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Ruben Loftus-Cheek told to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place

• England midfielder will stay and work with Maurizio Sarri• Crystal Palace and Schalke among clubs keen on loan dealChelsea have made clear to Ruben Loftus-Cheek that he will have opportunities to make his mark in the first team at Stamford Bridge thi…

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Eden Hazard can become best in the world, says Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri

• Manager intent on holding on to Belgian playmaker• ‘I feared losing him for 20 days,’ says ItalianMaurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard has the ability to establish himself as the best player in the world but has admitted he feared losing the Belgium f…

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Fulham need time to find feet in Premier League, says Slavisa Jokanovic

• Fulham hit by injuries and suspensions for game against Spurs• ‘We must find solution for completely new team,’ manager saysSlavisa Jokanovic has admitted Fulham will need time to find their feet back in the Premier League as he seeks to integrate a …

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Gareth Southgate to run rule over Southampton’s Alex McCarthy against Everton

• England manager will assess goalkeeper at Goodison Park• Southgate to attend Crystal Palace v Liverpool on MondayGareth Southgate will attend Southampton’s game at Everton on Saturday to scrutinise first-hand the progress of Alex McCarthy in the visi…

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Slavisa Jokanovic urges Ryan Sessegnon to drive Fulham’s top-flight return

• Teenager is ‘one of the longest-serving players in this team’• Fulham prepare for Wembley return to face TottenhamSlavisa Jokanovic believes Fulham can lean on the prodigiously talented Ryan Sessegnon as they seek to adjust to life back in the Premie…

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Chelsea to make new technical director a priority when window shuts

• Club finally switch focus to replacing Michael Emenalo• Dan Ashworth, Monchi and Michael Ballack among targetsChelsea finally hope to make progress on the appointment of a new technical director to succeed the departed Michael Emenalo once the transf…

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Wilfried Zaha signs new deal to become best-paid player at Crystal Palace

• Zaha commits himself to Palace until end of the 2022-23 season• Deal worth £130,000-a-week and contains no release clauseWilfried Zaha has committed his future to Crystal Palace by signing a contract extension, with no release clause, on improved ter…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek to reject Schalke loan to fight for Chelsea midfield spot

• German club want England international to replace Max Meyer• Milan sign Tiémoué Bakayoko on season loan from ChelseaRuben Loftus-Cheek is set to reject the chance to move to the Bundesliga club Schalke on a season-long loan, with the midfielder deter…

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Maurizio Sarri believes he will need time to transform Chelsea

The Italian expects problems in the first part of season as he attempts to familiarise the players with the particular attacking style of play he wants to bring to the clubIt was Maurizio Sarri who suggested there may be trouble ahead. The question pos…

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Fulham’s late flurry lands Vietto with Anguissa and Fosu-Mensah close

• Moves for trio push transfer window beyond 5pm deadline• André-Frank Zambo Anguissa would be club’s record signingOn a frantic last day of business, Fulham were seeking to break their transfer record with the purchase of Marseille’s André-Frank Zambo…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga set for medical after Chelsea pay £71m buyout clause

• Money deposited at 9.22am local time on Wednesday• Kepa fee is a world record for a goalkeeperKepa Arrizabalaga is expected in London on Wednesday afternoon to have a medical with Chelsea that will seal his world record transfer from Athletic Bilbao …

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Chelsea to pay £71.6m for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

• World record for keeper eclipses Liverpool’s £67m for Alisson • Chelsea also secure Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real MadridChelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thiba…

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Thibaut Courtois fails to report back for training at Chelsea

• Goalkeeper plays hardball in bid to force Madrid move• Thursday’s domestic transfer deadline increases urgencyThibaut Courtois has made clear his desire to leave Chelsea before the closure of the transfer window this month by spurning talks with Maur…

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Premier League 2018-19 preview No 7: Crystal Palace

Limited spending and the loss of key players leaves Palace in a precarious position. But in Roy Hodgson and Wilfried Zaha, there is reason to believe they can extend their top-flight stayGuardian writers’ predicted position: 16th (NB: this is not neces…

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Antonio Conte’s exit suited him and Chelsea but showed neither in good light | Dominic Fifield

There were Premier League and FA Cup wins, but Conte’s relationship with his board foundered over transfer policyGiven all the squabbling behind the scenes, and the discontent which has festered on both sides, it was appropriate the divorce should end …

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Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

• Conte won 2017 Premier League title and FA Cup last season • Chelsea to pay Napoli around £50m to get Sarri and JorginhoMaurizio Sarri is set to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new head coach after Antonio Conte was finally relieved of his duties after two…

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Chelsea close in on Sarri and set to beat Manchester City to Jorginho

• Napoli president says Sarri’s move is in ‘hands of his lawyers’• Jorginho has indicated preference for move to London over CityThe Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has claimed Maurizio Sarri’s move to Chelsea is edging closer and is “in the h…

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Simon Mignolet set for talks over Liverpool future after World Cup

• Belgium goalkeeper has slipped down Anfield pecking order• Mignolet: ‘After the World Cup I will look at everything’Simon Mignolet will hold talks with Liverpool on the conclusion of Belgium’s World Cup campaign as he seeks to ascertain whether there…

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Danny Ings to exit Liverpool in search of first-team football

• Liverpool striker has suffered injury blighted time at Anfield • Will attract interest from European and Premier League clubsDanny Ings has taken the difficult decision to seek a move away from Liverpool this summer as he aims to relaunch a career th…

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Rashford for Sterling would be sensible and a sign Southgate runs a meritocracy

Sterling has not shown the form or ruthlessness with England to justify keeping a World Cup starting place against Panama but do not write him offAt least the signals are that Gareth Southgate’s national set-up is run as a meritocracy. Raheem Sterling …