Saturday, May 30, 2020

Coronavirus: No new cases of COVID-19 in the latest round of tests, Premier League confirms

The Premier league has confirmed that there were no new positive coronavirus results in the llatest round of tests that took place last Thursday and Friday. 

A statement from the Premier league read:

"The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1130 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, zero have tested positive," 

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing."

Dortmund unwilling to drop hefty Sancho asking price

Borussia Dortmund are not offering discounts on star winger Jadon Sancho and are expected to require more than £100 million (€110m/$123m) to do a deal.

Sancho remains keen on a move to one of the Premier League's biggest clubs and has no intention of renewing his current Dortmund contract, which expires in 2022.

The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea who are hot on Sancho’s heels will have to cough out over £100 Million for the Englishman.

Zola: Sarri’s training methods bored Chelsea Players

Former Chelsea Assistant Coach Gianfranco Zola who assisted Manager Sarri during his rein at Stamford Bridge in the 2018/2019 season said players like hazard and willian got bored by the italian’s training methods.

Zola claimed those methods clearly did the squad favours as when other teams were slipping up, the blues were on fire until the end.

SOCCER PUNCH learnt what Gianfranco Zola to BeIN Sports, and he is quoted as saying:  "They were talented players, like Hazard and Willian, players who know how to win games on their own, but they were suffering from the type of exercises and type of training we were doing - but it was necessary for the others.

"I'll be honest, they were brilliant because they got bored, but they kept doing it throughout and that was the reason why when everyone was dropping we were going up towards the end."

Onana doesn’t know if its time to leave Ajax

AFC Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana said he doesnt know if its the right time to leave the Dutch Champions 

The Cameroonian has spent five years with the dutch club and still has two years left on his deal.

Speaking to Radio Sport info, he said:
"it’s difficult to answer," if the time to leave Amsterdam has come "because in football everything goes very fast. The truths of today are not tomorrow's."

Giroud was motivated to prove arsenal wrong

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud said he wanted to prove Arsenal wrong with a good performance against them ahead of the UEL final in the 2018/2019 season 

Arsenal let the Frenchman go in January 2018 and he went on to score and assist against them in the UEL final the following year.

SOCCER PUNCH learnt he spoke to the Chelsea’s official website and here is what he said: "That final against Arsenal was obviously very special for me emotionally. When I saw that we were going to face Arsenal in the final, I knew it was going to be special.

"On top of that, it was only a year after I left. I have quite a lot of friends over there, people who work in the club’s offices. That was extra motivation for me and I knew that it was going to be a high-pressure match.

"You definitely prepare for the match in a special way, in a different way, because you know that they know you inside out, and they know that I know them well too.

"You have to plan for the match but not play the match before it’s happened. You have to think ahead. I thought that if I had a one-on-one with Petr Cech, who knows me really well, or a penalty, I would have to shoot there and not somewhere else.

"I knew that he knew me really well. I was also going to play against my friend Laurent Koscielny, who has also known me inside-out for years because we started together at Tours in 2008.

Olivier Giroud Eden Hazard Chelsea Europa League final 2019

"It was a very special moment but it was like extra motivation for me because I wanted to show them that I still had some energy in me and some good years left in me.

"I scored, I got an assist and I won the penalty so quite a lot of good things happened there for me because I was involved in three goals out of the four that we scored.

"It was like in a dream because I couldn’t have imagined that it would go so well, so perfectly for us. I wanted to win things at Chelsea - that’s why I was even more motivated that night - but winning against your old club like that..."

Friday, May 22, 2020

Ancelotti: “No surprises Lampard became a coach”

Former Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti said he always knew Frank Lampard will make a good coach while at the helms of affairs at Stamford Bridge in 2009.

The Vastly Experienced Manager won the Premier league and FA cup with Chelsea in his first season with a Star studded squad and said he expects John Terry to tread the same path in the near future.

The Three-time Champions league winner as a Manager told SkySports about not being caught off the guard at Lampard became a coach: “I'm not surprised [to see Lampard as a manager] because as a player, Frank had fantastic tactical qualities. 

I'm waiting now for Terry as a manager, now he's an assistant, but I think they both have the qualities to be a good manager. Of course, Frank is doing really well at Chelsea now.”

Emerson Open to Serie A return

Emerson Palmieri has refused to turn down a move back to Serie A but said he is in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge as he still has a contract to honour.

The Italian fullback has been linked severally with a move to Roma, Napoli and the likes ever since he got to the premier league in 2018

Now Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, SOCCER PUNCH can confirm his words which read: "I was very happy in Serie A, including with the culture, which is also why I chose to play for Italy," 

"A return to Serie A could happen, but I have a contract with Chelsea and I'm in no rush to go anywhere.

"It has been a wonderful experience at Chelsea, as first there was [Antonio] Conte, so obviously it was easier to deal with an Italian coach.

"As for [Maurizio] Sarri, I've no words for what a marvellous year we had, as we finished third in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup final and won the Europa League. We can't complain!"

Loftus-Cheek expects Chelsea’s title challenge

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says the blues young guns are capable of challenging for a major title in the nearest future and he “ruben” is hoping to contribute to that cause.

The England International was sidelined with an Achilles problem for 12 months but he working his way back to full fitness before the coronavirus outbreak wrecked English football.

SOCCER PUNCH learned that he was speaking to the blues official website and here is what he had to say: “I was back training before lockdown but only just so I’ve been doing a lot of what the other boys have been doing, general fitness stuff, but I’ve also had some individual responsibilities to keep my Achilles in check, just to stop any further injuries. 

It’s been calf workouts and stuff like that, just keeping my body strong for whenever we go back.”

The highly-rated midfielder added on his injury struggles: “It was frustrating for sure.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work into getting fit and had just finished what was kind of like my pre-season. I was training with the group and then doing my own stuff afterwards with the fitness coaches, which was really hard trying to get fit to play as quickly as possible.

“I’d been doing that for weeks and weeks and started to feel like I was very close but then lockdown came. It was frustrating but that’s life - I’ve just had to carry on keeping fit by myself.

“At the start of the season, I was still injured and at the start of my rehab but I didn’t know it would go on for so long.

“I thought it would be quicker so I had in my head if I can get back around midway through the season then I can hopefully build up my fitness and be sharp to be in contention for the Euros.

“Obviously it didn’t happen like that and it took me a long while to feel good in my body after my injury and have the confidence. Having the tournament next summer now is a good opportunity for me to stay injury-free, stay healthy and try to play my best football for when the time comes.”

Norwich vs Chelsea, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount

Zappacosta would love to Stay at Roma

Davide Zappacosta says he would love to stay at Roma in the future on a personal level as he believes he still has something to give the Rossoneri cause.

The On-loan full back who signed an extension to his Chelsea contract up until 2022 has barely featured for his temporary club due to an ACL injury in his right knee

Speaking to SkySports Italia, Zappacosta tells us why he would love to stay at Roma: "On a personal level, I would love to stay in Rome for several reasons," 

"The main one is that I want to show the fans, my team-mates and the management who I am and what I can do.

"I have worked a lot in these months, I have trained and I have made sacrifices to be available at the restart of the championship.

"I am doing some sessions completely dedicated to the knee, because it takes time to recover better from this injury. But now I feel 90 per cent fit."

Jorginho’s agent opens door for Juve Move

Jorginho’s agent Joao santos insists no club has asked for the services of his client but admits an offer from a club like Juventus would be difficult to turn down as it is player’s dream to play for a team like Juventus.

Joao Santos speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss and was quoted by SOCCER PUNCH as saying:  "Juventus are one of the top teams in Europe and any player would like to play for them.

"I haven't heard from [sporting director Fabio] Paratici, he hasn't called me. Jorginho has three years left on his contract with Chelsea, he's doing well in London.

"I read about the links with Juve through newspapers and various outlets."”

“I repeat, Juventus are one of the top clubs in football."

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Roberto Carlos was close to joining Chelsea in 2007

Roberto Carlos has revealed that he was very close in joining Chelsea in 2007 after the blues and Fenerbache showed interest in him.

The Brazil Legend left Realmadrid in 2007 and a deal to move to Chelsea was very close but he said it broke down in the final moments.

Roberto Carlos told Goal after the Challenge heineken Legends, SOCCER PUNCH has learned: 

"I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea," 

 "Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

"But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.

"It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and (former chief executive) Peter Kenyon.

"Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn't work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.

"It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics."

Chelsea leading race for Barcelona youngster

Chelsea are leading a host of top European teams in the battle to sign Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona, his agent says.

The 18-year-old defender joined the Catalan side from Dutch outfit MVV Maastricht last August, but he is already considering his future at the club.

His agent, Carlos Barros, says the European giants are lining up to get a look at the Netherlands Under-19 international, but Chelsea have made the biggest impression. 

Lampard recognizes Drogba’s role in the CL title win in 2012

Frank Lampard has recollected memories of Chelsea’s Champions League title win back in 2012 where the blues defeated the bavarians via the penalty shootout during an incredible night.

He praised didier drogba for his notable role in clinching that title while the odds weren’t on them and in unbelievable circumstances.

The Englishman told the Chelsea official website and SOCCER PUNCH can quote his words:

“It was the best night of my footballing life without a doubt, just an incredible night,” 

“For so many years, we’d been trying to win the Champions League – we’d lost a final, lost semi-finals and it felt like the last chance for the group because we were all getting a bit older.

“As a team, we had something about us. We kept fighting and obviously we had the king, the man who produced - Didier Drogba.

“He did it time and again throughout his career and he came up with a header that I don’t think another player in world football could have done, then got the winning penalty himself.

“I remember particularly in the run-up to the final that Didier became a different person for those big games.

“In the warm-up, it was like he was caged and ready to go. You could see it and you knew he had the ability to do it. He was confident in that and that confidence rubbed off on people around him.”

Ramires: “Lampard destined to become a coach”

Ramires says Current Chelsea Boss Frank Lampard was always destined to being a coach because of his great understanding of the game.

The Brazilian played with the Ex-England International who was hired by Chelsea in 2019 after a trophy laden 13 years as a player.

The ex-Chelsea midfielder told the Mirror about his ex teammate and SOCCER PUNCH quote him: “I knew Frank very well. His understanding of positional play is one of the best I have come across and he was always paying attention to movement so it’s easy if you’ve got eyes for such things.

“He had passion for the game and he had love and the energy was there and when there is that in the eyes as well it’s easy.

“You just have to look at my goal against Barcelona to see his awareness. I remember that I just ran in the direction of the goal to wait for the pass. The ball came and the rest is history.

“Sometimes, I have an impression that this goal is more remembered for Chelsea fans than the title. I can’t find words to describe that moment. I felt truly blessed.”

Chelsea midfielder Ramires

Willy Caballero’s Chelsea’s Contract has been extended by a year.

Chelsea have exercised their option to extend Willy Caballero's contract until 2021.

The goalkeeper's previous deal was due to expire at the end of June, but the Argentina international has impressed manager Frank Lampard with his professionalism this season, with the 38-year-old proving a reliable understudy for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Caballero's decision to sign on for an additional year represents another boost for Chelsea, having already persuaded Olivier Giroud to turn down the chance to join Inter on a free transfer this summer 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Premier League confirm six positive COVID-19 tests from three clubs

The Premier League have confirmed that there has been six postive cases of coronavirus after 748 tests were administered on players and club staffs on Sunday. The Identity of those who have tested positive remain unknown 

However, Chelsea just took tests for their players and staffs today so the results of those tests remain unknown.

A Statement from the Premier League read:

"The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19," 

"Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. 

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements."

The Premier League has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the English top-flight eyeing June for a resumption in play.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Aston Villa want £80 million for Jack Grealish

Aston Villa will be setting Jack Grealish's asking price at £80 million ($97m), according to the Mirror

Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be heading the queue for the talented playmaker, but will need to dig deep in order to get a deal over the line.

Van Gaal: “Ziyech a Special Player”

Former Manchester United Boss Louis Van Gaal says Chelsea have captured a really “special player” in Hakim Ziyech.

The Former Ajax Boss Expects the Moroccan International to thrive at Stamford Bridge after having developed into a Fantastic Player at Ajax.

Louis Van Gaal who has worked with the likes of Manchester United, Ajax in his Managerial career told NOS about Ziyech who has left Ajax for Chelsea:

“He has developed tremendously at Ajax. Not so much in creativity, but as a team player,” 

“The public has come to realise that he works very hard for a creative player. And then he also scores goals and gives assists.

“That makes you a special player.”

Hakim Ziyech - Ajax 2019-20

Coronavirus: Premier League Clubs have unanimously agreed to Step up training procedures

Premier league clubs have unanimously agreed to step up training procedures and have agreed on a Medical protocol in a bid to shelter players from the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the League read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday), the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so. 

“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted. 

“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government. 

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible. 

“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”

As of Tuesday, clubs will be able to begin training in groups providing a round of testing for Covid-19 proves negative.

Last Weekend, The Bundesliga restarted in Germany while in Spain the Clubs are training in groups.

Tomori relishing competition for places

Chelsea Defender Tomori says he is relishing competition for places in the blues first team squad and welcomes the arrival of Hakim Ziyech at Stamford Bridge.

Fikayo Tomori admits he is still on a learning curve and knows he will have to work harder with Manager Frank Lampard having a Star-studded squad to pick from; meaning there is no guarantee he has won a place in the blues defence.

The English International who has made 22 appearances so far this season told the Chelsea official website:  
“Having competition helps the team to improve because everyone wants to play. You know if you want to get in the team then you have to better than the person who’s got the shirt at that time so you have to take it from them.

“Individually, it spurs you on but then it also makes the team better because everyone is going to be firing on all cylinders trying to get into the team. When you do get your spot, you have to play well to keep your place so I think the fact that there is that friendly competition means everybody knows you have to be on your game.

“If you train well, you can get in the team and if you play well then you’ll stay in the team. Having that breeds this friendly, competitive nature and spirit that we have and it can only be a positive thing.”

Coronavirus: Willian: Players are uncomfortable about resuming play

Chelsea Forward Willian says premier league players are concerned about returning to playing again amid the Coronavirus pandemic still ravaging the UK.

The Premier League season was halted in March as COVID-19 unsettled the UK but now in May, Over 34,000 has died up to date.

The Blues attacker spoke to the Evening Standard and He was quoted as saying: "Honestly, from what I can see, a lot of players – the majority, I’d say – are uncomfortable with the idea of returning right now," 

“We’re really keen to return, we really miss playing and doing what we love. But it needs to be safe for us to do so. That’s how we’re looking at it. Our health has to come first.

“So right now, players don’t feel comfortable with the idea of returning until it’s totally safe to do so.

“Our squad has spoken a lot over the internet, via different apps, and we’ve had some meetings too. Lampard has sent us information about what the Premier League wants to do.

“We still don’t know how things are going to play out, moving forward. Hopefully, we’ll know in the next few days. The Premier League is going to have a meeting and then they’ll inform us about the next steps.”

Saturday, May 16, 2020

we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever

Philippe Coutinho is yet to enter into any discussions regarding his future, claims the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian, with there no substance to Chelsea and Liverpool rumours.

Kia Joorabchian told talkSPORT about the reported interest in his client and he said: 

“Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment,” 

“He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that, which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season.

“But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever.

“I think at the moment everyone’s concentration is on this pandemic and how football can restart in a safe and secure environment, and the health and safety of everybody.

“The transfer side of things and where Philippe will go, or where other players will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality.”

Abraham admits to taking inspiration from Michael Jordan

Tammy Abraham has admitted to taken inspiration from Chicago Bulls Legend Michael Jordan while watching the “Last dance” Movie on Netflix.

The Blues Striker is looking to be back to action and ready to go whenever the season resumes.

The Englishman who has scored 15 goals for Chelsea this season told DailyMail and he is quoted as saying: 
Watching this motivates me and there's one thing that caught my mind. Michael Jordan lost a game and he made up things in his head about what someone said to him. 

“That person didn't actually say it but he used that to go into the next game and to drive him on to be the best.

“The incident did happen against Liverpool where I missed a penalty and received a lot of abuse and for me it's just like Michael Jordan, it's about coming out and proving them wrong. It's about being at this club, being the main man, being the striker.

“My dad spoke to me at breakfast and he said, ‘I know you've watched Michael Jordan and you're motivated to go back to football. When you're ready go out there and do the best you can’.

“I miss football, just miss scoring goals, seeing the fans and being with my team-mates, having a smile on my face. If it's safe to do so, I want to finish the job. If not, then go into the next season.”

Lampard hopeful of Contract extensions for Willian and Giroud

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard is hopeful that the likes of Olivier Giroud and Willian will extend their contracts till whenever the season will end.

Pedro, Willian. Giroud are players who are meant to be out of contract in the summer but due to the coronavirus pandemic which has left the season in chaos, Premier League clubs are looking for an extension to their out-of-contract players.

Lampard speaking to Skysports news expressed his optimism by saying: “It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that's something I'm obviously looking at very carefully,” 

“The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feelings for the club.

“Of course they'll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now and if the pre-season is a rush they're going to have to make sure they're alright.

“So it's going to have to be something we have to look at, hopefully that arrangement can be made so they can stay with us.

“I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we'll have to see how that works.”

Green: £71M Kepa Arrizabalaga isn’t a finished article

Former Chelsea keeper Robert Green says patience needs to be shown to Chelsea’s no.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga in the blues dressing room as the £71M man isn’t a finished article.

The Spaniard was brought in from Athletic Bilbao to replace Thibaut Courtois after the belgian left for Real Madrid.

However, things have not been too rosy for Kepa at Chelsea as series of poor form made Chelsea Manager Lampard drop him for Willy Caballero earlier this year.

Green who left Chelsea in 2019 said to Radio 5 Live about the Spaniard: 
We're saying Dean Henderson is one for the future, he’s 23, Kepa is 25, it's not like he's a million miles away.

“But because of that price tag, you're expecting that bit more. That's the immediate assumption, he's not the finished article, that was never the case with Kepa.

Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea 2019

“It was going to happen at some point. You walk off the plane on a Friday afternoon from Belarus or somewhere and you've got to play again on the Sunday lunchtime. It's so draining, it’s so hard and it's the first time he's done that.

“This year, it's the Champions League and the pressure is even greater. Maybe the more open style they're playing is dragging into that and they haven't been at tight as last season.

“It's funny at Chelsea. It's not the most transparent in terms of the signings it's making. The manager doesn't always make the decisions. I don't think Maurizio Sarri knew who I was when I signed, let alone approve the signature.

Chelsea still keeping track on Mertens

Frank Lampard and Chelsea haven't given up in their efforts to sign Dries Mertens for next season after Inter approached the Napoli forward in the last week.

The in-demand 33-year-old has still yet to decide his future, with his contract at Napoli ending on June 30. The Partenopei remain keen to tie their prized asset to fresh terms.

Blues boss Lampard is an admirer of the attacker - despite his age - due to his versatility and character.

Chelsea had tried to sign Mertens in January on a short-term deal but they couldn't come to an agreement as the Stadio San Paolo club fought to keep their joint-record all-time goalscorer.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

English FA has taken FIFA to court over Chelsea’s transfer ban last year

The Football Association (FA) has taken FIFA to court over Chelsea's transfer ban, which was imposed last summer, with the case set to be heard next month.

After seeing Chelsea successfully reduce their ban set by FIFA from two transfer windows to one, the FA will continue its legal battle with a June 26 date set for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to hear its case.

Chelsea and the FA were both sanctioned by FIFA for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. CAS ruled in favour of the Blues in December having already served their transfer ban over the summer of 2019.

“Mount left his derby teammates stunned “

Derby County Goalkeeping Coach Shay Given has revealed how Mason Mount stunned his new teammates after his arrival at the Club in the 2018/2019 season.

Mason Mount starred for the rams scoring 11 goals and 6 assists before returning to to Chelsea to play a pivotal role this season.

Given told Media Outlet Goal about how Mount left his derby teammates in awe:

"The first training with us left the players thinking: 'Wow, who is this guy?!'"  "We knew about him as a young prospect at Chelsea who had done well in Holland [on loan at Vitesse], but it is not until he is actually on the training ground that you really see what kind of player he is.

"He was some player for us. His finishing, power, pace and work rate was great. He is just desperate to be the best he can be. Of course, he has played so many games this season for Chelsea and he was one of our best players at Derby.

"Even at Derby, they thought what a player he is going to be from the first training session and he went on from there."

Fabregas will forever remain an Arsenal

Francesc Fabregas who played for London Clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea has admitted that his time at Arsenal will forever be special.

The Spaniard who joined Arsenal in 2003 from Barcelona’s academy went on to play out eight seasons at the Emirates Stadium but it was his time in Barcelona and Chelsea that he was a domestic champion but despite that Fabregas admits to having a bond with the gunners.

Henry in a live instagram chat with Former teammate Fabregas said:

"When I think about you, you are in a red shirt," 

"I know people will say you won the league and became a legend at Chelsea, but you are an Arsenal man."

Alexander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal

Fabregas replied: "I am and it will be part of me for the rest of my life. I would never have thought I would have mixed feelings between these two teams, but you go there and you meet people, you win titles, become important and win titles. You end up having so much love for the club.

"You are right. You don't forget where you come from and I came from Barcelona academy and I will never forget that, but to make it on the biggest level was at Arsenal and I don't forget that.

Rivaldo: “Injury To Coutinho won’t stop Chelsea interest”

Rivaldo said recent injury to his countryman Coutinho won’t stop the likes of Chelsea who he believes are favourites to land to Barcelona man from signing the Midfielder.

Coutinho who hasnt lived up to the billing is spending the 2019/2020 season at Bayern Munich and the Barcelona Legend also believes he might end up staying put at Camp nou.

Rivaldo spoke to Betfair still on Coutinho ‘s transfer saga: 
Chelsea are the favourites to sign Coutinho and I don't believe they will be put off by his recent injury. After all, next season is still very distant and he will have enough time to a completely recover

“On the other hand, if the transfer doesn't go forward and he stays at Barcelona perhaps a salary reduction, based on the player's decision, could earn plaudits from the club’s board and maybe let him show that he is eager to remain at the club and finally prove his worth.

“Yes, there are many clubs already reducing their players' salaries because of coronavirus crisis, but if the player takes a step forward in that themselves it would be seen as the attitude of someone interested in remaining at the club. Much could happen before next season and we can only wait for the next chapters of this story.”

Pulisic couldn’t turn down Chelsea chance

Christian Pulisic said the opportunity to join Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund was “too good” that he couldn’t turn it down.

The American  made the move to join the blues for £58M in 2019 after impressing with the black and yellows.

Pulisic speaking to BTSPORT said:

 “I always wanted to play in Europe. “Going to Dortmund was definitely a perfect first step for me. It was awesome, and I learned so much. I grew up there – I went over there when I was 15.

“Now, to be here and come to the Premier League when I was 20, I think it all worked out very well so I’m really happy with the path.

“I was confident and felt like I had a good couple of years in the Bundesliga, and obviously with the opportunity to come to a club like Chelsea – it was just something I couldn’t turn down.

“I just felt like the timing was perfect and I’m really happy that I made that choice.”

Christian Pulisic Chelsea 2019-20

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

“Van de Beek won’t suit Barcelona or Realmadrid “

Former Ajax Midfielder Jesper Gronkjaer has advised Donny van de Beek to snub a move to Barcelona or Realmadrid in favour a move to a premier league club.

Gronkjaer believes Beek’s attributes as a Midfielder suits  premier league clubs like Tottenham and Chelsea.

The Done told Media Outlet Goal about the Ajax Midfielder:

"I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at Real Madrid or Barcelona but I would rather see him at a club just below that," 

 "For his style of play alone, clubs like Tottenham or Chelsea would be a better fit. 

"They are still top clubs and he is more like Frank Lampard, that kind of player. He is a big guy, box-to-box and takes good long shots, but he is not as technically gifted as other players that have come from Ajax. He is a player you can always get a certain level from."

Pulisic: “Nobody noticed me at Chelsea “

Christian Pulisic says nobody noticed him during his first day at Chelsea.

The American admitted that he had to prove his worth to the Chelsea cause after experiencing a tough few days.

Pulisic told 13&ME Podcast of his first day experience at Chelsea: It was all pretty crazy what happened. I had to fly straight from my summer break right after the Gold Cup. I had one week off and I didn't really get a summer.

“The team had already started pre-season in Japan so I flew straight there and I had to literally fly by myself and then meet the team who had flown from London.

“I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn't know what to think but, ‘I'm at Chelsea and this is insane’.

“I got on the bus, they had just arrived as well. Everyone is half asleep, I go and sit on the bus and nobody even noticed me. Nobody said anything. There were maybe one or two guys who said ‘hey, hello’ and I was like, ‘what's going on here?’

“Those first couple of days of training I was nervous. You know how it's like when you move to a new team. They're nice guys off the field but to earn that respect you have to show on the field you have that ability, that's just how it is.

“I had to go in on day three when I had a really good training, scored some goals, had some nice plays and assists and then I felt the guys coming and talking to me and getting their respect.

“It's interesting how it works but they've been great guys and I've enjoyed it.”

Cech names Rooney as toughest opponent

Legendary Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr Cech has named Wayne Rooney as the toughest player he has faced in his professional career.

The Czech Republican made 443 premier league appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal meaning he would have faced the former Manchester United and Everton Star a whole lot of times.

Speaking to the Chelsea official website about the toughest player he has ever faced, he said: 

Wayne Rooney. Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever

“He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot. He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed.”

Conte on Kante: “We are talking about an amazing player, a top player,"

Antonio Conte has described Kante as one of the best players he has ever coached as a Manager while in Charge at Chelsea.

The Frenchman was one of the first signings the Italian made back in 2016 when the blues forked out £32M to sign the Midfielder.

"In my opinion, he can play in every position in midfield. We are talking about an amazing player, a top player," Conte told Sky Sports.

"He is amazing with and without the ball. When you have N'Golo in your team, you can think you are playing with one player more.

"You can find a smile on his face every day. He is a very positive guy. He is one of the best players I have had in my career as a coach."


“I think he is doing a really good job, Frank.”

Antonio Conte has lauded Manager Frank Lampard saying he can be one of the best managers in the World.

Frank Lampard took Charge of the Blues A Year after Conte left Chelsea after the 2017/2018 season.

The Italian who won the Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea spoke to Skysports about an Englishman currently filling the role he left behind: “I think he is doing a really good job, Frank.

“This is his second experience after Derby County so to be the coach of a top team is not easy.

“I think he has the skills and ability to become one of the best managers in the world. He has to continue to work in this way and I wish him the best for the future.”

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