Borussia Dortmund chief says Erling Haaland “is in England” after Chelsea missed first day of preseason

Michael Zorc has jokingly suggested that Chelsea target Erling Haaland is currently in England, amid intense speculation over his future.

The Norway international was not at the fitness test in Dortmund today.

The German giants returned to pre-season training on Monday, with fitness tests set to take place ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

And the club’s Head of Sport Michael Zorc was in the mood for jokes when explaining the striker’s whereabouts amid links to Chelsea.

He was probed by Sky in Germany over his whereabouts, to which he reportedly gave a joking response.

“He is in England”, Zorc replied, while laughing.

Jorginho’s agent confirms Juventus interest in midfielder, says “it’s all in the hands of” Chelsea

Agent Joao Santos said Juventus have asked about Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. ‘It’s all in the hands of the club, he has a two-year contract’.

The Brazilian-born Italy midfielder helped the Blues lift the Champions League in 2020-21, before playing every game for the Azzurri, who triumphed at the Euros this summer.

Jorginho was a key member in both sides and the former Napoli star has been linked with a return to Serie A and the Bianconeri ever since Maurizio Sarri left London in the summer of 2019.

“He has a two-year contract,” Joao Santos told Calciomercato.it as cited by Football Italia.

“And it’s all in the hands of the club.

“There the Club World Cup, there’s the European Super Cup. For a footballer, these are important targets.

“But the transfer market is always the transfer market and if a major club comes forward with a serious offer to Chelsea, then we will evaluate.

“At the moment, Jorginho will play at Chelsea next season.”

Joao Santos confirmed Jorginho has been targeted by Juventus and other big clubs, including interest from Spain.

“I can confirm it, these interests have arrived. Of course, at 29, he can do very well in all the top European clubs, and many are interested in him.

“However, I want to close by saying that I’m happy all Italians can breathe the air of champions today.”

Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri and Rafael Toloi were three Brazilian-born Italy players in Roberto Mancini’s EURO 2020 squad.

“Jorginho is an example of true integration,” his agent continued. “Blood is not involved, he sees Italy as his homeland.

“In Italy he sees immeasurable feelings. He feels Italian even though he was born in Brazil: everyone should learn from such a strong feeling.”

Chelsea star receives death threats over social media video

Christian Pulisic’s father says his son has received death threats over a social media video involving a goliath grouper fish.

Pulisic hit the headlines last week after seeing one of his Instagram uploads go viral while on holiday in Florida.

The 22-year-old filmed a stunt on a boat above an endangered fish, and has subsequently been criticised by conservationists and animal rights groups, according to Goal.

In the video in question, Pulisic was seen juggling a ball over a goliath grouper – a giant saltwater fish most commonly found in waters off the eastern coast of the Americas.

The Chelsea winger ultimately lost control of the ball and fell onto the fish, which visibly struggled under his weight before he was pulled back into the boat.

Mark Pulisic has now come out to defend the USMNT international amid the social media backlash, insisting he never had any intention of hurting the goliath grouper while slamming the online trolls that have made threats against his life.

The Chelsea attacker’s father told Alex Goldberg’s YouTube channel The Byline: “He is off Twitter during the season but he knows what’s going on and the harshness of it after having a bad game. He doesn’t look at it a lot.

“What hurts him more is the cancel culture. If he wants to post something on the internet, and idiots are hiding behind computers. People are just waiting to hate because of their jealousy. That bothers him a lot more.

“Whether it is regarding guns or regarding going fishing and having a hook in a fish’s mouth. He didn’t even realise it but he is just trying to have a good time.

“It’s the most ridiculous thing. Christian is such an animal lover. He has horses, he doesn’t want to see animals hurt. Unfortunately, he has got death threats regarding it and it’s got to the point where people are saying they want him in jail.”