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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has claimed he’s willing to fight for his place after struggling in this start of the season.

The World Champion has played down talk of a January exit, and made it clear he’s set to fight for his place.

“I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup,” claimed the French forward, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal last January.

“I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that.

“Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time.”

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Last week some rumours circulated about a possible return of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea in January after the London club have sent him to play for Ac Milan on a season-long loan.

Speaking to SportWitness however, Bakayoko’s agent Federico Pastorello strongly denied these rumours: “Bakayoko is happy in Milan and Milan are happy with him. It was known he would need a bit of time, but everyone is convinced he can contribute a lot to their season”. Pastorello said. “All this chatter about a return to Chelsea in January is completely unfounded.”

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Chelsea will reportedly turn down “all offers” for his Spanish star Marcos Alonso this summer amid speculations he is a target for both Madrid clubs: Real and Atletico.

The Daily Mail reports the Blues have “no interest” in parting with the left-back, who is attracting interest from the Spanish capital, where the transfer window remains open until the end of the month.

Spanish outlet AS reported Alonso – who grew up as a footballer in the Real Madrid academy- had emerged as a target for both Lopetegui and Simeone clubs with a potential price tag of just €30 million (£26.9 million) but Chelsea are keen to keep him for the rest of the season.

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Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia has played down talk of a move to Chelsea this summer.

The Juventus defender has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer amid links both to Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I know that nobody will believe me, but I met with Juventus sport director Paratici because it was already scheduled,” Torchia claimed.

“I didn’t know there was going to be this storm the day before. We talked about how to improve the player and what to do going forward, but we didn’t set up any negotiations.

“We can’t say for sure in life that the player is off the market completely, but we can confirm no formal offers have arrived.

“He is happy to be there and Juve are happy with him. It was purely a coincidence we had this meeting after those reports. I can assure you we did not talk about Chelsea.”

Rugani has made seven appearances for the Italian national team since making his debut in 2016.

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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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