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  • 'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea...

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-s...

    'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea flop Bakayoko out to turn Milan jeers into cheers

    Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea. The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-season stint in England. Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirements after taking the Blues reins, with Bakayoko allowed to move to San Siro on a deal which includes a permanent purchase option. Milan have looked unlikely to trigger that clause, with a summer addition enduring a tough time in Serie A, but a much-maligned performer retains full confidence in his ability to turn things around. Bakayoko told Sky Sport Italia: “I don't like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon. “I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A.  “Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.” Changing systems in Milan have done little to aid Bakayoko’s cause, but the 24-year-old claims he can alter his game to meet the demands of his manager. He added: “The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game.  “My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more.  “I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.” Bakayoko hopes that working with Gennaro Gattuso can help him to rediscover his form, with there similarities to be found between the Rossoneri boss and his former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. He added: “Conte and Gattuso are somewhat similar, they give a lot and ask even more from the players, during training and in games. “They have the same style of training, bringing along ideas of great value.” Bakayoko has made 12 appearances for Milan so far and is yet to open his goal account for the club.

  • Giroud: The day magician Hazard made me ...

    Olivier Giroud considers Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to be “a magician”, with a first training session alongside the Belgian leaving him stuck for words. France international striker Giroud made his way to Stamford Bridge in January after making the short journey across London...

    Giroud: The day magician Hazard made me go 'f*ck'

    Olivier Giroud considers Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to be “a magician”, with a first training session alongside the Belgian leaving him stuck for words. France international striker Giroud made his way to Stamford Bridge in January after making the short journey across London from Arsenal. Giroud arrived as a proven Premier League performer and a man who had regularly crossed swords with Hazard during his time at Emirates Stadium. The 32-year-old was, however, to still be left in awe of a talented team-mate when witnessing his stunning skill set at close quarters. Giroud told Le Figaro of a talismanic club colleague: “When I discover Eden Hazard in training for my first session at Chelsea. I told myself: ‘F*ck, it's hard to get the ball off him’. “Sometimes, there's two or three players around him and he still manages to get out in tight spaces. “He's a magician, he's impressive. Now, I've started to know him and I don't find myself near him. It's better for him and for me.” Having previously formed part of teams trying to contain Hazard, Giroud is now benefiting from having a contender for the 2018 Ballon d’Or providing him with ammunition. Chelsea are hoping to see that attacking partnership flourish, with Maurizio Sarri also able to call upon the forward-thinking qualities of Pedro, Willian and Alvaro Morata. A positive start has been made to the 2018-19 campaign, with the Blues still unbeaten across all competitions, and more major silverware is being chased down. Giroud would welcome the opportunity to get his hands on another trophy, with a man who tasted World Cup glory with his country over the summer having experienced many highs in recent years. Asked to pick the one day he will savour above all others, the Frenchman said: “There are many. “The birth of my three children is above all.  “And, of course, I will never forget this July 15, 2018 and our victory in Moscow. On my death bed, these are the moments that will come back into my mind.”

  • Chelsea loanee Batshuayi dismisses repor...

    Michy Batshuayi has dismissed speculation his loan from Chelsea to Valencia could be cut short. Batshuayi has struggled to make an impact since joining the Liga club, scoring one league goal in 11 appearances, with Valencia in the bottom half of the table. But he showed better ...

    Chelsea loanee Batshuayi dismisses reports of Valencia departure

    Michy Batshuayi has dismissed speculation his loan from Chelsea to Valencia could be cut short. Batshuayi has struggled to make an impact since joining the Liga club, scoring one league goal in 11 appearances, with Valencia in the bottom half of the table. But he showed better form on international duty on Thursday, scoring both Belgium goals in a 2-0 Nations League defeat of Iceland. Given a chance to start in the absence of injured striker Romelu Lukaku, Batshuayi linked up well with Chelsea star Eden Hazard. But the 25-year-old said reports he could soon be heading back to Stamford Bridge are inaccurate. "On my departure from Valencia, there are only rumours," Batshuayi said after Belgium extended their perfect Nations League record.  "I have no problem with the club and I understand the coach [Marcelino] very well. "We are in a bad phase, but we will continue working to overcome the slump." Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised Batshuayi's impact, saying: "He moved well for the opening goal. "I'm glad he scored twice, but he also played a good game. I was delighted with his overall performance." Belgium will secure a place in the Nations League finals at the end of the season if they avoid defeat away to Switzerland on Sunday.

  • Morata aims sly dig at Conte's Chelsea t...

    Alvaro Morata considers Maurizio Sarri to be the “perfect” Chelsea boss for him, after suggestions that Antonio Conte’s tactics were responsible for his testing debut season in England. The Spanish striker arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017 and was charged with the...

    Morata aims sly dig at Conte's Chelsea tactics as he embraces 'perfect' Sarriball

    Alvaro Morata considers Maurizio Sarri to be the “perfect” Chelsea boss for him, after suggestions that Antonio Conte’s tactics were responsible for his testing debut season in England. The Spanish striker arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017 and was charged with the task of filling Diego Costa’s boots and leading the line for the Blues. He did find the target 15 times in all competitions, but endured struggles for form and has admitted to suffering from a lack of confidence. That is now being rebuilt under Sarri, with six goals recorded this term, and the 26-year-old is enjoying life under a popular coach whose approach is better suited to his game. Morata told Gazzetta Dello Sport about his experience with the new Italian boss in west London and the benefits of ‘Sarriball’: “I was told that he’s a coach who plays very well with the ball and loves tactical work, but he also has a good personal relationship with the players. “Sarri knows perfectly the difference between the various moments in the life of a squad: when you need to work he’s like a general and is the first to set the example when it’s time to joke he can have you dying of laughter. “That’s all reflected in the group, we’re getting on well together and we’re playing good football. The only reason we’re a little behind in the table is that we’ve had some draws. “We haven’t been with Sarri for a long time though, we haven’t lost yet and that’s good because the competition is very tough in the Premier League. And we’ll improve. “I was surprised that to talk to him you don’t need something to have happened, you’re injured or playing badly, or well. “He’s always available and interested, he wants to know how you are, how your life is. Football issues, sure but also, I don’t know… the political situation in your country. “One of the first times I met him, he asked me what I thought of Basque independence. I gasped, I didn’t expect that! We then talked about it passionately, and that’s something about him that’s not so obvious. “His system is perfect for me, almost all the balls come to me when I’m in front of goal, and it’s much better than when I was playing with my back to goal and had to turn around - that’s not my game. “One of the places I played best was Juventus, and there too I didn’t have to turn around, I just had to attack the space and run forward with the ball. “That’s the same as now, and I’d have been able to score a few more goals if I’d been more precise.” Morata opened the 2018-19 campaign with just one goal in nine appearances but has now netted five times in his last seven outings. He has also returned to the Spain squad after seeing his struggles last season cost him a place in La Roja’s World Cup plans.

  • FIFA deny decision has been reached on p...

    FIFA have insisted no decision has been reached on a possible Chelsea transfer ban, after reports emerged the Blues could be forbidden from buying players for two years.  On Wednesday French outlet Mediapart, who are one of the organisations publishing documents obtained by Foot...

    FIFA deny decision has been reached on possible Chelsea transfer ban

    FIFA have insisted no decision has been reached on a possible Chelsea transfer ban, after reports emerged the Blues could be forbidden from buying players for two years.  On Wednesday French outlet Mediapart, who are one of the organisations publishing documents obtained by Football Leaks, reported Chelsea are facing a four-window ban for illegally signing 14 players aged 18 and under.  The Blues have been under investigation for three years since the club reportedly signed Bertrand Traore from a club in Burkina Faso before his 18th birthday in 2014. According to Mediapart​, FIFA's Integrity and Compliance unit have decided on a transfer ban of two years for the Blues for their infractions. In a statement provided to Goal, FIFA have denied reaching a decision on the matter, saying that the matter was still ongoing.  "As communicated in September 2017, investigations were opened concerning the club Chelsea FC as well as other English clubs in relation to potential breaches of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players," a FIFA spokesperson said.  "The proceedings are ongoing and, to date, no decision has been passed by the FIFA judicial bodies. Thus, the clubs are to be presumed innocent unless decided otherwise. "No further information can be provided as the cases are ongoing. Any update will be communicated in due course." Chelsea reportedly face a one-window ban for their signing of Traore, who allegedly played 25 matches for Chelsea youth teams without being registered by the FA. An additional three-window ban was reportedly added due to the club's signings of several other players who were under 18.  In a statement of their own, Chelsea denied any wrongdoing.  “The club has fully cooperated with FIFA and has provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable FIFA regulations,” Chelsea told Press Association Sport. “We will not comment further on speculation concerning confidential contracts or player related matters.”  

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