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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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Antonio Conte reveals he is not sure to have a full squad to select for the clash against Crystal Palace, that will be played at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon.

The Italian boss admitted they had a difficult week at Cobham, with many players that were away for the international break and others that got some injuries that now are concerning him:

“We got two-three situations that we have to value tomorrow,” the Chelsea manager said during today’s press conference.

Conte was probably speaking about Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, who picked up minor injuries with their national teams: the Spaniard in his ankle and the Belgian goalkeeper in his hip.

“This week wasn’t easy to work, with the international break, some players came back with some problems, I have two-three situations to value.

“I think is important to check the situation with these players, John [Terry] is good, he trained all the week, for some others is important to value the situation.”

 

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Antonio Conte is worried after a couple of his stars suffered minor injuries while on international duty: both Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois picked up knocks with their national teams during the weekend.

The Belgian goalkeeper will miss Belgium’s match with Russia tomorrow in a friendly after picking up a hip injury, however is hoping to be back in time for Saturday’s league match.

Costa suffered an ankle injury during the training with Spain yesterday, a thing that was confirmed by Spanish football association:

“Diego Costa was forced to leave the training session after being injured on his foot and ankle, due to which he was submitted to a series of tests (X-ray and TAC) at Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, where finally he was given the ok.

“The footballer is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp,Chelsea FC medical services were informed of the players’ condition.”

Speaking to Radio Onda Cero Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui added:

“In principle he will come with us to Paris. As it was only a knock, but not an injury, we will see how evolves. Sometimes when it’s only a knock the evolution it’s surprisingly positive. It looked big but fortunately it has been only a scare”.

 

 

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PEDRO SPAIN

Chelsea star Pedro spoke after being selected in 25-man Spain squad for their incoming games against Israel (World Cup Qualifier) and France (friendly).

“It’s a new chance for me, a new challenge, - said Pedro when asked about head coach Julen LopeteguiWe are looking at how he wants to play, his ideas. He’s another coach to add to the list in my career. I’m pleased to meet with team-mates and experiencing a good moment with my club. I am happy to be here”.

Then he added: “We all come to join the team with the coach’s requests. I work at 100 per cent and try to compete at the top level. I have to make the most of the chances I’m given. I’m happy to be back and to train with the squad”.

 

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Good performance for Mason Mount with England Under 19 team which today played Norway at St. George’s Park.

England won the match 3-0 and the Chelsea young forward scored the first goal netting from close range.

The Blues youngster and his team-mates will play again on Friday, this time vs Spain.

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Spain have announced their squad to face Israel and France next week, with Chelsea stars Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Diego Costa regularly selected by Julen Lopetegui.

Pedro returns to the first squad after being left out in November, while both Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso didn’t make the cut despite their outstanding performances under Antonio Conte this season so far.

Goalkeepers – Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

DefendersNacho (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

MidfieldersAnder Herrera (Manchester United), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Strikers – Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Gerard Deulofeu (AC Milan), Vitolo (Sevilla), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Pedro (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta)

 

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Cesc Fabregas was finally a starter today and the Spaniard fulfilled all the expectations, being the man of the match.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was crucial with his lofted pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro halfway through the second part of the game at Wolves:

“That first 15-20 minutes they were on top of us,” Fabregas said after the game.

“It’s not easy to come to these places. We knew that we had to be at our best and I think it was a professional performance.

“I want to play, obviously I want to play. But we want to win. There is a great group and a great togetherness.”

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