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New Chelsea signing Alvaro Morata reveals the real reason he signed for the Blues and it’s all about the boss, Antonio Conte:

“Yes. I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues,” the Spanish striker told the Daily Mail.

“It was a good situation for me. The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here. At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player.”

“But I spoke with Conte several times and not only this summer. I felt in debt to him. He signed me for Juventus but left very quickly to manage Italy. I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him but it felt like I’d known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn’t think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen.”

The Spain international returned to Real Madrid in summer 2016 after spending two years at Juventus but he already knew that his time at the club where he grew up as a players wouldn’t be so long:

“Last summer it was close. Cesar Azpilicueta was a bit annoyed because he had already started house-hunting for me last summer. We’d even got estate agents on board. This time Cesar has sorted everything!”

“When I spoke to Conte last summer, I said “If I’m going to leave Real Madrid, it will only be for Chelsea”. I remember I was with my wife after hearing him out conversation and I said “Chelsea are going to win the league this season.” And that’s exactly what happened. Now we need to repeat it!”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has landed in Madrid today to finalize his move to Atletico after being AWOL with the Blues for a couple of months.

The Spanish forward arrived from Brazil to undergo a medical and discuss his deal, that will be signed only in January 2018, when the Colchoneros ban on the transfer market will end.

Meanwhile, Costa will train with his new team-mates to be ready to come back in action next year.

The Diego Simeone‘s side will pay £ 50m to Chelsea, £ 10m more of what the Blues paid in 2014 to sign him, and will earn £ 6m-per-year, ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources reveals.

This is the end of a summer-long saga that started when the Brazilian-born striker fell out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the last season, with the Italian boss telling him that he was not in his plans anymore via sms before holidays.

After failing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who preferred a move to Manchester United, the Blues completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to replace Costa.

 

 

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Swansea striker Fernando Llorente is close to join Chelsea.

The Spanish forward could be soon reunited with Blues boos Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus.

Following positive talks int the past days, the Welsh side and Chelsea are close to find an agreement.

Llorente has been targeted by the Blues for almost a year and was close to sign for the West London club also last January, when Diego Costa seemed on the brink to move to China.

The two Premier League clubs now have a little more than 24 hours to find an agreement on the fee.

 

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Diego Costa is negotiating with Chelsea to be released so to join Atletico Madrid back, but now the Spanish side are not the only ones to be keen on the Blues striker.

Olympique Marseille have joined the race to sign the Brazilian born star, as their chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud has revealed:

“I like his claw, his way of playing, as a fighter,” he told SFR Sport.

“He has a difficult contractual situation, but we have shown that we can move well in the market. Under certain conditions, I think that signing him would not be impossible.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported removal men have been called to the Surrey home of Costa.

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Chelsea are ready to splash £ 38.5m to sign Antonio Candreva from Inter.

The Italian winger was signed only one year ago from the Nerazzurri, who paid £ 19.7m to Lazio to secure his services.

Candreva’s first and only season at San Siro was full of high and lows but Blues manager Antonio Conte knows the player very well since he was one of his key-players in the Italian national team and he’s really keen to sign him.

Chelsea need a player like Candreva to have more attacking options, especially now that Eden Hazard hasn’t still recovered from his ankle injury and that new signing Alvaro Morata has to adapt to a new idea of football.

Candreva knows Conte and his playing style and would be faster in adaptation.

This deal, that seems to be close, would push away Ivan Perisic from Manchester United, since Inter don’t want to sell both of their wingers and are trying to convince the Croatian international to stay and decline Red Devils‘ offer.

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dropped a big hint about Diego Costa joining back the Spanish side next January.

The Brazilian born striker was left out of Chelsea squad after falling out with manager Antonio Conte and now he’s looking for a new club.

The Colchoneros cannot sign any player in this transfer window for a market ban, but they can do it in January 2018 and that’s when Costa can return to Atletico, as Simeone almost confirmed in a press conference yesterday:

All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better,” Simeone speaking ahead of the Audi Cup tournament in Germany.

Diego Costa? If he comes in January… We can’t say anything about that yet.

“I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.”

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Chelsea just announced that manager Antonio Conte just signed a new contract with the club.

The Italian coach new deal is se to expire, anyway, in two years ( 2019), as the Blues didn’t reveal the duration.

Two new Italian coaches were added to his staff: Paolo Vanoli joins as assistant to the first team head coach and Davide Mazzotta will work as assistant/player analysis.

Conte commented his new deal with the Stamford Bridge outlet with these words:

“I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.  

“The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”

 

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Danilo is set to leave Real Madrid and he even urged his current chairman Florentino Perez to accept Chelsea offer, believed to be approximately £ 27m, to move to Stamford Bridge.

But the Merengues are holding it because now also Manchester City is in the race to sign the Brazilian full-back.

Pep Guardiola is keen to sign him and, after signing Walker from Spurs for £ 50m, Citizens can improve the bid to secure the ex Porto defender services.

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Tiemoué Bakayoko was in London and Cobham to close his deal with Chelsea yesterday, as we reported here on ChelseaNews24.

The transfer was not completed, anyway, because some issues emerged at the moment to sign the papers, as we explained last night here.

The French midfielder was really disappointed by this situation and the deal was closed to be called off, with Bakayoko flying back to Monaco, showing his dissatisfaction on social networks.

But the deal can eventually happen: Chelsea, Monaco, Bakayoko and his agents are keen to close it – the two clubs already agreed a £ 40m fee- and the contract can be signed this weekend, maybe today, with the French midfielder set to be unveiled as a Blues player before the team take off for the Asian tour.

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Romelu Lukaku signed for Everton proceeding from Chelsea in the summer of 2014: a permanent move that followed two years on loan ( to WBA and the Toffees).

At the time it was claimed that the Belgian striker had fallen out with José Mourinho, who was Chelsea manager in 2014, but the same Portuguese coach denied this in a press conference yesterday.

“It’s quite a great experience the fact we worked together already for a few months,”  Mourinho revealed speaking in Los Angeles during Manchester United USA tour, after Lukaku joined the Red Devils one week ago.

“During the time when I was at Chelsea and then United, and he was at Everton, our relationship was always very close, despite not working together.

“He’s intelligent, he’s polite, we kept the contact, the feeling, and now we are back together in different moments and I have no doubts it is going to work.”

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