Chelsea duo Reece James and Trevoh Chabolah have withdrawn from England’s under-21 squad due to injury concerns.
An injury means James was not part of the group that flew to Slovenia on Thursday for a friendly fixture on Friday while Chalobah, who is currently on-loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town, has also withdrawn as a precaution.
The Blues full-back was looking forward to making his under-21 debut but will have to wait after picking up a knock.
Chalobah withdrew as a precaution as the Terriers plot a move up the Championship table following a poor start.
Two other Chelsea players- Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marc Guehi- remain in the squad which as well as the game in Slovenia, will contest a European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Austria in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
There are reports Real Madrid are ready to use Chelsea’s interest in Gareth Bale in a bid to seal the transfer of Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante.
According to El Desmarque, Bale already has an offer on the table to move to Stamford Bridge, which makes sense as they’ll surely need to finally sign an attacking player to replace Eden Hazard when their transfer ban is finally lifted.
Chelsea, however, may not be so keen on landing Bale if it means losing as important a player as Kante, who has been a consistently world class performer for them since he joined from Leicester City in 2016, report CaughtOffside.
Kante could no doubt do a fine job for Real Madrid too, however, and would no doubt be an upgrade on the struggling Casemiro in Zinedine Zidane’s midfield.
El Desmarque claim Real Madrid will try offering £62million plus Bale to Chelsea for Kante, which looks an admittedly tempting offer.