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During today’s press conference to preview the game against West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte was asked if he regretted letting Michy Batshuayi go on loan to Borussia Dortmund in light of the revelation that Alvaro Morata’s back injury could be a long-term one.

The Italian boss took a moment to compose himself before sinking his face into his despairing hands then replied:

 

“Now the transfer market has finished,” said Conte, upon regaining his composure

“We took the decision and now this is not important to say, we could do this or the other. Now we have to finish the season in the best possible way.”

 

 

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois reveals he’s got a permanent bond with Spain and Madrid and he will be back in the Spanish capital one day.

Transfer market rumours have been linking him to Real Madrid in the past couple of years and the Belgian player fostered them claiming he will be back in the city where he lived three years with Atletico one day:

“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” the stopper said to Sport/Foot Magazine (H/T the Evening Standard).

My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.

“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.

I understand that the rumors are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”Courtois also revealed that renewal talks are heading in a positive direction, also noting that the Blues’ intention to renew compatriot Eden Hazard‘s deal is a huge factor.

“We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January,” he added.

“There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive.

“Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me.”

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Pictures of first day of today’s training for Chelsea new signings Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri have emerged.

The two new Blues players trained today at Cobham for the first time at the orders of Antonio Conte in the dat after the humiliating defeat suffered by Chelsea against Bournemouth last night.

Here are some snaps of Giroud and Emerson first training session with their new team-mates:

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Esultanza dopo il gol di Edin Dzeko Roma. Goal celebration. Roma 07-02-2017 Stadio Olimpico Campionato Serie A, AS Roma - Fiorentina

AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko confirmed that he held talks with Chelsea but he feels at home in the Italian capital and did not want to move:

“It is true that negotiations have been conducted and that is all I can say about this topic,” he told Klix.

“There was a lot of speculation, falsehoods and even a few ridiculous stories, and I’m really flattered by Chelsea‘s interest, a club that I respect and admire very much.

“So many stories have been told about my departure from Rome over the past few weeks, but I am still here. After all, I am happy to stay because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.

“From the very first day I was accepted in Rome in an unreal way and I can never and will not forget it, and I have had some of the happiest moments in my life in this city.

“For the first time I felt the joy of fatherhood here when my daughter Una was born, and my son Dani was born in Rome. This city is now part of my life and it will always be.”

The Bosnian striker was part of the deal that brought Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge: apparently, the two club agreed a £ 50m fee for both players, but then Dzeko failed to agree personal terms with Chelsea and the deal was called off, with the only Emerson moving to the London side.

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Judging from some pictures, leaked over the web by agent John Erriot, Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea is a done deal: the Brazilian wing-back posed for a photo with his agent Federico Pastorello, Blues director Marina Granovskaia and other people from his entourage after he put pen on paper at Stamford Bridge offices.

Chelsea are expected to confirm the deal in hours.

 


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Chelsea attacker Nathan has joined Portuguese side Belenenses until the end of this season.

The Brazilian forward 21, spent the first half of this campaign on loan at Amiens in Ligue 1 and has now moved to the Primeira Liga side.

Nathan, who signed for Chelsea from Atletico Paranaense in summer 2015, spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and helped the team win the Dutch Cup, the first major trophy of their history.

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Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman has returned to Schalke 04 on loan after recovering from a knee injury.

An official statement on the Blues website read:

Baba Rahman has today joined Schalke on loan until the end of the 2018/19 season.

The Ghanaian defender, 23, re-joins the Bundesliga side, where he spent the first half of last season before sustaining a knee injury during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Baba signed for Chelsea from another German side, Augsburg, in the summer of 2015 and made 23 appearances during his maiden season at Stamford Bridge.

Schalke are currently third in the Bundesliga.

 

The Ghana international made 21 appearances on loan at Schalke in the 2016-17 season before his campaign was cut short by a cruciate ligament injury while in action for his country at the African Nations Cup last January.

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda has joined Celtic on an 18-month loan deal, the clubs have announced.

Musonda, 21, stayed at Stamford Bridge in an attempt to break into the first team rather than leaving on loan last summer, and signed a new deal until December 2022.

But he has since made just 7 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, only 2 of which were starts.

Chelsea believe that working under former Blues academy coach Brendan Rodgers could kickstart Musonda’s senior career in football.

Celtic published an official statement that read:

“The Belgian Under-21 internationalist has been a much sought-after player in this transfer window, with many of Europe’s top clubs keen to take him on loan,” a Celtic club statement said of the move.

“However, both the player and his parent club believe that his football development will be best served at Celtic Park under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.”

 

 

 

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AS Roma are keen to keep Edin Dzeko after the striker has rejected the deal Chelsea have offered to him.

The Blues tried to propose a 1 year contract with the option to new it for another year to respect their policy about giving only 1 year deals to over 30 but the Bosnian striker ( who will be 32 in March) rejected it and demanded a 2 year contract plus an option for another year to the Stamford Bridge side.

Roma and Chelsea have already agreed a £ 26m fee for the transfer but now the deal is hold until the former Manchester City forward and Roman Abramovich club won’t agree personal terms.

According to ChelseaNews24 sources, Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco is getting nervous for the prolonging negotiation and is not keen to let him go anymore, also because the Giallorossi are now short of time to look for a replacement and are still in the race for a Champions League spot. So the deal is about to be called off soon.

In the last game against Sampdoria – that had been in hand since last September – Dzeko scored the equaliser at 94′, showing again his importance for Roma.

Furthermore, the Bosnian striker and his wife recently bought a house in Rome – having planned to live in the Italian capital for several years- and are not really keen to leave the Eternal City in this moment.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed three players are not in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle:

“Morata, Willian, Courtois are out,” the Italian said.”

When questioned on their recovery time, he claimed:

“I don’t know because it’s very difficult to tell today how many days they need to come back.

Morata has got this problem in his back, Courtois received a kick in his ankle, Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his form.

Willian is out and he will have a scan today to value the extent of his injury.”

During this afternoon pre-match press conference Conte was also questioned about this winter transfer window, that is about to close but, again, he told he has nothing to do with signings, giving all the responsibility to the club:

“As you know very well the club will inform you if there are any news, as I repeated before and I say every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players, to continue to work with some players, my opinion and my mind doesn’t change after only three days.

“I am repeating always the same thing, I am the coach, my task is to try to do the best for this club and to try to improve my players.”

As I said before, for the transfer market there is the club, I don’t speak about this, if there are news they will inform you

When asked if he will be at Chelsea next summer, Conte replied:

Nothing has changed since last summer, I am happy to for with my players and to work for this club, I am happy to try to put everything, all myself, for this job every day.

“I think every competition is important, in Carabao Cup we tried to go until the final, we reached the semifinal and then we lost against Arsenal. Now there is this other competition, FA Cup, we will try to go to next round but as you know very well this competition is very difficult and our opponent have the same idea.”

Conte was also asked about what changed respect to last season with games played every three days in this one:

“I think the players are happy because they want to play every game and this kind of situation is more difficult for the coach, not for the players, because they love to play and don’t have training sessions.”

Ross Barkley made his debut with Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last Wednesday and the manager revealed he is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata’s injury, we don’t have other options.”

 

 

 

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