Mateo Kovacic is ready to come back at Chelsea. The agreement is close for €50M (add ons included) with Real Madrid. It’d be allowed by Uefa also with the transfers ban because he was on loan on last season. Mateo only wants to play with Chelsea, he’ll be back soon 🔵
Mateo Kovacic è pronto a tornare al Chelsea. L’accordo è vicino per 50 milioni di euro da pagare al Real Madrid, bonus compresi. Il trasferimento è consentito perché era ai Blues in prestito l’anno scorso, quindi l’Uefa lo autorizza. 🔵
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Here are the key quotes from Frank Lampard's post-match press conference:
On the how the players have performed on the tour: “What I've learnt from the players is that they're a strong group, a determined group and everything that has been asked of them they've done and more. We've given them a lot of work, so now they deservedly get a couple of days off. I'm very happy. It's been good on and off the pitch. In the game today I saw a lot of signs from the work we've done, so that's good for me. There's more work to do but it has been a good trip.”
On Kanté being sent back to the UK for rehabilitation: “I sent him home a few days ago because I felt, for someone in their rehab, it's much more beneficial to be back at Cobham with the facilities we have there. It's not a big backwards step. He's improving and hopefully we will get him back by the time we start training towards the weekend and he will be in a position to pretty much join in with us. The doctors are telling me it wasn't even being conservative with him. I'm hopeful that he's ready for the start of the season, and maybe [it will be] a break for a player that has played so many games over the past couple of seasons at such a level, in terms of output and energy. It may not be the worst.”
On Willian's injury and receiving the No.10 shirt: “There's no confirmation of that decision, but it will be taken in due course. His return to training date is early August. He needed a bit of a break as well and we're controlling that and making sure he's getting his rehab during that break. I'm hopeful he will come and train with us in early August and he'll get up to a level pretty quickly and be available for selection.”
On Kovacic: “I thought he was outstanding in the first half. I really liked Kovacic last year and I watched him a lot. When you say he had a difficult season I kind of get that, but at the same time I saw lots of things in his game that I really like. [He has] a hungry attitude, desire to work and incredible talent on the ball. I want to help him improve. There's so much talent there, I really like him. He was outstanding today and I'm really pleased.”