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Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake’s header decided Bournemouth away win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this evening.

Some reports suggested that Chelsea could cut short his season-long loan at the Cherries, but manager Eddie Howe decided to play the 21-year-old against Mark Hughes’ side and was fully repaid for his choice.

Ake spent last season on loan at Vicarage Road with Watford playing 24 times and scoring once.


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Chelsea are in advanced talks to land Bayer Leverkusen attacking-midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu to Stamford Birdge in January transfer window, according to exclusive reports in The Sun.

The Turkish international could move for a fee esteemed around £17m by the Bundesliga outfit.

It is understood Calhanoglu could represent an alternative should Chelsea star Oscar leave the club when the transfer market window reopens, with Inter Milan reportedly interested in the Brazilian star.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined the importance of both Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in his squad ahead of the clash against Middlesbrough.

“Diego Costa is a very good player and the same for Eden Hazard, and it is important for me and Diego’s team-mates to see him every game working a lot with and without the ball” Conte said speaking at press conference.

“He is an example for all and if he continues to score – Conte added – I am very happy but I am happier to see this commitment and this work rate in training and in the games. If all the players are able to think this way then we are a very good team, a very tough team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Middlesbrough, where the Blues will try to go ahead with good performances.

Anyway, the Italian manager is not worried about the new start after an international break, which could represent a new and difficult restart: “We have been working these days to avoid this, – Conte told the club’s official website - We are working to find the right concentration and the right focus because on Sunday we know we will have a tough game against a strong team that drew with Arsenal and Manchester City”.

“I must be honest, there is this possibility that this right momentum will stop and we are working very hard to avoid this, and I am confident of finding the right way very quickly.”

Then Conte added: “For sure when you arrive in a new club and also in a new country, it is more difficult to bring your method, your idea, your philosophy and it be followed quickly, particularly if players are used to another philosophy.”

“I am pleased because from the start of the season I always saw the right work-rate, the right commitment from the players and it is normal that to understand the method, you need a bit of time, but now I am very glad to see they are adapted to this method.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Middlesbrough game on Sunday, the first one after mid-November international break.

First of all, he gave an injury update:

“I have all the players available, they are in good form, Diego Costa had a small injury after the game against Everton, he started to train with us on Wednesday, his physical condition is good, we got also tomorrow to see perfectly the situation, but at the moment he can play. Eden Hazard is fit, he got only a knock.

“It’s a great pleasure and honour to receive the PL manager of the month award after just three months, it’s important to share this award with my players, with the staff and with the club, this is an award for all the team.

I’m pleased for Eden because he’s playing fantastic football, he’s got a great attitude and commitment also in training, he’s working a lot for the team, this is fantastic, it’s very good when he put his talent for the team.

“Eden like Ronaldo and Messi? I think we can go like the team, step by step, I think it’s not right to compare him to other players in this moment, I guess he got everything to do a great career.

“I said after the game against Everton that it was a pity to stop our run for the international break, but it’s important to continue in the way we did before the international break, I hope we found the right concentration and focus to restart after the break.

About Chelsea involved in the title race Conte said:

First of all I see a great opportunity this year to bring something important to Chelsea, to bring a new method, a new philosophy, you want to fight until the end in the title race or for a place in the Champions League, I still got the same opinion: it’s important to keep working and build something for Chelsea, for the future.

Assistant coach Steve Holland might take a permanent job as Gareth Southgate’s assistant at England national team, this is what the Italian manager said about this:

Steve Holland is a great professional, I’m pleased to have him as my assistant coach in Chelsea, for his work and also for the man, he’s focused on Chelsea now, he’s working really hard, I don’t know what is his decision for his future, but I don’t want to go in his decision, he worked with Southgate in U21 and he showed he’s great.

Speaking about Chelsea good moment Conte said:

“I’m very glad for our good run, I think we played a good football, we were really compact and we found a good balance, this is very important. This tactical system and starting XI is very good for the players, because I see them being very happy to play like this.

John Terry got injured while Conte was changing his tactical system and lost his place in the starting XI, but the ex Italy coach claimed the captain can regain his place in the starting formation:

“Terry can find a place in this formation, easily, he’s in a good shape. I am happy to have this adaptation from centre-backs, I am happy that Kurt [Zouma] now is with us, but in this moment he will need more time to find the good form, so we prefer him to keep playing with U23.

Asked about the differences about Premier League and Serie A Conte said:

“There is a big difference respect to Italy, and you have to be quick to understand this difference, every game everything can happen, the intensity is high and you have to play with high intensity if you want to win, this league is very tough, we must always have a great concentration from the start until the end, I try every day to push my players on this, even if they already know it.

Conte was also asked about players professional behaviour in their private lives after England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was seen drunk in the national team hotel after last week win against Scotland:

“I give freedom to players when they have spare time, I want them to take their responsibilities, it’s normal to celebrate after you win a game, but you need also to think about the next game.

Oscar‘s future is Chelsea, for me he’s an important player, he’s a in a good form, it’s logical I have to choose a starting XI every week, he’s a great player and for me he will stay in Chelsea, it’s important this message arrive, he will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.

“We have a competitive squad, it’s normal during the season to have some injuries, I think we get a good squad to cope with injuries.

Cesc Fabregas recovered from his injury and he’s in a great shape. I want to anticipate the question: Fabregas’ future is the same of Oscar, he will stay at Chelsea.”

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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed he is delighted to stay at the Serie A side amid Chelsea interest.

The Senegal international, who has put the pen to paper on a new deal until 2021, told France Football“I love this city, it’s magnificent. There’s the sun, the sea. The Neapolitans are very welcoming. I’m very, very happy here.”

“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million], – Koulibaly recently told SkySports – Mr. Conte I said, ‘The marina is behind me, follow me’, I offered him that.”

“Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 milion, or something like that.”

His agent Bruno Satin recently declared to Radio CRC“Premier League? Kalidou doesn’t think about it anymore”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been named October’s Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month.

His side have beaten Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton without conceding a goal, having also switched to a new 3-4-3 system.

“This is the first time I’ve won the award, it’s a great honour and I want to share it with my players and the club, – Conte told the club’s official website - It’s now important we continue and maintain our form. After an international break it’s not easy to restart but we must follow our way and work very hard”.

“Our next game is against Middlesbrough on Sunday, we know they are really strong and it will be a tough game, but we have prepared very well.”

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Chelsea are lining up a January move to sign Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as Nemanja Matic needs a back-up, according to reports in The Mirror.

The 23-year-old is said to be looking for an exit from the Serie A side due to the lack of playing time and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly considering to place a bid for the France international.

It is understood that even Arsenal tried to land Kondogbia to the Emirates Stadium before the midfielder joined Inter Milan last summer.

Chelsea have been linked also with a move for Nerazzurri‘s starlet Marcelo Brozovic.


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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

West Ham United are interested in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the Daily Mail.

It has been reported that the Hammers want to sign the 20-year-old on loan despite manager Antonio Conte is a great fan of the English star, who is struggling to find game time as he played just 9′ in Premier League so far.

Conte recently said: “He has the right characteristics to play as a striker. He is physically very strong, he is very good playing with his back to goal, he also has good technique, he sees the goal very well, and he has a good shot. He can play in this role

“It’s right to give opportunities to young players like Loftus with great talent to stay with the first team and help us. It’s the same for Ola Aina.”


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