Premier League giants Chelsea are in a fantastic position in the Europa League ahead of their last 16 second half clash with Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
West London giants Chelsea are one step closer to the quarterfinals after they won the first leg 3-0 courtesy goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Blues showed why they are considered one of the favourites to win the Europa League in their first leg meeting with their Ukrainian opponents.
Chelsea could have scored at least six goals against the Ukrainians at Stamford Bridge but the scoring was restricted to just three goals.
Alongside the Blues, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Napoli are all considered favourites in the competition.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to retain the majority of the squad that navigated the first leg meaning that star forward Eden Hazard and striker Gonzalo Higuain are expected to sit out the game just like what happened in the first meeting at Stamford Bridge.
A likely away win for the Blues is at the odds of 2.20 according to SportPesa while victory for Dynamo Kiev is at the odds of 3.50.
The possibility of a stalemate between the two teams is at the odds of 3.20.
Eden Hazard the missing piece at Bernabéu
In 2015 we wrote a report about Eden Hazard transfer to Real Madrid, four years after see what has changed. please read below (updated report comes after).
Update 2020: Eden Hazard, born 7 January 1991 is now a Real Madrid player wit a salary of 10.4 million, He wears the No.7 jersey previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.
All time sensational striker Eden Hazard has been wonderful and has impressed the Blues in so many ways until this season when he has become shambolic.
According to reports lately, Real Madrid has been keen on signing the Belgian star and the deal should be done in the next January transfer window.
The 24-year-old striker is understood to be on the radar of the Santiago Bernabeu for the aging Cristiano Ronaldo who is already 30 and his manager is looking forward to adding Hazard to his team.
The Spanish club has shown their interest in Hazard from an impending transfer ban following the bridge of law in the signing of teenagers and this will enable the Los Blancos to increase their bid for the star.
The striker has appeared in 25 matches and has failed to score due to poor performance and this has reportedly been part of their poor functioning this season.
It has really been tough for the Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho so far.
A deal in the next summer window looks highly unlikely for the blues in signing key players and replacement of the 24-year-old star is on the radar.
Update: Why Eden Hazard is the perfect replacement for Ronaldo at Real Madrid
After the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo left the Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer without a Galáctico-style replacement being brought in – although several years before, we have reported that Hazard could be on his way to Real Madrid but a rare opportunity was opened for other players already in the team to step up and show that they could be the new superstars to replace Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale constant injury summed up how that process has gone in addition to that Isco falling out with Santiago Solari, it became very clear that new energy is needed.
Eden Hazard has already made it clear, in public that he would love a “dream” move to Real. to make it worst he has been reluctant to sign a new contract with Chelsea, there is a little doubt he would be a Chelsea player in summer.
Abramovich will need to be willing to make a move happen of course and to state the obvious, Chelsea’s decision to sign Christian Pulisic – He is someone that can play in the same position as Hazard’s – this can be read as “Roma Abramovich is preparing for the inevitable.”
With the continued diminishing returns in the league following it clear that Real Madrid are in need of a major overhaul and there is no doubt that Hazard is the main man to fill Ronaldo’s shoe at the Bernabeu. Arguably, Hazard would be the perfect piece to build Real Madrid.
Chelsea Transfer Ban
Chelsea former player Jimmy Floyd says the transfer ban imposed on Chelsea makes it even more feasible that Eden Hazard will signs a new deal – he will become a free agent in 2020.
When he was asked how the transfer ban would make Hazard to the club, Hasselbaink told
“Even more so, because they can’t replace him, or even get somebody who they can work on to become as good as Hazard.
“I know they have already bought (Christian) Pulisic [from Borussia Dortmund], but they will need to add more if they lose Hazard.
Hasselbaink also thinks that the transfer ban will benefit young players at Stamford Bridge.
“It is not great news for Chelsea, especially with how things are going at this moment in time,” he said.
“Chelsea need to strengthen the team but, on the other hand, you can spin it – it is, in a way, good news for the younger players.
“For Callum Hudson-Odoi and also for (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek, who now will get chances.
“They [Chelsea] will have to look at their youth if this is ban is upheld.”
Will Eden Hazard ever leave Chelsea and is the signing (Christian) Pulisic a rush buy?
Analyzing what Ashely Cole said about Harry Kane after Hat-trick
Ashley Cole has reacted over Harry Kane’s goals during England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro, he explains how the Tottenham captain is a natural leader.
Harry Kane, 26, who married about a year ago took reached 19 goals yesterday, with ten goals for Tottenham and nine for England – He scored a hat-trick on Thursday night when te The Three Lions played against Montenegro.
Liverpool midfielder, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Tammy Abraham, and Marcus Rashford saw England breeze through to a much-deserved victory at home.
Ashley Cole gave his verdict on Kane and his performance on Thursday night, Harry Kane now supersedes Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse, and Frank Lampard to become The Three Lion’s sixth-highest goal scorer of all-time.
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“I don’t want to be disrespectful and say he’s just a goalscorer,” Cole said. “He has a cleverness and brings others into play but when he’s in front of goal, he’s quality. All strikers want to score goals, he should be really happy with his contribution.”
234sport’s view – Can Harry Kane ever beat Wayne Rooney’s record of 53?
So far it Harry Kane as scored 31 goals in just 44 appearances. We believe that with the commencement of Euro 2020 next summer and the Nations League, there is every chance he will beat Wayne Rooney’srecord.
To achieve this, He injury free, avoid ankle problems that have seen him out of play in the past.
Bristol City Eyeing Permanent Transfer For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Loanee
English Championship club Bristol City are plotting a permanent deal for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
Tomas Kalas spent last season on loan at Bristol City whom he joined from Chelsea during last summer’s transfer window.
The Robins are keen to make his loan move to the club permanent this summer.
Kalas was in superb form for Bristol City but he was unable to propel them to the Championship playoffs as the Robins narrowly missed out on the playoff cut on the final day of the regular season.
The 26-year-old is the longest serving player at Chelsea after the Blues paid Czech side Sigma Olomouc £5.2m to secure his transfer in 2010.
Tomas Kalas has previously had loan spells at clubs like Middlesboro and Fulham whom he helped to secure promotion to the Premier League during the 2017/18 season.
He was not retained by Fulham for the Premier League season which turned out to be a poor one for the Cottagers.
Fulham will play their football in the English Championship next season after they suffered relegation from the top flight of English football for the first time.
The Cottagers finished second from bottom at the end of the latest Premier League season.
Man Utd Line Up £50m Replacement For Ex-Chelsea Star
Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a summer move for Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.
This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which claimed that the Red Devils are targeting a move for the Welsh international player.
It was revealed that Manchester United will reinvest the proposed transfer fee from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku in the signing of David Brooks.
Former Chelsea striker Lukaku is said to be closing in on a big money move to Italian Serie A with Inter Milan after agreeing on weekly wages of around £180,000 ahead of a possible £75m move to the San Siro.
Romelu Lukaku became the top transfer target for Inter Milan following the appointment of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte who was returning to the dugout for the first time since his exit from West London giants Chelsea.
The aforementioned publication revealed that Manchester United want to reinvest the majority of the money for Lukaku on David Brooks who shone for Bournemouth last season.
It was his first season in the Premier League following his move from Sheffield United last summer.
The Welsh international has also been linked with a move to Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur in the past weeks.
Ex-Chelsea player in contention to seal deal to Spain
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand is reportedly attracting the interest of two major European sides according to the latest reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
The former Chelsea left-back has previously been linked with Premier League champions Manchester City but he has new suitors besides the English top flight.
According to the specific publication from the stables of the Daily Mail, Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Italian Serie A club Inter Milan are keen on a summer move for Ryan Bertrand.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his current deal with the Saints and the Premier League club is interested in the sale of Ryan Bertrand.
It was revealed that Southampton will demand £15m for the former Chelsea defender though the two aforementioned European teams are confident that they can get their transfer target for £10m.
Ryan Bertrand was part of the Chelsea team that won the 2012 Champions League final in Munich.
Chelsea won the Champions League title for the first time in their history after they defeated German champions Bayern Munich via penalties.
Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are both in need of a new left-back ahead of the new season.
Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have lost the services of Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich and Bertrand could be his replacement.
4-3-3: How Chelsea Will Line Up If They Sign €100m Barcelona Star
Europa League winners Chelsea will have to overturn their transfer ban if they want to sign new players during this summer’s transfer window.
The West London giants are battling with a two-window transfer ban imposed on them by world football’s governing body FIFA at the moment after they were found culpable in the signing of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea have already had an appeal rejected by the Appeal Committee of FIFA thus prompting the Premier League giants to submit an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
The Blues lost their star player Eden Hazard to Spanish giants Real Madrid earlier this summer in a deal reported to be around €100m but they are unable to sign a replacement for him due to the transfer ban.
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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is on the list of possible replacements for Eden Hazard but any move to Stamford Bridge will be dependent on the transfer ban.
Philippe Coutinho is keen to leave Barcelona this summer after a disappointing 18 months at the Nou Camp and the Catalans would be willing to accept at least €100m.
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£57m Midfielder Plots Exit Following Sarri’s Appointment At Juventus
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has reportedly set his sights on leaving the West London giants this summer on the back of the exit of Maurizio Sarri.
This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which revealed that the Italian international star is worried about his future at Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri was the major reason Jorginho snubbed Premier League champions Manchester City last summer in favor of a £57m transfer to Chelsea.
Jorginho already had an agreement with Manchester City before Sarri convinced him to join Chelsea only for the Italian tactician to exit the club after one season.
Just like Jorginho, Sarri left Napoli for Chelsea last summer but he has returned to Italy after just one season.
The 60-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal as the new Juventus manager and Jorginho is keen to follow him.
The Daily Mirror revealed that Jorginho is ready to quit Chelsea for Juventus in a £50m deal.
Jorginho and Sarri were verbally abused by a lot of Chelsea players after the former featured prominently at the base of the Chelsea midfield instead of N’golo Kante.
In the end, they had the last laugh after Chelsea ended the season with the Europa League title.
Chelsea Set Deadline For Frank Lampard Appointment
Europa League champions Chelsea have set a deadline for the appointment of Derby County manager Frank Lampard as their new manager according to a publication from the stables of the London Evening Standard.
The West Londoners are hoping to appoint the former Chelsea midfielder before the end of the week on a three-year deal.
Frank Lampard is the overwhelming favorite for the vacant managerial job at Chelsea after the exit of Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri.
The former Napoli and Empoli manager has signed a three-year deal to become the new Juventus manager after the resignation of Maximiliano Allegri who led the Old Lady to eight straight titles.
Juventus confirmed Sarri as their new manager on Sunday.
The 60-year-old will be replaced by Frank Lampard who attained legendary status at Stamford Bridge after emerging as the all-time leading goalscorer.
Frank Lampard spent 13 years as a player at Chelsea and he scored 211 goals in the blue colours of the club.
He will take charge of the Chelsea first team after just one season as a manager at Derby County.
Lampard led the Championship club to playoff final before they were beaten by Aston Villa.
Derby County lost 2-1 to the Midlands club who were able to seal Premier League promotion as a result of the victory.
Ex-Chelsea Star Pens New 2-Year Man Utd Contract
Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata has extended his stay at the club beyond this summer after he signed a new contract with the club.
His new contract was confirmed by Manchester United on Wednesday evening via their official Twitter page.
The Spanish international player would have been a free agent this summer.
His previous contract would have expired in few days’ time but the Red Devils have moved to secure him on a long-term deal.
The former Chelsea playmaker has signed a two-year deal to take his time at Manchester United to the end of the 2020/21 season.
There’s the option of a third year in the new contract signed by the former Valencia player.
Juan Mata was linked with several clubs on the European football scene but the Spaniard opted to stay at the Theatre of Dreams.
The Spanish midfielder was touted as a possible transfer addition to major European sides like Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona.
The Gunners provided him with the opportunity to reunite with Arsenal boss Unai Emery whom he worked with at Valencia.
Juan Manuel Mata became a Manchester United player during the winter transfer window in January 2014 when the Red Devils paid £37.1m to secure his transfer.
PSG Plotting Summer Move For 20-Year-Old Chelsea Target
French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are eyeing a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma this summer according to recent reports from the British media.
PSG are in the market for a new goalkeeper following the exit of veteran Italian shot stopper Gianluigi Buffon this summer.
Buffon turned down the offer of a one-year contract extension to leave PSG after just one year having joined the French capital outfit as a free agent and on a one-year deal last summer.
The specific report from The Sun revealed that PSG want to replace the veteran Italian goalkeeper with a younger goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnaruma.
The AC Milan goalkeeper was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer before the Blues signed Spanish shot stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper.
Chelsea signed Kepa for £71m from Spanish La Liga side Athletic Bilbao last summer following the exit of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
The aforementioned publication also said that PSG want to pursue a deal for Gianluigi Donnaruma instead of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea due to the fact that he’s eight years younger than the Red Devils player.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has also been linked with a move to PSG this summer.
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