Arsenal loanee, Juventus star called up by France to replace injured N’Golo Kante, Bayern Munich’s Tolisso

Matteo Guendouzi and Adrien Rabiot have been called up to the France squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The pair will replace Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante – who has not ‘fully recovered’ from an ankle injury – and Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso – who sustained a muscular injury in the left calf’.

France are currently sitting top of Group C after three rounds and will face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday evening.

Guendouzi and Rabiot will miss Wednesday’s clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but will join the squad in Strasbourg on Thursday, according to Get Football.

They will train with Didier Deschamps’s side ahead of their game against second-placed Ukraine on Saturday.

The pair will then go on to play France’s final World Cup qualifier against Finland in Lyon on September 7.

Barcelona announce club star to wear Lionel Messi’s iconic No10 shirt

Barcelona have announced the man who will wear the no10 shirt at Camp Nou following Lionel Messi’s emotional departure.

The historic shirt has been given to 18-year-old Ansu Fati.

The academy product is one of the hottest prospects in world football and is a huge talent, but taking over Messi’s shirt number means he has big boots to fill.

There will be pressure on him, but he is expected to be one of the stars of the future.

Who knows, maybe in 15 years time he will be remembered as Barcelona’s greatest no10

(PIX)Saul Niguez flies to London to join Chelsea after switch from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea’s deadline-day loan signing Saul Niguez has jetted off to London to get down to work at his club after making the switch from Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder completed a temporary move to the Blues on Tuesday just three minutes before the transfer window slammed shut.

And he uploaded two photos on social media of himself departing for his new surroundings in England on Wednesday. The caption on Twitter read: ‘See you there!!! @ChelseaFC’.

“I want to play until 40”- Chelsea star responds when asked if he intends to see out the rest of his career at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea star Jorginho will let others worry about the Ballon d’Or and assures he wants to play until he’s 40.

The midfielder has been tipped for the trophy after an extraordinary 2021 in which he won UEFA EURO 2020 with Italy, the Champions League and European Supercup with Chelsea.

“I will let you talk about the Ballon d’Or, I am just trying to enjoy the moment,” said Jorginho in his press conference.

“There are still a few months to go before that decision is made and I am focused on relishing the present, then we’ll see what happens…”

He was also named UEFA Champions League Player of the Year.

“I was a creative midfielder until the age of 13 and the coach I had in Brazil moved me deeper. From that moment, I started watching Andrea Pirlo and Xavi, embracing everything the role brought.”

Jorginho was asked if he intends to see out the rest of his career at Chelsea, a question he considered somewhat premature.

“I have no offers and I am not really thinking about it, to be honest. I am 29 years old and you are asking me where I’ll end my career, I want to play until 40! If they sign me to a 10-year contract…”

Saul Niguez explains why he joined Chelsea, reveals Blues star who helped his move to Stamford Bridge

New Chelsea signing Saul Niguez has identified Diego Simeone’s refusal to play him in his correct position at Atletico Madrid led to him joining Chelsea on loan.

The Spaniard sealed a temporary switch to the Premier League side on deadline day just three minutes before the transfer deadline – and it was such a close call that the deal nearly collapsed.

He spoke exclusively to Spanish Youtuber Ibai Llanos on his Twitch channel about his loan move to Chelsea.

His desire to leave had developed over the summer, but as recently as last weekend, when he featured in the game against Villareal, he thought he was staying at Atletico.

But within moments of the move being confirmed he appeared on Twitch with Ibai Llanos.

“I spoke with (Diego) Simeone,” he explained. “I have been playing in different positions for three seasons.

“I owe everything to Diego and he must be selfish and think of the group.

“I saw myself stuck in a position that was not mine. Chelsea’s option was to get out of the comfort zone, a challenge.

“Chelsea has promised me to train in my position – to play we will see.

“I asked Simeone and Miguel Angel (Gil, the CEO) to train in my position,’ he added.

“I understand that he refused and from there they decided this.

“I’ve been here since I was 13 and it’s very hard. I want to take up other movements and positions that I did not perform from the other position. It is the most important reason for my decision.”

He added: “For me it has been the most difficult decision of my life and I have been advised by many people.

“It’s a shame not being able to say goodbye to the fans. If I had known that the other day was the last day I would have done something else, approaching them and let them see what I feel. Supposedly that day I was staying, three days ago (against Villarreal) and yesterday it was also (the plan) that I stayed. It all (changed) today.’

Chelsea left it late to fix the agreement for him to sign for the remainder of the season, which made it distressing for Saul, who thought back to when David de Gea’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed due to a broken fax machine meaning the deadline was missed in 2015.

“It 11:57pm we finished reviewing the contract and they had to see it there… I was like De Gea,” he explained.

“I thought: ‘This is not going to come in and that’s it.’ It has been a long afternoon and night. My wife was very nervous, we have had some very complicated days, because this decision is not easy. Leaving Atletico on a new adventure is complicated.”

A key factor in Saul’s decision to join Chelsea is the presence of Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has a close relationship with Saul having come through Spain’s various youth teams together.

Saul said: “It is very important that he will be there. It is an important step.

“If he had not been there, it would have been different.

“Going on loan for a year and having a partner with whom I have been spending many years in the lower categories of the national team is important.”

“The idea is to compete and find myself,’ he said. ‘See the Saul that I want to see. It was frustrating.

“I wasn’t able to show people what I was capable of. Not learning, not improving, and not growing was frustrating. I think this decision can help me unblock myself.”