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Danny Drinkwater isn’t desperate to leave Chelsea despite not featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans, as per the Telegraph.

The Englishman hasn’t been named in our Europa League squad and didn’t feature in the squad that faced Liverpool in our Carabao Cup win.

The report claims that Drinkwater is willing to wait till the end of the season for the right move even if it does not come in the winter window.

The former Leicester City man wanted to see if Sarri had plans for him this season, according to the report. And Chelsea wanted to either sell or loan him out in the summer (h/t The Telegraph) but the player remained at the club.

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater

The 28-year-old earns £100,000-a-week (h/t Telegraph) and cost us £35m from Leicester last season. The Englishman has struggled to perform for the Blues and we signed two other midfielders in the summer.

Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are certainly ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order and even Ross Barkley is getting games under the Italian manager.

The last time Drinkwater played for us was in the Community Shield and it would be great if we can find a solution for him in the winter window.

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The report claims that it would be tough for another club to match the Englishman’s wages but must find another club to play regular football.

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“Will be rewarded”: Tuchel sends a message to Chelsea star after goal gets ruled out against Liverpool

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Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea boss Tuchel sends a message to Timo Werner after ruled out goal against Liverpool

According to Football.london, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told Timer Werner to not worry much after another goal-less display against Liverpool. Werner has now scored just once in the last 18 games after his goal in the last game was chalked off by VAR.

Chelsea ultimately found the win over Liverpool and have now won 7 of their last 10 games while staying unbeaten. A goal from Mason Mount was enough to seal all three points but Werner will consider himself a bit unlucky. His first half goal was ruled offside by VAR by the absolute thinnest of margins.

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Werner appeared to have beat the offside trap before rounding off Alisson to put the ball in the net only for it to be checked by VAR and subsequently being ruled out. It looked like Werner’s hand was only past the last defender’s line. The whole situation again raised a debate over VAR and the rules.

The German forward did get a chance to score prior to that but ended up fluffing his lines. Thomas Tuchel remained unconcerned by Werner’s goal drought and offered some words of assurance.

“I demand 100 percent in every training. I don’t allow self-pity. No need for self-pity, he’s a privileged guy, he is full of talent and he plays football for one of the best clubs in the world and in the best league in the world. So there is no need for self-pity and to worry too much. The only responsibility we have together is to bring out the best in him.

“The only way I know is on the training pitch and in the games: put in effort. Put yourself in a state of mind that you are ready to play for us on the highest level. Is he doing this? Yes, he is. Then he will be rewarded I am very sure. Today I am absolutely happy with his performance. It was another step and we are not counting the minutes. I know that in the end, the strikers count their minutes and their goals, which drives them.

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It bodes well for Werner that Tuchel is defending his displays. Obviously, he has shown a marked improvement in his game and just needs the goals to back it up.

Werner particularly exploited Liverpool’s high defensive line and was able to make runs behind them. Overall, it was a rather encouraging performance from the German and he will hope that he can continue in the same vein.

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Trevor Sinclair believes Leicester would jump at the chance to sign this young Chelsea star

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Trevor Sinclair reckons Leicester City would sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea

According to talkSPORT (h/t Leicestershire Live), former England winger Trevor Sinclair believes that Leicester City would jump at the chance to sign Chelsea ace Tammy Abraham.

He feels that teams like Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham would sign the striker without any hesitation.

With a transfer ban last season, Abraham made full use of the opportunities handed to him and went on to bank 15 goals. However, with two years still to go in his current deal, Abraham finds himself in a spot.

Thomas Tuchel has largely preferred going with Olivier Giroud as the starting striker while opportunities have also been handed to Timo Werner to rediscover his form. Then there remains Chelsea’s pursuit of Erling Haaland.

Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game against Barnsley in the FA Cup 5th round fixture. (GETTY Images)
Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game against Barnsley in the FA Cup 5th round fixture. (GETTY Images)

The Blues are looking to bring in the Norwegian star in the summer which pushes Tammy further down the pecking order. A move to Leicester would make sense given the fact that they need to eventually phase out Jamie Vardy. Sinclair says that he is a big fan of the striker and Premier League clubs like Leicester could snap him up easily.

“You look at his goals-per-minute and the players that are under him is mind-boggling. If you take out penalties, he’s better than [Harry] Kane, [Heung-Min] Son, [Danny] Ings, [Raheem] Sterling and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. I’m a huge fan.

He’s a threat with his pace in behind, his link-up play is excellent. If you look at some of the top sides in the Premier League, I think so many take him.

I think Man City take him, Arsenal would take him, Leicester City would take him, West Ham would take him. He’s so undervalued. They would have him in a heartbeat.

Tammy Abraham thinks Chelsea signings are underperforming due to lack of time in the training ground together.
Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring against West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

Despite his age, Vardy remains one of the most potent strikers in the league. He still looks like he has more to offer and can play for a good few seasons more. However, signing a young striker like Abraham would get them a long-term replacement for him.

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While Chelsea could be reluctant to let go of a promising striker, bringing in Haaland does sweeten the blow. A crucial summer awaits the club and player where they have to come to a decision regarding their association with each other.

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“Fantastic addition”: Premier League manager keen to sign Chelsea loanee on a permanent basis

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Fulham keen to sign Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently

According to Metro, Fulham boss Scott Parker is keen on signing Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent deal, after his loan spell expires at the end of the season. Parker is said to be ‘more than happy’ at the prospect of a permanent transfer next season.

The versatile midfielder is currently at Fulham on a season-long loan. So far he has made 22 appearances, scoring one goal. The youngster looked to be on the track of making it at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri.

However, an unfortunate injury suffered in a charity match saw him on the sidelines for 13 months. Loftus-Cheek struggled to reach the same levels since his return.

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Loftus-Cheek struggled with injuries last season

Fulham have undertaken a daunting mission of avoiding relegation this season. Their recent form suggests that they have done well to secure results. Currently, they are 18th and 3 points away from safety below Newcastle.

Loftus-Cheek has ambitions to return to Chelsea but Parker thinks he can convince the midfielder to change his mind and stay at Craven Cottage instead.

“Yes, of course. Ruben has been a fantastic addition. I’ve seen someone grow immensely from the start of the season to a person and player now who has transformed. He’s grown massively and been a massive help for us. At the moment it’s just about this year for Ruben, focus on the next 10 games and where he can still get better. But at the end if there’s an opportunity to get it done I’d be more than happy to.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United competes with Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

It does seem like the better option for Loftus Cheek at this point to stay back at Fulham at the end of his loan deal. Chelsea already have a stacked midfield with the likes of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic. Even young Billy Gilmour has warmed the benches. Now with Tuchel in charge, there is bound to be new signings at the end of the season.

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At Fulham, he will get more game time and can keep developing his skills. Returning to Chelsea could hamper that and he might have to settle for a place on the bench. It remains to be seen what Chelsea decide for him at the end of his loan spell.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich unwilling to meet wage demands soon-to-be free agent European star

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Chelsea are looking to strengthen in defence and attack in the summer transfer window, with David Alaba a potential target. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich unwilling to meet David Alaba wage demands

According to Bild (h/t Express), Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not very keen on the idea of signing David Alaba due to his sizable wage demands. The Blues were interested in the Bayern Munich man but the Russian billionaire has decided to temporarily stop any process of signing Alaba.

David Alaba confirmed earlier this month that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season upon the expiry of his contract. While there were no hints of which would be his next club, the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are said to be interested in him.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Willian of Chelsea and David Alaba of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea view Alaba as a replacement for the ageing Thiago Silva who signed for them this season but is already 36. While Chelsea are keen on the player, the club are delaying any potential move due to Abramovich, who is unwilling to hand a huge pay packet to the Austrian.

It has also been said that Abramovich has a ‘special relationship’ with Alaba’s agent Pini Zahavi who is trying to find the best possible deal for his client. Even though that is the case, the Blues are reluctant to hand out a high weekly salary to him.

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Alaba has impressed during his long stay at Bayern but will leave the club as a free agent in the summer. It still remains unclear as to where he will play next season.

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