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After being dropped off in the win in the Premier League opener against West Ham Cesc Fabregas must have not felt the best way and rumours of him leaving Chelsea before the transfer window shuts down in the end of this month arosed again.

But after the game Blues head coach Antonio Conte dumped water on fire saying: “Cesc is Chelsea’s player, and I’m happy about him, with his attitude and behaviour.

“He must know from before that when we are a great team like Chelsea it can happen that I have to take a decision before the game to choose a starting XI.

“That can happen that Fabregas is not in the starting XI, but it can happen for all the players. It’s important to see always the right attitude. Because we must fight this season and it’s important to stay together in every situation.

“But then the shape can improve and can change all the situations. Now I took this decision but the next game I can change or not.

“When a coach takes this decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep this to myself.

“But I repeat I don’t see any problem and I’m very happy to have these players, to train these players.”

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Chelsea are set to launch a massive bid to land Real Madrid star James Rodriguez to the Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Sport.

The Spanish newspaper suggests the Blues would be ready to spend around £78m for the Colombia international midfielder, who is said to be willing move away from the Santiago Bernabeu after his last disappointing season with Los Blancos.

It is understood Chelsea had already been in contact with Real Madrid about a possible summer transfer move for the 25-year-old star earlier this summer.

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New Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33.5m move this summer, wanted to share his feelings after the late win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League opener yesterday night.

The Belgium international striker took a picture alongside with his teammates Diego Costa and Ola Aina.

“Great feeling to win at home and assist in my first minutes here, your messages are so appreciated” Batshuayi wrote later on his official Twitter account.

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After seeing Diego Costa’s tackle on their goalkeeper Adrian, West Ham captain Mark Noble claimed that the Chelsea striker should have been sent off:

“A couple of decisions went against us. It’s a yellow isn’t it? I’ve seen the tackle and he (Costa) wiped his (Adrian’s) ankle out completely,” the English midfielder said after the defeat his team suffered for a Costa’s late goal at Stamford Bridge last night.

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After the opening game of the Premier League season last night between Chelsea and West Ham, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was left more than a little frustrated after a late goal from Diego Costa won the game 2-1 for the Blues.

However, Bilic had some complaints during the game when Costa fouled West Ham keeper, Adrian, and should have received a second yellow card, according to the Croatian manager.

“It was late – very late – and nine times out of 10 when you see that challenge on a goalkeeper, it ends up with a booking.

“Unfortunately this was the 10th time, but I’m more interested in talking about the game than Diego Costa.

“From my point of view I’ve seen the incident again and I don’t think Costa was reckless. It was not a reckless or deliberate one but it was quite late, the ball had gone. He could have been booked again and so a red card.

“But I am not frustrated because of that, I am frustrated because of the late goal. When you lose a game and concede late, of course you are disappointed.

“We came back into the game, we played well after 1-1 but we made the mistake in the middle of the park. We gave the ball away and conceded a cheap goal.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed Cesc Fabregas is training properly and that the decision to leave him out of the starting XI against West Ham “can happen to all the players”.

“Cesc is Chelsea’s player and I’m happy with his attitude and behaviour – Conte said – he must know when you are at a great team like Chelsea I have to take decisions before the game, to choose a starting XI”.

“It can happen that Fabregas isn’t in the starting 11 but it can happen to all the players,”

‘It’s important to always see the right attitude because we must fight this season. Now, I took this decision but in the next game we don’t know, I could change or not”.

Then he ended: “When a coach makes a decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep it for me. But I repeat I don’t see any problem, I’m very happy to have these players and train these players”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told Sky Calciomercato he is not worried about the transfer market since he speaks everyday with the club to strengthen the team.

“It’s important to have contact every day with the club. The market is very crazy, the club knows my ideas and it’s important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake of it” the Italian manager said.

“We are waiting for the right solution but I’m very happy to have these players because every day they show me a great attitude. There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention, if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he really appreciated the welcome received at Stamford Bridge tonight: “Thanks to the Chelsea fans. It was fantastic to see the Italian flag in the crowd. It was emotional.” the 47-year-old said.

It was fantastic, especially because my wife and daughter were here. I hope through our work we can repay the welcome.”

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Then, speaking about the importance of the fans during a game, he ended: “I want to say thanks also because they followed the team to the end. It was a physical game but today I’m delighted.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard broke the deadlock after 46′ from a penalty in the Blues’ Premier League opener against West Ham tonight.

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Speaking after the game, the Belgium international claimed: “To win the first game of the season is always
important. We did very well and we played 90 minutes like tigers.”

“It’s not every year I score in my first game. I missed a couple of penalties last season and it’s always good to score.”

The 25-year-old added: “Last season is finished. Now we are looking forward to the future. We want to bring to the fans a lot of emotion and it’s always good to start the season like this.”

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