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Belgian star Eden Hazard has been linked many times with a possible move to Real Madrid.

However, in the last few days the player himself claimed he would be happy also to stay at Stamford Bridge for his entire career.

“I can finish with Chelsea,” Hazard said. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here. So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me! What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”

 

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Chelsea star Ross Barkley played 76 minutes for England in the Three Lions’ massive win against Spain in Seville as the hosts were unbeaten at home since June 2003 against Greece.

A brace scored by Raheem Sterling and a goal from Marcus Rashford in the first half were enough to get a crucial victory and first three points in the competition. England are currently chasing Spain in their group with 4 points from 3 games so far.

Both Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos found the net in the second half to reduce the gap, making the game more vivid in the extra-time.

The 25-year-old midfielder played a key role in Gareth Southgate‘s line-up as he inspired the third goal with a good pass through Harry Kane.

Also Marcos Alonso was involved in the game, playing the whole clash on the left wing, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Kepa Arrizabalaga remained unused subs. Striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench in the second half

Former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, now at Watford, made his England debut close to the end.

 

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Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata both started for Spain, while Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga came off the bench in the second half to replace Man United star David De Gea on Thursday night at the Millennium Stadium.

Spain defeated Wales 4-1 with goals from defenders Marc Bartra and Sergio Ramos and a brace from Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer.

 

Wales defender and Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was picked-up to play as a central midfielder and went close to scoring for Ryan Giggs‘ men. Then the 18-year-old limped off the pitch with a knee injury in the second half, as Chelsea’s official website confirmed.

 

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Good news for Chelsea players who are with their national teams during this international break.

Blues’ winger Willian replaced Douglas Costa early in the second half in Brazil‘s win 5-0 vs El Salvador. Willian himself almost scored few minutes after coming on the pitch.

Chelsea’s defender Cesar Azpilicueta played the last 15 minutes in Spain‘s large win (6-0) over Croatia in the Nations League. Chelsea and Croatian midfielder Kovacic played the whole game while Marcos Alonso and striker Alvaro Morata sit on the bench for the entire 90 minutes.

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso featured for Spain in their away victory at Wembley last time out.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo were crucial as Luis Enrique‘s men came from behind to respond to Marcus Rashford’s early opener. Alonso was replaced in the second half as Thiago Alcantara replaced the Chelsea starlet.

Also Blues’ defender Cesar Azpilicueta showed on Twitter his support towards Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who suffered a brutal head injury during the game. Azpilicueta was an unused sub in the game.

 

 

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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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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been unveiled as Chelsea‘s new goalkeeper earlier this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Will he be wearing the N°1 shirt? The 23-year-old, speaking at a press conference, told journalists: “First of all, hello. I am incredibly happy to be here It is a great challenge for me and a great step forward for my career. It is brave for the club to take me on. I don’t think about the price, just be myself and do the best I can for the club”.

“I came back from holiday on the 23rd and a few days into training I new the interest. There had been prior offers from Chelsea, but Athletic Bilbao don’t usually care about the interest. But I had known about the interest for a while”

“I think some players take more time, others less. Everyone is different. I hope I can adjust as soon as possible. The game is different, but I know other Spanish players in the Premier League and they have given me fantastic references about playing here”. 

“This is an experience and all experiences all make you better. It is a great step forward for me and in my personal life. I knew some of the players of Chelsea because I have played with them in Spain and at the World Cup in Russia. They all told me what it is like and I have had excellent references from them. They encouraged me to make the move”. 

“I don’t think there will be additional pressure, just the one I put on myself. I demand a lot from myself. I don’t really think about it, Chelsea have made a great bet on taking me in and I am really happy to be here. I will do everything to pay the trust they have put in me”. 

“I think I will be able to adapt to Maurizio Sarri‘s style of football. His style and ideas are attractive to me, and I had references from Pepe Reina who said great things about him. It won’t be too difficult, I expect to achieve a great growth, personally and collective and hope to win many titles and when I look back if I can be proud”.

“When I signed a new contract with Athletic I was not scared about the clause, of course I was thinking about the contract. I agreed with it and I started to become popular and there was talk about me, which made me very proud. In January I was coming to the end of the contract. There were negotiations [with Real Madrid] but I thought at the time I was happy to stay. Now is a new stage for me and I am really happy for that”.

“I would say the market in general has grown up in price a lot in the last few years. It has to do with many things. I agree this is the way to value the goalkeepers. It is great to see fees for strikers, but why not also for goalkeepers?” 

“The Golden Glove will be nothing more of the result from the season we will play. We have an exciting one, not only for me and we will go step by step”.

 

 

 

 

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New Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined the Blues on a world-record move from Athletic Bilbao, putting the pen to paper on a seven-year-deal with the Premier League side last night.

The Spaniard’s first interview as a Chelsea player was unveiled earlier this morning.

Kepa told the club’s official website: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” 

“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”

He added: “It has been a tough decision for me, for my personal life a very important choice. Everything attracted me to sign for Chelsea, all the titles, the players, the city the Premier League. I followed the championship since I was child. I like the way of the football here, how much they respect the game, the supporters, the speed of the league and all the players here. It will be great to be one of the players in that league”.

The 23-year-old also labelled both Iker Casillas and Daniel Aranzubia as his favorite goalkeepers.

About Chelsea players: “I know all the players, they are familiar but I know personally all the Spaniish players. I have spoken to various players before I came here and I had excellent references from Morata Azpilicueta and Pedro. There are important players like Kante, Hazard, World Cup champion Giroud, Chelsea are a squad full of fantastic players”.

“I don’t really like describing myself, I prefers let others do it for me. I would say I am a calm and settled goalkeeper who tries to convey his calmness to the team. It’s very important that the team feel they have behind a keeper that is feeling in total control”.

On newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri: “I am looking forward to start working with him, looking forward the first training session together tomorrow. I have heard great things and references about Sarri, I can’t wait to see that first hand. I think his style is not too different from the style used in the Spanish national team or in many other national teams. I believe my qualities will fit. I personally like his style of football: it’s aggressive, he likes to attack putting pressure on the opposition and I like that”.

“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club. This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”

Kepa also sent a message to Chelsea fans: “I am looking forward and really excited to start playing for the club. We have a very exciting season ahead so let’s go for it. I ve come prepared: let’s see what we can achieve together”.

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Marcos Alonso followed in Danny Drinkwater‘s footsteps as also the Spaniard believes everyone at Chelsea is looking to bounce-back from a disappointing Premier League season.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “Now we want to get back to the top level in the league after a not very good year, and pre-season is an important stage of that.”

Alonso was among the players which took part of Chelsea’s first day of training in Cobham after not being included in Spain squad to play the World Cup.

Also compatriot Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez were not selected by Julen Lopetegui, who suddenly got sacked.

 

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Spain have still never beaten World Cup hosts since 1934’s defeat to Italy. Brazil had the upper hand Spain in 1950, as well as South Korea in 2002 and Russia last time out.

Sergej Ignashevich‘s own goal put Spain in front before Artem Dzyuba leveled the score just before the break. Gerard Piqué hit the ball with his hand inside the box and the Russian striker sent David De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Then Igor Akinfeev became the hero following some great saves in the extra-time as well as during the shootouts, when both Koke and Iago Aspas missed their penalties.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not came off the bench. Spain head-coach Fernando Hierro was allowed to make an extra sub in the extra-time but he brought on Rodrigo Moreno Machado for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.

 

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