Frenchman to cost £45m, Chelsea could make stunning Giroud decision, Blues to push ahead with Bayern signing, Cole worried over Hazard and Ziyech makes Eden claim
Ziyech makes Hazard claim, Chelsea could make Giroud decision, Blues to push ahead for Alaba deal, Camavinga will cost £45 million and Cole worried for Hazard in Chelsea roundup…
Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech admits he takes inspiration from club legend Eden Hazard and feels at home at Stamford Bridge.
Ziyech was signed by Frank Lampard in the summer transfer in order to give this Chelsea a bit more attacking flair on the width, and so far in his short time at the club, Ziyech has made a real impression on the club and fans.
He has become an integral part of Frank Lampards side, and has opened up and admitted that he takes inspiration from club legend Eden Hazard, who was easily the most important player at the club during his time at the Bridge.
He told Chelsea’s website: “So far, I’m happy. I feel good and at home. Those things are the most important for how you perform on the pitch.
“Eden is a world-class player and you always take inspiration from that.
“You look at the small things – how he’s playing the game, how he’s doing stuff and I know I can still learn a lot from him.”
Olivier Giroud may be forced to honour his contract at Chelsea, says former Blues midfielder Joe Cole.
Giroud has once again been in the transfer headlines over the past few weeks after he came out and admitted that e may have to leave the club in the coming transfer window in order to get more game time.
There have been a number of clubs that have reportedly shown some kind of interest in the Frenchman, especially as they know that he is well down the pecking order at Chelsea and would be open to a move.
Chelsea do, however, have a vastly-experienced frontman tied to a contract through to the summer of 2021, and the fact that he adds a physical presence to the side means that Chelsea could decide to keep hold of the Frenchman until the end of the season.
Cole believes that Chelsea do not need to be forced into letting the Striker leave, The former Blues winger told talkSPORT: “I think Giroud has been different class and is a massively important part of the squad.
“Frank would love to keep him and Chelsea are in a position where if they don’t want him to go he doesn’t have to go as he signed a contract.
“He’ll have a big part to play in what will be a successful year for Chelsea.”
Eden Hazard’s former team-mate Joe Cole is worried about his future at Real Madrid after seeing him go off with his eighth injury in 18 months.
Hazard was a god at Chelsea during his time with the club and helped the Blues to win multiple trophies but the lure of a move to Real Madrid was hard to turn down, and the Blues had to make the decision to let the Belgian to leave the club and make his dream move to the Bernabeu
But in his first 18-months with Los Blancos, he has played just 28 times in all competitions, and Having seen the best of Hazard first-hand, Cole is now worried that the injuries will now lead to intense pressure that will stop him from succeeding in Madrid.
It comes just a few days after Chelsea fans called for the Belgian to make the move back to Stamford Bridge: “It has been a tough time for Eden. It is an example that no matter how good you are, if you are not fit then you can’t do it on the pitch and it won’t work,” Cole said.
“For Eden, his body has just let him down in his two years there. He is a great player and one of the best players in the world when he is fit and he has come off again with a muscle injury.
“It is disappointing because I was so excited to see him pull on that Real Madrid shirt and just join the list of the great players they have had over the years and it just hasn’t worked for him.
“I think come January, it might not be done for him, but I think he will need a run of games to show his quality finally. I think Real Madrid are notoriously impatient with their fans and owners so I feel sorry for him. He has just not been able to show it.”
Chelsea target Eduardo Camavinga is reportedly available for just £45million, according to the latest reports.
The 18-year-old, who only turned 18 earlier this month, has already played 51 times for Rennes and earned three caps for France, scoring on his second appearance for his country.
His international debut against Croatia this year made him the youngest player to appear for France in over 100 years, demonstrating the huge strides he has made at such a young age.
And the fact that he has been impressing so much early in his career, has meant that the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid have all shown an interest in getting a potential transfer deal done in the coming windows.
Now AS claims the Rennes star, 18, is free to leave the Ligue 1 side with just 18 months left on his current deal, and with time rapidly expiring on his current contract, Rennes are apparently happy to let him depart for a more reasonable £45m.
Camavinga reportedly sacked his agent in a signal of intent to join a new club in the coming windows knowing that there is alot of interest in his services.
Camavinga recently come out and announced that there is a dream club out there for him, although he has not revealed just whom that would be, He said on the SUN: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.
“We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.
“It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes. I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”
Chelsea are pressing ahead with plans to land David Alaba on a free transfer, according to reports.
Since making his first-team debut under Louis van Gaal in 2010, Alaba has gone on to make almost 400 appearances for the club in all competitions, and in that time, he has won nine Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals and the Champions League.
However, there is big speculation in the media that he is not happy with the current contract offer that has been placed on the table, and is now considering his options this transfer window.
The Austrian international is out of contract at the end of the season – having rejected a new deal reportedly worth £190,000 a week – and despite being a key player for the European champions, he could be on the move.
According to AS, the Blues will send representatives to talk with Alaba’s agent in the New Year and convince the defender his future belongs at Stamford Bridge, hoping to beat off the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain
And the reports suggest the involvement of Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi, who has helped Roman Abramovich’s club seal many transfers in the past, is said to help the Blues’ case.
Alaba is a brilliant player that would suit the Premier League, and although Chelsea currently have the impressing Ben Chilwell, it is certainly an area of the pitch that the club will look to improve on.
And the fact that he would be joining the club on a free contract, well that would be some business for Chelsea and a real transfer bargain.
The Premier League always welcomes the best players in the game, so it will be a very interesting watch to see if the Blues are able to agree a transfer deal and bring the left-back to the club at the end of the season.