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Chelsea youngster Jeremie Boga has put the pen to paper on a new three-year contract with the Blues before joining Championship side Birmingham City on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old, who made his Chelsea debut against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, will play under manager Harry Redknapp for the rest of the 2017/18 season.

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“We all want Diego Costa to come, but the situation is complicated,” Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke told Spanish outlet Cadena Ser when asked whether the striker will join the La Liga side this summer.

Then Koke added: “If Diego comes, he will help us and he already knows a lot of us at the club so for us it would be very exciting”.

It is understood the Spain international wants a move to Atletico Madrid, as he seemed reluctant to sign for any other side which showed interest in him earlier this summer. And Everton are one of the teams among the 28-year-old.

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Championship side Birmingham City are closing in on a loan move for Chelsea attacking-midfielder Jeremie Boga, according to exclusive reports in The Mirror.

Manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen to strengthen his squad by signing the Ivory Coast international on a season-long loan.

Boga, who made his Chelsea debut against Burnley in the fist game of Premier League 2017/18 campaign, spent last season on loan at La Liga outfit Granada picking-up 28 appearances.

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Chelsea defensive midfielder Andreas Christensen is not considering to leave the club on loan as he wants to break into Antonio Conte‘s first-squad this season.

“I’ve heard people from the outside say that I went out on loan as a kid and I’ve returned as a first-team player, and I think that was the main objective – Christensen said – I’ve come back a little bit stronger in everything, both in terms of personality and the way I play”.

The Italian manager has confirmed he rates the Denmark international a good player, who’s adapting well to his idea of football.

“I think I’m a little bit cleverer because I always think about what could happen next on the pitch, what could go wrong. I’ve come back a bit wiser and more experienced”.

“I didn’t want to only go out on one loan at one club, and then to another club, and then another. I wanted to be able to stabilise myself in one place and then come back ready.

Christensen spent last two seasons with Borussia Monchengladbach in Bundesliga: “I’ve played two seasons in the Champions League and I’ve played against the greatest strikers in the game. Of course, that gives you much more confidence”.

“You leave as a kid and you come back knowing you can play with the big names” he ended.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he had a phone call with Belgium head-coach Roberto Martinez to discuss Eden Hazard‘s call-up with the national team.

The Italian manager said after Everton clash: “I had a conversation with Roberto Martinez yesterday and I think now it could be positive for Eden to go with the national team and have the training sessions, and then maybe to have the possibility to play a part of the game with Gibraltar”.

“I told Roberto if I can help him I am ready to do this – Conte added – In my past I was a coach of a national team and I know very well that this task is not easy but also for Eden, I talked with him and he is happy to go”.

Conte admitted he spoke also with Hazard himself: “He is the Belgium captain and the most important thing is to continue to work and improve and then after the international break, to have the possibility to have him on the bench and to start to think of him as a new player for Chelsea this season.’

 

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“My message for the fans is always the same: I am totally committed to the club and to improve my players and my team”. This his how Chelsea manager Antonio Conte responded to questions regarding his future at Stamford Bridge, following recent speculations about a possible departure.

Conte said: “I am a coach, not a manager and the best of my work is on the pitch. For sure when you want to strengthen your squad, you have to give your opinion by speaking to your club”.

“Then the club go to the transfer market to try to solve the situation and to help us. Sometimes it is possible and sometimes it is not possible. I must be focused on the pitch and to continue to work with my players.’

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is very satisfied after his side’s win over Everton today at Stamford Bridge.

We must be pleased because we played a very good game and the players perform very well”. – Conte told Sky Sports “I think we dominate the game”. 

However, the Italian manager recognised there are also things to improve for his team:”If I have to see only one negative aspect – Conte went on  I think we must be more cinical to close definitely the game when we have the opportunity”

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Nice goal from Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who scored the second goal at Stamford Bridge today: “The Premier League is different from Spain or Italy, I have to adapt to life, culture and a new language but I am already settled in London. I finally have an apartment with my wife”.

About Chelsea’s Premier League season so far, the Spaniard adds: “We have beaten Tottenham at Wembley and now Everton at home, there is no problem with our manager: [Antonio] Conte is always Conte, he wants the best and is pushing us to give the best on the pitch”. 

 

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Chelsea beat Everton at Stamford Bridge and get their first home win of the season, following the 2-3 defeat against Burnley.

Antonio Conte‘s men controlled the game, while the Toffees struggled to create chances in a tough first half. In the second period Chelsea conceded some chances but Everton couldn’t find the net.

A comfortable Sunday for the Blues, who are now 5th on the league table with 6 points in 3 games.

THE GOALS – Cesc Fabregas and Willian linked up from a free-kick before Morata assisted his teammate, who broke the deadlock with his right foot into Pickford’s bottom right corner after 26′.

Then Alvaro Morata himself raised the score with a brilliant header: the ex-Real Madrid striker reached a brilliant cross from Azpilicueta, raising and scoring from a close range.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Rudiger; Moses (Christensen 89), Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata (Batshuayi 78), Pedro (Bakayoko 75).
Unused subs Caballero, Tomori, Kenedy, Musonda.
Scorers Fabregas 27, Morata 40
Booked Moses 76, Azpilicueta 88

Everton (3-5-1-1): Pickford, Keane, Williams, Jagielka (c) (Lennon 83), Holgate, Sigurdsson, Davies (Besic h/t), Gueye, Baines, Rooney, Sandro (Calvert-Lewin 62).
Unused subs Stekelenburg, Martina, Kenny, Lookman.
Booked Gueye 9, Rooney 71

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 41,382

 

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Chelsea are leading the game against Everton at halftime, with goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata.

The Spaniard and Willian linked up from a free-kick before Morata assisted his teammate, who broke the deadlock with his right foot into Pickford’s bottom right corner after 26′. Then Morata himself raised the score exploiting a great cross from Azpilicueta and putting the ball under defender Keane with a brilliant header.

Antonio Conte‘s men are easily controlling the game as Everton struggled to create chances to score.

 

 

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