Chelsea latest: Including Lukaku staying and Kondogbia

Romelu Lukaku

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

Today is the tenth anniversary of Roman Abramovich’s takeover at Chelsea, and there has been plenty of reflection on the Russian’s tenure at Chelsea in the papers. The Evening Standard have a piece assessing his contribution which includes some quotes from Petr Cech hailing Abramovich:

“At the start people said Mr Abramovich would spend two or three years here, then leave,” he said.

“However, his passion now is the same as when I saw him for the first time and you know the club are in good hands.”

Elsewhere the Daily Mail run through the 72 signings that Chelsea have made under Abramovich, assessing which have been the biggest success and failures, whilst the Independent provide a general overview of his decade at the helm.

Chelsea are considering loaning midfielder Oriol Romeu to Sevilla in an attempt to help their pursuit of Geoffrey Kondogbia. The 20-year-old midfielder is coveted by several clubs this summer after an impressive season with Sevilla, and Chelsea hope that in providing a ready-made replacement in Romeu they will steal a march on their rivals in the hunt for Kondogbia’s signature.

Romelu Lukaku will not be loaned out next season, with Jose Mourinho keen to include the Belgian striker in his first team plans after his impressive spell at West Brom last year. Chelsea will also continue their attempts to bring in another top class striker this summer, with Edinson Cavani still a priority for the Blues, but Lukaku will also be part of the senior squad.

Chief Executive Ron Gourlay has said that Chelsea will be concentrating on bringing through more young players in the future, with the Blues anxious to meet Financial Fair Play regulations and reap the benefits of their youth academy.

Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford has moved on loan to MK Dons until December. The 19-year-old impressed during a loan spell with MK Dons last season, and Karl Robinson, manager of the League 1 side, said that Bamford was his number one target this summer. Chelsea’s youngsters have been side-lined in the past with the club focussing on instant success on the pitch.

On HITC today we look at whether Abramovich is putting too much pressure on Mourinho ahead of next season, and report on Alan Shearer’s criticism of Juan Mata in the Confederations Cup final.

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