Chelsea latest: Including Zola and Hazard

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Two men have been arrested due to alleged racially aggravated public order offences at the match between Chelsea and West Ham on Sunday. The Met Police are also investigating the incident where coins were thrown at John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Gianfranco Zola has suggested that he would be interested in taking over at Chelsea if the Blues approached him. Zola is currently in charge at Champions club Watford and insisted he was focussed on his role at the Hornets, but also said Chelsea will always be a special club to him.

Brazilian striker Neymar has said he dreams of moving to a big European club, and has listed Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona as his preferred options. However Neymar also said there was no point in speculating about when he would leave Santos at this stage.

Reported Blues target Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has indicated that PSG would be his preferred destination if he leaves St Etienne this summer. Newcastle United and Arsenal have also been linked with the 23 year old, who has already netted 17 times this season.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has said that only a crazy offer would make the club consider selling star striker Edinson Cavani. It is likely that only an offer that meets the Uruguayan’s £60m release clause will be accepted. Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the player.

On HITC today, we look at the 15 year old Feyenoord academy player Chelsea have been linked with, and Mathew Nash reports on the success of Chelsea’s own youngsters in the NextGen tournament. Dan Coombs also asks what is wrong with Demba Ba?

Frank Lampard has said that he believes teammate Eden Hazard has the potential to become one of the world’s best players. Hazard scored one and set up the other in Chelsea’s win over West Ham, and Lampard compared him to Blues legend Gianfranco Zola.

Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out a return to management in Italy, with the Portuguese manager expected to leave Real Madrid in the summer. There has been speculation that Chelsea will try to tempt Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge to replace Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.

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