Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given Billy Gilmour hope of featuring against local rivals Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
The promising Scotsman has only played sporadically under Tuchel with N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho being picked ahead of the youngster.
With Kovacic unavailable, Tuchel was asked if Billy Gilmour has a chance of playing against Fulham tomorrow so Kante or Jorginho can have a rest.
Tuchel said he is pleased with Gilmour’s displays in training, and he may feature against Fulham.
He said: “N’Golo feels very good, Jorgi looked very good and in training again today the guys are super professional, they know that we miss Kova a lot so I have the feeling Jorgi and N’Golo step up.
“[Gilmour] looked very good today in training so I was quite impressed. The last decision is made today so in the evening, the afternoon or maybe tomorrow morning, but Billy is in the squad, he was very close to playing the last games some minutes so he is in good shape.”
Thomas Tuchel confirmed Mateo Kovacic has suffered a ‘little setback’ in training and will not be able to feature as hoped against Fulham, while the knock Toni Rudiger sustained in Madrid will keep him out of the weekend game.
Mateo Kovacic will miss his sixth game in a row, according to the Blues boss.
“Unfortunately he’s still injured,” said Tuchel.
“He trained with us but he’s still not fully confident. He felt something at the end of the training so he’s not available.
“Before training today, we thought Kova has a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for Fulham, so now we have a little setback with him. I don’t want to be too negative. Let’s see how he feels tomorrow.
“All other players are available except for Toni Rudiger who got injured in the last minute of the Madrid game. I am quite positive for Toni [being available] for Wednesday.”
Damien Duff has questioned Hazard and his fitness, saying that he cost Madrid €150m yet arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 overweight.
The Premier League winner in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team said: “He’s never been a great professional and he’s never had the drive of [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo.
“If he did, we’d probably be mentioning him alongside those two players. He turned up for his first season at Real Madrid, as a Galactico that cost €150m, overweight. Fat. Call it what you want.”
Hazard has struggled with injury and failed to make much of an impact since joining Madrid in the summer of 2019 from Chelsea, where he had proved himself as one of Europe’s most exciting players in the previous seven years.
The Belgian has suffered eleven different physical problems throughout his time in Spain, but looks to be on the mend after making cameo appearances against Real Betis and, this week, Chelsea.
Lionel Messi s edging closer to committing his future to Barcelona after the club offered him a TEN-YEAR deal, according to reports.
The mini maestro is out of contract this summer following last summer’s high-profile fallout.
Messi, 33, wanted to leave at the end of last season following the turmoil on and off the pitch but Barca demanded £625million to let him leave.
Joan Laporta has since been re-appointed as the club’s president and has been working tooth and nail to keep Messi at his boyhood club.
According to the Times, a lucrative new contract is on the table for the superstar following talks between Laporta and Messi’s father.
It gives Messi the option of staying at the Nou Camp in the short-term before having a final career swansong in the MLS.
During the week, according to TNT Sports Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain presented an offer to the Barcelona captain.
The Ligue 1 giants offered the Argentine a contract for two seasons with the option of a third.
PSG believe that the offer they’ve presented to Messi can’t be matched by Barcelona from a financial perspective, and from a sporting perspective they can point to the fact that they made the final of last season’s Champions League and are in the semi-finals this season having eliminated Barcelona themselves in the last 16.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has taken up a punditry role with radio station talkSPORT after claiming he is “missing football already”.
The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week, just days before the club’s appearance in the Carabao Cup final, having overseen an underwhelming campaign.
The north Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb under Mourinho’s watch and are unlikely to clinch a place in the top four, missing out on Champions League football for a second successive season.
Despite pocketing £20m in compensation from Spurs, Mourinho has taken up a new role with talkSPORT after admitting that he ‘misses football already’.
In a clip posted to the broadcaster’s Twitter page, Mourinho said: “I am totally absorbed by football. I just love to work. In this moment, I am not working for a week and I am missing it already.”