Media Watch: Chelsea trio among league’s hardest working players, Bristol City keen to sign two Blues, Gary Cahill linked with Derby move

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, three Chelsea players are listed in the top six of the Premier League’s hardest working players, Bristol City are keen to sign Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas on a permanent basis and Gary Cahill is being linked with a summer move to Derby County.

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Blues trio among hardest working players

According to The Sun, Chelsea are one of the hardest working teams in the Premier League with three of our players finishing in the top six for most distance covered in league matches during the 2018/19 season.

The ranking showed that Jorginho covered 418.8 kilometres of ground during the course of the campaign as he finished as the third hardest working player in the league behind Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic (447.1) and Burnley’s Jack Cork (445.6).

Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City was in fourth place on 408.3, closely followed by N’Golo Kante (407.0) and Cesar Azpilicueta (403.3), who rounded off the top six.

But while the Blues showed plenty of graft, we were also one of the unluckiest teams in the league, according to The Mirror, with two of our players ranked in the top 10 for hitting the woodwork.

Marcos Alonso was joint second after rocking the post six times while Willian was joint fifth on five as the Blues saw efforts come back off the goal frame on 21 occasions in total during the season.

As a team, we were tied for top spot in that ranking with Manchester City as striker Sergio Aguero saw eight of his efforts hitting the woodwork.

Bristol City keen to retain Dasilva and Kalas

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson has said his club are in discussions with Chelsea defenders Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas to return to Ashton Gate after their successful loan spells with the Robins this season.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, the City coach explained that his club are actively pursuing Dasilva and are hopeful of signing the England Under-21 full-back.

‘We're in constant discussions with Jay and his agent and we're quite relaxed on it because you can't force a player to do something that he doesn't want to do,’ said Johnson.

‘And it's not that he doesn't want to do it, it's just that it's got to be right. For a player like Jay to commit to Bristol City is something that I believe would be the right move for him. But at the same time it's got to be right for all parties.

‘We're all ambitious and Jay's ambitious as well as a football player and hopefully the club will fulfil that ambition and he'll end up at Bristol City.

‘I don't know but I'm confident in the conversations that we're having that Jay believes that the football club is the right place to develop him.’

Johnson was more guarded on the future of 26-year-old Kalas, who played in 38 games for the Robins during the season.

‘I'd love to sign Tomas. We're in a host of a number of clubs after Tomas. He's a quality player and that doesn't come cheap,’ said Johnson.

‘But saying that he really enjoyed his time here. I think we've got a great relationship, in terms of me and him - he understands that he had a great relationship with Webster or Wright, and those connections are there.

‘I'm hopeful but it's a tough one because it won't be cheap.’

Cahill could join Derby

The Daily Star reports that Gary Cahill could be headed for a reunion with Frank Lampard at Derby County if the Rams secure promotion to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old is set to leave Chelsea as a free agent this summer and Derby have expressed interest in signing the centre-back if they beat Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley next Monday and return to the top flight for the first time since 2008.

Lampard played with Cahill for the Blues when we won the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League the following year, but while he is keen to team up again with the former England international defender, financing the deal would prove difficult if Derby remain in the second tier.

West Ham, Southampton and Sheffield United are also rumoured to be interested in signing Cahill when he leaves Stamford Bridge.

James to sign new contract?

The Independent is reporting that Chelsea will be offering a new long-term deal to Reece James this summer as we look to tie down the teenager to a long-term contract.

According to the report, talks are set to begin in the coming weeks with the club confident that the 19-year-old, who is seen as a natural successor to Cesar Azpilicueta, will commit his future to the Blues.

The England Under-20 international has three years remaining on his current contract but he has attracted interest from other clubs after a fine season at Wigan which saw him named their player of the year and included in the Championship’s team of the season.

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