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“We always work together” -Chelsea star comes clean regarding ‘alleged’ brawl with teammate

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Cesar Azpilicueta dismisses reports of him having clashed with Antonio Rudiger in Chelsea training

According to The Mirror, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has denounced news of him and Antonio Rudiger having a go at each other during training.

It was reported in the aftermath of Frank Lampard’s departure that there was tension behind the scenes at the Bridge. Both players were said to have clashed multiple times, creating unrest in the squad.

Finally speaking up on the issue, Azpilicueta has dismissed the veracity of these claims.

“With Toni, we didn’t have an issue and we have been working together for a few years.”

Cesar Azpilicueta dismisses reports of him having clashed with Antonio Rudiger in Chelsea training
Cesar Azpilicueta dismisses reports of him having clashed with Antonio Rudiger in Chelsea training (Getty Images)

The Blues skipper admitted that everything is fine and that he will not be talking about an ‘alleged’ incident that did not happen.

“Everything is fine and I can say that didn’t happen. We didn’t have any issues and we don’t have. We always work together.”

It is heartening to know that things behind the scenes were not as bad as feared. While there may be issues, infighting is always something that can spill over. With the issue now resolved, both players can look to play a part in Thomas Tuchel’s Blue revolution.

Cesar Azpilicueta dismisses reports of him having clashed with Antonio Rudiger in Chelsea training
Azpilicueta and Rudiger have no issues

Of morale and expectations!

The 31-year-old revealed that the pressures as a player are similar to that of any other job. The players too have to keep up to expectations, failing which there will be obvious unrest.

“When results are not going well, everybody has more tension around but nothing further than this.”

Given the poor run of results, expecting the squad to be happy would be asking for too much. Both players started as part of a three-man defence in Tuchel’s first game in charge and promptly went on to keep a clean sheet.

Thomas Tuchel is looking towards the future with Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel is looking towards the future with Chelsea

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham had earlier come out on Twitter and dismissed the rumour regarding his two teammates. For now, everything seems fine as we look to usher in a new era at the club.

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Chelsea to battle Manchester United for Leicester star Kelechi Iheanacho

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Transfer News: Chelsea to battle Manchester United for Kelechi Iheanacho

According to transfer news from Shoot, Chelsea have been linked with a surprise move for Kelechi Iheanacho. However, the Blues are not the only side after him as Manchester United have also registered an interest in the Leicester City forward.

An academy prospect of Manchester City, Iheanacho spent a season in the U-18 side for them. Within a year, he was promoted to the first team. However, in the presence of a talismanic striker like Sergio Aguero, it was always going to be difficult to get games. In came Gabriel Jesus and that was Iheanacho’s cue to exit the club.

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Even at Leicester, Iheanacho had to wait for his chances due to the evergreen Jamie Vardy. In the limited chances he had gotten, he showed the occasional glimpse of talent. All that has changed this season with the Nigerian striker being one of the most in-form players in the country.

Since February, he has scored 12 goals in the league and FA Cup. During that time, he scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United, his brace knocked Man United out of the FA Cup and scored the only goal to sent Leicester into the finals. He has partnered Jamie Vardy well and has covered for his rare off form.

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Chelsea have had their problems with forwards in recent seasons, with no striker seemingly being able to nail down a starting berth. Timo Werner looks like an expensive mistake. Olivier Giroud is on the wrong side of 30 and Tammy Abraham is being overlooked.

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While Chelsea have prioritised the signing of Erling Haaland, they could switch their attention to Iheanacho who is on a fiery run of scoring. He is very likely to not cost as much as Haaland but will provide them with a quality option. With United and Arsenal also after the striker, Chelsea will need to move fast.

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Transfer News: Chelsea interested in Juventus star Alex Sandro

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Transfer News: Chelsea interested in Alex Sandro

According to transfer news from JuveFC, Chelsea have shown interest in Juventus fullback Alex Sandro. Juventus are willing to sanction a sale for the Brazilian to the highest bidder which in this case are the Blues.

Sandro has blown hot and cold during his Juventus career. Since making the move from Porto, he was a bright spark in Juve’s defence and attack. Capable of contributing to both ends, he quickly became a regular in the side under Max Allegri.

Alex Sandro
Alex Sandro

However, he hasn’t shown much improvement in the last few seasons but is a regular part of the squad under Andrea Pirlo this season. He has hardly shown his attacking skills this season, something which he was known for.

Chelsea already spent a fortune to sign Ben Chilwell this season. On Tuchel’s arrival though, the formation was switched and Marcos Alonso was installed as the wing-back. Despite that, the Blues are willing to spend around €20 million on him.

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Juve don’t have a lot of depth in that position and it is still unclear as to who they will sign as a replacement. It had earlier been reported that the Italian side could ask for Emerson Palmieri in a swap deal.

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This deal hardly makes sense from Chelsea’s perspective. They already have two first-choice left wing-backs in Alonso and Chilwell, who is adjusting well to the new role. Swapping a third-choice for Sandro makes things even more complicated unless they let go of someone like Alonso. By all means, Chelsea should avoid this deal and look to strengthen other required areas.

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Chelsea target highly-rated St. Etienne starlet dubbed ‘the new Pogba’

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Transfer News: Lucas Gourna-Douath on the radar of Chelsea

According to transfer news from Goal, Lucas Gourna-Douath is on the radar of Chelsea and PSG. The St. Etienne starlet has managed to attract the attention of top clubs with his performances and has been dubbed as the ‘new Pogba’.

As one of the rising stars in Ligue 1, Gourna-Douath has become a vital part of St. Etienne. He has already played for the senior side 23 times this season. A deep-lying central midfielder, manager Claude Puel wants him to stay at the club for a long time. Even the player is interested in the same.

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However, due to the economic impact of the pandemic, the French side are willing to let him as well as a few more players, go. The club sold the likes of Wesley Fofana and William Saliba in previous transfer windows and it could continue with Gourna-Douath.

Ligue 1 has been hit hard due to the pandemic and their TV deal. St. Etienne are also among the clubs to be feeling the financial crunch as they have confirmed the club is up for sale. Gourna-Douath is one of their most valuable assets given his performances at just 17 years of age.

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Chelsea will face competition for the ‘new Pogba’ though, with the likes of RB Leipzig, PSG and AC Milan also after him. While Chelsea don’t really need any more central midfielders for the first-team, Lucas Gourna-Douath can be a good addition to their flourishing academy. Chelsea have promoted players from the academy in recent times and the same could be followed for him in case Chelsea can strike a deal.

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Chelsea blow in Eduardo Camavinga race as Bayern step up the pace

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Transfer News: Chelsea receive huge blow in their pursuit of Eduardo Camavinga

According to transfer news from The Chelsea Chronicle, the Blues have been given a huge blow in their pursuit of Eduardo Camavinga. Bayern Munich have reportedly stepped up their interest in the Rennes starlet and that means he could just slip out of reach for Chelsea.

The 18-year-old defensive midfielder burst onto the scenes in 2019 and enjoyed a spectacular season with Rennes, helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League. However, the Ligue 1 outfit has struggled to perform at the same level this term. Following the sacking of manager Julian Stephan, who played a crucial role in Camavinga’s rise at the club, the midfielder is now considering his future at the club.

Eduardo Camavinga in action for Rennes.

The Blues have a packed midfield department as things stand, with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic vying for the starting spots while Billy Gilmour provides an option from the bench. Nonetheless, looking at fresh options isn’t entirely a bad idea and Camavinga was one such option.

However, Bayern are set on a summer of rebuilding their midfield. They already have Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka as the two linchpins but want a replacement for Thiago who left for Liverpool this season. Camavinga is seen as the future of their midfield and hence they are willing to go after him.

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The 18-year-old midfielder is undoubtedly one of the hottest young prospects in the world. He has appeared 77 times for Rennes since making his debut for the club two years back. Camavinga has been touted to be the ‘next Patrick Vieira’ due to the similarity in their playing styles.

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It will be a difficult task to get Camavinga now, especially when Bayern are also after the player. The Blues may yet have to shell out decent money for a player who wants to leave the club amidst fears that they could miss out on European football next season.

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