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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte underlined the importance of striker Diego Costa, who is being heavily linked with a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning but could start regularly against Hull City tomorrow.

Anyway, the Italian manager has yet to decide about the Spaniard: “Every time he plays for Chelsea he always gives all of himself for this club, -Conte said - If he starts the game and is not concentrated the fault is mine”.

“I would have made a bad choice because this week I didn’t see the player wasn’t focused or concentrated or was thinking about other situations”.

“Together we have to win against Hull City. It’s important for me, for the players, for the fans to focus on the game and take another three points”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Blues’ next clash against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager, speaking at press conference in Cobham, told the club’s official website: “Our fans are really important, always. Our fans are great, they push us a lot when we play at home, they push us a lot when we play away”.

“For me they are the 12th player on the pitch and I hope they continue in this way, pushing my players in every moment of the game. They are a really important part for us to try to continue to fight for the title”.

Chelsea could face some injuries during their title race, anyway Conte is not alarmed to hear about this prospect as ‘when you start a season you must consider you can lose important players for one or two games’.

“For this reason, it’s important when you work to prepare to be a team. When you are a team you can support this absence during the game. Our team is showing this. A great team must have this characteristic when it is missing one or two important players”.

“I see our situation now, and for me the most important thing I am seeing this year is great commitment from all my players”.

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Michail Antonio has been offered a lucrative contract extension and is confident that the England international will accept the deal despite Chelsea interest in him.

The 26-year-old wing-back has been recently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but Bilic is quoted to have said: “Antonio is a player who came last season to us and he has improved a lot. He came for the future but is now one of the most important players for us,” 

“When a player is like that and of a good age as well, he attracts interest from other clubs. I don’t know all the details but I hope a new deal is close, even done”.

“He totally deserves it with his behaviour, work-rate, energy and his assists. He is a character and it is that basically makes the difference,” 

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone spoke at press conference after his side’s 3-0 win over Eibar in the Copa Del Rey.

When asked about Griezmann’s future, as the French star has been repeatedly linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea as well as Paris Saint-Germain, he claimed: “I don’t tie anybody down, I simply keep working to continue getting better for the sake of the club,”

“Griezmann is in an extraordinary moment, is working well, has got back on the scoresheet and his form is good”.

Then Simeone added: “It is normal that the best teams in the world want him. I am not surprised that the teams who are looking are the ones who can afford him.”

Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign the former Real Sociedad star and looks set to trigger his £86m buy-out clause next summer.

Anyway, reports in England suggest that also Chelsea are keeping tabs on the 25-year-old.

“I can say that Griezmann will be an Atletico player for a long time” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is quoted to have said.

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Chelsea winger Pedro spoke ahead of next clash against Hull City.

The Spaniard, who scored 7 times providing the same number of assists so far in Premier League and F.A. Cup, told the club’s official website: “I have always scored a lot of goals with both feet. It’s an important quality of mine. It’s good to be able to shoot with one foot or the other foot, it gives you more options”.

“The goal against Bournemouth was a very good goal for me and the team and I’m happy to score again. it was a nice moment”.

“I think the goal against Tottenham was better but the Bournemouth one was a good goal, also”,

Then Pedro added: “I remember at Barcelona many times scoring goals in consecutive weeks, and here it is the first time like this. It’s the right way for me”.

“I think it’s the moment. In the right moment you can score more goals; in other moments you don’t, and it’s difficult. I think you can get in to a rhythm and it helps when you’re feeling confident, in your game and with your team-mates. I’m feeling very comfortable on the pitch and this is a good moment for the team and the club, for everybody”.

Pedro scored his last goal against Leicester, when he put the ball past Kasper Schmeichel with an unusual header: “The ball came to me and I touched it in a certain way for Willi. He went inside and then I scored with the head”.

“I have tried it once or twice maybe in training but it’s something you do in the moment. You don’t think about it; you just play the ball in the best way you can”.

Then the 29-year-old added: “It helps when you are confident, for me it’s probably the best moment since I’ve been here. I want to continue like this, to keep scoring goals and to help the team get more wins”.

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German defender Niklas Sule joined Bayern Munich in January transfer window, in spite of great interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool in Premier League.

Speaking about England, the 21-year-old explained the reason why he decided to stay in Bundesliga: “I had good talks with the bosses at Bayern and Hoffenheim, – Sule told German outlet Sky Deutschland – Ultimately, I opted for Bayern as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“I believe I’ll fit in well and can learn a lot from the other central defenders there. A move to England wasn’t yet right.”

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has recently confirmed that Chelsea made an approach in order to sign the 20-year-old midfielder in a near future.

Anyway, the Spaniar has been told to be focused on performances for his current side despite Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on him.

Karanka is quoted to have said: “If a team like Chelsea is following Adama, it’s because his progression has been brilliant in six months and he’s doing well,”

“But he’s young and the main thing he has to do is to keep going in the same way because football changes a lot”.

“Maybe he is in a big moment, but with Patrick here now, with other players already, maybe in two or three months, he will not be playing and Chelsea disappears and everybody disappears.”

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane is currently playing with Senegal at Africa Cup of Nations and is set to face the last-eight tie on 28th January, just 3 days before the clash against Chelsea at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won’t count on the 24 year-old in their match against Antonio Conte, who is still 7 points clear of Reds and Spurs in the Premier League table.

Chelsea lost against Liverpool in Premier League Matchday 5 this season, when Henderson and Lovren secured a 2-1 away win.

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Chelsea loanee Baba Abdul-Rahman suffered a knee injury playing with Ghana at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

An official statement from Ghana Football Association read: “The defender will travel to Germany today to undergo further tests and possible surgery over a knee injury”.

Baba is currently playing on loan at German side Schalke 04, where he picked up 21 appearances in six months.

Ghana medical team claimed: “Baba suffered a rupture of the meniscus and a particular tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with fluid collection in the left knee.”

Baba Rahman Ghana

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Chelsea and Everton are still interested in Atalanta youngster Franck Kessie, according to Goal.com.

It has been reported that Antonio Conte‘s side have a £22m bid rejected by the Italian side, while Ronald Koeman wants him to strengthen the midfield.

Anyway, still no agreement on price has been reached, with Atalanta reportedly asking around £30m for the Ivory Coast star.

Also Manchester United are keeping tabs on Kessie, but Chelsea are said to be leading the race following the departure of John Mikel Obi, who joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA last week.


Antonio Conte praised Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas following his great performances this season. Conte said: "He showed a great professional attitude and I'm pleased to have these...