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21 May 2019 01:58:46
Rumours from Di Marzio and other various outlets is that Sarri and us are parting ways. If that's true we are a joke of a club and apparently Lampard is going to take charge. I'm sorry but he's just not ready yet. I hope this isn't true.

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21 May 2019 07:17:29
Sarri has managed to disconnect the club and its fans, he marginalised players that could have been used in Cahill, Drinkwater. He’s never been to see a youth game. With Lampard/ Morris coming in, they know the club inside out, they know how good the youths can be and won’t be afraid of using them especially if this ban isn’t lifted.

There’s plenty to be excited about if he becomes coach.

I want a manager who is gutted when we lose, bouncing when we win and in Sarri I don’t see that. I saw it in Conte, Jose, RDM, etc.

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21 May 2019 08:18:03
I can't say what Sarri is thinking in his head but I think if he will leave the Chelsea job- it won't be cos of 'FANS ABUSE' like most of our comments here insinuate. I hate it when fans abuse players or coaches but I don't understand how we think fans' abuse should even be considered the factor or reason why Sarri should want to leave Chelsea- that is if he leaves. I think if Sarri decides to leave Chelsea today, it won't be cos of fans' abuse but it could be cos of something else- because fans' abuse is not something that is peculiar to only Chelsea fans (fans of other clubs abuse their coaches too, so a good manager shouldn't put that in front of his mind when making a decision; what should matter is what are my employer (s) saying?

I think that the attitude of the fans (whether good or bad) at any point in time mirrors the performance of the team (that is performance of players and manager) ; like someone said, the right word that best describe fans (not only Chelsea fans) is 'FICKLE'- if you are doing they praise you and if are doing badly they condemn you (which in their own way is to abuse) : all because they judge the manager and players from their performance on the football pitch.

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21 May 2019 08:32:33
Me neither. Would be so dumb and set us back as a club.

I hate this.

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21 May 2019 10:16:16
I can understand the outrage if we sack him. However, I get the impression clubs in Italy want him back and that they would give him more respect and what he wants. He may be tempted to go himself. If he leaves, it'll be mutual.

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21 May 2019 11:55:10
Let's be honest, if Juve do want Sarri then I'm sure deep down he would rather want to manage them than Chelsea in the current climate. For his career that will be the right step, he will have the correct tools to win tropies. He will have world class players to manage in Juventus and they will adopt to his style effortlessly.

Lampard is probably the best option from the rest. I would like to see youth given a chance whilst we sit out the transfer market. I would like to see the impact he would have on players like RLC, Barkley etc. Maybe we get tons more goals from midfield.

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21 May 2019 12:15:06
If true it just shows what is wrong with this club, see a new shiny toy and think it will fix all of our problems, this has OGS at Man Utd written all over it. The initial wave of positivity will wear off once the results begin to go south and they will, he'll lose the players respect and we will sack him too like every other manager we've had and ruin his legacy at the same time. Give Sarri a chance to implement some serious change and let lampard get some experience before throwing him into the fire of having to manage us in the current predicament we're in. I can't stress enough how much I hope this isn't true.

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21 May 2019 14:10:53
Why does that make us a joke of a club? Sarri was brought in to deliver on a particular brief and from my perspective hasn't actually done that yet. I know Ed says the club won't be looking to "kow-tow" to fans, but I doubt they can ignore the general discontent especially around season ticket renewal time.

If the fans don't like Sarri, he's not particularly bothered about doing anything to address that, and he hasn't delivered the kind of "dynamic, attacking football" he was brought to implement, maybe it's best to part ways and have another crack with someone else?

The argument I always see re: Sarri's inability to make progress in the actual football being played is that the players are crap or unable to adapt, and I just don't agree with that. It's a very talented group.

You can argue the toss over various bits and pieces of the situation but I don't think anyone could say it's working out right now.

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21 May 2019 14:11:08
I can simply not agree with what you're writing, Adam. Drinkwater has never been nowhere good enough for our club, and it would be no less that foolish from Sarri to use him. Wasn't like Conte used him a lot either. Cahill is simply not fit to play in this system, and in general his level wasn't good enough last season either. He lost possession often, wasn't quick enough to make up for it and was often a liability to our defence. While I do think he could've played more, I also think playing AC or Ampadu would've been more correct.

Sure, Sarri hasn't been to a youth game, and he hasn't given any youth players a debut. However, he's the manager who's played our academy players the most by far in the last many years, if you exclude Terry which I'll allow myself to do.
Also, you say Sarri doesn't show passion? A man who reportedly spent 45 minutes after the City and Bournemouth games, telling the players just how disappointed he was. A man who almost went out the tunnel in the cup final out of pure anger. In my eyes, Sarri has a lot of passion. He may not show it the same way that managers like Klopp or Conte does, but celebrating with the fans doesn't mean that you're necessarily a good manager. And I'd rather have a manager who doesn't celebrate with the fans but tries to bring in a way more attractive way of football that's completely different from what we're used to, and at the same time gets results that every single rationally thinking Chelsea fan should've been more than pleased with before the season began.

By the way this is not me saying that you shouldn't be allowed to criticise Sarri, I guess I'm just extremely disappointed that he might not be our manager next season. Rant over.

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21 May 2019 14:41:31
I'm no longer surprised by our club and the decisions they make. Sacking Sarri would be stupid but that's not something that defers the board anyway.

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21 May 2019 16:44:04
Emil, Cahill has been there, done that and won it all. Has more experience then Sarri, has won a hell of a lot more too. Even if you don’t use him on the pitch, you use his experience, his presence in the changing room. That’s what I don’t like.

Drinkwater - could have done the same job as Kovavic and Barkley. 1 assist all season between them. You don’t think he could have added something different?

He unwillingness to change formation, his stubbornness in changing the same players at the same time in games shows he cannot adapt.

He went mental because his keeper refused to come off.
You’d rather a manager who doesn’t celebrate with the fans. Oh dear. What’s the point in having fans then? Surely you’d want to celebrate with them after an important win.

He stayed behind after those embarrassing losses and told the players he wasn’t happy with them and you think that shows passion? Okay then.

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21 May 2019 16:59:30
I must say that I do agree that it seems like Cahill hasn't been used properly as a leader, I thought you meant on the pitch about him. I genuinely don't see how Drinkwater would've added anything positive to the team, and while I agree that you could've wanted more from Kovacic and Barkley, I don't see Drinkwater as the man who'd brought that.
Saying that Sarri cannot adapt it quite simply wrong in my opinion. He changed his tactics in some of the big games, and that change of tactics led to City's first loss this season. However, I do agree, that he should have taken more risks against weaker teams.
He also got sent off against Burnley, but I guess that doesn't show passion.
Yes, I'd rather have a manager who gives a team something to celebrate - good results - than a manager who doesn't bring in the same results, but then celebrates with the fans whenever he does. Sure, I'd rather have both, but I genuinely believe a guy like Lampard wouldn't have been able to bring the same results this season, and that he wouldn't be able to bring in the results the next season as Sarri would if we stick with him.

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21 May 2019 17:01:06
Please stop looking at the small things and start looking at the bigger picture.

Surely we have had a business plan? Sarri has either satisfied or dissatisfied the owner. That’s all that matters IMO.

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21 May 2019 17:51:04
It is not as simple as that Tom.

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21 May 2019 19:40:49
And it’s not that complicated G8.

If Sarri goes, he goes. I won’t be happy but I wasn’t happy when the club gave Conte the tin tac.

If the club/ owner aren’t happy it’s not going to make any difference what we think.

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21 May 2019 20:31:00
I wouldn't bother stressing yourself over this managerial saga. Let It just pan out.

The club will make a decision and it will satisfy some and disatisfy some.

Personally I would have preferred Sarri to stay given that he has satisfied targets, however I don't know what's happened behind the scenes. He comes across as a stubborn person and maybe he has done things despite being told otherwise. His an old school boss.

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20 May 2019 09:09:27
Ed with reports bakayoko had a good season in Milan could you see him playing for Chelsea next season.

{Ed002's Note - No, that is not the plan.}

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21 May 2019 16:47:12
What if Sarri is the one that decides to leave, What does that make him?

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19 May 2019 18:39:18
Apparently we've offered CHO hazard's number 10.

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19 May 2019 20:39:19
Would love to see CHO have the number 10 shirt and Ruben have the number 8. Two big players and the future of the club.

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19 May 2019 23:22:19
That's amazing the 10 shirt didn't exist before hazard.

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20 May 2019 09:13:16
Hope they washed it first.

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20 May 2019 16:58:25
Why would you wash a number?

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17 May 2019 10:56:53
Tom’s optimism has me thinking. If Hazard leaves, CHO and RLC are out for the start of the season and the club can’t sign anyone (either because they aren’t allowed or the targets have already moved by the time our ban is frozen) who do we think will step up next season with goals?

I only really see three possibles in the squad, Ross Barkley getting into the form he was in at the start of next season, Tammy Abraham coming back and catching fire or Pulisic hitting the ground running. Marcos Alonso playing left wing because why not is the only other thing that I have even considered, I’m not sure what that says about my confidence I. The goal scoring of the rest of the team haha

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17 May 2019 12:20:23
IMO, the proposed transfer ban will be suspended by CAS before June 1st.

We will sign two or three players (one being a forward) and dependant on certain current loan players.

There are variables in play lads but I am very confident we will be starting next season with another European trophy in the cabinet and a much stronger squad for the start of next season.

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17 May 2019 20:00:57
Which forward do you see us signing Tom? I can’t see a quality one available now Jovic is off to Madrid. I’d prefer to use Michy for now and concentrate on getting quality signings in at RW (left footer preferably Pepe), a new LB (Chilwell or Telles) and a CB (Romagnoli) . Probably won’t get them of course but if RLC is out for some time I’d like to see us go for Ziyech, quality player who can play as a CAM or RW and he has a fantastic work rate.

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17 May 2019 20:04:54
A lot of reports that we can complete Kovacic and Higuain, as they were agreed before the ban - not convinced by these stories but they state we'll only go for Kovacic which would make sense with the RLC injury and Higuain's form.

I don't see a single player to replace Hazards assists and goals. We need the squad to step up. A striker (who knows, maybe Abraham but certainly not Jovic) stepping up with a twenty goal season and maybe Pulisic to chip in with ten assists or so. When back from injury RLC and CHO will help too.

To be honest, I think the club just swallowing the ban now, and getting it over and done with, could be the best way forward.

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16 May 2019 22:20:49
CHO to sign a 5 year contract.

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16 May 2019 22:39:31
That would be good news!

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17 May 2019 09:27:38
I hope so. But wouldn't jump the gun.

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14 May 2019 21:00:01
Ed 002
Would I be right in thinking that Real Madrid are yet to agree a fee with Chelsea for the transfer of Eden Hazard?
Thanks.
T.

{Ed002's Note - I am not interested in providing blow-by-blow updates - but there was no agreement as of yesterday lunchtime.}

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15 May 2019 09:08:22
Tks so much for the update Ed!

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15 May 2019 20:50:19
Thanks Ed002 much appreciated.

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14 May 2019 21:12:46
David ornstein ( reliable regarding arsenal ) said If we can sign players we're interested in zaha and Ryan sessegnon.

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14 May 2019 22:14:46
Sessegnon will go to Sours so not that reliable.

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14 May 2019 23:26:28
If the ban stands then Chelsea will trigger the extension in Giroud's contract and look to recall Batshuayi or Abraham.

If the ban is lifted then we are likely to find out in July leaving it bang in the middle of the transfer window.

Chelsea are very much interested in Coutinho as a potential Hazard replacement. Asensio and Zaha are aalso mentioned.

There is also interest in Cavani for the striker position. PSG looking to sell him due to his recent fall out with Neymar.

Personally I would settle for Coutinho and Cavani. Coutinho is a proven player, he is still young and on form is world class. He is the ideal haaard replacement for me.

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14 May 2019 23:47:20
David Ornstein is of BBC so the source could be reliable but Ryan Sessegnon's interest doesn't make sense.

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15 May 2019 02:21:58
Cavani would go into sane bracket as shevchenko falcao patio and Higuaín, a once world class striker wring end of career,

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15 May 2019 05:49:34
Agree with you Matt, cavani and Coutinho are not the answers,
we have to think long term as well.

And will need a strong defender as priority.
I don't think christensen is there yet and needs more time. Zouma also needs another season on loan, im still not convinced.

would pick costa over cavani
zaha is a good candidate but still raw

hazards replacement will be hard to find . we should work on getting the whole team stronger rathere than look for one player who can make the difference.

RLC will have a next season where we will know if he can be a Lampard for us.

What we need is a Leader . i still can't see a strong candidate in our team at the moment.

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15 May 2019 11:52:40
Coutinho is best as a number 10 we don’t play that so it’s a waste of money. Sabe, Ziyech or Pepe should be our marquee if it’s frozen along with Jovic. Zaha is selfish and not a team player.

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15 May 2019 11:53:01
Cavani is a massive no. Coutinho is in poor form and suits a system mainly as a #10 so a big no. We need young hungry players. Zaha is selfish and all himself.

Jovic, Sane or Pepe for RW, Romagnoli (A Leader for CB) and Chilwell for LB would be my options.

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15 May 2019 17:04:43
Agree, coutinho is a 10 and if we were to change and get a ten why spend double the money that we could get fekir for, we need a player who can play wide and score, Pepe Ziyeck sane, but also a striker, we all want jovic. then a midfielder who can play in a 3 but score goals, Bruno Fernandes, Kai havertz, Van De Beek, someone like that.

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15 May 2019 19:29:26
Unpopular opinion here, but I would actually think Zaha would be a wonderful signing. got to say that I haven't seen Cavani so much the last year, but I really love him as a striker, and really he can't be worse than any of what we've got. Also, I think Coutinho might be a decent signing. None of us really know if Pepe would make it in the PL, but Coutinho has proven so much here.

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15 May 2019 19:56:26
I also think that Zaha would fit really well. He'd have to work hard in the press mind.

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15 May 2019 23:11:20
When talking about a 'lack of leader', can someone answer why David Luiz is never mentioned as a possible. Yes, he can be a bit hot-headed, but he is passionate, committed and, unlike Azpi, is not afraid to voice his concerns on the pitch.

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13 May 2019 20:02:26
" lots of different but very reliable sources are all claiming after Europa league hazard will be announced as fee of around £100m agreee ".

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13 May 2019 22:07:54
I wanted him to stay but I’m now so bored with the whole situation I just want it all over and done with asap!

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14 May 2019 08:17:28
Said that a year ago Tom mate just say your going everyone knows all this cloak and dagger stuff is tedious
Even if they haven't agreed terms if hazard just said I would love to go to real but waiting on clubs agreeing I'd be happy enough with that
But all this I will decide after europa league final I have told Chelsea of my decision and I will let fans know then bore off.

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14 May 2019 08:20:45
Nothing will be announced anyway till after EL final.

But indeed, I want the situation to be clear as soon as possible as well. The club need to know where it stands and which players are needed.

Just praying we don't actually buy Coutinho to replace him.

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14 May 2019 09:37:41
It his not for him to say what he wants just because we are asking him to . many factors need to be considered and it has to be in agreement with the us (his current club) and his futyre club.


I think the club knew Hazard's decision last summer window and we asked him to stay another year, which he did.
Fair play . he is chelsea thru n thru and am happy for his services for us and wish him well in Madrid.

Thank you Hazard. KTBFFH.

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14 May 2019 11:27:20
If he was Chelsea thru and thru he wouldn't be leaving.

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14 May 2019 11:56:15
I know he's only got 1 year left on his deal but £100m still seems like not very much given the likes of Dembele and Coutinho went for a fair bit more.

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14 May 2019 12:10:00
Just to be clear Matt, I read €100m not £100m- which is it?

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14 May 2019 13:28:13
All of this seems a bit silly - it is obvious he is going or he would have signed a new contract by now. And good luck to him - he has done us proud.

I have heard 100m euros (£86m) - about right with only a year left on contract.

Jackson, I totally agree about Coutinho - please no. James Rodriquez at £35m or Coutinho at £100m? No contest.

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14 May 2019 15:49:27
Probably € mate rather than pounds, €100 - I’d put that on no more than a 2 players, buy class not squad fillers, have loanees for that who are capable, morata and Bakyoko money in I’d imagine €80 for pair? Willian possibly too, Zappacosta? Moses fee? Drinkwater Cahill leaving. We could have income of region of £220m ish - plus back in champions league, Sarri says 1/ 2 players but I bet be more like 3/ 4 plus 2 loanees back, possibly 6 additions to a a team is a lot, ore season and early business ( CAS APPEAL ) is vital.

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14 May 2019 17:25:25
I don't think Coutinho and Hazard are the same kind of player (in terms of their role on the pitch) but Leroy Sane (if he was to be available) is more similar in role to Hazard than Coutinho. But I will honestly want to have Coutinho in the squad if Hazard leaves. So if CAS were to rule in Chelsea's favour, I will rather spend Hazard's cash and cash from another sale (which is a left sided midfielder) on a midfielder with goals (like Bruno Fernandes or Coutinho) and Leroy Sane (whom is a winger/ attacking midfielder)
If a midfielder like Bruno Fernandes or Coutinho was to come in, that could mean Ross Barkley will have to go; cos I think Sarri will prefer to play such midfielder on the left side of midfield- where Loftus Cheek and Barkley plays (in that case, I preferably will want Ross Barkley gone in such a situation) .
In conclusion, I will sell Hazard and Barkley and replace both of them with Leroy Sane (if Mancity would sell) and Bruno Fernandes (or Coutinho) .

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14 May 2019 20:56:07
Ppl make me laugh everyone shouting for Hudson odoi to play now asking for sane.
I would really like to see odoi given the no 10 and just let him play.
Pocket the 100mil euro or pound which ever it is and buy a top top class striker.

Let the midfield be loftus cheek kante jorginho, subs Barkley and mount.

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15 May 2019 00:09:27
Hazard's shoe is so big- that it can swallow a Hudson Odoi, besides Odoi's injury at the moment is quite serious and many players don't come back from it the same (he has to be recovered gradually and getting him back to top form could take a while) .
Besides, I have never seen Hudson Odoi as a replacement for Hazard cos if we must advance after the sale of a great player like Hazard, we need someone that is proven, young and has room for improvement which is a Leroy Sane (that is if CAS favours us and Mancity is willing to sell) . A good example is replacing Courtois with good player like Kepa.
Hudson Odoi will have to be at his best for 3 years to be able to replace Hazard; at the moment, I think Hudson Odoi can replace Pedro or Willian.
Pocket Hazard's money without any capable replacement lined up will mean setting yourself up to fail.

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15 May 2019 08:01:51
If its possible my midfield (in Sarri's 4-3-3 formation) for next season is Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Loftus Cheek, Bruno Fernandes (or Coutinho) . I will sell Ross Barkley.

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15 May 2019 21:00:10
You say he will have to be at his best for 3 years lmfao but you won't play him thank God you ain't our manager.
Give the boy a chance to become a man if it doesn't work then look else where.
Just does my head in people shouting for odoi then not wanting to give him a chance.

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16 May 2019 08:03:25
None of us here is the manager, all we do comment, wish and hope. I don't and can't decide Hudson Odoi's future (and offcourse every right thinking Chelsea fan wants Hudson Odoi to stay at Chelsea and get a chance) .
I have never said that Hudson Odoi shouldn't be given a chance at Chelsea; Is Hudson Odoi good enough to be one of our wingers at the club? I think 100% YES, but I don't think his ability and experience level at the moment can replace Hazard's. Presently, he isn't as good as Hazard- when Hazard joined the club some years back from Lille and he still isn't as good as Hazard at the moment, so why should I see him as being able to replace Hazard? I think the club needs a bigger and better player than Hudson Odoi to replace Hazard if we must be a better team- (post Hazard's departure) .

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09 May 2019 23:14:02
Kepa is going to be one of the best keepers in the world in a few years. The boy is actually good. I mean like really good. Huge price tag and since the first game away at Huddersfield he hasn’t been moved by it. Won us the game against Watford and with the help of brilliant goal line clearances had the chance to take us to the final.

Top lad.

Come on Chelsea.

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10 May 2019 02:04:38
Considering it’s his first season he’s been one of our best players. He’ll be even better next year 🙌🏻 And he knows how to keep his legs shut 😉.

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10 May 2019 08:53:07
Suppose this makes up for the poor display against city in the final?

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10 May 2019 12:09:00
That first penalty save was comedy gold haha

Funniest pen save I've seen in ages. The classic FIFA (the game) strategy of keeping.

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10 May 2019 15:24:47
Kepa is a fantastic keeper, his shot stopping abilities are phenomenal and great reflexes. Future is bright.

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11 May 2019 01:34:12
Won us the semi final against spurs too in the penalty shoot out in the League Cup. Feels good to go into a penalty shootout confident again. Only ever seen Courtois the snake save one penalty at west brom away and that was lucky.

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11 May 2019 01:03:24
For probably the first half of the season I was unconvinced. Then he began to show glimpses of class. Now I'm very excited for his future if he keeps up his recent form. He definitely needs to improve his collecting from crosses though.

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11 May 2019 10:52:57
Kepa does indeed look to be both developing and indeed settling well.
It’s easy to forget that he has had 13 clean sheets in the PL this season which even for an experienced keeper is no mean feat.
I don’t know if one of the Ed’s can answer something that has had me scratching my head.
We know that Kepa had to buy himself out of his contract and that supposedly was around £70+ million. As I understand that sum isn’t the same as a transfer fee and has to come from the player and I doubt he had that sort of cash under the matteress
If that’s correct then its the player would be getting the money from Chelsea to compensate so no amortised fees etc in the accounts but would that money be paid by way of annual sum or more likely a one off signing on fee which if that’s correct surely would see a massive jump in the clubs declared wage bill.

{Ed002's Note - The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. The other notable point about Spain and Portugal is that the clauses if invoked by a non Iberian club need to be paid in full by the player (there are local rules that stop tax being due) but by needing to put up 100% of the money upfront would end many transfers then and there. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.}

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09 May 2019 18:03:41
I see there have been a couple of posts and Ed's comments on here regarding Reece James potentially not playing for the club next year, and possibly having another year out on loan.

Personally I'm a massive fan of James, I've mentioned it on here before, and I fully expect him to be a Chelsea player for years to come. I'd also expect the club, Sarri or whoever is head coach, to have a look at him over the summer/ pre-season before any final decision is made.

But another year on loan could be the best thing for his development. Brighton and, if Wan-Bissaka leaves, Crystal Palace have been mentioned as potential options for him. A successful year at either of these teams will prove he's ready for our team.

I'm guilty of getting carried away with wanting our young British loan players in our first team but I end up asking myself one question. If that player wasn't already a Chelsea player, would I want the club to sign them? A year starting week in week out in the Premier League will do him the world of good. If he performs like RLC did at Palace, and breaks into international consideration, then that's a player whose ready to come and compete at Chelsea. If were honest then right now he has just had a very good season at a low level Championship team, further development might be required.

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09 May 2019 18:18:20
Azpilicueta will next year probably be on the same downward slope Ivanovic finished on. He’s average at crossing he can’t beat a man and he’s not the same best 1v1 defender in league that he use to be. It’d be an outrage if James doesn’t come back. I don’t expect him to start straight away but I expect him to do what RLC has done and win his starting place. Full backs and striker are our weakest areas, if the ban is uplifted we need to be ruthless like City. Alonso, Baba and Zappa sold, Azpi and Emerson as back ups with hopefully James and a new LB preferably Chilwell/ Telles starting for us. I love Azpi but he’s on his way out.

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09 May 2019 21:07:48
I expect Ola Aina to be in the squad next season. Aina is 22 and Reece James is only just turned 19. Also, Aina has been playing Left Back most of the season so can cover both full back positions.

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09 May 2019 21:59:29
But James is better than Azpi and Aina?

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10 May 2019 00:42:19
That question of asking if he wasn’t a Chelsea player would we sign him is irrelevant to me. A youth academy is for players to come through and play for the team. It’s become the norm at Chelsea to just ship them out so we don’t understand that like other clubs.

We could have saved a lot of money if we utilised some of our youth players rather than buying backup players (Zappacosta, Barkley, Batshuayi Drinkwater) the list goes on.

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10 May 2019 08:45:49
What youth players have been enough.

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10 May 2019 11:03:52
Aina is signing for Torino isn’t he?

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11 May 2019 00:06:55
He undoubtedly will be, but us he right now Chelsea Nick? Hand on heart, would you have heard of him if he wasn't already a Chelsea player? Also would you want the club to sign him if he wasn't a Chelsea player already?

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11 May 2019 01:34:48
Bakayoko as well, Loftus Cheek has always been better than him.

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11 May 2019 01:52:15
I think it's more highlighted at Chelsea because of the amount of players we have on loan and the success of our youth team.

Look at the rest of the top six, or even the top ten, in the Premier League. There's a tiny percentage of youth players coming through to be regulars in first team squads.

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