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Willian ‘keen to return to Chelsea’ amid Emirates struggles
Arsenal winger Willian is reportedly keen on a return to Stamford Bridge following a tough period in north London with the Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Brazilian star made the move to Emirates after his Chelsea contract expired last summer, however, the winger has only managed one goal in 37 appearances during a torrid season.
And with Mikel Arteta’s side planning a major rebuild in the summer after ended the season in ninth position, Willian could be allowed to move on to free up funds new signing during the summer transfer window.
And report by Sky Sports, claim a number of club in Europe, including David Beckham’s Inter Miami, are interested in his services, however, Chelsea would be Willian’s choice.
‘This promises to be another busy summer for Arsenal,’ reports Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth.
‘We shouldn’t expect big-money arrivals due to the financial hit the club took during the pandemic – as well as another season out of the Champions League.
‘Willian is another player who may be allowed to leave, despite having two years remaining on his deal.’
Willian’s contract currently runs until 2023, and Arsenal could sell this summer – when they could command the highest fee for the 32-year-old winger, who struggled to delivered a big impression since arrived at Emirates stadium.
The Brazilian winger spent seven years with the Blues, and in that time, he racked up two Premier League titles, an FA Cup triumph, and a Europa League victory.
Cesar Azpilicueta has red card in Aston Villa game overturned after appeal
Cesar Azpilicueta’s red card in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday evening has been overturned following an appeal.
The Blues captain was dismissed for violent conduct after appearing to catch Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish in the face in the 89th minute on Sunday.
His dismissed mean he could missed Blues’ next three matches at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, however Blues appeal over the indicent was successful.
A statement from the FA’s spokesperson read: ‘An independent Regulatory Commission has removed Cesar Azpilicueta’s three-match suspension following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.
‘The Chelsea FC defender was dismissed for violent conduct during the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa FC on Sunday (23/05/21).’
Reports in Spain suggested that Eden Hazard’s time with Los Blancos could come to an end in upcoming summer transfer window.
Hazard, who establish himself as one of the most ferocious attackers in the Premier League, completed an £83.53m move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012.
The Belgian skipper has enjoying a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge, in which made 352 appearances, netted 110 goals and furthermore with 81 assists after joining from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2012.
Hazard several individual honours while also won two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup in his seven years at Stamford Bridge and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
But after seeking a new challenge, the 30-year-old playmaker swapped London for Madrid a couple of summers ago and has now completed two full seasons with Los Blancos.
However, there may not be a third season with the La Liga giants for Hazard to experience, as reports in Spain by El Chiringuito TV, claim the 30-year-old has grown unhappy at Santiago Bernabeu and wants to seal a sensational return to Stamford Bridge when the summer transfer opens.
Furthermore, the reports claim that Real Madrid, who are looking to raise cash through player sales to find a move for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland – would be willing to accept offers in the region of €50m (£43.4m) for Hazard this summer.
Whether Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel would be interested in adding the Belgium international to his squad for the 2021/22 season remains to be seen.
Eden Hazard’s greatness deserves more respect from the wider football world. Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of his generation.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 20, 2021
146 G/A’s in 245 Premier League appearances, and truly incredible to watch. Legend of the hame. pic.twitter.com/D5NGHqmzwg
With that said, the German tactician has made no secret that he’s a fan of Hazard when assessing the forward’s impact at Chelsea.
‘He is a top quality player and a key player for many years at this club and this league, the hardest in the world,’ Tuchel said ahead of the Champions League semi-final first-leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid last month.
‘So consistent. I have the biggest respect for him. He is a big player, we have many people here who know him well.
‘He was a key player for this club now he plays for Real Madrid.’
Eden Hazard did make his return to Stamford Bridge earlier in the month and caused some controversy back in Spain at the final whistle.
Whilst the majority of the Real Madrid squad cut unhappy, dejected figures, Hazard was caught on camera with a very different look.
Instead, he seemed delighted for his former club and teammates, as he was laughing and joking with Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy on the turf he used to call home.
Chelsea ‘make Weigl approach’
Chelsea have reportedly made enquiries regarding Benfica central midfielder Julian Weigl, reports O Jogo.
The 25-year-old German is on the Blues’ wishlist of targets to help bolster their options in the centre of the park ahead of next season.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is thought to be the No.1. target but Chelsea could turn to Weigl if a deal for the England star cannot be made.