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Chelsea have today unveiled Maurizio Sarri as their new boss with a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager told journalists: “Clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager and club wants to do. We will have to see where the transfer market goes.

I am more of a field manager, a pitch manager than a general manager. I think I am one of the few managers bored by the transfermarket. I don’t want to talk about it, I am keen to growing the players we have”.

About Chelsea targets in the transfer market, Sarri added: “I cannot give you the names, because I don’t know. I spoke with the club and ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre-halves for a certain type of play. At the end of the transfers I will understand which type of game is the most suitable”.

“I cannot change 20 players, I must adapt and then I will see if we change some thing in my game because of their characteristics”.

About English players currently under contract at Chelsea: “Well, a number of English players is imposed so there will be some. I don’t want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality.

Cahill can still give us a lot. In keeping the English players, something must be left. Juventus had the most Italians and it led to good results. We should respect a very long tradition”.

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Real Madrid are set to place massive bid to land both Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to Santiago Bernabeu, according to several reports from England, Italy and Spain.

The Belgian duo, who’s currently on vacation following their 3rd place at the World Cup in Russia, are reportedly keen on a move to La Liga giants.

Courtois recently said:  “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go. We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between. Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”

Moreover, Gianluca Spinelli has joined Paris Saint-Germain and this means the Belgian star will have former Napoli’s Massimo Nenci as goalkeeper coach if he remains at Stamford Bridge.

Also Hazard gave an important update on his potential exit from the club as he told Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. 

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

 “We all know that I have always felt good at Chelsea, so…. I have been linked with all the big clubs in the past. Barcelona? Next week it will be Bayern. No I’m joking. You all know what my preferred destination is”.

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Mason Mount will be spending the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Derby County and will be managed by former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard alongside with former Blues’ Youth Team coach Jody Morris.

The 19-year-old, who spent last season on loan in Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, told Derby County’s official website: “Being at Chelsea and playing in midfield, I’ve looked up to Frank Lampard throughout my life and career.

“He’s been a big role model for me and I’ve worked with Jody before, he was a great player so I have a great relationship with them both and I’m looking forward to working with them. It was a big pull, but the club overall is a massive pull. The fans, there is always a massive following at every game”. 

“The club is huge and I want to take them into the Premier League, that’s where they belong. It’s a lovely training ground and I played at the stadium a couple of years ago for Chelsea, so it’s a great set-up.”

He’s been also interviewed on Chelsea’s official website and wrote on Instagram: “Very excited to start a new chapter in my career, to join such a big club with great fans and history”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has today joined Championship side Leeds United on a season-long loan, both clubs have confirmed via their official websites.

The 24-year-old, who spent last season at Sheffield United, will spend a second loan spell in the Yorkshire.

Blackman kept 9 clean sheets last term picking up 33 appearances with his former club.

He told Leeds United’s official website: “I’m looking forward to starting this new season it’s going to be a really good season. I’ve been speaking with the manager and the staff, then coming up from Chelsea looked a good step for me to be in the right direction.

Obviously I have to try to push as much as possible to be close to the first team. Leeds are such a big club where to show what you can do on the bigger stages”.

Blackman joins Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker at Elland Road ahead of 2018/19 campaign.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge last season after joining the Blues from AS Monaco on a £35m move in July.

The Frenchman, who wished Antonio Conte “the best for future projects” following his recent sacking from the managerial role at Chelsea, also spoke to the club’s official website about the upcoming World Cup final and his recovery from knee injury.

Bakayoko said: “During the summer I worked a lot because last season I didn’t have a pre-season, and I feel good for preparing for this season”.

“I don’t have pain in my knee, I am feeling very fit, and I hope to keep going like this and do a better season than the last one”.

He added: “I am happy to be here, to be in the best club for me in the world.”

Sevilla have reportedly targeted Tiemoue Bakayoko as a potential replacement if Steven N’Zonzi joins Barcelona on a permanent move.

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Also Thibaut Courtois spoke following Belgium’s 2-0 win to England in their last game at World Cup 2018.

The goalkeeper, when asked if a departure from Chelsea is likely, told Het Laatste Nieuws: “Now I’m going to talk to my agent to see what the possibilities are. All options are open for me. I may also stay at Chelsea,”

“People always complain that players don’t comply with their contracts, but maybe they do.

“I don’t think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I don’t sign [a new contract]. But maybe [staying] is possible, because I like it in London.”

Eden Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, where Courtois’ children still live.

He added: “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along, we will not let each other go. We’ll see.”

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has confirmed everyone at the club is confident Maurizio Sarri will bring “his football philosophy” at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

Granovskaia told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea,

“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal”.

She added: “He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League”.

Chelsea have also completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli on a £50m move today.

“We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea” said Marina Granovskaia.

“He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad. He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge”.

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Jorginho from Serie A side SSC Napoli, the club have just  confirmed  via their official website.

The Italian midfielder joins the club on a five-year deal on a move in the region of £50m plus add-ons.

An official statement reads: “Jorginho has followed Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea and in doing so becomes our first signing of the summer. He has signed a five-year contract and will wear the no.5 shirt”.

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Defender Cesar Azpiliceuta, who also wore the the Blues’ armband in the last two years at Stamford Bridge, bid a heartfelt farewell to Antonio Conte a few minutes ago.

Chelsea have officially parted company with the Italian manager earlier this morning.

The Spaniard wrote on his official account: “Thank you mister for the trophies we have won together and your confidence in the last 2 seasons. I wish you all the best in the future. Grazie Antonio”. 

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Barcelona are confident they can sign both Willian and N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.

It is understood the La Liga champions have placed a second and improved £53m bid for the Brazilian star as Chelsea rejected their previous one.

And Gianluca Di Marzio reported tonight that Barcelona would be interested in signing also N’Golo Kante, who will face Croatia at the World Cup final next Sunday.

With Jorginho set to become a new Chelsea player, the France international could leave Stamford Bridge if a massive offer is placed by the Spanish giants.

 

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