Player News - Chelsea

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Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta is reportedly wanted by a number of big European clubs.

It's unlikely that Chelsea will sell Azpilicueta, who is 26 years old and just entering his prime. Some of the rumors are saying that Jose Mourinho may be interested in Azpilicueta, but it's hard to image Chelsea selling to a rival. The defender will likely be a Chelsea player next season, so draft him as you normally would.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 5:18 PM

Eden Hazard moved quickly to allay injury concerns after the Belgium playmaker sprained his thumb during Saturdays win over the Republic of Ireland.

The Chelsea attacker could wear a protective splint to prevent further damage in tomorrow’s final Group E game against Sweden: "There's no panic," he said. "You play with your feet, not your hands. It's not too painful." However, Marc Wilmots is unlikely to risk Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele who was forced off in the same game due to an ankle problem, although the 28-year-old was upbeat earlier this week: "We will see, I may be healed after two days." The Red Devils only need a point to secure their progression to the knockout phase of the competition.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 21 - 8:51 AM

Chelsea winger Pedro has issued a shocking statement to Spanish media revealing his desire to return to Barcelona.

Said Pedro: "Hopefully (I can return to Barcelona) but I know it’s hard. I have already spoken about it with the president when we (Barcelona) were in the final and spoke to all the people who want me there...However, I know it’s difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either." The Spaniard arrived last summer in a £22 million move after a lack of playing time with the La Liga giants, but struggled at times with eight goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 1:24 PM

It took until the 87th minute, but Spain were finally able to get on the scoreboard, edging the Czech Republic, 1-0.

As expected, Spain dominated possession and created several chances over the course of the match, but they may have taken too many touches during to get their shots off as they could not finish. Alvaro Morata, who is being courted by several PL clubs this summer, was very active in his hour on the pitch, but he failed to find the net. The inability to score gave the Czech Republic a chance to find an upset with the few chances they were given, but David de Gea made a couple of key saves while Cesc Fabregas made a clutch clearance off the goal line in the 65th minute. The match winner for Spain came in the 87th minute when Andres Iniesta whipped in a sharp cross that Gerard Pique headed home. Spain share the top of their group with Croatia and will play Turkey next in a few days.
Source: Guardian
Jun 13 - 10:54 AM

Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £24 million bid for Napoli center-back Kalidoi Koulibaly.

Center-back is by far Chelsea's biggest need this summer and they are already in the market for one. New manager Antonio Conte is looking at Koulibaly, but rumors have put multiple center-backs on Chelsea's target list. There is a strong chance that John Terry will be a backup next season, and it's only a matter of time until we see who replaces him in the starting lineup.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 13 - 9:17 AM

Eden Hazard is expected to be fit for Belgium's clash against Italy today.

Hazard suffered an injury in Friday's training session but has since recovered and is expected to feature against Italy. The clash between the two is an important one, and Hazard believes it will decide Group E. The Chelsea winger will need to be a big part of breaking down Italy's notoriously good defense, so he'll have his chance to bring his team victory.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 13 - 9:13 AM

Willian's Brazil were stunned by Peru in Copa America last night after the referee made an extremely poor call on Peru's goal.

Brazil looked to be playing for a 0-0 draw as all they needed was a point, but Peru was persistent and scored in the second half. They have the referee to thank for that, as the goal was clearly scored by a hand-ball. Brazil tried to recover and attack in the last ten minutes, but they failed to use their last two substitutes and never really created any dangerous chances. They are now eliminated from the tournament.
Jun 13 - 9:10 AM

Belgium are expected to be at full strength for their European Championship opener against Italy on Monday despite Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard limping out of training on Friday.

The 25-year-old injured his foot 50 minutes into a practice match and played no further part in the session, but coach Marc Wilmots was quick to allay any concerns regarding his captains fitness: "I don’t think it is serious, just a knock." There was more good news when the Belgium boss revealed Barcelona defender Vermaelen had recovered from a calf injury which had threatened his involvement in France: "Thomas has done well in training over the last days and is completely ready for the battle. He has no more problems." His availability means Nicolas Lombaerts has left the squad and returned home. The Zenit St. Petersburg centre-back was travelling with the group on standby.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 12 - 6:55 AM

West Ham confirmed that on-loan players Victor Moses, Alex Song, and Emmanuel Emenike will all return to their parent clubs.

Moses had a down year in yet another season on loan from Chelsea, recording only one goal and two assists in 21 Premier League games. The Nigerian international began the year as a bona fide starter under Slaven Bilic before niggling injuries throughout the season threw a wrench into his form. Meanwhile, Alex Song will return to Barcelona after appearing in only 12 league matches in his second loan season at West Ham, making the Hammers look good for not turning his initial loan into a permanent deal. Lastly, Emmanuel Emenike heads back to Fenerbahce after failing to score a Premier League goal in eight appearances since January.
Jun 11 - 5:58 AM

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has lined up Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford as one of his top targets this summer.

The former Chelsea manager is reportedly impressed with the 22-year-old's success in the Championship during his loan spells at Derby County and Middlesbrough, where he won Championship Player of the Year honours in 2014/15. Bamford made 13 Premier League appearances last season, but struggled to find first-team playing time while on loan at Crystal Palace and later Norwich City. Newcastle is also reportedly interested in a loan for the forward while Aston Villa favors a permanent deal, which would cost around £10 million.
Jun 7 - 9:02 AM

The England U21 squad was victorious over hosts France in the finals of the Toulan tournament with Chelsea teammates Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek providing the goals in the 2-1 win.

Chelsea's youth set-up has been an exciting group to watch for a couple of seasons now. With Nathan Ake already making their mark as starters on loan in the Premier League and Ruben Loftus-Cheek playing on the fringes of the Chelsea first team, there are high hopes for the current crop of Chelsea kids. With Blues at the core of the Toulan winners, supporters will be hoping that Antonio Conte is more focused on promoting youngsters than his predecessor. Other Premier League players - Calum Chambers, Jordan Pickford, Matt Targett, Duncan Watmore, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse also featured in the win.
Source: BBC Sport
May 31 - 11:29 AM

Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge have returned to full training with the England national team after missing the past week.

Sturridge has yet to feature for the Three Lions in the team's pre-Euro friendlies over the past two weeks due to a calf injury while Cahill was held out of action against Australia due to a hip complaint. But Sturridge's place in the final squad could be in danger with Marcus Rashford impressing in his debut on Friday with a goal in the first three minutes. Meanwhile, Ryan Bertrand was held out of training as he receives treatment for a knock while Fabian Delph looks to miss out on the tournament due to injury.
Source: Sky Sports
May 31 - 2:33 AM

Eden Hazard said he's very excited to play against his former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho took over at Manchester United a few days ago and despite rumors that Hazard might be leaving Chelsea, the winger seems excited to stay at Chelsea. He is focused on the Euro Championships at the moment, but we will have more on his future as rumors develop. For now, he seems to be set to stay at Chelsea, and if he does, he will be a good fantasy target next season who should come a bit cheaper than usual after a poor season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 2:02 PM

Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in a shootout to see Real Madrid to their eleventh European title.

Sergio Ramos opened the scoring in the first half only to see it equalized by Atletico in the 79th minute. Extra time was scoreless and the match went to penalties. Both sides made their first three and Real made their fourth. Juanfran put his shot off the post giving Ronaldo the chance to seal it. The Portugal international buried his kick and Real and Zidane were off to celebrate.
May 28 - 6:05 PM

Kurt Zouma is hoping to be fully fit for the start of the upcoming season after stepping up his recovery from a knee injury.

The Frenchman was devastated to miss the European championships in his home country this summer after suffering an ACL injury against Manchester United in February that required surgery. However, the six-month recovery period puts the 21-year-old on track to return in August, and Zouma has already started the running on flat ground phase of his rehabilitation. Last season, Zouma made 23 Premier League appearances, 21 of which were starts, forcing John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic out of the lineup at times.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 2:11 PM


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