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Marcos Alonso can complete a return to Real Madrid next summer: the Spanish left-back, who grew up as a player in the Merengues academy, can sign again for the Spanish giants since he is one of the first name that Zinedine Zidane submitted to chairman Florentino Perez in order to revamp his squad for next season.

Alonso left Real Madrid in summer 2010, when he signed for Bolton at the age of 20: he then moved to Fiorentina, who loaned him to Sunderland for some months in 2014, and after impressing in his last two seasons in the Tuscan side signed for Chelsea in summer 2016 in a £ 25m move.

The Spaniard made an impact in this first year and half at Stamford Bridge, at the point to attract the attention of Real Madrid again, with Zidane that aims to sign him next summer to replace Marcelo, who is not performing at the same levels of the past seasons, as Don Balón reports.

 

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Carlo Ancelotti could be back to Chelsea, this is what Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reports today.

According to the Rome sport newspaper the ex Milan, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss is pleased with the idea of a Stamford Bridge return.

The Italian has also been linked with the Croatia job, although the daily newspaper state that is only a ‘hypothesis’ for now rather than a concrete link.

While Antonio Conte seems determined to stay at Stamford Bridge, we’ll have to wait and see how the current campaign will end, as Chelsea have struggled to replicate last season’s form, currently nine points behind leaders Manchester City after just Premier League 11 games.

Anything outside of a top four finish will undoubtedly be heavily punished by the Blues owner Roman Abramovich, and the longer Chelsea remain in their current position, the tougher it will be to ignore the stories surrounding their manager’s future.

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Alvaro Morata and Real Madrid: a never ending story? After saying, just one week ago, that he was a mistake to join again the Blancos, after his experience with Juventus, now the Spanish striker seems to have changed his mind, not about the past, but probably about the future.

Of course I would go back to Madrid after I win everything with Chelsea. It’s hard to say no to Real Madrid for every player you ask around the world,” – Morata told Cadena Ser.

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho speaks about his third Stamford Bridge return since he was sacked by the Blues two years ago.

Last season the Special One suffered two bad defeats with Manchester United in the West London stadium ( 4-0 in Premier League and 1-0 in FA Cup) and this year he wants to come out with a different feeling:

“It’s not a big thing to return to Chelsea: it’s normal, it’s football, it’s professionalism,” the Portuguese coach said.

“It’s football life one day you are in one club and then you are in another club it’s a big thing because it’s a big opponent.

“A match between two top teams but the emotional point of view it’s just one more. I played there with Inter and twice with Manchester United.

“I have to admit it is a little bit different but in the end I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it’s just one more day.

“In a couple of years we will be even more natural and in even four or five years people will not remember I was Chelsea manager and it will become normal It’s just because i left a couple of years a go.

“But it’s a big match because they are champions and we are Manchester United.”

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Nemanja Matic will be back at Stamford Bridge next Sunday: the former Chelsea midfielder move to Manchester United in a £ 35m move last summer and now he is one of the most missed players in West London while he settled really well at Old Trafford, becoming immediately a key-man for José Mourinho’s side.

The Serbian midfielder was important in the last two title campaigns ( 2015 and 2017) for Chelsea as well and, speaking ahead of next Sunday’s clash, he hopes Blues supporters would “respect” his achievements but stresses that he would not be bothered by a frosty reception:

“When I played there I always gave 100 percent and we won two titles together. I’m sure they respect that, but if not I don’t really care.

“I spent a good time there, three-and-a-half years, which is a long time, and of course it’s going to be something special for me to play again in that stadium.

“But now I’m on the opposite side, I have to be professional and do the best for my team. I don’t have to prove to them anything. I just have to prove something to my new club.”

Matic said knowing how much José Mourinho had wanted him brought a “big responsibility” but declined the comment on Chelsea’s transfer strategy.

“I cannot say. The only thing I can say is that I am happy to be part of this club. I’m happy to working with Mourinho. That’s all I can say.”

Chelsea are fourth in the table after losing two of their last four games, but United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2012.

“It’s always important to win, especially when you’re going to play big games like Sunday, so we want to take all the points,” Matic said.

“But we know we must respect them — they are a good team, they’re champions, and it’s going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities.

“It’s going to be a big game, it’s difficult to say what’s going to happen before it, but we will try to do our best and take points.”

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich last week: the Italian coach didn’t meet the club expectations for the beginning of this season and ex Bavarian manager Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble with the German side in 2013, was appointed to take of the team until the end of the season.

Speaking about his experience in Germany and about his future Ancelotti revealed in which country he’s not keen to coach next:

Bayern Munich belong to the past. Sometimes it can happen to be sacked, there is nothing to be sorry for. I’ve always respected every player I’ve coached. As a manager I have to play 11 players and bench seven of them. It is up to the player and to the club to accept the manager’s decision.”

“I don’t know if I will return to Serie A or try another experience abroad. For sure I am not going to train in China.”

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has recently – jokingly – revealed that Ancelotti can now become his assistant. Here’s how Ancelotti replied: “He could my assistant and vice-versa. We could coach one game each, we only have to find a team that will allow us to do it.”

Montella is on the brink of being sacked after 3 defeats in the first 7 Serie A games of the season, and next game will be the derby against Inter on Sunday 15, when the Italian championship will restart after international break.

Ancelotti was the first name the media mentioned as a possible Montella replacement, but the former Blues boss claimed he has no intention to coach again during the current season:

“I will remain on holiday for the next ten months, I don’t want to take any other job before June. I respect Montella, Di Francesco and Ventura, I hope they will win all the games until the end of the season. I still want to coach club teams not national teams.”

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Hinting to a Chelsea return in the next months, former Blues player Oscar explained why he had to leave Stamford Bridge last January, claiming that current Italian boss Antonio Conte was among the reasons of his exit after almost five seasons in West London.

Oscar left in the last winter transfer window in a £ 52m move to Shanghai SIPG, where he’s earning £ 400,000 per week, but he’s starting to regret his choice now

“Due to the proposal I had and the situation that was happening to me at the club,” the Brazilian attacking midfielder explained.

“I began the season playing every game as a starter.

“The first eight games I played very well and then I had a League Cup game that I left and the team lost and everything changed.

“Then Antonio Conte changed the team’s way of playing in a 3-4-3 and I did not play anymore.

“I did not have a position to play because I’m a more offensive midfielder and so I decided to leave.”

But Oscar admitted he is open to the idea of one day returning to Stamford Bridge and the Premier League.

“I left the doors open. I would go back. I’m still young, I’m 26.

“Who knows in two, three years to return to the Premier League… I would be very happy. 

“And preferably for Chelsea, who opened the doors for me to return.”

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As we reported before Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata set the time for his hamstring injury recovery with a post on social networks, claiming he was aiming to come back to action against Crystal Palace.

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But not even an hour after the post, the Spanish forward deleted it from Twitter and changed the caption on the Instagram one, still appearing online at the moment, saying: “I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery!?”

This could mean that the return against the Eagles is difficult now, with Morata targeting the Champions League clash against Roma on 18 October or the one against Watford on the 21, even if he is most likely to return on 25 October against Everton in League Cup.

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During today’s press conference to preview the Premier League clash against Stoke City Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke also about Diego Costa, who is completing his move back to Atletico Madrid in these days after being AWOL all summer:

“We want to thank him for what he did with this club, we wish him all the best for the future,” Conte said in a diplomatic way.

When he was asked if the relationship with the Spanish striker was really broken, he continued:

“I’m not interested to continue speaking about this issue, it’s not important, I’m very happy to work with these players.”

Diego Costa won the title with Conte and Chelsea last season, a trophy he won also three seasons ago with Mourinho at the same club, speaking about Costa’s contribution to latest Blues’ trophies, the Italian manager said:

“In this moment I’m not interested to talk about the past, it’s not important, the past stay there, if you did well in the past is ok, I think we have to think for the future of this club.”

“Don’t forget that we won together last season, for sure we want to thank him for his effort with Chelsea, not only last season but all the period at Chelsea.”

Asked if now there will be more chance for Michy Batshuayi, who was Diego Costa’s substitute last season, Conte said:

“He’s one of the players in our squad and last season he didn’t play a lot but he worked very hard, now he is more prepared to face this season and he will have the right chance.”

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Chelsea just announced an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa was agreed today.

The Blues published a short note on their official website:

Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.

The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

The Brazilian-born striker will finally return to the Spanish club, a move that he desperately wanted all summer long, where he was even AWOL after falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in June.

Costa won’t be able to play in official games until January 2018, after Atletico’s transfer ban will end in December 2017.

The fee is undisclosed, but it’s believed to be in the region of £40/50m.

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