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Brazilian midfielder Jorginho joined Chelsea from SS Napoli some days ago and at Stamford Bridge he will work again with Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking with website Football Italia Jorginho himself admitted the influence Sarri had on his as a player:  “He is someone who does wonderful work, he is right on top of everything that is going on on the pitch”. Jorginho said about Sarri. “When the weekend comes around and you have a game, you start that game knowing how every situation is going to pan out on the field offensively and defensively, and that is something that really helps you in your work. He is a very straight-forward person, he is easy to communicate with, he is very approachable and that is something that also helps the players. I think he had a really big influence on my development as player. He teaches a lot about the game and how you see the game on the field of play, and that helped me to grow. I think I have the right characteristics as a footballer for the type of football that he likes to play, and the type of football that he teaches and passes on to his team. When we were together at Napoli, it was a case of me taking on his mentality and putting that together with the characteristics I have as a footballer.”

Then, Jorginho said he hopes his style of play will be good for English football and the Premier League: “Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England,” Jorginho explained. “I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out. I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game”.

 

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Gianfranco Zola has joined Maurizio Sarri‘s backroom staff and will work as assistant coach to the Italian manager at Chelsea.

The club has confirmed the appointment today, while Chelsea are traveling to Australia ahead of their friendly match against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday.

Zola, who scored 80 goals with the Blues, told Chelsea’s official website: “For me it is an amazing thing. I am very willing to work hard because it is going to be a difficult challenge but I am pleased to be here, and to work hard with Maurizio to be successful”.

“It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position”.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenge in general. I would love us to start well and we are all very excited to start this new adventure”.

Chelsea will reportedly appoint also Luca Gotti as No2 coach at the club, with Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach. Paolo Bertelli may stay on following Antonio Conte’s departure, as well as Carlo Cudicini.  The club has yet to confirm the Sarri’s backroom staff in full.

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Aleksandr Golovin will complete his move to Chelsea next week, according to reports in Russia.

The CSKA Moscow star is reportedly set to join the Premier League side on a £25m move following his good performances at the World Cup with Russia.

Sky in Italy believes advanced talks are still ongoing between the two clubs amid Juventus and Monaco’s interest towards the 22-year-old. Also Barcelona have been recently linked with a move for Golovin.

Some reports in Russia also suggested the midfielder could undergo a medical in London today.

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Here’s the first interview of new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who spoke to the club’s official TV following his appointment at Stamford Bridge on a three-year-deal.

“First of all I have to say thank you to the people of Naples” Sarri said

“Because they helped me in every way for three years. I love them very much and I will always love them. Five years ago I was in Italy in Serie B, while Chelsea are one of the most important clubs in the most important championship in Europe. There are all the most important coaches in the Premier League”.

“It will be interesting to play against Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Pochettino and all the others. Pep [Guardiola] is principally a friend, so I think he has spoken well about me for this reason”.

“It’s very difficult to describe me as a manager: first of all I love the game, I love football and all the rest is a consequence. I think at Naples I was very lucky to find many players very adapted to my way of football and very strong from the human point of view and as players. So I think I was lucky to transport my idea on the pitch for the quality essentially of this players”.

“I think Chelsea is a good team, the problem is that in England there are other five or six very good teams too. I think with one or two adjustments we can try to play my football. I want to enjoy first of all myself, the players have to enjoy themselves and first of all I hope that fans can enjoy the team”.

On Jorginho: “He’s not a physical but a technical player. His most important quality is that he can be very quick in the mind, so he has the ability to move the ball quickly”.

“We have to play, to work very hard. So for the first game I think the result is not very important, but we have to try to give the best. Football is my first passion, I like to read novels too. The last one that I loved was Vargas Llosa”.

“I am here for football. I am here for Chelsea. I want to play at Stamford Bridge, for me it is a dream. So, London is a wonderful city but I am here for Chelsea. My english is not very good since I started English more than 30 years ago and today I have lost everything”.

“I want to enjoy the fans, the fans will have to be proud about the team. I want to play my football and enjoy myself. And probably I want also to win some trophies. What can I Say? 100% hard work, 90% fun. It’s impossible in my job to promise something else but I surely will give all my possession to win something with Chelsea”.

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Antonio Conte leaves the reins at Chelsea after almost two years in charge. He came, he won silverware, he faltered, he lifted the FA Cup, then he left.

The Premier League at the fist shot has been clearly the masterpiece during his era at Stamford Bridge, where he loved hugging Chelsea fans while celebrating Chelsea goals. He did it on his first game at home, he repeated it again and again. This is Conte. This is Antonio, and no matter the bitter end.

The Italian man built a strong mentality, a perfect duo in midfield with N’Golo Kante alongside Nemanja Matic. The Serbian’s departure was one of the reasons behind Chelsea’s failure last season. No doubt.

Conte showed once again his commitment to the club by carrying on working with a regular timetable until he was eventually sacked from the club yesterday.

Diego Costa bust-up, a £9m compensation, 5th place in the Premier League last term dishonored an imposing start to the first season in charge, when he came in at Stamford Bridge after leading Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. When he was desperately looking to bring Chelsea back to the title race. He did it, he won it and Blues made history again. Back to winning ways with an Italian man on the touchline, but this won’t be strange to Chelsea fans.

Win and then improve, win and keep pace even in the most difficult league in the world. It has been hard for Conte, it will be even harder for Maurizio Sarri. We hope the newly-appointed manager will be able to stay in charge for a long time. We hope he can look back at his job after almost two years and think: “Yes, I’m over the hump”.

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Maurizio Sarri has put the pen to paper on a deal to become Chelsea head-coach.

Gianfranco Zola will be his assistant, according to Sky in Italy.

Chelsea confirmed the club have parted ways with Antonio Conte earlier this morning and the former Napoli manager has reportedly completed the takeover at Stamford Bridge.

The 60-year-old is set to be unveiled as the new Chelsea boss in the next few hours.

Gianfranco Zola will have an important role in Sarr’s coaching staff, as well as former Empoli manager Giovanni Martusciello.

 

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Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Francesco Fontana has revealed Maurizio Sarri is still in Tuscany while rumors regarding his potential takeover at Stamford Bridge are growing up.

“You know the situation” Sarri reportedly told the Italian journalist in Italy.

“I just can’t talk right now” he added.

His wife reportedly added: “We hope everything could be sorted out soon”.

While talks between Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Chelsea board are still ongoing, also some transfers remain blocked as the one which could land Daniele Rugani to Stamford Bridge this summer.

His agent told Sportitalia: “It is obvious to say that the Sarri question must first be resolved, then proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete.”

However, current Chelsea head-coach Antonio Conte was pictured in Cobham yesterday as the squad started his pre-season tests in Cobham training centre.

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After yesterday’s great performance with BrazilChelsea winger Willian is again a target for many European top club.

According to Sky Sports, Spanish giants Barcelona have offered more than £50m to sign the Brazilian star, but Chelsea have rejected their second offer.

It has been reported the Spanish giants had already a £50m bid rejected earlier last week.

However, talks are still ongoing between the two clubs as it is also understood Willian wants to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remains the Blues’ manager.

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England international and Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek told SkySports he “understands” the Blues are a massive club despite “not be given a chance” at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte’s management has been “so difficult”. 

The former Crystal Palace star said: “It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance. It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different. It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

About Maurizio Sarri‘s imminent arrival, Loftus-Cheek added: “I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often”.

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Maurizio Sarri will becom new Chelsea manager very soon: according to Calcio Napoli 24 the Blues will pay SS Napoli a 5 million compensation, while the Italian coach will sign a two-year contract with Chelsea with also an option for the following 12 months.

On the other hand, it’s still unclear how much Chelsa will pay Antonio Conte to fire the manager who won a Premier League and an Fa Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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