The international break is nearly over... it's matchday tomorrow!
Chelsea will be keen to extend their four-game unbeaten streak against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Before the break, Graham Potter's side began to enjoy a great vein of form, enjoying wins over Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.
While there are various minor injury concerns, the Blues look set to welcome back some top players from injury against Unai Emery's side. One of whom could be N'Golo Kante, who is still yet to play a single minute under Potter.
In other news, Wesley Fofana was withdrawn from the France squad and later spotted with an ice pack on his right-thigh. But, the defender reassured supporters with a cryptic message on social media, indicating a potential imminent return.
Away from the pitch, transfer speculation continues to ramp up with the summer just around the corner. Kai Havertz has refused to rule out a move to Bayern Munich; meanwhile Mason Mount is still yet to reach a decision over his future.
So, with that said, stay with us throughout the day on football.london as we bring you all the latest Chelsea news, transfer gossip and injury updates...
Potter responds to Bayern links
"My coaching staff wasn’t prepared either, so a big thank you to their families for their flexibility," said Tuchel, upon being announced as new Bayern head coach.
"Arno Michels and Zsolt Low, who have been working with me for over 10 years, will be there. We’re hoping to add Anthony Barry, who is currently at Chelsea. We’re fighting for that and we’re confident because it’s my absolute wish.”
It has caused some disruption in the lead up to the Aston Villa game this weekend, with Barry having apparently been told to stay away as the situation plays out. Potter was asked about the matter and whether there was a risk of the coach leaking tactics to Bayern, who Chelsea could yet face in this season's Champions League.
"You’re asking the question and answering the question," said the Blues boss. "It’s club to club, it’s not for me but I am pretty sure it is in the conversation for obvious reasons. He is not with us at the moment and I think that’s best it gets resolved, there’s nothing to report at the moment, it is between the two clubs. I am not involved in it."
Colwill on Thiago Silva...
Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill is full of admiration for veteran teammate Thiago Silva, labelling him 'a joke'. The on-loan Brighton defender has also spoken in glowing terms of Blues boss Graham Potter, despite not having spoken to him since moving to Stamford Bridge.
"My loan spell has been a rollercoaster. At the start, I wasn’t playing as much as I’d have liked. Now, I’m playing and learning a lot each game, gaining my team-mates’ respect and [respect] from everyone who perhaps lost respect for me when I wasn’t playing."
Emery praises Potter
In Unai Emery's pre-match press conference, the Aston Villa boss urged Todd Boehly to stick with Graham Potter.
"They [Chelsea] have very good players and their coach [Potter] is amazing," he said on Thursday. "His work in Brighton was amazing and he needs time to adapt his ideas to Chelsea. Progressively, they are doing better.
"He deserved to take a step ahead with a team like Chelsea – They are progressing, and everything he did in Brighton he can do in Chelsea. He needs time, he needs matches and to know his players better.
"They played very well in the Champions League. In the Premier League, they’re not keeping the balance of being consistent in the table. For us, Saturday is a match against one of the best teams in the Premier League, with a very good coach, with very good players."
Havertz on Bayern switch
Kai Havertz has refused to rule out a move to Bayern Munich ahead of the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to the Bundesliga champions at the end of the season following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking to Sport Bild, he claimed that it would be hard to say no to Bayern despite his 'personal goal' to showcase his abilities in England and Spain.
"Bayern are generally a huge club that it's hard to say no to as a German player," he said. "But my personal goal has always been to play abroad at some point. In England or Spain."
Abraham hints at return
"Would I go back there (Chelsea)? In football you can never say never," Abraham told FourFourTwo. "Right now, my focus is here at Roma - we want to finish the season strongly.
"I haven’t started thinking about anything yet, apart from being here and doing my best. I wouldn’t say there’s unfinished business in England – I’m in no rush. Football has no location, it could be anywhere. Maybe I stay at Roma for the next decade, maybe I don’t. You never know what’s around the corner."
Chelsea trio spotted
Ahead of their return to action this Saturday, when they host Aston Villa, Graham Potter, Reece James and Marc Cucurella spotted in the Stamford Bridge stands on Thursday evening to watch Chelsea Women in action. Emma Hayes' side progressed to the Women's Champions League semi-finals after a dramatic night in west London which saw them knock out holders Lyon via a penalty shoot-out.
It was an extraordinary end to a thrilling two-legged affair as Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the final seconds of extra time, while trailing 2-1 on aggregate. The comeback that followed will go down as one of the biggest victories in Chelsea's history as they join English rivals Arsenal in the semi-finals.
The Blues will now need to produce another giant-killing in the next round after being drawn against Barcelona, who beat them 4-0 in the 2021 final!
Mount price tag revealed...
Chelsea believe they will be able to demand a fee of £70million for Mount, despite only having a year left on his deal, according to the Athletic. The club will be hoping to ignite a bidding war as a plethora of elite European clubs are said to be interested.
football.london understands that Liverpool are long-term admirers of the midfielder, and the Reds are thought to be at the front of an increasingly-growing queue. Jurgen Klopp is in dire need of a revamp of his midfield options with Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all due to be out of contract once this campaign concludes.
Boehly slammed for Chelsea splurge
Graham Potter became the most expensive football manager in Premier League history when he was appointed Chelsea boss last September. Nabbing the 47-year-old from Brighton to replace Thomas Tuchel cost the club a staggering £21.5million in compensation.
That sum is on top of a similarly eye-watering £600million spent on the playing staff across just two transfer windows, as co-owner Todd Boehly continues to shape the club in his vision. Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes the money would only have been worth it if they lift Europe's greatest prize this June, claiming Potter and his expensively-assembled squad are far from offering Boehly value for money.
"Twenty one million… What is Chelsea’s position? Tenth? Do you think they will qualify for the Champions League? I don’t," Gallas told Genting Casino. "For Chelsea this season, they have spent a lot of money for what?"
Read the full story here.
Dream Mount alternative
Liverpool have been encouraged to sign Mateo Kovacic if Chelsea sanction the midfielder's exit. The 28-year-old faces an increasingly uncertain future at Stamford Bridge having recently entered the final year-and-a-half of his contract.
Kovacic has featured 19 times in the Premier League for the Blues this term, directly contributing towards two goals. Despite a sparse output in the final third, the Croatia international has performed excellently for the west London outfit and he's even captained the side several times.
Mason Mount, who also sees his contract at Chelsea expiring at the end of next season, has been subject to serious interest from Liverpool for a while, football.london understands. With the Blues reportedly putting a £50million price tag on the Cobham graduate, Kovacic has been suggested as an alternative option who would 'suit the Reds very well'.
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Simon Jordan has slammed Mason Mount for his 'outlandish' contract demands. The 24-year-old faces an increasingly uncertain future at Chelsea having recently entered the final year-and-a-half of his deal.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace owner said: "His problem currently at Chelsea as far as I understand it, with the contractual situation and a potential move away, is that there are some pretty outlandish demands coming in for salary," Jordan said. "I think they’re in the mid-£200,000 plus.
"My understanding is that the lad wants to stay at Chelsea, but he wants the kind of salary that’s prohibiting that conversation. It’s also prohibiting moving to other football clubs."
Glen Johnson believes Victor Osimhen has not yet done enough to warrant comparisons with Didier Drogba, contrary to popular belief.
In an interview with Lord Ping, the former Chelsea defender explained why the conversations are premature. Johnson said: "Victor Osimhen is currently scoring at an alarming rate - he is currently shy of a goal per game, which is something you cannot ignore.
"It's hard to compare him to Drogba, Drogba was a beast for Chelsea! He was fast, strong and had good technical ability in the Premier League. Osimhen is an exciting talent who knows where the goal is. If he can adapt, he will thrive in the Premier League."
Earl's Court stumbling block
The development company in charge of an Earl's Court site that had been linked to a possible stadium build for Chelsea have denied the possibility of the Blues moving to the location. The Earl's Court Development Company claimed that 'there is no football stadium in our masterplan'.
The renovation of Stamford Bridge has been a hotly debated topic that reintensified following last year's takeover of the club by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. As part of the process of winning the bid, there was believed to be a commitment to remaining at Stamford Bridge, which remains the preference of Chelsea Pitch Owners.
In the aftermath of the takeover, co-owner Jonathan Goldstein acknowledged the club were at the beginning of the process of realising a new stadium, suggesting that that were two options: "You either redevelop the existing stadium or you take it down and build a new one on the site."
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