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AC Milan director of football Massimiliano Mirabelli confirmed yesterday that the Serie A side are not interested in appointing current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as “already have a manager to work with”, Vincenzo Montella.

Mirabelli told Radio Rossonera: “We already have a manager and we are not thinking of hiring Conte nor about other managers.”

The Rossoneri, who spent a huge amount of money in the last transfer market window are chasing the European spots and will face Inter Milan on Sunday night.

The Italian manager himself claimed he’s not considering a comeback to Italy next season: “In the interview I gave I just said that one day, in the future, I would like to go back to Italy” he said yesterday in press conference.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is considering to place a bid for ex-Genoa youngster Richmond Boakye, who currently plays for Red Star Belgrade.

The 24-year-old striker will face Arsenal next week in the Europa League, with Chelsea scouts reportedly set to watch the Ghana striker in action.

Boakye spent last season with Italian side Latina, before joining the Serbian giants in January: Boakye has scored 15 goals from 22 appearances so far.

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Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri believes Antonio Conte wants more signings at Stamford Bridge and is not considering a return to Italy next summer, despite rumors linking him with AC Milan.

Ranieri, who’s currently in charge at French side Nantes, told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “The Premier League remains the best and I have not been convinced of Conte’s desire to return home. Maybe he was expecting a different transfer window but for a few years, Abramovich has not paid crazy prices”.

“Manchester City and Manchester United on the other hand have made big buys so I can imagine that for Antonio to fight on more fronts with the same players is more tiring.”

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King Antonio Conte celebrating last season title at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea and current Nantes manager Claudio Ranieri has praised Antonio Conte after several speculations linked the Italian boss with a move back to Italian Serie A next season.

Ranieri, in an exclusive interview for La Gazzetta dello Sport, said: “The Premier League remains the best and I have not been convinced of Conte’s desire to return home. 

“Maybe he was expecting a different transfer window but for a few years, Abramovich has not paid crazy prices.

“Manchester City and Manchester United on the other hand have made big buys so I can imagine that for Antonio to fight on more fronts with the same players is more tiring.”

Ranieri, who spent four seasons in West London with the Blues, won the Premier League title at Leicester City in 2015/16 campaign.

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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted the German side gave him the chance to leave the club in the summer, after being tracked by AC Milan, Real Madrid and Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Gabon striker told Sport Bild“There was a time in the window when I could have changed. We [Aubameyang and the Dortmund board] agreed on this together in all openness but nothing happened,”

“I have always felt very comfortable in Dortmund, in the team and at BVB, and that is true today, too. BVB is my family!”

Borussia Dortmund are currently leading the Bundesliga table with 19 points earned from 7 games so far.

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Eden Hazard spoke following Belgium’s 4-0 win against Cyprus in the World Cup Qualifiers, a game in which he scored a brace.

The 26-year-old Chelsea star is confident after recovering from a serious ankle injury suffered last season, despite admitting he’s not fully fit at all.

When asked about next game against Crystal Palace, Hazard claimed: “I don’t know, I missed football for three months [and] it’s not easy to come back after a big injury but I did,”

“I worked out during the summer. I just want to play football. I will miss some games, I will play bad for some games. I just want to play football and try to bring the best of me.”

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Eden Hazard , who has recently admitted to be set for a complete recover from ankle injury he suffered last season, scored twice in Belgium clash against Cyrpus tonight. The Red Devils secured a 4-0 win in the last World Cup Qualifying matchday.

The Belgian star scored in the 12th minuted and converted a 63rd-minute penalty before also Thorgan Hazard wrote his name among the goalscorers alongside with Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

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Charly Musonda Jr. could face a severe punishment from Chelsea after posting an image of a black screen with the following caption: “You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should.

“And what do you get back? ‘Literally nothing,… done. However, with this being said I will continue with same dedication and commitment to this great game.”

 

Chelsea currently have a number of 34 players out on loan, with Tammy Abraham at Swansea and Kurt Zouma at Stoke City.

Chelsea youngster Matej Delac recently revealed: “It is true all of us players on loan are in a special Whatsapp group where we regularly get information on who played best that matchday, who was especially good, who played how many minutes,” 

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Chelsea duo formed by Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro sealed an important win against Israel last night in the World Cup Qualifiers’ last game ahead of Russia 2018.

Spain scored with Asier Illaramendi in the second half, while Pedro went close to scoring in the first period before being substituted by manager Julen Lopetegui.

Also Davide Zappacosta came on in Italy’s 1-0 win in Albania thanks to Antonio Candreva.

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Chelsea defensive duo formed by Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen was involved in the World Cup Qualifiers Matchday 9 tonight.

The former was an unused subs for England against Lithuania as Red Lions’ manager Gareth Southgate rotated his squad having already qualified, while the latter – Andreas Christensen – played the full game in Denmark’s 1-1 draw against Romania. Then Christensen and Eriksen secured a pass for the playoff as their run for the World Cup goes on.

Also Antonio Rudiger featured in Germany 5-1 win over Azerbaijan: the defender was among the goalscorers tonight, after replacing Byern Munich injured centre-back Niklas Sule.

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