Chelsea latest: Wonderkid to leave? Blues to lose TWO targets, Cech update

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Southampton favourite Luke Shaw's £100k Manchester United temptation.

Highly-rated Chelsea youngster Thorgan Hazard, on loan at Zulte Waregem, could be set to join one of two Bundesliga sides - Schalke 04 or Borussia Dortmund - next season.

Hazard, 21, had spoken previously over how he wanted a permanent solution rather than another loan spell yet, according to reports, transfers to either German team would only be temporary, meaning Hazard's protracted Premier League debut would be at least another 15 months away.

Valued at £8.8m, Hazard has netted nine times and assisted 14 times in the Jupiler Pro League this season - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once per 112 minutes on average (a commendable haul from attacking midfield).

Hazard isn't the only player who could be heading for a departure as Ashley Cole may also be outward bound with both Liverpool and Real Madrid exploring the possibility of offering the veteran Englishman a bumper contract.

Assistant boss Steve Holland suggested that Cole's loyalty, though, would be rewarded with extended terms in West London: "We're dealing with not just normal players, but magnificent servants for this club over a long period. So full respect will be given for those players."

Real are reportedly ready to offer Cole £70,000 per week.

Maligned striker Fernando Torres has long been linked with a transfer away from Chelsea and the reception he received from his former fans at Atletico Madrid may have convinced him further that he should return to the Vicente Calderon.

Following his performance in Spain last night, where the Blues drew 0-0 with Atleti, Torres told Canal+: "It could not be more special than to return to the Calderon after seven years and it being the Champions League semifinals, with all that means for this club, it could not have been better… it was very emotional. The reception before and after I will never forget.

"It is difficult to explain what I felt going onto the pitch, at the end of the, when they sang my name. They have always given me more than I have given them."

On returning to the club permanently, he concluded: "I have been here today. We must just go from game to game."

In terms of imports, Chelsea will have been frustrated by the days news.

Cole's replacement at left back, initially regarded to be Luke Shaw, may end up at Manchester United due to the exorbitant contract the Stretford club are willing to offer to the burgeoning defender. The Guardian report a £100,000 per week deal to be in the offing.

Chelsea were also keen on Paris Saint Germain's teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but manager Laurent Blanc has said the talent will remain at Parc des Princes: "I have a lot of esteem for that boy who has a big potential," he said at a press conference, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"During the first part of the season he proved he could expect more time in the team. Unfortunately he picked up a knee injury in January and Yohan Cabaye joined the club, which was a needed reinforcement because we didn't have enough midfielders.

"I can understand he is impatient. But he must not forget he belongs to a very big club and you have to be patient in life… I hope he will stay at the club."

And finally, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho informed fans that Petr Cech is out of action for the rest of the season due to his shoulder injury, but understudy Mark Schwarzer is happy to fill the goalkeeping void.

"I'm getting used to this whole thing of sitting out and being ready to play," he said here. "It's always a tough thing to do but I didn't really have a chance to think about it, I just went out there and did my job.

"Everyone was up for it, as you'd expect, and we've got world-class players here. We knew that if we could match their determination, our quality would shine through. We didn't create too many chances but I think we did a good job."

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