Eden Hazard claims La Liga title
Real Madrid saw off Espanyol on Saturday to claim the La Liga title and earn Eden Hazard another trophy in the process.
Mateo Kovacic boost
Chelsea have been handed a big boost ahead of the season run-in after Mateo Kovacic was spotted making a return to training ahead of the clash with Everton.
Mino Raiola dies aged 54
The family of Mino Raiola has confirmed the football agent passed away on Saturday after a short battle with illness.
Todd Boehly or Jim Ratcliffe could replace £75m rated Antonio Rudiger with two La Liga stars
Chelsea’s new ownership structure could hand Thomas Tuchel a dream La Liga double transfer swoop in the summer to replace the outgoing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Planning for the summer has been slow for the Blues, who are still under the imposed sanctions that the government had placed on the club after the Roman Abramovich drama started to unfold. Marina Granovskaia’s, Bruce Buck’s and Petr Cech’s futures have been thrown into doubt but it’s not just executives that have had their futures questioned, it is also certain members of the playing squad who have their futures all up in the air.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have seemingly decided to leave for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively with Sport Witness reporting that Los Blancos are paying up to £75million in total to complete the free transfer operation. But the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Romelu Lukaku are amongst a few players who could look for a departure this summer for various reasons.
“At the moment, it is not possible because of the sanctions. And even when the sanctions are in the past, it will be incredibly difficult,” Tuchel admitted in a recent press conference. “Toni is what he is. He is a big personality, a big leader, he takes the fear away from other people, gives you confidence when he is next to you and has played 50-60 matches over 90 minutes with incredible consistency. So it will be challenging, but like always, no matter how much I love Toni and how big a role he played, there will be Chelsea without Toni Rudiger, and we will find solutions.”
What Thomas Tuchel and Petr Cech were spotted doing amid Boehly and Ratcliffe Chelsea decision
Todd Boehly or Jim Ratcliffe?
Who will eventually come out on top during this takeover race which keeps on taking unexpected twists and turns after what was an unexpected eleventh-hour bid from the richest man in Britain? Just like all the fans, Thomas Tuchel and Petr Cech will be eager for a final resolution to be reached sooner rather than later, with the Antonio Rudiger leaving situation coming as a result of dithering in this takeover process.
“At the moment, it is not possible because of the sanctions. And even when the sanctions are in the past, it will be incredibly difficult. Toni is what he is. He is a big personality, a big leader, he takes the fear away from other people, gives you confidence when he is next to you and has played 50-60 matches over 90 minutes with incredible consistency. So it will be challenging, but like always, no matter how much I love Toni and how big a role he played, there will be Chelsea without Toni Rudiger, and we will find solutions,” the German manager said on the takeover uncertainty and Rudiger after the West Ham win. ” I know he is very aware of it [takeover situation], and I am just happy to have had the chance to coach him and have him in the team because he was nothing but brilliant until today. The club did as well, we had big offers for him, and the club tried everything. But for some weeks, we can’t fight anymore because of the sanctions. We could not adjust or continue, so it is what it is.”
With Andreas Christensen to Barcelona already seemingly done, coupled with Cesar Azpilicueta’s uncertain future, it means that the new owners need to hit the ground running as Chelsea prepares for a busy summer transfer window with a mix of internal and external signings the order of the day.
New position for Kante
It is common to see N’Golo Kante cover every blade of grass in a game but the Chelsea ace has always plied his trade in midfield. But could he now be set for a shock change of position?
Probably not. But for a spell in training the diminutive midfielder tried his luck in goal. It was seemingly part of a game put on by the coaching staff where a player goes in goal while the others attempt to score. If the goal is missed, that player takes up the spot between the sticks.
Chelsea sale: Roman Abramovich’s stance on Jim Ratcliffe’s bid revealed amid Todd Boehly talks
Soon-to-be former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly not yet ruled out a late Jim Ratcliffe takeover win despite Todd Boehly progressing to exclusive talks after being named the preferred Chelsea bidder
Mason Mount targeted
The Athletic have reported that a number of clubs across Europe are putting plans in place to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount moving forward.
Tuchel makes ‘uncomfortable’ Lampard admission
Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is still not 100 per cent comfortable with coming face-to-face with Frank Lampard when Chelsea face Everton on Sunday.
Kepa Arrizabalaga replacement
Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter says he still remains intent on breaking into the Blues’ first-team after an impressive loan spell with Hull City.
Reece James contract
Chelsea are set to hold talks with Reece James over a new contract at the end of the season and it is set to be a priority of whoever takes over as club owner.