Here is a daily roundup of todays Chelsea headlines from IcChelseanews.com
Premier League pundit Charlie Nicholas admits Ross Barkley’s transfer to Chelsea from Everton was a surprise.
Barkley was once hailed as one of the most exciting and talented young English players in the Premier League after bursting into the scene at Goodison Park and was tipped to become a global superstar.
However, inconsistency, poor performances and lack of belief from his managers has meant that Barkley’s development has not been at the required stage and he stagnated at Goodison Park towards the back end of his days there.
But after a slow start to life here at Stamford Bridge, Barkley has finally found his feet and he has become a big part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans, starting in a number of Premier League and Europa League fixtures this season.
And Nicolas has admitted his move to Stamford Bridge was a big surprise, telling the Sky Sports website: “I think we were all quite surprised that he picked Chelsea and if he was going to get in the team.
“It’s taken quite a bit of time and for a new manager to come in and say ‘I like your technical ability but you’ve got to move on’.
“The lad’s career has moved on, he’s back in the international setup and he’s playing very well at the moment. So the signs are good for him.” (read more)
Hazard has been in sparkling form for us this season and already has eight goals to his name in just 13 appearances for the club, which is not bad considering he only managed seventeen in the whole of last season.
But his step up in goals ratio has led to more speculation that Real Madrid will definitely come calling at the end of the season and offer him a way out of the club, with the Spanish giants reportedly ready to splash close to £200 million to acquire his services.
Belgian team-mate Steven Defour has even admitted that Hazard ‘has a dream’ to play for Madrid, only a few weeks after Hazard himself admitted that it may be his only opportunity of winning the Champions League and Ballon D’or crowns.
But amid all the speculation, Hazard has come out and admitted he’s happy at the club and over the moon with his rich vein of form under his new manager.
“For the last seven years with Chelsea, I have always enjoyed myself,” he told talkSPORT.
“When I am on the pitch I try to give happiness, first to me and then to the fans who are watching the game.
“At the moment, we are doing well and that’s why I am doing well. So I am happy to play at the moment.” (Read more)
It is no secret Hazard is on the radar of Real Madrid after sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer transfer window, and were linked with a move before the season started, especially since the £170 million rated Belgian was open to the idea of signing for the Spanish giants.
Hazard has constantly come out and admitted that his dream is to one day win the Champions league and Ballon D’or titles before his playing days are over, and a move to La Liga would give him the best opportunity to achieve those goals, considering both have been dominated by Barcelona or Madrid over the past few seasons.
However, there has been some fresh speculation that Madrid are ready to swoop in this coming January transfer window and try to seal a £200 million offer for Hazard after his great start to the new season.
But Thorgan has told Blues fans not to worry, as Eden will not be leaving in the coming transfer window, telling the Sky Sports website: “I think Eden will see what happens at the end of the season.
“I know him. He’s not thinking about a move right now.
“In any case Real Madrid are in transition.
“He’ll wait and give his best, then see what happens at the end of the season.
“He doesn’t want to clash with Chelsea. If he does go one day he’ll do it in the correct way, without problems for the club.” (Read more)
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has claimed Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi would score 40 goals under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
With the January transfer window, there Is much speculation in the media which have suggested that Sarri is desperate to spend some funds and land a new striker for the club having lost faith with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
And one man that many fans would like to see arrive if Icardi, who has netted an impressive 128 goals for Inter since his move to the San Siro, and already has nine goals to his name this season.
Now, De Laurentiis has claimed that Icardi would score 40 goals a season under Sarri, with the Italian boss keen on signing the striker ever his days at Napoli.
The Napoli president is quoted by Corriere dello Sport as saying: “I offered 55-60 million, I do not remember. I met his wife, very nice. We spent an afternoon together, we negotiated a potential contract.
“Icardi is a champion, he could become a new Ronaldo, in the hands of Sarri he could make 40 goals.” (Read more)