In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is fresh transfer speculation linking the Blues with a Real Madrid player and while one former Blue laments his departure from Stamford Bridge, another has no regrets about his decision to join the Blues.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Jovic to join on loan?
According to the Sun, Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic looks likely to go out on loan next season with Chelsea a likely destination for the Serbian.
Jovic joined the Spanish giants last summer after an outstanding campaign with German side Eintracht Frankfurt in which he netted 10 goals in the Europa League including strikes in both legs of the semi-final against the Blues.
However, he has struggled for playing time in Spain with only four La Liga starts so far this season.
‘The 22-year-old has scored just two goals in all competitions so far this season. It's a far cry from the 30 goals he netted last season in the Bundesliga,’ states the report.
‘Now, according to Marca, Jovic could be loaned out in the summer "to regain his confidence".
‘The club will then seek to bring in a recognised No9, with Borussia Dortmund's prolific Erling Haaland believed to be a top target.
‘Chelsea and Tottenham were thought to be chasing Jovic before he joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt. Frank Lampard is sure to look to bolster the forward line at the end of the season, with doubts over the long-term futures of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.’
Ballack rues Chelsea departure
Michael Ballack has told Sky Sports he regrets his decision to leave Chelsea in 2010 after he rejected a one-year extension to his contract.
The German spent four seasons with the Blues and was keen to remain at Stamford Bridge after helping us win the Double in the 2009/10 season.
However, despite manager Carlo Ancelotti’s desire to keep Ballack at Chelsea, he decided not to accept the offer and moved to Bayer Leverkusen for his final two seasons as a player.
‘Carlo wanted me [to stay] but the club made a decision to only give players of that age a one-year contract. I wanted two,’ said Ballack, who was then 33.
‘Today, I can say maybe it was wrong. I should have stayed, even for that one year.
‘I could never imagine that I would go back to [Bayer] Leverkusen. Until the last day, I actually thought we would find a way at Chelsea. I was really hoping I could stay until the end.’
Fabregas happy he decided to join the Blues
According to Goal.com, Cesc Fabregas has told an Arsenal blog he is thankful he made the decision to join Chelsea after Arsenal failed to exercise their option to re-sign him from Barcelona in 2014.
The Spaniard explained to Arsecast how he could have gone back to the Gunners for a second spell.
‘Once I decided to leave (Barcelona), Arsenal had the first option of any other club and I could not speak to any other club for one week to see if Arsenal want me or not,’ said the midfielder, who is now at Monaco.
‘Arsene Wenger didn’t give an answer, we just had to wait one full week to see if they responded. Definitely this was my first option, in my mind I’m telling everyone I’m going to Arsenal - this is what I want.
‘Arsene can see this. I didn’t want to be a beggar, they know the situation, in one week they haven’t said anything, straight away I knew they probably didn’t want me back. They waited the full week without giving me a response.’
Fabregas turned down offers from both Manchester clubw to sign for Chelsea and has no regrets about the decision after winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup with the Blues.
‘I knew this would have repercussions with Arsenal, it would have been the same with City or United but I wanted to go back to the Premier League,” added the 32-year-old.
‘Thank god that I took that decision because those five years I was very happy there, we’ve won everything in England, the best team in English football when I was there. With the fans there was a connection that was impeccable.’