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Good news for Chelsea players in Belgium‘s World Cup debut and 3-0 win vs Panama

Eden Hazard provided an assist for Romelu Lukaku 3-0 goal in the second half.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spent a quiet afternoon as he had to make just two saves both during the second half: one on a shot by Murillo and the second after an Escobar‘s free-kick from just outside the box.

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Belgium played the last friendly game ahead of the World Cup in Russia on Monday night. Also Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi was among the goalscorers in Red Devils‘ 4-1 win over Costa Rica.

Eden Hazard limped off the pitch lately in the second half following a “knock on his leg”, as head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed yesterday.

He said: “There’s nothing to worry about. He’s very strong, he just had a dead leg towards the end of the match.”

“I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.”

Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois started in goal while Eden Hazard played alongside Dries Mertens supporting Romelu Lukaku in the attacking third.

 

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According to various reports both in Italy and in England, Ac Milan are preparing a swap deal with Chelsea: the Italian side will offer the Blues goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, as the London club this summer could lose Thibaut Courtois.

On the other hand, Ac Milan will sign striker Alvaro Morata who is keen to go back to Italy and play again in the Serie A after his two seasons with Juventus.

Obviously talks between the two clubs will begin only if Ac Milan won’t be excluded from the next Europa League.

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Chelsea have joined Real Madrid in the race to land Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, according to SkySport in Italy.

It is understood the La Liga giants are also keen on Blues’ keeper Thibaut Courtois, and Alisson would become Chelsea’s main target should the Belgian star leave Stamford Bridge.

However, AS Roma are reluctant to sell the Brazilian star, who’s going to face the World Cup in Russia alongside with Chelsea winger Willian.

SkySport in Italy understand the Giallorossi put a £87m price-tag on the highly-rated 25-year-old.

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Thibaut Courtois has confirmed the uncertainty over his future at Chelsea won’t divert his attention as he’s focused only on representing Belgium National Team at the World Cup in Russia.

The goalkeeper, when asked whether he will stay at Stamford Bridge next season amid speculations over a potential exit to join Liverpool, told SkySports: “I think I proved at Chelsea the last two months that I don’t care about speculation,”

Courtois added: “I said what had to be said on that terms. I’m now focused on the World Cup. I think my performances proved that.”

It is understood Real Madrid are also adamant that Thibaut Courtois will consider a move to Spain following his successful spell at Atletico Madrid as Chelsea loanee.

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Italian outlet Gianluca Di Marzio.com has dropped the transfer market bomb tonight: Thibaut Courtois’ exit from Chelsea is certain and Liverpool have turned their sights on signing him.

The Belgium international is determined to leave Stamford Bridge this summer in search of a new challenge.

Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League with a fifth-place finish in the Premier League and the club have also failed in efforts to sign Courtois up to a new long-term deal.

The 26-year-old’s current contract runs out next summer ( 2019) and the Belgian keeper has refused every offer the Blues has made him to extend his contract.

Courtois is set to leave this summer, and will have the choice whether to stay in England or join Real Madrid.

The Champions of Europe and Liverpool are the top contenders for his signature, but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea would sell to a direct rival.

Chelsea may be persuaded to part ways with Courtois as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, rather than lose him on a free transfer next summer.

 

 

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Three Chelsea players make Belgium 28-men-provisional squad for Russia 2018 World Cup: Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi are among the players called by coach Roberto Martinez before travelling to Eastern Europe, five of these will be withdrawn on 04/06, when the list will be reduced to 23 players.

Surprisingly Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan was ruled out of the list, officially for tactical reasons.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Matz Sels (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (LAFC), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)

 

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Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup was a well deserved for Chelsea players after a weird season with may up and downs.

The Belgian keeper also reveals that the dressing room stick with Antonio Conte, but also stressed that the responsibility to decide on the manager’s future belongs to the club.

“I believe it was a very hard game, I made a couple of good saves,” Courtois said after Chelsea secured their 8th FA Cup today.

“It was a season with many up and downs so we are happy for this achievement.

“Conte won a title and a FA Cup in two years, he did what the club wanted.

“We get along with him and it’s the club that have to take a decision about his future, but we have no problems with him.”

 

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Chelsea have won their 8th FA Cup with 1-0 win over Manchester United thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half.

A very tight game, tactically well-played by both teams were also Thibaut Courtois was among the protagonists, with at least 3 crucial saves that denied the equaliser for the Red Devils, especially on Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

The penalty chance came from a master-class pass by Cesc Fabregas to Eden Hazard, who went beyond Phil Jones with a speedup of his: the England international tried to stop before he kicked the ball in the goal but he ended up committing a clear penalty foul.

The Belgian scored with a perfect shot and this, eventually, was the goal who gave Chelsea the cup.

 

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On Saturday, Chelsea will face Manchester United in the Fa Cup final at Wembley and the Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois knows very well Jose Mourinho will study something special to beat his former team and lift the trophy.

He always has surprises in the games he has played against us,” Courtois told the London Evening Standard. He has different systems to play. Sometimes he played three at the back, sometimes four. He will always find something. I think it’ll be a good game, lots of familiar faces on both sides. I hope it’ll be a good game with Chelsea as the winner. We can know a little bit how he set up in the last two years against us, but that’s it.”

Chelsea gained just one point in their two last Premier League games, but Courtois thinks these results are not having a negative effect on the Blues’ confidence: “The confidence is all right,” the Belgian goalkeeper added. “It was not a good performance from us. But we’ve showed we can bounce back the game after. This is a different cup, different to the Premier League and we just have to go for it. That’s most important. After a season of ups and downs, we can finish on an up.”

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