Chelsea latest: Held by Hammers, Shaw in summer? new Blue bromance…

Nemanja Matic

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including the potential destination of a Manchester United target.

Chelsea failed to capitalise on Arsenal's slip-up at Southampton on Tuesday evening as they themselves were held to a goal-less draw at home to West Ham United, on the same evening as Manchester City slayed Tottenham Hotspur to take top spot in the Premier League.

In the wet weather, the Hammers put up a stubborn rearguard and managed to keep their sheet clean despite an astonishing 39 shots on goal with nine on target. Chelsea also enjoyed 72% of the possession, however, there is only one statistic that mattered when the referee below the final whistle - 0-0.

Meanwhile, in the papers today, Manchester United target Luke Shaw, with an estimated value of £22m, will apparently reject any prospective move to Old Trafford in order to hold out for a summer switch to Stamford Bridge, as per The Mirror and ESPN.

Reports in France have oft proclaimed that Eden Hazard could be the latest big-name signing for a Ligue 1 side as Paris Saint Germain were supposedly readying a £60m bid, however, such talk has been played down by the club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. He confirmed the club admired the Belgium winger, though, and even indicated that they were close to signing him two years ago.

'Eden Hazard is an amazing player and, in my opinion, the best player of Chelsea but we never talked with him,' said Al-Khelaifi, as quoted by Sky Sports. 'In 2012, before he left for England, we had the opportunity to sign him, but we did not.

'Chelsea were in an advanced stage of negotiation and, as we don't want to have any bad relationship with any club, we stopped there. He seems happy at Chelsea.'

And finally, John Terry and Frank Lampard have long been seen as the two Blues most likely enjoying a long-running bromance, however, the English pair can move over and make way for Serbian duo Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic.

'Branislav is a top man and his family are good people,' said Matic to the club's official website. 'When I first arrived he opened the doors of his house to me so I'm very grateful. I really like him and it's very important to have somebody that can help you when you need something.

'We live about 15 minutes away from each other, my wife and his wife are good friends so I'm very happy about that as it's a big help for her.'

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