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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.

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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.

EPL: Burnley stuns 9 man Chelsea at Stanford Bridge

Chelsea had two players sent off as they fell to a stunning 3-2 defeat against Burnley to open their title defence.

Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset.

Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of the astonishing drama at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side’s three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker’s double.

In-form Vokes now has seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances after netting only five in the previous 58.

Antonio Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes’ bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a header.

Any hopes of a recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with two minutes left. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.

The unexpected result is Chelsea’s first opening-day defeat for 19 years and only the second time the Premier League’s defending champions have lost their first game in 26 years.

Cahill’s early departure stunned Stamford Bridge, the defender taking a heavy touch and diving forward with his boot raised in a bid to win back possession against Defour, with referee Craig Pawson immediately brandishing a straight red.

It was the third consecutive competitive match in which the Blues have received a red card, having had Victor Moses sent off in May’s FA Cup final and Pedro removed in last week’s Community Shield, both games against Arsenal.

Conte made a tactical reshuffle after Cahill’s exit, Andreas Christensen coming on for Jeremie Boga, who had been named a surprise debutant due to Pedro’s injury.

Vokes had a header ruled out after James Tarkowski was penalised for a foul in the build-up, but Burnley soon scored a goal that did count as Chelsea’s afternoon took another turn for the worst after 24 minutes.

Matt Lowton’s right-wing cross found Vokes and he sent a bouncing volley into the far corner, with Thibaut Courtois unable to get across in time.

Burnley doubled their lead after 39 minutes, Ward playing a one-two with Jack Cork before unleashing an excellent half volley into the far corner.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third. A quick free-kick led to Defour swinging in a cross from the right and an unmarked Vokes planted a header past Courtois, with loud boos greeting the champions when the half-time whistle was blown.

Marcos Alonso’s long-range drive was tipped over by Tom Heaton as Chelsea registered their first shot on target early in the second half, while Morata came on to replace the ineffective Michy Batshuayi in attack.

Heaton made an excellent stop from Alonso’s curling free-kick, but Chelsea did get a goal back with 21 minutes remaining, Morata swooping in to beat the Burnley keeper with a diving header after Willian’s delivery found him in space.

Morata tapped in again soon after, but was denied by an offside flag after converting Christensen’s delivery, which may have gone in had the ex-Real Madrid striker left it.

Any chance of a Chelsea recovery appeared to be at an end with nine minutes left as Fabregas – who had been booked for sarcastically applauding a Pawson decision in the first half – received a second yellow for a foul on Cork.

But David Luiz then gave the Blues further hope, rifling a volley past Heaton after racing on to a Morata flick-on.

A frantic finale continued at the other end as Brady hit the woodwork with a set-piece as Burnley ultimately held on through four minutes of added for a famous triumph that piles the pressure on Chelsea after their tumultuous close-season.

 

 

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.

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