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Antonio Conte has received punishment by the FA for his touchline antics during Chelsea’s recent narrow 1-0 victory against Swansea.

The Italian manager was sent to the stands in that match by referee Neil Swarbrick in the first-hand of the encounter after seemingly being infuriated by a decision which didn’t go the way of his team.

Reports from BBC has stated that the Chelsea boss has been instructed to pay a fine of ₤8,000 and not a touchline ban.

There were fears in Stamford Bridge that Conte would have to serve a touchline bad for his misconduct but seems to have escaped that punishment.

We know Conte to be very vocal on the touchline during matches which hasn’t endeared him to many in the league including opposition managers. Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino are two of such managers who have been offended by the Chelsea’s manager’s behaviour. It is left to be seen if this fine will in anyway curtail his touchline antics in anyway but that in itself looks highly unlikely.

Chelsea have been in good form recently and have embarked on a 7-game unbeaten run in all competitions since their humiliating 3-0 defeat by Roma in the Champions League. Chelsea return to action against West Ham United in the premier league in Saturday’s early kickoff looking to peg back both Manchester clubs ahead of the Manchester derby

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Confirmed! Abramovich to keep Kante with new deal in coming weeks, reveals how

Timothy Aiyeku

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Chelsea are jealously keeping their powerhouse and French midfielder N’Golo Kante from other suitors with a new and improved deal, if reports coming from France are to go by.

According to L’Equipe, Kante will join the clique of the Premier League highest earners with the new deal that will be handed to him in the coming weeks.

The 2018 World Cup winner has been very instrumental in Chelsea’s progress under the new manager Maurizio Sarri and he is believed to be interesting big clubs who are willing to lure him away with bumper offers.

French outfit Paris Saint Germain and Spanish giants Real Madrid are reported to have indicated interest in the player and the West London side are not ready to take the risk of losing the former Leicester City midfielder.

Michael Potts of the Daily express had revealed that Kante earns about £120,000 per week but reports, as revealed by Gary Jacob, says the French midfielder would be offered a whooping sum of £290,000 per week in the new deal.

The Italian manager has identified Kante as one of his most important player knowing that he has played virtually every minute for the West London side since the beginning of the season.

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Olivier Giroud says he was ‘forced’ out of Arsenal, reveals who

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has stated that he was ordered to leave his former North London side in the 2017 summer by God.

Giroud who did not enjoy his last days at the Emirates Stadium owing to his unsatisfactory performance revealed how difficult life was for him at Arsenal before he moved to the other side of London.

The Frenchman was unhappy that he was already replaced before he was gone after former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger signed Alexandre Lacazette from French outfit Lyon.

Giroud who was threatened with the arrival of his fellow countryman stated that he had to pray for a direction on how to go about it before he was asked to leave.

However, the World Cup winner has failed to impress since joining the Stamford Bridge but he is positive that he made the right decision to move away.

Giroud has not delivered convincingly as a striker this term in terms of goals but manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed delight with the player stating that the former Arsenal man has helped the team with his assist.

Meanwhile, Giroud expresses delight to be playing alongside Belgium star Eden Hazard as he described him as the best player in the world.

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Finally Chelsea agree to send star player out on loan

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Chelsea have agreed to send star player Callum Hudson Odoi on loan in the coming January transfer window.

The 18-year-old young lad has been seeking for first-team football at the Stamford Bridged but he will have the chance to get it outside the West London club.

Callum Hudson Odoi’s loan move is designed by manager Maurizio who wants the player as well as others to go out to secure a level of experience outside the club since they will not have that level of opoortunity at the Stamford Bridge.

Attempt was made by the Italian manager to keep the player and that was the reason why he listed Callum Hudson Odoi in the starting lineup for the Community Shield in August where he played about 59 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

There are suggestions that Callum Hudson Odoi will head to either Germany, Australia or Netherlands where he can get quick developments before returning back to the club.

The Blues have got a number of young talents within that age grade but Ross Barkley has been able to beat off all competitions to make the first team.

The young lad stood in the gap for Belgium star Eden Hazard while he was away as a result of back pain.

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Again, Liverpool Chelsea have to battle for this ‘defensive minded goal poacher’

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Liverpool will have to battle Premier League rivals Chelsea and Man United for the signature of Italian winger Federico Chiesa according to reports.

The Anfield side have been tipped to be ahead of others in the move for the Florentina forward who will be allowed to leave the club in the nearby future but on a worthy price.

However, the West London side Chelsea are also reported to be making big moves to snatch the player off Liverpool’s hook while Serie A sides Napoli and Juventus are also linked to the player.

But a bid for the service of the winger by the Italian giants are reported to have been turned down which gives the Reds an advantage to go all out for Federico Chiesa’s signature.

Meanwhile, the English Premier League giants are making efforts to add quality to their squad with the manager Jurgen Klopp seeking to win his first title at the Anfield since joining from Borussia Dortmund about three years ago.

The German manager has admitted that finishing second in the Premier League and Champions League will mean no medal for his side, hence there is a need to win something to be able to confirm the club as a big one.

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How Liverpool, Chelsea missed out on South American wonderkid

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Chelsea and Liverpool are reported to have missed out on the opportunity to sign Corinthians wonderkid Pedrinho despite being available.

It was reported that Pedrinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian was interested in having his player move to the top clubs in Europe in the summer and earlier in the January transfer window.

According to reports, Kia Joorabchian contacted the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Ajax to have the service of the player but none of them heeded to his plea until the Brazilian returned to his country to join Corinthians.

Liverpool was highly pressurized to have the player because they are known to have a good relationship with Brazilian players knowing with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho all excelling at the club.

It was reported that the manager Jurgen Klopp rejected Pedrinho on two occasions but the agent seems not to be giving up as he is open that the German manager will soon be convinced on the youngster who can play as a winger despite being a no. 10.

A move Chelsea is not feasible at the moment with the many options available to manager Maurizio Sarri at the midfield at the Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea Ready To Let Man United Target Leave On Loan

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West London giants Chelsea are ready to let defender Gary Cahill leave the club on loan when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

Manchester United are keen on a move for the recently retired England international defender as manager Jose Mourinho is open to the idea of reuniting with him.

Mourinho and Gary Cahill worked together during the former Real Madrid boss’ second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Cahill, 32, is the Blues skipper but he has been on the fringes of the first team since manager Maurizio Sarri took over in the summer.

Former Empoli and Napoli manager Sarri was appointed the new Chelsea boss after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract.

He replaced compatriot Antonio Conte as the Blues manager at Stamford Bridge.

Gary Cahill was a regular fixture under the Chelsea dispensation of Antonio Conte but his fortunes have changed for the worse under Sarri.

He has made just six appearances in all competitions for the Blues this season, including just one league outing.

The Englishman has played just 21 minutes of Premier League football this season.

His inactivity under the new managerial dispensation of Sari has led to talks about his long-term future at Chelsea.

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Chelsea make decision on Cahill’s future

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Chelsea are reported to have made a decision on the future of defender Gary Cahill as he has spent six seasons with the club.

According to reports, the player will be allowed to leave the club on loan in the winter transfer window opening in January so as to have him enjoy regular football elsewhere.

The former England international’s contract with the Chelsea will come to an end by next summer and there is no assurance he will be handed a new deal with manager Maurizio Sarri hinting that Cahill is no longer in his plans.

The 32-year-old has enjoyed his stay with West London club and has been helpful within the last six years having won two Premier League titles, FA Cup, a Champions League and a Europa League to mark a successful career at the club.

Manager Sarri has also expressed his delight and respect for the former international because of his influence at the club and in the dressing room but noted that he can no longer have the same playing time at the club due to the presence of Cesar Azpilicueta who is much younger and more effective.

Meanwhile, Cahill’s next destination will soon be made public but he is believed to remain in England and not play abroad as he nears retirement.

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Eden Hazard: Why Benzema is still happy at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is obviously happy at the Bernabeu but that will only continue if the Spanish side fails to sign Belgium star Eden Hazard.

According to reports, Benzema will cease to be a happy man if Hazard finds his way to the club because his first team shirt will be threatened.

Hazard has been on the radar of the Spanish giants for a long time and they are keen to have him despite the insistent by the Blues that he will not be sold.

Real Madrid had slammed the Stamford Bridge side for keeping the player against his wish after the player stated that he had a long term wish to play at Real Madrid.

The wish by the Spanish side to have Hazard has intensified with their poor performance which has been upturned by new manager Santiago Solari who has now won his last four games in charge after the sack of Julen Lopetegui.

However, report according to Spanish daily OK Diaro says the French striker will be unhappy to have any player who will be a threat to his starting role.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are keen to have Hazard remain at the club because of his importance and influence in the team.

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Chelsea bent on signing 17-year-old full-back

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Chelsea are reported to be bent on signing 17-year-old PSV Eindhoven starlet Heritier Deyonge as they attempt to sign him as part of the future plans of the club.

The West London club are not alone in the bid for Heritier Deyonge as Manchester United are also believed to have been monitoring the player since he was at age 16.

L’Equipe reports that the both English Premier League sides are not alone in the race for Heritier Deyonge with French giants Paris St Germain also showing substantial interest in the Belgium-born left-back.

PSV Eindhoven discovered Heritier Deyonge as far back as in July 2012 and he has since developed with good progress already made. He has made five appearances for PSV U-17 side in the current campaign.

Though still young, Chelsea are believed to be ready to sign him so that he can continue his progress at the Stamford Bridge

Heritier Deyonge is reported to be showing some trait that fits the English football and moving at a young age will help him learn quickly to be able to adapt to the rigour of the league.

Chelsea are working behind closed doors to build a formidable youth team that will always feed the first team with great talents in the coming years.

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Chelsea set to lose highly rated striker

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Olivier Giroud

French striker Olivier Giroud is one of the players praised and respected by manager Maurizio Sarri in the Chelsea team because of the supposed impact he has had in the team.

The former Arsenal man cannot boast of goals in the Blue jersey but that is not an issue for the Italian manager who said Giroud always help to mount pressure on the opponent’s defence as well as deliver assists for goals.

The same was seen of the player in the Russia 2018 World Cup where he played all games from the group stage to the finals wearing the 9 jersey but failed to score a single goal and yet was not an issue for the manager.

This substance is about to be missed as latest reports link the player out of the Stamford Bridge to French side Marseille on a loan deal as it is reported that the West London side will go for strikers in the January window.

Giroud who has scored just once this campaign is facing competition from Alvaro Morata who joined the club from Real Madrid and has scored a total of six goals this season.

Meanwhile, suggestions are that the Blues will not stand in the way of the World Cup winner should he insist on leaving the club.

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