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Unsettled Winger Would Snub Liverpool For Chelsea Move

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Unsettled Winger Would Snub Liverpool For Chelsea Move

According to the latest reports, Liverpool have a strong case of winning Lorenzo Insigne’s signature if the Napoli winger is made available this summer.

The Italian’s future with the Serie A outfit has been brought into doubt after reports claimed that Carlo Ancelotti was plotting a massive squad overhaul.

The coach and the player are not in the best of terms as was noticed during the Europa League second leg 0-1 loss against Arsenal last week.

Jurgen Klopp has already expressed a desire to sign Insigne but the player himself might be leaning towards a reunion with his former coach, Maurizio Sarri. The 60-year-old, who is currently the head coach of Chelsea Football Club has already brought in two of his former players from Napoli – Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain.

Insigne could be the third in line to join up the Blues ranks this summer, especially with Eden Hazard predicted to leave for Real Madrid.

Reports from Italy claim that Napoli would like to bag a transfer fee of around £60m for the 27-year-old’s sale. Insigne enjoyed his best form as a footballer under Sarri, when he scored 20 goals in the 2016/17 season.

He has managed 13 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances this term. The versatile attacker can play anywhere in the final third or even in the central attacking post.

Should Hazard leave Stamford Bridge this summer and Chelsea manage to postpone the transfer ban, Insigne could be a quality addition at an affordable rate.

See Also: Philippe Coutinho’s Preferred Destination Will Not Please Chelsea Fans

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Sarri charged by FA for this!

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Sarri charged by FA for this!
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The Chelsea Burnley game may have looked dashing on the pitch but it ended rather ugly off it.

The players were caught in a bad brawl with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sent off from the touchline.

His assistant Gianfranco Zola has said that the Italian boss was possibly insulted.

The reason [for Sarri not showing up after the game] is he’s very frustrated, so he’d prefer not to come over here,” Zola told a news conference.

“He’s been sent off. I think he’s been offended as well, so he didn’t feel it was the right thing to do, to speak to you [the media].

“I know you wanted him, so I’m sorry, but you can understand. He’s frustrated at the game, frustrated at being sent off, and the other thing. He’d prefer not to come in.

“I think he’s been told something from their bench, but don’t ask me exactly what. I don’t want to go down that line, but we’ll see what we can do about that.

“I think there will be a follow[-up] on that. Maurizio felt very unhappy. We understand it’s a football game.

“You say words because of the adrenalin, but he wasn’t particularly happy. If Maurizio said that, probably it’s something that could have been avoided.”

And now the FA instead of investigating the incident, has charged Sarri with indecent behaviour. Good job lads!

SEE MORE: Former Chelsea star warns Eden Hazard of Real Madrid move

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Emerson backs RLC to become one of the best

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Emerson backs RLC to become one of the best
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Chelsea left back Emerson Palmieri has backed the Blues academy graduate and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek to become one of the best midfield players in the world of football.

“When we play together we’ve developed and understanding,” he told Football London.

“We can play the ball without looking at each other.

“Ruben, for me, will become one of the most important footballers in the world because he’s a central midfielder who has everything.

“He is strong, quick, he knows how to defend and how to attack – he is a great player who will become even better.”

Emerson’s special praise sure does come in line with RLC’s latest exploits on the pitch. The 23 year old player has been performing superbly in recent matches. He has scored goals from midfield and is a strong physical presence.

RLC himself admitted recently that he wants to use this form to earn himself a spot for the Three Lions.

He said: “I am focussed on the now and hoping (for England) in the future. The way you get in the England squad is doing well for your club.”

“England is a by-product of what you’re doing. My focus is all on Chelsea and playing well when I get the opportunity. If you do well, you have every chance of being called up to England.”

SEE MORE: Former Chelsea star warns Eden Hazard of Real Madrid move

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Maurizio Sarri charged with misconduct by the FA

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct after he was sent off against Burnley this week.

Throughout the match, Sarri argued with the match officials and the Burnley bench. During the final minutes of the match, referee Kevin Friend sent Sarri to the stands after the Italian stepped out of his technical area to argue with the officials.

Chelsea eventually drew the match 2-2. Following the match, Chelsea lodged a complaint against a staff from the Burnley who is believed to have called Sarri a ‘s*** italian’.

Maurizio Sarri has till Friday to respond to the charges. Provided Sarri is proven guilty, he will face a fine.

Chelsea are currently 4th in the Premier League table with 67 points. Their next match is against Manchester United.

 

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Former Chelsea star warns Eden Hazard of Real Madrid move

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Former Chelsea star Craig Burley feels that if Eden Hazard wants to move to Real Madrid, he should do it now or else he won’t get another chance.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to bolster Real’s squad in the summer transfer window and Hazard is at the top of his wishlist. Plenty of reports suggest that Hazard might join the club this summer.

Hazard’s current contract at Chelsea expires next summer and he is yet to sign a new contract for the club. Provided Hazard leaves Chelsea now, his transfer could bring in £100 million for the club.

Besides, Hazard is not the only player Real are interested in. PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are amongst the players Real are keen on bringing in the summer.

Hence, Burley feels that Hazard should sign for Real now if he wants to or else the club won’t show interest in him later on.

The former Scottish international said, “Time is not on Hazard’s side. If he does not make the move to Real Madrid this summer, he is probably never going to make that move.

Because in just over one year’s time they will have moved onto someone else, be it Neymar or Mbappe, or the new kid on the block.

He will then be a year older and how do you know he is not going to pick an injury up? Hazard has been a good servant to that football club and has played very well for them. I think that if he wants to make that move to Real Madrid, and I think that he should, then he has to make it this summer.

Nobody can give him a guarantee in future so I think that if he doesn’t make it now, he never will.”

Also Read: RLC wants England call-up via Chelsea run

 

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RLC wants England call up via Chelsea run

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Chelsea youth academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that he is hopeful that his current run in the first of team at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri will earn him a national call up with the Three Lions squad for the upcoming European competition of the UEFA Nations League.

He said: “I am focussed on the now and hoping (for England) in the future. The way you get in the England squad is doing well for your club.”

“England is a by-product of what you’re doing. My focus is all on Chelsea and playing well when I get the opportunity. If you do well, you have every chance of being called up to England.”

Loftus-Cheek added: “Through the years Chelsea have brought through real talent, you can see it with Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount doing so well on loan.

“There are so many that can play for Chelsea. Hopefully in the next few years we will see a team with some academy products.”

Loftus-Cheek is one of the few Chelsea players to have made it from the youth academy to the first team.

SEE MORE: Chelsea Youngster To Miss Rest Of The Season With Egregious Achilles Injury

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Chelsea confirm extent of CHO’s injury

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Callum Hudson-Odoi had to walk away from the Chelsea Burnley match midway in the second half after a bad injury.

it later turned out to be a torn achilles.

“[I’m] really gutted to end my season with a ruptured Achilles,” the Englishman posted on his Twitter account. “Got to work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!”

Zola also confirmed the injury after the match, saying, “It’s not an easy one. I think it’s a serious injury.”

“It’s his Achilles tendon. I cannot tell you the extent of it. I don’t know – he’ll have to have an examination, but it’s not looking good. I don’t know if it’s ruptured.

And now, the club has confirmed that the young English star is set to miss the rest of the season at least.

A brief statement on Chelsea’s website confirmed Hudson-Odoi is due to have surgery on Tuesday. It read: “Callum is seeing a specialist this afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon this evening.”

Hudson-Odoi will be very upset after he had recently broken into the first team and things were looking really positive form him.

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Philippe Coutinho’s Preferred Destination Will Not Please Chelsea Fans

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Philippe Coutinho's Preferred Destination Will Not Please Chelsea Fans

Philippe Coutinho has a preference on where he wants to land up after Barcelona and it is not Chelsea.

The Brazilian winger has really struggled in full debut season with the La Liga giant. His £142m transfer from Liverpool has attracted a lot of criticism due to his inability to adjust in the Blaugrana setup.

Reports claim that Coutinho is not ready to play second fiddle to Lionel Messi just like his compatriot, Neymar was.

Amid a lot of rumours of a potential return to the Premier League, it was thought that Manchester United were the dominant ones in signing the attacking midfielder. However, the recent posts claim that Chelsea have a strong case of acquiring the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

The latter is expected to leave for Real Madrid after this season, leaving behind a massive gap in the Blues offensive lineup. Coutinho would be allowed to run free in the Chelsea attack just like he previously did with Liverpool.

However, out of loyalty to his previous team, the 26-year-old has pledged to not sign with any of Liverpool’s direct rivals.

He instead wants to team up with Neymar in Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s always a pleasure to play with him, it’s fun,” he said.

“We played together many times in Brazilian youth teams, and he became a special player. Playing at his side is always a pleasure, even though I haven’t had any luck at the club level yet. It would be nice to play with him in a club.”

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Ligue 1 club confirm interest in Olivier Giroud

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Nice have confirmed their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. Giroud has made 40 appearances for Chelsea so far, scoring 12 goals and providing  6 assists.

The Frenchman’s current contract at Chelsea expires in the summer and Maurizio Sarri has said that the club will trigger the clause to extend his contract by a year.

Giroud has expressed his frustration at not getting enough playing time at Chelsea and several reports have linked him to a move to France.

Nice is among the clubs linked with the Giroud and their President Gauthier Ganaye has said that his team could make a move for the striker.

Ganaye said, “He is at the end of his contract, he still performs well at his age. Come on, let’s tell you it’s possible. His salary? Yeah, it’s really expensive.”

Giroud spent 7 years of his professional career at France, playing for Grenoble, Istres, Tours and Montpellier before moving to England.

Nice will most likely end 7th or 8th in Ligue 1 this season and they will require a decent striker to have a better outcome next season. Hence, Giroud could be a pretty useful addition to Nice provided the club sign him.

However, given that Giroud may not have any say on his contract extension clause, it seems like the 32-year old will stay at Chelsea for next season.

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David Luiz slams Burnley’s tactics against Chelsea

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Chelsea defender David Luiz was far from impressed with the kind of football Burnley played last night at Stamford Bridge. Last night’s match between Chelsea and Burnley began in the best possible as four goals were scored within the first 25 minutes.

Burnley opened the scoring after just 8 minutes thanks to Jeff Hendrick. However, N’Golo Kante brought Chelsea level in the 12th minute before Gonzalo Higuain put the Blues ahead in the 14th.

Burnley managed to equalise thanks to Ashley Barnes in the 24th minute. The remainder of the match saw no more goals and the both sides won a point each.

Following the match, David Luiz slammed Burnley’s approach to the game. The Brazilian said, “We tried everything to win the game, but it’s difficult playing a team who has two chances, score two goals, but didn’t want to play the game. For me, the authority on the pitch is the referee, and when he is not there to try to check what he has to do on the pitch, it’s difficult.

They were trying to time waste from the first minute of the first half, and then it was anti-football so it’s difficult to play against.”

Tempers began to flare during the match as Maurizio Sarri was sent off during the closing stages of the game.

Sarri’s second-in-command Gianfranco Zola also slammed Sean Dyche’s boys for their tactics. The former Italy international said, “I think in the second half we didn’t play much football. There was a lot of time-wasting and we felt five minutes wasn’t enough to compensate for all the lost time and lost rhythm. We are not very happy. I understand Burnley’s approach, but we’re very unhappy. Five minutes wasn’t enough [stoppage time].”

With the draw, Chelsea moved to 4th place in the league table and are level on points with Spurs. Their next match is a toughie against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have a match to play before taking on Chelsea- the Manchester Derby tomorrow night.

Also Read: Sarri sending off might provoke Chelsea to complain against Burnley

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