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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on Virgil van Dijk‘s future at Southampton, speaking after his side’s home win against the Saints at Stamford Bridge.

While Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino admitted he “can’t control the market”, the Italian boss when asked whether the Dutchman could join Chelsea in the January transfer marked or stay at Saint Mary’s responded: “I don’t like to talk about other players. It’s a lack of respect for my players and other team. He is a really good player, I wish him the best”.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been previously linked with a move for van Dijk, who asked to leave the club but was forced to stay at the club, despite several clubs were reportedly set to place audacious bids in order to secure the 26-year-old.

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Manchester City got another crucial win in their race for the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola‘s men have beaten Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Stering’s brace in the last 10′ of the game.

The Citizens are currently fourteen points clear at the top of Premier League table, despite Manchester United still have one game in hand (against West Brom, kick-off time 2.15PM BST).

And Chelsea are level on points with the Red Devils so far, after their 1-0 home win over Southampton. On the other hand, Tottenham remain 7th in the standings with 31 points-

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Southampton head coach Mauricio Pellegrino was the first manager who spoke after the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“It was difficult game, we were unlucky to concede. – he claimed – We were really close to equalising through [Charlie] Austin twice and [Manolo] Gabbiandini”.

When asked whether the rotation of players could have played a key role in the clash against the Premier League champions or not, Pellegrino added: “We have played three games in six days, it’s hard to recover. Most of the squad showed they can compete”.

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Chelsea are currently level on points with second-placed Manchester United, ahead of the Red Devil‘s clash at West Brom tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues found the opener with a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso just before the halftime whistle, then failed to raise up the score despite several chances were missed in the second period. It remains 1-0 after 90 minutes: Chelsea won another crucial game, Antonio Conte earns three points in a really tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso’s free kick gives Chelsea their 8th win in 10 Premier League games so far.

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Chelsea are 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso, whose free-kick gave the lead just a few moments before the halftime whistle. The Spaniard delivered the ball past Forster with a curled left-footed shot around the wall into the bottom left-hand corner.

Pedro hit the post earlier in the first period, also N’Golo Kanté went close to scoring in a tough first half for the Premier League champions, as Southampton‘s resilience made things harder for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Cedric Soares limped off the pitch following an injury and Yoshida was booked by referee Roger East.

 

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Michy Batshuayi is considering a loan move when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The Belgian striker, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33m move in 2016, is said to be keen to get more game time as he wants to be selected in the squad which will travel to Russia next summer for the World Cup 2018.

Antonio Conte constantly praised the forward, but the 24-year-old has started just six games in the current campaign so far. Batshuayi also missed some Premier League games following a foot injury.

Chelsea could consider to offer him as a part of the deal in a bid to land AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar next January.

 

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Recently-appointed manager Sam Allardyce, who’s leading Everton out of the relegation zone following a really late start to the season, gave his own thoughts over Ross Barkley‘s future at the club.

It is understood the England international midfielder was on the verge of moving to Chelsea on Deadline Day, then he decided to stay at Goodison Park. Also Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on the 24-year-old.

“I haven’t had the opportunity yet to find out the true, or the whole scenario and say, ‘Where does it lie?’ and then make a decision one way or the other” Sam Allardyce said, speaking after his side’s away victory at Newcastle.

“I’m not in control of that in too many ways. If someone comes in during January and says ‘Here you go’ and the club say, ‘Look, if he’s not going to sign for us, this has to be the case’ then I accept that.”

He also opened to a January move for the midfielder: “If Ross stays, and stays until the end of the season, and I feel he is giving 100 per cent to the team, like he has done since he was a kid, then he is an available asset until he leaves on a free transfer. I would hate that to happen, but it might do.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante believes new teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko ‘is having a good time now’ at Stamford Bridge since joining the Blues in the summer.

Speaking about the Frenchman, who scored the opener in Chelsea’s away win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, Kante told Standard Sport: “He is a professional, but if he needs advice I can give it to him”.

“But it is the same at every club – try to work in training, to understand what the coach wants and give your best in the game. It is the same everywhere.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, speaking after the last win over Huddersfield Town, believes against Southampton “will be a tough game” next Saturday.

The Belgian star added: “Southampton drew against Arsenal and it’s always difficult against them home or away, we have to be careful because these are the games we have to win if we want to stay near the top and try to close the gap on Man City. Obviously we are far away but we want to keep on pushing and if we can’t catch them we want to finish second”.

“It was very good that we showed from the start we wanted to win against Huddersfield and that’s the mentality we need in every game”.

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Chelsea are plotting a move to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool when the transfer market window reopens in January, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The 28-year-old striker, who left Stamford Bridge in 2013 due to a lack of playing time, could reportedly accept a move back to the current Premier League champions as Alvaro Morata‘s replacement.

The Daily Mail suggests there are also other names are on Antonio Conte‘s wishlist, such as Torino striker Andrea Belotti, Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke.

It is understood Borussia Dortmund have offered unsettled star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as we reported earlier that the Blues’ sent scouts to watch impressive Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye.

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