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Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent Bruno Satin reveals his player is not thinking about the Premier League anymore after being heavily linked to Chelsea last summer.

Premier League? Kalidou doesn’t think about it anymore,” the agent claimed to Radio CRC.

“He really believes in this project: Napoli got a very good squad this year, bigger than last season, and the manager is doing turnover in eache competion. He’s only focused on the Azzurri now.”

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has just revealed Kalidou Koulibaly‘s contract extension until 2021.

The 25-year-old Senegal international had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and the Blues had a reported £43m bid rejected by the Serie A side earlier this summer.

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Competition: EFL Cup
Cup Date: 20.09.2016
Time: 22:45 GMT, 8pm BST

Chelsea will face Leicester City in the second round of the EFL cup tonight.

The Blues go into the match at the back of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at home and will be looking to return to winning ways in the EFL cup.

Team News


Kasper Schmeichel will miss out the game as he is still recovering from an injury, then Ron-Robert Zieler will start in goal.

Daniel Amartey will challenge Andy King for a place in central midfield alongside Danny Drinkwater.


Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi will reportedly feature tonight with Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa who are expected to start from the bench.

Cesc Fabregas is highly likely to feature today and here is an instagram post from the midfielder.
Cesc Fabregas is highly likely to feature today and here is an instagram post from the midfielder.

Still doubts on captain John Terry: the England international is training to recover from his knee injury but David Luiz and Gary Cahill are expected to be Antonio Conte’s first choice.

Marcos Alonso could replace Cesar Azpilicueta while Asmir Begovic is likely to replace Thibaut Courtois.

Manager Quotes 

Claudio Ranieri:“Of course we want to win. We want to go as far as we can in theLeague Cup and we will try.”

”Antonio Conte: “We are disappointed about the defeat against Liverpool because we gave away two goals and it was our first defeat of the season, but during training I’ve seen the right intensity and the right commitment from the players. And now we have a very tough game against Leicester. We are ready.”

Predicted Line ups

Chelsea (4-1-4-1): Begovic, Azpillicueta,Cahill,David Luiz,Marcos Alonso,Kante,Oscar,Fabregas,Hazard,Willian,Batshuayi.

Leicester (4-4-2): Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Chilwell, Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Gray, Vardy, Slimani

Michy Batshuayi instagram update ahead of the game.
Michy Batshuayi instagram update ahead of the game.

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Also Seville are lining up a move to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in fihajes.net.

The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan this summer and the Serie A side are reportedly still keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.

Anyway, Seville look set to be eager to place an audacious bid to sign another midfielder from the Premier League following the arrival of Samir Nasri from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

However manager Antonio Conte believes Cesc Fabregas is still in his long-time plans also following the rumors over an exit of the Spaniard when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“Cesc is in our plans – Conte said – we all know him on the pitch as a fantastic player but I am starting to know him also as a man”.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held talks with the club’s officials following the disappointing loss to Liverpool last week, according to reports in the Daily Express.

The Russian was reportedly very angered after watching his team easily defeated by the Reds and wanted to show his disapproval of the situation.

Chelsea have reached 10 points in 5 games and will travel to the Emirates Stadium after Leicester clash as they are set to face Arsenal in the Premier League matchday 6 on Saturday.

Anyway, it is understood manager Antonio Conte has already warned the Chelsea board that he will need further signings when the transfer market reopens in January.

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Chelsea are ready to play Leicester in the EFL Cup second round at the King Power Stadium tonight, when Antonio Conte will challenge Claudio Ranieri.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told Chelsea’s official website: “We know how Leicester plays, it’s very hard there as well,”

“Those cups are important and we want to win a trophy this season. It will be a hard game and we should react after two disappointing games at Swansea and losing at home to Liverpool.” 

The Blues will then travel to the Emirates as they face to fight Arsenal in the Premier League: “The next game away at Arsenal we should try to win like last season” said Courtois.

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Chelsea captain John Terry‘s aim is Arsenal clash next Saturday: the Blues skipper strained his left ankle’s ligaments in the final minutes of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the past week and was ruled out for approximately 10 days.

Antonio Conte revealed that everyone’s hope is to recover him for next Saturday’s derby against the Gunners:

“John is recovering,” the Italian manager said to Chelsea TV.

“I saw him outside today [at Cobham] and he is recovering. After this game we’ll see his physical condition.

“It’s a big week because we face two very strong teams. Leicester won the title last season and, this season, they’ve shown they are a very good team, also in the Champions League.

“Arsenal are a great team that will fight for the title so it’s a big week but we are ready. We know we have to work to improve because I know we can improve a lot, this is important.”

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Eden Hazard has praised the impact of  Antonio Conte during the summer and the start of the season as well as his teammates and the new arrivals at the Bridge.

Speaking to Chelseatv, Hazard said:

“He’s a top manager, he’s a top man”

“He has the passion to do his job. He gives everything on the bench and we try to give everything on the pitch.

“He’s a top guy, he tries to speak a lot with the players, to talk a lot, and we are pleased to work with him.

“During games I try to stay focused, but sometimes when I watch the game the day after [on TV] I see him, he’s a little bit crazy sometimes on the bench!”

Chelsea suffered a setback against Liverpool on Friday night,thereby ending their unbeaten start to the season and Hazard expressed his disappointment, and also acknowledged Diego Costa brilliance in front of goal this season,as the spaniard scored again during the Friday night tie taking his tally to 5 goals in as many games.

“Diego is a top player, he is on the pitch to score goals, he has the desire to score a goal every game, and it’s always good to play with him. He’s sharp.

“Everybody had a bad season last season and we don’t want to do the same. It was not good for anybody, for the fans or for the club. We know we didn’t play well and we have to do better this season.”

Also speaking on teammates David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi, the Belgian forward added further;

“I think I don’t need to say something about David, everyone knows how he is. Everybody is happy to see him back. On the pitch he is a warrior. He brings that mentality. He wants to win everything. This is what we need.

“He’s a top man,” Hazard said of Batshuayi, who he starred alongside at Euro 2016.

“He is learning a lot. He is trying to speak English. I am helping him, I don’t know if I am a good teacher but I try. He gives everything on the pitch and in training. In him and Diego we have two very good strikers.

“Sometimes we play with one, sometimes with two. It’s difficult for him to sometimes be on the bench but he is still young, he has a lot to do with Chelsea, and I hope he will score a lot of goals.”

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Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya has returned to the club as he will be assisted after suffering a dislocated shoulder injury during a game with his new side Crewe Alexandra.

The 20-year-old winger picked up four goals this season so far and joined the Football League Two side on a season-long loan from Chelsea this summer.

He had previously played on loan at Barnsley and Fleetwood before starting a new experience.


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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes that N’Golo Kante‘s departure won’t prevent him from giving ‘a very warm welcome’ since he helped the Foxes to win their first and memorable Premier League title.

Speaking ahead of the next EFL Cup game against Antonio Conte‘s side, he said: “I am very happy and I will give to him a very warm welcome back and I am sure also our fans they must appreciate what he did last season and give him a warm welcome,”

“I will be very happy if our fans clap him at the beginning and afterwards he is an enemy.”

“They must understand that when arrives a big team it is difficult to say no. For this reason I say thank you to Jamie Vardy and his family, and to Riyad when they decided to stay here. For us it was important to maintain everybody.”

“He was very important for us and I think he was even more important for us than at Chelsea because Chelsea have so many big players.”

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Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri is confident that his side will try to win the clash against Chelsea in the EFL Cup second round tomorrow night.

He claimed at press conference: “Conte is a winner, but of course he needs time. The reality here is different than in Italy and his job is bigger now. But he is right and I think he can lift some trophies”.

Then, about his idea of football, Ranieri added: “You need to understand the league and your players. The players must understand him and how he manages and how he changes, what he wants. I watch a good Chelsea so far.”



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