£60m man told to move, Jorginho claim, Sarri warns RLC, £100m target wants Premier League return in Chelsea Sunday news and gossip
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Maurizio Sarri says he is worried about starting Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as he is unable to complete the full 90 minutes.
Loftus-Cheek ignored a number of possible offers to return to Stamford Bridge last season in hope of fulfilling his dream and becoming a regular fixture in the Blues line-up, but he has found regular game time in Sarri’s squad hard to come by over the course of the season.
And after picking up another back issue just a few weeks ago, he has appeared as a substitute in Chelsea’s last five appearances and Sarri has explained just why the talented midfielder has not been given a regular starting spot in the Chelsea side.
He told the Sky Sports website: “In the last two or three weeks (his back is) better. He has continued training the last two or three weeks. I think his physical condition is not at the top at the moment for playing for 90 minutes.
“The back now is better and better so I think that in two to three weeks he’ll be able to play for 90 minutes.”
Meanwhile, summer signing Jorginho has hit back at claims that he is Sarri’s ‘golden boy’ at Stamford bridge.
Jorginho ended months of speculation and rumours by making a big money move to sign for Chelsea just after the Italian arrived at the club and has become an integral part of the side, with many in the media believing he is untouchable in the Italians side due to his relationship with Sarri.
However, Jorginho has hit back at those claims and says that he is not the Italians golden boy, he just has a normal relationship with Sarri.
“I’m not special. I have a completely normal relationship with Sarri,” he told The Guardian.
“I don’t go out for dinner with him. I don’t go round to his house. I am just a player who can help him do the things he wants his team to do.
“He’s shouted at me when I’ve got things wrong, just as he has everyone else. I certainly don’t consider myself to be his golden boy.”
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea in the coming transfer windows.
Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest talents to come through the Chelsea ranks in recent years and Chelsea have big hopes that he becomes one of the best wingers in the game, and the long-term solution to the seemingly imminent departure of Eden Hazard.
But there has been constant speculation in the media that he wants out of the club, despite the fact the Blues have offered him a massive £85,000-a-week deal to sign, amid claims the likes of United and Bayern Munich are interested in a potential summer deal.
Asked whether Hudson-Odoi should leave Chelsea, Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: ‘If I was starting at Chelsea every week or at least getting regular minutes, I’d say, “No”. ‘Chelsea is a big club. He’s at home in London. He is a fantastic young English talent in the little snippets we have seen of him.
‘I don’t know how he doesn’t get more game time. If I was him, and I am not getting game time, and seeing Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson flying in Germany, other young players who are getting game time in teams who I would consider myself better than, I’d be gone.
‘I would be saying: “I am going”. I’d want to feel that I have a real chance of getting in the first team and opportunities.
‘Under Sarri, until now, I think he will be sitting there thinking: “I don’t feel part of his plans properly when I feel I am ready now”.’
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Chelsea fans that Maurizio Sarri is making all the right decisions over starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, scored his fourth Chelsea goal in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Dynamo Kiev, as he once again showed the kind of quality and potential that has made him a firm fans favourite at Stamford Bridge.
However, there has been a lot of transfer speculation that he wants out of the club at the end of the season with Bayern Munich reportedly all set to revive their interest at the end of the season, with the winger reportedly keen to make that step into the Bundesliga.
Hudson-Odoi has only made four Premier Leagues starts under Sarri and many are starting to question the Italian’s tactics for not playing the young winger, Merson says Sarri is right to use the teenager sparingly.
The Arsenal hero told talkSPORT: ‘I wouldn’t play Hudson-Odoi at the moment. I think he’s got to be patient. Pedro’s playing well at the moment. He’s turned it around. This is the player who came from Barcelona, he’s playing that way at the moment.
‘I think Willian’s a top player as well. Them three [with Eden Hazard] all sing off the same hymn sheet, they’re experienced players who have played with each other for a long time.
‘Hudson-Odoi doesn’t buy into that at the moment. He won’t play one-twos and flick balls round the corner. He’s an out-and-out winger. ‘Give him the ball, he’ll isolated his defender and take him on. He needs to improve his game.
‘The longer he’s there training with quality players, and with this appeal which has just gone down, stay at Chelsea because you’re going to get games now.’
Reports have claimed Liverpool and Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho would leave Barcelona in the summer for a move to Manchester United.
Barcelona signed the Brazil international from Liverpool in a £142 million deal last January, and he seemingly adjusted to life at the Nou Camp with relative ease, becoming one of the most creative players at the club.
But this season has been a different story for the talented winger, and he has struggled to make an impact on the Barcelona side, with only nine starts in eighteen La Liga games for the Brazilian, which has led to a lot of speculation that both Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Coutinho would prefer a move to Old Trafford if he were to make the move back to the Premier League and has already spoken to several United players about a move at the end of the season, with a fee of around £100 million circling the papers.
It is claimed Coutinho has admitted he misses the Premier League and that he favours a move to United, knowing a move to Liverpool will be very difficult considering the circumstances in which he left the club while Chelsea are facing a transfer ban.
United have been monitoring Coutinho’s situation and have already approached the midfielder’s representative to register their interest and ask about the possibility of a transfer in the summer transfer window.
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