A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Branislav Ivanovic has said it would be a pleasure to work alongside Jose Mourinho if the Portuguese manager ended up taking over from Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge this summer. Ivanovic joined the Blues after Mourinho’s first spell at the club ended.
Kevin De Bruyne has said he is unsure about his future at Chelsea, with the Belgian youngster suggesting he will have to wait and see what the Blues will do with him next year. De Bruyne has impressed whilst on loan at Werder Bremen this season, and several German teams are reportedly lining up bids for the 21 year old if Chelsea decide to let him go.
David Luiz believes that Chelsea are well placed to complete a trophy double this year, with the Blues in the quarter finals of both the FA Cup and the Europa League. Luiz said that winning the competitions and finishing strongly in the league can make the season a success despite some early disappointments.
Luke Shaw has said that Chelsea are his second favourite team after Southampton, adding fuel to the rumours that the Blues might be in pole position to sign the youngster in the summer. Shaw also said that the best player he swapped shirts with this season was Ashley Cole, and even added that his favourite colour is blue.
Chelsea have also been linked to Southampton’s right back Nathaniel Clyne, but as Dan Coombs points out for HITC today, this would seem strange as they have already agreed to sign Brazilian defender Wallace this summer.
Also on HITC today we look at the options Alvaro Negredo might have this summer, with the striker linked to a host of English clubs, including Chelsea, over the past few months. We also assess the reports that a friend of Mourinho has said that the Portuguese manager will return to Chelsea this summer, and ask how Radamel Falcao’s announcement that he is to become a father will affect his future.
A bizarre rumour that Roman Abramovich had been arrested by the FBI was released by Russian news agency RBC today, with the story initially spreading on Twitter before being denied by Chelsea, Abramovich’s spokesman and the US investigators themselves.
Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari has said that Chelsea did not give him enough time when he managed the club. Scolari, who returns to Stamford Bridge tonight as Brazil face Russia in a friendly, thinks his reign at the Blues has been over criticised.
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