In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, England manager Gareth Southgate feels Callum Hudson-Odoi is making good progress at Chelsea, John Terry’s role in Declan Rice’s development is revealed and Eden Hazard shoots down rumours that he has agreed a contract in Spain.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Southgate feels Hudson-Odoi should stay with the Blues
After making Callum Hudson-Odoi the youngest-ever Chelsea player to represent England, Gareth Southgate has said that he should continue his development at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Sun, the England manager feels the teenager has a bright future with the Blues.
‘If you look at number of appearances, he has actually been on the field quite a lot,’ said Southgate of the 18-year-old, who has scored five goals in 19 games for Chelsea this season.
‘And I know from when we were talking with the club earlier in the season how much faith Maurizio [Sarri] has in him. He has got some outstanding players just in front of him but he’s slowly getting more and more game time.
‘So, I think he’s maturing well. There doesn’t need to be a rush for him. We’ve seen that with Marcus Rashford and his development.
“He’s getting first-team football and that’s important. For us, I think his progress is good.’
Southgate was delighted with Hudson-Odoi’s performance when he came on as a substitute in England’s 5-0 win over the Czech Republic last Friday.
‘We weren’t certain that he would be able to adapt to this level,’ said the England boss, who elevated him to the senior team after the withdrawal of a number of players because of injury.
‘We’re a bit fortunate in finding him, we would have given him a bit longer in the Under-21s. But already he’s proved he can more than cope.
‘He’s a very confident boy. I’m sure there are going to be peaks and troughs but I’m really pleased for him.’
Terry helped Rice to continue playing
The Express reports that Blues legend John Terry played a helping hand to ensure that new England international defender Declan Rice stayed in football after he was released by Chelsea six years ago.
Rice joined Chelsea at the age of eight but was released from the academy at the age of 14.
Terry was Chelsea’s captain at the time and he took time to speak to the youngster after his exit, reportedly spending 45 minutes on the phone with Rice to convince him to stay in the game.
Rice was subsequently picked up by West Ham and made his Premier League debut for the Hammers in May 2017. Now 20, he made his full international debut for England against the Czech Republic last week.
Hazard refutes Madrid contract rumour
Eden Hazard has wasted little time in shooting down reports that he signed a contract with Real Madrid.
Despite saying last week that his focus is on Belgium’s progress in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and Chelsea’s pursuit of a spot in the Champions League, rumours emerged during the weekend that he had agreed a deal with the Spanish club.
However, this was categorically dismissed by the Belgian.
‘There's nothing in the reports,’ said Hazard, as reported by Sky Sports.
‘I'm only focused on [Sunday’s] game against Cyprus. That's all I'm thinking about.’
No let-up in transfer rumours
There may be the possibility of a transfer ban this summer but it hasn’t stopped the media from speculating on players who may be moving to Stamford Bridge.
TalkSport is suggesting four strikers who could be on the transfer wishlist for the Blues. The four players they have named are Raul Jimenez (on loan at Wolves from Benfica), Serbian forward Luka Jovic (on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) and Moussa Dembele (Lyon).
Meanwhile Spanish sports paper AS is suggesting that Chelsea is a possible destination for former Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, who is looking to return to the Premier League.