In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, we have reaction to a couple of controversial incidents in Monday’s encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United and a report from Spain indicates Isco is considering a move to Stamford Bridge.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Maguire ‘very lucky’ not to be sent off
Speaking on Sky Sports, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said Harry Maguire was very fortunate not to receive a red card after he appeared to kick out at Michy Batshuayi during Monday night’s Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
Maguire scored for the Red Devils in their 2-0 win over the Blues but both Keane and fellow analyst Jamie Carragher felt he should not have been on the pitch by the time he found the net after he appeared to make a stamping motion into Batshuayi’s groin.
‘He's very lucky, a very lucky boy,’ said Keane of the United captain. ‘Maguire, maybe because it's his personality, he seems like a calm lad, he definitely kicks out. I think they look at it and ask if he's a nasty player.
‘His personality helped him in the situation. He does come across as a pretty decent guy and he said it was an accident. It's a pretty decent excuse but still, he's a lucky boy.’
Carragher was in full agreement with the former Ireland midfielder.
‘That split second, your foot comes out, he may not even be able to explain it himself, but I think he's very, very lucky,’ said the ex-Liverpool defender, who compared the incident with Son Heung-Min’s red card against the Blues earlier this season.
‘Listen, it's a red card. He's very lucky. We looked at the Son one at half-time and it's virtually the same so he's very fortunate.
‘The referee can't see it, but it goes to VAR, when you're talking about referees, VAR, it's the inconsistency which will frustrate people.’
Fans upset with disallowed Zouma goal
The incident between Maguire and Batshuayi was not the only moment of controversy on Monday with the first of two disallowed goals for the Blues also drawing a furious reaction, the Sun reports.
Kurt Zouma appeared to have levelled the score at 1-1 early in the second half when he turned in a corner, only to see his effort ruled out after a VAR review for a push by Cesar Azpilicueta on Brandon Williams.
However, the Sun pointed out the Chelsea captain had also been fouled in the build-up to the incident and summed up the ire of fans after the effort had been chalked off.
‘As a corner came in, the Chelsea captain knocked Williams off course, potentially stopping him for heading clear,’ read the report.
‘But replays showed that Azpilicueta had clearly been pushed first by Fred, knocking him into Williams.
‘One fan wrote: "Ref has actually bottled it tonight."
‘Another said: "Chelsea have been absolutely robbed."’
Isco considers Chelsea offer
According to the Daily Express, a report in Spain suggests Spanish playmaker Isco is mulling over a lucrative summer move from Real Madrid to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old has been at Real Madrid since 2013 but with just two years left on his contract, he is reportedly giving the Chelsea deal some serious consideration.
‘The Spain international has received a tempting offer to transfer to Stamford Bridge, according to reports,’ states the Express.
‘According to El Desmarque, Isco is thinking about the switch but has yet to come to a final decision.
‘A move away from the Bernabeu to Chelsea would mean plenty of personal upheaval but he is giving serious thought to it.
‘As a result, Isco has reportedly delayed making a decision on the transfer until after Euro 2020.’