A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
The away leg of Chelsea’s Europa League quarter final tie with Rubin Kazan has been moved to Moscow, after the Russian’s side’s pitch was deemed unsuitable to host the match. Rubin’s two previous home games in the knockout stages have both also been in Moscow.
Romelu Lukaku has been given no guarantees about a place in Chelsea’s first team squad next season, despite his impressive form on loan at West Brom this season. The Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke has said that he expects Lukaku to return to Chelsea in the summer despite the striker’s suggestion he would be happy to stay at the Hawthorns for any year.
"He perhaps hasn't had the luck that strikers need.
"And now, although he is doing things very well, there are times when he comes up against goalkeepers that have the game of their life against him.”
On HITC today, Lewis Doe looks into Azpilicueta’s defence of his teammate. Also on HITC we report on the Armenian star who could replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, and also have the details on the latest twist in the Falcao transfer saga. Mathew Nash also looks at five possible destinations in the MLS for Frank Lampard, and we ask if Fernando Torres can still salvage his career if he leaves Chelsea this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle it out with Chelsea for Southampton’s Luke Shaw come the summer, with the 17 year old reportedly valued at £16.5 million. Shaw has a five year deal with Southampton, so the Saints have little incentive to sell unless a huge bid comes in.
Chelsea themselves are planning to offer 18 year old Nathanial Chalobah a new long term deal to try and stave of interest from Arsenal. Chalobah has impressed on loan for play-off chasing Watford in the Championship this season.
Chelsea’s NextGen side will face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the competition should the Gunners progress through their quarter-final match with CSKA Moscow on Monday.
The London derby with Fulham has been rescheduled for Wednesday 17th April. The game was originally moved to accommodate Chelsea’s trip to face Manchester United in the FA Cup.
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