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Chelsea loanee Loic Remy is reportedly edging closer to a return to the pitch following a serious thigh injury suffered a few weeks after joining Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

The striker was allowed to come back to Cobham Training Centre as he needs to recover with treatments.

Anyway, Remy wanted to share his feelings via Instagram by posting this picture on his official account:

“Can’t wait to be back stronger than ever, – he wrote – Work in progress. A bit of gym today with obviously some French tunes.”

Loic Remy

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo closed to Diego Costa‘s return.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: “He’s got a deal with Chelsea and I don’t think he will leave them,” 

“Diego Costa has a contract with Chelsea, and I don’t think they’re crazy enough to let him leave”.

Furthermore he told Spanish media outlet Cadena COPE: “Costa is a magnificent player. We had the option to bring him back, but Chelsea did not let him leave.”

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Barcelona are lining up a move to land Danish international centre-back Andreas Christensen, according to Sport Mediaset.

The 20-year-old is currently playing with Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan and recently claimed: “It is very difficult to create chances in the Premier League. The Bundesliga is the more entertaining league. Almost every game is [played] at a breathtaking pace, up and down, back and forth, attack and counter-attack”.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is confident that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte can persuade defender Leonardo Bonucci to join the Blues on a world record bid in January.

Abramovich is reportedly ready to spend up to £60m for the Italian centre-back, who is under contract with the Serie A side until June 2020.

Bonucci recently told Mediaset Premium: “If I said that I wasn’t tempted this summer by an offer from England, above all for the coach that wanted me, then that would be a lie,”

“But Juventus is my home and I am happy to have remained. My dream was to win with this shirt and now I am here, ready to improve as a player and challenge myself to make this team become a legend.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic told the club’s official website: “I tend to get along with most of the goalkeepers. They are smart, educated guys and maybe we stick together more as we train together in a close environment on a daily basis so we build strong relationships.”

“Hopefully this event will be an educative evening with some good and smart talk”.

“A goalkeeper these days is as fit as the outfield players – the Bosnia international added – Before, years ago, goalkeepers could get away with it but now it is important you are as fit as everyone else.”

The fitness work you do is very important for the agility, and fitness in football has changed a lot. Everyone is fitter and stronger and it is the same with goalkeepers”

‘”The game is faster so we have had to respond. The goalkeepers have used the gym work and the fitness work to make ourselves faster so we can deal with the ball. The balls are faster and the guys are shooting harder now so it helps us cope”.

Then he added: “It is about taking care of your body and making sure we can cope with the general demands of the work, each and every day.”

“Fitness as well helps with your general well-being and concentration during games. The fitter you are, the longer you can stay concentrated”.

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Chelsea loanee defender Nathan Ake confirmed that he is struggling to break into Bournemouth starting XI  so far, after being loaned to the Cherries this summer.

He declared to Voetbal International: “I wanted to draw a line under last season, but that has not yet happened and the competition at my club is great.” 

“For now I’m still on the bench – It eats you, I want to play every week” Ake ended.

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Manchester City defender John Stones is pleased after being selected in Gareth Southgate‘s 23-man squad to face Malta and believes that ‘playing with an experienced player as Gary Cahill is good’.

Stones, when asked about his partnership with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, told medias: “I’d like to continue playing with him”.

“Whether it’s Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling, sometimes you’re not going to play and watching from the sidelines, watching those guys, trying to improve off them I suppose. They’ve been here, got a lot of caps, played a lot of games for club as well.

Then he added: “Whatever partnership plays for England is always a strong one because the training we do and how we work in training is always different combinations so we all know how each other play.”

It is understood Chelsea repeatedly tried to land Stones to Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is still interested in Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij despite the Serie A side are on the verge of offering the Dutchman a new and improved deal, according to Il Messaaggero.

Chelsea are still in search of defenders following the arrival of David Luiz and Marcos Alonso earlier this summer. Anyway, with Koulibaly who has committed his future to Napoli, de Vrij is expected to be the main target in Conte’s wishlist.

It is understood the former Feyenoord centre-back will have a reported £30m buyout clause in his contract.

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Spain national team Julen Lopetegui spoke ahead of the game against Italy and confirmed Chelsea striker Diego Costa will feature tomorrow night.

“Tomorrow Diego Costa will play, – he said – We decided we must play our strongest team in a game like this,”

“We have not paid much attention to what happened in the Italy-France match in September to make decisions. That was a friendly”.

About Chelsea target Alvaro Morata he added: “He is a great player who is familiar with the high demands of playing at Madrid, Alvaro gives us options.”

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Chelsea backup goalkeeper Eduardo is one of the best 50 penalty stoppers in the world, according to Reddit.com.

The Portugal international ranked 9th on the list, with a save ratio of 37.14%, while Valencia star Diego Alves is top of the table with a 48.84 percentage.

Eduardo joined the Blues from Dinamo Zagreb this summer and is facing competition from both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic so far.

Anyway, he could be a key player as he will bring in a lot of experience, also given that he recently won the Euros with Portugal despite he did not play a single game of the tournament.

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