VIDEO: Conte Candidly Admits He’s ‘Not Happy’ With Signings as Pressure Grows After Bournemouth Loss

?Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ‘not happy’ with the new signings that the reigning Premier League champions made in January, with the Italian seemingly an increasingly frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge in what is proving to be a challenging second season.

Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud were delivered during the transfer window, but Conte had his eye on higher profile targets and seems less than pleased with what he has been given by his superiors at board level.

ESPN footage featuring a raw post-match interview following ?Wednesday night’s humiliating home defeat against Bournemouth appeared to show Conte’s true feelings about the situation.

“I’m not happy a bit, it’s not important,” a clearly disgruntled Conte said.

Watch video below from 1:38 for Conte’s reaction to new signings

“We have to focus on work. Players go, players come and it doesn’t change. I don’t know [what the new players will add], I’ll have to see.”

The battle between Conte and Stamford Bridge officials over player recruitment has been raging since last season and prompted speculation during the summer that he could quit. He was not given his preferred targets then and more of the same has happened now.

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A report from The Guardian notes that Virgil van Dijk, Alex Sandro and Alexis Sanchez were the three players on his wishlist, two of whom joined other Premier League clubs last month instead.

Of the players that Chelsea signed in reality, both Barkley and Emerson are coming off the back of long-term injuries, while 31-year-old Giroud is a short-term relief option at best.

SkyBet lists only struggling Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino (11/10) as the Premier League manager more likely to next leave a job than Conte (9/4), while the Daily Mirror has pushed the rumour that ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique could be brought in as a replacement.


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Report Claims Inter Made Shock Deadline Day Loan Move for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater

?As the January transfer window has closed for another year, details have started to emerge of the deals that nearly happened. 

One such deal that was apparently on the table but never went through involved a loan move to Italy for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater. 

There was a lot of speculation surrounding Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian midfielder was reportedly the subject of interest of Arsenal and Everton. The Toffees even reportedly considered a swap deal for Brozovic which would have involved Morgan Schneiderlin going the other way. 

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However, La Liga side ?Sevilla emerged as the favourites to sign Brozovic after a loan deal had reportedly been agreed between the two clubs. Had that deal gone through, Inter’s replacement of choice was apparently Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via ?SportWitness) Inter apparently held talks with Drinkwater himself over a proposed loan move, who only moved to Chelsea last summer. 

This approach is thought to be only for a loan considering the current financial constraints Inter find themselves under.

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No such deal for Drinkwater ever materialised, and now rumours suggest that Inter have blocked Sevilla’s approach for Brozovic. 

Drinkwater signed for the Blues on the deadline day of the summer transfer window in a £35m move from Leicester City. While injury kept him out at the start of the season, he is yet to cement himself as a starter under Antonio Conte. 

The 27-year-old Englishman has managed only ten appearances in the Premier League this season, with just three of those being starts.


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Michy Batshuayi Shows His True Blue Colours Despite Move to Borussia Dortmund

Despite Michy Batshuayi’s recent exit from Stamford Bridge, after months of speculation and poor treatment, the striker still managed to showed how much he cares for the club.

The 24-year-old completed his loan move to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday’s deadline day, in an integral part of an intricate transfer merry-go-round of revolving doors, as he replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the German side, who went to Arsenal, while former Gunner Oliver Giroud replaced the Belgian at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, after a difficult time in West London, and a less than amicable exit (certainly from the side of the club), it would’ve been understandable if the striker cut himself off from his parent club, to focus solely on his new temporary role in Dortmund.

However, he could not suppress his true blue colours, and tweeted out three crying emojis in despair, after Chelsea’s ignominious 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth. 

The striker had also earlier in the day expressed his gratification towards the club, and especially the fans, declaring on Twitter: “So much love, thx for the kind messages, wishing u guys the best for the rest of the season”, alongside the hashtag #KTBFHH as well as a blue heart.

Meanwhile, he also managed to take part in his first training session with his new team in the Bundesliga, and the club seemed delighted with his arrival, posting a snippet of his first exploits at the infamous Dortmund Brackel Training Ground, which the social media conscious Batshuayi of course retweeting himself.

There’s no doubt the Belgian’s free flowing and joyous spirit will lift the club, after the man he’s charged with replacing, Aubameyang, had certainly impacted the morale around the team as he sought a route to the exit door.


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Chelsea & Real Madrid Contemplate Sensational Eden Hazard – Marco Asensio Swap Deal

?The winter transfer window has only been closed a matter of hours, yet early reports are already in regarding players who could be on the move this summer.

One such story involves Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo – who is beginning to show signs of decline in La Liga – or Gareth Bale, who is considered to be too injury prone.

Spanish publication ?Don Balon are also running the Hazard to Madrid story, but instead of taking the replacement superstar angle, they claim Chelsea are after a sensational swap deal to bring rising star Marco Asensio to Stamford Bridge.

Apparently, Roman Abramovich’s advisors are steering him in the Spanish international’s direction, and telling him he’s a better option to go for than Ronaldo, ?whom other reports claim the Russian was curious about trying to sign.

At just 22 years of age, Don Balon say Asensio would make for a better long term investment, and that the temptation of Hazard could be enough for Florentino Perez to sanction his sale.

The €3.9m signing from Mallorca has enjoyed a tremendous rise over the past couple of years, establishing himself as one of Europe’s most promising young players.

He has demonstrated an impressive knack of scoring incredible debut goals, and recently insisted he was happy at the Bernabeu despite his current position at the club as a squad player.

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“It is difficult to manage a squad as good as our one, but Zidane knows he can count on me,” he said, as quoted by the Express.

“I work hard every day to earn more minutes, but I am aware of where I am. I am at the best club in the world and I am happy at Real Madrid.”


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Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth: Cherries Stun Blues at Stamford Bridge

A flurry of three goals in the space of fifteen second-half minutes gave Bournemouth one of their greatest away victories ever, as the defending Premier League champions struggle to keep up with a flourishing Cherries attack.

Junior Stanislas celebrates scoring Bournemouth's second goal.

This was a fixture between two sides who’ve met two times prior to this West-London meeting, with Chelsea coming out tops in both the other games; but with Chelsea playing every three days and Bournemouth having had eleven days off to prepare, this surely would be a contest of minimal proportions.

Both sides looked to attack early and it was the away team who had the first chance of the game as Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas combined well down Bournemouth’s right side, but Wilson’s cheeky back-heel flick hit Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and calmly rolled into Thibaut Courtois’ grateful gloves.

Both sides were demonstrating great defensive solidity, a welcome change for a Bournemouth side that has throughout the season conceded a fair few goals. The game undoubtedly had a one-goal game feel to it as the first-half progressed.

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Chelsea’s ninth match of a busy January schedule looked to take its toll as Andreas Christensen was forced-off midway through the first-half with a hamstring injury with a summer recruit, Antonio Rudiger, replacing the young Danish center-back.

As the game grew on, Chelsea were doing the vast majority of the attacking and subsequently created a great chance as Eden Hazard narrowly miss-headed a beautifully waited Marcos Alonso cross. The sparring continued throughout the first-half as new Chelsea signings Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud watched on from the Stamford Bridge stands.

Although Chelsea had the better of the first-half possession, limited clear chances were created in a first-half dominated by miscommunication, wayward final balls and an inch or two of length lacking on Chelsea’s false nine, Eden Hazard.

Bournemouth clearly started the second-half the better team, and a defensive mistake led to the opening goal for the Cherries as a misplaced pass was pounced upon by Jordan Ibe who in return fed Callum Wilson and he calmly slotted it past the returnee in goal for Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois. 

In response to Bournemouth’s shock opening goal, Antonio Conte replaced Ross Barkley with creative mastermind Cesc Fabregas; bringing an end to the English-born midfielder’s first Premier League start for Chelsea.  

Chelsea searched desperately for an equaliser, but as a result left a gaping hole at the back and a swift counter-attack resulted in another fine finish this time from Junior Stanislas. Bournemouth’s good football continued as they in return continued to pile on the pressure and from a corner scored their third goal through former Blue, Nathan Ake. Two goals in the space of a few minutes has left Chelsea toothless.

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As Chelsea pushed on to try and get back into the game, Pedro’s shot hit Nathan Ake’s hand inside the penalty area; but the decision went Bournemouth’s way as referee, Lee Probert, waved away Chelsea’s legitimate appeals. 

Chelsea continued to push for something as a dismal night for them drew to an end, a night to forget for Chelsea was a night to remember for Bournemouth as they ended Chelsea’s impressive recent record at Stamford Bridge and sent Chelsea to fourth place; tails firmly tucked between their legs.

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