Chelsea questioned why defender was left out of Champions League squad

Benoit Badiashile has been left out of Champions League squad.

The 21-year-old French defender has been the best January signing for Chelsea according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown.

The Blues have spent over £323million on eight new players in the January transfer window alone.

Graham Potter confirmed his 25-man Champions League squad last week and only three out of eight signings were included in the list in compliance with the UEFA rules.

Benoit Badiashile arrived from Monaco in a deal worth £34million and the centre-back is yet to concede a goal after playing three games for the Blues.

He helped the club secure five points against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Fulham.

Keown is confused as to why the defender was omitted from the Champions League squad.

‘[Mudryk] wasn’t really in the game. [Noni] Madueke then came on. Lots of flashes, lots of good moments, but [wasn’t] really impacting the game too much,’ Keown said on talkSPORT.

‘The central defender, Badiashile, actually was probably the best player I saw among [Chelsea’s recent] purchases.

‘The central defender that we’ve talked about being such a good player is not even listed in the Champions League group.

‘How does that really work out? Who made that decision?’


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