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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he would be “open” to the idea of John Terry returning to the club after the 37-year-old turned down a lucrative offer from Spartak Moscow earlier this week.

The Italian boss told journalists: “Last time I spoke to him he told me he wants to play for another season. That was about a week ago. I don’t know now the situation”.

“Chelsea is his home. I am open to the idea [of him returning], of course. For sure he would be a point of reference for me, for everybody I think”.

“I don’t know if there is a chance; he told me he wants to play. It’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I am really very happy”.

John Terry spent last campaign at Championship side Aston Villa, having left Chelsea in 2017, and is reportedly considering a staff role at Stamford Bridge.

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Yesterday Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and his agent met Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici so many interpreted this meeting as the first step for a possible return of the Spanish player to the Italian champions.

However, today, Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta denied the club is interested in Morata: “These are simply rumours. I want to deny them, we don’t want to deceive anyone”. Marotta said during the launch of a book about Juventus. “We already have a great attack of international calibre, so it’s an area where we don’t have to make any bets. Therefore, at this point, any operation seems totally utopian”.

Giuseppe Marotta also claimed there’s the chance Morata himself would love to play again for Juventus as he remembers the time he spent with the “Bianconeri”: Now we are in the most important phase of the transfer market, so as always, every day, they link Juventus with many players,” Marotta went on. “That also applies to the Morata affair which is on the agenda today. The fact is that the most important players of this Agnelli cycle who have gone away all carry with them a great memory of Juventus, and almost all of them want to savour the Juventus climate”.

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Alvaro Morata could leave Chelsea at the end of this season after a £ 65m move from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge that happened only last summer.

A return to Italy could be on the cards for the Spaniard, who is married with an Italian model that he met during his spell at Juventus: the couple would love to return to Morata’s wife country, with their twins expected to be born in the end of this spring.

The Spanish striker scored 27 goals in 93 games during a three-year spell in Turin before heading back to Real Madrid in 2016 and then on to the Blues a year later.

But after a mixed first year in west London, where Morata partially failed to reach expectations, Juventus have approached Chelsea about bringing back the striker to Serie A, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

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Former Chelsea star Ramires revealed he would be happy to return to Stamford Bridge before the end of his career:

“Chelsea? I’ll always have special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career,” the Brazilian, now at Jiangsu Suning, said speaking to UOL Esporte.

“I know the doors of Stamford Bridge will always be open to me and that wearing their jersey again would be spectacular.

“There’s been lots of talk about Inter, but nothing concrete has come my way, at least until today.

 “Everyone knows Inter are a great club and that playing in Europe again is a wish of mine, but for now I’m thinking about helping Jiangsu have a great 2018.”

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In its recent history Chelsea has often appointed Italian managers and Serie A players, so with the reports of Antonio Conte potentially leaving at the end of the season rumours about a possible substitute have started to go around.

Blues legend Gianfranco Zola was asked about potentially returning to Stamford Bridge along with current Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, one of the canditates to replace Conte, should he leave:

Will we both head to Chelsea? Every other week they link me to Chelsea in some capacity- he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

But I know nothing about this hypothesis. On top of that after Birmingham I decided to take a sabbatical year.

“What is Sarri’s style like? They memorize their plays, they have schemes that are hard to stop.

“The way they dominate possession reminds me of the Napoli from my days with Maradona and Careca. I think this is the right year for the scudetto”

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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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