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Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked why the English midfielder didn’t get a chance until now:

“I am sure Ruben has got a great potential, I think it’s important to show this, he can improve a lot in different aspects, he’s got a few injuries in this season, I count on him, there will be the moment I will speak to the club to take the best decision [on his future], but I count on him.

Meanwhile another youngster, Kenedy, returned from his loan spell at Watford before the end of the deal and the Blues boss explained why:

“He wasn’t playing with Watford, so we guess the best decision was to take him back, to stay with us and train with us: he will stay here one month and then we will value, maybe he will go on loan again, but we have to value him.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before Sunderland game, claiming he’s really excited about these upcoming five matches in Christmas period, an experience that he never had before.

Speaking about injuries updates he said:

“At the moment I don’t know, I am not sure, it’s important to check the situation today and see if we have all the players available, but I am not sure at the moment.”

The Italian manager was also asked about Cesar Azplicueta‘s fresh new deal with the Blues:

“I am really pleased for him: he always shows commitment, I like his availability to play in different roles, he is a good professional, I’m pleased for him, for the club, for the fans, because he is a good player.

“It was a good deal for us, for Chelsea: Azpi is very good player, he can play in different roles, I think it was a good deal for the club.”

Asked about the special challenge of playing five games in twenty-two days he said:

“This is a great challenge, for us, for our mentality, it’s important to give continuity and we all know that Sunderland is at the bottom of the table but you can see they are sixth in the table if u look at the last four games, so it’s important to be focused from the start of the game until the end.

“This is the first game of five in the Christmas period, I think we are ready for this, we worked very hard to face this period and now it’s important to start it in the right way.”

Conte was also asked if he sees his team as Premier League champions at the end of the year:

“If I must be honest no, not because I don’t trust my team, but because I know this league, to win you must put all yourself, it’s fantastic to have nine wins in a row, I hope to continue this, I hope to win the league, of course, but I am not sure.

The Italian coach was asked if he thinks that Chelsea are the favourites to win the title, as most of the pundits and people think in this moment:

“I think this opinion change very quickly, I don’t like this, you must have balance when u judge the situation, four months ago no one was thinking we could fight for the title or that we were ready to win it, we started the season with the same players and manager, I’m pleased that our work is paying off a lot, I thank my players for this every day.”

Diego Costa is on fire and Conte explained how he managed to bring him back to a top level, improving also his behaviour on the pitch:

“Diego is playing in a fantastic way, I am pleased for him, for Chelsea, for the fans, it’s very important that he’s showing his passion in the right way, he’s really focused on the game, on how to move, how to attack the space and he can still improve.

It was rumoured that Chelsea could not extend John Terry‘s contract for another year, this is what Conte had to day about that:

“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 this club 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.

Also Cesc Fabregas was set to leave Chelsea, according to speculations, but the Italian boss keeps saying he is a really important player for the club:

“In my opinion Cesc is an important player for us, he played very well in the last two games, I haven’t decided yet the starting XI for tomorrow but he’s always a good choice for me, he’s in our squad, this is the current reality.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek barely saw the pitch in the beginning of this season, and Conte was asked why the English midfielder didn’t get a chance until now:

“I am sure Ruben has got a great potential, I think it’s important to show this, he can improve a lot in different aspects, he’s got a few injuries in this season, I count on him, there will be the moment I will speak to the club to take the best decision, but I count on him.

Kenedy returned from his loan spell at Watford before the end of the deal and the Blues boss explained why:

“He wasn’t playing with Watford, so we guess the best decision was to take him back, to stay with us and train with us: he will stay here one month and then we will value, maybe he will go on loan again.

Conte never experienced football in Christmas period, and this a new challenge for him, that looks really enthusiastic about it:

“This a new experience for me and my family, I think it’s fantastic to have this experience, to play in the Christmas period: in the past I’ve always watched these games on tv – as I was on a break with my family during this period – but now it’s fantastic to live it.”

Yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth Ballon d’Or of his career, a prize that for Conte is well deserved:

“We,ll it’s not the first time he won it, I think he deserved it, it’s the fourth one, Messi and him are dividing these awards in these years but I am sure in the future good players to win them will come up.

“I hope a Chelsea player can win it under me, that would mean we have fantastic players, so I hope we win it in the future.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek underlined the pleasure as manager Antonio Conte and teammates Diego Costa and Pedro won monthly awards on Friday.

The English star told Chelsea TV: “It’s great for the team and the club, it shows the hard work that is going on at the training ground is coming off during the games”.

“We need to carry this momentum on because we are playing really well”. 

Loftus-Cheek featured once in Premier League so far, while was regularly selected in the starting XI for the last two games in EFL Cup.

 

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

West Ham United are interested in Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the Daily Mail.

It has been reported that the Hammers want to sign the 20-year-old on loan despite manager Antonio Conte is a great fan of the English star, who is struggling to find game time as he played just 9′ in Premier League so far.

Conte recently said: “He has the right characteristics to play as a striker. He is physically very strong, he is very good playing with his back to goal, he also has good technique, he sees the goal very well, and he has a good shot. He can play in this role

“It’s right to give opportunities to young players like Loftus with great talent to stay with the first team and help us. It’s the same for Ola Aina.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke before the important EFL Cup derby against Southampton,  first of all he was asked about players’ fitness:

Terry is fit to start, he’s in a good shape, tomorrow I will decide the starting line up, but John is fit, he trained very well and he is ready.

“We know that this surely a tough game, against a big rival like West Ham, we played them in the league and I remember it was a tough game, all the players are ready to play a good game, I hope to see a good atmosphere, in England the atmosphere is fantastic during the games

Ivanovic is better, he trained with squad yesterday and today, he needs a bit of time to be fit, Fabregas is not still well, we must wait because he had a muscular problem, we must patient because it was in his thigh, I hope to see him in the team.

“I’m pleased Zouma played yesterday, he’s a young player and he’s really good, I hope to see him really soon, I hope he will start to work with us, I am very happy he played with the U23, he had good answer after the game yesterday and we were pleased for this.”

The manager continued to analyse tomorrow’s game:

“For us the EFL Cup is an important competition, this cup can let you see some players that are working very well and normally don’t start, you can see the development of these players, in this season we just have this cup and Fa Cup to see other players, so tomorrow probably we will see some changes.”

Asked about what happened with Mourinho at the final whistle on the touchline he said:

“I think in this moment is not important to talk again about a game that for me, the players and the club is the past, Manchester United is the past, now it’s important to be very focused on tomorrow’s game, I think we played a good game, with a good intensity, now it’s important to continue. We have to build something important for the present and for the future

“I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work, I think that in every game I show myself, I have a history, and you can see it also in my past, this was my behavior on the touchline, I am a passionate man, I want to play with the players and help them, but I always show respect for other teams and clubs, and my history speaks for me.”

Conte spoke also about Chelsea youngsters and possible turnover:

“I think new players are coming up, it’s important for the coach to have players with different carachteriscs, we played with different systems this seasons, after two bad defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal I decided to change because the situation wasn’t good for us, for this reason we play with this system, the important thing is to understand the right principles, to play the ball quick, to stay compact, short, then the system is not important.

“Yesterday it was not easy to shout because I lost my voice, but now I am recovering.

Willian is recovering, he’s in a good moment now, he’s a very good man, we love him, the players and I, and he is ready to play.

Bathsuayi is a young player, he can do great improvement, he’s working very well, he started two games with us, I have full confidence in him and I am sure that if Michy will play, he will play a good game

“When you are in a great team and you have the chance to work with great players you can learn a lot, he’s a got a great potential, both physically and technically

Tammy Abraham, is another young player that has got a future in Chelsea, I saw him only one week in the USA in the pre-season, then we decided to loan him to play more, he’s a got great potential, the academy is working very well. Now it’s early to speak about the next season. We got many young players in the squad, academy players like Chalobah, Ola Aina, Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.”

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte how many of these players can play tomorrow night:

“Tomorrow we want to win, this message is important, if I will plays some youngsters is not to give them a gift but because I really trust them

“West Ham had some difficulties at the start of this championship but now, after two wins the confidence is high, if I see their squad I see they got very good players, I know some of them very well like Zaza and Ogbonna, I know their manager how he works, I got a lot of respect for them I remember a tough game when we played in the PL.”

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.

“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.

“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.

These lads might get disheartened,” he added.

The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.

“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”

 

 

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Three Chelsea youngsters are in the 40 nominees shortlist to win Golden Boy Award 2016:

Attacking midfielder and winger Nathan Allan (on loan to Vitesse Arnhem) defender Andreas Christensen ( on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach) and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek were considered among the 40 best talents in the world.

The complete nominees list:

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Carlos Fernandez (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach), Danilo Barbosa (Benfica), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter),  Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica),  Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Ruben Neves (Porto), Tonny Sanabria (Betis), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Toure (AS Monaco).

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek believes that he has to take all the chances he’ll get under new manager Antonio Conte this season.

‘When I get opportunities I always want to do well and enjoy my football – the English starlet told the club’s official website – I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself but I’ve played a few games and now it’s time for me to start producing big performances and giving the manager something to think about.

‘We want to win every competition we’re in and even though the team may change, the drive to succeed remains the same” he ended.

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first goal with Chelsea first team with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are set to face Leicester in the EFL Cup second round tonight and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is confident that the Blues are eager to ‘get back to winning ways’.

The 20-year-old told the club’s official website: “I think it’s a great opportunity to bounce back, Leicester are a strong team, the champions, so it will be a really good test for us”.

“It might be a slightly different side but for those who played on Friday, as well as the players who didn’t, it’s about responding and making sure we don’t lose again. We really want to win this game.”

Speaking about the opponent: Loftus-Cheek added: “They’re on a good run and they’re at home where their fans really get behind the team,  so we’ll have to play good football to break Leicester down because they work hard as a team and they’re very organised, it will be tough.”

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