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Thibaut Courtois hesitant to commit future to Chelsea, wants board to spend big

Thibaut Courtois hesitant to commit future to Chelsea, wants board to spend big

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Could Courtois be off to Madrid? Sunday, May 20, 2018 Thibaut Courtois may not know where his or manager Antonio Conte's future lies, but the goalkeeper is sure that Chelsea need to spend big to compete in the Premier League next season. Eden Hazard's first-half penalty saw the west Londoners beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup on Saturday evening at Wembley. It was the best moment in a frustrating season as Chelsea failed to build on last season's league triumph, with a tepid title defence underpinned by background tension that leaves many speculating Conte will soon leave. Courtois is not sure where the Italian's future lies - "Whatever he or the club decides, they will know what they do," the goalkeeper said - nor does he kn...
Southampton or Swansea City: Who can still be relegated from the Premier League after Huddersfield Town's draw with Chelsea?

Southampton or Swansea City: Who can still be relegated from the Premier League after Huddersfield Town's draw with Chelsea?

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The relegation trapdoor has already claimed two teams - who will be next?Wednesday, May 9, 2018Huddersfield secured a second season in the Premier League by clinching a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Laurent Depoitre capitalised on a kind bounce following a long ball by Aaron Mooy to fire home the opener in the 50th minute before a clearance struck Marcos Alonso's head and went into the net for a bizarre equaliser.Huddersfield's goal came under constant attack in the closing stages and they had to survive six minutes of injury-time, but resolute defending preserved their top-flight status for another year.The outcome in west London spells all but finalises the identities of the teams relegated for the 2017-18 season, with Huddersfield pulling clear of trouble.Stoke's demise was c...
‘Money doesn't matter’ – Edin Dzeko 'very happy' he rejected Chelsea in January after helping Roma to Champions League semi-finals

‘Money doesn't matter’ – Edin Dzeko 'very happy' he rejected Chelsea in January after helping Roma to Champions League semi-finals

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Edin Dzeko is 'very happy' he turned down Chelsea to stay at RomaWednesday, April 11, 2018Edin Dzeko said he was pleased he turned down a January move to Chelsea after firing Roma to the Champions League semi-finals with a stunning win over Barcelona.The Spanish giants took a 4-1 lead into their second leg but they were completely outplayed in Rome, as the hosts won 3-0 to make the score 4-4 on aggregate and progress on away goals.MATCH REPORT: Huge Champions League shock as Barcelona fall in RomeDzeko – who scored the vital goal at the Nou Camp – inspired Roma as he got another goal and won a penalty, which was converted by Daniele de Rossi before Kostas Manolas’ late header sealed their place in the final four.The former Manchester City striker had a chance to return to the Premier
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte resigned to missing out on Champions League football after West Ham draw

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte resigned to missing out on Champions League football after West Ham draw

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Antonio Conte felt Chelsea's 1-1 draw with West Ham summed up their frustrating season.The Blues dominated the match at Stamford Bridge but only had Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half goal to show for it.Alvaro Morata had two goals disallowed for offside while West Ham keeper Joe Hart suddenly began to display the sort of form which not so long ago made him England's undisputed number one.And within three minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute Javier Hernandez swept in an equaliser to snatch a point for West Ham.The stuttering champions are now 10 points behind Tottenham and Blues boss Conte admits a top-four finish looks an increasingly forlorn hope."We must be realistic," he said. "You must win this game if you want to reach a target, in this case we want to reach a place in the Ch...
Chelsea win at Leicester in extra time in tight FA Cup tie

Chelsea win at Leicester in extra time in tight FA Cup tie

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Media playback is not supported on this device Pedro's extra-time winner gave Chelsea victory at Leicester City to set up an FA Cup semi-final date with Southampton at Wembley. Antonio Conte's side dug deep after the midweek Champions League defeat in Barcelona to keep their hopes of silverware alive as they survived an attacking assault from The Foxes.Alvaro Morata took Willian's pass in his stride to beat Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel in composed fashion to give Chelsea the advantage just before half-time.But Jamie Vardy made amends for a poor headed miss when he pounced in a goalmouth scramble for a 76th minute equaliser. Media playback is not supported on this device The decisi...