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Former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale who saw Ethan Ampadu as a potential England midfielder recommended him to the National team but after thorough observation, they told him he took too few touches.

MK dons manager also added that he phoned high esteemed men in the quest for registering Ampadu to the squad:

“I phoned England, very relevant people, to say you have to get hold of this chap,”

In response, they replied that they already have 12 players better than the 17-year-old and they are aware of Ampadu.

He also concluded that they were looking for a player that can make plenty of touches but ignored the magic Ethan does with one or two touches on the pitch,

Ampadu is not a player that holds the ball for too long quite alright but it is part of his skills to distribute the balls in relevant places.

“You have to have faith in the player and it was something we did at Exeter. I had faith in my ability to spot his talent, but I also had extreme faith in Ethan.”

Ampadu joined Ryan Giggs’s Wales last week and he took more authority in the midfield, created chances from impossible angles including an assist in the 4:1 victory against the Republic of Ireland.

Though England have a host of players but just a few names in the defensive midfield position of which Ethan would have been part of the young talent ingratiated in Southgate’s Three Lions.

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Sarri’s sack date revealed

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Emerging reports hint that Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich is already considering the sack of the club’s boss Maurizio Sarri after they were defeated again by Everton in the Premier League tie at the weekend.

The Italian boss had a fast start of his career at the Stamford Bridge with successive wins but the story has changed as he is now struggling to deliver good results at the club.

The embarrassing 6 – 0 defeat suffered against Man City and the 2 – 0 defeat against Arsenal in addition to the defeat against Man United has cast doubt on his ability.

It is speculated that he would be sacked during the international break as soon as they are able to have a successful consultation.

It is suggested that the former Napoli boss can no longer be trusted especially after the incident with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga where he was publicly embarrassed by refusing his orders to leave the pitch.

However, the Italian boss has made it clear that he is not under any pressure and does not care about what is being speculated about his future, stressing that he is only concerned about how to get his players firing again.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have got a quarter-finals game of the Europa League to face as a major test.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi gets hope of transfer wish

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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been seeking a move away from the West London club for the past months over his lack of playing time.

The 18-year-old is, therefore, being wanted by German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich, with the European giants submitting three different offers to Chelsea for his signature but they were all rejected.

The West London outfit have insisted on keeping the star player as he has been pointed as part of the club’s future but he has not been convincing enough to manager Jurgen Klopp to hand him regular playing time in the team.

However, there could be hope for Callum Hudson-Odoi with claims that he could be granted his wish to leave the club should they succeed in keeping Belgium international Eden Hazard.

The Blues face a big challenge of keeping Eden Hazard at the club with suggestions that he will be heading to the Spanish capital to join La Liga giants Real Madrid.

With the Blues already securing the signature of Christian Pulisic, there will be no need to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi should the Belgium international agrees to stay. But if otherwise, he would be forced to remain as a cover, having shown big prospect.

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What Eden Hazard is waiting for to decide Chelsea future

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Belgium international Eden Hazard is still mute over his future despite the many speculations linking him away from the West London outfit Chelsea at the end of the season.

Eden Hazard has refused to sign a new deal at the Stamford Bridge with claims that he has already agreed on a move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid ahead of the coming season.

However, the speculations have become more serious with Zinedine Zidane returning to Real Madrid for second spell as their manager, knowing that Eden Hazard has been dreaming to work with the manager, who is his idol.

With the West London outfit pushing to have Eden Hazard pen a new deal at the Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said the star player is yet to make any decision as it would be determined by Chelsea’s ability to qualify for the Champions League next season or not.

He is of the opinion that the star player will not want to miss out of the Champions League next season, hence the first option for the Blues is to qualify for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, the qualification for Chelsea is now looking unlikely after they were defeated by 2-0 against Everton at the weekend.

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Cesar Azpilicueta reveals what will happen after Everton defeat

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The West London outfit Chelsea lost 2-0 to Everton in their Premier League tie at the weekend which has slimmed down their hope of a Champions League qualification for next season.

They are now sixth place in the league table behind Man United and Arsenal who are also seeking to secure qualification ahead of next season.

The Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that his team must still qualify for the Champions League next season, stating that they will have the defeat behind them and focus on the coming games.

According to him, the remaining eight games left for them until the end of the season would be finals as they will approach it with all seriousness to be able to secure maximum points.

Also, manager Maurizio Sarri expressed his disappointment at the defeat, explaining that his team have mental issues as it cannot be regarded as a physical problem because of the way they played in the first half.

He is of the opinion that they will have to keep the fight on to proceed to be able to achieve the target.

Meanwhile, the Blues will now have about a 2-weeks break before any action as a resut of the international break.

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Sarri says players are mentally blocked

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It is no doubt a disturbing moment for Chelsea boss as he is yet to get over his team’s defeat against Everton on Sunday.

The defeat has now limited their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season as they sit the sixth position in the Premier League table.

In his reaction, the Blues boss said he is worried about the mentality of the players, citing it as the reason for their defeat against Everton. He explained that his team played their best 45 minutes so far but it suddenly changed, suggesting that they are suffering from a mental block.

He added that the issue with the team is not a physical problem because it wouldn’t have happened in a rush as it did against Everton.

However, Maurizio Sarri who would have loved to have explanations from the players said they will not be able to do that because they are all disappointed and down at the moment.

The defeat remains a setback to the Italian boss and that could be enough reason to get the season down and go without a trophy this season and a Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, there are fears over the future of the Chelsea boss as he could be sacked any moment from now.

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How Chelsea have made top four race easier

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The race for the top four finish is now looking less competitive especially with the 2-0 defeat suffered by West London outfit Chelsea against Everton at the Goodison Park in the Premier League tie on Sunday.

The race for the fourth position has been between Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal but it seems to have been transformed into a race between the Gunners and the Red Devils alone.

With this development, the West London outfit must have lost out of the race for the Champions League which means they might play again in the Europa League for the second consecutive season.

Gary Neville in his reaction stated that the West London outfit will be frustrated at the moment as a result of the defeat and it could go a long way in affecting their season.

He noted that the Blues missed an opportunity in the first half and they could not have any remedy until the sound of the last whistle.

However, manager Maurizio Sarri faces sack as he was given the target of returning the club to the Champions League next season,

With the defeat, it is unsure if the Italian boss will be in charge of the club in the coming season.

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Sarri reveals devastating Hazard, Higuain claim

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Manager Maurizio Sarri has lamented that the West London outfit Chelsea might not get the best from their attackers, Eden Hazard and new signing Gonzalo Higuain because they are both struggling in front of the pole.

The Blues lacked a cutting edge at the beginning of the season which is the reason why the Italian boss secured the signature of Argentina international to add to the power but that has not provided results as he expects.

Sarri, therefore, urged his strikers to improve, stressing that he wants more movements on the pitch from them.

Meanwhile, some good results have been heard from the Blues team as they have won four of their last games which means a gradual return to good form.

However, the west London outfit are in the race for the top four finish and they hope to beat Arsenal and Man United for the spot at the end of the season.

Sarri seems to be satisfied with the strength of his defenders at the back which is why he demands more from the offensive players so that they can deliver more goals.

With about 8 games to the end of the season, the West London outfit will have their attention on the Europa League win at the end of the day.

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Madrid make intelligent move, Hazard is a gonner

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There are suggestions that Belgium international Eden Hazard will be leaving the West London outfit Chelsea at the end of the season with the latest move by the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

The Belgium international has refused to put pen to paper which makes it important to leave the club rather leave the Blues as a bossman.

Efforts are being made by the West London outfit to have the star player around beyond this season after they were handed a transfer ban for involving in deals with minors, against the FIFA rule.

With the Blues now lacking the privilege of involving in the next two transfer windows, they have made a decision to compel the Belgium international to remain.

However, Eden Hazard now has Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach and that is enough to influence his decision because the football legend is his idol.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are also desperate to land Eden Hazard, as a result, they have decided to offer Wales international Gareth Bale in a swap deal so as to encourage the Blues into releasing him.

There are suggestions that Gareth Bale will be a good addition to Chelsea ahead of the coming season.

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Why Eden Hazard should be warned against Madrid move

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Belgium international Eden Hazard has been warned by former winger Clive Walker not to leave the West London outfit Chelsea for Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The future of the Belgium international is still unknown as there are about 12 months to the end of his current deal, yet, he is yet to put any deal to paper with claims that he is seeking a move away.

Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid are keen to land the star player and most importantly, Eden Hazard is keen to unite with his football idol and Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane and that is the wish of the two sides.

However, Eden Hazard has been told that money will not buy him the satisfaction he seeks, noting that he will be happier at the Stamford Bridge.

He stressed that being happy have nothing to do with where you play but rather what you achieve where you play and how you are being honored.

Meanwhile, there are claims that the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid are now ready to lunch a huge bid with a luring offer to tempt the Blues.

There is no doubt that the last decision lies with the player as he will take whatever decision that will make him happy.

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Chelsea star makes injury wish known

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Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one player that has been able to make an impact in the Blues team but for the injuries he has had in the course of the season, he has not been consistent and is failing to deliver his best.

This is the reason why he has held the wish to be injury free and positive mentally so as to end the season stronger than he started with just 8 league games to go.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek almost pushed for a move away from the West London outfit but it did not work out as a result of his lack of playing time which is the reason why staying strong and mentally fit is key for him.

So far this season, he has had a fair share of his own with 29 games across all competitions, in addition to two appearances for the English national team.

He, therefore, confessed to have endured a very difficult season as a result of the injuries but said it is important for him to remain strong until the end.

However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek said he now feels good and better to play and help his side as they wrap up the season with an intense challenge for the top-four finish and the Europa League.

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