Chelsea quest for a new centre back has been on the news for a while now, with the likes of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Roma’s Antonio Rudiger and other top notch defenders being linked to Stamford Bridge.

One of the centre back being monitored by Italian tactician Antonio Conte in recent weeks Michael Keane of Burnley says he feels flattered to be linked with big teams across Premier League such as Chelsea.

“When you see people say nice things about you, links with other clubs even, it is flattering but it only happens if you’re doing well on the pitch.

“It gives you that confidence but you can’t get carried away. I’ve just got to keep working hard, keep doing the same things and hopefully it carries on.”
Keane attributes his impressive development to the season he spent in the Championship last year.

“Last year in the Championship was the making of me,” he added.
“I played a full season, 46 games, and it was the first full season I’ve played in my career. To play in that league can be difficult so to come through that as champions gives me confidence

“Then coming into the Premier League, starting off well and getting into the England squad I just feel I’m growing more and more. I’m loving it and just need to carry on.”

The young star has been on fine-form for the newly promoted team this season and his outstanding performances have not gone unnoticed with Premier League defending champions Leicester City and Everton also interested in his services.

Defensive duos of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are aging and their current contract with the Blues will be expiring at the end of the season.

It is reported that Chelsea may cash in on the Serbian in January transfer window before his contract expires.


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