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Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole told CFC Fan TV that Eden Hazard could become one of the club’s greatest players in a near future.

“I think he’ll go down as Chelsea’s greatest player, – the English star said – He’s certainly the most talented all-round footballer I’ve played with and he’s already a hero with the fans. I hope he stays there for the rest of his career”.

Cole played with Hazard during his time at LOSC Lille in 2011, under manager Rudi Garcia.

“My first game in France with Lille, Rudi Garcia was saying to me, ‘we’ve got this good kid, Eden Hazard’. He said ‘I want you to play with him’. And then he scored two of the best goals you’ll see within 20 minutes and I thought, ‘I don’t know if I’m good enough to play with him'”.

“He’s just a nice kid, he’s got a good way about him, he loves training, he loves football and everyone in that dressing room in France loved him.”

 

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Two Chelsea games were postponed for TV reasons: both clashes are in March and are derby.

The first one is against West Ham at their new London Stadium and was moved from Saturday 4 March to Monday 6 March at 8 pm.

The Stamford Bridge derby against Watford was moved from Saturday 11 March to Monday 13 March, with an 8 pm kick off as well.

The latest game will be rescheduled again should either side reach the sixth round of the FA Cup.

 

 

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Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli confirmed that Chelsea tried to appoint him before starting negotiations with current boss Antonio Conte.

Also Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone are rumored to have been considered level pegging on top of Roman Abramovich‘s wishlist.

Sampaoli said: “There were a lot of teams interested but the call came from Monchi and for us it was very interesting and exciting, we were also in negotiations with Chelsea”.

Chelsea are leading Premier League with 55 points in 22 games while Seville are currently 2nd on La Liga table with 42 points in 19 games, one point clear of Barcelona who won the title last year.

Guardiola is struggling with new life at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City earned only 43 points (5th place) so far, the same as Atletico Madrid (4th place level on points with Real Sociedad), with Diego Pablo Simeone heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan next summer.

 

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Chelsea star Diego Costa enjoyed a team dinner last night, which confirms that the Spaniard has not broken up with teammates following rumors linking him with a move to the Chinese Super League in January

The Blues are set to face Brentford in FA Cup on Saturday, while Liverpool and Arsenal are their next rivals in Premier League; Chelsea could extend his gap at the top of table in these two crucial games.

Costa also posted a selfie with Kenedy:

Costa Kenedy

 

 

 

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Chelsea made Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon their main target to replace Asmir Begovic, according to the Daily Telegraph.

It is understood Bournemouth have placed a £10m bid for the Bosnia-Herzegovina star, who could leave Stamford Bridge after joining in 2015 from Stoke City.

According to reports Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also a great admirer of Espanyol’s Diego Lopez and Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera, but the 34-year-old Celtic goalkeeper is said to be the Blues’ main target to replace Begovic.

Gordon, who previously played in Premier League with Sunderland, could be offered a one-year deal.

 

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Oriol Romeu has put the pen to paper on a new contract with Southampton, the club’s official website have just confirmed the deal.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who will stay put at St.Mary’s until June 2021, claimed: “I couldn’t be any happier to have this new contract with the club.

“Ever since I came here I have felt very, very good. Everything has been positive for me. I have developed myself and been getting better every day.”

“Looking forward, it’s a good thing for me, but hopefully there will be more to come and nice experiences to go through.”

Romeu joined the Blues on a permanent move from Barcelona in 2011 before leaving the West London side two years later.

 

 

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Chelsea are lining up an audacious move to land Middlesbrough midfielder Adama Traore to Stamford Bridge in January, according to reports in England.

The London Evening Standard claimed that Antonio Conte made an enquiry over the availability of the 20-year-old, despite Boro’s manager Aitor Karanka recently told journalists the Spaniard won’t leave his current side this season.

The former Barcelona youngster played 15 Premier League games so far.

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic won’t leave Stamford Bridge as long as Antonio Conte finds a replacement for the 29-year-old, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

It is understood the Bosnia-Herzegovina star is set to join Bournemouth but Chelsea need a substitute before selling his back-up goalkeeper in January transfer window.

It has been reported that Cherries offered a fee in the region of £10m that Chelsea would willingly accept.

With Eduardo still in squad since he joined the Blues last summer from Dinamo Zagreb, Antonio Conte will reportedly place a bid to land A.C. Milan‘s Diego Lopez to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and seem ready to challenge Manchester United to sign the Swedish star next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte wants a centre-back to strengthen his team and could consider to land the 22-year-old to Stamford Bridge despite interest from Josè Mourinho’s side.

Benfica reportedly ask a fee esteemed around £38m to let Lindelof leave Portugal.

Also Inter Milan are said to be interested in the highly-rated defender, who made 26 appearances with his side this season so far.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s 2-0 win to Hull City.

The Belgian star told the club’s official website: “We knew it would be hard, they’ve changed their manager and it’s harder for other teams to beat them as well”,

“Manchester United found it tough against them, they won against Bournemouth and they came with a plan so it wasn’t easy. I don’t think we played our best game but we are pleased to get the three points.”

“We wanted to win more games after the Tottenham result, and before we play Liverpool and Arsenal. Now we have a big gap, hopefully we can win against them and put ourselves further away”.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa completed his 100th appearance with the Blues’ shirt scoring another crucial goal in Premier League.

“We were very calm about it because we knew what was going on with Diego, – Courtois added – Speculation in the press is for the outside and maybe other teams find that stuff pleasing when it comes out”.

“But we knew it was just a minor injury and sometimes you have to sit out one game. Yesterday he was back, fit and scored a goal so it was good”.

Then he ended: “There was too much talk last week for him. He was just calm, working hard in training and he showed that in the game”.

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