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Marcos Alonso still hopes to be included in the Spain national team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he knows he has to perform well and win some titles with Chelsea if he wants to get that chance.

From the moment I arrived here, I have felt great playing as a starter,” – Alonso told Cadena Ser Radio – “We had a great season and we deserved the Premier league title. I’ve continued my development at Chelsea and I have to continue to work in order to improve. It’s not going to be easy to win the Premier League again,” he said. “There are many teams that can opt for the title. We saw it two years ago that even a team like Leicester can compete and win the league. The two Manchester teams have strengthened their sides very well. Tottenham have a solid group that has worked together for some time, Liverpool have a strong side. We will fight in each game to give ourselves a chance to be there in the battle.”

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Chelsea duo formed by Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro sealed an important win against Israel last night in the World Cup Qualifiers’ last game ahead of Russia 2018.

Spain scored with Asier Illaramendi in the second half, while Pedro went close to scoring in the first period before being substituted by manager Julen Lopetegui.

Also Davide Zappacosta came on in Italy’s 1-0 win in Albania thanks to Antonio Candreva.

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After his injury to the left hamstring during the Premier League game vs Manchester City, Alvaro Morata had some medical tests in Spain.

The Spanish striker was ruled out of Spain’s World Cup Qualifiers vs Albania and Israel and after the medical assessment it is believed Morata could be out for around four weeks.

However, when Morata himself will be back from Spain, Chelsea will conduct their own tests.


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Alvaro Morata is among the injured players ruled out of World Cup qualifiers with Spain, who will face Albania and Israel on Monday and on 9th October respectively.

An official statement from the National Team confirmed that Julen Lopetegui will be without Real Madrid‘s Dani Carvajal (viral infection), Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata and Barcelona star Andres Iniesta (hamstring issue).

Alvaro Morata impressed with the Premier League champions so far as he scored 7 goals in 8 matches under manager Antonio Conte. The Spaniard left the pitch in the first half of last game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, before Kevin De Bruyne secured Pep Guardiola’s men a crucial win for their title hopes.


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Alvaro Morata was very close to join AC Milan before signing for Chelsea in the end of July.

The Spanish striker already knew that he had to move out of Real Madrid in the end of last season and agreed personal terms with the Rossoneri before the Champions League final in Cardiff against Juventus, his former team in Serie A.

It was after winning the European Cup with the Merengues for the second time in three years that he understood he couldn’t join another Italian side that was not Juventus, so he chose to move to Premier League instead, as Italian transfer market pundit Fabrizio Romano reveals.

This is what Calciomercato.com writes about the deal:

The former Juventus star, however,  had came close to joining AC Milan before his move to Chelsea. Morata, in fact, had agreed to join the rossoneri agreeing an € 8 million-a-year deal. Our transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano can exclusively reveal that the player agreed personal terms with the Serie A giants before the Champions League final but after the game in Cardiff against Juventus he openly admitted that it would have been hard for him to join an Italian club that is not Juve.

The offer of AC Milan was also not enough for Real Madrid. The rossoneri, in fact, had ‘only’ offered Real Madrid € 65 million, not enough for Zinedine Zidane who didn’t want to sell Morata or would have agreed to sell him for a higher transfer fee.

A few months later Chelsea signed the Spaniard for a fee close to € 80 million with the La Liga giants who had to sell the Spain International who was pushing to join a bigger club and get more game time away from the Bernabeu.

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New Blues striker Alvaro Morata showed he improved his playing style in a new team and new type of football as Chelsea and Premier League.

The hero of the win over Everton, however, claimed he needs more time to adapt better and fully show his enormous potential:

“I’m happy because I scored, I took an assist and the team won,” the Spaniard said after scoring a goal and giving an assist against Toffees.

“It was an important win. At Stamford Bridge we need to win all the games or try to take the three points.

“It’s important for me to play and to make adaptations to my game. It’s not easy: a new country, another language, another style of football. I need time for all the things in the Premier League but I’m okay, my teammates give me a hand to make it easy and I’m very happy to be here.”

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The bombshell arrived this morning from Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo can leave Real Madrid or, even better, Cristiano Ronaldo WANTS to leave Real Madrid.

Something incredible that could effect this transfer window in every country, with the Portuguese star that always admitted he would have loved a return to Manchester United, but also an occasion, for every top team in Europe, to close an authentic super deal, signing one of the best players in history that also brings sponsors, visibility and money. And among these clubs, of course, we find also Chelsea.

According to our respected sources inside Real Madrid this is not just a rumour: we understand that Ronaldo is REALLY mad to Spanish authorities as they wanted to involve him in a fiscal scandal, claiming he hasn’t paid € 17m of taxes over the past years, a thing that Gestifute, Jorge Mendes’ agency that are taking care of every aspect of Ronaldo’s professional life, dismissed with an official press release.

We also understand that Cristiano told his Portugal team-mates ( that are with him in these day since they are competing in Confederations Cup) that he would like to quit Real Madrid but, above all, Spain because he doesn’t feel respected in that country, since it’s not the first time Fiscalia are trying to get him into trouble with no apparent real reason.

Therefore, his Portuguese mates reported his discontent to A Bola, who broke the news this morning.

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And according to our sources, what A Bola reported is true: Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players in football history if not the best, can really leave Real Madrid after eight years.

A transfer that can influence the entire summer transfer window, that promise to be MAD at this point.





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Chelsea star Diego Costa dropped the “bomb” speaking at the end of the friendly game between Spain and Colombia, where he was featuring tonight.

The Brazilian-born striker revealed that Blues boss Antonio Conte told him he doesn’t fit in his plans for next season:

Antonio Conte told me via message that I won’t be a Chelsea player anymore and that’s it,” Costa is quoted by Marca.

“My relationship with the manager was bad during the past season. I suppose I had a bad campaign to not fit in his plans anymore…,” he said with a sarcastic tone.

“If the manager sends you a message to say he doesn’t want you anymore what do you have to do? Go!”

“It’s a shame. I’ve already forwarded the message to the Chelsea directors so to let them take a decision, but it’s clear the coach doesn’t trust me anymore and doesn’t want me. I need to find a team.

Chelsea now need to sell me and for a discounted price.

“It would be nice to return to Atletico [Madrid] but it would tough to stay five months without playing [ for the Atletico transfer market ban that will end in December 2017].

“It’s the year of the World Cup and I need to play regularly.”

A very complicated case for Chelsea that burst out of nowhere, with Diego Costa that was set to stay after rejecting huge money offers from China in the past months.

Is this meaning that the Blues already found a striker to replace Costa for the next year?

With Romelu Lukaku revealing that he has already reached a deal for the next season with a new club, we can think that a move of the Belgian forward to Chelsea is really likely to happen.

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Ahead of tonight friendly match between Spain and Colombia, Cesar Azpilicueta was asked about the differences between Conte and Spanish coach Lopetegui.

“They both have different styles and schemes,” – Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website – “Personally, I’ve had to adapt to a new position, but it has served me well. On an individual level, it has been a fantastic year for me.”


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