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Gianfranco Zola‘s agent has confirmed the rumours who put the ex Italian player as Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant at Chelsea next season, even though he dismissed direct contacts with the Blues board for now.

The 59-year-old Italian manager has yet to be appointed as Chelsea are currently working on a compensation package with Napoli, even though he has already left his role as head coach there.

Sarri was replaced by Blues legend Carlo Ancelotti at the Azzurri last month, the Italian club are still paying him a salary since his contract runs until 2021 and had a € 8m release clause valid until the end of May that can be effective again by the 1st of July.

“There have not been contact with Chelsea or with Sarri’s staff,” Fulvio Marrucco, Zola’s agent, told CalcioNapoli24.

“The first step is to find an agreement between Conte and Chelsea for the contract termination, then Sarri needs to sign.

“Zola is very happy about the rumours.

“His managerial idols are Guardiola and Sarri. Working with Maurizio would be a fantastic thing.

“For him, it would be a return home, as Chelsea is home away from home for Zola.”

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It’s well know Antonio Conte doesn’t have a huge parte in Chelsea transfer market decisions, in fact, his relationship with the Blues board fell out in the last year also because of this.

Anyway, journalists are still curious to know his opinion about some of the main speculations of the moment.

That is why the Italian coach was asked about Anthony Martial in his pre-match press conference today.

The Manchester United forward was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past hours, but with a crucial match against Liverpool coming, Conte claims he is not focused on this at the moment:

“I think this is not the right moment to speak about this. I don’t like to talk about players of other teams,” the 48-year-old said.

“It’s disrespectful for the other players, for my players, for the other clubs. Our focus is to finish this season in the best possible way.”

 

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According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Chelsea defender David Luiz has reportedly decided to reject a transfer to Real Madrid in favour of moving to Monaco instead.

The Brazil international has found himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season and could benefit from leaving in order to gain more playing time, but it seems he’s not keen on the switch to the Spanish giants.

Luiz snubbing Real Madrid could boost Chelsea chances of keeping the player, even if it seems he’s leaning towards joining the French side.

Th Brazilian defender fell out with Blues boss Antonio Conte, who is not sure to stay at Stamford Bridge next summer, so a change in manager could give Chelsea some advantage.

The Italian coach has cut a frustrated figure for most of the season and his side look up against it in terms of making the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

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Chelsea are keen on signing Manchester United winger Anthony Martial, according to The Guardian, should he choose to leave in the end of this campaign.

The French player move to Old Trafford in summer 2015 as a £36 million signing from AS Monaco.

He has since made well over 100 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, netting 36 goals, but could be on his way out next summer.

Since Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal during last winter transfer window, Martial has found himself struggling for game time under manager José Mourinho.

With only 17 league starts this season, he is understood to be frustrated and has already attracted interest from other clubs.

Spurs, Inter and Juventus are among those monitoring his situation, but with his contract not running out until the end of next season, he would not come cheap.

Chelsea are one club who could match the £45 million the Bianconeri are reported to have committed to spending.

 

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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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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been heavily linked to PSG lately, rumours even suggested his agent had planned a meeting with the French side officials in London next week but the Italian coach

Asked about these links, Conte said in a press conference today:

“I am starting to have this, and it is very strange from the start of the season to read or hear a lot of news about my job.

“Nothing has changed.”

However, Conte remains under pressure at Chelsea and a run of four league defeats in five has forced the Blues out of the top four at the moment.

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With Antonio Conte‘s future in London very uncertain, rumours are spreading about the name of the new Chelsea manager for next season.

One of the most credible candidate so far is former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and the Blues defender Marcos Alonso praises him as a coach “with many qualities”.

Luis Enrique has shown at Barcelona that he is a great coach with many qualities and I believe he would be good for any club”, Alonso told Cope. “but I do not know him a lot on a personal level,”

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois reveals he’s got a permanent bond with Spain and Madrid and he will be back in the Spanish capital one day.

Transfer market rumours have been linking him to Real Madrid in the past couple of years and the Belgian player fostered them claiming he will be back in the city where he lived three years with Atletico one day:

“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” the stopper said to Sport/Foot Magazine (H/T the Evening Standard).

My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.

“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.

I understand that the rumors are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”Courtois also revealed that renewal talks are heading in a positive direction, also noting that the Blues’ intention to renew compatriot Eden Hazard‘s deal is a huge factor.

“We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January,” he added.

“There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive.

“Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me.”

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Leicester City boss Claude Puel welcomes rumours linking Riyad Mahrez to Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Algeria international seems keen to move to London, or even to Liverpool, as the Reds are looking for a talented player to replace Philippe Coutinho, who transfered to Barcelona for a £ 140m record fee.

After the Watford game, Puel was quizzed about Mahrez’s future.

“It is a good thing people always ask me about Riyad because it shows he is playing well.

“I get asked about his future and it is a good thing because we have a good feeling.

“He gave an assist and scored a goal, and he is showing good consistency with and without the ball. He is a good player.

“Because he is an experienced player with good maturity and he can give a good example with his play also.”

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Sky Sports pundit and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Real Madrid will do everything to sign two Chelsea stars: Belgian internationals Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

“Real Madrid need big names and they have lined up Courtois, they want Hazard,” the Spaniard revealed.

“Those are the kind of names they want for next season. Doesn’t mean they will get them, but that’s the shopping list they have.

“It’s becoming clearer in the minds of the directors of Real Madrid they need another striker, that Karim Benzema has to be sold. He doesn’t even have the backing of the fans.

“Real Madrid will always do their plan of getting a Galactico every year or couple of years and they realise their front men are getting older, it’s more difficult for them to score.”

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