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AS Roma sport director Walter Sabatini was in London to start talks with Chelsea over a possible transfer of Belgian International Radja Nainggolan.

Antonio Conte wants to sign the 27-years-old to revamp Chelsea’s midfield and Blues are pushing to close a deal for the star; his ownership is valued around £35m.

Sabatini was pictured outside Stamford Bridge, but Roma insist he was at Chelsea today for talks about Mohamed Salah, that is currently on loan to the Italian side, and not to negotiate for Nainggolan.

Anyway, English and Italian reliable sources claim he was in London to discuss a Chelsea offer that would  be around € 43m ( £ 35m).

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Mourinho hugs Van Gaal in his last visit to Old Trafford with Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will be back working by this summer after receiving some ‘very good’ offers.

The Portuguese manager has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and this will only fuel the rumours.

“I can almost guarantee you that I’ll be back working this summer,” he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. “I’ve good offers on the table.

“It’s a matter of thinking, to come to a good decision and finalise it. In the summer, at the end of the season, everyone will know what my next club will be”.

“One thing is certain, my future won’t be at Estoril or Pacos, because they’re both having great seasons and won’t change manager,” he joked

“I’ll take my ideas to where they wanted. I want to be at a place where I’m truly wanted.

“After a few months to recharge my batteries, I’ll be ready to go with everything I have to give.

“I want to work at a club with responsibility, in a hard league, where there’re no easy objectives. That doesn’t leave many options.”

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Chelsea current manager Guus Hiddink praised new Blues head coach Antonio Conte, that was appointed earlier this week by the London club to start to work next summer after he will finish his experience at EURO 2016 with Italy:

It’s joy for the club when you look at his records, he made a good spell at Juventus, wining the title in Italy.

“Chelsea is always a big job, regardless the issues Chelsea had this year, you always have the pleasure to manage a club a like this.

“He was presented on Monday, he requested if he could come and meet the players and I didn’t do any obstruction on this. 

“I had a short meeting with him about football, about Italy, about what we did in the past months. As I said, if they need me I am here.

“If I give him advice, I won’t do it here.”

Hiddink also spoke about the power of Conte to attract new players without big competitions like Champions League for next season:

“It depends on the project, if you can provide the players a plan for the future there might be some attraction.

“Of course the CV of a manager can also attract the players, and Conte got a good CV.”

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Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Swansea game away:

CONTE – “It’s joy for the club when you look at his records, he made a good spell at Juventus, wining the title in Italy.

“Chelsea is always a big job, regardless the issues Chelsea had this year, you always have the pleasure to manage a club a like this.

“He was presented on Monday, he requested if he could come and meet the players and I didn’t do any obstruction on this. 

“I had a short meeting with him about football, about Italy, about what we did in the past months. As I said, if they need me I am here.

“If I give him advice, I won’t do it here.”

EDEN HAZARD’S FUTURE –It’s rather easy to answer for me on Hazard‘s future,  because I am not responsible, you have to ask to people in charge. It’s not good for me to speak about the future.”

TERRY’S FUTURE – “Once more if I had something to say, I would do it directly.

INJURIES – Terry is not available, he was on the pitch training but not available. Diego Costa, Matic and Remy are out. Nevertheless we bring some youngsters as we did last week.

“I don’t know when Remy will recover, but (his injury) it’s a groin problem.

“We’ll see who will play up front tomorrow, you will see tomorrow because we still have to train and the players themselves don’t know who will play yet.

Cahill‘s fitness… we’ll see this afternoon, he got a little tendon injury in his hip side. 

Matic got an injury in his lower leg, a severe contusion. I think he might be available next weekend.

LAST 7 GAMES – “We know the club is not in the place it deserves to be, we will do everything to get a place to play in Europa League.

EMENALO’S FUTURE“I don’t have any comment about that, we’ll see the future and the future plans you have to ask to people that will be here in the future.”

CHELSEA’s RUN under HIM – “We were very happy to get out of relegation zone in a fast period, like six weeks, and we got in a safe zone, but overall we are not in a zone standing for Chelsea’s standards. It’s much value if you see what we achieved from December, we have been one of the teams top of the table since there.

HIS FUTURE – “I’d love to be every day with the guys, especially the youngsters, the U21, for me it’s always a challenge to see where these guys can go. I will not do anything on a daily base. I am not young anymore.

DIFFERENCES with 2009 – “When I came in 2009 there was a little transition but by that time the team was formed, regarding the personality, we had Terry, Lampard, Ballack, Essien, Drogba, Cech…now it’s different, it’s not easy. 

CHELSEA’s APPEAL for FUTURE PLAYERS – “It depends on the project, if you can provide the players a plan for the future there might be some attraction.

“Of course the CV of a manager can also attract the players, and Conte got a good CV.

UNBEATEAN RECORD in PL – “I don’t chase the unbeaten record in the PL. I prefer to risk young players, I risk a defeat, but I prefer them to get some experience in the Premier League. If you bring youngsters in very experienced teams, it’s better for them. I prefer this to have unbeaten record, but I like the record as well.

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New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte considers Miralem Pjanic as a crucial pawn for Blues’ new midfield and then it’s understood they already have met AS Roma star in London to discuss a potential contract.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the Bosnia international has a three-year deal on the table to join Chelsea this summer.

Pjanic got a £31m release clause on his contract with AS Roma but Antonio Conte would insist to sign him.

 

 

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Football pundit Graeme Souness believes that Conte has a very difficult job with Chelsea next year and they could face another up and down season.

Antonio Conte will join Chelsea after he has taken Italy to the European Championships in France this summer, he will replace current interim boss Guus Hiddink, who is unbeaten so far this year after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December.

Souness told sky sports that it will be tough to attract good players to Stamford Bridge without being in the Champions League next year.

“I think he’s got a monster job on now, Chelsea this year have been disappointing to say the least.

“They started as champions and never really got going. When Guus Hiddink come in you thought all their problems would be solved but they weren’t. They’ve been up and down all season, even with the lift a new manager gives you.

“I think Jose saw the writing on the wall, he knew he had been lucky to win the league last year, he must have driven them, cajoled them, bullied them, to get to that point to win it, and at the start of the season he wanted more players and better players, and for some reason he didn’t get them.

“That must have been the reason he fell out with whoever he ended up falling out with, and that would include the players. Looking back, Jose was right, because that group were not good enough to go and retain the title this year.

“Conte coming in, unless he can go out and buy some real quality, it will be another up and down season for Chelsea.”

 

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Pedro Pablo Pasculli shared the dressing room with Antonio Conte at Lecce, the side of new Chelsea manager native city, in the late 80s. Meanwhile he was sharing another dressing room, the one of Argentina national team, with one of the greatest footballer in history: Diego Armando Maradona, with whom he won the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico.

Now Pasculli is a manager, like Conte, and he’s currently in charge at Jumilla, a Spanish third division side.

He is still friend with the Italian coach, they meet whenever their job duties allow them in Italy, so he knows the new Blues manager really well.

We reached him to have an opinion of the new Chelsea boss and what the Blues fans can expect from him:

“I think Chelsea made the right choice appointing Conte, because he’s got a strong character, what he learnt on the pitch when he was playing was then transmitted to his players.

“He demands 110% from the players, from everyone, so I guess he will do a good job in England because of this. English football is tough, very energetic, it’s really focused on physical strength and his sides always played this way, with long balls and a lots of playing on the wings. He’s got the right approach for English football.

“His football is really different from the one of Pep Guardiola, that prefers fast ball possession ( tiki taka). The Spanish manager risks to have issues if he doesn’t adapt a little bit to English style.

“Conte is a great motivator, he demands a lot, I agree with people that compare him to José Mourinho, that is really able to motivate the players, the people that surround him and the fans, and he’s also able to control the press.

“Antonio will do well because he knows he has to give 100% to become popular and respected also out of Italy.

“Next year he won’t play in the Champions League, but this can be a little advantage for him because he has to build a team to compete in the Premier League title race so to qualify again for the Champions League. It would be a problem for Chelsea to not qualify for two years in a row, so he knows he has to do well, I hope he can resist there for at least a couple of years.

“It’s also a personal challenge for him, to do better in the Champions League where he was not very successful in the two seasons with Juventus,  and I think he’s got the strength to do it.

“On the language barrier: I guess he studied English in these months, because he has been in contact with Chelsea for a while, they have been negotiating for months.  Maybe at the beginning he can have some little issues for team speeches, because on the touchline you don’t have to use many words to give directions, but he is a really smart guy, he was also attending the university when we played together in Lecce, and I am sure he prepared himself at his best for this experience.”

Conte and Pasculli when they were playing together at Lecce in the late 80s
Conte and Pasculli when they were playing together at Lecce in the late 80s

 

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Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas said Middlesbrough’s players are relishing playing under the pressure of the promotion.

He told The Northern Echo“Every player knows we are coming towards the end of the season, we just have a few more games, so it does feel different to when you start the season. Earlier in the season, every mistake you make, you know you can make it better. Now, there is no time to fix the mistakes”

“Everyone knows the table, and you can feel the greater tension. When the game is going well, it’s great because you know you can get another three points. It is definitely different now, and we all have to focus and make sure we don’t make mistakes.”

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Eden Hazard could be a possible transfer target for Real Madrid but his former teammate Demba Ba has told him to remain at Chelsea and not consider a transfer this summer.

Ba told Daily Express: “I’ve had lots of calls from players as maybe they’ve had interest from China or are curious because of the crazy money being paid out here. My advice depends on who calls. If Eden Hazard was to ring, I’d tell him not to be silly and stay where he is.”

And then, about Blues captain John Terry he added: “But if John contacts me, I’d tell him to get on the next plane.  John is still a top player that can perform in any of Europe’s top leagues, so he doesn’t need to come here.”

“But, at the age of 35, he has nothing to prove to anybody anymore and if he can get one last huge contract here, it would be more than welcome to him I think. And it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to live in a completely different culture.”

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Former Juventus midfielder and Italian International star Andrea Pirlo spoke recently about the new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

“The man”he said“can be a beast, a dressing room when he is angry is one of the most dangerous places you can be. I have been in his dressing room at half-time when we have been winning, but he comes in and will be throwing full bottles of water around because of a mistake we made, or because he feels we should be further ahead.”

Then added: “When Conte speaks, his words assault you. They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently and settle deep within you.”

conte pirlo

About Conte’s way of life: “His life is football. I know he is up until 3-4am in the morning, studying videos, looking at errors, ­studying the opposition of the next game. He has two wives – Elisabetta and football.”

“I even know he will turn on the bedroom lights in the middle of the night because he has thought of something he needs to write down – you will not find a more understanding woman than her.”

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