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Chelsea duo join Cristiano Ronaldo among popular footballers

Chelsea duo Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante have joined Cristiano Ronaldo as some of the most popular footballers to be followed on Instagram.

The pair have been recognised for their great performances for the Blues the past few seasons, becoming key players at the club

How Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku can seal Inter Milan transfer return amid Antonio Conte decision

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku would reportedly need to take a significant pay cut to seal a dramatic return to Inter Milan this summer amid Antonio Conte Spurs decision.

Expectations were high when the Blues spent a club record £97.5million to sign the 28-year-old from Inter Milan last summer, but the Belgium international has struggled in his first season back at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances this term and was at the centre of controversy after admitting in an interview with Sky Italia that he was unhappy with his lack of game time at Chelsea and that he harboured hopes of a return to former club Inter Milan in the future.

Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Conte’s favourite wants to return to Inter and is willing to take a pay cut. “It’s still going to be a costly operation,” the Italian outlet have clarified, on the player who is the European champions’ highest-paid player, who currently earns around £325,000-per-week

Wilfred Zaha sets Conor Gallagher challenge

Wilfried Zaha says battling with Conor Gallagherto be Crystal Palace’s top goalscorer this season is helping him raise his game, football.london reports.

The Ivorian scored twice against Watford on Wednesday evening to take his tally for the season to eight goals, tying him with Chelsea loanee Gallagher, who also found the net against the Hornets.

“Everyone knows what Conor is about,” said the winger. “The energy and the quality he brings to the team. If I’m competing with people like that then I have to step up as well.

“It’s good to have someone else to compete against – to raise my game.”

UEFA set emergency meeting for Champions League final decision amid Russia and Ukraine crisis

UEFA are planning to host an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the plans for the Champions League Final amid ever-growing concerns regarding the Russia and Ukraine situation.

With tensions growing as the situation continues to unfold in eastern Europe, the sporting world is having to adapt to events that are scheduled to take place in Vladimir Putin’s country.

The football isn’t the only sport to have been affected by this like scenario, with Formula1 also affected by the conflict due to the Russian Grand Prix being scheduled to go ahead as planned on September 23 currently amid boycott calls.

The Champions League final is currently scheduled to take place currently in Saint Petersburg, to the dismay of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss who has encouraged fans and players of any English teams who reach the final to ‘boycott’ the event.

Liverpool to be missing Roberto Firmino for Carabao Cup Final

Roberto Firmino could be out for as long as six weeks after his latest hamstring setback at Liverpool, Football Insider report.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

“Jurgen Klopp’s said he’s seen him in training and he looks great, but that he always looks great,” he said.

“He doesn’t know if there is going to be a late decision with regards to the cup final. I would suggest with Firmino that is highly, highly, highly unlikely.

“With some of the muscle problems that he’s already had this season, it’s a difficult one.

“Typically, when he suffers these setbacks, they tend not to be on the lower end of the scale. It can be a four, five or six-week return to play.

“The language Klopp shows us we’re not just looking at a seven to 10-day turnaround. I think we’re looking at a grade two injury.”

 

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