner said: “Just like his teammate Kasey Palmer, Izzy is another big, big English talent and it is great that Chelsea was so keen to send him to us. Thanks to them for all their help in making this transfer happen so quickly.

“He is a very exciting attacking player who can make things happen for us in the attacking areas and we are very excited to have join our squad for the rest of the season.

“We have had a few injury problems in the wide positions, with Sean Scannell needing an operation and Joe Lolley only just returning from injury.

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