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‘I am positive of EPL title win’ – Chelsea star

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is confident his side can still win the English Premier League title this season despite being two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.

The Blues have been rated behind the Manchester and Merseyside clubs owing to their fine form and the compact nature of their team but latest resurgence of the West London side has made them fall in the ranks of those that should speak for the title.

Chelsea have risen to be a consistent team under new manager Maurizio Sarri and have gone 10 games in the Premier League without a defeat this season with the same applying to other competitions.

Having won two Premier League titles in the Blue jersey, Azpilicueta says he is hopeful he can win it again as a Chelsea player with the goalscoring form of his side.

He noted that it might be difficult against some teams who will just sit back to avoid conceding goals but stated that his side will always find a way around that to ensure they come out of every game with a point just like what was displayed against Manchester United.

Manager Sarri joined the West London side in the summer and has been praised for the success enjoyed at the Stamford Bridge.

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Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Real Madrid have turned attention to Chelsea target

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea target and AC Milan forward Suso as a replacement for Gareth Bale who is believed to be on his way out of the club.

Before now, Chelsea were pointed to be the front-runner for the forward with a bid believed to be made for a deal to be in place in the winter transfer window which opens in the coming month.

However, they might not have it all easy with the strong interest already shown by the La Liga giants in the player as they prepare for life without Bale.

Bale is out of favour at Real Madrid having lost his form despite the exit of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus which hands him the free ride to also reign.

The former Tottenham player is also believed to be having a sour relationship with some key members of the Real Madrid team and they are reported to be pushing for his exit from the management.

Suso, as been praised to be the big thing expected to hit Europe and most big guns, are making efforts to have him join their camp.

There are fears that Chelsea will miss out on the AC Milan with the emergence of Real Madrid.

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Chelsea prepare for life after Willian, Pedro with Mexico international

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Hirving Lozano

Chelsea are already raising concerns about the age of their star wingers, Brazilian international Willian and Spanish international Pedro who are all within 30 years.

This is an indication that both Blues players might not last longer at the Stamford Bridge with the club already preparing to bring in replacements even before they are gone.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano has been pointed as the best fit for both players and the West London side are reported to be preparing a bid to have him switch over to London ahead of the winter transfer window which opens in coming month.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to have the player’s signature having learnt that Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the 23-year-old.

A release clause of about £42 million has been placed for the player should any club seeks for his signature but that is not a big deal for the Italian manager who is bent on having the player join his side in coming months.

Howbeit, the former Napoli boss has won the heart of the Chelsea owners with his great performance which has helped his side gone unbeaten so far in this competition. He is expected to have the backing of the management as well in having some additions so as to stand a better chance of winning a title.

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Chelsea swoop in to sign another Real Madrid player

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Marco Asensio

Chelsea are reportedly gunning for the signature of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio with a bid to make a move in the winter transfer window which opens in the coming month.

Asensio who is much younger is expected to come fill the space for Spanish player Pedro and Brazilian Willian who are not living up to expectations and also having age as a disadvantage to them having both clocked 30.

Asensio’s quality is in no doubt will fit into the Chelsea team with manger Maurizio Sarri willing to break the bank for the Spanish winger

The Spanish international is also interesting a number of big clubs who are monitoring his progress with the likes of Liverpool also showing some interest.

The former Mallorca player who joined Bernabeu in 2015 for a fee of £5 million has made a lot of progress with his fee already raised to the sky. He has got a release clause of about £75 million considering the investment on the 22-year-old.

The decision would be left for Real Madrid to make on either releasing the player or not but the West London team will do all it takes to lure him to the Stamford Bridge as soon as the January transfer window.

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Another claim made on Eden Hazard’s future

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A latest claim has been made on the future of Chelsea star Eden Hazard by his brother Thorgan.

Thorgan reveals that his brother has not considered leaving the West London side despite speculations linking him away from the club.

Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid with the Champions League holders keen on having his signature to fill the space already created by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who is now with the Italian champions Juventus.

The Spanish giants had accused Chelsea of keeping Hazard against his wish, describing it as a form of slavery of the layer.

Meanwhile, Hazard himself fuelled the speculations of his move when he claimed to be nursing a long term wish of playing at the Bernabeu, adding that it has been a fan of the club as a child.

All is expected to remain calm with the claim by Thorgan who says his brother will be going nowhere, noting that he still has his heart at the Stamford Bridge where he hopes to win the Champions League.

Howbeit, Hazard is yet to sign a new deal with his employers despite the whole speculations some weeks ago that he is ready to hold talks with the club.

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Sarri has mixed feelings after Everton draw

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is has expressed a mixed feeling after his side recorded a goalless draw against Everton on Sunday.

The Italian manager is unhappy because he observed that his side have been starting games very slowly of lately which he thinks is a major reason for the draw on Sunday.

It is actually an issue for the former Napoli boss who dismissed the insinuation that his players are having physical problems because of the level of training and hard work his side have done behind closed doors.

He suspects that his side are having a mentality problem which he thinks must be addressed immediately.

On the other hand, manager Sarri is confident that his side can still challenge for the trophy as he dismissed fears of his side are already out of the Premier League race.

According to him, other teams will drop some points just like his side which makes it a balanced situation for all team.

Meanwhile, the West London side are still unbeaten in all competitions this season which puts them on the right track for a title win this season.

The Italian manager has expressed the desire to win a trophy this season with his eyes set on the Premier League and also the Europa League so as to play in the Champions League next season.

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Chelsea deal almost done? Target prepares for move with his ‘crash decision

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Daniele Rugani

Emerging reports indicates that Chelsea target Daniele Rugani has started preparing for life in London after it was reported that he has begun learning English ahead of the January window.

The Italian was linked with the Blues some days back with contacts reported to have been made. It seems there is an understanding between both parties and the player is sure of a deal as he as with his latest move.

It was earlier reported that the player is disappointed with his lack of playing time at Juventus and will want to link up with his Chelsea but Chelsea are told they will have to pay within the range of £30 million to have his signature.

However, Chelsea are expected to move for the player with a bid in the January transfer window since there is a sign of an agreed deal for the player.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reported to be interested in a deal for the player but they seem not to be favourite in this case knowing that they will not be fully involved in the January transfer market.

With the transfer window yet to be declared open, Chelsea are sure to be involved with manager Sarri already handed the boost of funds.

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Latest update on Chelsea link with Barcelona’s Suarez in January

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Denis Suarez

Chelsea are reportedly making move to sign Barcelona star Denis Suarez in the January transfer window.

The move is being pursued by the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri who is keen to work with the player after failing to have him at Napoli when he was working in Italy.

Sarri sees Chelsea as more attractive than the Italian Serie A side hence, he wants to make use of the opportunity to lure Suarez to the Stamford Bridge.

Also, the Italian boss is believed to be aware of the situation at Barcelona where Suarez is unhappy as a result of lack of playing time. He is expected to force a move should the Spanish side fail to let him go.

Despite his quality, Suarez has made just one appearance for the Spanish giants this season as he is far behind in the pecking order of the long list of the Barcelona midfield.

The West London side have been linked with a number of talents at the middle in the past weeks with Paris St Germain player Adrien Rabiot and Arsenal’s midfielder Aaron Ramsey making the list.

Meanwhile, Suarez will expect to face another dimension of competition at the Stamford Bridge should a deal fall through because of the many legs available in the team.

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PL club return to Chelsea for loan plea

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek

West Ham United were earlier reported to be seeking the signature of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a result of his being unhappy at the club because of his lack of playing time.

This time around, the London club do not mind what the situation may be with the player as they seek to have him on a loan deal if a permanent deal will be difficult to pull.

The England international is unhappy with life at the Stamford Bridge because of his lack of playing time and he has decided to consider a move away from where he can boast of seeing games week in and out.

The Mirror reports that Loftus-Cheek has been shortlisted by West Ham as potential additions for the January transfer market.

However, there is no conviction at the moment that the West London side will be willing to part ways with the England international knowing that his introductions into the team have been impactful and given good results.

With two years left to the end of his contract t the club, Loftus-Cheek will be sure of his stay at the Stamford Bridge further than the two the two years if the club management calls him for negotiations for a new deal.

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Chelsea handed boost in pursuit of Cahill replacement

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Daniele Rugani

Chelsea have long been linked with Juventus central defender Daniele Rugani with a deal seeming difficult but latest development hints that this could be the time to have the player.

This is because of the reports that negotiations between the club and Rugani’s representatives have stalled which means he might be forced to leave.

Reports, therefore, claims that there are no talks on the table at the moment with the player which places the West London side in the best position to have the central defender at the Stamford Bridge.

Manager Maurizio Sarri is believed to be a fan of the central defender and will not hesitate on a bid for him once the transfer window opens so as to have his signature.

There are no fears of release clause for the player knowing that the Chelsea boss has won the heart of his employers and has been given the backing to have some deals done in the January window.

Suggestions are that the West London club will ensure Rugani who is of a younger age comes in as a replacement for Gary Cahill whose future at the Stamford Bridge is unsure.

A deal for Rugani could only mean the end for Cahill at the Stamford Bridge.

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Hazard speculation awakens as Madrid plans perfect combination at Bernabeu

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The speculations linking Belgium star player Eden Hazard away from the Stamford Bridge has awakened again after weeks of Spanish giants preparing a perfect combination at the club.

There is no doubt that the interest for Hazard remains strong for the Spanish giants and they have perfected plans according to reports to ensure the addition of James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez who was in and out of the Zinedine Zidane team was sent on a 2-year loan to German giants Bayern Munich and has since picked his great form.

However, the Spanish giants hints they will soon demand for the return of the player but wants him to link up with Chelsea playmaker so as to help turn things around at the club.

Real Madrid have struggled this season since the exit of their former French manager in addition to sacking their manager who is described as unfit for the job having recorded some defeats.

The Los Blancos are looking forward to matching their rivals Barcelona who are doing good this season and also defeated Madrid in the first El Classico game of the season.

Hazard has been tipped to come in to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who left the Spanish giants to join Italian champions Juventus.

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