Coutinho talks, Odoi told to stay, Luiz message, Varane opens up on move in Chelsea Monday
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The representatives of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho have reportedly contacted Chelsea about a possible summer transfer deal, as the Blues line-up a bargain £65 million move.
Coutinho was regarded as an absolute superstar during his time at Liverpool and his performances earned him a big money move to Barcelona in a deal that was reportedly close to the £167 million mark, but despite being an integral part of the side last season, he has failed down the pecking order this year.
He has only netted four times in just 26 appearances for the Barcelona side this season, and despite many of his team-mates backing the Brazilian, there has been a lot of claims in the media which have already suggested that Barcelona will listen to offers of around £65 million in the summer transfer window.
And according to reports on Spanish publication AS, his agents have started making moves about leaving Barcelona at the end of the season have made contact with Premier League giants Chelsea over a possible summer move, knowing the Blues may need an immediate replacement for Eden Hazard.
Hazard may have recently rejected claims that he has agreed to sign for Spanish giants Real Madrid at the end of the season, but all indications suggest that he will indeed reject the contract offer that Chelsea have placed on the table and will leave for the dizzy heights of the Bernabeu.
Coutinho’s representatives, Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci, are keen to force a move away from Barcelona and reached out to the Premier League giants
England Manager Gareth Southgate has told Liverpool and Manchester United transfer target Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea and wait for his chance under Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest talents in the Premier League, despite only making five appearances for Sarri in the top-flight this season, and he has been tipped to be the long-term successor to Eden Hazard, who is linked with a mega money swoop to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, Hudson-Odoi is not happy with the kind of game time he has been receiving at Stamford Bridge over the past twelve months and almost left the club during the January transfer window, with German giants Bayern Munich trying to conclude a £35 million transfer deal.
But Chelsea were not prepared to let the winger leave just yet and the Germans interest has wavered since the winter window, leaving both Liverpool and Manchester United to show a strong interest in trying to tempt Hudson-Odoi away in the summer in a deal that could be in excess of £50 million.
However, Southgate says he should bide his time at Stamford Bridge after handing the winger his full England debut against the Czech Republic last Friday.
‘If you look at number of appearances, he has actually been on the field quite a lot,’ said Southgate on the Sky Sports website.
‘And I know from when we were talking with the club earlier in the season how much faith Maurizio has in him. He has got some outstanding players just in front of him but he’s slowly getting more and more game time.
‘So, I think he’s maturing well. There doesn’t need to be a rush for him. We’ve seen that with Marcus Rashford and his development. He’s getting first-team football and that’s important. For us, I think his progress is good.’
Brazilian defender David Luiz has sent his Chelsea team-mates a message on how they can pick up a Europa League victory this season, and get back into the Champions League.
Maurizio Sarri came in last summer with a lot of work to do after the Blues finished outside the top four in Antonio Conte’s final season at the club, and despite some up and down moments and some very dodgy tactical decisions, he has reached the Carabao Cup final, is still in the chase for a top four spot and could still win the Europa league.
Chelsea have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they will take on Slavia Prague, and there is potentially added importance weighing on the competition given that they will have to fend of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham for that Top four spot as winning the Europa League wins they would get automatic qualification into the Champions League next season.
And the experienced Luiz gave his fellow squad members some tips of how to succeed, telling the clubs official website: ‘To understand we have to be ready for every single moment.
‘Bad moments can arrive, emotional moments can arrive, hard moments can arrive, and we have to be ready for that. To win a tournament is not just flowers.
‘I have learned a lot in my career, and football is nice because there is always something new, and you also have to be ready for that!’
Raphael Varane has told Chelsea that he is not unhappy at Real Madrid, amid speculation he wants to leave La Liga.
Varane is very highly-regarded in the game of football and has developed into one of the best central defenders in world football since Jose Mourinho introduced him to the world a few seasons ago, and he has become an integral part of the Madrid set-up
But despite adding a fourth Champions League title to his cabinet last season, there has been a lot of speculation in the media which have all suggested that he now fancies a fresh challenge, with reports Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could try and make a move before the Blues get hit with that transfer ban.
Sarri may have a top-class attack,, but he is lacking real quality in the back-line and will need to invest if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title in the coming seasons, as they are a long way off the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City defensively.
But amid all the speculation which suggested he wants out, Varane has now told the likes of Chelsea that he is very happy at Madrid.
‘To say that I am not happy at Real Madrid is not true,’ said Varane on the Metro website
‘I’m at Real Madrid. The biggest club in the world. I’m constantly in a state of challenging myself because the requirement here is that of the highest level.
‘I’m focused on my career. We had a tough time in the middle of the season where we had to fight. I’ve given my all in this shirt and I can be proud of that.
‘I cannot control everything that’s said [in the media]. Many things aren’t right but I can’t say I’m unhappy in Madrid. We had a tough season, it’s the daily routine for players at the top.
‘I’m discreet and the problem when you’re a quiet person is you hear many things but talk little about yourself.’
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