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Latest Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain refused to join Chelsea on a £35m move from Arsenal, as he confirmed in an interview with SkySports HQ that the Reds were his ‘only option’ for the future.

“The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal. – he said – That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing,” 

“The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me”.

Chamberlain added: “I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that. I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was very close to joining Turkish side Fenerbahce on a three-month long loan, but the move was called off.

The Turkish giants are now set to sign Tottenham Hotspur forward Vincent Janssen, who failed to make an impact in Premier League after joining Spurs from AZ Alkmaar last summer.

The Dutchman will land in Istanbul today to discuss and set personal terms with Fenerbahce, while Diego Costa’s situation is now more complicated than ever before.

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Eden Hazard is training at Cobham Training Ground ahead of his return on the pitch with Chelsea  this weekend.

The Belgian star was back in official games last weekend, where he played a total of 90′ minutes with Belgium in Russia 2018 qualifiers, gaining the access to the competition, after recovering from a broken ankle injury all summer long.

Eden is training along with his youngest brother Kylian, that was signed by Chelsea in the last week of the transfer window.

Hazard is ready to come back on the pitch with Chelsea in next Premier League clash against Leicester City, scheduled for this Saturday at 3 pm BST.

The Belgian forward already played a friendly game against QPR and a league game with Chelsea U23 before being back in action in official games with his national team.

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Last week manager Antonio Conte criticised Roberto Martinez’ decision to include Eden Hazard in the Belgium squad for the two World Cup qualifiers vs Gibraltar and Greece.

Now, despite Hazard played in both games, Conte, according to reports by the London Evening Standard, still wants to delay Eden Hazard return to first-team action.

On Saturday, Chelsea will play Leicester away and the best the Belgian striker can hope for is a place on the Blues bench.

 

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The Italian manager was rewarded at 2017 GQ Men of the Year gala following the successful season with Chelsea in Premier League.

Conte, who was introduced and then given the award by Gordon Ramsey, said: “It’s a great pleasure for me to be here. Last season was a very special one for me, my players, the club and our fans. For this reason, I want to share this award with them. 

 “A special thanks to my family: my wife and daughter because they have always supported me. I am very proud to receive this award so thank you very much.” 

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Leicester City are in serious trouble as their £22m transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting CP on Deadline Day has been rejected by FIFA. The paperwork needed to delay the Portuguese’s move to the Premier League side arrived 14 seconds late and the deal could fall through at the last minute.

Drinkwater joined Chelsea on a £40m move and his signing was confirmed on Thursday night, while his replacement at King Power Stadium is expected to be staying in Portugal until next transfer window.

A spokesman from the club, who’s working with the player’s agent and Sporting CP to fix the situation, confirmed: “We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player’s registration and exploring all options to find a resolution.” 

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho, in an interview with The Times, has confirmed he believes to be the manager who ‘played more quality football’ at Chelsea, adding fuel to fire on his frosty relationship with current Blues’ manager Antonio Conte.

“For me, let’s be honest and objective: the last three Premier League champions [Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with Ranieri, Chelsea with Conte], which of these teams was the most offensive one?” 

“Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says” Mourinho added.

Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 5th.

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Danny Drinkwater has trained with his new teammates at Cobham this week.

Antonio Conte wanted the England international to bolster his midfield, where the former Leicester City star rejoined N’Golo Kante.

Anyway Drinkwater, who has been out due to an injury recently, looked in great shape as he made his first appearance at the Chelsea training ground in London.

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Chelsea are still chasing Everton star Ross Barkley as they could still consider to sign him in January, but the England international has been selected in the Toffee’s squad for Premier League and Europa League this season.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed he wants Barkley in despite the attacking-midfielder asked to leave the club this summer.

It is understood Chelsea were closing in on a £35m move for the 23-year-old, before the move failed on Deadline Day.

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Speaking to the Spanish newspaper Marca about Real Madrid, Chelsea striker Eden Hazard confirmed at the moment he is focused on the Blues and the current Premier League and Champions League season with the London club.

The future, however, can totally be another matter: “For the moment I’m good in England”. – Hazard said – “I play for one of the best clubs in England, but the Spanish league is special. Why not? For the moment I’m here. I think Real Madrid are now the best team in the world because they have won everything. They have good players, a good manager”.

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