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Thibaut Courtois, whose deal with Chelsea will expire in summer 2019, hasn’t renewed his contract with the Blues yet and Eden Hazard, whose deal with the Stamdford Bridge side will end in summer 2020, is in the same situation.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about this in today’s press conference, stressing the fact that the club is doing everything to offer them a new deal so to keep them in West London but, as we could understand from his words, the Italian boss is not sure the negotiations will be successful.

Real Madrid are believed to be really keen on both of them with another Spanish giant, Barcelona, and PSG ready to enter in possible race two sign the two Belgian players:

“He’s got a contract also for next season with Chelsea,” Conte said speaking about Courtois.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and my staff and I are proud to have him as keeper, we’re proud to create this synergy with the 3 goalkeeper, I am very happy to have them, I hope to keep them for the next season.

“As you know very well there is a private conversation between the agent and the club, of course I hope he will stay, he is a very good goalkeeper and a very good guy.

“For sure when you are in a great club, a great project, you want to stay, I guess the family is not a big issue, there are private conversation among club, agents and players and of course I will be very happy if he will stay with us, with this great synergy also with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”

Eden Hazard  is believed he rejected a new contract with Chelsea and was also very close to join Real Madrid last summer, but his ankle injury stopped the deal:

“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation among club, agents and player. I can say the same I just said for Eden, I am proud to have him in my squad, I am very happy to work with him, he’s a really good guy, he’s space to improve but I repeat the club and agents take care of this.”

About him staying at Chelsea next season and the upcoming transfer window, Conte said:

“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players, I guess the transfer market and this window can be important if we are able to bring the right players. I am a coach, I have to work with my players, the club take care of th transfer market, they will decide if they have to improve the team.

“You’re talking about two important players for us, for sure it will be very important to continue with this kind of players, it’s very important to improve your team, not to sell your best players.”

 

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This is the official statement with whom Chelsea and legendary captain John Terry announced that they will not renew their deal in the end of this season, with the English skipper leaving the club where he played his whole career:

John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season.

Everybody at Stamford Bridge would like to express our enormous gratitude to John and wish him the very best of luck for the future.

John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service. In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt, something he has done on 713 occasions since his debut in 1998, scoring 66 goals. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance-maker and has captained Chelsea a record 578 times.

This season he has featured less on the field but remained an influential and inspirational member of the squad which, under Antonio Conte’s guidance, sits top of the Premier League.

Throughout his career ‘JT’ has contributed immensely to us achieving consistent success unequalled in the club’s history. He has won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups. His 14 major honours make him our most decorated individual of all time.

Terry said: ‘After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club. From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough. There will be opportunities for me to speak further about this over the coming weeks.

‘I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.

‘The club and I have always had a fantastic relationship, which will continue beyond my playing days. We had some really positive talks but with everything taken into careful consideration I have decided it’s the right time for me to leave. I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I. I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me. I’m eager to carry on playing and so will be looking to continue with a new challenge. I will of course always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware.

‘Finally, words cannot describe the love I have for our football club and our amazing Chelsea fans. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support you’ve shown me over the years. You mean the world to me and every trophy we’ve won during my time at the club we’ve won together. I will never forget the incredible journey we’ve been on. Thank you so much for everything.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to place on record our thanks to John for all he has done for this football club. He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cause.

‘In that time, Chelsea has grown into one of the world’s top clubs and it is only right that John’s contribution is recognised. He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Stamford Bridge and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.’

Both the club and John look ahead to the possibility of him returning to us in a non-playing capacity, when he will be able to share his unparalleled experience with players, staff and fans alike.

John’s outstanding qualities as a footballer, particularly his defensive skills, have deservedly received widespread recognition and admiration. He is one of just five defenders to have won the PFA Player of the Year award and was named in the FIFA/FIFPro World Team of the Year five seasons running. He is both the club’s and the Premier League’s all-time top-scoring defender and earned 78 England caps before retiring from international football in 2012.

His longevity is testament not only to his ability but also his professionalism and dedication. Countless times he returned early from injury, playing through pain but never allowing his performances to drop, and repeatedly putting his body on the line and in the way of opposing attackers, all for the benefit of Chelsea Football Club.

He is, as the famous banner reads, our captain, leader, legend, and we wish John the very best of luck in the next chapter of his magnificent career.

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Fulham has announced to have extended Lucas Piazon’s loan deal from Chelsea.

An official statement from the West London club read:

“The club is delighted to confirm that Lucas Piazon’s loan deal from Chelsea has been extended until the end of the season.

His initial deal had expired following Saturday’s win against Barnsley.”

The 22-year-old Brazilian player has scored 4 goals in 17 appearances for the Cottagers in the first half of this season, becoming a key player for Slavisa Jokanovic side.

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It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Blues boss Antonio Conte had to day about that during today’s press conference ahead of Sunderland clash:

“John is our captain and I think he’s doing a great job, both when he is playing or not, he is helping me a lot in the changing room, he loves Chelsea but now it’s important to be focused on the present.

“I’m getting to know John very well in this period, and I am really pleased to know also the man, not only the player, he’s a real important player for us, both when he plays or not. I hope to have him available to play, he’s traveling with us every game, to give the right message, I think this is very positive.

“I think now it’s better to be focused on the present, I don’t like to look so forward, I’m sure John can do more roles in football, but now he can still play and we must focus on that.”

A Chelsea spokesman then intervened to say that it’s still soon to speak about this kind contract extension and that John Terry’s deal wil be discussed later like it was done in the previous years.

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PSG star Thiago Silva was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past months, also thanks to his agent’s words that put fuel on the speculations.

Paulo Tonietto has spoke again, putting his player further from the French side and probably closer to Chelsea, that could be a well-accepted destination for the ex Milan centre-back, as CN24 already reported

“We’re not negotiating a new contract, let’s see what happens before December. Thiago’s deal ends on June 30th 2017 if PSG don’t qualify for the Champions League. Everything is possible in football,” he was quoted by Le Parisien today.

Chelsea need to revamp their defense in order to get more stability in their back and the Brazilian centre-back would be the perfect match for the Blues.

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Thiago Silva against Chelsea in Champions League, 2015 © Francesca Ceciarini

Thiago Silva agent Paulo Tonietto admitted his client and him are not in talks with PSG for a contract extension and, even if there is no negotiation yet, the Brazilian defender’s next destination can be a big London club:

Chelsea are a big club. And the English league is the best in the world,” Tonietto told Sport Witness.

 “We’re not negotiating a new contract, let’s see what happens before December.

“Thiago’s deal ends on June 30th 2017 if PSG don’t qualify for the Champions League. Everything is possible in football,” he concluded.

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Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo spoke about Willian‘s contract extension, that was sealed today.

The Brazilan ace signe a new contract with the Blues until 2020:

“‘We are very pleased to agree a new long-term deal with Willian,” Emenalo claimed

“He has proved himself to be an important player for the team since he arrived here. We are looking forward to seeing his continued impact as we begin an exciting new campaign under first-team head coach Antonio Conte.

 

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Chelsea had been linked with a possible summer move for in-form Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

However, Griezmann showed very little desire to leave Madrid and has today signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2021.

The new deal includes a €100million buy-out clause for the striker who topped the goal-scoring for Atletico 2 seasons running since joining in 2014 from Real Sociedad.

Griezmann made a statement on the club’s official Twitter page.

“I can only thank the fans for all the support and ask them to keep supporting us.” 

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Jose Mourinho former assistant manager Steve Clarke believes that Chelsea and Antonio Conte are making a mistake not extending John Terry‘s contract for the next season:

“I’m surprised and I have been quite vocal in my support of John Terry staying at Chelsea next season,” Clarke told Sky Sports News HQ.

“John has been there so long. He understands the club and knows it inside out. He understands the passion of the supporters and it is just my personal opinion, but I think he would be a big help for the incoming manager.

“It’s Conte‘s first season in the Premier League and he would have John’s experience to call on when needed. He’d have John’s ear, if you like.

“John is the club captain and a big personality in the dressing room and it just seems a little strange that they are going to let him go. It’s not as though he is over the hill. You look at his performances this season when he’s been fit, the team have done well so I think he has another season in him.”

Clarke also underlined how Chelsea will struggle in next transfer window, being the club out of European competitions for the next campaign:

“The elite players, the top, top players around the world want to play Champions League football so Chelsea will struggle to attract that type of player to the club,” Clarke said.

Finally, he claimed that Conte is the right choice in this moment for the club:

“But I think Antonio Conte is a good appointment. His track record is good. People I have spoken to tell me he is quite intense, not too dissimilar to Jose Mourinho in that aspect.

“He’s very demanding of his players and I think Chelsea have shown this season that they are a squad of players that need a manager who demands a lot of them and pushes them.”

 

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A Nigerian website claims to have a reliable source that stated Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is uncertain about his future at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, allnigeriansoccer.com revealed that the Nigerian star and the club already started talks about his next contract, but the details of the new deal are still unknown

Mikel would like some more guarantees from the club he has been playing for ten years otherwise he might leave:

“Mikel was invited to the office after training and preliminary talks took place but it ended soon after it started,” a source privy to the discussion between Chelsea and Mikel said to the Nigerian website.

“The length of the contract being offered by Chelsea is not known because he wasn’t ready to discuss with them until the end of the season.”

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