Latest Chelsea news including apology and injury update

Real Madrid have not given up on signing Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois. The 25-year-old is on a short list of three drawn up by the European Champions, who are determined to land a world-class goalie at the end of the season.

Watford are not confident of hanging on to their young winger Richarlison. Chelsea along with Tottenham are reported to be interested in signing the 20-year-old Brazilian sensation.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made it clear that he needs defender David Luiz back in action as soon as possible. The 36 year has a knee injury and the Blues boss is unsure how long the Brazilian will be sidelined.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has apologised to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason following his sending off during last night’s win over Swansea.

Conte was furious at the awarding of a Swansea goal kick and their perceived time wasting.

“It’s right to apologise for what happened during the game,” Conte said.

“During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official.

“At the same time I didn’t see something change. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.

“I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”