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Senegalese international centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is close to signing a new deal to stay at Napoli despite Chelsea and Everton have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old.

The Serie A side have raised his wage up to £1.7m per year after scoring a brace against Nice last night.

Chelsea reportedly have a £38m bid rejected by Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has decided to offer Koulibaly a new contract offer as he plays a pivotal role in the defense.

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Queens Park Rangers and Fulham are both keeping tabs on Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford, according to Getwestlondon.com.

The 22-year-old was left out of Chelsea squad for the pre-season tour in USA and is said to be keen on moving away on loan this summer after enjoying successful spells at MK DonsDerby and Middlesbrough.

Bamford has been heavily linked also with a move to Celtic, Wolves and Aston Villa despite he failed to break into both Crystal Palace and Norwich City‘s starting line ups last season.

 

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Chelsea star Willian had been repeatedly linked with a shocking move to Manchester United after Josè Mourinho became the Red Devils’ manager, anyway the Brazilian star has admitted he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge despite the rumors.

Willian told Goal.com: “I have a great relationship with Josè, but I am Chelsea. Of course, when someone like him is interested in you then you are happy,” 

“But I signed the contract because I like being a Chelsea player and I see good things here. I signed a new contract and that shows how much I want to stay here.”

“But the simple thing is that I want to win titles. To win titles you have to improve and if we can do that then we have a great chance to win titles this season.”

“We have the players to do this – and the manager.”

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Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori has just put the pen to paper on a new four-year contract with the Blues.

The 18-year-old is currently training with the squad in the United States and made his debut with the first team in the final game last season after scoring in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League‘s finals last season

He told the club’s official website: “It’s good for me, a confidence booster knowing I did well last year and being rewarded with a new contract. Now I’ve got to improve and show my worth,”

“It’s been good to spend the pre-season with the first team, to learn from the older players and know what it’s like to be on a tour and see how they are preparing for the season.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard spoke after scoring a brace against Real Madrid and revealed he wants to improve his shape to be ready for the first Premier League game.

“I scored two goals so I was happy with that and it was good to be back on the field, – he told Chelsea’s official website - it was good but not good enough to win the game. It’s pre-season though and we hope to be ready for the first Premier League game against West Ham”.

“I hope I can start the game against AC Milan on Wednesday but my objective is the first game against West Ham so I have to go step by step, I don’t want to go out like a crazy man and play 90 minutes but then get injured again.”

The 25-year-old added: “The stadium was full, it’s always very exciting to play in a stadium with a lot of people and it was an incredible atmosphere,”

“We play football for this, for the fans, we want to show the fans how good we are and without them we are nothing. They deserve a lot of respect for all the support they give”.

“So far America has been fantastic. We didn’t get to enjoy Michigan the same as LA because we had only one night, but LA was very good and I hope one day I’ll be able to come back here to Michigan”.

 

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Antonio Conte is the only manager that beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a title race so far and the Italian coach wants to repeat himself also this year.

The Swedish striker won five leagues out of six while playing in the Serie A, and the only one he didn’t win was the 2011/2012, when Conte won his first Scudetto with Juventus, beating Milan in the last fixtures.

The new Blues boss hopes history can repeat with Chelsea vs Manchester United this year:

“As a coach it was the first championship of my career with Juventus. 

“It was fantastic because we started the season as the underdog and the press had us down for sixth or seventh place in the table.

“I remember that Milan had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it was the only season that he didn’t win the championship.

“I hope that in this coming season, it is the same again!”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been taking English lessons for a year but has admitted he wants to improve it a lot.

The 47-year-old said: “For me, I have to improve my English a lot. When we go back to London, I will start English lessons. I think it’s very important to find the way to explain, to speak.”

“There are many different people who don’t understand English but I think for the manager it’s important and I studied before to improve my English.”

“Now I want to restart. I thought in these days, in Austria and now in America, can I have the time to study? No.”

Then Conte added: “Every minute is for the team and to prepare, to study the video for the game, of the training session, to see the right position, the right movement, the defence situation, the attack situation.”

“And for these reasons, to find a minute to study English is very, very difficult. When we go back to London, I will have the morning or the afternoon to study. I want to improve.”

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed: “My voice is important to call and talk to the players. During games it can be very difficult for my throat, but it is important for me to make them understand me”.

“Especially when starting new work together. When I started coaching I sometimes used a megaphone.”

Then, speaking about Chelsea’s pre-season, he added: “Obviously we have to improve,” 

“After the training session, video analysis. You can see the good and the bad, show players how to improve. Not because I want to find blame. Sometimes 20 or 30 minutes of video is more important than three training sessions.”

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Some Chelsea players have enjoyed their free-day attending a baseball game between Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at the Target Field Stadium in Minnesota.

Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta have all been pictured on the terraces of the stadium.

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After the game, Minnesota Twins’ official Twitter account have thanked Chelsea for their attendance:

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