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How Pep Guardiola’s words helps Chelsea in to sign Haaland

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The words attributed to Man City manager Pep Guardiola has helped to give Chelsea the boost that they have a free run to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

The two Premier League sides have been linked with the signature of the youngster and it could now fall in the advantage of the Blues team.

Pep Guardiola is reported to have claimed that Erling Haaland is too expensive for the club, ruling out the possibility of striking a deal this summer window.

Guardiola said that City “cannot afford” the player.

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“At the prices (quoted) we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it,” Guardiola told Catalan network TV3.

“All clubs are struggling financially, we are not an exception. We have Gabriel (Jesus) and Ferran (Torres) who have been incredible in this position.

“We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine. There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.”

This leaves Chelsea with the advantage as manager Thomas Tuchel has already hinted that new faces will be joining the club this summer.

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After scoring 27 goals in 28 games in the Bundesliga last season, Erling Haaland has been valued at 180m euros.

Howbeit, the player is keen to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer transfer window, a development that could help make a deal happen.

He had said “Two or three [signings] could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change,” the German revealed recently. “That always brings new energy.

“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover… But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger.”

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The Blues have a number attacking players but manager Thomas Tuchel wants to have a more robust team that will help challenge Man City for the Premier League title next season.

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Man United working hard to land Chelsea player for free, any hope?

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Man United are working really hard to secure the signature of Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, having also registered their interest, according to reports.

The Germany international has established himself as a key part of Chelsea’s defence, but he is yet to agree a new deal with the club with his contract set to run out in the summer.

While Thomas Tuchel is keen for Rudiger to extend his stay with Chelsea, the defender is understood to be keen on a move with claims that his representative has had an ‘informal agreement’ with Real Madrid.

Speaking about Rudiger’s future last month, Tuchel said: ‘He’s been outstanding from the first day to now. I hope it stays like this.

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‘Defensively we are strong as usual and they deserve the praise for it.

‘They do a lot of invisible work, they protect each other, support and are brave in attacking. We want to be dangerous from set-pieces.

‘Everybody wants him to stay, it’s clear and he knows it but sometimes there is a delay in these things and there is obviously a delay.

‘It can happen these days but it does not affect his mentality, it doesn’t affect his quality, it doesn’t affect his behaviour.

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‘He is fully committed to Chelsea right now and I am absolutely sure he feels the trust, respect and love from the club and spectators.

‘He knows what he has here, a fantastic club, fantastic league. He’s a competitor.

‘We’ll have a bit of patience and hopefully a happy end.’

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Tuchel reveals that Chelsea now have a “Superman”

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has claimed that he has a Superman in his team who always make the difference in games.

He named N’golo Kante as the Superman that has helped his side a lot.

The German boss said Kante, who is injured is being careful with his return to fitness but hopes he returns soon.

‘I’m not so careful about bringing him back. It’s a very open relationship with him, he takes care about this, takes his time,’ Tuchel told a press conference on Tuesday.

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‘In general he’s a careful person, takes care of his body, does not want to take risks.

‘I agree he is a Superman. He is the guy who makes the difference. He is the guy who everybody in the whole world wants to have in his midfield.

‘We miss him for a long time. Can we produce results and top performances without N’Golo? Yeah, we can, we’ve proved already, but it’s easier with him.’

Tuchel admitted last week that he had ‘no idea’ when his midfield star will be back from his knee injury and there has not been an update on that, although he has explained that it is nothing to do with the 30-year-old’s age or too many minutes on the pitch.

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‘We built him up after his last injury, now we had an accident, this can happen,’ said the Blues boss.

‘This is not related to age or overload, this is simply an accident during a match against Juventus. Of course we miss him a lot.’

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Chelsea’s first January transfer as good as done, manager’s comment to be trusted

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Emerging report has claimed that Chelsea’s January transfer window business has started with reports that Fenerbahce centre-back Attila Szalai will be their first signing.

Hungary national team boss Marco Ross even claimed that Attila Szalai’s move to Chelsea is ‘done deal’.

Szalai, who has made 21 appearances in all competitions for the Turkish giants so far this season and scored two goals seems to have met all criteria by Thomas Tuchel and is set to join.

Chelsea have need for a central defender with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Antonio Rudiger, who is out of contract in the summer.

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Szalai is also seen as a much cheaper alternative and a younger player who could step in the shoes of Thiago Silva.

Reports in Turkey last month suggested that Chelsea had agreed an initial €23.4m (£20m) deal with Fenerbahce and now the 23-year-old’s Hungary boss Rossi has confirmed the move at the Ussi Awards in Turin on Monday.

When asked about which Hungary player would be a good fit for Serie A by reporters, Rossi said: ’It’s hard to name just one player, but right now I see very well Attila Szalai, who plays for Fenerbache, but I think he is joining Chelsea.

‘Clearly, he has been followed by important clubs in Spain, but apparently his move to Chelsea is a done deal. It would be a great player also for Italian football.’

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Former Man United, Chelsea manager returning to Premier League? Report hints

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Emerging report has claimed that former Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho could have another return to the English Premier League.

The report claims the Portuguese manager is wanted by Everton as the Merseyside outfit has been struggling.

Mourinho – who won three Premier League titles at Chelsea and the Europa League at Manchester United – joined Italian club Roma last summer and seems to be enjoying his job with the Serie A side.

Jose Mourinho only joined Roma in July, but it is understood that he would jump at the chance of returning to the English top-flight and could be offered that opportunity by Everton.

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From his complaints about Serie A and his team’s lack of debt, there is no doubt that he is unhappy and will jump at any opportunity.

What is not known is if he would seek to join Everton as reported.

There have been calls for the Toffees to sack Rafael Benitez as his team continue to struggle and that could happen with time if he fails to turn things around.

Although Everton chief Moshiri played down speculation that Benitez was fighting for his future.

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Asked whether he still backs Benitez, Moshiri told presenter Jim White: ‘Yes. Football is about crisis one and glory the following day.

‘Rafa is a good manager and underperformance is largely due to the injuries. In the next two weeks we will get to a full squad. In the meantime results will improve.

‘I have no doubt that we will have a strong second half to the season.’

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What Hakim Ziyech said about Ajax gives transfer hint

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Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech has barely spent a year at Stamford Bridge but he seems to have an idea of where he would be when he leaves Stamford Bridge.

The Moroccan joined Chelsea in a £36million deal in July 2020 but has struggled to impress under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, in addition to a number of injury troubles during his time in west London.

He opened up that he would ‘love’ to return to former club Ajax in the future, should the opportunity present itself.

Asked about a potential return to Amsterdam, Ziyech told Ziggo Sport: ‘I would love to. I had a fantastic time there.

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‘It’s a place where I have felt at home, and whether it will ever happen, the future will tell. But, if it is up to me, it will definitely happen.

‘That’s not up to me; I leave that to them. I just try to enjoy every day now and do my thing.

‘What the future brings, we’ll see then. But, like I said, I hope it happens one day. Whether it will happen is not up to me.’

What is not known to anyone is when the former Ajax player will leave Chelsea but he is continue to struggle, he could leave earlier than expected.

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Michael Owen names the two players that caused Chelsea’s defeat

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Chelsea suffered a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United, a development that has stirred reactions across the football world.

In his analysis, two players were responsible with Michael Owen saying that Jorginho and Mandy should be blamed.

‘When he first hit it I thought he just miss-kicked it and he tried to curl it. But on closer inspection it takes a slight deflection off Loftus-Cheek and obviously wrong foots the goalkeeper.

‘It just goes in on the near post. Some people will blame the goalkeeper. I suppose you’ve got to say if a ball goes in and you’ve got that much time to see it then first priority is to keep the ball out of the net.

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‘I understand you’re probably creeping and anticipating a cross, getting in the right position but the bottom line is you’ve got to protect your goal at all times so you’ve got to apportion some blame to the keeper.’

On the first-half incident which saw Mendy bring down Bowen after an ill-advised backpass from Jorginho, who was also at fault in last weekend’s draw against Manchester United, Owen added: ‘Only he (Jorginho) will know (what he was thinking).

‘We could see he was right in the middle of our screen as it happened and he sold his goalkeeper short.

‘The goalkeeper I think is expecting Bowen to come in and tackle him which is why he’s almost protecting the ball and takes a touch off his back foot.

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‘When he doesn’t feel that contact he’s almost got it stuck under his foot now. He tries to take it away from goal and Bowen reads it and it’s an inevitable when he brought him down. It’s a catalogue of errors.’

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Joe Cole tells Chelsea the player whose contract must be renewed

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Joe Cole has told his former club, Chelsea that renewing the contract of Brazilian defender, Thiago Silva is a must.

Silva’s future at Chelsea is unclear with the ex-Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan star’s current contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.

Silva is understood to be be keen on stayingfor another year at Stamford Bridge and Cole – speaking on BT Sport – urged his former side to tie the veteran centre-back down for a further 12 months.

‘There’s a lot of youthful and aggressive players around him and he’s been a fantastic signing,’ the ex-Chelsea and England winger said before Saturday lunchtime’s London derby in which Silva opened the scoring.

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‘There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given another one-year deal because he’s been outstanding.

‘When he plays in the centre of a three, having the system where the wing-backs are high, he has so many options and when you’ve got a player with a range of passing like Thiago Silva he’s going to look unbelievable.

‘He’s got the left wing-back, the right wing-back and he’s got options in midfield.

‘He’s probably having the time of his career and he’s 37, it’s unbelievable.’

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Meanwhile, legendary ex-Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand joined Cole in waxing lyrical about Silva’s impact.

‘Defenders have got to defend, it’s knowing when to go in there, tackle and engage and he does that as well as anyone,’ Ferdinand said.

‘He’s that glue in the backline that keeps everybody together.

‘You’ve got young players, aggressive players around him and you need that calmness. He is that.’

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Fabrizio Romano reveals why Chelsea are to blame if player exits the club

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Respected transfer journalist, Fabrizio Romano has given a hint that Chelsea should be blamed if Antonio Rudiger leaves the club anytime soon.

This is because the player loves to remain at the Stamford Bridge but the Blues are yet to hand him a befitting offers for a contract extension.

According to the transfer journalist, Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation is “still at the same point” with the player still waiting.

Romano said: “Toni Rudiger contract situation with Chelsea still at same point, as things stand. He’s happy and he’d love to stay at Chelsea but contract proposal still far from what’s expected.

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“Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern showing interest since months – in case he’ll be a free agent.”

Fabrizio Romano has therefore revealed that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all monitoring the defender’s situation and will immediately make a move for the player at the right time.

Meanwhile, BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks rates Rudiger and picked him in his team of the week following his solid display against Leicester City last month.

“The German is a threat in the opposition penalty area, and his headed goal was an absolute peach,” said Crooks after the 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium. “Chelsea also looked impenetrable at the back with Rudiger and Thiago Silva at the heart of their defence.

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“Rudiger is without doubt their best defender. Lose him for any length of time for whatever reason and Chelsea might find themselves in a spot of bother.”

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