In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says that Petr Cech should be dropped for the Europa League final, Blues legend John Terry is a candidate to take charge of Championship side Middlesbrough next season and former Chelsea player Thorgan Hazard has been signed by Borussia Dortmund.
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Seaman wants Cech out for final
Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has backed calls from some Gunners fans to drop Petr Cech for the Europa League final and insisted that Bernd Leno should be called upon instead to face Chelsea in Baku next week.
Cech has started in goal for all of Arsenal’s matches during the knockout rounds and the match in Azerbaijan is set to be the last of his career as he has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
However, Arsenal supporters have called for him to be denied the opportunity to bow out against his former club, after media reports earlier this week linked him with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer as a sporting director.
Speaking to TalkSport, Seaman said that Arsenal boss Unai Emery should select the German due to the importance of the game for the Gunners.
‘Arsenal need to win this game to get into the Champions League. It’s a huge game and worth millions to the club,’ said Seaman, who cited his own experience in tipping Leno ahead of Cech.
‘So, for me, you play your strongest team and if that means Leno plays then that’s what I would do.
‘I know Arsene Wenger did it with me. Richard Wright played all the FA Cup games [in 2002] and then played me in the final.’
Terry linked with Boro job
The 38-year-old retired as a player last October and in his first coaching appointment as an assistant under Dean Smith at Aston Villa, he has helped the Midlands club reach the Championship play-off final, where they will meet Frank Lampard’s Derby.
However, with Boro looking for a new boss after the departure of Tony Pulis from the Riverside Stadium, it has been reported that they have held talks with Terry to fill the vacant position.
While Terry is in the frame to succeed Pulis, he is not considered favourite for the job with Jonathan Woodgate and Chris Hughton tipped as the leading contenders and former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta also emerging as a surprise contender for the position.
Thorgan Hazard joins Borussia Dortmund
With Christian Pulisic leaving for Stamford Bridge, Borussia Dortmund have turned to a player who was once on Chelsea’s books to replace the American after announcing the signing of Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach, ESPN.com reports.
The younger brother of Eden Hazard joined the Blues in 2012, but was sent on loan to Gladbach two years later, before then making the move permanent.
Having contributed 46 goals and 44 assists to the Foals in 182 appearances over the past five years, he has opted for a new challenge at Dortmund, who narrowly missed out on the Bundesliga title this season.
‘I am thankful for five great years at Gladbach,’ Hazard said. ‘I am proud to be able to play for Borussia Dortmund, a top club with incredible fans.’
The arrival of Hazard could see the permanent departure of a former Chelsea favourite from Dortmund, with Andre Schurrle deemed surplus to requirements following his return from a disappointing loan spell at Fulham.