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PFA Player of the Year

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has been named PFA Premier League Player of the Year, told reporters after lifting the trophy: “To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.

“It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.”

Chelsea completed the signing of the Frenchman from Leicester City for a fee esteemed around £32m last summer and Kante is showing outstanding performances so far.

 “It’s a different type of playing, – he admitted – But with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It’s working very well.”

About Conte, Kante added: “He knows what he wants from the players.

“He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles.”

 

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N’Golo Kante has won the PFA Player of the Year award.

The Chelsea midfielder was votes has the best Premier League player in this season by the player of the league.

“It means the world to me,’ the French player said when receiving the prize.

“To be chosen as the Player of the Year is a great honour.”

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Then he added:

“It’s good to still be in two competitions.

“We are going to fight for both and give our best to win these two competitions.”

Kante was also named in the PFA Team of the Year along with team-mates David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims Old Trafford clash against Manchester United is a game like another one in this title race, where the Blues could get crucial three points.

First of all, the Italian manager revealed he’s a couple of injury concerns:

“I’ve got no injury for this game, just I couple of situations we must value, of course I cannot say which ones.”

Conte was asked what does he think about Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante making the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year award:

“It’s great for them to be in the shortlist for the best player of the year, it’s important for them but the most important thing for the team, it means we did a good job.°

Asked which of the two Chelsea players desevers to win the award more, he replied:

“I don’t like to make a choice with my players, I think it’s not fair, they are having a good season, all my players are having a great season and they deserve the best. I’m pleased because it’s a fight among my players, I want to see who is the winner.

Conte also recalled the only time he visited the Theathre of Dreams against Manchester United ( he played also a Champions League final there with Juventus, against AC Milan, with the Rossoneri winning at the penalties)  in 1999 when he played a Champions League semifinal with Juventus, scoring also the goal that gave his team the temporary lead:

“I played a semifinal at Old Trafford, I scored and then Ryan Giggs equalised at last, then we lost 3-2 in Turin and they won the Champions League.

Speaking about Sunday’s clash, he said:

“I think this game is like another game, the most important thing for us is the 3 points, we face a really strong team, they are very good technically, we have to pay great attention. I think both United and Chelsea will put both their best team to try to win the game.”

Asked if he would steal any player from Man United squad, he said:

“I think my players are the best in the world, they got a lot of good players, top players°

Red Devils star Zlatan Ibrahimvoic claimed he’s like Benjamin Button, meaning he’s getting better  while growing older and Conte said the Swedish striker was right:

“I agree, I’ve always told this, he’s in the top of his form, his career. He plays for the team, it’s always good to have this kind of players, he plays a lot for the team, for me he’s one of best players in the world.

On rumours about Lukaku returning to Chelsea next summer, with Didier Drogba claiming the Belgian forward wants to prove himself successful at Stamford Bridge, he replied:

“It’s not the correct time to speak about this, I have great respect for Didier because he’s a legend for Chelsea, I can’t talk about this because we always need to respect the tema, the club the players.

It seemed Eden Hazard was targeted by Manchester United players in the FA Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge one month ago, asked he will prepare something special to prevent this he said:

“It’s very difficult to prepare this kind of situation, we prepare the game on the tactical aspect, we are trying to find the best solution, the situation can be very tough for both teams. I haven’t prepared nothing.

Manchester United played last night in Bruxelles in Europa League quarter finals against Anderlecht and Conte was asked if this could be an advantage for Chelsea:

“In this part of the season is very difficult to understand when ti’s the right moment to play with one team or another.

Any plan on how to stop Ibrahimovic?

“We must have a good defensive organisation, when he attacks the ball he’s very dangerous, and also when he receives the ball, my players must play great attention and concentration to stop him.

Any unsettled conflict with Mourinho?

“It’s a football match, not me against him, we both want to try to win, it’s normal there are conflicts during the game, but it’s just sport thing, just game conflicts.

It’s common opinion that not being involved in European competitions during this season was a big advantage for Chelsea:

“I’ve been hearing this story since I was Juventus coach in my fist season, but Liverpool are in our same situation, for sure we have more time to work with the team, it’s important because it’s my first season here, but if you think this is the only reason why we’re in the top of the table, this si a great mistake. I prefer to play Champions League.

After his last visit to Stamford Bridge José Mourinho stated that until someone will win four Premier League titles he will still be the N.1 manager in Chelsea history:

“Which was my reaction to this statement of his? Nothing. He won a lot with this team, this club have always showed him great respect for his past, I said the same before and this doesn’t change, I have a great respect for him.

“The game at Old Trafford is important for us because we would get 3 points that are really important in the title race, after this game we have other 18 points to get, for us it will be very important.

AC Milan was sold to Chinese investors yesterday and an Italian journalist asked a comment about this:

“It’s very difficult to reply this question because you know better than me that Berlusconi was a great owner for Milan, they won a lot in Italy, Europe and in the world, another era is starting with this group, they paid a lot to buy Milan, so I hope they will do good.

And when asked about Inter kinks, again he replied:

“Rumours about Inter are just rumours, they are old.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante revealed that his career could change when, in summer, 2015, he was close to join Olympique Marseille instead of signing for Leicester City.

The French midfielder eventually signed for the Foxes and was a key-man in the incredible title-winning campaign last year and signed for Chelsea last summer, where he became a key-player for Antonio Conte‘s side as well.

“Among the clubs that most wanted to recruit me were Marseille and Leicester,” Kante told Canal +.

“I thought I had to go through a stage in France. I remember the generation of [Mamadou] Niang, [Franck] Ribery and Samir Nasri and it was a team that I liked, especially in the Champions League.”

Kante also had his say on the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award, with the midfielder remaining humble and suggesting others deserve the gong ahead of him.

“There are quite a few players in the Premier League who deserve this award.

“There is Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and David Luiz in my team.”

 

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Chelsea 2-0 Peterborough United

Today Chelsea FC and fans celebrated the 26th birthday of Chelsea’s EDEN MICHAEL HAZARD.

The Chelsea Number-10 on the eve of Chelsea’s FA CUP third round clash against Peterborough at home had birthday wishes on Twitter from the club. This also included birthday greetings from Chelsea defender- César Azpilicueta. He tweeted his birthday wishes to HAZARD saying:
“From @CesarAzpi to you” @hazardeden10

The official Twitter account of Chelsea Football Club today tweeted:
“Today we say happy birthday to @hazardeden10!”

By: Samuel Georgewill

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Chelsea and Belgium winger Eden Hazard won PFA player of the year in a fantastic season last year but this year Hazard has been out injured a lot of the time which has undoubtedly hampered his form for the last 9 months.

He came off the bench on Monday night to score the equaliser against Tottenham which secured the Premier League title for Leicester City. It was his third goal in 2 games and prior to that he hadn’t scored a single goal in the Premier League.

Now, Hazard told the club’s official website that he believes that he is almost back to his very best and insists he is enjoying his football again.

“Recently, I have rediscovered the pleasure to play.

“When you’re injured it’s hard to get that pleasure back. I played 45 minutes and I gave my maximum.

“It’s been a complicated season for Chelsea and for me.

“It hasn’t been like last season but we have three matches left and we want to finish well by winning all three.”

 

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is looking to put a difficult season behind him and aims to be the star of the European Championship this summer with Belgium.

Hazard was incredible last season. He was crowned PFA player of the season helping Chelsea win the Premier League and the Capital One Cup.

However, this year his form has dipped and has been out of action for some of the campaign due to a problematic hip injury.

The Belgian admits that it’s difficult being out injured but does have it’s positives in terms of rest. He hopes to be 100% fit for the international tournament that starts in June this year.

“Being out [injured] is not cool but it allows you to be able to relax and get some rest.

“So I will probably be fresher for the European Championships but we’ll see whether it was a good thing or a bad thing.

“I want to be the star of the European Championship.

“I’m going to give the maximum in order to succeed and I hope that I will be ready at the start of the tournament.

“I hope to be 100% and not have to bother with more injuries. I will give everything to win the European Championship. You never know…”

 

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Real Madrid will have to break the world transfer record if they want to sign Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, according to reports this morning. 

ChelseaNews24 reported recently that the Belgian was Real Madrid’s number one transfer target and will pursue their interest in him next summer. Rumours coinciding with Chelsea’s alarmingly poor form have been abound that Hazard is keen for the move to happen.

Should the La Liga giants make a move for the man Chelsea signed in 2012 from Lille then they will have to do so with a fee surpassing the £85 million they paid for Spurs’ Gareth Bale in 2013. Reports in England and Spain suggest that officials at the Santiago Bernabeu are already discussing how they will approach the deal that is sure to dominate the summer in the same way that the signings of Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have done in recent years.

They are prepared for Chelsea’s demands and may well balk at it, especially as the PFA Player of the Year signed a five year contract last season leaving Chelsea in a very strong negotiating position.

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