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£132 million combined Chelsea duos, yet always benched in international duties

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Kepa Arizabalaga

A lot of players have taken advantage of the already inflated market and just maybe, it’s because they’ve not evidently proved how much they are worth both in club and country.

Two of the players registered in Chelsea was due to forceful moves that saw the Blues lose two other crux players.

Alvaro Morata had planned to stay at Real Madrid because he needed much playing time which however saw him below Kareem Benzema in Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order before Chelsea ended up buying the Spanish for £60 million.

Close to similar situation occurred with Kepa Arrizabalaga who left the Athletic club when Chelsea reached an agreement to pay for his buy out clause before securing him for £72 million.

Both players put together cost Chelsea around £132 million but have not been used in Spain’s squad.

Spain played against Croatia on Tuesday, while in the first half, the Spanish side had already won the game with 3 nil margin but Morata and Kepa were never in Luiz Enrique’s plan afterwards else one of them would have been tried in the second half.

Enrique was excited about the attitude of all the players but who knows if the two Chelsea players were included.

Azpilicueta came in for Carvajal few minutes to end the match while Alonso rested after featuring in the victory against England.

Chelsea will be happy to have all players back ahead of Cardiff City on Saturday and a visit to PAOK on Thursday.

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Zidane may hurt Real Madrid with latest decision

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There is no doubt that Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid will be hurt with the latest development coming from their former manager and player Zinedine Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane has had a sweet relationship with the Spanish side as a player and a manager having delivered two Champions League titles to the club of recent and the previous when he was a player.

But his latest decision could hurt the club following claims that he is now ready to take up the job at the West London outfit Chelsea but on the condition that the Blues will no longer release Belgium international Eden Hazard to his former side.

Meanwhile, Madrid have already had an agreement with the Belgium international to be at the Bernabeu next season as the replacement for Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club to Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.

According to reports, Zinedine Zidane is now ready to pick up the job at Chelsea on the condition that they keep Hazard, provide a £200 million transfer kitty for him to equip the team and also be a major part of the recruitment team.

This is coming as manager Maurizio Sarri’s job is being placed on the line after his side suffered a 6-0 defeat against Man City.

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What Olivier Giroud is saying ahead of United tie

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West London outfit Chelsea will face Man United in the fifth round of the FA Cup amidst their inconsistent performance in recent weeks.

More to it is the fact that manager Maurizio Sarri is unsettled as his job is being liked away owing to the last 6-0 humiliation they suffered against Man City. The Italian boss is obviously under pressure to deliver.

French striker Olivier Giroud has therefore called on his teammates to rally round the Italian boss to ensure they secure a win in the game as he stresses that the season for the West London outfit is yet to be over.

The former Arsenal striker stated that he is used to the situation as he has had to deal with pressure his entire career noting that the secret behind overcoming is for the team to stick together and think collectively.

He noted that his side are not in the best position but that does not mean they do not have the chance to make it against the Red Devils.

However, a defeat for Chelsea will mean more troubles for the former Napoli manager who might be asked to leave as former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reported to be ready o take up the job.

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Why Gonzalo Higuain could leave Chelsea earlier than expected

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Having scored two goals in his few games in the Blue jersey, there are fears that Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain would leave the West London club, Chelsea, earlier than expected.

Gonzalo Higuain joined the London side on the last day of the January winter transfer window on a loan deal with the hope that he would be signed on a permanent deal at the end of the season as manager Maurizio Sarri has not hidden his love for the star man.

They have both worked together in the past which is a major reason why the move worked through and that is already being threatened with the speculations of a sack.

Suggestions are that the West London outfit would lose Gonzalo Higuain should Maurizio Sarri be sacked as it is not certain a new manager will have need of him.

The expectation that the West London outfit will have a lot of benefits to gain from Gonzalo Higuain who is known to be experienced and have won a number of titles would be cut short as long as Sarri is no more at the club.

Meanwhile, the Italian boss has led the Blues to suffer one of the most humiliating defeats in a long time after the 6-0 against Man City.

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How Madrid decision will help Chelsea summer business

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The decision by Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid to step down from their pursuit of Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan star player Mauro Icardi seem to be in the advantage of English Premier League outfit Chelsea.

Mauro Icardi has been on the radar of the West London outfit over the last months and was expected to join the Stamford Bridge in the last January winter transfer window but he rejected the move with the hope that he would be moving to the Spanish side.

Real Madrid were initially reported to be keen on the star striker but they have now dropped from the race which gives Chelsea the hope to now return for a bid for the star player.

The West London outfit will be more positive this time around knowing that Mauro Icardi is now unsettled at the club and will likely seek a move away in the coming summer window.

Mauro Icardi was stripped of the captaincy by the San Siro outfit which made him drop from the first team as a result of an ongoing contract issue he has with the club.

However, the Blues are expected to make a move for Mauro Icardi but there could be a disagreement in the personal terms for the player.

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Why Sarri’s Chelsea situation is no big deal

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is currently having a tough time at the Stamford Bridge with his future at the club now uncertain after he saw his side humiliated 6-0 by Man City in a Premier League tie.

With difficult fixtures lined up for the Blues team, there are fears that the manager could be sacked if he fails to win at least one of the first two coming ahead.

However, Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola says his boss should not be placed under unnecessary pressure because what he is going through is not new in the business.

According to him, big managers like Pep Guardiola have also gone through the difficult stage and were questioned on their ability to deliver while their future was also speculated to be short but they were able to scale through with time.

Gianfranco Zola, therefore, stated that the Italian boss should be given more time to resolve the issues with the results and adjust to returning back to winning ways.

However, the West London outfit will begin with an all-important fixture against Man United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. There is o doubt that a defeat for the Blues team will cast spell to the former Napoli manager’s job.

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The direction Chelsea should go this summer

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It is understood that the West London outfit Chelsea will be moving all out in the coming summer transfer window for more additions to the team.

The popular opinion at the beginning of the season was that the Blues’ side have a complete team but the narrative changed as soon as the Maurizio Sarri-led team started suffering some defeat and inconsistency in their game.

This makes it necessary for the Blues side to strengthen the team in the coming summer window especially now that they might be losing Belgium international Eden Hazard at the end of the season with suggestions that he would be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

News outlet Tavern has suggested that the Blues look the direction of German Bundesliga outfit Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard as they prepare for the summer window.

According to Tavern, Thorgan Hazard has developed to one of the finest attacking midfielders in Europe and could be perfect to replace his brother at the Stamford Bridge.

Thorgan Hazard is expected to cost Chelsea a lot but it is suggested to be a big deal that will be appreciated over the years because of his brilliant technique, his finishing and ability to change the game.

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Chelsea defender makes U-turn on transfer

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Chelsea Left full-back Emerson Palmieri has ruled out leaving the West London in the coming summer window, insisting that he will stay to fight for a starting role at the club.

Emerson Palmieri is believed to have received a number of offers from suitors who are ready to hand him the opportunity of a first team role, but he seems not to be interested in a move.

The star player has not been favoured in the manager Maurizio Sarri team as finding a first team role has been difficult which sparked up the suggestions that he would be leaving the club as soon as the transfer window is reopened.

There are suggestions that Emerson Palmieri is banking on the fact that Marcos Alonso is being linked with a move to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid so he could finally get his chance to play regularly at the Champions League.

Emerson Palmieri only joined the West London outfit last summer from AS Roma and he is already being linked with a return to  Serie A with claims that he is wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan.

However, it is to clear if Emerson Palmieri is in the plans of the former Napoli boss but there are no signs the club wants him out.

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The big mistake Chelsea made with Gonzalo Higuain

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In a bid to have a firing attack, English Premier League outfit Chelsea went ahead to secure the signature of Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus on a loan deal but with an option of a buy at the end of the season.

Before his signature, The West London outfit suffered lack of cutting edge in their attack with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to deliver goals and that went a long way in affecting their season especially in the first half.

The Blues boss Maurizio Sarri had insisted in Gonzalo Higuain as the best fit to solve the problem at the attack and the player he wants to work with owing to their past relationship, a decision that was greeted by divergent reactions.

However, it has been suggested that the Blues boss made a big mistake to have moved in for Gonzalo Higuain despite scoring twice since he joined the club.

The Blues are told they should have moved in for Krzysztof Piatek who was in great form with Italian Serie A outfit Genoa before moving to AC Milan and he has been an unchanged figure at the San Siro.

Krzysztof Piatek has been scoring in virtually all games with their last game inclusive. That is what Chelsea were actually looking for.

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The decision Sarri must make to stop the criticism of Jorginho

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There is no doubt that Jorginho is the most criticized player in the Chelsea team owing to his poor performances in recent times.

According to former Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov, Jorginho is badly treated by the fans and pundits for their criticisms of the player because of his kind of passes that is not seen as progressive.

The record has it that Jorginho has the highest number of pass3es in the Premier League but that has not been regarded by the fans because they are mostly backward and sideways passing which has not helped the team in going forward.

Berbatov has now come to the defence of the former Napoli player, stressing that he is a very good player but what is needed to be done is a change in decision by the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri to be able to bring the best out of the star player.

The former United player stated that Jorginho has been proven in Italy to be a good player, not9ing that what the former Napoli boss must do is to have French powerhouse N’Golo Kante close to him so that the best of hi can be seen.

According to him the job of passing and having to get hold of the midfield could be a more tasking job for Jorginhio.

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Why Chelsea under Sarri is different from Chelsea in my time, Zola

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has made it clear that this Blues team under manager Maurizio Sarri are different from the team he played in during his time as a player at the Stamford Bridge.

According to Gianfranco Zola, this Chelsea team are short in the way they react to defeat and that needs to be worked upon because it could cost them the entire season.

The West London outfit suffered a 6-0 humiliation in the hands of Man City which humbled the team. The Blues team were able to bounce back with a 2-1 win over Malmo in the Europa League but there are still doubts over the reaction of the team and the ability to play under the manager’s style.

Sarri had earlier blasted the players for being difficult to motivate before he claimed they had no idea about his playing style which remains a worrisome development for fans and pundits on how they will excel without knowing how to play the manager’s style.

However, Chelsea are hoping to bounce back with the Italian manager under pressure to deliver at the club or risk being sacked as speculations over his future is increasing by the day.

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