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Chelsea loanee wants to return to the club for Pre-season

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Chelsea loanee wants to return to the club for Pre-season

Loftus Cheek impressed on his loan spell at Crystal Palace

Roben Loftus-Cheek came through the ranks of Chelsea and made his senior debut for the club in 2014. The classy midfielder is held in high regard by those in west London.

But the 22 year old couldn’t establish himself as a regular for the Blue’s at the path was blocked by big money signings. He made just 32 appearances for the club before joining Crystal Palace on a season long loan last summer in order to get more first team football.

Despite struggling with injuries, Loftus-Cheek was impressive with his performances for the Eagles and scored two goals and assisted three in 24 appearances. He has shown what he is capable of when given regular game time, with senior international recognition coming his way with England.

Loftus Cheek will return to the Chelsea for Pre-season

The England International will return to Chelsea at the end of the season but his future is still uncertain. The Glaziers have shown their interest in signing the youngster on a permanent transfer.

Loftus-Cheek is aware that he has to make a decision about his future but first wants to return to his parent club for Pre-Season.

Quizzed on his future by the Daily Mail, Loftus-Cheek said: “I haven’t made a decision on that yet but as things stand I plan to be back at Chelsea for pre-season.

“Being at Palace has been good. Roy is a really good coach and a really nice person.

“All the lads like him. But I need to see what happens this summer and right now I’m focused on staying fit and finishing the season well.”

He even admitted that he should have left the Premier League giants sooner to find more competitive minutes.

“I heard it a lot that I was going to be the one to break through [from the academy] but I wish I’d let that go earlier than I did,” he added.

“I realized to keep improving I needed to play more. It wasn’t easy not getting many chances but I knew I just had to keep working hard in training and take the opportunities when they came.”

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Atletico Madrid join the race for Alvaro Morata

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Atletico Madrid join the race for Alvaro Morata

The Forward may leave Chelsea this summer

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee of £60 million last summer, to fill the sizable boots of Diego Costa who left them to join his former club Atletico Madrid.

Despite a dazzling start to his Chelsea career with eight goals in his first seven games, the 25 year old has struggled for form at Stamford Bridge over the course of the season.

The Spain International has also struggled with mysterious back injury and he even admitted he took painkilling injections. He has just scored 11 goals in 30 Premier League games.

Morata has already been linked with a return to his former club Juventus ahead of the transfer window, where he enjoyed two successful years from 2014-2016. Reports suggest Serie A giants could make a £60 million bid this summer or look to take him on a loan.

According Calciomercato, the latest side to have considered a move for Morata is Atletico Madrid.

The La Liga giants are looking to reinforce their side in the transfer window as Fernando Torres will leave the the club at the end of the season and Antoine Griezmann’s future is still uncertain as he is still continuously linked with a move to Barcelona this summer.

Diego Simeone’s side likely to make a move for the Spanish Striker if he is allowed to leave this summer.

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Chelsea will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if European giants come for him

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Chelsea will struggle to keep Eden Hazard if European giants come for him

The Belgian International has been linked with summer exit again

Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in the summer of 2012 and has been the mainstay in the team. He has established himself as one of the best players in the world with his extraordinary performances over the past few seasons.

Despite Chelsea struggling this season in the Premier League, the Belgian International has managed to score 16 goals for them in all competitions. But the Blues are likely to miss the Champions League spot next season and the winger has been heavily linked with a summer exit.

But the 27 year old has recently claimed that the fight for the Champions League spot won’t affect his future. This will be a huge boost for the Premier League giants as they are keen to keep hold of their star.

But Tony Cottee believes that it would be difficult for Chelsea to turn down the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona if they come for Hazard this summer.

“You’re quite right about his age. I think when you get to the age of 27, it’s different,” Cottee said on Sky Sports News. “When you get to 30 you’re looking for one last payday.

“He’s still in the prime of his career, he could sign a four, five-year deal. He’s good enough to go and play for Real Madrid, Barcelona, anyone in the world he can go and play for.

“So I think it will be the player’s decision. I know he’s on a contract but that doesn’t really mean anything.

“He will want to go away, he’ll want to perform for Belgium at the World Cup, he’ll want to know who the next Chelsea manager is or is the current manager staying, then he’ll make his decision.

“It’s a big, big decision for Hazard and history has proved if Barcelona or Real Madrid come in for you, it’s like (Philippe) Coutinho, there’s only going to be one winner and they will move to another club.”

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Tony Cascarino pinpoints why Alvaro Morata has struggled so far

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Tony Cascarino pinpoints why Alvaro Morata has struggled so far

The Forward has endured a frustrating debut season

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee of £60 million last summer, to fill the sizable boots of Diego Costa who left them to join his former club Atletico Madrid.

Despite a dazzling start to his Chelsea career with eight goals in his first seven games, the 25 year old has struggled for form at Stamford Bridge over the course of the season.

The Spain International has just scored 11 goals in 30 Premier League games. He has also been plagued by mysterious back injury and had to take painkilling injections.

The former Juventus star endured another night on Wednesday as Antonio Conte’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield. With this result the club could miss out on Champions League spot unless Liverpool loses their last Premier League game.

Former Blue’s striker Tony Cascarino believes Morata should stop thinking so much and pull the trigger earlier.

“Alvaro Morata does so many good things on the pitch,” he wrote in his column in The Times as quoted by Daily Star

“But he just needs to learn to get the ball out of his feet more quickly and shoot.

“Sometimes the Chelsea striker seems to be waiting for the perfect situation to arise before he takes aim at goal.

“To be a great centre forward you need to hit the ball early and try to break the net.

“When he was played through on goal in the first half last night he might have scored had he shot quickly and surprised Jonas Lossl, the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

“Instead he took it around Lossl and the angle became too acute.”

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Antonio Conte’s future to be decided after end of the season

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Antonio Conte's future to be decided after end of the season

The Italian has been heavily linked with a summer exit

Antonio Conte took over the charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and won the Premier League title on his debut season.

But their title defense haven’t gone well as The Blue’s are struggling this season. They are currently at 5th position and are still battling to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Conte has been linked with a summer exit for quite some now as he is not happy with the Club’s transfer policies. According to reports Juventus are interested in bringing back the Italian as their manager Massimiliano Allegri has also been linked with a summer exit.

Conte responded to his exit rumors by saying that a decision on his future will be made after the end of the season. Chelsea will end their campaign at Wembley on May 19 in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

“I’m very focused on the present, to do the job in the best way for the players and the fans. Our job is not simple, it’s not easy. But I’m totally focused on the present,” Conte said live on Sky Sports

“There are only two weeks and this season will finish and you will know if there is a different situation or not, if you see me again next season and we start again from the first game speculating about my future.”

Conte was critical of the situation his team find themselves in, saying: “There is a bit of disappointment because this season we dropped many points in a stupid way.

“Now there is not time to regret. We have to play two games, against Huddersfield and Newcastle, and then the final of the FA Cup.

“The situation is not in our hands. The only way to put a bit of pressure (on Spurs and Liverpool) is this, to get three points in every game.”

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Chelsea unlikely to sell Alvaro Morata this summer

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Chelsea unlikely to sell Alvaro Morata this summer

Antonio Conte wants the striker to prepare for the next season

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee of £60 million last summer, to fill the sizable boots of Diego Costa who left them to join his former club Atletico Madrid.

Despite a dazzling start to his Chelsea career with eight goals in his first seven games, the 25 year old has struggled for form at Stamford Bridge over the course of the season.

The Spain International has just scored 11 goals in 29 Premier League games and also struggled with injury, he even admitted of taking painkilling injections.

The forward’s struggles have led to speculation that his former club Juventus could sign him this summer. He enjoyed two successful years at the club from 2014-2016 before joining Real Madrid. Reports suggest Serie A giants could make a £60 million bid this summer or look to take him on a loan.

The Blue’s manager Antonio Conte hinted that the club will not sell Morata this summer and wants him to prepare for the next season.

“Morata is Chelsea’s player, he must be ready to play tomorrow and next season. I think the situation is very clear,” he told reporters as quoted by Goal.com

Pressed on links with Juventus, Conte added: “I don’t like to comment on speculation. Now it is right for everyone to be focused on the present and finish this season in the best possible way.

“I think this season was a difficult season, but not only for Morata. Your [the press] focus is only Morata, but I would like it if your focus was for the whole team. Not only one player.”

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Eden Hazard has no desire to leave Chelsea this summer

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Eden Hazard has no desire to leave Chelsea this summer

Winger claims top four fight will not influence his future

Chelsea are struggling in the Premier League this season and are still battling to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the Champions League next season. Another importance of finishing in the top 4 is to keep hold of key players.

The Blue’s could be open for summer transfer raids for their most valuable assets if they miss out on Champions League. One of the player could be Eden Hazard.

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in the summer of 2012 and since then he has established himself as one of the best player’s in the world. He is a very popular member of the squad and one of the fan’s favorite.

The Belgian playmaker has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent transfer windows and Chelsea’s struggles this season have further intensified the transfer rumors.

But the 27 year old has offered hope to the Premier League giants by by claiming that top four fight will not affect his decision and he has no desire to leave the club this summer.

Quizzed again on his future by SFR Sport in the wake of a vital 1-0 victory over Liverpool, the Belgium international said:  “I hope [the fans] don’t want to see me leave.

“I’m doing good things here. I’m happy here.

“Things can move, or they may not move. We’ll see.

“The public adore me, I love my teammates, my family are good here.”

Hazard added on an ongoing top-four battle which is set to go down to the final day of the season: “Of course I want to play in the Champions League, but it isn’t a priority.”

Hazard has scored 16 goals in all competitions under Antonio Conte this season and is contracted with the club until 2020.

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Conte dismisses his future exit speculation

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Antonio Conte focusing on the present amid questions over his Chelsea future.

Conte dismissed the talks about his future ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield, which could be his final home match as Blues head coach.

Speculation has been lit throughout the season that Conte’s tenure will come to an end this summer after periods of public disgruntlement from the Italian.

Conte last summer signed an improved contract, but not an extension, to the three-year deal which expires in June 2019 after guiding Chelsea to the title in his first season as boss.

Conte:

“My answer is always the same,

“I’m very focused on the present, to do the job in the best way for the players and the fans.

“Our job is not simple, it’s not easy. But I’m totally focused on the present.

“The present is now to finish the season in the best possible way with my players. Also because I think our fans deserve this.”

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Chelsea line up superstar as replacement for departing player

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Chelsea initiate contact over transfer Ligue 1 superstar to replace Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea have reportedly made initial enquiries over the potential transfer of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani to replace Alvaro Morata this summer.

The Blues are keen on a move for the prolific Uruguay international as Morata becomes a reported target for his old club Juventus, according to French and Italian reports.

Cavani has been one of the deadliest finishers in Europe for a number of years now, first impressing at Napoli before making the big-money move to PSG in 2013.

Since then, the 31-year-old has scored 169 goals in 244 appearances for PSG, becoming their all-time leading scorer and helping himself to four Ligue 1 titles in the process.

Despite of being 32 years old, Cavani does look like he’d be an ideal fit for Premier League football. His height and strength meaning he might be better equipped than the off-form Morata to kill off the tough defences of the English top flight.

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Southgate wants Chelsea player to leave the club

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Crystal Palace must sign Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently, says Gareth Southgate.

Loftus-Cheek has spent the season on loan at Palace.

In recent interview Eagles’ coach Roy Hodgeson said:

“He’s a fantastic player and of course we’d love to keep him, We’d love to bring him back but the bottom line is he was loaned to us for a season.

“At the end of the season, the plan from Chelsea was that he would go back to them so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what their thinking is.

“If they make him available in any way then, of course, we’ll be right there trying to get to the front of the queue with our hands up but it’s totally out of our hands. Chelsea will decide.”

It’s Gareth Southgate’s decision and his coaching staff, I don’t want to see a headline that says ‘Hodgson says Ruben Loftus-Cheek should go to the World Cup.”

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