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Chelsea eyeing a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Chelsea eyeing a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang can bring a lot of goals to Thomas Tuchel‘s attack at Stamford Bridge.

As per the fresh report from Gerard Romero, Chelsea are eyeing a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer. The West London club have identified the former Arsenal forward as a target for this ongoing transfer window.

The Gabon international joined Barcelona this year during the winter transfer window and showed his best version under Xavi. He was the joint highest scorer for the Catalan giants.

Aubameyang netted 13 times and provided one assist in 23 matches for Barca last season across all competitions.

The 33-year-old is an experienced forward who can still be a decent finisher in front of the opposition goal. The Laval-born talent can even create some promising chances for others around him when he is playing well on the pitch.

The former Premier League sensation will bring a lot of goals to Thomas Tuchel‘s attack at Stamford Bridge. He could serve as a fine replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

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Ex-manager Frank Lampard reveals what led to Chelsea sacking

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Ex-manager Frank Lampard reveals what led to Chelsea sacking
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Frank Lampard lost communication with the Chelsea hierarchy.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties as Chelsea manager in January 2021.

After having four defeats in eight league matches, he was replaced with Thomas Tuchel in January 2021.

The former manager reveals that he lost communication with important people above him at Chelsea.

He tried to fix too many things at once and he didn’t enjoy the final part of his tenure.

‘At the end of my time at Chelsea, I lost communication with important people above me that I should have tried to keep more,’ he said on High Performance podcast.

‘That was one of my reflections on it, because then that void becomes an issue. It certainly wasn’t just my fault, because I think that should be a two-way responsibility because you need to feel support.

‘Like you’re saying, how do you get that long-term vision? Well, you’d better be supported back when it is a bit tough because that’s the reality of football.’

 

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OFFICAL: Timo Werner completes a permanent move to RB Leipzig

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OFFICAL: Timo Werner completes a permanent move to RB Leipzig
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Timo Werner rejoins RB Leipzig on a permanent deal.

The German forward has signed a four-year contract with RB Leipzig and Chelsea will receive a reported fee of €30m.

Werner leaves Stamford Bridge after managing to score just 23 times in 89 appearances across all competitions.

 

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“I’m very happy to be able to play for RB Leipzig again,” Werner, who has signed a four-year contract, said. “I had a great time here between 2016 and 2020, when we performed brilliantly as newcomers in the league. It was a dignified departure for me to leave the club as record goalscorer, but that’s in the past now and I’m looking ahead, because both I and the club have developed in the past two years.

“I had two great years at Chelsea that I’m really grateful for and were crowned with the Champions League trophy. The experience to play abroad in a new league really helped me and my career. Now I’m looking forward to the new season with RB Leipzig and above all to meeting the Leipzig fans again, who mean a great deal to me. We want to achieve a lot and of course, I want to become the first Leipzig player to reach the 100-goal mark.”

 

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Azpilicueta blames Chelsea forwards for five-year Premier League title drought

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Azpilicueta blames Chelsea forwards for five-year Premier League title drought

It is five seasons since the last time Azpilicueta won the Premier League.

Cesar Azpilicueta has blamed Chelsea’s misfiring forwards for the club’s Premier League title drought. The West London club have not lifted the league title for five years.

Thomas Tuchel’s men started their 2022/23 campaign with a 1-0 away win over Everton on Saturday. It was Chelsea’s first victory at Goodison Park since 2017.

Azpilicueta explained post-match, “You know, every team wants to score a lot of goals and not concede. It’s true that maybe at the top it is obvious for the last few years we were a bit far.

“You know it is five seasons since the last time we won the Premier League. We need to score goals if we want to win anything. We need to score goals and not to concede anything.

“Lately, the last couple of games in the Premier League, we didn’t score enough and with a half-chance we concede. So that’s our problem, and that’s why we finished third with 20 or more points behind Manchester City.”

Azpilicueta recently signed a new contract with the Blues and he would look to end the title drought in his final years with the club.

Cesar Azplicueta explains his reason behind extending Chelsea contract

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Cesar Azplicueta explains his reason behind extending Chelsea contract
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Cesar Azplicueta reveals why he refused to join Barcelona.

The veteran defender confessed that he considered joining Barcelona this summer ending his ten-year spell with the Blues.

But the 32-year-old finally penned a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge and granted Tuchel’s wish who wanted him to stay.

“Yes the conversations were there [with Barcelona],” he told The Standard.

“After the Club World Cup, where I became the only player to ever win every trophy, I felt it was the time to go back. But then everything happened with this club. I wanted to stay committed to the club. I never did anything against my club.

“We had private conversations where I said everything. We had players leaving and I have never been in a transfer market situation in 10 years. It was different. For a period I was a free agent and who knows what could have happened in that period.

Then a meeting with the new owners changed the Spaniard’s mind.

“I had a meeting with the new owners. They wanted me to stay here to lead the team both on and off the pitch. It’s a big thank you to them,” he added.

“They were very honest and transparent from the first day. I felt a responsibility to stay here in my home. My family are happy here. We have a new project with new players and youngsters coming in. I feel right and ready to look forward.”

 

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Ralf Ragnick explains what went wrong with Werner at Chelsea

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Ralf Ragnick explains what went wrong with Werner at Chelsea
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Timo Werner will complete his transfer to RB Leipzig by this week.

The German forward is expected to re-join his former club RB Leipzig for £23.5million which is a huge loss from the £47.7million paid two years ago.

His medical is set to take place on Tuesday and his departure could be announced in a matter of two days.

Former Man United boss Ralf Rangnick explains what went wrong with Werner at Chelsea and what RB Leipzig need to do to avoid similar issues.

He told Sky Germany: “From a sporting point of view, the transfer makes sense. Timo has speed and depth. No player in RB has that in the offensive area except [Christopher] Nkunku.

“In order to play at his performance limit, Timo needs trust and the absolute backing of the trainer. It’s important for Timo that he plays regularly so that he can get in shape for the World Cup.

“I see him as one of two strikers at his strongest and most effective. [Andre] Silva and [Yussuf] Poulsen could benefit from him.”

 

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Thomas Tuchel hinted his plan to sign young defender at Chelsea

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Thomas Tuchel hinted his plan to sign young defender at Chelsea

Chelsea are eyeing 21-year-old Wesley Fofana in defence.

Chelsea defender Thomas Tuchel has hinted he wants to sign a younger player to help replace his ageing defence.

The West London club have been heavily linked with a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana. The Foxes defender is just 21 years old and he may be a future prospect for the club.

If we talk about Chelsea’s current defenders then Kalidou Koulibaly is 31, Thiago Silva is 37, and Azpi is 32 years old. The trio started in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Tuchel spoke to reporters after the win on Merseyside, via the Evening Standard, “It is a lot of experience, it is maybe another of age, it is a lot of experience and they have their quality and they know what they are doing.

“We also need to make sure we have a new generation to take over in the next years but the guys are strong that is why they are under contract and the guys have our trust.

“There needs to be [balance]. I think it is necessary. The game in general is very physical and demands a lot. This is the situation. We knew it before.

“Azpi is the legend that he is, Thiago is in the moment still very important to us and when we had the chance to sign Kalidou we did it because we believe that he has some years ahead of him. But in general it is the fact that like the goalkeeper and the double sixes are in their thirties, and that is just what it is.

“Pace is an issue and speed is an issue. In all signings, this is the demand of the game that you can play one on ones, that you can defend space if needed with high-speed runs.”

Chelsea defender believes club is still in transition

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Chelsea defender believes club is still in transition
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Ben Chilwell makes honest admission about Chelsea’s title hopes.

The England international return to action on Saturday after a long absence from ACL injury.

He is expected to face competition from new signing Marc Cucurella who has impressed from the bench against Everton.

The wing back has played down the pressure on him and the squad and believes Chelsea is still in transition.

“We’ve got a lot to work on and improve on but the main thing was the three points and we got them so we’re happy,” Chilwell told chelseafc.com.

“We’re a team in transition and we’re still trying to work together. We’ve got new players that have been integrated in and a new ownership so we’re still working hard and basically we’re just taking every game as it comes.”

Manager Thomas Tuchel is delighted with Chilwell’s return to the first-team.

“Everyone is so happy,” he told the official Chelsea website.

“He worked so hard through pre-season and his holidays after his injury to have this possibility.

“It came maybe early, he still lacks rhythm and full confidence.

“There is no other way than playing.”

 

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Mason Mount details his aim for the new season

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Mason Mount details his aim for the new season
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Mason Mount has set some new targets for the 2022/23 season.

The Chelsea academy graduate has won Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the past two successive seasons.

He aims to have some domestic success with Chelsea as Chelsea has already won the UEFA Champions League in 2021 under the leadership of Thomas Tuchel.

‘My goal is to win something domestically with this club,’ Mount said ahead of Everton clash.

‘The Premier League is huge so to be able to win that would be so special. I don’t think we are favourites to win it, but you never know what can happen. That’s the kind of pressure we put on ourselves: to be able to say we might be underdogs, but we can still perform and still be pushing right up there.

‘I’m still striving to get better and to improve every single game and every single season,’ he added of his personal ambitions.

‘I have always set goals at the beginning of a season, and I still do that now. One is trying to get double figure goals and assists. I managed to do that last season, but out of the three seasons I have only done it once.’

 

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Thomas Tuchel is happy with club’s summer window

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Thomas Tuchel is happy with club's summer window
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Thomas Tuchel happy with current state of Chelsea’s business.

The Blues have signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling in this summer window and has been linked with a few other players.

They have been heavily linked with Leicester defender Wesley Fofana who could become the most expensive defender in the world if his £85million valuation is met.

Yesterday, they signed Marc Cucurella on a five-year contract from Brighton.

Thomas Tuchel admits he’s happy with the signings who are already through the door.

“No, I’m not happy, I’m super happy,” he told Soccer AM ahead of Everton. “These two guys [Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly] are fantastic guys and fantastic football players and are exactly what we need.

“So, this is brilliant to have Kalidou here in the defence and Raheem in the offence is top top signings.”

The manager also confirmed that Alonso is set to leave Stamford Bridge for Barcelona this week.

“That is the case. He tries to leave and we agreed to this wish. That’s why it would not have made sense to put him on the pitch today. He would’ve been on the pitch otherwise but in this situation, it was the right thing to do.”

 

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