In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Olivier Giroud has no desire to leave Chelsea but is considering the future challenge of playing in Major League Soccer, Mason Mount is looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside Declan Rice again and Tyrone Mings has praised the influence John Terry has had on his development.
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Giroud open to MLS move in the future
Olivier Giroud has told French broadcasters RMC Sport he has no desire to leave Chelsea at this time but is open to the possibility of playing in Major League Soccer in the future.
The French striker was the subject of transfer speculation this summer, with French side Nice reportedly keen to bring him back to Ligue 1, before he signed a new one-year contract extension with the Blues.
While it was the club’s decision to extend the deal, Giroud insists he is quite happy to remain at Stamford Bridge.
‘There has been no discussions because the club had an option for an extra year and they took it because they were happy with my contribution to the club,’ he said.
‘It is even more than that. There is real trust. It was not really my desire to leave anyway so I never asked myself about a possible departure.’
However, the Frenchman is thinking of future possibilities and is considering a move to MLS when his time in the Premier League comes to an end.
‘The MLS for my family, my children who speak English, it's interesting,’ he said.
‘In a year? In two years? I do not know when. But of course, after that I will be open to a final challenge.’
Mount looks forward to play again with Rice
The Sun reports Mason Mount is keen to play alongside Declan Rice again although he is wary of being pranked by his close friend while they are together on England duty.
The two players became good friends as juniors in the Chelsea Academy but have not played on the same team since Rice was released by the club at the age of 14 and joined West Ham United.
However, with both of them called up by Gareth Southgate for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, Mount is looking forward to the possibility of them playing together again.
‘To make my debut for England would be a dream so hopefully we can play together,’ he said.
‘It’s something we’ve spoken about for a long, long time. Being very, very close friends with him, that was something we always looked forward to maybe happening in the future and this could happen. It’s very exciting.
‘I was gutted when he left [Chelsea]. He was one of my closest friends but that’s football, it happens. He’s bounced back and look what he’s doing now. It’s a credit to him and his mentality.’
Mount will, however, be wary of Rice attempting to seek revenge for a prank which he pulled on him in the summer when he filmed the West Ham player screaming in terror after he was abruptly woken up from a nap.
‘He has tried to get me back,’ admitted Mount.
‘I was going to have a nap and realised he had put the door on the latch so I closed it and he couldn’t get in.’
Mings praises Terry’s influence
According to Sky Sports, Tyrone Mings has praised the positive impact John Terry has had on his development as the Aston Villa defender prepares for a potential England debut.
The 26-year-old has been working with the former Chelsea captain since Terry was appointed as assistant manager at Aston Villa last season and has cited his influence as crucial to his elevation to the national team.
‘He has developed my game for sure,’ said Mings of the Blues legend.
‘To learn from him and take little pieces of advice from him is something I feel really fortunate to be able to do.
‘We do a lot of work on clips and reviewing my performances. So I feel like I'm in a really good place and I have a really good mentor to learn from.
‘He tries to tell me to go through a game without being seen or without being mentioned.
‘He says that is a good reflection of a centre-back's performance - if they come off the pitch and nobody really knows what they've done and they've quietly gone about their business. So that is something I am trying to do more.’