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Antonio Conte says he needs to settle differences with Chelsea board to stay

• Manager expects ‘several different’ job offers if he leaves Chelsea• Conte: ‘In our line of work we always have a bag packed’Antonio Conte has admitted he would need to settle his differences with the Chelsea board if he is to see out the final year …

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Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds ConteChelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this eli…

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Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for successThis is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s s…

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Antonio Conte hails Ryan Mason’s ‘great strength’ after injury recovery

• Mason had 14 metal plates inserted in his skull• Cahill ‘devastated’ at Mason’s retirement announcementAntonio Conte has praised Ryan Mason’s strength of character in recovering from the horrific head injury sustained during Hull City’s Premier Leagu…

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Antonio Conte: I’m a disaster when convincing Chelsea to buy players | Dominic Fifield

Manager reflects on Chelsea’s relative restraint in January by saying, ‘One way might be to stop improving the players I have’Antonio Conte has made clear his frustrations at Chelsea’s strategy in the January transfer window by admitting his powers of …

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Antonio Conte urges Chelsea to stick with him and not be ‘stupid’

• Manager wants club to think long-term even if no trophies are won• ‘There are two ways – a stupid way and an intelligent way’Antonio Conte has warned the Chelsea hierarchy there is “a stupid way and an intelligent way” to react to a trophyless campai…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte worried by Álvaro Morata’s struggle to recover

• Conte does not know how long striker will be out with back injury• Álvaro Morata a doubt for Champions League ties with BarcelonaAntonio Conte has admitted serious concerns over when Álvaro Morata will be fit to return from a troublesome back injury …

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Antonio Conte gives Chelsea players three days off after Watford drubbing

Under-pressure manager prepares for West Brom matchClub insist its business as usual as problems mount upAntonio Conte has responded to Monday’s drubbing at Watford by granting his Chelsea players three days off to charge their batteries as the head co…

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Antonio Conte challenges Chelsea to ‘prepare a statement’ of support

• Manager frustrated at continued speculation over his future• Ross Barkley becomes eighth player to sustain hamstring injuryAntonio Conte has challenged the Chelsea hierarchy to back him publicly and demonstrate they retain faith in his stewardship in…

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Spanish goalkeeper Vicente Guaita will join Crystal Palace in July

• Getafe keeper moving to Selhurst Park on a free transfer• Palace forward Bakary Sako sidelined for rest of seasonCrystal Palace have signed a pre-contract agreement to sign Vicente Guaita under the Bosman ruling, with the Spanish goalkeeper to comple…

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Antonio Conte rejects Italy talk: ‘My intention and will is to stay at Chelsea’

• Italian FA had claimed manager was ‘eager’ to return to national job• But despite Conte’s struggles he says he will see out Chelsea dealAntonio Conte will reject the chance to meet with the Italian Football Federation to discuss the vacant managerial…

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Patience and time running out for Antonio Conte at Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

The humiliating home loss to Bournemouth provided another indication that the head coach, who has spent weeks sniping at the club’s hierarchy, will soon be goneIn the aftermath of a defeat Antonio Conte tends to drop his guard. The emotions are too raw…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte left in confusion over Michy Batshuayi loan

• Manager says Belgian striker is in squad for Bournemouth game• Player expected to join Borussia Dortmund on WednesdayAntonio Conte has admitted his preparations for Wednesday’s visit of Bournemouth have been severely disrupted by the uncertainty surr…

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Loftus-Cheek returns to Chelsea for injury treatment amid World Cup fears

• Midfielder has not played this month because of ankle injury• Roy Hodgson has no plans to terminate season-long loan dealRuben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Chelsea for treatment on the ankle injury sustained in late December, with Crystal Palace unsu…

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Arsenal agree club-record £55.5m fee for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

• Gabon striker has agreed deal worth £180,000-a-week• Dortmund want to secure replacement before letting him goArsenal have reached agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund over the club record €63m(£55.5m) signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, t…

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Southampton agree £19.1m deal to sign striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco

• Mauricio Pellegrino getting to spend money from Van Dijk sale• Saints also keen on winger Quincy Promes at Spartak MoscowSouthampton have agreed a fee of €22m (£19.1m) with Monaco for the Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo and are confident of comple…

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Alexis Sánchez’s wages out of Chelsea’s league, says Antonio Conte

• Chelsea cannot match financial might of Manchester’s Big Two• Conte: ‘We’ll have to make a success not with money but with work’Chelsea and Arsenal will go head to head on Wednesday for a place in the Carabao Cup final with Antonio Conte admitting ne…

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West Ham lose Andy Carroll for three months after striker’s foot surgery

• Manuel Lanzini also could be out for weeks with hamstring injury• David Moyes to reassess transfer targets, including Jonjo ShelveyWest Ham United will be without Andy Carroll for three months after the striker underwent surgery on a foot injury. The…

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Antonio Conte agrees Pedro dived and tells forward to learn from ‘mistake’

• ‘We must accept Pedro dived,’ says Chelsea manager• Michy Batshuayi replaces suspended Álvaro Morata at BrightonAntonio Conte has admitted Pedro Rodríguez was guilty of diving in the chaotic FA Cup replay against Norwich City and has urged the Spain …

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Roy Hodgson: ‘Coaching is a sadistic pleasure – the suffering never stops’

Palace manager has revived the Eagles and his reputation, while his appetite is as keen as ever at 70 – despite the torment the job bringsRoy Hodgson is not one for sentimental reflection. Looking back has never really been his thing. If it were, as he…