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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about David Luiz‘s comeback, confirmed: “We bought David Luiz because we needed a centre-back. I know he played sometimes in midfield before but in my mind now there isn’t this idea. He has to work with us as a centre-back”.

“A great defender must be able to play football and defend, but the coach must improve his players. This is the most important thing for me, not only to win, lose or draw – to improve your players, to work on their weaknesses, and make the player stronger”.

David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain for a £30m fee on the Deadline Day after the Blues reportedly failed to land Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly with a last and improved bid.

“David has great personality, great technique, and he likes to play – Conte added - like a defender who likes to play football. I know David can improve in defensive situations. Every player until the end of their career can improve. I say that from my experience as a footballer”.

Someone claimed the Brazilian defender is too old to improve during his second experience at Stamford Bridge:David Luiz is 29, a fantastic age for him to become one of the best defenders in the world - the Italian manager said - I am seeing great commitment from him. He wanted to play for Chelsea and it’s a great opportunity for him and for us to improve”.

“I am very happy he is a here. He is a good guy, a positive guy for the changing room, and I’m pleased with it”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is satisfied for his last two signings – Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and David Luiz from PSG – as they can both ‘improve our squad’, but added they need to train with commitment to show the Italian manager they deserve to play.

“I think the new players need a bit of time to work with a new method, a new philosophy, a new idea of football – Conte said – and it’s important to give them a bit of time”,

“For this reason their chance of playing from the start is not high”.

When asked about the opportunity to play with three central defenders, Conte revealed: “It can be a solution, yeah. It can happen in the future. This squad can play with 3-4-3, not 3-5-2 like the Italy national team or Juventus, because of the characteristics of the players”.


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the clash against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and claimed everyone at Cobham is thinking about the trip to South Wales.

The italian manager said: “At this moment we must focus only on our game, we know against Swansea it will be very tough. We face a team well-organised with a good manager”.

‘It’s important to look at ourselves and not the others. Today we had the first training [this week] with all the players, because Willian arrived after training yesterday, but he had the possibility to have the same training with the assistant coach”.

When asked about the physical conditions of his squad, Conte added: “I am happy because I saw all the players with good fitness. The players that remained in Cobham worked very hard, and the players that came back are fit”.


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is on search of a new role for Blues’ goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, who has been marginalized by the board following the arrival of former Genoa’s Gianluca Spinelli.

Lollichon is said to be well respected and Chelsea reportedly want to find a new role for him.

It is understood the Frenchman has a troubled relationship with n°1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and this is the reason why Chelsea decided to remove him from his former role at the club.

Courtois and Lollichon


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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte targeted both Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Burnley star Michael Keane as potential replacements given that captain John Terry nears the end of career, according to The Daily Mail.

Ben Gibson

Gibson was called up in the England U21 23-man squad to play the U21 Euros in 2015, while Keane has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions Leicester City this summer.

The Foxes reportedly placed a £17m bid to seal his signature, but Burnley are comparing his fee to that of new Manchester City signing John Stones.


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AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli claimed he is pleased the Rossoneri have refused to discuss a potential move to Chelsea this summer despite their huge £30m bid plus add-ons.

“The fact there was an offer was pleasing – the 21-year-old confirmed – but I am even more gratified by the fact Milan said no,”

“This pushes me on to grow even more and improve myself. I am happy to have remained. President Silvio Berlusconi made a big investment for me and that’s enormously pleasing”.

Then, speaking about his current side, Romagnoli added: “Milan are certainly behind Juventus right now, but I don’t think we are missing anything in particular. We just need to work together and grow as a unit. The new Coach always tells us to control the ball, so it’s up to us in defence to start the move and I have to say I don’t mind that.”

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Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traoré, who is currently playing on loan at Ajax, believes he can get more game time at the Dutch side before returning to Stamford Bridge next summer.

The 21-year-old is under contract with the Blues until the summer of 2019.

“I am used to scoring goals – Traoré told Ajax TV – In the last matches I had a bit of bad luck. I was close, but I have not yet succeeded”.

“I believe in myself. I have confidence and I know I can do it. I’m not nervous”.

“I know the goals will come and hopefully I will score quickly.”

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Crystal Palace have decided to allow Chelsea loanee Loic Remy to return to his parent-club as he suffered a thigh injury in training.

The 29-year-old striker is expected to miss out on the first part of the season – at least two months – with his new side and Eagles’ manager Alan Pardew has confirmed it: “Unfortunately, Loic got injured on Monday and the seriousness of that, I don’t know. But he’s not going to be involved this weekend, so it’s a bit of a blow.”

Also Crystal Palace have confirmed the striker suffered an injury.



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Chelsea defender David Luiz revealed he is ready to help the squad to win all the vacant titles this season: “It is time to do it! - the Brazilian defender said – And I hope it will be this year. I am working hard for that and this is our goal this season. We don’t have the Champions League to fight for so for sure we will try to win the Premier League and both cups”. 

About new manager Antonio Conte, Luiz added: “I started playing three at the back with Vitoria in Brazil, but it doesn’t matter where, I want to help and when I am in the team I am there to try to help”.

“The coach is an amazing coach, he understands a lot of tactical things and I know he chooses every match the best line up, so if he needs to play three, four or two, it doesn’t matter, I am there if he wants me to play. In different positions I am available”.

Then the 29-year-old added: “My first game for Chelsea was Liverpool at home. It is big but they are always tough games here. Against Swansea it will not be easy, I played in draws there before, so it is always a tough game. Then in the league after Liverpool it is a London derby. They will be tough games”.





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New Chelsea signing David Luiz spoke about his return to Stamford Bridge after just two years.

The Brazilian defender told the club’s official website: “I can say now that my relationship with everyone here was always amazing, with everyone working here and with the players and I can feel the same respect and the same love now. So if I had the opportunity to go back into the past, I would say a special thank you to everybody because I spent three-and-a-half years here and they were amazing. I was growing a lot and that is why I just had great memories of here”.

“It is understood Luiz was very keen on moving back to his former club on Deadline Day: “It was my decision, yes – the 29-year-old revealed – I really wanted to come back because I spent an amazing time here. I loved to be here and that is why I want to come back”.

Then David Luiz posted this picture with teammate Oscar:

David Luiz Oscar

“Of course I had a great relationship with Oscar and the Brazilians and with the other players here, so when you miss your friends you want to be together and that is why we went out to have dinner. I am a lucky guy. I’ve had the opportunity to play in Europe for amazing clubs. I had a great relationship with Benfica, a great relationship here and a great relationship with PSG”.

“When I left my family my mum and dad taught me to respect everybody before everything else. It does not matter if you win or lose in life, you need to respect everybody. That is what I try to do every day”.


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