The Evening Standard claim that the club are preparing an offer to get goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tied down on a new contract at Stamford Bridge amid speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, coming not long after the goalkeeper spoke of his desire to one day return to Spain where he spent two years on loan at their city rivals Atletico.
Talks have not yet begun on a new deal, but with only two years left on his contract in the summer, the club will be keen to ensure that they won’t be forced to sell the 24-year-old at a cut price fee if he chooses to force a move.
One player who looks certain to not be going anywhere is Brazilian playmaker Willian, after he told Globo Esporte of an approach for his services from a top Premier League club, as translated by Goal and ESPN:
“There were enquiries, yes. It was from Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too. From other clubs I don’t know but there are always some things on the internet. I’m glad to hear that there are clubs that admire my work… I do not know if I would go [to China] or not. What I can say is that I’m happy at Chelsea, I feel very good there, like it’s my home.”
In a difficult season for the winger, Willian has also faced the death of his mother and lost his place as a regular in the starting eleven, often coming in as an impact substitution with Pedro retaining his place on the right-hand side of a front three. That said, it seems unlikely that Chelsea would allow last season’s player of the year to leave the club.
The Daily Mail report that a former player of the year is set to make a return with the club desperate to ensure that Frank Lampard joins the backroom staff in the near future.
Lampard, who has been at a number of games as a spectator this season, is now expected to complete his coaching qualifications working with the youth set-up at Chelsea, with a permanent role with the academy or first team expected once they are completed.
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