The international break is almost over... tomorrow is game day!
Chelsea look to extend their unbeaten run to four games against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Before the break, Graham Potter's side began to enjoy great form with victories over Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.
Although there are a number of minor injury issues, the Blues look set to welcome back some key players to Unai Emery's side from injury. One of them could be N'Golo Kante, who hasn't played a single minute with Potter.
In other news, Wesley Fofana was left out of the France team and subsequentlyseen with an ice pack on his right thigh. But the defender calmed down the fans with acryptic message on social media, hinting at a possible imminent return.
Off the pitch, transfer speculation continues to mount as summer approaches.Kai Havertz did not want to rule out a signing for Bayern Munich; aboutMason Mount hasn't made a decision yetabout your future
So stay with us all dayfootball.londonas we bring you the latest Chelsea news, transfer gossip and injury updates...
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham were in the top 6 for fees paid to brokers and agents last year when the Football Association released Premier League figures. The term runs from February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023, including fees spent during this period.
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Real Madrid injury
Real Madrid are expected to be without defender Ferland Mendy ahead of the big Champions League quarter-final draw against Chelsea this month.
Potter responds to Bayern links
"My coaching staff wasn't ready either, so thank you very much to your families for your flexibility," Tuchel said when he was announced as Bayern's new coach.
"Arno Michels and Zsolt Low, who have worked with me for more than 10 years, will be there. We hope to add Anthony Barry, who currently plays for Chelsea. We are fighting for it and we are confident because it is my absolute wish." "
This caused some disruption in the preparation for theAston Villa game this weekend,Barry is apparently told to stay away while the situation unfolds.Potter was asked about the matter and whether there was a risk of the manager revealing tactics for Bayern, which Chelsea could face in the Champions League this season.
"You ask the question and you answer the question," said the blues boss. "He goes from club to club, it's not for me but I'm sure it's under discussion for obvious reasons. He's not with us at the moment and I think it's better to fix it, there's nothing to report at the moment." It is between the two clubs. I'm not involved in that."
Colwill on Thiago Silva...
Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is full of admiration for his veteran teammate Thiago Silva, calling him "a joke". The Brighton loan defender also gushed about Blues boss Graham Potter, despite not having spoken to him since he joined Stamford Bridge.
“My rental spell was a roller coaster. At first I didn't play as much as I would have liked. Now I play and I learn a lot in every game and I earn the respect of my teammates and [the respect] of anyone else who has lost respect for me when I wasn't playing."
Emery praises Potter
At Unai Emery's pre-game press conference, Aston Villa boss Todd Boehly urged him to stick with Graham Potter.
"They [Chelsea] have very good players and their manager [Potter] is fantastic," he said on Thursday. "His work at Brighton has been incredible and he needs time to adapt his ideas to Chelsea. They are getting better all the time."
“He deserves to be promoted with a team like Chelsea, they are progressing and everything he did at Brighton he can do at Chelsea. You need time, you need games, and you need to get to know your players better.
"They played very well in the Champions League. In the Premier League they don't have the balance to stay consistent in the table. For us, Saturday is a game against one of the best teams in the Premier League, with a very good squad." very good players."
Havertz in exchange for Bayern
Kai Havertz has refused to rule out a move to Bayern Munich before the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old is linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions at the end of the season following the signing of Thomas Tuchel.
Talk tosports photo, said that despite his "personal objective" to show his skills in England and Spain, it was difficult to say no to Bayern.
"Bayern is a great club in general, which is difficult to say no to as a German player," he said. “But my personal goal has always been to play abroad at some point. In England or Spain.
Abraham proposes a return
"Would I go back there (to Chelsea)? In football you never say never," Abraham said.fourfourtwo. "Right now, my focus here is with Roma: we want to finish the season strong.
"I haven't started to think about anything other than being here and doing my best. I wouldn't say there's still work to do in England, I'm in no hurry. Football has no place, it can be everywhere. Maybe me." I will stay with Rome for the rest of my life. Maybe not in the next decade. You never know what's coming."
Chelsea threesome spotted
Ahead of their return this Saturday to host Aston Villa, Graham Potter, Reece James and Marc Cucurella were spotted in the stands at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to watch Chelsea Women in action. Emma Hayes PageReached the semifinals of the Women's Champions Leagueafter a dramatic night in west London in which they eliminated champions Lyon on penalties.
It was an exceptional end to a thrilling two-legged fixture as Chelsea won a penalty in the dying seconds of extra time to lose 2-1 on aggregate. The comeback that followed will go down in history as one of Chelsea's greatest victories when they faced English rivals Arsenal in the semi-finals.
The Blues now need to pull off another big kill in the next round after a draw with Barcelona, who they beat 4-0 in the 2021 final!
Hill's price revealed...
Chelsea believe they can demand a £70m fee for Mount despite only having one year left on his contract.after sporty. The club hopes to start a bidding war as a large number of elite European clubs are interested.
football.londonunderstand thatLiverpool are long-time admirers of the midfielder., and reds are taken into accountfacing a growing queue. Jurgen Klopp badly needs a review of his midfield options, with Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of contract after the end of this season.
Boehly criticized by Chelsea
Graham Potter became the most expensive football manager in Premier League history when he was appointed manager of Chelsea last September. Pick up the 47-year-old from Brighton to replace Thomas Tuchelcost the club an impressive £21.5m in compensation.
This sum is added to aas well as £600 million spent on gaming equipmentIn just two transfer windows, co-owner Todd Boehly continues to shape the club in accordance with his vision. Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes the money would only have been worth it if they had won Europe's biggest prize in June and says Potter and his expensive team are far from making Boehly a good deal.
“Twenty-one million… Where is Chelsea? decimate? Do you think they will qualify for the Champions League? I don't think so," Gallas said.Casino Genting. "They have spent a lot of money at Chelsea this season, what for?"
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Alternative Dream Frame
Liverpool have been encouraged to sign Mateo Kovacic if Chelsea approve the midfielder's departure. The 28-year-old faces an increasingly uncertain future at Stamford Bridge having recently entered the final year and a half of his contract.
Kovacic has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, directly contributing to two goals. Despite a poor display in the final third, the Croatian international put in an excellent performance for the West London side, even captaining the team on several occasions.
Mason Mount, whose Chelsea contract also expires at the end of next season, madesubject to serious interest from Liverpoolfor a moment,football.londonHe understands. WithThe Blues have reportedly put a £50m price tag on the Cobham graduateAs an alternative, Kovacic was suggested, which "could really come in handy for the Reds."
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Simon Jordan criticized Mason Mount for his "bizarre" contract demands. The 24-year-old faces an increasingly uncertain future at Chelsea having recently entered the final year and a half of his contract.
talk abouttalk sportThe former Crystal Palace owner said: "His problem at Chelsea, from what I understand, with the contract situation and a possible move, is that there are some pretty strange wage demands," Jordan said. "I think it's around £200,000 or so.
"As far as I know, the boy wants to stay at Chelsea, but he wants the salary that prohibits such talks. It also prohibits moving to other football clubs."
Glen Johnson believes that, contrary to popular belief, Victor Osimhen still hasn't done enough to warrant comparisons to Didier Drogba.
in conversation withmr ping, the former Chelsea defender explained why the talks are premature. Johnson said: "Victor Osimhen is scoring at an alarming rate these days - he's scoring less than one goal a game, something you can't ignore.
"It's hard to compare him to Drogba, Drogba was a beast for Chelsea! He was quick, strong and had good technical ability in the Premier League. Osimhen is an exciting talent who knows where the target is. When he can adapt, he will. " he will succeed in the Premier League."
Stumbling Stone de Earl's Court
The development company responsible for a site at Earl's Court that has been linked to the possible construction of a stadium for Chelsea has denied the possibility of the Blues moving to the site. Earl's Court Development Company stated that "our master plan does not include a football stadium".
The renovation of Stamford Bridge has been a hotly debated topic which has intensified following the club's takeover by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital last year. As part of the award process, it was assumed that there was an obligation to remain at Stamford Bridge, which remains the preference of Chelsea owners.
Following the takeover, co-owner Jonathan Goldstein acknowledged that the club was at the beginning of the process of building a new stadium, and suggested that there were two options: "Either you rebuild the existing stadium, or you tear it down and build a new one." at the top of the location."
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