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New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave his first press conference in Los Angeles today.

He said: “In these two days we worked a lot but we want to play a good game against Liverpool and I want to see improvement of my players.”

“When you have a bad season like last season for Chelsea I think the blame is a bit with all.”

“For this reason it’s important to create a good spirit and stay together, both if we win or lose.”

Conte added: “We have to trust in our work, our ideas and our confidence. This is the most important thing. I know the players are a bit tired but it’s normal. It’s important to prepare a good season.”

“The spirit is always important. You can have a fantastic player but if there isn’t a team, good spirit, then it’s very difficult.”

 

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Villarreal have confirmed the signing of Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato from Corinthians.

The former Chelsea striker is set to leave Brazil to join the Spanish side for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old made just two appearances and managed to score one goal during his time at Stamford Bridge, then he was released by Chelsea.

An official statement from Corinthians read:

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses is focused on pre-season training under new manager Antonio Conte, who is reportedly considering to keep the Nigeria international in Blues‘ squad for the incoming season.

“The work has not really changed from Austria, We just need to work hard to make sure we are a lot fitter come the start of the season. Everyone is looking sharp, everyone wants to do the work and we are excited; we have got a new manager and we all just want to work as hard as we can.” Moses told Chelsea’s official website.

“I came back to start my pre-season early with the group of players who had been on loan last season, which helped as well, but to be honest, I just want to enjoy my football. I want the fans to be able to recognise I am doing something good for the club but at the same time I want to work hard for the team and make sure we win games.”

The 25-year-old added: “We have played two games so far so we still need to get our fitness up and we have a game coming up against Liverpool which is going to be good for us.”

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“That is my position really, staying out wide and most of the time going into one v one situations which I am good at. It is similar to the kind of game I was playing at Wigan and I have really enjoyed the two games. As a winger, you want to get at defenders and make it hard for them. Instead of them going forwards, they have to defend against you.”

Moses played 80 minutes against RZ Pellets WAC in Austria, showing a great physical condition: “I am lucky doing my pre-season here,’ he says. With a new manager I want to show my talent and that I am willing to play for the team, but at the same time I wish Nigeria the best and I hope they make the nation proud.”

 

 

 

 

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New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has rolled up his sleeves to start his pre-season training tour after the Blues have landed in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The players visited their training base and underwent a light session yesterday, preparing for today’s double training session.

Chelsea is going to face Liverpool at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night.

Here are some pics of the players in training:

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New Chelsea signing N’Golo Kante will wear the N° 7 shirt next season, the club’s official Twitter page has confirmed.

The 25-year-old follows in the footsteps of Ramires, who left Stamford Bridge in January to join Jiangsu Suning. Kante is yet to travel to the Unites States to join the Blues during their pre-season tour this week.

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According to the agent of Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegalise defender will not renew a contract with Napoli, despite the club being desperate to keep him.

His agent also revealed that he won’t join Juventus, which has given a massive boost to Chelsea in their hopes of signing him this summer.

“I was in Dimaro [traditional location of Napoli’s pre-season training camp] on Saturday and we discussed a contract renewal.

“However, we are not at the point of reaching an agreement. The desire of the player is to leave the club, not renew. We are told by the club that he is a great player, but from the renewal on offer, we don’t see this. Last year they wanted to sell him, stating he was not focused enough, but then he showed his quality.”

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Juventus are lining up a summer move to land Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Serie A to replace Paul Pogba, according to The Sun.

The France international is set to join Manchester United on a record £105m move and Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has made the Serbia international his top target despite his ownership is currently esteemed around £25m.

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to be willing to keep Matic this summer but he could reportedly consider to let him go after the arrival of N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge.

 

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New Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi told Chelsea: “It’s a magnificent feeling.  Just being at the training ground for one day I can see it’s very big and you feel you’ve joined a club that really want to win. Everything is new and that is exciting.”

“It was fantastic, it would have been wonderful to go further in the competition but unfortunately we lost against Wales. But it was a pleasure to be involved and obviously for me it was the first time I’d had the opportunity to play at a major tournament.”

The new striker also expresses his excitement at working under Antonio Conte: ‘It’s a great opportunity. He is a manager who works very hard and likes people to work hard for him as well. I am very pleased to come and play for him here at Chelsea.”

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Atletico Madrid are still keen on signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The report claims the 27-year-old would be eager to join back Diego Simeone’s side side despite he’s not willing to push for a move away from Stamford Bridge. Atletico are still refusing to give up on the striker, who joined Chelsea on a £32m move two years ago.

It is understood Antonio Conte wants to keep the Spaniard in his squad, but could consider to let him go should Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata join the Blues.

 

 

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could miss the Premier League opening game against West Ham, due to a dislocated shoulder.

The 32-year-old suffered an injury during the friendly against RZ Pellets WAC on Wednesday and was replaced by Baba Rahman during the game.

Anyway, new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could be compelled to make some changes after Ivanovic’s injury.

The Daily Express claimed the Blues are keen on Benfica star Victor Linedolf, while Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this morning.

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