Media Watch: Former Blues goalkeeper trains with League One side, Ballon d'Or candidate receives manager's backing and high praise for Chelsea loanee's Scotland performance

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a former Blues goalkeeper is training with a League One side to maintain fitness, one midfielder receives plenty of praise after his Ballon d'Or nomination and a Chelsea loanee impresses on international duty. 

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

Former Blues goalkeeper training with League One side

Former Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero has been training with League One side AFC Wimbledon to maintain his fitness whilst looking for a new club.

The Argentine international left us in June after his contract expired and has been a free agent since.
 

The experienced goalkeeper, who has had spells with Boca Juniors, Elche, Malaga and Manchester City, has been training with The Dons for the past four weeks.

The news was confirmed in a story published on the club’s official website on Saturday.

‘To cut a long story short, basically my friend is a coach at Chelsea and Willy is without a club at the moment. To stay fit, he asked if we could have him in,’ said the club’s first-team goalkeeping coach, Ashley Bayes.

‘He’s been brilliant around the group, great personality and character and what an experience to coach him and for our younger lads to learn from him! It’s fantastic.

‘He loves it! If you see him training every day, he loves throwing himself around, he loves getting involved – he’s a great guy and it’s good to have him in.

‘I’m learning off him as well. He’s showed us some good stuff – what he’s learnt at Chelsea and Manchester City. It’s great for the young ones, I mean what an experience for them!’

Jorginho gets manager's vote for Ballon d’Or

Italy manager Roberto Mancini believes Blues midfielder Jorginho deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, and it would be ‘strange’ if he does not land the coveted prize.

Jorginho is one of five Chelsea players to have made the 30-player shortlist, alongside captain Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku.

The Brazil-born midfielder made outstanding contributions throughout last season and was key in our Champions League and Super Cup triumphs, as well as winning Euro 2020 with Italy.

In a story covered by BeIN Sports, the Italy boss was keen to play down his impact after five Italian footballers were nominated for the award.

‘First of all they are among the nominees because they are really good players, and not because of me,' Mancini told reporters. 

‘If I had to pick the Ballon D'or winner, it would have to be Jorginho for me. He's won the Champions League, the Euro, FA Cup (final), I think he fully deserves to win, it would be strange if he doesn't win it.’

Chelsea loanee lauded for Scotland performance

Scottish football pundit James McFadden has hailed the performance of Chelsea player Billy Gilmour, after Scotland’s dramatic 3-2 win against Israel in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Gilmour, who is currently on loan at fellow Premier League club Norwich City, was instrumental in Scotland’s fightback, after trailing twice in the game.

‘The performance of those two in the second half was absolutely magnificent. It was a joy to watch,’ a report in the Daily Record states, citing McFadden’s interview with Sportsound.

‘The young boys inspire the older players. They're not just in there for the experience and to see what it's all about, they're in there to challenge them.

‘They go in with belief, you can see that in how they play.’ 

In a separate article in the Daily Record, Gilmour was given a rating of eight for his performance at Hampden Park, the joint-highest on the pitch.

‘The midfielder was one of Scotland’s main men again,’ the article states. 

‘The Norwich man was a constant buzz of energy and always wanted the ball. He also showed some great skills in close areas.’

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