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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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Photos: Victor Moses returns to training ground after injury

Super Eagles winger Victor Moses has  hit Chelsea FC  training ground after long injury lay off.

He is set to return to action for Chelsea after the international break in an away game against West Brom in the Premier League.

See more photos below:Moses Set For Chelsea Return Vs West Brom After Int’l Break

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

Victor Moses set to come back from injury

Victor Moses steps up recovery from hamstring injury, thanks fans for their support (Videos)Super Eagles winger and Chelsea star, Victor Moses shared videos of himself taking part in exercise routines as he steps up recovery from hamstring injury. The 26-year-old has been sidelined after he picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this month.

Captioning one of the videos he shared via Instagram, the Nigerian footballer wrote: ‘Another day of hard work getting there slowly ?? thanks for all of your messages of support #CFC

Conte drops Costa from Chelsea’s Champions League squad

Exiled striker Diego Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase on Monday. Diego Costa Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico Madrid that never materialised. Atletico, who were drawn in Champions League Group C alongside Chelsea, are banned from signing new players until January. By not including Costa in their squad, Chelsea have ensured he will not become cup-tied, meaning he could play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season. Despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Costa has not played in any of their league games to date, his place taken by £58 million ($75.1 million, 63.1 million euros) record signing Alvaro Morata. Chelsea will also face Roma and Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag in their group. Manchester United included Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad despite his current unavailability as he recovers from a serious knee injury. United manager Jose Mourinho has said Ibrahimovic, 35, will not be available until next year, but his inclusion in United’s squad will raise fans’ hopes he could return ahead of schedule. United open their Champions League campaign at home to Basel next Tuesday and will also face Benfica and CSKA Moscow in Group A. Mourinho also found room for 21-year-old striker James Wilson, who has not played a competitive game for United since October 2015. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp omitted right-back Nathaniel Clyne from his squad. The England international is currently sidelined with a back injury and has been replaced in Liverpool’s starting XI by youth product Trent Alexander-Arnold. Philippe Coutinho was also included in Liverpool’s squad after his hopes of joining Barcelona were thwarted by the club’s refusal to sell him. French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was named in Manchester City’s squad after City were unable to find a buyer for him in the transfer window.

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.

Don’t compare Costa and Sanchez situations

 
Both players sat out of their sides’ Premier League openers last weekend but the Gunners boss believes there is no comparison with Chelsea’s situation

Arsene Wenger has again insisted Alexis Sanchez will not leave Arsenal in this transfer window and believes his is a very different situation to Diego Costa’s at Chelsea – because the Gunners want to keep their star man.

Both Sanchez and Costa missed their respective sides’ first Premier League games of the season at the weekend, but while the Chelsea forward seemingly has no future at Stamford Bridge, Wenger is determined not to let his own player leave.

With the Chile international’s contract up next year, Arsenal would lose Sanchez for free at the end of the season if they cannot agree a new contract – but Wenger remains hopeful.

“Of course [Sanchez will stay],” he told beIN Sports. “[The Costa scenario] is a little bit of a different situation.

 hope – even now – that we can extend the contract of Sanchez, [Alex Oxlade-]Chamberlain and [Mesut] Ozil, so it’s difficult for me to analyse the Chelsea situation with Costa.”

Regardless of any renewed deal, though, Wenger expects Sanchez to respect his current contract and see out the season at Emirates Stadium.

“It looks unusual to the media sometimes that clubs want contracts to be respected,” he said. “For me, it looks logical. I am amazed that you are amazed. It looks normal.

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“If I sign a contract, I respect it. Of course, if a club releases me, it is normal that I can go somewhere else, but I know that, when I sign for two years with Arsenal, Arsenal have that contract and I have to respect it.”

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