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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was involved in the whole clash in Cardiff on Friday night, when Denmark secured a promotion to the top division of the UEFA Nations League thanks to their 1-2 win against Wales. Also Ethan Ampadu came off the bench in the second half.

Chelsea players featured also for France in Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in Rotterdam. Both N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were selected in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI and the striker was replaced by Ousmane Dembele with 25 minutes left to go. Ronald Koeman’s men have a chance to get a pass to the final stage of competition if they get whether a draw or a win against Germany on Monday.

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Chelsea wing-back Davide Zappacosta played almost an hour in Italy’s home draw against the Dutch at Allianz Stadium in Turin last night. Valencia striker Simone Zaza opened the scoring in the first half well assisted by Federico Chiesta from the right flank.

Former Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake found a vital equalizer with just 2 minutes left to go, after Domenico Criscito was shown a red card for an alleged last man foul.

Zappacosta made 35 appearances with Chelsea this season after joining the club from Torino FC on Deadline Day. The 25-year-old played three more games in August as he faced Trapani, Bologna and Sassuolo with the Serie A side before a move to the Premier League giants was finalized.


Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta will face respectively Croatia (3PM BST) and Switzerland (8PM BST) today.

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Nathan Ake in action with Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Nathan Ake left Chelsea to join Bournemouth in a £ 20m permanent move last month.

The Dutch player revealed this transfer was necessary to save his career: after impressing at the Cherries in the first past of last season while on loan from the Blues, Antonio Conte called him back at Stamford Bridge but only made five appearances, two of which in Premier League.

From here, Ake’s decision to leave Chelsea for good and join Bournemouth on a permanent deal.

However, the Conte defended his decision claiming today youngsters don’t have patience:

“Sometimes I think the young players lose their patience very quickly, because of parents or the people around these players. The advisers are not right. You have to fight with this. The first thing players should have is good patience. Trust the club and work very hard to know that to play at this level you must be stronger.”

Ake responded to the Italian manager, claiming that while he understands Conte’s comments, he had to leave the Blues in order to continue playing games and growing as a player.

“It is a short career,” Ake told Bournemouth Echo.

“I am 22 and have had good experience of playing over the past two years and you just want to continue that.”

“I understand what he said but I think we also know Chelsea is a big club and it is going to be difficult to come in and play straight away. That’s why I made the decision to come here, to maybe be able to play more games and that’s what I need in my career.

“There are no guarantees anywhere that you are going to get in the team, that’s 100 per cent. You still have to train hard and play well. Hopefully, I can be in the team from the start of the season.”

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Nathan Ake in action with Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Nathan Ake is uncertain about his future: the Dutch defender was called back from his loan to Bournemouth last January, but he has collected only three appearances with Chelsea first team ever since.

Now that the season is over, Ake wants to understand if there will be more playing time in Antonio Conte‘s mind for him for the next campaign.

Asked by his future by The Guardian, he replied:

“I know what you mean, because when I was 17, 18, 19, you are happy you are going to be involved, or be on the bench, or get some minutes.

“But I think at my age now, you want to play a little bit more, also because I had a taste of it. 

“Of course you also know this is a big club, so there will be big players and it’s not easy to come into the team. 

“I just need to see what is going to happen with Michael [Emenalo, the technical director] or the manager. We have to talk and see what is best.”

Ake is open to another loan move after admitting that “I haven’t deleted myself” from the WhatsApp group which was created for all 38 of the players who departed Chelsea on a temporary basis last summer.

“The main thing for me is to play games. Whether it is here, whether it is somewhere else, I don’t know yet.

“I need to see what Michael thinks. That’s what we need to discuss and see where we go from there.'”


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Ex Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from football after rejecting a four-year-deal with a Chinese Super League side that was offering him £44m for four seasons.

The Dutchman, 65, wants to be close with his family, that is going through a tough moment after one of his daughters lost her husband in the past month, a fact that has weighed heavily on his decision:

“I could go there, but I’m still here: so much has happened in my family,” the ex Red Devils boss claimed.

He said after leaving United that he was interested in coaching again, but that door now seems to have closed.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991, and besides Manchester United in the past two seasons he was in charge also at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar but was also Netherlands national team coach in two occasions: from 2000 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014.

Van Gaal won 3 Dutch titles, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Ajax -1 Dutch title with AZ,  1 Spanish league, 1 Spanish Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona – 1 German league, 1 German Cup and 1 German Super Cup with Bayern Munich and 1 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also brought Netherlands to a third place in World Cup 2014 and lost two Champions League finale, one of this against his ex “pupil” José Mourinho, who was his assistant for three years at Barcelona in the late 90’s, in 2009-2010 against Inter in Madrid.

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Chelsea are in desperate need of a centre-back and placed an insane bid for Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij, in fact the Blues offer to secure the Netherlands international was € 40m/ £ 34m but the Biancocelesti rejected it claiming the player is not for sale.

The Dutch defender was close to reach a personal agreement with Chelsea but the deal was called off after Lazio’s refusal to go on in the negotiation.

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Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel would be happy to leave Chelsea to stay at PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with AC Milan before joining Stoke last summer, only for the Potters to cut short his year-long loan deal in January: Chelsea soon loaned him to PSV, where he made an impact and was crucial in title winning campaign.

Now that he found a team where he fits and not feeling confidence from his parent club, van Ginkel would be glad to move permanently to the Eredivisie side:

“It is still unclear what I am going to do. I need to report to Chelsea at some point in July and there is new coach there; I need to know what he intends to do,” he said to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraf.

“I am not feeling any pressure, I had a good half season here and I feel fine. If I don’t have a future in London, Chelsea would have to sell as I would only have one year left on my contract after next season.

“I had a good time at PSV, so a transfer is possible.”


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Chelsea players Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Marco van Ginkel were all protagonist their national teams games last night.

The two Belgian players both started and the playmaker was the Red Devils captain for the first time.

Belgium eventually drew 1-1 against Finland, with the equaliser scored by ex Chelsea talent Romelu Lukaku at the last minute.

Van Ginkel started with Netherlands in the friendly game against Poland, that the Orange won 2-1 with goals by Janssen and Wijnaldum, while Jedrzejczyk scored the temporary equaliser for the Lewandowski‘s team.

Holland, anyway, incredibly missed the qualification for EURO 2016, so they won’t take part to the continental tournament in France.


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New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay impressed everyone when last week scored a wonderful brace and served an assist against Club Brugge in the Champions League playoffs.

And from Belgium, like Club Brugge, comes Chelsea star Eden Hazard, that gave his opinion on the Dutch talent:

He’s very good, he’s still young. I saw the game against Brugge, he scored two fantastic goals.


“I hope for him [that he fullfils his potential], but not for Chelsea.”

Hazard was then asked if Memphis could reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Hazard himself, he said: “I don’t know. We will see. He’s very good, has a lot of potential.

“If he scores goals and wins titles, why not?”.


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Nathan Ake

Genoa join the race to sign Chelsea young defender and midfielder Nathan Ake on loan.

The Italian side targeted the Dutch player as an alternative signing to Ajax’s Nicolai Boilesen, who is set to transfer to Aston Villa.

Boilesen, 23, rejected Genoa’s approach and is understood to be keen on securing a switch to the Premier League.

Many Bundesliga sides are also interested in Ake, but it seems Genoa took advantage in the race to Chelsea player.

The Italian club already signed Manchester City youngster Olivier Ntcham.


Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Carabao Cup semifinal's second leg vs Tottenham, Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed striker Gonzalo Higuain will sign very soon for the Blues. "Higuain is a few hours...