Chelsea star breaks silence over Stamford Bridge future after rejecting seven-year deal

November 20th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea star Mason Mount has spoken out on speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge, with talks over a contract renewal stalling.

The 23-year-old is set to feature for England in Qatar after being included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man World Cup squad.

Mount and the Blues have agreed to pause negotiations over a contract extension until he returns to Cobham, with both camps feeling positive that an agreement can be reached.

Chelsea remain confident that Mount will sign a new deal with the club despite recent reports suggesting Liverpool and Juventus are monitoring the English midfielder’s situation as he enters the final 18 months of his current contract.

Mount has insisted that he will not be distracted by uncertainty around his future as he battles to win a place in the England team, coming up against the likes of Phil Foden and James Maddison for their World Cup opener, as per the Evening Standard.

The 23-year-old said: “I have always been so focused on my football since I was in the academy.

“I know now there is a lot more media focus on me, but I do not look too much into that. I block it out.”

According to football.london, one of the main factors causing negotiations to drag on is down to the length of the new deal beign offered.

Reports had suggested Mount has already rejected a new seven-year deal offered to him, with the 23-year-old wanting a higher base salary to represent his importance to the team.

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Raheem Sterling reveals his incredible goalscoring superstition

November 17th, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Raheem Sterling has revealed his incredible superstition when he gets on a goalscoring run.

He said: “If I score, I’ll just try to wear the same trainers with my tracksuit to the next game.

“And if I don’t score it’s going back in the closet.

“When it comes to really big games, I try to get myself in the mindset of how I’m going to affect the game.

“The more I don’t think about the game and go about my everyday life the better, to try to block the noise out.

“One of my favourite apps to get ready for a game is YouTube, I like to escape a little in humour and distract myself from any nerves.”

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Former Blues star reveals how Matthew Harding laid foundation for Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea take-over

October 23rd, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Former Blues star and coach Jody Morris has revealed the role Matthew Harding played in transforming Chelsea into a global force.

Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the death of lifelong Blues fan Harding in a helicopter crash which shocked football.

The Roman Abramovich era has heralded huge success for the London club.

But without Harding injecting £26million of his own money to rebuild Stamford Bridge and bring in stars such as Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli, then the Russian billionaire may never have invested his fortunes.

Harding had made his fortune in insurance but answered the desperate plea of then-owner Ken Bates for much-needed finances to keep Chelsea going, then to build a club capable of competing.

Morris told The Sun: “Everybody thinks Chelsea started when Roman came in but all the success, and all that kind of blueprint for where the club was going, started with Matthew”.

He bankrolled the rebuild of the North Stand that now bears his name and provided the funds to sign Gullit, Vialli, Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes.

The motivation was nothing more than being a die-hard Chelsea supporter from childhood, who just wanted the best for his club.

Ultimately, he did not live to see his investment rewarded with huge success but his era in the Stamford Bridge boardroom was the eventual springboard for turning a stagnant club into one of the most glamorous around.

Aged 42, he was one of four people killed when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed in fog on the way back from a match at Bolton on October 22, 1996.

And Morris — a passionate fan who came through the ranks to play for the Blues before going on to be Frank Lampard’s No 2 — knows just how big a role charismatic Harding played in Chelsea’s history.

Morris added: “It started with Glenn changing the training ground. And also the environment where you’d eat properly to play football the right way, with nutritionists and all that.

“That went hand in hand with this sort of time when Matthew Harding came on board. Not only was there someone like Glenn helping to change the environment, the mentality and the way that the club was run from a player’s perspective, you also had someone like Matthew doing similar but on a boardroom level.”

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Crystal Palace star Zaha heaps praise on Chelsea loanee Gallagher, identifies particular quality he brings to team

September 22nd, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been singing the praises of Chelsea midfielder Connor Gallagher following his fantastic impact on-loan at Selhurst Park.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “He’s a very good player to be honest, the thing he brings is that energy that we need, I’m sure everyone has seen it.

“Having Macca [James McArthur] next to him as well, he runs around as well. Obviously its been a couple of games but everyone can see Conor’s potential because he’s young, so he’s only going to get better.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira equally praised Gallagher after the win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The Chelsea loanee was excellent in centre of midfield as Palace claimed an emphatic 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

“Conor loves football,” he said. “The energy he is bringing to the team is fantastic.

“He’s got a lot of energy and he would play well under any manager because of the passion he has for the game.”

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Thomas Tuchel sweats over Edouard Mendy’s injury ahead of Manchester City clash

September 22nd, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel faces anxious wait to know if Edouard Mendy will be fit for the Premier League clash against Manchester City, saying it is a “race against pain and time”.

The shot-stopper missed Chelsea’s 3-0 away win over fierce rivals Tottenham with a hip injury.

And he’s due to miss Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa too.

But tomorrow’s game is not the worry for Chelsea in terms of getting Mendy fit.

They have Kepa Arrizabalaga or Marcus Bettinelli to fill the hole left by the 29-year-old.

Saturday’s six-pointer against City, however, will be a concern for the Blues.

Champions League-winning boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Mendy’s absence for Wednesday.

And says an appearance on Saturday against City depends on how much pain the keeper is in come training on Thursday.

The German said: “Mendy cannot play [against Villa]. He is not training so far.

“We will try to do everything for Saturday and to reintegrate him tomorrow in individual training and hopefully in Thursday’s team training but not yet.

“It’s a matter of the amount of pain and the loads that we have for the players and there was quite some intensive games.

“I think it’s possible [he could play against City] but it’s a race against pain and a race against time so let’s see.

“Hopefully he will be back in team training on Thursday and if this goes well he can be ready for Saturday but I don’t know right now.”

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Barcelona design smart move to beat Chelsea, Man City, others to Inter Milan hotshot Lautaro Martinez

April 6th, 2020 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in Spain and Italy claim Barcelona are offering to double the salary Lautaro Martinez would get in a new contract with Inter to ease their move for the prized striker.

Chelsea and Manchester City are both tracking Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez but will have to fight off interest from Barcelona.

The 22-year-old is tied down until June 2023, but already, according to Football Italia, discussing an extension with possible raise of the €111m release clause after an excellent campaign.

He scored 16 goals with four assists in 31 competitive appearances, including five in six Champions League games.

According to Sport, negotiations are not going well, because Lautaro Martinez and his agent know full well there are several clubs ready to snap him up this summer, even for the release clause.

Barcelona are by far the favourites, ahead of their rivals, especially if they include Arturo Vidal and other players as part of the deal.

Reports in Spain suggest Inter are offering a €4m per season salary at San Siro in the new contract, but Barcelona are ready to double that.

At this stage, a renewal seems unlikely and the Nerazzurri are almost resigned to losing the striker, albeit at a massive profit.

Despite the interest, Martinez’s representative Alberto Yaque admits there has been no formal talks about his clients future.

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Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea board’s decision on Kepa Arrizabalaga

February 22nd, 2020 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said the club’s board back his decision to drop goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to the bench.

Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he moved to the West London club for £71.5million last season – however Willy Cabellero has been Lampard’s No 1 goalkeeper in recent weeks.

According to ESPN, Lampard said:”I am absolutely together with the club and the board.

“We all want the best. I am paid to make decisions.

“It has been a decision to make on form with the goalkeeping situation. Recently it’s just changed, but that’s nothing final.

“All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players. And things can obviously change.”

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REVEALED: Why Willian wants to remain in London despite his potential summer exit from Chelsea

February 21st, 2020 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea’s Brazilian star Willian is coming to the end of his contract but is eager to stay in London…but not necessarily at Stamford Bridge!

Goal are reporting Willian is keen to secure a move to another London club if he cannot agree a contract extension with the Blues hierarchy.

Family is the driving factor behind the former Anzi Makhachkala star’s desire to remain in the capital and the news will put Chelsea’s Premier League rivals on red alert.

Willian wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here.”

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Chelsea, Arsenal fans fume amid reports Olivier Giroud is in transfer talks with Tottenham

January 29th, 2020 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal and Chelsea fans have expressed their anger over reports that Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.

The Blues striker, whose current contract expires in the summer, is set to leave Stamford Bridge in search of regular game time ahead of the European Championships in the summer.

Giroud won the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, and played a significant role in the Blues’ Europa League triumph the following year under Maurizio Sarri.

However, the arrival of current boss Frank Lampard and the emergence of Tammy Abraham as the club’s first choice striker has seen the former Arsenal man slip down the pecking order.

Inter Milan have been closely linked with a move for the 33-year-old, with boss Antonio Conte thought to be keen on reunion with the forward, report football.london.

But according to Di Marzio, the Serie A side would prefer to sign the striker on a free transfer in the summer, which has alerted Spurs.

And the report claims Jose Mourinho have made an approach to sign Giroud before Friday’s deadline, as they step up their search for a striker.

Chelsea and Arsenal fans took to social media to react to the reports, with many less than pleased about the prospect of seeing the forward playing for fierce rivals Tottenham.

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Timo Werner reveals decision amid Chelsea transfer interest

January 16th, 2020 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea target Timo Werner has ruled out a January transfer from RB Leipzig but insists he is open to moving to the Premier League in the future.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made Timo Werner a top transfer target but face competition from Manchester United and Liverpool.

The German international is refusing to be drawn into transfer speculation as he bids to fire his side to the Bundesliga title in the second half of the season.

According to the Express, Lampard has made Werner a top target, but is aware that a deal is near on impossible in January.

After having their transfer ban lifted, Chelsea are looking to make up for lost time in the market.

Lampard has identified his attack as an area that requires attention and he wants another striker to provide competition for Tammy Abraham.

And now Werner has insisted that he is open to a Premier League move in the future, despite being fully committed to Leipzig at the moment.

The forward scored 18 league goals in the first half of the campaign and is hoping to hit the ground running again as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund look to make up ground.

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