Ziyech sends message to Chelsea fans, Chelsea in talks to sign Brazilian, Blues hold talks to sign another winger, Lampard told to bring Bundesliga star to Chelsea
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Chelsea’s deal to sign Hakim Ziyech has not affected Willian’s future at the club with both parties keen to agree a new contract.
Chelsea surprised many in the media over the past few days by completing an early deal to bring Ziyech to the premier League next season for a small fee of £37 million, with many believing that he is the immediate replacement for the ageing Willian, who has been linked with a move away from the club.
There has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that Chelsea may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
But despite his impending arrival in the summer, The Independent states the transfer will not impact Willian, and that Chelsea and the stars representatives are still in talks to try and agree a deal that would allow him to stay at the club for the next few years.
But there is an however, with reports claiming the veteran wants a three-year package, while Chelsea famously are reluctant to offer more than a 12-month extension to players in their thirties.
Willian recently admitted his desire to stay with the club: ‘Everyone knows how I love this club and how I enjoy to play for Chelsea. If I can, I will stay here until I am 40 years old but football is not always like this,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘[I want to stay] because I like to play here. It’s not only my decision, we have to decide together with the club. We’ve had some conversations.
‘I hope I can say to you guys that I will stay but now I cannot say.’
There are many out there that wrote Chelsea off at the beginning of the season as they lost star man Eden Hazard, lost their Europa League title winning coach Maurizio Sarri to Juventus and were unable to sign any players during the transfer window.
Chelsea have reportedly to have held talks with Italian side Sassuolo who are battling to keep former Blues star Jeremie Boga.
Chelsea were heavily linked with a number of January moves last months, as speculation increased that Frank Lampard id desperate to spend some serious money and bring in a new defender, midfielder and forward to the side.
CHELSEA have been linked with some of the games biggest and best defenders, but the independent has claimed that it could be a former star that arrives at the club at the end of the season, with reports Boga is back on the shopping list.
The 23-year-old made just one senior appearance for the Blues before he joined the Serie A club on a permanent deal in 2018, but after watching him score six goals and contribute three assists this season, there has been many reports in the media suggesting that Chelsea are once again interested in the young man.
Reports on the SUN have claimed Officials from the Serie A club flew to London this week in a bid to persuade the Blues to remove a clause they have to buy him back, but the Blues are not so keen and will continue to monitor the young player until the end of the season.
There are Calls for Boga to be re-signed from some fans come after the attacker’s phenomenal display in the victory against SPAL, in which Boga bagged an assist by winning a penalty for his side in the 64th minute, whilst also coming up clutch to seal a win for his side with a winner in the 90th minute.
Former Liverpool favourite Jason McAteer has told Reds’ rivals Chelsea to sign Philippe Coutinho during the summer transfer window.
Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning that he was shipped out o Bayern Munich on a loan basis.
The former Liverpool man has impressed in patches with the Bundesliga champions, having an hand in over 20 goals this season for the dominant German Champions, but according there is a feeling that Bayern may not take up the opportunity to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis, meaning Chelsea could swoop in for a possible deal.
And according to recent reports in the media, Barcelona are desperate to offload the Brazilian in the summer and will allow him to leave the club if the £77 million price tag is met by the likes of Chelsea.
Now former Liverpool star McAteer has opened up and told Chelsea that they should make a move for Coutinho, he told talkSPORT: “I could see Philippe Coutinho slotting in perfectly at Chelsea, where Frank Lampard is doing unbelievable things trying to reboot the club using a lot of young talent bedding in alongside some experienced stars.
“Coutinho would feel really comfortable in the number ten role at Stamford Bridge with the protection of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho and an array of young frontmen around him who would thrive working off him.”
New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has admitted the death of his father almost led him to spiral of drink and drugs after the tragedy when he was just ten.
Chelsea surprised many people over the past week and beat the likes of Manchester United to the signing of Ziyech in a deal worth £37 million, as the impressive winger will arrive when the summer transfer window opens up at the end of the season.
Ziyech has made a real name for himself with the Dutch giants and has confirmed himself as one of the very best wingers in Europe right now, and was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, but the high price tag but off the London based club and they have waited until his price tag lowered just a bit.
The youngest of nine children to a Dutch mother and Moroccan father, he loved the game from an early age, and his dad was ever-present by his side during his time with local amateur side Reaal Dronten.
Life grew tougher as his father struggled more and more with multiple sclerosis, and Ziyech has come out and admitted that it his death almost drove him to a life of drugs and drink, telling Dutch newspaper De Volskrant: “That disease wrecked him. He could do less and less. No more walking, eating, talking.
“He had previously had a heart attack. He worked hard and smoked a lot.
“I remember it well, it was winter, just after Christmas.
“My father was in bed in the living room. He was sick for some time.
“I had to go to bed that night, but wanted to stay with him. Eventually I fell asleep on the edge of his bed with him.
“Around midnight I woke up and went upstairs to my bedroom.
“A few hours later, around three o’clock, I heard family members crying downstairs.
“I went to the living room. My father was dead. And there you are, a ten-year-old boy . .
“I didn’t go to school any more. Football didn’t matter to me either. I was completely gone.”