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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been dropped from the squad for the clash against Porto after he has been reportedly involved in a row with Bianconeri’s manager Massimiliano Allegri a few days ago.

It is understood Chelsea are still keeping tabs on the 29-year-old centre-back, whose contract is due to expire in June 2021.

Allegri is quoted to have said: “Leonardo Bonucci will not be in the squad tomorrow; it is right to do so on behalf of the club, fans and team”.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a huge admirer of the Italian centre-back, who is rumored to be considering a move out from the Serie A outfit should the situation be still unresolved at the end of season.

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Roma centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who is currently recovering from an injury, has been targeted by Manchester United, according to reports in England.

It is understood also Chelsea recently tried to sign the German international before he suffered a knee injury last June.

Anyway, according to Record, the 23-year-old defender has been targeted also by Porto.

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Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The winger claimed: “I am delighted to join this club, I can’t wait to experience this fantastic atmosphere”

The former Porto star spent last three seasons on loan at Vitesse (2013/14), Everton (2014/15), Bournemouth (2015/16) and Malaga from January 2016.

Christian Atsu‘s agent had posted a picture on Instagram revealing the Ghana international were in Newcastle to undergo his medical at St James’ Park yesterday, ahead of his move to the Magpies.

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Christian Atsu‘s agent has just posted a picture on Instagram revealing the Ghana international is in Newcastle to undergo his medical at St James’ Park and put the pen to paper on his new contract with the Magpies.

The Chelsea winger is set to move to the Tyneside on a season-long loan and the deal should be announced in a short while.

The former Porto star spent last three seasons on loan at Vitesse (2013/14), Everton (2014/15), Bournemouth (2015/16) and Malaga from January 2016.

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Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has been targeted by Swiss side Luzern despite also Augsburg and Cagliari have been linked with a move for him, according to Ghanaweb.com.

The 24-year-old is currently warming up for the Premier League opener against West Ham on Monday night but is not expected to be in Antonio Conte‘s plans for the new season.

The Ghana international star has joined the Blues from Porto in 2013 and was sent on loan to Vitesse, Bournemouth, Everton and Malaga in the last three seasons.

 

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Raul Meireles will shortly become a free agent at the end of the season and Fenerbahce have yet to enter talks over extending his contract.

The 32-year-old currently earns 2.000.000€ per-season and made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Yellow Canaries despite being plagued with injury problems this season.

The former Chelsea midfielder won the Portuguese league title four times with Porto, and also won the Champions League with the Blues during his stay in Premier League.

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced that the Blues are finally heading in the right direction with their performances. The Special One promises that his team will try to build on an impressive performance against Leicester on Monday at King Power Stadium.

Mourinho told the Chelsea official website:

”We need results, it doesn’t matter about the competition”

”We need to win matches, win points. We need what we are now having regularly, which is lots of clean sheets, very few goals conceded.”

”We have defensive stability now but we need to score more goals. Even against Porto we could have scored five. Diego and Hazard are not scoring goals but the way they played against Porto, sooner or later goals are coming. Their performance against Porto was very good so at this moment I’m less worried than I was.”

”Independent of the last defeat against Bournemouth, in the last couple of months everyone is improving, the team is improving. We are going in a good direction in terms of the level of individuals and the team consistency.”

”We had some good results where we could say this is the end of such a bad period, but we are always having negative results which bring us back to a position we are not proud with. The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressurised pressure match was so good.”

”Last season the team was fantastic and he was fantastic, he had huge responsibility in the quality of our team, he was fundamental. This season he is at the same level as the team. The team is not playing especially well.”

”Last season you could say it was an amazing season for Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry . This season it’s more difficult to say a certain player has been magnificent, you have two or three where you could say that.”

”I don’t see Cesc being any different than the team. Every minute he is on the pitch the commitment is there, the professionalism is there. He’s always trying and never afraid to play, have the ball or make a mistake. He has my complete trust.”

”We like to play at Stamford Bridge, the fans are being unbelievable with us”

”I feel like I don’t know how to react when the people are so nice, when they sing my name and say “stand up for the Special One.”

”When you are champions and winning matches you wave, you share the emotion with the people. Now I know for sure Chelsea fans don’t have memory problems, they don’t need a special vitamin to feed their memories, they are amazing. If not they wouldn’t treat me and the players as they are doing. They wouldn’t create a nice Stamford Bridge for us, so for sure we want to play at home, that’s not a problem for us.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar hopes that recent victory over Porto and advance to the next phase of the Champions League will affect on the improvement of the Blues performances at the Premier League.

The Brazilian who received a standing ovation for his performances on Wednesday, hopes that the Blues will be able to win the next few games in a row to keep the confidence between the players.

Oscar told the Chelsea official website:

”Because everyone knew it was an important game we were very concentrated”

”We knew we needed to win, everybody was confident and we played better.”

”The manager said to stay confident and show our quality. The team played very well and we won the game.”

”We need to play like this in the Premier League as well, we need to win our next game, it’s very important for us.”

”We need to win two or three games (in a row) to keep the confidence”

”The win against Porto was important for everyone. It’s difficult when we lose a game, for the players and Jose.”

”We now need to focus on the Premier League and play like we did against Porto.”

The Brazilian made some comment about his controversial teammate Diego Costa:

”Diego played very well and he knows he’s very important for the team”

”Hopefully in the next game he will play even better. He tried everything to score a goal.”

”It’s difficult for a striker when you’re not scoring but the confidence is coming back, he’s happy.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took revenge on his former footballer Casillas after the Spaniard criticized him for choosing the wrong tactics when he was Real Madrid coach.

Some time ago, current Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas said that Mourinho’s tactics at the time when he was Real Madrid coach was wrong and it was the reason why the team was not very successful under him. Yesterday, Mourinho’s side knocked Porto out of the Champions League and the Special One with a great pleasure mocked his former goalkeeper.

Mourinho said:

”Now Casillas can win the only trophy he hasn’t won: the Europa League,”

“I have no problem with him. I’ve done my job and he’s done his well.”

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