6pm Chelsea news: Antonio Conte's big payday, Nabil Fekir phone call and Antonio Rudiger's joke booking

Read on below to find out all the latest Chelsea transfer news and gossip.

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CHELSEA will have to pay former boss Antonio Conte £11.3million after he vowed to remain jobless until June.

The Blues must pay the Italian for the final year of his contract should he decide to continue his sabbatical – and the figure could increase if the manager wins £8.7m in damages.

NAB A CALL

MAURIZIO SARRI personally phoned Nabil Fekir to give Blues an edge when the January transfer window opens.

The Lyon midfielder saw a deal fall through with Liverpool in the summer – but the Chelsea boss hopes to sign the £50m-rated star ahead of Bayern Munich.

"THAT'S A JOKE"

ANTONIO RUDIGER was left dumbfounded after branding his yellow card a joke in the draw against Everton.

The German defender feels wronged after stating he was booked for being head-butted by the Toffees' Bernard.

FRESH ED

EDEN HAZARD has revealed the three months he missed last season is the reason for his blazing form this term.

The Belgian star also admitted he is feeling the effects of his nation's run to the semi-finals at the World Cup – but is fresher than he should be.

NOTHING ELSE MOR-ATTERS

ALVARO MORATA has insisted it doesn't matter if he scores goals, as long as Chelsea win.

The Chelsea striker has often divided opinion – but after being preferred to Olivier Giroud, the Spaniard has netted three times in two games.

WELCOME RUG

CHELSEA target Daniele Rugani has hinted that he could be moving to the Premier League after posting a photo of him learning English with his girlfriend Michaela Persico.

The Juventus defender has been heavily linked with a move to either the Blues or local rivals Arsenal.

IT'S HAZARDOUS

EDEN HAZARD has revealed he is feeling the 'wear and tear' of the tackles he receives from Premier League rivals.

The Belgian has been doing yoga since joining Chelsea in a bid to keep himself fit and strong.

AKE-ING TO HAVE HIM BACK

Howe fears the Dutch 23-year-old will be sold in January or at the end of the season, with several top clubs impressed with his form.

The south coast club will hold out for a huge fee and their valuation is no secret to Ake’s fan club at home and abroad.

SAND BAG

CHELSEA are set to rival a host of Italian sides to land Brescia wonderkid Sandro Tonali – dubbed the next Andrea Pirlo, according to reports.

The 18-year-old is so highly rated that he has already earned a call-up to the national side despite playing in Serie B.

ROB JOY AT BLUES LINK

ROBERTO PEREYRA admits he is thrilled to be strongly linked with Chelsea.

Watford's Argentine attacker has made a blistering start to the new season, with five goals in ten Premier League matches.

WIL POWER

CALLUM WILSON is the latest strike target for Chelsea after the £35m-rated attacker impressed for Bournemouth.

But the big question is: Would he be an upgrade on current Blues' forwards Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud?

Do Chelsea have a darker side?

By DUNCAN WRIGHT

JORGINHO and Marcos Alonso show there is a nasty bite to Chelsea to go with the pretty Sarri-ball.

Maurizio Sarri has got the Blues playing with far more freedom than in recent years allowing the magical skills of Eden Hazard to flourish.

But in a fiercely contested clash with Everton there was something of the dark arts about some of his players as they left their mark on their visitors in a more rudimentary way.

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EDEN HAZARD looks set to return to the starting line-up for Chelsea in the Premier League and hopes he will be back to his devastating self once again.

Alvaro Morata is also expected to return after Olivier Giroud was preferred in the Europa League.

RUBEN RIDDLE

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK'S unimpressive display against BATE Borisov showed that he may not have the consistency to become a firm Chelsea regular.

The England star scored a hat-trick in the reverse leg two weeks ago, but was anonymous in Belarus.

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