Boss addresses rumours midfielder is heading back to Chelsea, Schick sends clear transfer message, Chelsea board get closure after £25 million fee OFFICIALLY agreed


Digne agrees move, Gilmour message sent and Schick sends clear transfer message in IcChelseanews roundup…

Norwich City boss Dean Smith has denied speculation that Billy Gilmour is set to cut short his loan spell at the club in order to return to Chelsea.

After bring told by Thomas Tuchel that he would struggle to get any game time in this squad this season, Gilmour made the decision to head out on loan to Norwich for the season.

The 20-year-old’s managed 14 appearances across all competitions so far this term but he returned to the club last week to receive treatment on an ankle injury.

At the time, the seriousness of Gilmour’s injury was unknown and there were suggestions that his loan spell in Norfolk could be ended immediately if he was set for months on the sidelines.

That has led to many reports in the media that Gilmour is all set to head back to the club for the remainder of the season, But Smith has opened up and said the midfielder will remain at Carrow Road

‘He has gone back to Chelsea today for them to assess it but hopefully he will be back for his treatment and rehab over the next few days,’ said Smith.

Asked if Gilmour’s loan could be ended early, Smith insisted: ‘No, I don’t believe so. I don’t think the injury is significant enough for that.

‘I believe it is an injury where he will be assessed by Chelsea and then sent back to us. Hopefully in the next three weeks he is back playing.’

IcChelseanews View…

Gilmour is a brilliantly gifted young man that is getting the game time he needs to develop, so moving back to the Bridge and sitting on the bench would not be the right decision from the club

So the news that he is staying out for a further few months will come as great news for Gilmour

Aston Villa have now agreed a deal in the region of around £25million to sign Chelsea linked Lucas Digne, with Anwar El Ghazi going the other way, according to Sky Sports.

There has been alot of rumours in the media over the past few weeks all suggesting that Digne has become a top target for boss Thomas Tuchel after he lost Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season to injury.

Digne is regarded as one of the finest left-backs in the Premier League and there are many out there that firmly believe that he is now ready to test himself at the highest level with one of the big clubs.

Reports have suggested that we were eying up a deal until the end of the season, and then will decide if they will make the move a permanent one, with a fee of around £27 million the asking price

However, the club were reportedly taking too long to make a decision on a possible deal for Digne, and now it seems that he is on his way to join Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa for the next few seasons.

Rob Dorsett’s latest tweet on the situation that now will give Chelsea some closure is: ‘EXCL: avfc have now agreed a fee with efc for left back Lucas Digne.

‘Deal worth up to £25m.

‘Several days of negotiations, in which Villa have beaten off interest from cfc, whufc and nufc.

‘Digne is due in Birmingham later today to undergo a medical.

‘Big window for Villa.’

IcChelseanews View…

This is a massivce move from Villa and fans can be getting very excited about the rest of the season, Digne is a quality left-back. we must have a back-up plan because they need to add another defender to that back-line, but are not making moves

They have missed out on Digne, they really have

Long-tern Chelsea target Patrik Schick insists he is ‘really happy’ at Bayer Leverkusen amidst rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League.

Despite the fact that Thomas Tuchel has the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in his squad right now, there has been alot of rumours in the media that we may in fact be looking into the idea of signing a new forward in the coming windows.

And that has led to reports in the media that the club are interested in a potential deal for Schick.

The Czech Republic striker has been in tremendous form this season, scoring 17 goals in 15 Bundesliga matches and the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle, and Tottenham have also all watched the 25-year-old in action.

It has been claimed that a fee of around £45 million would encourage Leverkusen to let him depart this transfer window, but it seems that a move away will not happen this winter as the player has made up his mid.

Amid the speculation, Schick has insisted that he is ‘not thinking about’ leaving his current club, He told BILD: “Of course, it’s nice to read when you are associated with the big clubs. But I’m really, really happy in Leverkusen and want to go to the Champions League with Bayer.

“I love living in Germany. At the moment, I’m not thinking about another club. Everyone knows my contractual situation. And I would never cause problems for a club by pushing for a transfer.”

IcChelseanews View…

Schick is showing great amounts of potential and is developing into a top striker, so it is easy to see just why so many clubs are interested. But staying put for now is the right decision as he is still developing.

But if he wants to win trophies in the future, then he will definitely need to leave Leverkusen as they will not win any of the big ones


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