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Chelsea star Oscar is set to leave the club and has already told his teammates that he’s moving to Chinese Super League, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly offered him around £60m in a bid to land the Brazilian star to Shanghai SIPG in January.

Oscar, who has played only 456 minutes in the Premier League so far,  has been heavily linked also with a move to Serie A side Inter Milan, as Nerazzurri’s new Chinese owners are said to be great fans of the 25-year-old.


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Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson gave some updates ahead of Chelsea trip to the Stadium of Light as they are set to face Sunderland.

“Didier Ndong will be a miss for Sunderland through suspension as he is the engine in their team - he said - They had a shocking result against Swansea and I can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win”.

Speaking about the last home game against West Bromwich Albion, Merson added: “Chelsea are having to work hard for their wins and West Brom were a bit unlucky not to get anything at the weekend.

“But Chelsea have champagne moments in their team and they are rock solid at the back.”


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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before Sunderland game, claiming he’s really excited about these upcoming five matches in Christmas period, an experience that he never had before.

Speaking about injuries updates he said:

“At the moment I don’t know, I am not sure, it’s important to check the situation today and see if we have all the players available, but I am not sure at the moment.”

The Italian manager was also asked about Cesar Azplicueta‘s fresh new deal with the Blues:

“I am really pleased for him: he always shows commitment, I like his availability to play in different roles, he is a good professional, I’m pleased for him, for the club, for the fans, because he is a good player.

“It was a good deal for us, for Chelsea: Azpi is very good player, he can play in different roles, I think it was a good deal for the club.”

Asked about the special challenge of playing five games in twenty-two days he said:

“This is a great challenge, for us, for our mentality, it’s important to give continuity and we all know that Sunderland is at the bottom of the table but you can see they are sixth in the table if u look at the last four games, so it’s important to be focused from the start of the game until the end.

“This is the first game of five in the Christmas period, I think we are ready for this, we worked very hard to face this period and now it’s important to start it in the right way.”

Conte was also asked if he sees his team as Premier League champions at the end of the year:

“If I must be honest no, not because I don’t trust my team, but because I know this league, to win you must put all yourself, it’s fantastic to have nine wins in a row, I hope to continue this, I hope to win the league, of course, but I am not sure.

The Italian coach was asked if he thinks that Chelsea are the favourites to win the title, as most of the pundits and people think in this moment:

“I think this opinion change very quickly, I don’t like this, you must have balance when u judge the situation, four months ago no one was thinking we could fight for the title or that we were ready to win it, we started the season with the same players and manager, I’m pleased that our work is paying off a lot, I thank my players for this every day.”

Diego Costa is on fire and Conte explained how he managed to bring him back to a top level, improving also his behaviour on the pitch:

“Diego is playing in a fantastic way, I am pleased for him, for Chelsea, for the fans, it’s very important that he’s showing his passion in the right way, he’s really focused on the game, on how to move, how to attack the space and he can still improve.

It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Conte had to day about that:

“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job, both when he is playing or not, he is helping me a lot in the changing room, he loves this club but now it’s important to be focused on the present.

“I’m getting to know John very well in this period, and I am really pleased to know also the man, not only the player, he’s a real important player for us, both when he plays or not. I hope to have him available to play, he’s traveling with us every game, to give the right message, I think this is very positive.

“I think now it’s better to be focused on the present, I don’t like to look so forward, I’m sure John can do more roles in football, but now he can still play and we must focus on that.”

A Chelsea spokesman then intervened to say that it’s still soon to speak about this kind contract extension and that John Terry’s deal wil be discussed later like it was done in the previous years.

Also Cesc Fabregas was set to leave Chelsea, according to speculations, but the Italian boss keeps saying he is a really important player for the club:

“In my opinion Cesc is an important player for us, he played very well in the last two games, I haven’t decided yet the starting XI for tomorrow but he’s always a good choice for me, he’s in our squad, this is the current reality.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and Conte was asked why the English midfielder didn’t get a chance until now:

“I am sure Ruben has got a great potential, I think it’s important to show this, he can improve a lot in different aspects, he’s got a few injuries in this season, I count on him, there will be the moment I will speak to the club to take the best decision, but I count on him.

Kenedy returned from his loan spell at Watford before the end of the deal and the Blues boss explained why:

“He wasn’t playing with Watford, so we guess the best decision was to take him back, to stay with us and train with us: he will stay here one month and then we will value, maybe he will go on loan again.

Conte never experienced football in Christmas period, and this a new challenge for him, that looks really enthusiastic about it:

“This a new experience for me and my family, I think it’s fantastic to have this experience, to play in the Christmas period: in the past I’ve always watched these games on tv – as I was on a break with my family during this period – but now it’s fantastic to live it.”

Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth Ballon d’Or of his career, a prize that for Conte is well deserved:

“We,ll it’s not the first time he won it, I think he deserved it, it’s the fourth one, Messi and him are dividing these awards in these years but I am sure in the future good players to win them will come up.

“I hope a Chelsea player can win it under me, that would mean we have fantastic players, so I hope we win it in the future.”

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Former Liverpool and Manchester United star Michael Owen gave his prediction on Chelsea clash at Sunderland, claiming the Blues could beat the Black Cats without conceding any goal:

“A fixture that has seen an average of 3.7 goals per game in the history of the PL -30 games,” the former striker said to BetVictor.

“It is possible that one might be enough for this burgeoning and confident Chelsea side.”

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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Another team-mate praising Diego Costa, that has been Chelsea‘s best player in the last games and has already scored 12 goals in this Premier League.

Cesc Fabregas provided him assists against Man City and WBA, but the Spanish midfielder states that all the merit is Costa’s, that turns every pass into a goal:

There is something that every pass I make he turns it into something special,” Fabregas said after the game against West Brom.

“It will probably count as an assist but it was all him.”

“It was vital. We’ve been training all week on the mental aspect, especially for games like this.

“I don’t think we’ve faced enough teams like this recently, they have a very deep block and we knew it would be difficult to create chances.

“The football wasn’t the best but we knew we had to go in behind and push them lower and lower with good pressure.”

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Diego Costa's stunning winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa is on fire and Thibaut Courtois hails his long-time team-mate, since the pair shared the dressing room also in Spain, at Atletico Madrid:

I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,” the Belgian goalkeeper told the official Chelsea website.

 “This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He is really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it is nothing, so he is very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.

“The goal against West Brom came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically.”


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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who spent several experiences with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, admitted he’s not surprised that the Blues are leaders of the Premier League after 15 games.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Chelsea are top of the Premier League – Buffon told Fox Sports - Conte is a winner, he doesn’t do second place,”

“I am sure behind the scenes he has privately been getting players into line” he added.

“They have a great chance in the league. Not only do they have one of the best coaches in Europe – but not competing in Europe they have a week between games which is going to help them a lot as the season goes on.”

The Italian goalkeeper won three Serie A titles in a row under Conte, who then became head coach of Italian National Team in 2014.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s home win over West Bromwich Albion in a tough game, which was decided by Diego Costa‘s goal in the second half.

The Belgium international goalkeeper told the club’s official website: “I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,”

“This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He’s really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it’s nothing, so he’s very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength”.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.”

Chelsea maintain the leadership following the last home victory at Stamford Bridge: “We are very happy with the points. We had to be patient with our work”.

“I spoke after the game with Nacer Chadli and he said: ‘what can we do against a Chelsea who plays so well offensively? Put a good organisation out there and defend well’. That’s what they did and it was really hard to find a gap”.

“The goal came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically. Then they put all their power up with Chadli, Robson-Kanu, Rondon who is so strong in the air, so it was a tough game for us but a very good three points”.

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Chelsea could face a potential point deduction following last week’s ugly scenes at the end of the Manchester City clash, sparked by Sergio Aguero’s horror challenge on David Luiz.

This could happen because the Blues were involved in this kind of episodes too many times in the past years.

When Antonio Conte was asked about this in his post-match press conference, he replied:

“Are you joking? If you’re involved in a situation and the fault is not yours, why must you pay? I don’t understand. My players tried to keep the calm. We are trying to improve in all aspects. You must be honest to understand when there is a fault of one team or both teams.

“In every game you fight a lot during the 90 minutes and then when the ref blows his whistle you finish. I don’t know what happened in the past but I know what’s happening in the present. My players tried to keep the calm.”


Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has confirmed he's pleased with Antonio Conte's wordsfollowing the Blues' win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge. The Italian manager believes the 27-year-old...