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Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte signs new two-years extension

Image result for Antonio ConteUp Blues! Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has just signed a two-year contract extension . The new development will see him stay at Stamford Bridge till 2021.

Speaking to Chelsea FC’s official website about his new contract, Conte said: “‘I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top. The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”

Last season, Conte took the Blues from tenth in the Premier League to the peak and to their fifth league title under Roman Abramovich .

Roma defender Rudiger completes £34m Chelsea move

The centre-back had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last year and the Blues reignited their interest this summer, agreeing a fee with the Serie A side last week.

He has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions, and will wear the No.2 shirt that was vacated by Branislav Ivanovic following his sale to Zenit in January.

Rudiger spent two seasons at Roma after joining from Stuttgart, and made 26 Serie A appearances in 2016-17 as they finished second to Juventus, and he has now signed a five-year deal at the Blues.

He had been contracted to Roma until 2020, but has opted for a switch to the Premier League, becoming the Blues’s second summer signing following the arrival of goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

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“It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this,” he told the club’s official website.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.”

The 24-year-old adds to Antonio Conte’s defensive options after the departure of John Terry, now with Aston Villa, and Nathan Ake, sold to Bournemouth for £20m.

Reasons Chelsea sacked Diego Costa revealed

Diego Costa HDLots of reasons have surfaced after Chelsea sacked their top striker, Diego Costa.

The Spain striker says that his career at Stamford Bridge is over but why would Chelsea get rid of their top scorer?

Diego Costa dropped a bombshell after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday by revealing that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had sent him a message to say that he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old has been Chelsea’s top scorer for three consecutive seasons but he hasn’t always been happy in west London and hasn’t adapted well to life in England’s capital city.

Despite Costa’s unhappiness, those around the club had hoped he would eventually settle in England but it has become increasingly clear in recent months that this was never going to happen.

The Blues hierarchy have been planning to offload Costa for a long time, with both Conte and owner Roman Abramovich in agreement that the striker needs to be sold.

They have long since lost patience in him and it appears that the club are happy to distance themselves from a key player. With each day that has passed in 2017, Costa has become more unhappy and his behaviour more erratic.

From a purely footballing sense, Conte adores Costa’s work-rate on the field. Costa’s goals were worth more points for Chelsea than any other player’s in the Premier League last season but Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have been lined up for a long time to come in as his replacement.

The plans were put in place for Costa’s exit towards the end of January as Costa was dropped following a row with Conte and his fitness coach. This row took place after an offer was received from China to make the forward the second highest paid player in the world.

Chelsea do not have a buyer yet for Costa despite interest in his services in previous months. Atletico Madrid tried to re-sign him last summer and again ahead of the upcoming window but a transfer ban has delayed any business until at least January 2018.

Four clubs in China wanted Costa and Tianjin Quanjian made a formal offer for the Spain international, only for it to be rejected by Chelsea in January. This led to a falling out between Conte and Costa but the pair put their differences temporarily aside to secure the Premier League title.
Tianjin wanted to return with a new bid this summer but the Chinese authorities imposed a 100% tax on the club’s transfer business, leading to them cooling their interest as a move would have cost over £150 million.

Costa is in limbo and calling for clubs to come in for him. At this stage a stay at Chelsea is possible in the absence of a solid buyer but AC Milan are the newest team to register their interest.

Football: Conte, Pochettino, Pulis Nominated For EPL Best Manager Award

Image result for Antonio ConteChelsea boss Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are among a list of six nominees for the Premier League Manager of the Season award.

 The shortlist  which was released on Monday by the Premier Leafue, has four surprise names Swansea City boss Paul Clement, Tony Pulis of West Brom, Eddie Howe of Bournemouth and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.

Notable managers like Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool were however omitted from the list. Conte’s inclusion did not come as a surprise after guiding Chelsea to their second Premier League title in three seasons. He will be leading his side out in the FA Cup final againt Arenal in Wembley on May 27.

Pochettino has had an outstanding season with Spurs after guaranteeing a second place finish in the league and a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Aside from doing well in the league, Pochettino led Spurs to the semi-final of this season’s FA Cup.

The quartet of Clement, Pulis, Dyche and Howe were instrumental in making sure their teams maintain their EPL status.Related image

Trending: Victor Moses wins First EPL title with Chelsea

Image result for Victor MosesLots of Nigerians have been congratulating Victor Moses of Super Eagles as his club in England, Chelsea FC crowned champions of 2016/2017 English Premier League after edging West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in a hard-fought game at the Hawthorns on Friday.

Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi was the hero for Chelsea as he pounced on Cesar Azpilicuerta’s ball across goal to give Chelsea the win.

Super Eagles forward Victor Moses was in action for Chelsea and went close on several occasions to give Chelsea the lead before going off for Kurt Zouma late in the game.

The game was Moses’ 33rd league appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring three goals. It’s the Nigeria star’s first Premier League title.

This is Chelsea’s sixth league title (1955, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2015) and their fifth in the Premier League era.

It is also their second EPL title in the last three seasons.

The win took Chelsea to 87 points with two games to play.

However, Luiz who has been a revelation for Chelsea this season since he returned for a second spell at Stamford Bridge told the Daily Mail in an interview on Friday that Nigerian international Moses has been brilliant in his new position.

Moses has scored three goals as a wing-back this season.

“It’s like football, I know things a bit more now,” Luiz told the Daily Mail.
“I think in a different way. I love our system. It has helped so many players. But, don’t forget, we had also lost games.

“If the manager had started the season playing Victor Moses at right wing-back, everyone would have said, “He’s crazy — go back to Italy.” But with the right circumstances, he’s had an amazing season.

“Everyone thought he was crazy when I came back, too. But I know my role. Cover everybody, cover the space. It is not the best position for me with the ball. Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta touch the ball more than me, because all the strikers stay with me.”


Football: What Chelsea Manager, Conte said about Victor Moses’s versatility

Image result for victor mosesChelsea’s boss is delighted with the performance of Nigeria international as a wing-back “I realised it quickly, that Victor could stay with us. I remember during pre-season, when we stayed in America, I spoke with him and told him: ‘Victor, you will stay with us. I’m happy to have this type of player. But I saw his potential quickly. I knew of him, but to see him live is very important to judge a player. I repeat: he deserved to stay with us this season, and also now he’s deserving to play in the lineup. “For Victor, he was very, very happy when he listened to my words. To tell me: ‘I’m ready to stay here and fight for you, for the club. I need to have my chance and show I deserve to play with this team, with Chelsea. It happened, this, and we are very happy about . If you ask me if I imagined him in this new position, not before. No. Not before [we tried him out in the role]. “We started 4-2-4 and I always saw him as a winger, very good in one versus one, but a bit poor defensively. Then, when I decided to change the system, I wanted to try him in this new role and to work with him on defensive situations. “He showed me great commitment to understand, to study the new role, above all in defensive situations. Now we have a complete player, offensively and defensively. I saw in the past that Victor had injuries in the season. Different times. When that happens, and a player is injured, it’s not easy to have a correct evaluation of and defensively. I saw in the past that Victor had injuries in the season. Different times. When that happens, and a player is injured, it’s not easy to have a correct evaluation of tand defensively. I saw in the past that Victor had injuries in the season. Different times. When that happens, and a player is injured, it’s not easy to have a correct evaluation of the player. But this season, I think we are good and also we have been lucky to prepare him in a good way. He’s always available, up to now.”Image result for conte

EPL: Jose Mourinho attacks chelsea coach, Antonio Conte

  'To be good in counter attack is suddenly art' - Mourinho in sly dig at Conte plaudits The Manchester United manager claims he used to face criticism for being ‘ruthless’, but is now seeing Chelsea hailed for taking the same approach

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly aimed a dig at Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, suggesting that the Italian is earning praise for an approach he used to be criticised for.

The Red Devils boss forged a reputation for being “ruthless” in his approach, with his sides at Stamford Bridge, Inter Milan and Real Madrid famed for their defensive strength. He was happy for his teams to operate on the counter-attack and accumulate positive results and trophies by any means necessary.


His methods were not always well received, however, and the Portuguese has altered his ways since arriving at Old Trafford, having been made aware of the expectation at United to play attractive football.


While doing so, Mourinho has seen his permanent successor at Chelsea earn plenty of plaudits for tightening up the Blues at the back and making them a threat on the break.

Clearly frustrated, Mourinho said of the change of mentality in English football: “My team is playing very well but for many, many years in my career, especially in this country, when my teams were ruthless and phenomenal defensively, and very good in the counter attack, I listen week after week that it was not enough in spite of winning the title three times.


“It looks like this season to be phenomenal defensively and good in counter attack is art, so it was a big change in England.

“But my Manchester United, I don’t want to change the profile of our play, this is the way the fans want us to play, this is the way the club wants us to play.


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