1pm Chelsea news and transfer gossip: Blues target Aaron Ramsey to leave for free, Eden Hazard won’t leave in January, Alvaro Morata’s English coaching help, fans wanted Antonio Conte gone, Barcelona competition for Krzysztof Piatek
EDEN Hazard has spoken out again about his proposed move to Real Madrid – and this time it sounds like good news for Blues fans.
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BLUE OR BARCA?
CHELSEA will face competition for Genoa’s goalscoring sensation Krzysztof Piatek after he has scored nine goals in seven Serie A matches.
The 23-year-old is also attracting interest from Barcelona, who view him as the long-term successor to Luis Suarez.
THE BLUES have received a boost in their hopes to attract Arsenal’s unsettled star Aaron Ramsey to Stamford Bridge.
The Welsh ace is set to run down his current contract and leave on a free next summer, with Manchester United, Juventus and AC Milan also interested.
MAURIZIO SARRI had wanted to take Elseid Hysaj to Chelsea from Napoli, along with Jorginho.
But the Albanian full-back’s agent claims the move was blocked, with the Italian club’s president not letting two star names go to Stamford Bridge.
CHELSEA’S Spanish ace Alvaro Morata has been receiving some tips from England’s striker coach Allan Russell, just days before their two nations face off.
The 25-year-old has scored just 19 goals since joining the Blues for a then-club record fee from Real Madrid in 2017.
The Belgium superstar is wanted by Real Madrid with the European Champions on a stretch of four games without a goal – but they might not get him when they want him.
ETHAN AMPADU limped off in Wales’ 4-1 thumping to Spain last night with a knee problem.
The Blues starlet has impressed for the Welsh this season, but has yet to get a look-in under Maurizio Sarri.
NO BUCKS GIVEN
CHELSEA chairman Bruce Buck says his club should not join the ‘great unwashed’ and be hampered by Financial Fair Play.
THREE out of five Chelsea fans believe the club was right to ditch Antonio Conte as manager this summer.
Blues supporters were fed up with the “negative” approach under Conte and blamed him for the surrender of their proud long unbeaten home record against bitter rivals Spurs.
3’S A CROWD
JOHN TERRY’S new role as Aston Villa has been thrown into doubt after Dean Smith appointed his own assistant manager.
Richard O’Kelly will leave Brentford to become Smith’s No2 at Villa Park despite the club announcing that the Chelsea legend would fill that role.
CHELSEA want to replace blanket bans for racist Blues fans with educational trips to Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, has spearheaded a new initiative to combat anti-Semitism at the club.