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Dutchman is now in talks with Chelsea over massive deal!

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CHELSEA have kicked talks off with young defender Ian Maatsen over a new contract, sources have told Football Insider.

Maatsen is a lad that Pochettino has used this summer window in preparation for the new Premier League season, which starts just next week.

There has been alot of interest in the Dutchman this summer, with the likes of West Ham and Newcastle United just two clubs that are reportedly interested in a deal for the defender.

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However – contract renewal talks have begun having impressed throughout the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. Earlier in the window, the Dutchman outlined his ambitions to stay at Stamford Bridge and he now looks set to compete with Chilwell next season.

It is believed the Blues want to tie the 21-year-old down to renewed terms even if he is loaned out towards the end of the summer window.

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Pochettino’s decision to keep hold of Maatsen means Marc Cucurella could be sold this summer. Recently, Pochettino hinted that the former Brighton man could leave. “At the moment he [Cucurella] is okay, he is good,” the boss said.

“All of the players start from zero. It’s about competing. We have him and Chilly also, and they need to compete for this position. Of course Ian, and Lewis, we have four players that play the same position.

“That is the balance we were talking about before. We need to add players as maybe in another position we miss some players and in that position we have four and sometimes the squad is unbalanced.

‘We need to build a balanced squad to have the possibility to compete for a position but not have players who are going to be the third or fourth option to play and it is going to be impossible for one position, for four players to play for one place.”

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