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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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Asked about Diego Costa’s return after the striker apparently suffered a lower back injury in the past week Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he is unsure on the timing the Spaniard will be back:

“I don’t know how long it will take, I don’t have his pain,” the Italian manager said after the win over Leicester City.

“We’ll see about this next week.”

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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen is impressing at Borussia Monchengladbach and despite the Bundesliga side is aiming to sign the Danish defender on a permanent deal, the Blues are keen to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

But Speaking to Danish newspaper BT the centre-back’s father Sten confirmed his son will probably join the London side on a permanent basis next summer:

Chelsea would like Andreas back, and that they have wanted that for a long time. But it was an unbreakable two-year lease, so there was nothing to do. They have worked to get him back before the time, but Gladbach would not let him.Instead, they’d like to buy Andreas.

 

“As it is right now, he’s at Chelsea again this summer. It is important for Andreas that he plays. He will not return to Chelsea and sit on the bench. It is the transfer window which determines how Andreas’ situation becomes in the summer. If Chelsea buy ten central defenders, it may well be that we need to do something else.”

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Nathan Ake revealed why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted to end his loan spell at Bournemouth, calling him back at Stamford Bridge:

“He’s happy for me to come back,” the Dutch midfielder told Chelsea TV after his move back to the Blues was confirmed.

“He wants to see me here, how I’ll do in this team and, yes, to learn different positions.

“I’m looking forward to training and learning a lot under this coach.”

 

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Speaking to ESPN Sports Chelsea defender David Luiz explained why he returned to the Blues after a two-year-spell at Paris Saint Germain:

“I lived here for many years before moving to Paris,” the Brazilian defender said.

“About the structure, what I found has not changed much.

“It’s all top-notch. They [Chelsea] offer us the best conditions to do what we love, which is to play football.

“I love this club and I saw that if I came back it was because there was a story to continue.

“I did not win the Premier League during my first spell and this is a goal I have now: to help where I can to win this championship. Conte has been great in that regard.”

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Diego Costa starts the year giving an outspoken interview to Chelsea official website.

The Spanish striker reflects on Antonio Conte‘s fantastic impact at the Blues:

“The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the Brazilian born forward reveals.

“The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players. That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.

“He is calm with the players and you can see the people love him more all the time.”

Diego Costa admitted he was close to leave to return to Atletico Madrid:

“I was about to leave but not because of Chelsea, because here there’s a lot of love with the supporters so I’m very happy here, I’m very content.

“Here, the people love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.

Costa continues speaking about his season:

“Things are coming out well for me this season, but it’s very important that the team has other players, like Michy Batshuayi, who can do well, and that the manager knows he has good players that can replace me.”

Costa also explains why the good atmosphere is fundamental:

“If you work hard and there’s not a good atmosphere, the work doesn’t mean a thing.

“You can run 20km, 80, 100, and if there’s no spirit between the players, the coaches, as colleagues, it won’t come out as well. Work goes well if you give your best with the guy beside you.

“The team is very good, when we win the atmosphere is like this, but it’s important that during the week we train seriously, so we approach games like this.

“It’s important to keep winning games.

Speaking about the upcoming derby with Spurs, he said:

“Both teams want to win. It’s a London derby so the match is played a bit stronger, but there’s no problem with it. We go there looking to do the best we can.”

 

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Diego Costa was very close to Atletico Madrid return last summer, the Spanish striker himself admitted it in a recent interview when asked about this matter:

“Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave,” the striker said. 

“I was about to but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that. 

“Did I want to go? Yes, yes. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things, the family, the life I have there but not because of Chelsea, because, here, there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.” 

Now, also Colchoneros manager Diego Simeone reveals the Chelsea striker was close to go back to Vicente Calderón and he has not lost hope about the deal:

“You never know if situations might change. 

“It is impossible to think about it, because it did not happen,” he concluded speaking about the failed attempt to bring back Costa to Atletico.

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PSV Eindhoven confirmed the return of Marco van Ginkel on loan from Chelsea.

This is the official statement the Dutch club just posted on their website:

Marco van Ginkel will spend the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign on loan from Chelsea with Eredivisie champions PSV. The midfielder will sign his contract on 2 January before joining Phillip Cocu’s squad for training.

Fully fit 
After a successful first loan spell in Eindhoven, PSV were hopeful of bringing the player back on another loan deal, but Van Ginkel revealed a persistent knee injury had dashed his hopes of returning to PSV. He remained at Chelsea to correct the problem with his knee that he had been nursing for several months. Meanwhile he has had some matches with Chelsea’s U23 side under his belt. “I am happy to have taken this road”, said Van Ginkel. “I needed rest and physiotherapy but I feel I am ready now to play football at the highest level again and I am grateful for PSV to have offered me this opportunity. I had a really good time in Eindhoven last season and winning the Dutch championship was amazing. I am fully fit again and hope to have more of the same in 2017.”

Adds experience to the squad
PSV’s director of football Marcel Brands thinks that Marco van Ginkel is a player who adds a wealth of experience to the squad. “We kept in touch with him the past few months because we looked for January reinforcements. We are happy Marco has returned to the Philips Stadion and are delighted to have bolstered the squad with his signing.”

Strong character
PSV head Phillip Cocu is also satisfied with the return of Marco van Ginkel and hailed his strong character. “He is a truly great box-to-box midfielder with stamina, tactical astuteness and defensive as well as attacking diligence. Moreover he is a clinical finisher. He showed his skills last season. I like his style of playing and I am happy he is back.” Last season, Van Ginkel scored eight goals in 13 league appearances as PSV won the Dutch title for a 23rd time.

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Kurt Zouma recovered from his terrible ACL injury and now he’s ready to come back, but Antonio Conte wants to be careful and wait for the French defender to be fully fit and confident.

Zouma is getting playing time with Chelsea youth sides and when ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the French centre-back is ready to play for the first team and if he can have a chance now that John Terry is injured again if someone is needed in the defence:

“Kurt is playing with continuity with the youth team and he’s training with continuity, now it’s important to find the right form and to let him understand this new idea of football and tactics. It’s important to go day by day.”

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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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