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Media Watch: Chelsea eyeing Porto star, Deschamps happy with new Kante role and Guehi on the value of international experience

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are reportedly interested in Jesus Corona and Didier Deschamps is happy with N’Golo Kante’s new role.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Chelsea eyeing Porto star

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Porto midfielder Jesus Corona.

According to SIC Noticias, there is a clause in the Mexican’s contract that will see his valuation fall year-on-year if the club does not sell him.

The report states that the Blues have been keeping an eye on Corona dating back to 2019 and would be interested in bringing the player to Stamford Bridge.

Last season, his agent also speculated that Chelsea were one of the clubs in contact with the player during the pandemic.

‘There have been conversations with several clubs, but with the emergence of Covid-19 everything changed,’ he said at the time.

‘They asked about his situation. But the same thing happened with other clubs, although none of them exercised a formal approach.’

The Mexican has made 40 appearances so far this season and has scored three goals and picked up 11 assists.

Deschamps on new Kante role

France head coach Didier Deschamps has discussed N’Golo Kante’s new role at Chelsea.

Speaking at his press conference, the World Cup-winning coach and former Chelsea midfielder spoke about how the 29-year-old being rotated is a good thing.

‘He is used to playing at a very high level, he does not save himself,’ Deschamps said. ‘I am not unhappy when Tuchel does not start him every game.

‘But everything is about communication. Players can arrive from their club, not in ideal shape and then come back in better condition.’

Kante has made 36 appearances and remains an important part of Deschamps’ national team plans. The head coach also highlighted how important his fitness issues are as Kante has been very impressive under Thomas Tuchel.

‘With Kante, it is more about physical problems that have been ongoing for several seasons,’ he added. ‘He does not save himself, but he is like that, I will not change it.

‘With a little experience, he is learning to manage himself.’

Guehi on influence of England call-ups

Marc Guehi believes his call-ups to the England youth teams helped him break through at Chelsea and Swansea.

Speaking to Goal.com, the centre-back spoke about the preparations taking place as the Young Lions get ready for the upcoming European Under-21 Championship.

‘It’s been massive,’ Guehi said. ‘From the first day when I was here at Under-16s, for them to show that trust in me and a belief in my skills and development as a player.

‘I take real confidence from every call-up and then go back to my club and try and improve after each time that I’m here.’

Guehi has had an outstanding season on loan at Swansea and recently made his 50th appearance under Steve Cooper. He believes getting all the England experience has helped him be a better player.

‘Playing men’s football is every kid’s dream after playing in the youth teams for so long. You just want to get out there and learn.

‘That was the aim for me to be a sponge for knowledge. Especially this season that has come to fruition.’

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