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    N’Golo Kante casts doubt over Chelsea transfer future as World Cup winner refuses to commit beyond his contract

    CHELSEA star N’Golo Kante has cast fresh doubt on his future at the club.SunSport exclusively revealed how new owner Todd Boehly’s first job will be to persuade a number of first-teamers that their future lies at Stamford Bridge.
    N’Golo Kante has refused to discuss his long-term future at ChelseaCredit: Getty
    One of those will be World Cup-winner Kante, whose season has been disrupted by injuries.
    And speaking to Sky Sports, the French midfielder has brushed off talk of his long-term future.
    He said: “The only thing that is sure is that I have one more year on my contract. It’s not really my concern.
    “The only thing [on my mind] is to finish the season well.

    “I’ll think about it at the right time but I just want to finish the season as best as possible.”
    The Blues will already lose Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid on a free transfer.
    And his centre-half partner Andreas Christensen will also leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
    Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta may also still leave despite Chelsea having a clause in the Spaniard’s contract enabling them to trigger a 12-month extension.
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    In particular midfield pair Kante and Jorginho are about to enter the final year of their contracts.
    Italy international Jorginho especially has voiced a desire to return to his homeland before retiring and team-mates fear he may go this summer to add to the domino effect in the dressing room.
    Next season England midfielder Mason Mount will be entering the final two years of a contract signed in 2019.
    There have been no talks over a new one yet and it is going to be a lengthy process coming up with a deal that reflects his growing importance within the camp.
    Insiders at Stamford Bridge believe the festering uncertainty among the playing staff is behind the team’s unconvincing displays in recent games. More

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    Juventus chief arrives in London to thrash out transfers for Man Utd star Paul Pogba and Chelsea ace Jorginho

    JUVENTUS chief Federico Cherubini has reportedly arrived in London as he looks to secure a deal for Chelsea’s Jorginho.The Italian giants appear to have won the race to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba on a free transfer when the Frenchman’s contract expires next month.
    Juventus are reportedly closing in on Chelsea star JorginhoCredit: Getty
    Juve are also close to securing Paul Pogba on a free transfer alsoCredit: Getty
    And the 29-year-old could be lining-up alongside Jorginho when he returns to Turin next term.
    Todd Boehly’s consortium hope to complete their takeover of Chelsea by the end of the month, which will finally allow them to get back in the game transfer wise.
    However, a big-name departure could be the first topic of conversation, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
    They state that Juventus have made Italy international midfielder Jorginho, 30, one of their top targets and have now begun their attempt to get him.
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    The report states that their sporting director Cherubini has arrived in London and “will hold talks with representatives of Chelsea in the coming days” in order to “discuss the possibility of doing a deal once sanctions have been lifted” have been lifted on the Blues.
    And they claim that the Stamford Bridge club have not rebuffed the transfer talks, suggesting they could be open to selling.
    Jorginho only has a year remaining on his contract and Chelsea will be desperate not to lose another star for nothing following Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s departures.
    Juve are yet to agree a fee with Chelsea for Jorginho, but Gazzetta say discussions with the player over personal terms “reached an advanced stage” already.
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    Juventus have reportedly offered Pogba £120,000-a-week wages to rejoin them this summer, although some sources say the ace wants more.
    The midfielder spent four years in Turin between 2012 and 2016, winning four titles and two Italian Cups.
    And fallen giants Juve, guaranteed to finish fourth on Saturday, want Pogba 2.0 to resurrect their Serie A ambitions next term. More

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    Chelsea ‘set to complete Kounde transfer as soon as takeover done’, Christensen has pulled out of squad before – Tuchel

    CHELSEA are reportedly ready to complete the signing of Jules Kounde as soon as Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club is complete.The Blues want to push the deal through as quickly as possible with the departures of Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen imminent.
    In contrast to lasts summer when they upped the asking price at the last minute, Sevilla are also said to want a quick deal so they can focus on signing a replacement.
    Meanwhile Thomas Tuchel has questions the attitude of outgoing Christensen as he revealed the Dane has withdrawn from Chelsea matchday squads on multiple occasions, as he did in the FA Cup final at the weekend.
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    Christensen’s not wanted to play
    But it’s not the first time that Christensen has opted not to play, Tuchel revealed.
    The defender also refused to play at some point in the past few weeks, Tuchel claimed.
    He added: “But it was not the first time, as you can see over the last weeks that we had some of the same situations where he could not play so regularly.”
    Christensen’s absence in final explained
    Thomas Tuchel has lifted the lid on Andreas Christensen’s absence in the FA Cup final.
    He said: “Andreas came in the morning of the match to speak to me and tell me he was not ready to play the match, start the match, or be on the bench.
    “He had his reasons; they stay private and confidential.”
    Blues pair set for return
    Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja will return to Chelsea next season.
    Broja has been on loan with Southampon, and Gallagher with Crystal Palace.
    But Tuchel insists the pair will be part of the Blues squad next season as better players.
    He said: “They will come back for sure.
    “When you give them on loan you give them to get better and more experienced players back.”
    De Jong given career advice
    Frenkie de Jong should stay at Barcelona and snub Man United in order to play with Chelsea star Andreas Christensen at the Nou Camp.
    Christensen’s reportedly on the verge of joining Barca, and Steve McManaman reckons De Jong is better off staying put to rub shoulders with the defender.
    McManaman explained to HorseRacing.net: “For him to go to Manchester United then I think they’d have to pay him more than he’s earning at Barcelona.
    “Which I think will be a really hard thing to do considering that he went to Barcelona for a huge amount of money.
    “You’d rather stay at Barcelona in the Champions League with Xavi trying to change things around.
    “Players like [Andreas] Christensen and [Robert] Lewandowski potentially coming in makes that a more exciting challenge in my opinion.”
    Tuchel unsure of Christensen involvement
    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unsure as to whether Andreas Christensen will play for the club again after he withdrew from the squad on the morning of the FA Cup final.
    Speaking ahead of Thursday’s game with Leicester, the German said: “I’m not sure yet if he will be involved either tomorrow or at the weekend.
    “Andreas came to me [on Saturday morning] to tell me that he’s not ready to play, start or to be on the bench.
    “He had his reasons, and they will stay private and confidential – but it was not the first time.”
    Tuchel was quick to point out, however, that Christensen’s absence was not because the defender did not want to play, and reiterated that the Dane has the support of the club.

    Tuchel dismisses Loftus-Cheek discussion
    Thomas Tuchel has reacted with confusion at the suggestion he should have spoken to Ruben Loftus-Cheek in detail following his substitution in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
    The midfielder was brought on in extra-time at Wembley, only to be replaced 14 minutes later by Ross Barkley.
    Quizzed on his decision at this afternoon’s press conference, the Chelsea manager appeared surprised that the subject was even brought up.
    Asked if he had sat down with the player since, Tuchel replied: “No, why?
    “This was a ten second conversation on the pitch, and half a minute after the match. It was a penalty decision.”
    Boehly will begin with crown Jules
    Todd Boehly will make Sevilla’s Jules Kounde his first purchase after completing his takeover at Chelsea.
    A deal for the French defender – equally comfortable at right-back or centre-half – is expected to cost the Blues in the region of £60million, and will go through as soon as the club’s takeover is completed and its sanctions are lifted, according to Goal.
    The 23-year-old has been a long-term target of the London club, and will be a statement of intent from new owner Boehly, who has indicted that significant funds will be available.
    Thomas Tuchel is in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after it became apparent that both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are intending to leave the club for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
    There are also doubts over the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso with the Spanish pair also linked with a return to their homeland.

    Kante would improve United midfield
    N’Golo Kante is guaranteed to improve the Manchester United midfield if the Red Devils are able to tempt the 31-year-old to Old Trafford this summer.
    United have been heavily linked with the Frenchman over the past few days, and Paul Parker believes the deal would be a no-brainer should it present itself.
    The former England international believes that Kante could fulfil the role that current United midfielders struggle with.
    In conversation with indiabetting.co.in, Parker said of Kante: “He will improve Manchester United’s midfield a hundred per cent because he can go and get the ball off of players without always fouling them.
    “He doesn’t go around looking to hurt people and when he does get the ball, he keeps the ball.”
    Breaking: Government agree to Chelsea deal
    A deal has finally been agreed between Roman Abramovich and the UK Government over the sale of Chelsea that will green light Todd Boehly’s takeover of the football club.
    The PA News Agency report that the two parties are said to have found a ‘legal resolution’ as to how to handle the £1.5billion debt the Stamford Bridge club owe to the outgoing Russian owner.
    Abramovich had previously indicated his willingness to write off the loan, but Downing Street officials had expressed concerns that the 55-year-old would later renege on that promise.
    The Premier League are now required to sign off on any sale of one of their clubs.
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    Borussia Dortmund are preparing to make an offer for young Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen, according to BILD.
    The Bundesliga club want to bring the 20-year-old Dutchman in on loan initially with a view to a permanent move if he impresses at Signal Iduna Park.
    Maatsen has spent a successful year on loan at Coventry, making 40 appearances as the Sky Blues registered their highest league finish in 16 years.

    Boehly to make statement signing
    Incoming Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is planning to make a statement signing on taking over at Stamford Bridge – and is targeting both Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele.
    The high-profile pair have been linked with moves away from Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, and the prospective Blues chief wants at least one to head up Thomas Tuchel’s new-look attack.
    Dembele is available on a free transfer following the end of his contract at the Nou Camp while Lewandowski only has a final year to run on his Bayern deal.
    However, both players would require significant wages, and so it is thought that at least one high-earning first teamer would have to be moved on from the Bridge before any such swoop could be completed.
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    Chelsea’s £4.25billion takeover is now set to be confirmed by the Government THIS WEEK.
    And directors Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck are among club executives who will share a £50million bonus from new owner Todd Boehly.
    On Monday, Government sources suggested Roman Abramovich’s demands could see the Blues takeover “fall apart”.
    The contentious issue was how the £1.6bn owed Chelsea to the Russian would be moved into a new account to fund the planned charitable foundation.
    But after days of wrangling involving club and government lawyers, the trustees of Jersey-based Camberley International Investments were given indemnity from any legal action.
    That clears the way for the initial £2.5bn payment from the Boehly consortium to be paid into a Government-controlled holding account before being transferred to the foundation – once Treasury officials confirm no money will end up in Abramovich’s pocket.
    Elsewhere, Cesar Azplicueta is yet to decide his Chelsea future despite reports claiming he’s agreed to join Barcelona.
    The defender is reportedly set to meet with the Blues’ hierarchy over his upcoming career plans in the next few hours.
    And he’s said to be intent on liaising with the club’s new owners and Thomas Tuchel as he doesn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge on bad terms, according to Sports Witness.
    Meanwhile, Chelsea are eyeing up Eintracht Frankfurt teenager Luka Hyrylainen.
    The Finland Under-19 defensive midfielder, 17, is being watched by a number of top European clubs.
    But Chelsea are hoping to pounce once he turns 18 in August and the sale of the Blues is completed and their transfer ban lifted.
    Hyrylainen has one year left on his contract with Germany’s Europa League finalists.
    Finally, N’Golo Kante has opened up about his Chelsea future.
    But he refused to reveal where he’ll be playing next season as he’s only focused on the current campaign with the Blues.
    Kante told Sky Sports: “The only thing is sure that I have one more year and the only thing is to finish this season.
    “I’ll think about it in the right time.”
    Kante speaks on future
    N’Golo Kante has opened up about his Chelsea future.
    But he refused to reveal where he’ll be playing next season as he’s only focused on the current campaign with the Blues.
    Kante told Sky Sports: “The only thing is sure that I have one more year and the only thing is to finish this season.
    “I’ll think about it in the right time.”
    Mason Mount tipped for comeback
    Mason Mount has been backed to bounce back from his penalty miss against Liverpool.
    Mount’s miss handed Liverpool the FA Cup after a tense penalty shootout.
    But Reds ace Jordan Henderson reckons his England pal will be scoring pens again in no time.
    Henderson said: “He’s got the world at his feet, and I am sure he will bounce back. When he gets the opportunity again, he’ll step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”
    Chelsea takeover CONFIRMED this week
    Chelsea’s £4.25billion takeover is now set to be confirmed by the Government THIS WEEK.
    And directors Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck are among club executives who will share a £50million bonus from new owner Todd Boehly.
    On Monday, Government sources suggested Roman Abramovich’s demands could see the Blues takeover “fall apart”.
    The contentious issue was how the £1.6bn owed Chelsea to the Russian would be moved into a new account to fund the planned charitable foundation.
    But after days of wrangling involving club and government lawyers, the trustees of Jersey-based Camberley International Investments were given indemnity from any legal action.
    That clears the way for the initial £2.5bn payment from the Boehly consortium to be paid into a Government-controlled holding account before being transferred to the foundation – once Treasury officials confirm no money will end up in Abramovich’s pocket.
    Chelsea track AC Milan defender
    Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli on a free transfer this summer.
    Romagnoli’s contract expires with the Serie A giants when the season ends, and the Blues are eyeing up a swoop for the defender, according to Mundo Deportivo.
    However, Bayern Munich and Sevilla are also tracking Romagnoli, the report adds.
    Azplicueta to discuss Chelsea future
    Cesar Azplicueta is yet to decide his Chelsea future despite reports claiming he’s agreed to join Barcelona.
    The defender is reportedly set to meet with the Blues’ hierarchy over his upcoming career plans in the next few hours.
    And he’s said to be intent on liaising with the club’s new owners and Thomas Tuchel as he doesn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge on bad terms, according to Sports Witness.
    Chelsea eye Frankfurt teen star
    Chelsea are eyeing up Eintracht Frankfurt teenager Luka Hyrylainen, CLIFF HAYES WRITES.
    The Finland Under-19 defensive midfielder, 17, is being watched by a number of top European clubs.
    But Chelsea are hoping to pounce once he turns 18 in August and the sale of the Blues is completed and their transfer ban lifted.
    Hyrylainen has one year left on his contract with Germany’s Europa League finalists.
    Chelsea remain confident over deal
    Chelsea remain confident the takeover deal with Todd Boehly WILL be cleared – despite Government suggestions the club’s future is under threat, MARTIN LIPTON WRITES.
    Their positive stance was intensified as the man charged by Roman Abramovich with heading the proposed foundation, former Unicef chief Mike Penrose, write his own letter to ministers vowing the Russian could not benefit from the deal.
    Penrose said: “No one who has any association with Roman Abramovich would be employed to do anything.
    “No one could receive any financial benefit from this at all.
    “I’ve never met him. I’ve never spoken to him.
    “The club reached out to me to do this, so I have created this independently on my own initiative.
    “All I’ve ever done is referred back and the only commentary I’ve ever had back from Chelsea or from others is that this looks like exactly what we want.”
    Conor Gallagher’s future discussed
    Conor Gallagher will be better off on loan for another season to grow as he wouldn’t get into Chelsea’s current side.
    That’s the view of football pundit Glen Johnson.
    He told Football London: “Right now, I’m not sure if Conor Gallagher would get in Chelsea’s team.
    “As he’s been doing so well out on loan to Palace, if I was Chelsea, I’d be keen to give him another year on loan.
    “That would give him another year to develop further, enjoy the games, learn the trade and then start smashing the first team door down the season after, but a lot can change in football.”
    Liverpool linked with Kante
    Liverpool have been urged to sign Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante by Rio Ferdinand.
    Ferdinand said when speaking on Liverpool’s needs: “That’s where they need a Kante.
    “A fit Kante and he’s given the license to get on and jump out of a defensive block, he’s the one player who could cause them problems.”
    United fans beg for Nkunku
    Man United fans have begged the Red Devils to sign RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku after he was named Bundesliga’s Player of the Season.
    Nkunku’s impact has wowed United’s faithful who flocked to Twitter to voice their desire for him to be in a Red Devils shirt next season.
    One fan reckoned Nkunku’s switch to United is a foregone conclusion and wrote: “United player soon.”
    United have had an indifferent season and currently languish in sixth spot in the Premier League with just one game left to play.
    And one supporter who believes Nkunku will provide a solution to the club’s problems next season, added: “@ManUtd here is our man.”
    While a third Red Devils loyalist chipped in: “Think he’d be perfect for us.”
    Chelsea have also been linked with the midfield maestro.
    Chelsea face Lewandowski Barca blow
    Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski is reportedly desperate to join Barcelona.
    And he is even willing to take a £100,000-a-week wage cut to make his dream move come true.
    Chelsea and PSG are both thought to have joined the race for the wantaway Bayern Munich striker.
    But Mundo Deportivo claims Lewandowski only wants Barcelona and is ready to do whatever it takes to get a move.
    Hurst reveals Rice price tag
    West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst has urged the club to accept bids of £100million for Chelsea and Man Utd target Declan Rice.
    He told TalkSport: “I’m hopeful [he will stay] but not necessarily confident. It is a big issue for a young player with his outstanding talent at a club not in the top four or five.
    “They’ve offered him a big contract and I’d like to see him at the club and stay. He’s absolutely brilliant, a decent lad and fantastic player and still to improve.
    “[But] If you were to get £100million plus, which is a possibility, then you could strengthen the club with three or four players in different positions.”
    Barca close in on duo
    Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are set to join Barcelona this summer.
    Fabrizio Romano claims a deal to sign Alonso is almost complete.
    And Barca are confident of also landing Azpi after offering him a two-year deal.
    The veteran Spaniards would link up with Andreas Christensen at the Nou Camp, with the Dane joining on a free transfer.

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    Chelsea eyeing transfer swoop for Eintracht Frankfurt wonderkid Luka Hyrylainen once transfer ban is lifted

    CHELSEA are eyeing up Eintracht Frankfurt teenager Luka Hyrylainen.The Finland Under-19 defensive midfielder, 17, is being watched by a number of top European clubs.
    Luka Hyrylainen has one year left on his contractCredit: Getty
    Todd Boehly is set to complete the takeover Chelsea in the coming weeksCredit: PA
    Thomas Tuchel has guided Chelsea to the Champions League next seasonCredit: AFP
    But Chelsea are hoping to pounce once he turns 18 in August and the sale of the Blues is completed and their transfer ban lifted.
    Hyrylainen has one year left on his contract with Germany’s Europa League finalists.
    Chelsea have been under a transfer ban since early March following UK government sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    The club’s affairs at one stage were so dire it was feared the club may go bust.
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    They were unable to earn any commercial revenue or make any moves in the transfer market after Abramovich had his UK assets, including Chelsea FC, frozen.
    However, after the UK government handed jurisdiction of the takeover process to Raine Group, a vigorous process has gone underway to determine the new owner of The Blues.
    With intense interest from a number of parties including the Ricketts Family, Sir Marin Broughton and Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Stephen Pagliuca, the new owner looks set to be Todd Boehly.
    Boehly is set to be cleared to but the club for a colossal fee of £4bn, with £2.5bn of this to be paid up front and another £1.75bn to be invested over the next decade by the LA Dodgers owner.
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    The takeover is subject to approval from the Premier League and the government, but Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has said the deal could be concluded within 10 days.
    On the pitch Chelsea have confirmed Champions League football for another season under Thomas Tuchel, having Newcastle to thank for beating Arsenal on Monday night to avoid any final day jitters. More

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    Chelsea takeover ‘CONFIRMED’ by sponsor, Blues held Kane, Haaland and Lewandowski talks before agreeing Lukaku transfer

    CHELSEA’S takeover appears to have been confirmed in a deleted tweet from sponsor Trivago.Earlier this week, the buyout seemed to have hit a massive stumbling block with the final structure of the agreement yet to resolved.
    It has also been revealed that Romelu Lukaku was Chelsea’s fourth choice transfer target last summer.
    The Blues are said to have held talks with Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane before settling on Lukaku.
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    Liverpool linked with Kante
    Liverpool have been urged to sign Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante by Rio Ferdinand.
    Ferdinand said when speaking on Liverpool’s needs: “That’s where they need a Kante.
    “A fit Kante and he’s given the license to get on and jump out of a defensive block, he’s the one player who could cause them problems.”
    United fans beg for Nkunku
    Man United fans have begged the Red Devils to sign RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku after he was named Bundesliga’s Player of the Season.
    Nkunku’s impact has wowed United’s faithful who flocked to Twitter to voice their desire for him to be in a Red Devils shirt next season.
    One fan reckoned Nkunku’s switch to United is a foregone conclusion and wrote: “United player soon.”
    United have had an indifferent season and currently languish in sixth spot in the Premier League with just one game left to play.
    And one supporter who believes Nkunku will provide a solution to the club’s problems next season, added: “@ManUtd here is our man.”
    While a third Red Devils loyalist chipped in: “Think he’d be perfect for us.”
    Chelsea have also been linked with the midfield maestro.
    Chelsea face Lewandowski Barca blow
    Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski is reportedly desperate to join Barcelona.
    And he is even willing to take a £100,000-a-week wage cut to make his dream move come true.
    Chelsea and PSG are both thought to have joined the race for the wantaway Bayern Munich striker.
    But Mundo Deportivo claims Lewandowski only wants Barcelona and is ready to do whatever it takes to get a move.
    Hurst reveals Rice price tag
    West Ham legend Sir Geoff Hurst has urged the club to accept bids of £100million for Chelsea and Man Utd target Declan Rice.
    He told TalkSport: “I’m hopeful [he will stay] but not necessarily confident. It is a big issue for a young player with his outstanding talent at a club not in the top four or five.
    “They’ve offered him a big contract and I’d like to see him at the club and stay. He’s absolutely brilliant, a decent lad and fantastic player and still to improve.
    “[But] If you were to get £100million plus, which is a possibility, then you could strengthen the club with three or four players in different positions.”
    Barca close in on duo
    Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are set to join Barcelona this summer.
    Fabrizio Romano claims a deal to sign Alonso is almost complete.
    And Barca are confident of also landing Azpi after offering him a two-year deal.
    The veteran Spaniards would link up with Andreas Christensen at the Nou Camp, with the Dane joining on a free transfer.

    Marina’s Chelsea future remains unclear
    Marina Granovskaia future “has not been decided.”
    The Telegraph claims she is yet to commit to working under potential new owner Todd Boehly.
    The American is keen for her to stay, as well as chairman Bruce Buck.
    And more talks are expected this week to discuss her working role at Stamford Bridge.
    United urged to sign Ziyech
    Dutch legend Marco van Basten has urged Erik ten Hag to sign Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech for Man United.
    Ziyech and Ten Hag worked together at Ajax, with the Moroccan a key player in his XI.
    And with the playmaker struggling for minutes at Chelsea, Van Basten believes a reunion should be on the cards.
    He said: “What comes to my mind now is that I think Ziyech who already plays in England could be a very good footballer at Manchester United for Erik.”
    Azpi sorry for penalty miss
    Cesar Azpilicueta has apologised to Chelsea fans for his penalty miss in the FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool.
    The Blues captain and Mason Mount fluffed their spot-kicks, handing victory to the Reds.
    Azpilicueta tweeted: “I wish I could write to you after having added another trophy for our club last Saturday, but unfortunately it was not possible. 
    “I felt confident to take on the responsibility in the penalty shootout and I didn’t succeed. At the highest level, inches can mean the difference…”
    Prem Teams of the Year
    Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have revealed their Premier League Teams of the Year.
    Unsurprisingly, the XIs are dominated by Man City and Liverpool players.
    But there isn’t one single Chelsea player in the entire side.
    Did Mason Mount or Thiago Silva deserve a look-in?

    Lampard at fault for Rudiger
    Paul Merson believes Frank Lampard is to blame for Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea exit.
    He declared: “Losing Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid is going to break Chelsea’s heart – but his mind was made up 18 months ago with the way he was treated by Frank Lampard.
    “He got completely binned out the team by Lampard and I think that left a lasting effect on Rudiger. That’s when he decided that he’s not signing a new contract.
    “Now Chelsea are letting a £70m-80m defender go on a free transfer and they’re going to bring someone in for £70m in that will be nowhere as good as Rudiger.”
    James tipped for England spot
    Gary Neville is backing Reece James to be England’s No1 right-back at the Qatar World Cup.
    He said: “I think Reece James could be the best out of them all.
    “I have concerns over his fitness and I would want to make sure he kept fit for a season or two, but he could be the best out of all of them if he continues to go forward.”
    Pal Jamie Carragher added: “He could be a mix of Kyle Walker and Trent. He’s a great crosser of the ball, Reece James.”
    Lukaku not Chelsea’s first choice
    Chelsea held talks with THREE other strikers before signing Romelu Lukaku last summer.
    Goal claims the Blues attempted to sign Spurs’ Harry Kane, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
    However, the newly-crowned European champions were unsuccessful on all three fronts.
    And that saw them eventually pay a club-record £97.5million for Inter Milan’s Lukaku.
    Blues secure top four finish
    Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle saw Chelsea finally book their place in next season’s Champions League.
    Blues fans faced a nervy wait after winning just three of their last eight league games.
    Chelsea could yet end up finishing fourth if they lose their last two games and Spurs win on the final day.
    But the north Londoners only need a point against Norwich to confirm their top four return ahead of Arsenal.

    Prem teams eye Monaco’s Badiashile
    Monaco star Benoit Badiashile says he has had ‘contact’ with Prem clubs amid speculation of a summer move.
    Badiashile said: “We all know the competitiveness of the Premier League, it is a fantastic league that of course, is very interesting and we all love the games.
    “I had the chance to play in the Champions League with Monaco and I think this club deserves this competition, it’s a club that’s used to playing in this competition and we want to get back on track.
    “Right now, I’m really happy with Monaco. I had some contact in the past with some [English] clubs but I’m fully focused on the end of the season and Monaco and I feel good.”
    Good morning Chelsea fans
    Chelsea departing owner Roman Abramovich has been accused of blocking the final sale of the club and putting its future at risk.
    In a remarkable cranking up of pressure, sources close to the UK Government have turned their fire on Abramovich over the proposed sale condition.
    Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and his consortium were hopeful of completing a £2.6billion takeover with a promise to spend a further £1.65bn on the stadium, academy and team-building by the end of this week.
    But the ongoing spat between the Blues and the DCMS over the final structure of the agreement has now broken out into a serious issue.
    A UK Government insider expressed “considerable alarm” at the flare-up, suggesting the very viability of the West Londoners could be at threat.
    The source said: “There’s quite serious concern in government that the deal may fall apart and that Roman Abramovich is ultimately willing to let Chelsea go under.”
    Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Andreas Christensen will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
    Tuchel is adamant he will be without Christensen next season as he stated: “We’re losing him.”
    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the centre-back agreed a deal with Barcelona weeks ago.
    The German head coach confirmed the news while revealing the Denmark international refused to play in the FA Cup Final loss against Liverpool at Wembley.
    And Chelsea are targeting Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, who looks set to leave the German champions.
    That is according to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinburg, who is reporting that the Blues do hold an interest in Lewandowski ahead of the summer transfer window.
    Steinburg says that Tuchel “loves” the star striker, although Boehly’s consortium will first have to take over from Abramovich who is sanctioned and thus the club can’t sign new players.
    However, he says that the West Londoners need to work out what to do with Romelu Lukaku as he takes up space in the squad and the wage bill.
    The reporter describes that prospect as “a long shot… but not impossible.”
    Finally, Incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been linked with a sensational swoop for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante this summer.
    The takeover disruption at Stamford Bridge has convinced various clubs that many star players are up for grabs.
    According to The Mirror, this has led to United chiefs, including Ten Hag, believing a swoop for Kante is a realistic proposition this summer.
    The news comes after SunSport exclusively revealed that the West Londoners were fearing the midfielder would be one of many players on their way out of the club
    Not Rud timing
    Bayern Munich failed with an 11th hour transfer move for departing Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger
    Rudiger is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and is set to join Real Madrid.
    According to SportBild’s Christian Falk, Bayern contacted the centre-back over a potential deal.
    But the German champions had acted too late, with the 29-year-old having already almost agreed terms with Real.
    This report states that Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic got in touch with the Germany international’s agent after the Champions League exit to Villarreal.
    But the Bavarians would not meet Rudiger’s wage demands
    Ousmane in Dem-and
    Bayern Munich have added Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele to their list of summer transfer targets.
    Dembele is set to leave Barcelona on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.
    Some of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a potential swoop for the forward, including Paris Saint-Germain and the Blues.
    The West Londoners were planning to go all-out to sign the France international in the coming months, however, they now face some serious competition from Bayern.
    According to Sky Sports, the German champions are very interested in signing the 24-year-old and have already made contact with his representatives.
    Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann is eager to sign a new forward who has the ability to make a difference in attack as he faces the risk of losing star man Robert Lewandowski
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    Departing Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger wanted a “different ending” at Stamford Bridge.
    Rudiger will leave the Blues in the summer for Real Madrid.
    Rudiger added: “It’s been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things.
    “That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending”
    Rudiger talks exit
    Departing Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has dismissed the theory that Government sanctions are behind his decision to quit Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.
    Rudiger said: “There was a chance but sanctions are not the problem. I don’t want to go too deep in things.
    “At the end of the day it’s not only about one side [helping the other], it’s both sides – Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.
    “As always, I am very, very thankful me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me”
    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
    Man Utd eye Kante
    Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been linked with a sensational swoop for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante this summer.
    The takeover disruption at Stamford Bridge has convinced a number of clubs that some of the Blues’ prized assets are up for grabs at the end of the season.
    According to The Mirror, this has led to United chiefs, including Ten Hag, believing a swoop for Kante is a realistic proposition.
    The news comes after SunSport exclusively revealed that the West Londoners were fearing the star midfielder would be one of a number of players on their way out of the club.
    Chelsea are already having to say goodbye to Antonio Rudiger, who is joining Real Madrid, as well as Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen, who have been linked with Barcelona.
    That is after the club were restricted from doing business back in March following sanctions placed on departing owner Roman Abramovich
    Tuchel backs Mount
    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel called for an investigation into abuse aimed at Mason Mount after having his FA Cup final penalty saved.
    Tuchel said: “Nothing I can say will stop these guys doing it. I don’t understand social media anyway. It has a huge impact and I don’t get it.
    “I’m not on social media and it keeps me healthy, more healthy than I would be on it. It’s a very thin ice for everybody who is in such a spotlight to be out there. Abuse is not acceptable, be it here or on social media.
    “If someone thinks he has the right to write it, we will not be able to stop him — but maybe we can investigate”
    More from Government source
    The source added: “There’s alarm about the gap between what Abramovich has said he will do publicly and what he’s willing to commit to legally as part of the sale process.
    “There are pressing deadlines this week, and if there isn’t a breakthrough, we’re quite concerned that the sale of Chelsea could be timed out by certain sporting deadlines.
    “Chelsea are saying to us they don’t know who owns Camberley International and can’t talk to them. We cannot contact Camberley International to talk about this.
    “Our understanding of the structure is that Camberley International is an affiliate of a trust fund which is owned by his children or goes to his children with an individual in Cyprus acting as the trustees’ signatory.
    “Abramovich seems unwilling to give the legal commitments that neither he nor his affiliates could stake a claim to that unpaid debt between Fordstam and Camberley.
    “A deal which would allow the cash to be diverted would be a breach of sanctions and would be a red line for ministers”
    More on Chelsea takeover
    The sticking point remains Government demands that the entire £2.6bn from Todd Boehly be placed in a holding account until officials are satisfied all the money will then go to a foundation to help victims of Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine.
    But Chelsea and departing owner Roman Abramovich maintain their wish for the £1.6bn debt owed by the club’s parent company Fordstam – effectively money owed to the Russian owner over his 19-year reign – be sent to a Jersey-registered investment company before being sent on to the foundation.
    The Blues’ demand is that the money would be frozen after being transferred to Camberley International Investments ahead of being moved to the foundation.
    But the Government believes that would break the sanctions imposed on Abramovich and other Russian oligarchs for their alleged support of president Vladimir Putin
    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
    Chelsea takeover latest
    Chelsea departing owner Roman Abramovich has been accused of blocking the final sale of the club and putting its future in danger.
    In a remarkable cranking up of pressure, sources close to the UK Government have turned their fire on Abramovich over the proposed sale condition.
    Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly and his consortium were hopeful of completing a £2.6bn takeover with a promise to spend a further £1.65bn on the stadium, academy and team-building by the end of this week.
    But the ongoing spat between the Blues and the DCMS over the final structure of the agreement has now broken out into a serious issue.
    A Government insider expressed “considerable alarm” at the flare-up, suggesting the very viability of the West Londoners could be at threat.
    The source said: “There’s quite serious concern in government that the deal may fall apart and that Roman Abramovich is ultimately willing to let Chelsea go under”
    Christensen is going
    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Andreas Christensen will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
    Tuchel is sure he will be without Christensen next season as he stated: “We’re losing him.”
    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the centre-back agreed a deal with Barcelona weeks ago.
    The German head coach confirmed the news while revealing the Denmark international refused to play in the FA Cup Final
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    Chelsea qualify for Champions League after Arsenal’s collapse at Newcastle with Blues guaranteed top-four finish

    CHELSEA have qualified for the Champions League following Arsenal’s dismal 2-0 loss to Newcastle on Monday night.The Blues’ spot in next season’s elite European competition was under threat after a defeat to Everton and a draw with Wolves at the start of May.
    Chelsea have been guaranteed Champions League football next season after Arsenal lost to NewcastleCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
    The Magpies beat the Gunners 2-0 in a must-win game for the North Londoner’sCredit: Getty
    Thomas Tuchel’s side have occupied third spot for most of the season.
    But fifth-placed Arsenal and Spurs in fourth were hot on the Blues’ heels heading into the final week of the campaign.
    But the Gunners untimely implosion at St.James’ Park has ensured the Blues WILL play alongside Europe’s best in the upcoming campaign.
    A Ben White own goal and a late Bruno Guimaraes strike saw the Magpies collect all three points on Tyneside.
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    Arsenal are four points behind the Blues with only one game left.
    And even if Tottenham leapfrog the Blues into third, the West London club are still assured to be in the top four.
    Chelsea have two games left and are two points ahead of Spurs who have one match on their schedule to play.
    The news will be welcomed by Chelsea fans after a difficult season for the Stamford Bridge outfit following Roman Abramovich’s sactions.
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    The Blues lost the FA Cup final to Liverpool on Saturday, along with the Carabao Cup in February, and are still in the process of sorting out new owners.
    And they’ve also lost key defender Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.
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    ‘We’re losing him’ – Thomas Tuchel finally CONFIRMS Andreas Christensen will quit Chelsea days after FA Cup controversy

    ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, Thomas Tuchel has revealed.Christensen, 26, has spent nine years at Chelsea but is out of contract in the summer.
    Andreas Christensen is set to join Barcelona this summerCredit: Getty
    The Blues had offered him a new contract but uncertainty surrounding the takeover cast doubt on his future.
    And now Tuchel has confirmed his exit this summer, stating: “We’re losing him.”
    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano Christensen agreed a deal with Barcelona weeks ago, with the Spanish giants also linked to Cesar Azpilicueta.
    Tuchel confirmed the news while revealing Christensen refused to play in the FA Cup final.
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    A source close to Christensen claimed the player had felt unwell in the days leading up to the biggest domestic match of the season.
    But fellow Chelsea stars were left bewildered when Christensen left the team hotel.
    His departure leaves Tuchel desperately short at the back so his priority when the transfer window opens could be to sign a defender.
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    CHELSEA are lining up a summer move for Real Madrid sensation Casemiro according to reports.Thomas Tuchel is hoping to bolster his midfield for next season and the Brazilian is being considered as one of many options.
    Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic reportedly prefers a move to Juventus despite claims that the Croatian has agreed terms with the Blues.
    However, rumours suggest that Chelsea have set their sights on Robert Lewandowski instead who has made it clear to Bayern Munich that he wants out as soon as possible.
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    Tuchel wants Mount investigation
    Thomas Tuchel called for an investigation into abuse aimed at Mason Mount after having his FA Cup final penalty saved.
    The 23-year-old Chelsea midfielder was subjected to four-letter rants and branded a ‘bottle job’ by online trolls on social media.
    Mount’s spot-kick was stopped by Alisson moments before Kostas Tsimikas stepped up to clinch a first FA Cup in 16 years for Liverpool in a 6-5 shootout win.
    Chelsea boss Tuchel said: “Nothing I can say will stop these guys doing it. I don’t understand social media anyway. It has a huge impact and I don’t get it.
    “I’m not on social media and it keeps me healthy, more healthy than I would be on it. It’s a very thin ice for everybody who is in such a spotlight to be out there. Abuse is not acceptable, be it here or on social media.
    “If someone thinks he has the right to write it, we will not be able to stop him — but maybe we can investigate.”

    Christensen shock
    Andreas Christensen pulled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final squad just hours before kick off – leaving team-mates stunned.
    The defender told boss Thomas Tuchel that he was not ready to play.
    Christensen had played the whole 90 minutes of the previous match at Leeds.
    Surprised Tuchel was forced into an emergency reshuffle of his Wembley plans and started rookie Trevoh Chalobah in the Denmark centre back’s absence.
    Chelsea went on to lose the final 6-5 on penalties to Liverpool after extra time.
    An hour after the final whistle Tuchel confirmed that Christensen is leaving Chelsea when the season finishes next Sunday.
    Perisic prefers Juve move
    Transfer target Ivan Perisic would reportedly prefer a move to Juventus, despite claims the Blues have agreed a deal with the Croatian.
    The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and has yet to agree to a deal with his club, Inter Milan.
    According to Sports Mediaset, Chelsea have agreed a deal with the midfielder on a free transfer as his contract draws to a close.
    But now Get Football News Italy report that Perisic is said to favour staying in Serie A.
    And it has been claimed that Turin would be his preferred destination, instead of West London.
    Guess who
    This Chelsea legend and serial trophy winner looks unrecognisable with a new hairstyle and trendy goatee beard.
    But can you guess who it is?

    This former Stamford Bridge favourite used to run the show from midfield each week.
    Making an instant impact in London, he spent five-and-a-half years with Chelsea.
    And he also won an impressive 52 caps for his country.
    Guessed who it is yet?
    It is Blues icon and former Brazilian midfield ace Ramires.
    Rudiger’s exit
    Antonio Rudiger wanted his Chelsea career to end on a high, following a disappointing campaign.
    The giant defender has agreed a contract with Real Madrid after the Blues failed to agree a new deal with the German international.
    Rudiger told The Athletic: “There was a chance but sanctions are not the problem. I don’t want to go too deep in things. At the end of the day it’s not only about one side (helping the other), it’s both sides — Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.
    “As always, I am very, very thankful me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me.
    “It’s been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things. That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending.”
    Chelsea in Lewandowski hunt
    Chelsea are reportedly in the chase for Poland legend Robert Lewandowski.
    According to Jan Age Fjortoft, the Blues could add the Bayern Munich striker to their ranks next season.
    However, the ex-Norway striker revealed that Barcelona are still the favourites for his signature, if he is to leave the Bavarians.

    Chelsea Women win Cup
    Chelsea Women did what the men couldn’t by winning the FA Cup.
    Emma Hayes’ side recorded a 3-2 win over Man City after extra time – thanks to a Sam Kerr strike.
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    The Aussie striker had given the Blues the lead in the first half, only for Lauren Hemp to equalise.
    Erin Cuthbert put Chelsea ahead again, before Hayley Raso scored a dramatic 89th minute equaliser.
    However, it was Kerr who would decide things in the 99th minute and break City’s fans’ hearts.
    Shearer’s Werner claim
    Alan Shearer believes Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel went wrong by not playing Timo Werner against Liverpool in the FA Cup fina.
    “With Chelsea, Havertz is injured. But I’m surprised Werner’s not playing, because of his pace, because of the high line we know Liverpool play,” Shearer said.
    “I know he gets offside a lot but it would have been a huge threat for him to be running behind.”
    Tuchel explains Loftus-Cheek decision
    Thomas Tuchel has revealed why he subbed Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of the ill-fated penalty shoot-out against Liverpool.
    Loftus-Cheek had barely got involved in the action having being brought on shortly before getting subbed for Ross Barkely as penalties loomed.
    And explaining his decision to do so, Tuchel said: “No, that was purely for penalties.
    “Ruben has not got a good history, statistically, and Ross has so it was purely because of the penalties.”
    Rudiger’s Real choice
    Antonio Rudiger was so intent on a move to Real Madrid he reportedly turned down more lucrative offers from a number of European heavyweights.
    Both PSG and Bayern Munich tried to snatch Rudiger from Real’s clutches by offering him more money, according to Diario AS.
    And Bayern were the most keen on Rudiger after getting dumped out the Champions League by Villarreal, the report also states.
    However, the chance to play for Real was too good to turn down and the defender ultimately opted for a move to the Bernabeu.
    Perisic wants Juve transfer
    Chelsea transfer target Ivan Perisic is reportedly eyeing a move to Juventus.
    Reports have claimed that the Inter Milan star has worked out a deal with Chelsea.
    But according to GetfootballnewsItaly, Perisic would prefer a move to Juve.
    Salah will make final
    Mo Salah will be available to play in the Champions League final despite picking up an injury on Saturday.
    The winger, 29, was forced off with a groin injury 33 minutes into the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
    While it looked very concerning for the Reds at the time, Salah has since confirmed that it is nothing serious.
    When asked if he was okay after the game, he replied: “All good” and reassured fans that he would be available for the Champions League final against Real Madrid later this month.
    Vidic names toughest opponents
    Man United legend Nemanja Vidic has named the four toughest opponents he faced in the Premier League.
    Peter Crouch was the first Liverpool striker Vidic bemoaned facing.
    Vidic also mentioned Chelsea great Didier Drogba and his lethal combination of strength and intelligence.
    Vidic’s watchlist finished with Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero and former Reds star Luis Suarez.
    Vidic made the admissions to The Athletic.
    Ten Hag wants Kante
    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been linked with a sensational swoop for N’Golo Kante this summer in a bid to bolster his midfield options next season.
    According to The Mirror, chiefs at Manchester United, including Ten Hag, believe a swoop for Kante is a realistic proposition.
    The news comes after SunSport exclusively revealed that the Blues were fearing Kante would be one of a number of players on their way out of the club.
    Wright’s sympathy for Mason Mount
    Ian Wright has admitted that he feels sorry for Mason Mount after the player missed a penalty in Chelsea’s FA Cup final loss to Liverpool.
    Wright said: “I’m disappointed for Mason Mount because when a player misses a penalty at this level with so much on the line.
    “You’ve got to feel gutted for him.”
    Tuchel on Chelsea’s season
    Thomas Tuchel reckons Chelsea have had a good season despite losing to cup finals to Liverpool thus far.
    And he pointed to Chelsea’s success in the World Club Cup and European Super Cup as proof that the Blues are capable of challenging for trophies.
    He said: “I think we have what it takes to win trophies and we proved it.
    “Somebody wanted to convince me that we had a trophy-less season but we have the World Club Cup and the European Super Cup.
    “We did everything to win these two matches but we have to accept that our opponents deserve also to win these matches and they did it.”
    Keane’s disdain for Fabregas
    Roy Keane once threatened to ‘smash Cesc Fabregas in’ when the midfielder clattered into him.
    Fabregas risked Keane’s wrath after tackling the Irishman really hard when Arsenal played Man United in the FA Cup final.
    Keane let Gerard Pique know just how close Fabregas was to a beating a few years later.
    Fabregas recalled to The Times: “I tackled Roy Keane really hard and I felt really good about it because he was always giving me a tough time.
    “A few years later, Gerard Pique [his friend from Barcelona’s La Masia academy] said to me that at half-time Keane said, ‘That Spanish friend of yours, I will smash him, he killed me.’”
    Suarez praises Liverpool
    Luis Suarez took the time to congratulate former club Liverpool for their FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
    The Reds edged a thrilling penalty shoot-out to lift the cup.
    And Suarez was full of praise for his old club.
    He wrote on social media: “Congratulations to @LiverpoolFC for winning the FA Cup! YNWA.”
    Alisson’s plan to stop Mendy
    Alisson devised a secret plot to stop Edouard Mendy from playing mind games on Liverpool’s FA Cup Final penalty takers – by hand delivering the ball to his teammates.
    The Chelsea ‘keeper has a history of interfering during penalties when helping Senegal to beat Egypt via spot-kicks in the Africa Cup of Nations final in February.
    Alisson was adamant that would not happen again, and he scooped up the ball after each Chelsea kick and walked straight to his pal to give them it.
    Only Sadio Mane, Mendy’s international teammate, missed a penalty for Liverpool.
    Rudiger speaks on frustration
    Antonio Rudiger is frustrated that he hasn’t left Chelsea with a FA Cup winner medal after yesterday’s loss to Liverpool.
    Rudiger said after the game: “It’s been five years as normal with ups and downs, but with a lot of positive things,” the Germany international said.
    “That’s why I’m even more frustrated because I wanted to have a different ending.”
    Terry reveals FA Cup pain
    John Terry revealed he was devastated after witnessing Chelsea’s FA Cup final loss.
    But the Blues legend still found the time to praise Liverpool’s Luis Diaz who was the game’s Man Of The Match.
    Terry said on Instagram in a message that Diaz shared: “Absolutely devastated, but you are a fantastic player my friend.”
    Rudiger explains quitting reasons
    Antonio Rudiger has dismissed the theory that Government sanctions are behind his decision to quit Chelsea.
    The German defender is leaving for Real Madrid on a free transfer once the Premier League season finishes on Sunday week.
    Strict rules imposed due to owner Roman Abramovich’s links to Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin have banned Chelsea from negotiating new contracts with existing players but Rudiger insists it was other issues which stopped him staying.
    But Rudiger, who suffered FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, said: “There was a chance but sanctions are not the problem. I don’t want to go too deep in things.
    “At the end of the day it’s not only about one side (helping the other), it’s both sides – Chelsea have been great to me, I have been great to Chelsea.
    “As always, I am very, very thankful me, my family. I became a man here. My kids were born here and everything. London and especially Chelsea will always be special to me.”
    Mo Salah’s classy gesture
    Mohamed Salah invited former Egypt team-mate Moamen Zakaria into the Liverpool dressing room to celebrate their FA Cup win over Chelsea.
    Salah was forced to watch a large part of Saturday’s final from the sidelines after being forced off through injury.
    Liverpool’s epic dressing room celebrations where shared with former Egypt star Zakaria, who has motor neurone disease, after he was invited in by Salah.
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    Kai Havertz, was also another absentee from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
    Discussing the problems afterwards, he said: “Kai did not train because of hamstring problems and we thought he would injure himself.
    “We did a test on Saturday morning but it was not better.”
    Tuch and go for Werner
    Thomas Tuchel has revealed Timo Werner told him he did not want to play in the FA Cup Final after suffering a problem in the warm-up.
    Chelsea fans were shocked as the German forward was left as an unused substitute during the penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool at Wembley.
    He said: “Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he could not play.
    “A hamstring as well. We had no options.”
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