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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri in no rush to contact Hazard and Courtois on futures

• New manager will talk to duo face to face after holidays• Sarri promises entertaining football and wants to have funMaurizio Sarri will wait until Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are back from their holidays before holding talks with the Belgian pai…

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‘My objective is to have fun’: Sarri unveiled as Chelsea manager – video

Newly appointed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists his objective at the club is to have fun. ‘I am convinced that if a team have fun, often the fans have fun too,’ he says. The Italian has replaced Antonio Conte after his tenure at the London club …

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Thibaut Courtois believes World Cup displays warrant better Chelsea contract

• Real have retained interest in bringing him back to Madrid• ‘What was on the table is different than what I can have’Thibaut Courtois has suggested his performances for Belgium at the World Cup would merit of an improvement in the contract offer from…

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‘You know my preferred destination’: Eden Hazard casts doubt over Chelsea future

• Belgium forward admits he may leave Stamford Bridge • Hazard: ‘It might be time to discover something different’Eden Hazard has cast serious doubts over his future at Chelsea after suggesting that, in the wake of an impressive World Cup campaign, the…

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Maurizio Sarri looks like a subtle change of direction for Chelsea

Stability is not a word often associated with Roman Abramovich but times are changing at Stamford Bridge with the realisation they cannot financially keep up with Manchester CityChelsea supporters are fond of dismissing Tottenham Hotspur as chokers and…

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Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho arrive at Chelsea to complete moves to club

• Sarri to replace sacked Antonio Conte as manager• Midfielder Jorginho chooses Chelsea ahead of Manchester CityMaurizio Sarri and Jorginho were at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening to complete their moves to Chelsea.Sarri is taking over as manager fro…

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Will former banker Maurizio Sarri reap dividends for Chelsea? | Paolo Bandini

The new coach at Stamford Bridge rarely surprised anyone with his tactics at Napoli, yet they often swept opponents asideAt last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to…

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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’s rollercoaster tenure as Chelsea head coach – video report

Chelsea have parted company with Antonio Conte, ending an acrimonious relationship after two years. Despite leading the side to FA Cup glory this season, the Italian manager had been at odds with the club’s hierarchy and was always expected to mov…

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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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Antonio Conte takes Chelsea training amid uncertainty over future

• Conte oversees first full day of pre-season training on Monday• Maurizio Sarri lined up to replace Italian at Stamford BridgeAntonio Conte ostensibly remains in charge at Chelsea after taking training on Monday, on the first full day of pre-season, d…

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Maurizio Sarri set to be announced as Chelsea manager early next week

• Former Napoli manager will replace Antonio Conte• Aleksandr Golovin and Alisson Becker are transfer targetsChelsea finally hope to resolve their managerial situation in advance of the return of their non-World Cup players for pre-season training at t…

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Chelsea in talks with CSKA Moscow over Aleksandr Golovin move

• Russian club want around £27m for attacking midfielder • Futures of Willian and Pedro in doubt at Stamford BridgeChelsea are in talks with CSKA Moscow with a view to making the much coveted attacking midfielder, Aleksandr Golovin, their first signing…

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Football transfer rumours: PSG eyeing move for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté?

Today’s whispers had a close shaveThe transfer carousel never stops turning – except for a few minutes yesterday when the whole footballing world paused to laugh at Germany – and it’s about to pick up speed. Because now that Serbia have joined Jogi Löw…

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Football transfer rumours: PSG eyeing move for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté?

Today’s whispers had a close shaveThe transfer carousel never stops turning – except for a few minutes yesterday when the whole footballing world paused to laugh at Germany – and it’s about to pick up speed. Because now that Serbia have joined Jogi Löw…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s long road from stilted quality to England starter

The kid who once dropped Michael Ballack’s jaw suffered under José Mourinho but his spell with Crystal Palace has him ready to excel against PanamaEarly afternoon in mid-September on the main youth-team pitch at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, just b…

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England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants bigger Chelsea role or may leave

• Midfielder who was on loan at Palace set to face Panama• ‘Key for me regarding where I end up: I want to play’Ruben Loftus-Cheek will demand regular first-team football next season if he is to stay at Chelsea, with the England midfielder, who is in l…

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Chelsea closer to recruiting Maurizio Sarri – and Gianfranco Zola too

• Sarri increasingly confident deal can be reached with Napoli• Zola likely to join the head coach at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri is growing increasingly confident agreement will be reached between Chelsea and Napoli to smooth his appointment as head…

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Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Manchester City start at Arsenal

• Champions travel to Emirates for Unai Emery’s Arsenal debut• Manchester United host Leicester; Spurs away at NewcastleManchester City will start their Premier League title defence at Arsenal. The 2018-19 fixtures, announced on Thursday morning, hande…