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Media Watch: Hasenhuttl highlights Werner quality, Messi nearly joined Chelsea, Musonda training in Dubai

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl picks out Timo Werner as a threat ahead of Saturday's game.

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Hasenhuttl highlights Werner threat

Timo Werner has been praised by Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl ahead of our Premier League fixture against the Saints this weekend, reports goal.com.

Hasenhuttl coached Werner earlier on in his career at RB Leipzig and has seen the 24-year-old attacker excel to become one of the most dangerous players in Europe.

‘I have worked with a lot of players and he is one of the quickest. He is really hard to defend against,’ the manager told reporters ahead of the Saints' weekend clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

‘He is getting a more complete striker now and is learning a lot. He is a fantastic signing for Chelsea and he is only happy when he scores, so I hope he is unhappy after the game.’

Werner has shown glimpses of what he can offer his manager Frank Lampard, whether it’s attacking on the left or up top as a number nine.

He found the net in our Carabao Cup game against Tottenham and Hasenhuttl thinks we are yet to see the best of him.

‘They haven’t seen the best of him yet, at Chelsea, in his first games. He has only scored one goal, I think, in the [Carabao] cup.’

 

Messi nearly joined Chelsea

Lionel Messi was very close to joining Chelsea in 2014 under Jose Mourinho, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

It has been reported that Messi had decided to join the Blues after a FaceTime with then manager Mourinho and Chelsea were ready to activate his release clause which was around £230m at the time.

Di Marzio revealed one of the ‘biggest unknown tales in the transfer market’ in his book Grand Hotel Calciomercato which details some of the biggest stories about the transfer market, and was reported by Sky Sports.

The deal fell through due to the dealings of Messi’s father, Jorge and former Chelsea midfielder Deco.

Deco was Messi’s team-mate at Barcelona when he emerged onto the scene to become one of the greatest footballers of all time.

His father however, was disappointed to be kept out of the light and urged his son to stay in Spain.

 

Musonda training in Dubai

Charly Musonda is fighting to get his career back on track after suffering an injury that doctors said he had a 20 per cent chance of recovering from.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Musonda has been training at Dubai’s Transform Altitude Centre – an elite training facility used by many high-performance athletes.

Musonda’s recent Instagram post revealed the number of hardships he has faced since suffering the injury.

‘It’s been four years since I played back-to-back professional games, three years since I played for my club, two of those last four years, I’ve been injured with the post cruciate ligament of my knee,’ Musonda wrote.

‘I miss football so much, to say the least, and I’m doing everything I can to play once again, to all the kids out there who have a dream and are injured or are going through monumental setbacks, never give up!’

Talking to the Daily Mail, the owner of the Altitude Transform Centre also confirmed Charly has been working hard in Dubai and there is a way to ensure the 23-year-old plays the game he loves again.

‘Charly has been in Dubai with us for a couple of weeks now and coach Nic is working hard to make sure he is back doing what he does best on the field,’

‘Charly has been putting in a lot of work and I’ve seen athletes with worse injuries come back so we hope for the best.’

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