Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.
Hazard To ‘Push For Sensational Chelsea Return’ Amid Desire To Quit Madrid This Summer
Eden Hazard is reportedly ready to end his nightmare stint at Santiago Bernabeu as he targeting a sensational return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Belgian skipper, who established himself as one of best attacker in the world of football, left Stamford Bridge in 2019 to sign for Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £150m.
However, Hazard failed to make a serious impact at Madrid and his time in Spain has been hindered due to multiple injuries.
The ex-Blues star, whose current deal with Madrid expires in 2024, has been reduced to only 14 appearances in La-Liga this season as Los Blancos fell two points short of the league title to Atletico Madrid.
The Belgian’s future at Santiago Bernabeu remains uncertain amid intense speculation that Los Blancos will axe him in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Now, reports by Spanish TV show El Chiringuito, claim that the 30-year-old playmaker is eager to leave Madrid in the summer.
The reports explain in details that, the Belgian star’s ‘preference’ of transfer would be a stunning return to Stamford Bridge.
Hazard, who made 352 appearances in Chelsea shirt with 110 goals and 81 assists, captured two Premier League titles, two Europa League trophies, an FA Cup and League Cup during a successful spell in England.
Real Madrid are reportedly willing to sell Hazard for as much as £43.4m (€50m) as the Spanish club prepares to balance their finances amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Chelsea revive interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice
Chelsea have revived their interest in signing Declan Rice from West Ham this summer after manager Thomas Tuchel sanctioned a transfer move for the England star.
The 22-year-old central midfielder has been emerged Frank Lampard’s top targets while he was Chelsea boss.
Lampard’s sacking in January seemingly put an end to Chelsea’s pursuit but the reports by Telegraph, claim Thomas Tuchel, who gather Blues to secure top-four spot and book place in Uefa Champions League final with Manchester City, is also an admirer of the versatile Hammers man.
The Blues were not willing to meet West Ham’s £70m valuation of Rice last summer and his price-tag may now be closer to £100m following another impressive season in east London.
Rice, meanwhile, who is graduated through the Chelsea academy before being released at the age of 14, said to be keen on a return to Stamford Bridge, especially as his close friend Mason Mount is thriving at the club.
Jose Gimenez responds to Chelsea linked Ahead Of Summer Transfer Window
Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has responded to rumours linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge by reaffirming his commitment to Atletico Madrid.
The Uruguayan international has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer but the deal failed due to materialised.
However, it’s understood that Blues remains interest in signing the 26-year-old as they look to shore up their back line.
But Gimenez – who has just won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid – says he has no intentions of playing elsewhere next season.
‘I’m not leaving Atlético Madrid this summer. I’ve no doubt, I’m staying’, he told Carrusel Deportivo.
Man United’s plan to stump Kane rivals
Manchester United believe they will fend off competition to land Harry Kane this summer by offering him a more lucrative financial package, reports The Times.
Chelsea and Manchester City are both also fighting for the Tottenham star as he looks to force his way out of his current club.
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Tottenham have demanded Kane submit a formal transfer request if he wants to leave, though that could mean he misses out on loyalty bonuses.
But United are said to be willing to reimburse Kane for any lost income if he chooses to join them in the coming months.
Thomas Tuchel has delivered an huge boost concerning the situation of N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy ahead of Chelsea’s Uefa Champions League clash with Manchester City.
Both Chelsea star have limped out of recent Premier League matches, with Kante, who back to his scintillating form since arrived of German coach, picking up a minor hamstring against Leicester City.
While goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who establish himself as one of best stopper in the Premier League came off at half-time against Aston Villa on Sunday with a rib problem.
The Blues pair have been vital in the west Londoners’ journey to the European showpiece event, with Tuchel providing positive injury news about his key men.
Speaking about N’Golo Kante in a pre-final press conference, Tuchel said: ‘He looks good and I hope he stays like that.
‘We will just put him in training when the game starts on Saturday and not speak to doctors and physios or changing tactics. Sounds good to me.’
The German coach then revealed goalkeeper Mendy, who was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga at last weekend, is set to be back in Chelsea training on Wednesday.
The Blues boss added: ‘The update is we still have hope he joins training on Wednesday and the group.
‘He made huge improvement with the management of pain. So we need a further update on Wednesday but we hope to have him back.’
Chelsea are aiming to lift a second Uefa Champions League title in the club’s history in Lisbon this weekend, after winning the same competition back in 2012.
They will face a difficult challenge in Pep Guardiola’s side, however, who strolled to the Premier League title earlier this season – though this is City’s first ever appearance in a European final.