Roman Abramovich Shows No Signs of Losing Interest in Chelsea With New Cashflow Injection

?Rumours that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is losing interest in the Blues appear to be unfounded, with the Russian recently pumping a further £2m into the Premier League club.

This is according to sports lawyer ?Jake Cohen, who notes that this new cash injection has crept under the radar but represents a significant statement about Abramovich’s continued interest in the club he has owned since 2003.

According to Cohen, Abramovich has invested “just over £2 million via allotment of shares”, which brings his total investment to £1.2bn. And as Cohen points out, Abramovich has not taken any money out of the club.

Cohen speculates that this fresh investment is intended to solve temporary cash flow problems caused by ?Chels?ea‘s record-breaking £71m signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Rumours that Abramovich was losing interest in Chelsea gathered pace earlier this year when his British visa was revoked as part of the UK’s sanctions on Russia after the Novichok poisoning incident in Salisbury.

Abramovich worked around this obstacle by becoming an Israeli citizen, which allows him free passage to enter the UK without a visa. However, he cannot work in the UK without one, which fuelled speculation that he would be forced to sell Chelsea.

Instead, it would seem that his commitment to the club has never been stronger, and Maurizio Sarri will hope that this translates to more transfer funds with which he can improve his squad.


Leroy Sane Recalled as Joachim Low Names His First Germany Squad Since World Cup Disaster

?Leroy Sane has been recalled to Joachim Low’s Germany squad for next month’s matches against France and Peru, having been left out of the team that suffered a humiliating early exit from the 2018 World Cup.

The decision to leave Sane out of the 23-man group that travelled to Russia was a controversial one which backfired disastrously when defeats to Mexico and South Korea consigned Die Mannschaft to group stage elimination.

The fallout from the summer has dragged on into the new season, with the retirement of Mesut Ozil continuing to dominate headlines. Sandro Wagner and Mario Gomez have also stepped down from international duty.

There are three uncapped players in the squad. Thilo Kehrer, who recently completed his transfer from Schalke to PSG, is one of them. Bayer Leverkusen youngster Kai Havertz and Hoffenheim midfielder Nico Schulz are the other two.

Sane is one of three Premier League players included in the squad. His ?Manchester City teammate Ilkay Gundogan, who was also caught up in the racism saga that forced Ozil into early retirement, is another, with ?Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on the roster as well.

“As far as the immediate future is concerned, it’s important that we make some changes in the team,” Low told the ?official website of the DFB. We have to find the right balance between experienced players and young, energetic, hungry players.”

This summer marked the first time Germany have ever been eliminated at the group stage of a World Cup, and their earliest elimination from the tournament since 1938.

Their first match since that debacle could not be tougher, as they play host to world champions France in their UEFA Nations League debut, before facing Peru in a friendly.


Chelsea Midfielder Left Fuming After Club Blocks Loan Offers From European Giants

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is furious with his employers after the west London club blocked loan offers for the youngster from AS Monaco and Schalke 04 this summer, according to reports.

It was claimed on Sunday that the 22-year-old was a target for former Ligue 1 champions Monaco, with Loftus-Cheek being shortlisted at the Stade Louis II after being told he would have to wait for first team minutes this season.

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German side Schalke were also interested in bringing the versatile England international in on a season-long loan, but instead the Royal Blues were made to commit to a deal for Bayern Munich’s out of favour midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

Loftus-Cheek’s anger towards the Chelsea hierarchy is twofold, according to the Sun. On the one hand, the former Crystal Palace loanee is disappointed as he will not feature on a regular basis in the Premier League this season.

The midfielder is also believed to have concerns that a lack of game time at Stamford Bridge could see his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad come under scrutiny ahead of their upcoming Nations League matches against Spain and Switzerland.

Loftus-Cheek already has 47 Premier League appearances to his name during his short career, although 24 of those came last season during a loan spell with London rivals Crystal Palace.

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Despite making his Chelsea debut four years ago, Loftus-Cheek has only ever gone on to make 33 appearances for the club’s first team, and his last senior goal for the Blues came back in April 2016.


Sarri Discusses Futures of Young Chelsea Duo & Admits ‘It’s Up to Them’ if They Wish to Stay

Following on from loan spells at ?Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively, Chelsea supporters are hoping youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham get given a chance by new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Both players – RLC in particular – impressed last season, and the Blues’ new boss got the fans onside by including them in his first team squad so far this term. Or on the fringes of it, at least.

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Speaking to ?Chelsea’s official website, Sarri admitted this week that both players may get their chances to play a bigger first team role after the international break next month, but has admitted that both have decisions to make on whether they want to play their football elsewhere or remain on the fringes.

On the difficulty of picking a match-day squad, he said: “Here the problem is the bench because in Italy the list for the match is 23 players, here only 18, so I have to decide every match the bench by the position on the pitch,

“Sometimes I prefer to have two wingers and sometimes maybe I would prefer to have two midfielders. I am not able to promise anything to anybody. 

“It is up to him [Loftus-Cheek]. I usually look at the training and then I decide. It is not so easy in this period because we play only once a week, but I have told the team in this month they have to be patient. In the future starting from September we play twice a week so there will be space for everybody.”

Following on, the boss commented on Tammy Abraham’s loan prospects: ?”It is up to him…If he wants to remain, we are very happy with him and so I think until January he will stay with us.”


With both players wanting to see the pitch more often than Europa League matches, a delayed opportunity could cause them to think about future options. No longer teenagers, warming the bench is unlikely to be in the plans of either man.  


Chelsea Defender Admits He’s Open to Leaving the Club After Failing to Make Mark Under Sarri

Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta isn’t averse to leaving the Blues in January if he cannot secure reasonable playing time under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

The former Napoli manager has gotten off to an impressive start in London, having guided the FA Cup holders to three opening victories this season. But Zappacosta, who was only afforded 12 matches under Antonio Conte last season, hasn’t made a single appearance under Sarri in this one.

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With Cesar Azpilicueta unquestionably the first-choice right-back in the Chelsea set-up, Zappacosta could find it very difficult to work his way into the manager’s plans. And with international concerns on the mind, he has revealed that he could consider leaving if things don’t change.

?“I want to try to give the coach food for thought, also because my objective is to remain in the reckoning for Italy. Inter sought me in the summer, but I am happy here,” the Italian wide-man told Il Corriere dello Sport.

“If I were not to play much, though, I’d think about [leaving]. Nobody likes being on the bench.”

The player also noted the differences between previous boss Conte and Chelsea’s new coach.

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“Both [Conte and Sarri] study their opponents in depth and they take care of the team’s organisation,” he explained. 

“Antonio, though, has his predefined tactics. Sarri wants quick touches and possession of the ball. He’s nice and often makes jokes, but most of the time only a few of us understand because they are in Italian, and I was surprised by how good his English is.

“I had problems with my language at the start, but I got by and now things are going much better. I just need another year to try to perfect it. As soon as I got here, [Alvaro] Morata welcomed me really well.

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“In Chelsea, which is where I live, I’ve got to know a lot of Italians, and then in the dressing room, I get on well with everybody. [Eden] Hazard is really funny, he’s joking all the time.”