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Ryan Mason is back and looks set to make a full recovery from a fractured skull injury suffered in January against Chelsea, as confirmed by the Premier League outfit.

A statement on Hull’s website read: “The Club was delighted to welcome back Ryan Mason to the University of Hull Training Ground for the first time since sustaining a skull fracture in our fixture away at Chelsea in January.”

“The 25-year-old midfielder met up with players and staff at the Training Ground this afternoon.”

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted to be “calm but disappointed” following his side’s away defeat to West Ham United in the London Derby.

“We missed an opportunity to reduce the gap – the Argentine coach said after the game – It wasn’t our best day. It’s difficult to focus on Chelsea”.

“I feel very proud sometimes it’s difficult to keep your level. West Ham played deep and didn’t give us space to play”.

Then Pochettino added: “In the end I am calm but we will move on. We must move on and try to finish in a strong way,” 

 

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Adi Viveash has officially left Chelsea following nine successful years with the Academy as development squad manager, the club’s official website has just confirmed.

An official statement read: “Chelsea Football Club wishes to thank Adi enormously for the major contribution he has made to the Academy’s unprecedented success. He joined in the 2008/09 season and has worked with all ages from Under-12s upwards. He coached the Under-18s to three consecutive FA Youth Cup finals, triumphing in 2012 and 2014, before taking over Chelsea’s Under-21 side which has since evolved into the development squad”.

“One of his responsibilities in the position was to coach and manage two campaigns in the UEFA Youth League which is contested by Under-19 teams from leading clubs across Europe. With only one defeat in 20 games in the competition over two years, Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2015 and successfully defended it the following year. Eight players from those UEFA Youth League squads have made Chelsea first team debuts and numerous others European and English Football League debuts”.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo added: “Adi’s progression through the Academy and the success of the teams he has managed clearly show the quality of his work with Chelsea. We are immensely proud of the club’s record in the FA Youth Cup and Adi played a very important part in maintaining that”.

“In the new area of European competition at Academy level, the back-to-back triumphs of our Under-19 sides was an outstanding achievement. We wish Adi all the best for the next stage of his career”.

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Tottenham defensive midfielder Eric Dier spoke after his side’s away defeat to West Ham in a tough London Derby at Olympic Stadium last night.

“It was already going to be hard and now it’s even harder. It’s disappointing, - he told SkySports. – We were on a fantastic run”.

“They made it very hard for us, they played very deep and we didn’t create enough chances.

“We managed to bring it back to four points but after today, it’s nearly impossible, but we will give it everything for the last three games.”

West Ham United earned a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur tonight which means that Chelsea are getting ever closer to lifting the Premier League title as will be champions if they win their next two matches.

Manuel Lanzini gave the lead after scoring in the second half from close range.

The Blues, who will face Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, can restore their seven-point lead at the top of table with a home victory against Boro.

 

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Manchester City have been fined £300,000 and banned from signing certain Academy players for two years.

An official statement from Premier League read: “Following an investigation, the Premier League found evidence that [Manchester City’s] conduct prior to applying to register the players had contravened league rules.

“This included evidence of contact between the club and members of each academy player’s family while those academy players were still registered with their previous clubs.”

The statement added: “In each case, the academy player was conditionally registered with Manchester City while the Premier League’s investigation was ongoing.

“As a result of the club’s breaches, the players’ registrations will be terminated on a specified date, with no compensation rights retained by the club, and the club will not be permitted to re-register them as academy players.

“In addition, Manchester City has offered to pay compensation to each player’s previous club, and maintain educational provision for each player until the completion of his GCSEs.”

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In the past days speculations of a summer move to Inter for Antonio Conte raised again in Italy, with the Blues boss that was said to be “really close” to join the Nerazzurri after this season at Chelsea.

ChelseaNews24 asked him today if all these rumours on his future are destabilising for him and this is what the Italian manager said:

“It’s the same. It’s the same speech for my players. The same for me. We must stay with great concentration until the end. I repeat: there is this great target, close, and for this reason I think we must think in the present. In the present. At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important. Not important, this. The most important thing now is to try and reach our target.”

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Blues boss Antonio Conte doesn’t want distractions in this delicate moment of the season, where Chelsea have to face the last four games of the league and the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Yesterday a lot of speculations were going on on Diego Costa’s future, after Mirror Sports and Spanish radio Cadena Ser announced he had set personal terms with Tianjin Quanjian, a news that the Chinese side itself dismissed later.

When Conte was asked about Diego Costa’s future in the press conference to preview the game against Middlesbrough, he said:

“I don’t know about this, now it’s very important for every single person to be focused on Chelsea, the present is more important, we have 5 games until the end and we have to prepare for those.

“We haven’t discussed his future, because it’s not the most important thing now.

“I repeat the same concept about him and about every single player for the future.

“This part of the season it’s normal to cope with these speculations. Sometimes you can find the truth, other times it’s not.

And when asked if these rumours can distract his players, he said:

“I am not worried about this, I see my players every day and I can see the right concentration, the right focus, you have the chance to reach a fantastic target for us, to win the PL and play the FA Cup final, two big targets for us, they are very important. Speculations or news are not important.”

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Antonio Conte gave a couple of injury updates ahead of Middlesbrough clash claiming that, anyway, he’s got a couple of days to recover these players and check their situations, since Boro are visiting Stamford Bridge on Monday night:

“Courtois trained today and I don’t see any problem about him. We are trying to see the situation, also about David Luiz and Kante, I have time to make the right decision. I have to check the situation to take the best decision.

“Kante has got a muscular injury, in his thigh.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed his players and him are focused just on the present, to fight for the title and the FA Cup.

Monday night clash against Middlesbrough will be especially tough because Boro are fighting to survive.

Speaking about injuries he revealed that he’s got a couple of concerns with important players when asked if Courtois was ok for the next game:

“Courtois trained today and I don’t see any problem about him. We are trying to see the situation, also about David Luiz and Kante, I have time to make the right decision. I have to check the situation to take the best decision.

“Kante has got a muscular injury, in his thigh.

“Our plan is to continue to work very hard to prepare for these final games, and also for the FA Cup final against Arsenal. This part of the season is not easy, every game is very tough, there is a lot of pressure, it’s difficult to recover. We are ready to face these four games.”

Asked if he will watch Tottenham match against West Ham tonight, he said:

“I don’t know if I will watch the game [ Spurs] because my wife and my daughter are in London, so maybe we will have a dinner together.”

Asked about Diego Costa’s future, he said:

“I don’t know about this, now it’s very important for every single person to be focused on Chelsea, the present is more important, we have 5 games until the end and we have to prepare for those.

“We haven’t discussed his future, because it’s not the most important thing now.

Speculations can distract players in this delicate moment of the year:

“I am not worried about this, I see my players every day and I can see the right concentration, the right focus, you have the chance to reach a fantastic target for us, to win the Premier League and play the FA Cup final, two big targets for us, they are very important. Speculations or news are not important.

“I repeat the same concept about him and about every single player for the future.”

Asked if these speculations were unsettling, he said:

“This part of the season it’s normal to cope with these speculations. Sometimes you can find the truth, other times it’s not.”

Speaking about Middlesbrough clash, he said:

“We must play a great game to try to get the three points, because this game is very important. With only three games to go it’s important to win, it won’t be easy because boro are fighting to survive in the league.”

“It’s normal when you stay in a great club to try to win the title and you must cope with pressure, every single player or the coach or club have good experience to face this moment.

Conte was also asked if, should he win the Premier League title, this will this be the greatest achievement of his career

“For sure to reach this result is a great achievement for sure, I hope to arrive to the end of the season with my players and club to celebrate something important for this season.
It won’t be easy until the end.

Middlesbrough are in the relegation zone and desperate to survive in the Premier League, asked if this game will be particularly tough for this reason, the Italian tactician said:

“In this case there are two teams with desperation to find the result. For us it’s the same, we have to win because Spurs are very close.”

Speculations of Conte moving to Inter next summer continues in Italy, ChelseaNews24 asked him if this annoyes or distract him:

“It’s the same. It’s the same speech for my players. The same for me. We must stay with great concentration until the end. I repeat: there is this great target, close, and for this reason I think we must think in the present. In the present. At this part of the season there are a lot of speculations about my players, also about me, but it’s not important. Not important, this. The most important thing now is to try and reach our target.”

The Blues boss explained also the importance of Cesc Fabregas:

“Fabregas is playing very well this season, his level is very high. He’s got a great commitment, great work during all the season, he’s playing very well, he’s a top player. Wether he starts the game or enter later, his contribution is important.”

Conte was asked if he can keep Cesc happy by just starting him now and again,  a player of that calibre and if he could  he become a leader in the absence of John Terry:

“Yeah… but I like to underline a concept, that I mustn’t keep the players happy. We must win. Because you can be happy at the right time, and to play every game. If you are unhappy in this season, when you are fighting for the title or to win the FA Cup, I think I don’t like when I listen to this type of questions. No, I don’t like. You speak about ‘happy’. I speak about ‘to win’ and to work very hard. I know that to work very hard is not simple. Players are not always happy to work very hard. But I think my target is to put in the mind of my players a winning mentality, and a winning mentality doesn’t have to keep the players happy. It’s very difficult to keep 20 players happy, above all because I don’t want to. I don’t want this. I want players ready to fight and to try to put themselves in the team, to try to win together. If you are happy or unhappy, I don’t care. It’s important to pass this concept, you understand?”

Conte was also asked if he will take the decision to ban the social media in the 48 hours previous to a game, like Jose Mourinho did at Manchester United:

“In social media I am a disaster, this topic is not simple to face, every single person must uses the social media in the right way, with balance. I think when you don’r have a good balance in using them is always dangerous. Especially when you are on holidays, bulglars can go to your house.”

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