Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi denies laughing at Alvaro Morata penalty miss

Michy Batshuayi has denied claims that he enjoyed teammate Alvaro Morata’s penalty miss after TV footage appeared to show him stifling laughter during Chelsea’s shootout defeat to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield.

Chelsea lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Wembley as both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Morata — the club-record signing who came on for Batshuayi in the 74th minute — failed to convert in the first use of the new ABBA shootout system.

Batshuayi and Morata are expected to compete for one starting spot as the central striker in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation this season, but the Belgium international dismissed any suggestion that he revelled in his rival’s disappointment on Sunday.

“Wow lol some people really believe I laughed at my teammate and/or us losing ? Sorry to disappoint but I wasnt,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I’m enjoying every goal for us scored by anyone in the team, thats the only thing you have to know. Have a blessed day.”

Batshuayi signed for Chelsea in a £33 million deal from Marseille last summer but the presence of Diego Costa restricted him to just one Premier League start in his debut season season, though he did come off the bench to score the goal that clinched the title for the away at West Brom in May.

Costa has since been exiled as he seeks to force through a return to Atletico Madrid, but Morata’s arrival from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £58m this summer appears likely to maintain Batshuayi’s status as a backup option.

2017 Community Shield: Courtois and Morata miss penalties as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win community shield

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (PK 4-1)

Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed penalties as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a dramatic 4-1 shootout victory over 10-man Chelsea.

Premier League champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for an ugly lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level to take the match to penalties.

The shootout – the first in English football to follow the ABBA format- saw Chelsea miss back-to-back penalties to allow Olivier Giroud to win the match from the spot.

Trailing 2-1 in the shootout, Courtois took Chelsea’s second kick but failed to equalise, blazing over, before club-record signing Morata fired wide.

That handed Arsenal the initiative, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive strike to secure the Shield, and a timely boost ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday Night Football.

Alexis Sanchez was present as a spectator, as was Eden Hazard but Diego Costa remained in exile.

Alvaro Morata suffer debut defeat as Bayern Munich beat Chelsea

Alvaro Morata marked his first appearance for Chelsea with an assist as the Blues lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly in Singapore.

The Spain forward, who joined in a club record £60m deal from Real Madrid last week, came on in the second half.

Bayern made a fast start to the contest, clearly stung by the drubbing they suffered at the hands of AC Milan in their last outing in the tournament.

The Bundesliga champions raced into a three-goal lead in Singapore, opening the scoring through Rafinha’s long-range strike after only six minutes.

That advantage was soon doubled by Thomas Muller’s close-range effort and Bayern’s captain further increased their advantage with a wonderful solo effort just before the half-hour mark.

However, the Blues responded through Marcos Alonso’s thumping drive in first-half stoppage time, although Michy Batshuayi’s 85th-minute goal proved too little, too late.

Chelsea face Serie A side Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at same the National Stadium on Thursday, with the game again getting underway in in Singapore at 12.35pm.

And on Sunday August 6 the Blues get their season underway when they take on FA Cup winners Manchester United the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea sign striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club-record fee

​Chelsea have completed the club record £60m signing of striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.
The Spain international, 24, scored 20 goals last season after rejoining Real from Italian champions Juventus.
Morata won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.
Morata told the Chelsea website: “I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.
“I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

Morata was poised to join Manchester United until their recruitment of former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku, and has instead ended up with the Premier League champions.
Blues boss Antonio Conte briefly worked with Morata at Juventus and believes the forward – who scored 20 goals as Real won both LaLiga and the Champions League last season – can bring something different to the Chelsea frontline.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing earlier on Friday, Conte said: “We have added a fantastic striker, even at a young age he has won a lot already and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the squad.
“I think for sure this is a good signing for us. He is a young player, but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid. He has a lot of experience and I think this is a good sign for us.”
Morata will now join up with the Blues squad on their pre-season tour of Asia. They play Arsenal in a friendly at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Saturday before heading to Singapore.
Blues technical director Michael Emenalo told the club website: “We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action.
“Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.”
Morata is set to replace Diego Costa in Conte’s starting line-up next season.
Conte revealed on Friday that the 28-year-old frontman, who has not travelled to Asia, was told in January he was not part of the club’s plans.
“I don’t like to talk about players that don’t stay here, but the only thing I can tell you (is) in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club, for him and his agent,” said the Italian.
“For me the situation is closed.”
Costa is reported to be keen on a return to Atletico Madrid, although the Spanish club are currently banned from completing the signing of players until January 2018.
Premier League champions Chelsea have also signed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer.

Chelsea confirm deal agreed to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid 


Chelsea have confirmed they have have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge.

“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

“Morata, 24, is a Spanish international forward, and helped Real to lift a second successive Champions League last season.”
Morata joined Real Madrid’s youth team in 2008 and was handed his senior debut aged 18 in 2010.

The 6ft 3in striker moved to Italy in 2014, scoring 27 goals in two years for Juventus, winning both Serie A and the Coppa Italia twice and playing in the 2015 Champions League final.

Real exercised a buy-back option in June 2016 to take him back to the Bernabeu.

Morata has won 20 caps for Spain, scoring nine goals, since his international debut in 2014.
Morata scored 20 goals last season after rejoining Real from Juventus.

He won La Liga and the Champions League, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute.

Morata could replace Spain team-mate Diego Costa, who says he has been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is no longer in  Chelsea’s plans.
Chelsea have been linked with Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero, but Morata is their man after Romelu Lukaku signed for Man Utd.
The sale of Morata will allow Real to step up their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

Jose Mourinho describes Cristiano Ronaldo’s  Manchester return as “mission impossible”

​Jose Mourinho ruled out any attempt to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after Man Utd’s 5-2 rout of the LA Galaxy.
United boss Mourinho worked with his compatriot in Madrid and says an Old Trafford reunion was never on the cards.

“We have never thought about it because he is too much of an important player for his club, of great economic power,” he said.

“We have not been able to find for whatever reason anything that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave.

“I am not a defender of my club once I waste time on players who are mission impossible.”

United have so far brought in Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, with the latter’s arrival said to have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

“He belongs to Madrid,” said former Real boss Mourinho. “Madrid have decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It is a shame.

“He is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for him, he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution at Juventus and Madrid.

“It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

Manchester United agree £75m fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku and end interest in Alvaro Morata

Manchester United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.
However, Senior Everton sources insist no deal has been reached or fee agreed for the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

United remain confident one is close and will be finalised.
All summer former club Chelsea appeared to be the front-runners for Lukaku’s signature but it is understood United have been quietly pursuing him old for months and he is said to have been the club’s main target, with interest from Stamford Bridge helping cover that up.

It is understood United have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they progress a move for Lukaku, with the club hoping to get a deal over the line before heading to the United States on their pre-season tour.
Lukaku’s future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract  offer back in Marchand said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.

Lukaku has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, is expected to have a medical later this week with the hope that he can join United for their tour of the United States.
The team return to training on Saturday before flying off to Los Angeles on Sunday.