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As expected there has been lots of speculation about the Blues over the last week, most of which is concerning the management situation but there is also the odd rumour floating around about possible player movements …

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As expected there has been lots of speculation about the Blues over the last week, most of which is concerning the management situation but there is also the odd rumour floating around about possible player movements …

On MONDAY, the week started with the Telegraph stating that Turkey boss Guus Hiddink is the favourite to take over from Carlo Ancelotti following his spell as caretaker boss pre-Carlo’s reign, meanwhile Journalist Ian McGarry’s said on Twitter that Roman wants a double act of Marco van Basten and Hiddink.

Football writers with the Daily Mail feel that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will make a dramatic return to the club, whilst he is still adored by fans, there were questions over his relationship with the Russian owner but apparently they have made-up.

The Daily Mirror led with the announcement that Carlo Ancelotti will get his final year’s salary paid in full – the figure is thought to be around £5m-per-season salary.

On TUESDAY more Guus Hiddink gossip, the Guardian said that Chelsea are confident of getting the Turkish national boss – but as the outright manager rather as Director of Football.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror feel he is only prepared to manage the Blues for one year before stepping-up to a director of football role.

The Sun does not think the Blues will able to get the Dutchman until October as he does not want to break his contract with Turkey, where he has a contract that runs until the Euro 2012 Championships – BUT if they fail to qualify before that date he could leave earlier.

Ex-Chelsea defender Paul Elliott told TalkSPORT that he believes Jose Mourinho will come back to manage at Stamford Bridge at some stage but not this summer as he still has unfinished business with Real Madrid.

On WEDNESDAY, there was finally some talk of transfers: £40m-rated Argentine striker Sergio Aguero announced that he is planning to leave Atletico Madrid but has refused to join city rivals Real and after being linked with a move to Chelsea for the last few years, Roman could well make a move for Aguero.

The Independent said that there will be a big clear out at the Bridge, with up to five players leaving and five more coming in and that they are open to offers for Nicolas Anelka who only has one year left on his contract.

On THURSDAY, Porto president Pinta da Costa is confident that his head coach Andre Villas-Boas would reject any approach from Chelsea, despite the coach having a release clause of £13m which will could easily be met by the Blues – Daily Mail

Even though there is no manager at the Bridge, it will not stop Chelsea bringing in new blood. The Daily Mirror says they are planning a £35m double Belgian swoop for Anderlecht teenage star striker Romelu Lukaku and Genk forward Kevin De Bruyne.

The Sun has reported that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he WILL NOT replace Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile some good news for Ancelotti is that he could be offered an immediate Premier League return with QPR should current Loftus Road boss Neil Warnock move on ….

Bad news appeared in the Daily Express on FRIDAY, when it was announced that Chelsea’s former director of football Frank Arnesen is interested in teen star Josh McEachran for his new club Hamburg, where he is Director of Sport. And Salomon Kalou wants to wait and see who becomes the new boss at the bridge before making any decisions about his future.

The latest odds for the next boss sees Harry Redknapp as the favourite after there was a flurry of big bets placed on him taking charge – An interesting option that would make him the first English boss since Glen Hoddle.

With all eyes on the Champions League on SATURDAY, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola became the latest manager to be linked with the Chelsea vacancy – this followed his refusal to confirm whether he will stay at the Nou Camp after the season ends.

In the Mirror, Midfielder Gareth Bale stated he wanted to wants Harry Redknapp to stay at Tottenham and continue the excellent job that he has done so far and the Daily Telegraph reported that Guus Hiddink has admitted he would consider a return to Chelsea, and the Sun ran a story that the Blues are going to make a fresh approach for Santos striker Neymar having missed out on him last summer when they offered £23m.

And finally a bit of gossip from the SUNDAY Mirror where it is thought Frank Lampard is set to propose to TV presenter girlfriend Christine Bleakley next week when they head off on holiday on one of Roman Abramovich’s luxury yachts in Sardinia.

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PL side willing to bid up to £10m for the signature of promising 20-year-old Chelsea starlet

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Crystal Palace keen on Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher

According to the Sun, Crystal Palace are interested in bidding up to £10m for Chelsea prospect, Conor Gallagher.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been at the club since 2008. Currently on loan at Swansea City, he has been an everpresent as the club strives to make the playoffs.

Gallagher believes he has improved massively in terms of creativity since his move to the Liberty Stadium. This can be attributed to him assisting 6 times in 14 appearances for the Swans so far. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Connor Gallagher spent the first half of the season out on loan at Charlton Athletic
Connor Gallagher spent the first half of the season out on loan at Charlton Athletic

This has caught the attention of Palace boss Roy Hodgson. He sees the 20-year-old as an ideal prospect as he tries to strengthen his squad.

Gallagher has two years left on his Chelsea contract and Hodgson hopes the club is willing to part with the talented youngster. The youngster had spent the first half of the season on loan at Charlton Athletic. He played 26 times for them, scoring 6 goals and assisting 4. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Although Frank Lampard has proven generous in his willingness to play youngsters, the Blues are well stocked in midfield. It remains to be seen if Gallagher has what it takes to break into our squad.

According to the report, Palace are keen to take him either permanently or on a loan. A loan would be the better choice though, given that Gallagher will find game time easier to come by at Selhurst Park.

Gallagher grew up admiring Frank Lampard
Gallagher grew up admiring Frank Lampard

This will give us the perfect scenario to judge the youngster’s usefulness in a Chelsea jersey. If he does not meet our expectations, we might as well cash in on him.

It will also be a test of the youngster’s willingness to prove himself. Having grown up admiring Frank Lampard, he now has an opportunity to please the Chelsea boss.

A box-to-box midfielder who can fulfil a variety of roles, Gallagher’s adaptability is an excellent strength.

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Gallagher has represented England at various youth levels. He has certainly shown he has what it takes to thrive in the Championship. Whether he can do so at a higher level or not remains to be seen.

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“I was like, wow” – Chelsea star wants sensational national teammate at Stamford Bridge

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Antonio Rudiger wants Kai Havertz at Chelsea

Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Daily Mail), Chelsea defensive star Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he wants Kai Havertz to join him at Stamford Bridge.

If it does happen, he will be the second major German star to move to Chelsea this window, following Timo Werner.

“I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t want him at Chelsea.” 

Antonio Rudiger wants Kai Havertz at Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger wants Kai Havertz at Chelsea

Rudiger clearly has a high impression of his international compatriot. Given his first-hand experience of having played alongside him, it comes as no surprise.

“Kai is talented. When I saw him train with the Germany national team I was like, wow!”

The 21-year-old is one of the sought after players in world football. The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for the Leverkusen star.

The youngster has enjoyed a prolific season in Germany. He has scored 17 goals and made 9 assists in 43 games this season. (h/t Transfermarkt)

After having missed out on the Champions League and also falling short in the cup final, Havertz could be ready to make a fresh start at Chelsea. It is bound to be a matter of debate when he next meets up with Leverkusen officials. (h/t Daily Mail)

Chelsea are willign to sell six players to bring in Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz remains the top priority for Chelsea

The Germans can still qualify for the Champions League if they win the Europa League.

The Blues have taken the transfer market by storm with their moves for Werner and Ziyech. Adding Havertz to the mix will make this our most exciting window for some time.

Rudi Voeller had earlier admitted that although Leverkusen hopes to retain the German for another year, his departure remains a very real possibility.

Chelsea’s pursuit of the player has been made easier following the lack of enthusiasm shown by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. (h/t Daily Mail)

The Blues are currently in fourth spot and are also in the semifinals of the FA Cup. The Frank Lampard era has had its shares of up and downs but also undeniable progress.

Whether Havertz will join the Blue revolution or not remains to be seen.

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Havertz has made seven appearances for the German national team and has scored one goal.

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Lampard expects Chelsea star to keep improving amidst Hazard comparisons

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Frank Lampard expects Christian Pulisic to emulate Eden Hazard

According to Sky Sports (h/t Express), Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard has revealed how summer signing Christian Pulisic can emulate former Blues favourite Eden Hazard.

The American sensation plays in the same position as Hazard, who departed for Real Madrid last summer. Although he has not yet had the same effect as the Belgian, Pulisic has enjoyed a promising start to life at the Bridge.

Lampard believes that by improving his end product, the 21-year-old has a real shot at emulating the former Chelsea star.

Frank Lampard believes Christian Pulisic can emulate Eden Hazard
Frank Lampard believes Christian Pulisic can emulate Eden Hazard

“A balance and the speed at which he can dribble with the ball, the next stage for him is more end product, more goals and more assists.”

Although he failed to get on the scoresheet against Watford, Pulisic won the penalty that Willian calmly dispatched. He was a constant thorn in Watford defence and proved a tough nut to crack.

The American has scored 8 goals and 6 assists in 28 games so far this season. His goal contribution of 0.50 per game is only comparatively lesser than Hazard’s 0.57 per game.

Eden Hazard was a match winner for Chelsea
Eden Hazard was a match-winner for Chelsea

Pulisic, however, has the same effect on a game as the Belgian. The ability to change a game and turn up when required is very reminiscent of our former number 10.

He has enjoyed an excellent start since football resumed last month. His form has played a key role in our push for Champions League qualification.

“Since the restart, he’s already showing that and he looks great.”

Chelsea are also through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The Blues fell to Manchester City in the semifinals of the competition in Hazard’s first year. Hopefully, Pulisic will go one better.

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Chelsea have endured a mixed season under Frank Lampard. There has been undeniable progress and can only get better in the coming seasons.

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Lampard provides latest update on key Chelsea superstar and it’s not great news

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Kante is out injured

Frank Lampard provides N’Golo Kante injury update

According to the Express, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard fears that star midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the English Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

A perfect night against Watford was hampered by the hamstring injury sustained by the Frenchman. Although we lead Manchester United in the top-4 race, the injury left a sour taste in our mouth.

“He’s got a small hamstring injury so we will see how that goes.”

N'Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury against Watford
N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury against Watford

A dominant midfielder, Kante’s experience will be crucial in our remaining few games. The competition for the top four is heating up while we also have the FA Cup semifinals against Manchester United to come.

The biggest games demand the best players. Kante has had rough luck with injuries this season but will hopefully not be out for long. He does, however, look likely to miss the clash against Crystal Palace.

“But I’m guessing it will be a problem for Palace on Tuesday.”

Thankfully for us, Palace themselves are in the midst of an injury crisis as they struggle to put points on the board. This can also give Lampard and opportunity to bring Jorginho back into the line-up.

Jorginho or Billy Gilmour could step in for Kante
Jorginho or Billy Gilmour could step in for Kante

The Italian has been conspicuous by his absence since the restart. Having featured in 26 of our 29 Premier League games prior to the suspension, his current absence is all the more baffling.

Another player who could come in is youngster Billy Gilmour. The 19-year-old came on for Kante against Watford and could do the same against Palace.

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Chelsea cannot afford to drop any more points. Manchester United are hot on our heels and have discovered a rich vein of form.

With Leicester also appearing to have rediscovered their best, Lampard will be keen to win all the games that are left.

We still have our fate in our own hands. Throwing it away will risk the good work done this season.

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