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West Ham United are lining up a January loan move to land  Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in the Daily Express.

It has been reported that both sides have already entered talks to discuss a potential move when the transfer market window reopens.

It is understood Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a great admirer of the 20-year-old, who played just a few games in the EFL Cup so far.

 

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Chelsea are interested in Atalanta starlet Mattia Caldara, according to exclusive reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Also Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old centre-back, who is impressing under Gian Piero Gasperini in the Italian Serie A so far.

The U21 international is under contract until June 2021 and Serie A champions Juventus are lining-up a January move to land both Caldara and midfielder Franck Kessié to Turin, according to reports in Italy.

 

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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen, who is currently playing with Borussia Monchengladbach, revealed he has not spoken with manager Antonio Conte yet to discuss his future plans at Stamford Bridge.

“We aren’t in talks with Chelsea. I’m staying at Borussia, – the Denmark international claimed – I’m just focusing on tomorrow’s game.”

It is understood the 20-year-old is contracted with the Blues until the end of the season, anyway the Bundesliga side reportedly lining up a January move to make Christensen’s deal permanent.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has underlined that both midfielders Oscar and Cesc Fabregas will not be leaving the club in January, amid reports suggested a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fabregas and Oscar? It is gossip, as I have not intention of sending them away. They are important players for Chelsea”.

It is understood Inter Milan are lining up a move to sign Oscar, while a host of Premier League sides have been recently linked with a move for the Spaniard.

 

 

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is confident that Steve Holland will stay at Stamford Bridge despite rumors linking him with a full-time role under new England head coach Gareth Southgate.

The Daily Mail joined the club in 2009 working under Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink before new manager Antonio Conte joined the Blues.

The 46-year-old assistant first-team coach joined England manager Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff in October but is still contracted at Chelsea.

 

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Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes the Blues will have an edge in the clash against Tottenham this weekend as the Spurs’ will play a crucial Champions League game.

“It should help us a little this weekend that Spurs have a must-win Champions league match in Monaco tonight to recover from, - Nevin said – Oddly enough, recovery was a particular thought for us at the weekend”. 

“The performance wasn’t as sparkling against Middlesbrough as it was against Everton but most of the players had been away on international duty. That isn’t a problem for this weekend with no midweek game, but then the atmosphere at a Chelsea v Spurs game doesn’t usually leave any time to think about tiredness”. 

Nevin added: “It should be buzzing next Saturday evening as we all recall the atmosphere and tension the last time they arrived at the Bridge”.

“There is enough needle already between the clubs but that night when Chelsea finally destroyed their chances of catching Leicester last season, it added yet another chapter in the litany of grievances from the Spurs fans against Chelsea.”

Speaking about next Chelsea’s rivals in Premier League, he ended: “Spurs at home and Man City away will be interesting for every football fan,

“Even though Chelsea have won six league games in a row there is still the thought of those games we lost against Arsenal and Liverpool lurking at the back of everyone’s minds.

“Six points would be great and Antonio will go for them but in the circumstances two, three or four out of six would not be that bad.”

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After being out for an ankle injury for more than two months Harry Kane returned the past week and last Saturday he helped Tottenham to win in the crucial clash against West Ham with a brace in the last two minutes.

Now the English striker feels ready for another derby, the one at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Doubts rose about his fitness, as Spurs got another important game against Monaco tonight that will define their future in the Champions League, but Kane claims he feels ready for both games:

“Can I play against Monaco and Chelsea? I feel I can. It was tough, it was my first 90 minutes in a while, but we have a couple of days to recover. 

“I’ll always be there for the gaffer if he wants to pick me. It’s his choice. I feel fit, I don’t think I played the best I’ve ever played but it’s what I’m there for, to put the ball in the back of the net.”

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Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka, speaking after his side’s home defeat against Chelsea, pointed out his pleasure with the performance showed despite the disappointing score.

 “Playing against a team like Chelsea, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Once again, we showed we can compete against the best teams in the league and once again one mistake cost us – the Spaniard stated – You can’t be pleased when you lose a game, particularly at home, but I’m really pleased with the attitude of the players because once again they played the way we have performed in the last month, month and a half”.

Then Karanka added: “To concede a goal from a set piece is a mistake, but I don’t want to blame any player because we win as a team and we lose as a team.”

About Premier League leaders Chelsea: “They defend together, they are really dangerous in transition, they have a lot of quality in different ways. We knew everything before the game and we were almost perfect, but to not lose against this team you have to do it 100 percent, not one mistake.”

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Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill is confident that the Blues can maintain the top of the table following the 0-1 away win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

The England international said: “It says confidence is up and spirit is up in the side, as we’re playing well, we’re working hard and we’re getting the results which is the most important thing,”

“Again, we’re delighted after an international break. We almost didn’t want that to come but we’ve carried on from where we left off. We’re working hard on the training ground and when you’re winning games it’s easier to go out there and play”.

Then Cahill added: “With internationals people are coming back on different days and travelling all over the place, so sometimes it’s difficult to get going again, but I thought we dug in and produced a good performance.”

“We’re happy with our work, but the league isn’t won now, there’s plenty more football, it’s not even Christmas yet, so keep going, keep the foot down, and keep trying to produce performances like we have been in the last few weeks”.

“We’re in a good moment and we want it to continue” he added.

 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored the goal which decided the game today and manager Antonio Conte is pleased with the Spaniard’s performance.

“Diego is always important – the boss said – He is the point of reference in our attack, and together with Eden and Pedro, they played a good game today”.

“Diego is impressing with the way he is finding ways to score goals. It’s important to continue in this way because we need his goals, Eden’s goals, Willian’s goals, Pedro’s goal,”

“In the past, people asked me about his behaviour, his reaction, his passion, and now he’s one of the best strikers in the world. He has to continue in this way. He is showing his passion in the right way”.

“He is very focused on helping the team with and without the ball, and he is scoring goals.”

Then Conte added: “After two defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, for sure it wasn’t simple to believe we would have six wins in a row, above all without conceding any goals. This league is very difficult to have success in and to win six games in a row is fantastic”.

“A month-and-a-half ago, after two defeats, Chelsea wasn’t a favourite or a team that can fight for the title until the end. Now it’s very difficult to change our opinion completely. It’s hard to say our target now. I want to wait until the second half of the season”.

He ended: “But I know, and the players and our fans know, that Chelsea might fight until the end for something.”

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