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Lukaku confirms United exit, Man U ask £80m

Romelu Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan this summer. The rumours have intensified ever since Antonio Conte took over at the Serie A side.

The Belgian himself has now opened up on his future, quoted by Sportmediaset:

“It’s good to see Conte joined Inter, for me, he is the best manager in the world.

“I’ve already made a decision about the future but I can’t reveal it because I have a contract with Manchester United and because I respect the club.”

Meanwhile, according to highly reliable Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, United have rejected Inter Milan’s offer of Mauro Icardi for Lukaku swap deal.

The Red Devils are supposedly not interested in the Argentine striker and won’t let the 26-year-old leave until the £80m asking price is met.

Photos: Victor Moses unveils as Fenerbahce player today

Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on loan until the end of season (Photos)Nigerian footballer, Victor Moses has been unveiled by Fenerbahce after joining the Turkish club from Chelsea on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The 28-year-old winger was a regular starter under Antonio Conte in 2016/17 but fell out of favour with current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri who allowed him to go on loan to Fenerbahce after his permanent move to China collapsed.

More photos below: Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on loan until the end of season (Photos)Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on loan until the end of season (Photos)

Sarri’s Style is the best- Hazard

Image result for eden hazardChelsea winger, Eden Hazard has revealed that he prefers current Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri’s playing style to that of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

The Belgium international has been at the centre of Chelsea’s success in recent years, winning two Premier League titles, under both Mourinho and Conte, while he has also lifted the FA Cup and the Europa League.

However, while the season remains young, Hazard believes that Sarri’s style, nicknamed ‘Sarri-ball’, better suits his way of playing at Stamford Bridge.

“I like to have the ball. “Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres,” Hazard told Chelsea TV.

“I like this type of game, it’s completely different from Antonio Conte or [Jose] Mourinho before. Like I say, we have more of the ball so for me it’s not bad.”

Hazard also has nothing but praise for new signings, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic who joined the club in the summer.

Hazard believes the two have made a significant impact, with the club yet to lose in the Premier League, beating Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth in their opening four games.

“I think the big difference is we bring in two players, Jorginho and Kovacic, and they are completely different,” he added.

“Of course, they want to keep the ball, we just try to keep the ball more often, and then when we have the chance to score we just need to score. But when we have more of the ball we can have more danger.

“At the moment we are okay, we are winning games, I think we are playing good football, so I’m enjoying it. I want to keep this momentum. The bad thing is now we go to the national team, we want to just keep playing with Chelsea and win games.”

 

Football: Manchester United VS Chelsea on Sunday

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaEverything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United may well have begun a huge eight-day period with FA Cup progress against Huddersfield Town and an away draw in the Champions League at Sevilla but they most certainly have a point to prove when hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have turned in two less than convincing performances so far this week, most recently delivering a masterclass in underwhelming football on Wednesday in Spain, and while the three points are the number-one target this weekend the fans will be looking for their team to command the game more at the Theatre of Dreams.


MAN UTD INJURIES


Ander Herrera will be unable to repeat his Man of the Match performance in this fixture last season as he misses out due to the muscle injury which saw him leave the 0-0 draw with Sevilla less than 17 minutes in. Marouane Fellaini remains out after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee. The Belgian is likely to be absent until the end of March, ruling him out of at least nine fixtures in all competition.

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training this week following a break from first-team football to help him overcome issues after his ACL surgery while Daley Blind is likely to miss out once more due to a muscle injury suffered in training in January. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both have knocks to shake off but could be available for Chelsea’s visit.

MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS


United have no suspension issues, and the same is true of Antonio Conte’s side.


MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Jose Mourinho has made a habit of matching up against three-man defences since arriving at Old Trafford, and he could well do the same on Sunday. While Rojo and Jones are not certain to return, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should be good to start if the manager decides that a centre-back trio is the way to go.

The big question, of course, will be whether Paul Pogba starts in midfield following the discourse of the last few weeks, but it is hard to envisage the Frenchman not being involved particularly in light of Ander Herrera’s injury. Club captain Michael Carrick is on standby to fill a third midfield role, although Scott McTominay’s performance in restraining Ever Banega in midweek may win him a starting shirt once more as the Portuguese looks to put a leash on Chelsea’s more creative players.

A back three could potentially narrow down attacking options even more, but it would give Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku the chance to pair up for the first time without fear of stepping on other toes in the forward line.

Man Utd possible XI

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS


Antonio Conte’s outfit have had the ultimate in inconsistent seasons so far, but a win at Old Trafford on Sunday would take them level with United and really mix things up in the race for Champions League qualification.

For the Blues, David Luiz is currently out with an ankle injury and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in training. The duo are the only two players currently unavailable for the Man United game. Bakayoko hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s shock 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of the month, where his early red card proved costly.

Ross Barkley wasn’t selected in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Barcelona in midweek, but he has joined in first team training sessions. That 1-1 draw with the Catalans attracted widespread praise, and another such tactical masterclass could be ordered by Conte as he looks to put his old enemy’s nose out of joint.

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TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 14:05 GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning immediately after Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester United have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against Chelsea (D5 L8) – winning this exact fixture last season in the Premier League (2-0).
  • Chelsea will be looking to do the league double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and first time since 2009-10 under Carlo Ancelotti (also 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho and 1993-94 under Glenn Hoddle).
  • Only Liverpool (4) have done the league double over Man Utd more times in Premier League history than Chelsea (3 – level with Man City and Arsenal).
  • Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (67) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
  • Antonio Conte has won three of his four meetings in all competitions as Chelsea manager against Jose Mourinho (W3 L1) – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
  • Jose Mourinho has seen his Man Utd side score more than once in just one of their seven home Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ teams, although it came last season versus Chelsea (W3 D2 L2).
  • Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 32 Premier League matches at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager (W18 D12), with both defeats coming at the hands of rivals Man City. Indeed, Mourinho’s (2.06) points per game ratio at Old Trafford for Man Utd is worse than both Louis van Gaal (2.24) and Alex Ferguson (2.42).
  • Eden Hazard has found the net with each of his last three shots from open play – he had scored with three of his previous 31 open play efforts.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his six Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ this season, attempting just four shots on target in those games.

Where do you stand?

 

Chelsea sells Willian in January for £27million

Blues look to offload BrazilianChelsea are ready to cash in on Willian in January and use the money to sign Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, reports claim.

Willian has struggled for regular first-team football with Chelsea this season and has often been overlooked in favour of Eden Hazard and Pedro, who have played alongside Alvaro Morata in attack. Reports are now suggesting that Antonio Conte is ready to let him move on, with a number of clubs in China said to be interested, and will draft in fellow Brazilian Moura as a replacement. Likewise Moura has also struggled for action with PSG following the arrival of Neymar in the summer, and reports claimed that week that the French side have already offered Chelsea the chance of doing a deal. Moura would jump at the chance of a fresh start at Stamford Bridge but any deal could hinge on Willian, who is valued at £27million, moving out first.

PSG, Bayern qualify for Champions League last 16

Image result for PSGParis Saint-Germain strolled into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday as Layvin Kurzawa scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, with Bayern Munich joining them in the knockout phase.

Marco Verratti and Neymar struck at the Parc des Princes before Kurzawa netted an unlikely treble, while Bayern also advanced from Group B after a 2-1 win at Celtic.

Javi Martinez’s brave header clinched qualification for the Germans after Callum McGregor had cancelled out Kingsley Coman’s first-half opener in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte blasted Chelsea’s lack of hunger after becoming the first English club to lose in the Champions League this season with a ruthless 3-0 rout by AS Roma.

Conte lamented that the English champions — who would have advanced to the last 16 with a win — “lacked everything” after a match where they went a goal down after 38 seconds, the first of a Stephan El Shaarawy double.

El Shaarawy made it 2-0 after 36 minutes when ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger failed to control Radja Nainggolan’s long ball forward. Argentine Diego Perotti scored the third midway through the second half, before missing a chance for a fourth.

“Roma proved to have more hunger, more desire, more will to fight and to beat us. We lacked everything,” complained Conte.Image result for Bayern

Moses Shines, Alonso bags brace as Chelsea spoils Spurs Wembley dream

   Nigeria star Victor Moses made his first English Premier League appearance of the season for Chelsea who recorded their first three points with a 2-1 win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite being dominated at Wembley on Sunday.

Moses alongside Timeou Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen were the four players making their first start of the campaign.

Marcos Alonso curled in a superb free-kick in the 23rd minute of the game after David Luiz was fouled at the edge of the box but an own goal from Mitchy Batshuayi in the 82nd minute got Spurs the equaliser.

But Alonso popped up to fire the winner for the reigning EPL champions with six minutes left to play.

Harry Kane had the first shot on goal when he stung the palms of Thibaut Courtois in the 13th minute.

The Belgian goalkeeper was on hand again to stop Kane from scoring three minutes later when he parried his shot for a corner.

Kane also hit the upright after a breaching the Chelsea defence in the 38th minute.

Spur were unlucky not to have restored parity in the 40th minute when Christian Ericksen’s free-kick went inches off the upright.

At the restart, Tottenham continued from where they stopped, creating two chances in the opening few minutes in quick succession.

And in the 75th minute Timo Bakayoko found William whose shot struck the upright.

But in the 83rd minute Batshuayi diverted in Erickson’s free-kick for the equaliser before Alonso sealed a nervy win for the Blues.Moses Shines, Alonso Steals Show As Chelsea Bounce Back

The win was Chelsea’s first win in their last three visits to the Wembley Stadium.

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