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Chelsea have announced on their official website that three Academy youngsters will spend the rest of the season on loan.

Fankaty Dabo, Charlie Colkett and Islam Feruz have put the pen to paper on a contract with the League One Side Swindon Town.

Colkett spent the first part of the campaign on loan at Bristol Rovers, while Feruz was in Belgium as he had been loaned at Mouscron.

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Some transfer market rumours were linking Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer to Chelsea, but the Turkish club dismissed all the speculations with an official statement on their website.

The statement read:

“A number of recent reports have falsely claimed that Chelsea have made an offer for our Danish player Simon Kjaer.

Fenerbahce have not received any offers whatsoever for Kjaer and any claims suggesting a transfer could take place are wrong.  Kjaer is a happy and successful member of our team.

We would like to ask our fans to disregard such lies and manipulative reports that aim to disrupt our team.”

 

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AS Roma made Chelsea’s Charly Musonda Jr. a top target to revamp the squad in January transfer market window, according to reports in Italy.

The 20-year-old was recalled from his season-long loan at Real Betis and is reportedly set to join another side, with the Giallorossi keeping tabs on him.

It is understood Roma manager Luciano Spalletti is also keen on West Ham flop Sofiane Feghouli.

Musonda is contracted at Stamford Bridge until June 2019 and the Serie A side have reportedly placed a loan bid with a £7m option to buy the Nigerian star next summer.

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Chelsea are interested in West Ham versatile midfielder Michail Antonio, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

Anyway, the report suggested that the Hammers are reluctant to sell the 26-year-old in the January transfer window and won’t accept any bid for the former Nottingham Forest star, who joined the London team on a £7m move in the summer of 2015.

It is understood Antonio Conte appreciates players with stamina and versatility, with Victor Moses who became a key player of his squad this season.

Antonio’s ownership is still uncertain as West Ham are reportedly not interested in selling the England international, who recently signed a four-year deal to stay at the Olympic Stadium.

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Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc is confident that new Chelsea midfielder Nathan Ake can make an impact in Antonio Conte‘s team as ‘he’s a very talented player’.

Boruc told SkySports: “Of course – I think that’s why they brought him there,” 

“He’s going to fight for his spot. He’s a very talented player. He can be very important for the team.”

“Nat was absolutely fantastic for us, he scored a couple of great goals” the Poland international ended.

Ake was recalled as Chelsea need a back-up in midfield following the departure of both Brazilian star Oscar (who joined Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG) and Nigerian skipper Mikel John Obi (who joined Tianjin TEDA last week).

 

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Former Chelsea star Oscar recently completed a £60m move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, with the 25-year-old who is set to earn about £500,000 a week.

The Brazilian star, when asked about his decision to leave Stamford Bridge, told Sky Sports“The transfer was good for me, for Chelsea and for Shanghai, I’m so happy to come to the Chinese league”.

“The Chinese clubs put a lot of money for the players to go to China and make the league more strong. They offered me and I was very happy to come.”

 

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Also Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Swansea forward Fernando Llorente, according to reports in England.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio told the Blues are considering to swap the Spaniard with Michy Batshuayi, who would join the Swans on loan.

The 31-year-old could put the pen to paper on a deal with Chelsea as former manager at Juventus Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of him.

Batshuayi has not made a single Premier League start since he joined Chelsea on a £33m move from Marseille last summer.

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Speaking to ESPN Sports Chelsea defender David Luiz explained why he returned to the Blues after a two-year-spell at Paris Saint Germain:

“I lived here for many years before moving to Paris,” the Brazilian defender said.

“About the structure, what I found has not changed much.

“It’s all top-notch. They [Chelsea] offer us the best conditions to do what we love, which is to play football.

“I love this club and I saw that if I came back it was because there was a story to continue.

“I did not win the Premier League during my first spell and this is a goal I have now: to help where I can to win this championship. Conte has been great in that regard.”

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Kurt Zouma came back after 11 months featuring in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough at Stamford Bridge last time out.

The Frenchman told the club’s official website: “It was a proud moment, an amazing moment to be back and playing 90 minutes”,

“I’m really happy because it was a long time I was out for and now I’m back at the Bridge with the lads”.

“I played four games for the development squad and in two of them I played the full 90 minutes. I played one for 45 minutes and one for 60 minutes but that was a long time ago, two months ago”.

“The medical staff have been brilliant with me, they did a great job and I thank them a lot. They were all behind me and they prepared me very well”.

About manager Antonio Conte, who praised Zouma after the game, he added: “He talked to me like he talks to everyone, ‘recover well, because when you are back I want you to play.’”

“In August I went on the tour with the squad, so I was next to the players, close to them, and that helped a lot. The manager explained his tactics to me because we did not know them before”.

“At that time we were playing four at the back but now we play a five with three central defenders”.

“The manager likes to do a lot of tactical work and he put me in there with the other players to help me learn and understand. It was good. He worked to make me understand it in my head even though I was not fully fit”.

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Chelsea winger Pedro underlined the importance of passing through the next FA Cup round after beating 4-1 League One side Peterborough at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

The Spaniard told the club’s official website: “It was a good win for us in the third round of the FA Cup, especially at home in front of our supporters, there was very good teamwork and we’re very happy with the result”.

“Peterborough are a good team, every game in England is very tough, it doesn’t matter which division you’re in. They fought to win”.

Pedro played in a wing-back role, which is a new position for the former Barcelona star: “I had once chance in the first half which was unlucky, I shot very hard and it went up, but I’m happy to have scored two goals,”

“It’s a new position for me but it means the same in terms of work. I had to run a lot but it was good for me and a good performance”.

Chelsea bounced back from the last disappointing defeat against Tottenham in Premier League at White Hart Lane, as Pedro remarked: “Against Spurs it was a different game, we lost, but no problem, we just continue taking it game by game”.

“Next we face Leicester, a very difficult team, but we will prepare all week and go for the win”.

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