Chelsea announce early deal for defender is done, Tuchel hands fans official Rudiger update and announces he wants defender at Stamford Bridge,Benitez OFFICIALLY confirms Chelsea bound Digne wants January move
Fox completes January deal, Tuchel has Rudiger update and Benitez admits Digne wants move in Chelsea roundup…
Everton boss Rafa Benitez has opened up and announced that Chelsea target Lucas Digne wants to leave the club this January.
There has been alot of rumours in the media over the past few weeks all suggesting that Digne has become a top target for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after he lost Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season to injury.
Digne is regarded as one of the finest left-backs in the Premier League and there are many out there that firmly believe that he is now ready to test himself at the highest level with one of the big clubs.
Reports have suggested that Chelsea are eying up a deal until the end of the season, and then will decide if they will make the move a permanent one, with a fee of around £27 million the asking price.
Now amid all the speculation that Chelsea are keen on a transfer deal, Benitez has opened up and confirmed that Digne does in fact want to leave Everton this transfer window, he was quoted on Sky Sports: “He’s been very clear. I want to ask a question to every fan and former players – what Peter Reid would do if a player comes out and says he doesn’t want to be there?
“That’s it – simple. I’ve had a couple of conversations with him and he told me what he thought so what do you expect the manager to do when a player is thinking of leaving?
“Fans, former players, what Peter Reid would say if a player goes to a manager and says he doesn’t want to be here?”
We could see this coming as soon as the rumours emerged that Chelsea are interested in a deal, but now the Blues board know that Digne wants a move, it will be interesting to see if they give it to him.
Thomas Tuchel says it will take more than just ‘words and pampering’ to convince Antonio Rudiger to stay at Chelsea
Rudiger has been a standout performer for Chelsea this season and one of the clubs most important players, but he could leave the club at the end of the season as his contract expires.
It is no secret that his preference would be to stay, but there has been a number of top clubs show an interest in getting a possible deal done at the end of the season, which has left many Chelsea fans shocked at the fact he could leave
However, Tuchel remains hopeful his fellow countryman will choose to extend his stay in west London, telling reporters on Friday he was relaxed about the situation.
Asked whether he had been taking Rudiger for coffee and dinner to get him on side, Tuchel joked: ‘I don’t know if that helps! Maybe that would push him out.
‘I don’t feel he needs a lot of coffees with me. He needs to feel the connection and the trust, he wants to feel it by minutes and actions. He doesn’t need words and pampering.
‘He is a top professional, this is what he proves. He is very important, nothing has changed.
‘It’s in good hands, I trust the club and my player. it’s not a problem for me. Toni can still deliver for us so he’s super reliable, nothing has changed.
‘Once something changes you will be one of the first to know.’
Rudiger is one of the very best defenders in the game and Chelsea would be massive fools to let him leave, we have said that before and will again
So at the end of the day, give him the contract that he deserves and dont lose such an important player
Chelsea FC Women full-back Jorja Fox will spend the spend the rest of the season on loan Charlton Athletic.
The 18-year old signed her first professional contract on her birthday at the start of the season, one of a trio of young Academy players to sign this past summer.
But with competition in that womens starting squad fierce, Fox will now head across London to gain valuable experience at Charlton Athletic for the rest of the season.
A product of the Chelsea Academy, the No.29 made her senior debut for the Blues in a 4-0 away victory against Aston Villa last season and was handed her first senior start in a 5-0 victory over London City Lionesses in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup in April.
General manager Paul Green said: ‘Jorja is a great young talent that will benefit from gaining valuable playing time within a competitive environment in the Championship.
‘We wish Jorja all the best for the remainder of the season at Charlton Athletic and look forward to watching her progress in the coming months.’
And after seeing her move get officially announced, Fox has come out and admitted just how delighted she is to get the transfer move: “It feels good to be here,” said Fox. “I’ve watched the team play over the course of the season and I’ve been really impressed with the football they’ve been playing.
“The group is really driven. Karen has created a really good environment, so I’m really excited to be a part of that and I can’t wait to get started.”
The young lady is not quite ready to make an impact at Chelsea just yet, so this is a move that will benefit all and she will definitely come back a much stronger player than she already is.