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Continuing our chat with ex Chelsea goalkeeper Marco Amelia we asked him about transfer market, that is closing his winter window tomorrow night, with his friend Asmir Begovic on the brink to leave the Blues after 18 months:

*If I were him, I would stay: it’s difficult to leave a team like Chelsea in a season like this, he can add some silverware to his personal trophy cabinet and I don’t think he will miss this chance, even if I understand that he would like to play more.”

Diego Costa allegedly received offers during this transfer window from a couple of Chinese clubs, this is what Amelia thinks about the Spaniard’s situation, since there are chances he can leave next summer:

“I hope Diego Costa can stay, my wish is that he will stay next summer. If he will leave I guess it´s easier for him to go back to Spain: probably he does´t like London very much and I cannot get how he could like China, so I don´t think he will go there. But it won´t be easy to leave for him, because now he´s a leader, he feels this leadership, he feels important, so if he moves it won´t be an easy choice for him, it´s more difficult to change in this moment.”

In his time at Chelsea Amelia had the chance to share the dressing room with a legend like John Terry, with whom he´s still friend, and has got only words of praise and respect for the Blues captain:

“What I liked more about Terry is that he is a TRUE captain, he arrives to the training ground before anyone else, sometimes I tried to arrive before him but I never succeed! He always beat me! He leads by example, he takes care of himself, he acts like a a real professional and shows to his team-mates that to reach certain levels you have to behave like that. This is the best example he can give to his team-mates and to the youngsters.”

And speaking about youngsters and academy talents, Amelia revealed us who is the one that most impressed him:

“Among Chelsea youngsters who impressed me more is Ruben Loftus-Cheek,” the Italian goalkeeper said.

“He´s got incredible physical and technical skills, he can adapt to play in more roles and yes, I agree with Conte, he can play as a number 9: of course he doesn’t have the moves of a proper striker, he has to learn them, he has to get more experience and maybe he´s not so fast as a modern number 9 has to be. I guess it should be better for him and other youngsters that don´t get much playing time to go on loan somewhere else to play.”

Premier League is, in this moment, the most fascinating championship in the world and Amelia told us why, in his opinion, the English league was able to overcome Serie A, that was the best league in the world over a decade ago:

“First of all, the stadia are better: to have the fans so close to the pitch, without fences, it´s incredible and give the team lots of adrenalin, in Italy many stadia got the athletics track.

“Furthermore, in England there is less tactical exaggeration, the training sessions are more physical because you must be physically tough but you need also good technical skills and all this benefits good performances, the “Premier League show”.

“I had some managers that were too obsessed with the tactic and this damaged the performances, the freedom of the players to express their talents and the show”.

Speaking about managers and tactical magicians, we got now two of them managing the two sides of Manchester even if, until now, they probably didn´t fulfill all the expectations football fans had about their new adventures:

“I guess Mourinho will do very well at Manchester United, Amelia said about the ex Chelsea boss.

“When you have to put players like [Paul] Pogba and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic into your squad and tactical system you have to find the squad balance again: they were a little unlucky in autumn, they lost many points and so the chance to be in the title race, but this happened because of what I just said and once they found their balance they started to play better and win. Usually, he wins and does better in the second year. One of his qualities is to make everyone feel important, so everyone is ready to fight if needed.

Guardiola, instead, got some issues to adapt to English football,” the 2006 World Champion says about the ex Barcelona and Bayern manager.

“Mainly because he is trying to bring a different mentality. I don´t think that this is arrogance, it´s just his way to work, he wants to bring his style wherever he goes.”

Thibaut Courtois, David de Gea and Manuel Neuer are, at the moment, in the world goalkeepers top 3 and when asked about who, among the youngsters, can reach their level, Amelia has got no doubt:

“Among the new goalkeepers I like very much [AC Milan´s] Donnarumma: he´s just 17 and already a top player, he´s got tons of personality.”

Amelia is 34 but has no intention to retire from played football: at the moment he is a free agent and trains with a team near Roma, where he currently lives with his family.

The Italian keeper, anyway, knows what would make him happy again:

“My dream is to come back to play in England: I was really close to join Sunderland last summer, but then I had to go back to Italy also for some personal issues, because there are things that are most important than football. I negotiated also with a Championship side and I hope to sign for some team there soon: I am free agent now and I can find a new team until the end of March.

“I cannot go to China or Arabic leagues because they got some rules for which they cannot sign foreign goalkeepers, USA are fascinating but when you have to take these decisions you have to think also about your family, so I would prefer England.”

Do we have a chance to see him at Chelsea should Begovic leave? Everything will be revealed tomorrow night.

(Click HERE to read the first part of our interview with Marco Amelia that was published on Saturday)

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– No injuries concern for Antonio Conte

– The Italian coach announced he will do rotations in the starting line up

– Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Michy Batshuayi are set to start

 

Brentford

– Scott Hogan is unlikely to feature even if he has yet to move to West Ham, with the Brentford striker missing the Bees’ last two games after Smith said a phone called had “turned his head”.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Terry, Zouma, Chalobah; Moses, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Ake; Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.

BRENTFORD- Bentley, Egan, Dean, Bjelland, Colin, McEachran, Woods, Yennaris, Field, Swayers, Vibe

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Antonio Conte didn’t want to reveal much about this transfer window during today press conference but the Chelsea boss gave, anyway, some hint about players that can leave the club.

The first one is Asmir Begovic, who is considering an offer from Bournemouth: for this reason, Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to Chelsea as a possible substitute:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this, and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

Rumours today suggesteted that Branislav Ivanovic is close to leave Chelsea after nine years, with offers from WBA and Zenit St Petersburg:

“I don’t know about his chances to leave, there are a lot of speculations, a lot of lies, but also there is some truth in some situations, there are four days to finish this window, and then we will see this situation.

Continuing to speak about the transfer window, Conte said:

“I don’t know what will happen before the end of this transfer window, if we stay with these players I am very happy as well.

“I think we have to improve our squad with the number of players, because in some roles we don’t have many.

“I don’t reveal what know about the transfer window because it seems you know more than me [he jokes] but anyway, I repeat that if some players are coming it’s to improve the squad, and I will have confidence in them, but if no one comes I am happy as well.”

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the youngsters tha have been with him since the start of the season will stay or will go on loan and if they got a chance to play tomorrow:

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah will stay for sure, Ola Aina maybe goes on loan, tomorrow we won’t see them.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the FA Cup clash against Brentford today and, first of all, he assured everyone about Gary Cahill’s conditions after the terrible clash with Ryan Mason in last weekend’s game against Hull City:

” Cahill is fine, he has trained with us since Tuesday, he doesn’t have any problem, he never had, because he hit his forehead, he’s also mentally fine. I am sorry for whay happened to Mason and I wish him and his family the best and I hope to see him soon on the pitch.

Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to Chelsea as a possible substitute of Asmir Begovic, who could move to Bournemouth before the end of this transfer window:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

Rumours today suggesteted that Branislav Ivanovic is close to leave Chelsea after nine years, with offers from WBA and Zenit St Petersburg:

“I don’t know about his chances to leave, there are a lot of speculations, a lot of lies, but also there is some truth in some situations, there are four days to finish this window, and then we will see this situation.

Continuing to speak about the transfer window, Conte said:

“I don’t know what will happen before the end of this transfer window, if we stay with these players I am very happy as well.

“I think we have to improve our squad with the number of players, because in some roles we don’t have many.

“I don’t reveal what know about the transfer window because it seems you know more than me [he jokes] but anyway, I repeat that if some players are coming it’s to improve the squad, and I will have confidence in them, but if no one comes I am happy as well.”

Asked if he will play the FA Cup game with the Anfield clash against Liverpool in his mind, he said:

“It’s a good opportunity to see players that are not playing very much, tomorrow it’s an opportunity for us and for me, we want to win, we want to go to next round, I try to make the best decisions for our team tomorrow.

“I think we have to see game by game, last game, if we lose we have just the league to play, so it’s really impotant for us to go through. I will start to think about Liverpool after this game.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this,  and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

The Italian gaffer was asked if Nathan Ake will have a chance tomorrow, and in which position will he play, in case:

“He’s got the possibility to play in different positions, for me, he’s got the chance to show me how much he improved.”

Also Kenedy and Musonda came back after ending their loan spells:

“Kenedy and Musonda are young players, with a good prospect , if we take this decision to stay here, I think the players will be very happy.

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the youngsters tha have been with him since the start of the season will stay or will go on loan and if they got a chance to play tomorrow:

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah will stay for sure, Ola Aina maybe goes on loan, tomorrow we won’t see them.

The boss also said that there are no injury concerns for tomorrow’s clash.

And speaking about players that didn’t have much playing time, he said:

“Batshuayi got a chance to show me that he is improving tomorrow.”

Conte also explained why he wants to go through in the FA Cup:

“To have another competition besides the league is very important for us, we don’t play the Champions League this year, it’s good to play more competitions to keep motivation high. This is the oldest competition in the world and for me it’s an important trophy to try to win, you know better than me that anything can happen in the FA Cup, especually if you don’t go with the right concentration, the right focus, tomorrow it’s a tricky game and we must go to win to go through the next round.”

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Craig Gordon is the new name to substitute Asmir Begovic, should the Bosnian goalkeeper move to Bournemouth after the Cherries played an offer for him last week.

Gordon could move to London in a potential swap, as Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers would like to sign three Chelsea talents on loan as a bait to let his keeper move to Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues assistant is keen on Dominic Solanke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina.

Negotiations are still on as January transfer window closes next week.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte rates midfielder N’Golo Kante as a key player in his squad, as the Frenchman featured for the 22th time this season so far against his former team Leicester City.

“I think N’Golo is for sure a really good player, he arrived at Chelsea and is playing very well” Conte told the club’s official website.

Kante joined Chelsea on a £30m move last summer from the Premier League champions.

“Don’t forget, it’s not easy when you change team – the Italian manager added – When you arrive in a great team where expectation is very high, sometimes the player can suffer the pressure and doesn’t perform in the right way. N’Golo showed great personality and great quality. I’m pleased to have him in my squad”.

Also Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi had their chance last time out, as they both played 10′ at King Power Stadium.

“I trust all my players – Conte added – Ruben is a player with great quality. Now I think after Oscar left he could have the right space to show me and the club his potential”.

About Batshuayi he ended: “Also for Michy it’s important to work this way, to show me they deserve to play. I have zero problem to play with young players”.  

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given a chance by Antonio Conte against Peterborough last Sunday.

The Chelsea youngster explained how the Italian manager is helping him to improve as a player:

“He always helps me in training and playing different positions is only going to help my knowledge of the game. I’m getting my development in training with him,” the academy player said about the ex Italy coach.

“In all positions we can play well and we’re versatile. We saw Pedro play as a wing-back on Sunday and there are no egos, wherever we’re asked to play we’ll do that to the best of our ability.”

Speaking about the last FA Cup clash he said:

“I thought I did quite well and I really enjoyed being out on the pitch.

“When the cup games come around the players who haven’t played much usually get a chance, so it was great for me to get an opportunity.

“We had quite a lot of chances and we didn’t take all of them, I missed one as well but that happens. We got a few goals so we can’t be disappointed and we move on to the next round.”

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Important statement from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: while speaking to Talk Sport, he revealed Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s future.

The English midfielder started yesterday in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough, but the Italian manager revealed he picked up a little injury:

“Ruben has had a little injury. But he is an important player for Chelsea

“He must know this, we trust him a lot and for this reason it is important to work a lot.”

When asked if he may leave in January, Conte added: “I don’t want this.

He knows this and the club know this and I want him to stay. He is ready to play in the first team and if he shows me that he deserves to play he knows that he plays.”

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Despite every signal leading to a loan move, Ruben Loftus Cheek may stay at Chelsea this season: the youngster was plenty of trust by Antonio Conte last summer during pre-season but then he failed to impress the Italian manager, collecting only 8 minutes of playing time in the Premier League.

Rumours, anyway, were claiming the English youngster might stay at Chelsea, while Stoke City are pressing for a loan deal until the end of the season.

Potters manager Mark Hughes commented like this the possible move:

“We are linked with lots of players and Chelsea have many out on loan already.

“I’m not saying yes or no but we’re looking if good players are available.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rely on youngsters and despite have chosen a standard starting XI for his team, he claims every player can become important, especially in a busy period like the one Chelsea will have in the next weeks.

Asked about young players in today’s press conference, the Italian coach said:

“We have a lot of young players and I trust in them. Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah, and also we have Zouma returned.”

Conte spoke also about two youngster who came back from their loan experience, and he explained why:

Kenedy and Charly Musonda came back from their loans at Watford and Real Betis because they didn’t play a lot and for this reason it is important for them to stay with us these weeks to evaluate the best situation for them and the team.

“It is important also to work with these type of young players to try find the right solutions at home, and if this is not possible, it is important to look around to find the solution.”

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