In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Willian says he is happy at Chelsea and wants to remain at the club, Callum Hudson-Odoi pays a visit to his old school and Christian Pulisic is feeling good ahead of the United States’ friendly against Ecuador.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Willian keen to stay on at Chelsea
Willian has told the Evening Standard that Chelsea is ‘very special’ to him and expressed hope he will continue playing for the club beyond next season.
The 30-year-old has been a crowd favourite since joining the Blues from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 but there has been plenty of discussion about his future recently with Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all said to be interested in signing the Brazilian.
While his Chelsea contract expires at the end of next season, Willian is determined to continue playing for the Blues.
‘I have one year left, but of course I want to play for this club,’ said Chelsea’s Player of the Year for 2016.
‘This club is very special to me. I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club. I feel comfortable to stay.
‘I am happy when I play well and score goals. I can give a different light.’
Hudson-Odoi drops by old school
The 18-year-old Chelsea winger, who received his first senior England international call-up this week, attended Whitgift School in South Croydon from 2011 to 2014 and still maintains a strong connection with the institution.
‘He came back after winning the World Cup with the U17s to speak about his journey and he’s an outstanding role model for our boys,’ said the school’s assistant head teacher Alistair Osborne.
‘He comes back so often. In fact, he was here last week on his day off. He takes the time to see staff, sign autographs and goes to the sixth form common room to see the friends he still socialises with.
‘He actually joined in a training session with our Under-13s as well. He did a shooting drill with them – didn’t warm up very well, mind you, so we hope he didn’t get injured.’
Osborne is not surprised with the progress Hudson-Odoi has made for club and country at such a young age.
‘From the first training session, it was clear Callum was very special and he was going to be a professional footballer. But the question was how far down that road he would go, whether Premier League, top-four, England or captaining England,’ he said.
‘He’s in that new breed of footballer in the UK, the one that really understands the tactics behind it all.
‘But there’s more to him than being an outstanding footballer. He’s very articulate and was always smiling. There’s a bright, intelligent boy there who liked his science and English and enjoyed his studies.
‘Life has changed hugely for him and it’s important he remains grounded, and Whitgift gives him that sense of remembering who he was, where he came from, and it’s important not to get carried away.’
Pulisic feeling good ahead of USA friendly
Christian Pulisic says he is getting back to his best form and is looking to give his all to Borussia Dortmund in the final weeks of the season before moving to Chelsea in the summer.
The 20-year-old is training with the United States national team ahead of an international friendly against Ecuador in Orlando on Thursday and Metro reports that he feels positive about the rest of the campaign and that his Dortmund team-mates fully understand his decision to move to London.
‘I feel very confident right now, I’m feeling very good,’ he said. ‘I feel I’m at the top of my game.
‘My team-mates are all professionals, They understand how this business works. I wanted to move and they’re all very happy for me and the club is as well.
‘But they also understand that I’m there to give 120% the rest of the season because I want to win just as bad as all the guys in the locker room. It’s not weird at all.’
USA head coach Gregg Berhalter is planning to play Pulisic as a left-sided attacker against Ecuador and the youngster is looking forward to the challenge.
‘I think it’s a really good position for me. Obviously I don’t mind where I play on the field, I just like to be in a good attacking areas where I can create and help the team score goals because that’s where I feel I’m at my best,’ Pulisic added.