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Antonio Conte can stay at Stamford Bridge at least until 2020: Chelsea is reportedly ready to offer the Italian manager a one year contract extension.

The agreement between the two parts is not official yet, but what is for sure is that Roman Abramovich and the board, after a difficult start of the season, have appreciated Conte’s skills.

At the moment The Blues are leading the Premier League, with 13 games remaining in the season and an eight point gap over Manchester City, and they are in the Fa Cup quarter finals where they will face Manchester United at the beginning of May.

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It seems Isco wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of this season:  the 24- year old midfielder has started just 11 of 21 La Liga games so he hopes to find another team which can guarantee him a more regular presence in the starting XI.

Chelsea is one of the Premier League’s teams reportedly keeping an eye on Isco along with Tottenham and Manchester City.

Also Juventus is monitoring the Spanish player’s situation.

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Chelsea backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic remarked the importance of playing FA Cup Quarter-Finals against Manchester United next month.

The former Stoke City star played last away game against Wolves, when Chelsea won a very tight clash at the Molineux.

“It’s important that when you’re called upon, and you haven’t been playing regularly, you’re able to back up your quality and show what you can bring to the team, – Begovic told the club’s official website – We try to do that, as a team we’ve been doing well so it’s really difficult to change the side on a weekly basis, but when you’re given a chance it’s nice to be able to show what you can do”.

“We take this competition very seriously, we’re in it to win it. Wolves are a good side so it was important for us to play a strong team and put in a good performance”.

“The competition is getting tougher every year. All of the teams are improving and all of the divisions are getting stronger so it’s difficult to not take it seriously. In the time I’ve been here we’ve always taken the cup competitions seriously, it’s instilled within the club”.

Then Begovic: “We have a very good squad so whenever changes are made, for whatever reasons, we have ready-made players. It’s important to give the FA Cup the respect it deserves, it’s the best cup competition in the world”.

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Chelsea backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes defender Kurt Zouma ‘is a world-class defender’.

The Bosnia-Erzegovina star told the club’s official website: “Arguably the best defender in Premier League history, so he has talent and ability,”

“When he’s called to play he’s reliable and he’s there for us to use. We have great competition for places, especially in that defensive area, so regardless of who is called upon to play we’re very comfortable”.

Chelsea faced Wolverhampton Wanderers with a defensive trio formed by Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Nathan Ake.

“The three defenders in front of me were fantastic. They helped out a lot and they covered each other. They had to deal with a lot of high balls and crosses into the box and, as the game went on, we managed to stop those coming in. The three boys did really well”.

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Chelsea defender John Terry believes ‘now the main thing for the team is keep winning’ to maintain the gap at the top of Premier League table.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “The main thing for our team, especially for the likes of me and Cesc Fabregas who haven’t been playing regularly, is when we get the opportunity to play, we come in and keep winning and we keep that momentum” 

“We have to give the manager food for thought as well because the other boys have been superb. As a group we have been training well and they have been flying in the League. All we can do as a group is keep winning football matches and make it difficult for everyone else,”

“This year, especially in the Premier League, everyone is beating everyone. “It is not like five or 10 years ago when you could look at a fixture and think we can go there and pick up three points and move on to the next match”.

“Everyone is set up really well and the quality of players has increased over the years as well,” Terry ended.

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The Daily Mail reports Real Madrid and Manchester City have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Celtic star Moussa Dembele next summer.

It is understood Antonio Conte made the France Under-21 international a top target as he needs a further backup for Diego Costa, while La Liga giants reportedly sent scouts to watch him against Motherwell on Saturday.

Dembele, who has scored 27 goals in 41 appearances, could cost a fee esteemed around £40m.

Some reports suggested the Blues tried to land him to Stamford Bridge on Deadline Day, when the Frenchman travelled to Chelsea in order to receive treatment following  a knee injury.

“We had to make sure the physio didn’t lose sight of him down there, – Rodgers is quoted to have said - Ironically the hospital he was in was in Chelsea, believe it or not. So I said to Tim, be like Franco Baresi and just stay tight to him”.

“But he was happy to come back. He is loving it here. He got some fluid out of his knee, he has had a good reaction to it, so we will see how he is for the weekend”.

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Amir Begovic explained to the London Evening Standard how his move to Premier League side Bournemouth failed as Chelsea did not find a backup goalkeeper.

““It’s no problem, I’ve been around the block so I have experience, – the Bosnia-Erzegovina star said – If the club count on me and want me to stay here, I will stay and that was obviously the case last month”.

“I’m happy with that and hopefully I will lift a couple of trophies at the end of the season.” Begovic added.


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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen claimed that wouldn’t be fair to compare his side with Chelsea and Manchester City.

“Money, you can’t compare it, – the centre-back said – But I think our team is as strong as Chelsea and Man City. Definitely”.

“We played the [League Cup] final against Chelsea at Wembley a couple of years ago and we want more of that”.

“I won silverware at Ajax and it’s the best thing there is in football. This team deserve a trophy”.

Then he added: “We have improved a lot. That’s only a year-and-a-half, two years ago, but we’ve improved a lot as a team”.

“We’re stronger, the gaffer’s had his time to work with us, we understand the way he wants us to play. We’re a lot stronger than two years ago and we’ve shown that the last couple of years”.


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Jordan Pickford, 22 year old Sunderland’s keeper, is attracting attention from various Premier League’s team and Chelsea is reportedly among them.

The Blues are monitoring the young player’s situation, but there are also other candidates: especially Manchester City, Arsenal are all linked to a possible Pickford’s signing during the summer transfer window.

Obviously, much depends on whether Sunderland stay up and, as far as Chelsea is concerned, also on Asmir Begovic’s future with the Bosnia-Erzegovina star linked to Bornemouth last January, but who, at the moment, is willing to stay at Stamford Bridge “if the club count on me and want me to stay here”.

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Diego Costa’s goal against Wolverhampton last Saturday helped Chelsea to qualify for the Fa Cup quarter finals, but it can prove itself very useful in the Blues Premier League’s title race.

The Spanish stiker’s team-mate Asmir Begovic believes it:  “Yes, it’s good for him”. – says the keeper – “He’s had a couple of tough, frustrating games. It wasn’t for the lack of trying but his previous goal had been against Hull. He is obviously a talisman, a leader, someone who leads from the front. He’s crucial to us so it’s great that he’s back firing and hopefully that will lift his confidence again and he will kick on. Do we need a confident Costa for the run-in? Yes, of course. Any successful team has to have a top goalscorer and that’s what he is. He leads by example.”

Diego Costa at the moment is third in the Premier League’s top scorers table with 15 goals but he last scored on January 22 against Hull City and now he trails Alexis Sanchez (17) and Romelu Lukaku (16).


Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas speaking after the defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final has confirmed he wants to fight for the Blues. "With the...