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Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier has revealed Chelsea placed a deadline day transfer offer to land him to Stamford Bridge, before setting their sights on former Torino right-back Davide Zappacosta, who joined the Blues on a £25m move.

“On the last day of the transfer period, they made an offer to Paris but I know it was no, – Meunier said – From the club, they didn’t want to sell me – because we have two right-backs, with Dani Alves and me, it was difficult to sell one.”

Then he added: “I didn’t really think about it [a move to Chelsea] because they called me in they told me ‘you will not move at all so don’t think about Chelsea or another club, you will not move so you stay in Paris and we are counting on your for the rest of the season’.”

Meunier is a regular starter in Belgium national team, alongside with Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.

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Chelsea have joined Paris Saint Germain, Inter and Manchester United in the race for Serie A golden boy Pietro Pellegri.

The Genoa forward, only 16, is one of the new Serie A sensations, having scored already 3 goals in only 7 games with the first team ( and not always as a starter).

Genoa outlet Il Secolo XIX, claims the competition has got even stiffer as PSG have entered the race for Pellegri in the last days.

The French champions are reportedly scouting the Italian and they are preparing to swoop, even if Inter was ready to place a bid for him and another Genoa’s young talent, Eddy Salcedo ( who turned 16 last week).

Genoa, however, are hoping that Pellegri will opt to stay for at least two more years at the Rossoblu.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kantè was included in the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist.

The French star, who was voted as best PFA Premier League player last season, is in good company along with some world football top players.

The Blues midfielder is among the first names to appear on the list, along with Real Madrid stars Marcelo and Luka Modric, former Barcelona striker and now PSG star Neymar and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

The remaining 25 names on the shortlist will be announced at intervals throughout Monday with the final five released at 6.15pm.

Cristiano Ronaldo, anyway, remains the favourite to win the prestigious prize.

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was a PSG’s target in the same summer when he joined the Blues.

Now that the Ligue 1 team have become one of the most desired squad in the world Kante insists that signing for Chelsea was the right choice that summer and it is still the right choice now.

Do I regret that I rejected the PSG?” – Kante told Le 10Sport “No. When I was in Leicester, I had opportunities, but my priority was to stay in the Premier League.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted his team will struggle to retain the Premier League title this year.

Having fell down to 4th position in the table with 13 points,  behind leading duo Manchester City and Manchester United after Saturday’s defeat against Pep Guardiola‘s side, the Italian manager claimed he had an easier job when managing Juventus to hold the title in Serie A:

“It is very difficult for every team in this league. To defend, it is very difficult to win two titles in a row.

”We won the title with Juventus and I was expecting a really strong challenge from AC Milan, but instead they sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris St Germain, so they became weaker. It wasn’t simple second time, but it was easier.

“Here, from last season to this season, you have big teams and now they are bigger… And now after I think a great transfer market, they have improved a lot. It’s not simple to play this league.”

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Bayern Munich have released a statement following their decision to sack Italian and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti after the Bundesliga champions were trashed with a 3-0 in Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain.

Bayern are currently 3rd in their league with 13 points, 3 points behind Borussia Dortmund.

“The performances of the team since the season start did not correspond to the expectations, – said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – The Paris match showed clearly there needed to be consequences. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and myself informed Carlo today of our decision in an honest and serious discussion”.

“Carlo is a friend of mine and will remain so but we had to take a professional decision for Bayern Munich. I now expect from the team a positive development and absolute passion so that we reach our goals.”

Carlo Ancelotti won the Premier League and F.A. Cup with Chelsea in 2009/10 campaign.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard ruled out a move to PSG claiming he has no intention to play in League 1 at the moment:

“There are some big clubs, and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago,” Hazard told SFR Sport on the progress being made in French football.

“Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing.  But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille,  they are my club.

“I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me.”

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Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier would like to play also at PSG with one of his team-mates in the Belgium national team:

“He’s very strong, Courtois. He wouldn’t be bad at PSG,” – Meunier told Le Parisien. – “We’ve already got two good goalkeepers but Thibaut also has the profile, I think. He’s very big – nearly two metres tall.” 

 

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All the scores for Champions League 2017/2018 group stage first night

GROUP A

Manchester United v Basel 3-0

Fellaini 35′, Lukaku 53′, Rashford 84′

Benfica v CSKA Moscow 1-2

Seferovic ( B) 50′, Vitinho (CM) 63′ p, Zhamaletdinov (CM) 71′

 

GROUP B

Bayern Munich v Anderlecht 3-0

Lewandowski 12′ p, Thiago Alcantara 65′, Kimmich 90′

Celtic Glasgow v Paris Saint Germain

Neymar 19′, Mbappe 34′, Cavani 40′ p, Lustig 83′ og, Cavani 85′

 

GROUP C

Chelsea v Qarabag 6-0

Pedro 6′, Zappacosta 30′, Azpilicueta 55′, Bakayoko 71′, Batshuayi 76′, Medvedev 82′ og

Roma v Atletico Madrid 0-0

 

GROUP D

Barcelona v Juventus 3-0

Messi 45′, Rakitic 56′, Messi 69′

Olympiacos v Sporting CP 2-3

Doumbia ( SCP) 2′, Martins ( SCP) 13′, B. Fernandes 43 ( SCP) 43′, Pardo ( O) 89′, Pardo ( O) 90′

 

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During his unvealing for Paris Saint Germain new French football star Kylian Mbappe` revealed Chelsea was the first big club to offer him a chance when he was just a kid.

The former AS Monaco striker, who signed for PSG on £ 166m record fee last week, told the Blues invited him when he was a player at amateur side AS Bondy  to visit Cobham Training Centre.

The youngster played a friendly game alongside Jeremie Boga and Tammy Abraham for Chelsea academy.

The Blues scouts, anyway, were not impressed with the young French guy and must be kicking themselves following Mbappe’s sensational rise to fame in the past year.

It was a wonderful experience,” the 18-year-old said during his first press conference as a PSG player about his Chelsea trial.

Chelsea was the first great club, the first big club, that I went to visit.

“So it was a real discovery for me.

“I was coming from my grassroots, amateur club. It was a whole new world.

“Of course I had an idea what a great football club was like but I was really impressed by the working culture and the mentality of wanting to be better day-in, day-out.

“And visiting this infrastructure helped me, actually, with my development.

“I saw things differently because up until then I had just a French mentality and after that I could pick what was positive in other mentalities and build my own.”

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