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Cesar Azpilicueta started Monday the pre-season training with his Chelsea team-mates.

The season has just begun, but the Spanish player knows the Blues have to fight with a lot of opponents if they want to confirm their Premier League title.

“Obviously it’s a big challenge for us, we know how difficult it is to win it as we’ve now won it two times in the past three years, but we are ready to fight”. – Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website – “Now every team will be fired up playing against the champions and we have to prepare well mentally to fight for it. This is a league where you compete against six or seven big teams. It’s very difficult to predict a champion before the start of the season. The biggest rivals will be the team you are playing against next and every team is difficult to play, so we have to perform in every game.”

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Before joining Stoke City on loan, defender Kurt Zouma will sign a new contract with Chelsea.

According to the Evening Standard the French defender will sign a four-year deal and then he will go on loan as Chelsea want him to get some first team experience in the Premier League.

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Stoke City are leading the race to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old is expected to pen a new deal with the Blues before being loaned to the Potters until the end of upcoming season. Stoke City will reportedly pay all Zouma’s wages, as well as several clubs in Europe.

There are more than 20 clubs interested in signing Zouma on loan, according to reports in England.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was full of delight as the Blues returned to Cobham training ground ahead of their pre-season tour in Singapore and China.

“It’s always good to come back and see the lads and get down to work. – he said – We all enjoy it. You come back refreshed and ready to go”.

“Pre-season is very important. It sets the standard for the rest of the campaign. Last year we had a really good pre-season and we went on to win the league”.

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Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid right-back Danilo, according to Sky Sport in Italy.

Our sources understand that Antonio Conte made Juventus (who are interested in Danilo too) star Alex Sandro his first target to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season, but the Serie A giants rejected three bids from the Premier League champions.

This is the reason why Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to Danilo, whose ownership is currently esteemed around £30m.

Anyway, Chelsea are reportedly still monitoring Alex Sandro as the Brazilian himself would be eager to join the Blues.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek joins Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, the club have confirmed the deal.

Frank De Boer was keen to land the 21-year-old to Selhurst Park as he could be a key man in the squad during the upcoming season.

Loftus-Cheek is under contract at Stamford Bridge until June 2021, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte remarked several times he’s a great fan of the midfielder.

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Romelu Lukaku told ESPN that his new teammate Paul Pogba has been crucial during the last few days, as the French star convinced the former Chelsea youngster to join Manchester United.

 “I’ve been talking to [Pogba] for about seven or eight years. And now he’s living in Manchester,” – Lukaku claimed – I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we’re together on a daily basis”.

“He was explaining to me how it went at the club, and it triggered something in my head. When the opportunity came, I didn’t have to think twice. I’m really excited. I think they’re all top players, a good group of guys that is hungry to win trophies.

“To play in front of those fans, everything is set there to perform. But, you know, I have to work harder than I’m doing now. I know the road is still far, but I’m willing to go on that path and grab the opportunity that I get.”

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Manchester United are not in the race to land Tiemoue Bakayoko to Premier League, Sky Sports HQ revealed today.

We reported earlier that the Frenchman is expected to undergo a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £35m move to Chelsea in the next few days, as he still need to fully recover from a minor knee surgery.

Anyway, Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are reportedly not considering to hijack the deal.

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Inter Milan are in the race to sign Chelsea star Nemanja Matic, Corriere dello Sport reported earlier this morning.

It is understood the Serbian star was closing in on a move to join Manchester United, but Chelsea are expected to be reluctant to sell him to the Red Devils following Mourinho’s involvement in Lukaku’s deal.

With Bakayoko edging closer to a move to Stamford Bridge, Matic could reportedly leave despite Antonio Conte is a huge fan of the 28-year-old.

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