Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Friday, September 24.
Cech opens up on Man City ‘advantage’
The two title rivals go head-to-head on Saturday, with a 12:30pm kick-off time and Cech has wrote on the club’s official website why this could be an advantage to both sides.
“If you get the result in a game like this, you can really enjoy the rest of the football for the weekend,” the Chelsea advisor wrote in his column.
“You start early, you finish early, you can watch the other games and enjoy the rest of the day with the family, have a nice meal with the good feeling that it was a great win.
“That’s the advantage of the early game – if you manage to win!”
Rudiger breaks silence
Antonio Rudiger has claimed he has had no contact with any other clubs over a move away from Chelsea.
Rudiger’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer and he is being strongly linked with an exit from the Blues.
However, despite reports saying that Bayern Munich have opened talks with his representatives, the Chelsea defender has insisted that is not the case.
He said to SID, via Sky Sports Germany: “For me, this will now be the most important decision of my professional career. I have never spoken to any other club than Chelsea.”
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De Ligt price revealed
Chelsea may have to pay Matthijs de Ligt’s £103million release clause, that becomes active next summer, if they are to land the Netherlands international.
The Blues have reportedly placed De Ligt at the top of their list after moving on from Jules Kounde, but reports in Italy, via talkSPORT, have suggested that the west London club may need to pay over £100m to lure him away from Juventus.
Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants to add another central defender to his ranks and the Juve star has seemingly been mooted as an option to the German coach.
The 22-year-old defender has just under three years remaining on his contract with the Turin-based outfit, meaning Juventus are in a strong position regarding his sale, but they won’t be able to do much if Chelsea do trigger his release clause.