• Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: Repaying Abramovich’s faith is my primary goal

    Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: Repaying Abramovich’s faith is my primary goal

    Antonio Conte has told Gazzetta dello Sport that his primary ambition at Chelsea is to repay the faith that Roman Abramovich showed by giving him the job, even above winning any trophies at Stamford Bridge.

    Conte was appointed by Abramovich in April after a recruitment process in which Chelsea also considered Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone, Jorge Sampaoli, Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pochettino as the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked for the second time by the club last December.

    Conte […]

  • REVEALED: Abramovich buzzing after Chelsea thrashing of Everton

    REVEALED: Abramovich buzzing after Chelsea thrashing of Everton

    Chelsea hero Pat Nevin has revealed Roman Abramovich loved their victory over Everton.

    Chelsea were in irresistible form as they notched up their fifth consecutive Premier League victory by smashing five past the helpless Toffees at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

    He told the club’s official website: “After the game I watched Roman Abramovich walk across the field with the biggest grin you are ever likely to see from him.

    “We didn’t win anything on Saturday but the man who has put so much […]

  • REVEALED: Chelsea’s cost of missing out on the Champions League

    REVEALED: Chelsea’s cost of missing out on the Champions League

    The Blues will lose out on two N’Golo Kantes worth of money after missing out on European football for the first time in almost fifteen years.

    Chelsea’s tenth-place finish in the Premier League last year not only cost them the chance to face Europe’s best clubs in the Champions League, but also a massive £65 million qualification bonus.

    The 2015-16 season threw up some major surprises, with Manchester United only managing to qualify for the Europa League as reigning champions Leicester City […]

  • Abramovich is a demanding employer – Conte

    Abramovich is a demanding employer – Conte

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said club owner Roman Abramovich is “very demanding” but “a great football enthusiast.”

    Conte, who was named as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in April, took up his role at Stamford Bridge in July and has signed a three-year contract.

    The Italian last month dismissed suggestions his position was precarious after a dip in form and has since seen his team win four straight Premier League games.

    The Blues are one point behind leaders Manchester City, having beaten Manchester […]

  • Abramovich and I were not friends at Chelsea – Mourinho

    Abramovich and I were not friends at Chelsea – Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has the utmost respect for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich but insists they were not friends during his two stints as manager at Stamford Bridge.

    Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to London on Sunday, his first return to Stamford Bridge after being sacked by Abramovich in December 2015, just seven months after leading the club to the Premier League title.

    It was the second time he had left Chelsea after a three-year spell came to an abrupt end in 2007 […]

  • Huge: Abramovich to bankroll record Chelsea transfer for Conte

    Huge: Abramovich to bankroll record Chelsea transfer for Conte

    Chelsea will submit a £60m bid for Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci in January in a move that would make the Italian the most expensive defender in history.

    The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer but the Italian was settled and happy in Turin.

    Conte was desperate to sign the centre-back and held out onto the final days of the transfer window before giving up and sanctioning a move for back-up target David Luiz.

    However, Luiz’s arrival hasn’t […]

  • Conte insists no problem with Abramovich visiting training ground

    Conte insists no problem with Abramovich visiting training ground

    Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has insisted that he has no problem with Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, visiting the training ground.

    Abramovich was at Cobham earlier this week, to watch the first team train and spoke with Conte, who has lost his last two league fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal.

    In the past, the presence of the Russian billionaire, was seen as a bad omen for Chelsea managers, but Conte is not worried.

    “Good communication is important, always, with all people,” Conte said.

    “To be […]

  • Abramovich ready to fund moves for world class pair to ease Chelsea crisis

    Abramovich ready to fund moves for world class pair to ease Chelsea crisis

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly ready to spend big in the transfer market on players like Antoine Griezmann and Antonio Rudiger if the Blues’ poor form continues.

    It’s not been the best of starts under new manager Antonio Conte, with back-to-back Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal highlighting some real weaknesses in this Chelsea squad.

    The west Londoners only managed a 10th place finish in the league last season, but have struggled to adequately replace some of their ageing stars […]

  • Conte already under pressure at Chelsea as Abramovich holds crisis talks after Liverpool loss

    Conte already under pressure at Chelsea as Abramovich holds crisis talks after Liverpool loss

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly under some pressure at the club already after a limp performance in the defeat to Liverpool last week.

    The Blues were beaten 2-1 at Stamford Bridge after a shocking first-half display, with owner Roman Abramovich said to have held talks with club chiefs about Conte’s performance afterwards.

    The Russian has made it clear that he has high expectations of Conte after his appointment this summer, with talks reportedly going on until 1am on Friday night, according […]

  • Conte asks Abramovic to sign another midfielder, informal offer already made

    Conte asks Abramovic to sign another midfielder, informal offer already made

    Croatian star Marcelo Brozović has been linked with a move away from Inter Milan all summer, with strong interest from Premier League clubs.

    The Nerazzurri have opened negotiations over a new contract, but Chelsea remain interested in signing the 23-year-old, reports Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

    It is reported Chelsea have already made an informal offer of cash plus John Obi Mikel, as Conte maintains a serious interest in the Croatian midfielder.

    Conte has asked Roman Abramovic to sign another midfielder after N’Golo […]

  • Carlo Ancelotti ’embarrassed’ by visit from Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich

    Carlo Ancelotti ’embarrassed’ by visit from Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich

    Carlo Ancelotti has said he felt “a little bit embarrassed” when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich paid the side’s dressing room a visit in the lead-up to his sacking.

    Ancelotti was sacked as Chelsea boss in 2011 after the club finished second in the Premier League, having won a league and FA Cup double the year before.

    The Italian’s departure from Stamford Bridge followed a trophyless 2010-11, with the side suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the […]