News and gossip from the past 48 hours at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have won again in pre-season; but at a cost. Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the first 30 minutes with an excellent individual performance but his night ended in agony.
Goals from Bertrand Traore, de Bruyne, Lukaku and Victor Moses did the trick for The Blues.
However de Bruyne suffered what looked a nasty knee injury after scoring his goal; after previously setting up Traore’s opener.
De Bruyne was stretchered off amid concern from Chelsea’s medical staff.
If you want to know a thing or two about Chelsea’s mystery ‘trialist’ Traore check out our story from a few months ago.
Chelsea have rejected an enquiry this morning for left-back Ryan Bertrand. The England international is wanted by Liverpool but insists he wants to become the clubs first-team regular in the position. The club has therefore told Liverpool he is not for sale.
Chelsea are now said to be ready to up their bid for Wayne Rooney to £40 million. They had a bid for the player rejected last week but Jose Mourinho has admitted that the England international striker remains the clubs only target and therefore they could be ready to up their bid; despite David Moyes insisting the player is not for sale.
Mark Schwarzer says he is not at Chelsea just to sit on the bench. The 40-year-old has been signed as back-up to Petr Cech but the Australian says he is not content on playing second fiddle:
"When I signed for Chelsea, I knew they had top quality goalkeepers, and the competition for a starting place would be tough. But with hard work and good performances, I can show that I am good enough to play in the first 11.’’
West Brom are seeking compensation for Isaiah Brown. The 16-year-old signed for Chelsea last week and The Baggies will take the team to a tribunal to decide a compensation package for the player.
Finally and it is being reported this weekend that Chelsea will offer Didier Drogba a player-coach role in order to talk him into a move back to Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho wants to re-sign one of his former favourites and will wait till he is a free agent in twelve months if necessary.
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