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  • Conte pleased with Morata cameo

    Antonio Conte was pleased with Alvaro Morata's 27-minute cameo in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday. Morata only signed for the Premier League champions on Friday but came off the bench in Singapore and set up Michy Batshuayi for...

    Conte pleased with Morata cameo

    Antonio Conte was pleased with Alvaro Morata's 27-minute cameo in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday. Morata only signed for the Premier League champions on Friday but came off the bench in Singapore and set up Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea's second. The Spain international was introduced just after the hour and was able to flick Cesc Fabregas' corner into the path of Batshuayi to score with five minutes to play. dabblebet: Back Chelsea to win the league! And despite his lack of time with the Chelsea squad, Conte was happy with what he saw from his new signing and expects him to get even better. "It's not easy to speak about the impact of Alvaro because he's only been with us two days and he needs to work and find his feet, and understand our idea of football, but for sure he showed a great will and for us he's a great buy," he told a media conference. "We need to give him the right time to adapt to our way of football but he must be pleased with his performance." It was a first defeat of pre-season for Chelsea after beating Arsenal 3-0 on Saturday, and although naturally disappointed, Conte found plenty to be happy with. "We conceded three goals in half an hour and it's not simple, it was a difficult situation but the reaction was very good," he added. Morata looks ready to take off at Chelsea "We didn't give up and the commitment was good. We tried to fight. Our start wasn't good but the players showed me a great will to try to change the result. We are only in pre-season and we are working very hard. "Bayern are a top club, one of the best in the world. Regularly they win the league in Germany and in the Champions League they normally reach the final or semi-final, but we must take the positives and continue to work."

  • Cassano should be applauded, says Prande...

    The saga that has surrounded Antonio Cassano for the past two weeks has confounded many but Cesare Prandelli praised the veteran striker for his handling of the situation. On July 10, Cassano signed for Verona on a free transfer following the termination of his Sampdoria contrac...

    Cassano should be applauded, says Prandelli

    The saga that has surrounded Antonio Cassano for the past two weeks has confounded many but Cesare Prandelli praised the veteran striker for his handling of the situation. On July 10, Cassano signed for Verona on a free transfer following the termination of his Sampdoria contract in January. Juve 4/6 odds to retain Serie A title Eight days later he told club officials he planned to retire with immediate effect, only to reverse his decision within a few hours. However, after another week with the Gialloblu he announced he was leaving the club but not retiring, before a third U-turn as he confirmed he was hanging up his boots. His behaviour dumbfounded Verona president Maurizio Setti but Prandelli - who coached Cassano at Roma and with Italy - believes the 35-year-old's actions showed great respect and should be applauded. "I think this was a very honest decision, worthy of what I've always thought of this lad," Prandelli told La Repubblica. "Antonio has important values, he's strongly attached to his family. In taking a decision like this, I'm convinced he had respect for all of us: the Verona fans, the city, but also the president and the club. "He didn't want to stay in a place without having the right soul to be there, the right motivation. "I'm convinced that this was a bold, but very dignified decision at the same time. He must be given a big round of applause. "This is the balanced choice of a mature man who is aware of his priorities at 35. Money no problem for Liverpool - Klopp "I'm disappointed because I think he could have still done important things, I'm disappointed for the Verona fans but also all fans of this sport. "We know his history, we know what he's capable of with the ball at his feet. "Antonio says he can't stay without his family, and he preferred to give up money to be close to his wife Carolina and his kids. "It's a choice which, I repeat, shows great maturity and shows the value of the person."

  • Bordeaux abandon Wellington Silva transf...

    Wellington Silva's transfer from Fluminense to Bordeaux has fallen through after the Brazilian forward failed a medical. The collapse sees the 24-year-old denied a second chance at European football after a disappointing six-year spell at Arsenal, during which he failed to make ...

    Bordeaux abandon Wellington Silva transfer

    Wellington Silva's transfer from Fluminense to Bordeaux has fallen through after the Brazilian forward failed a medical. The collapse sees the 24-year-old denied a second chance at European football after a disappointing six-year spell at Arsenal, during which he failed to make a single appearance for the Premier League club. Get Bordeaux Ligue 1 title odds After joining the Gunners for €4 million in 2010, Silva spent time on loan at Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Real Murcia and Bolton Wanderers, before returning to Fluminense in 2016. He had agreed a deal to join the Ligue 1 club subject to a medical, but Bordeaux confirmed via Twitter they had opted against finalising the move. Silva has scored seven goals in domestic league and cup competitions for Fluminense this year.

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