Thibaut Courtois celebrates his 200th clean sheet, record at Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, others REVEALED

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois clocked up his 200th clean sheet in professional football as Belgium defeated Kazakhstan 2-0.

According to Marca, the 27-year-old has reached the milestone with clean sheets achieved at Genk, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Belgium.

Sunday night’s victory over Kazakhstan was the seventh consecutive clean sheet for his national side for Courtois – he has 40 in total in his 79 international appearances for the Red Devils.

Courtois kept 14 clean sheets in 45 matches for Belgian club Genk, then kept a shutout 76 times in 154 appearances for Atletico before returning to Chelsea, where his number of clean sheets was 58 in 154 games – and so far he has reached 12 in 43 Madrid appearances, report Football Espana.

Alphonso Areola, a summer loan signing from Paris Saint-Germain, had temporarily replaced Courtois in the starting line-up after the Belgian had suffered from a bout of acute gastroenteritis.

Antonio Conte plots January swoop for Chelsea star to replace injured Alexis Sanchez

Reports in Italy claim Inter Milan are preparing a January swoop for unhappy Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.

It was confirmed today that Alexis Sanchez, on loan from Manchester United, has dislocated his ankle joint with tendon damage during international duty with Chile.

He’ll find out tomorrow if this requires surgery, which could keep him out of action for three to four months.

This leaves the Nerazzurri short on striking options and they could again look to the Premier League for reinforcements.

Giroud is increasingly frustrated at the lack of playing time at Chelsea since his January 2018 move from Arsenal, a move requested by Antonio Conte.

The 33-year-old scored one goal in his five appearances this season, most of them as a substitute.

His contract is due to expire at the end of this term, so a January sale is more than likely.

According to FCInterNews.it, Giroud wants a contract until June 2022 and his salary is a massive €8m per year.

Barcelona target Nigerian-born Germany striker Karim Adeyemi

Reports in Spain claim Barcelona are prepared to splash out €8m to sign Germany Under-17 international striker Karim Adeyemi.

The 17-year-old joined Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2018 and is currently playing for their feeder club FC Liefering in the second tier of Austrian football.

He has netted 11 league goals for the club and has also starred in the UEFA Youth League for Salzburg, netting against both Liverpool and Genk.

Adeyemi has also been prolific at youth international level for Germany – he impressed for Die Mannshaft’s Under-16 team and then netted three goals in seven caps for the Under-17 side.

He is said, according to El Mundo Deportivo as reported by Football Espana, to be the ‘bet’ of Barcelona director of youth football Patrick Kluivert and they are said to view his potential to being similar to that of 16-year-old rising star Ansu Fati.

Adeyemi – who has a a Nigerian father and Romanian mother – began his youth career at Bayern Munich and went on to spend six years at SpVgg Unterhaching

Olivier Giroud threatens Chelsea as pressure mounts on him to leave Stamford Bridge in January

Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea he will not think twice about leaving unless he gets more game time after France boss Didier Deschamps and ex-PSG manager Luis Fernandez are putting pressure on him to quit the London club in January.

He came off the bench to score in France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey on Monday night, which was his third goal in four matches for France.

The 33-year-old has made just three appearances in the Premier League this season.

Giroud said: “I’m going to fight for my place at Chelsea and we will take stock of the situation in January.

“If you ask me whether I want to leave I’ll say ‘not necessarily’ – but other things enter the equation.

“I cannot be happy with what I have at the moment. I am 33 but I still have several good years left in me.

“I still have the legs and a profile that I think will enable me to keep playing at the top level.”

Speaking to Europe 1, Fernadez said: “I think he’ll leave Chelsea in the winter. He has to leave.

“If he doesn’t find himself a new club, it could get complicated for him.

“He needs to play and have rhythm.”

In the same vein, Deschamps insists a lack of game time with Chelsea is damaging Giroud’s international chances.

“Olivier suffers because of his situation. Before January, nothing will move,” Deschamps said.

“After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.

“But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.

“He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.”

Chelsea starlet reveals how ex-Blues captain John Terry influenced his football career, says “I have spoken with him and he has trained with us a few times”

Chelsea defender Marc Guehi has been tapping his hero John Terry for advice as he tries to make his way in the game.

The 19-year-old has impressed on his first three outings for the Young Lions this season and also made his senior debut for the Blues in the Carabao Cup last month.

He is another promising youngster coming out of the Stamford Bridge academy and Guehi cites Terry as a major influence in his bid to become a regular.

“He was a captain and leader at Chelsea all his life,” he said.

“I think he was underrated when it came to playing out with both feet.

“He was a great leader, a great defender and someone I definitely look up to. I have spoken with him and he has trained with us a few times.

“He told us to always be focused on what you do, communicating at all times and making sure you’re concentrated and that you’re having fun, enjoying what you do.”

Guehi has plenty of current players at Chelsea to look up to, given the emergence of the youngsters under Frank Lampard this season, report the Independent.

Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham are in the senior squad while Callum Hudson-Odoi is back with the under-21s this month after his Achilles injury.

“They’re role models for me,” Guehi added. “Mason, Fikayo, Tammy – they’re young players doing really well at the moment and that’s an incentive for even more young players at Chelsea to know that if you keep working hard, there are opportunities there.

“Hopefully (it’s not far for me). I just need to keep working hard and if I’m called upon, I need to make sure I’m ready.”

Guehi is set to feature for the Young Lions in an important Euro qualifier against Austria at MK Dons on Tuesday.

REVEALED: Why Jurgen Klopp rejected Real Madrid approach

There are claims that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp turned down an advance from Real Madrid prior to taking up his role on Merseyside.

Former Reds striker Robbie Fowler has given an interview in which he explained that Klopp informed him that Madrid, along with Manchester United, were turned down by the German.

Fowler goes on to explain that Klopp turned down those clubs because of ‘commercial influences’ and instead accepted the role at Anfield due to ‘identity’ and ‘history’.

“I did an interview with him a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after Dortmund – one of them was definitely Manchester United and the other was probably Real Madrid,” Fowler told The Mirror, as cited by Diario AS.

“Because he hated how they were focused solely on ­commercial influences. He said he liked Liverpool because they had a balance between the money needed to reach the top and the history and identity of the club and their fans.”

It is tricky, according to Football Espana, to determine what period of time Fowler is referring to, as Klopp was instilled as Reds boss in October 2015 – three months before Rafael Benitez was sacked at Los Blancos and replaced by Zidane.

Antonio Conte says he wouldn’t have joined Chelsea, reveals “We were all crying”

Antonio Conte confirms he didn’t want to leave Italy for Chelsea in 2016, saying: “We were all crying, because we knew we’d no longer see each other every day.”

Conte took the Azzurri to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, a team known more for its passion and unity than any particular talents.

The current Inter Milan Coach spoke on stage at the Festival dello Sport event in Trento, saying: “I feel that wearing the Azzurri jersey is a dream come true and when you stand there listening to the national anthem, it’s a unique sensation, because it means you have reached that level.

“I represented Italy as both player and Coach. Being the manager does provide enormous responsibility. You can feel an entire nation behind you, hoping and pushing you on. I think I was very fortunate to be both Coach and player for Italy.

“I remember we worked together for three-and-a-half weeks, which was the most important thing, as we formed a group where each player was ready to give his life for his teammate.

“We defeated Spain 2-0, they had been unbeaten for a long time, becoming world and European champions. It was a great match, because despite the lack of quality in the squad, we found 23 men who were happy to work together and help each other out.

“What remains in that experience for me is the phrase ‘You can do anything you put your mind to’ and in that year, we all wanted to so much.

“I remember the day before saying goodbye, we were all crying, because we knew that from the day after, we’d no longer see each other every day.

“We wouldn’t have beaten teams like Belgium or Spain unless we had genuine values. It was an emotional experience and if I hadn’t already signed for Chelsea, I would certainly have continued working with the Nazionale, because we created a real union with the lads and it’s tough to leave that behind.”