A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
In an exclusive interview with France Football, Eden Hazard has revealed that he would have likely joined Tottenham Hotspur had they qualified for the Champions League. Spurs finished 4th but missed out on qualification due to Chelsea’s triumph in Munich and Hazard admits that Tottenham ‘tempted’ him. But Hazard tempers his statement by expressing his delight at joining Chelsea and asserted that once the team won the Champions League, it was ‘a natural choice’.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo is set to make wholesale changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup match against Championship side Wolves. Daniel Sturridge would have featured had it not been for a hamstring injury he sustained last week and Chelsea fans could see a start for youngster Lucas Piazon who scored a goal against Paris Saint-Germain in pre-season. Marko Marin could earn his first competitive appearance in Chelsea colours since his move from Werder Bremen in the summer and fellow new signings Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta are both likely to start the game.
Victor Moses has spoken of his delight in joining Chelsea to the club’s website: ‘Everything is going well at the moment. I'm enjoying life at the club. It's exciting for me to be back in London and playing for a massive club such as Chelsea, particularly as I'm a London boy, I'm just delighted to be here.’ And the 21-year-old revealed the benefits of playing with some of the ‘most talented players in world football’ and is confident he will only continue to improve as a player by training with his teammates.
And Roberto Di Matteo revealed that he tried to sign Victor Moses in previous seasons as manager of MK Dons and West Brom. Di Matteo spoke highly of the £9m signing but tempered his admiration for the player by insisting the player is still to ‘improve and develop’ but nonetheless hopes the player will have a ‘big influence’ for Chelsea this season.
And Branislav Ivanovic has lauded new signing Cesar Azpilicueta who will replace him at right-back for tonight’s game against Wolves. The former Marseille defender is yet to make an appearance for the Chelsea first-team but Ivanovic believes his acquisition will help strengthen the squad.
And Ryan Bertrand has affirmed that he hopes left-back rival Ashley Cole will sign a new contract with the club as the youngster looks to continue to learn from the man that he has been earmarked to replace: ‘I have learnt a lot from him and the longer he stays the more I will continue to learn’.
Umbro has confirmed that it will not renew its sponsorship deal with John Terry. His previous deal was reported to be worth £4m a year and although Terry has been wearing Umbro football boots this season, the sportswear manufacturer has confirmed that Terry no longer has any sponsorship obligations to the company.
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