News Roundup

Azpilicueta’s Claim

Cesar Azpilicueta has claimed that Chelsea will still be able to sign world class players this summer despite missing out on the Champions League. After a fifth-place finish in the Premier League, the Blues had to settle for Europa League football, but Chelsea’s vice-captain doesn’t believe that will change the club’s transfer targets in the window.

“Of course big players will still want to come to Chelsea because we win lots of silverware,

“I have no doubt that the club will get a squad that can compete to win for trophies. I am sure that will happen.

“If the club decides that we need to get players in, I’m sure we will get the quality we want.”

Jordi Alba Battle

Chelsea are set to battle fellow Premier League side Manchester United for the signing of Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba this summer. The Spaniard is reportedly unhappy at the club, after disagreements over a new contract at the Nou Camp. This has led to Alba considering his future and a potential move to the Premier League. Alba’s possible departure has alerted both Chelsea and United, as they seek to improve from last season and in a bid to catch up with Manchester City

Loan System Improved

Lucas Piazon says that Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s place in England’s World Cup squad has shown Chelsea’s loan system is improving. Piazon has spent the majority of his Chelsea career out on loan, and the Blues had 38 players loaned out during the 2017/18 season. Despite the vast number of players away from the club, the Brazilian believes it is starting to work.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a great example. He is going to the World Cup and he was on loan at crystal Palace.

“A lot of players did well on their loans and they got a move or are back in the Chelsea first-team.

“The boys are understanding better what a loan is and what you have to do well to develop for the Chelsea first-team or for another team.

“The contact they have with us now is more consistent as well. A few years ago the contact was every once in a while, now it is much more. We feel a little closer to the club.”