In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Chelsea recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Morata tells of Chelsea struggles
Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has revealed an insight into his time at Stamford Bridge, saying he “stopped enjoying football” during his time at the club.
Speaking to COPE and Radio Marca (via Daily Express), Morata told of how he was eager to leave the club in January due to the pressures of playing in the Premier League.
Morata has since justified his desire for a move, having netted seven times this season for Atletico Madrid following his long-term loan switch last winter.
Morata struggled to make the grade at Chelsea, with just nine goals in 24 appearances for the club last season before returning to Spain.
The Spaniard has at least vindicated his decision to search for footballing happiness elsewhere, with the striker in scintillating form of late, having already equalled his league goal tally from 2018/19 at Chelsea since agreeing to move to Atletico Madrid permanently back in July.
While it did not work out for him in England, it is at least pleasing to see the 27-year-old enjoying his football.
N’Golo Kante would sign Terry if he were Blues boss
In an interview with the official Chelsea website, N’Golo Kante has revealed he would re-sign John Terry if he were Blues boss.
During the interview, which is exclusively available via the club’s app, the midfielder admits his first signing as Chelsea manager would be to bring the Blues legend back to Stamford Bridge.
Kante may have only played for one season with Terry, but it seems clear how effective the presence of his former captain was given his comments on the defender.
The midfielder helped to deliver the final piece of silverware of Terry’s playing career before he retired with Aston Villa a year later, though the fact Kante would like him back suggests he feels the Chelsea legend may still have something to offer.
Chelsea view to extend Rudiger deal
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are eager to extend the contract of Antonio Rudiger, who will enter the final two years of his deal at the end of the season.
The German centre-back has been rocked by injuries in recent months and despite remaining on the sidelines at present, the report suggests he is gathering interest from Premier League rivals, and Chelsea seem keen to act as Spurs and Manchester City are both linked with being potential suitors.
Rudiger has made just one senior appearance so far this season, lasting just 45 minutes away at Wolves in September.
Chelsea clearly still value the 26-year-old if they are willing to move early in order to secure the defender’s future.
The centre-back had played the vast majority of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign before requiring knee surgery towards the end of last season, though the Blues’ reported efforts to retain his services suggest he is still of great value to the team.
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