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Huge boost for Chelsea as key man looks set to return from injury

Injury

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata has handed the club a major boost in terms of his fitness if the latest post on his Twitter account is to be believed, with the player claiming he’s back and ready to train with the club once more after being out for some time.

 

It could well be the case that Morata is building up his fitness again after being out for so long, and according to manager Conte, he doesn’t know when the player will be back and ready to take part again – though Chelsea will almost certainly be hoping the player is ready for their second leg against Barcelona, if not their first.

It seems there’s no set date for him to return from injury, with Conte cryptic at best when speaking about a set timeline.

On Friday Conte had said: “We are talking a lot about bad results, but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation. Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time.

“I don’t know how long he will be out. We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. I don’t know.

For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”

Real Madrid

One thing Morata has been talking about is his former club Real Madrid, who have been linked with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois in recent months, and it seems that while the forward was happy to put his thanks to Chelsea on record, the main point of his comments was to make it clear that Madrid will always be his home and a key club for him – another thing that Chelsea fans may worry about.

 

Man United receive huge David de Gea transfer boost: report

Real Madrid have elected to dedicate their attention towards signing Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois instead of David de Gea in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The European champions had initially turned their attention towards signing Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, only for the Spaniard to sign a new contract with the Basque club.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed last week that Madrid have reignited interest in both Courtois and De Gea, adding that the former would be easier to sign.

And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, the hierarchy at the Bernabeu, despite coming minutes away from signing De Gea in 2015, believe Courtois will be an easier option to pursue once the transfer window opens.

The Belgian recently noted in an interview that Madrid – where his young family still lives – was still very much his home and claimed he wanted to go back there at some point in his career. And a sizeable offer from Florentino Perez – possibly in the region of £100m – may be too good for Chelsea to turn down.

De Gea, on the other hand, is thought to be relaxed with life in Manchester under Mourinho, and certainly isn’t angling for a move away like he was in 2015 during Louis van Gaal‘s time at the club.

Man United receive huge Arturo Vidal transfer update

Manchester United target Arturo Vidal looks set to leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to reports from Germany.

The Chile international was heavily pursued by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014 but decided to remain at Juventus before joining Bayern a year later.

Jose Mourinho wants to add midfield reinforcements this summer and has reportedly pinpointed Vidal as one of his main transfer targets.

And according to German media outlet Kicker, the German champions, having secured the services of Leon Goretzka, want to make further investments in younger talent over the summer and will sanction the departure of Vidal or Thiago Alcantara as a result.

Bayern also want to replace the outgoing pair of Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben with Man United targets Leon Bailey and Christian Pulisic. Combine that with talents like Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolliso, Niklas Sule, along with Gortezta, and you have a serious platform for the future.

This is an obvious project of Bayern’s having lost their presence in the Champions League over the last few years with a strong but ageing squad, and United could prove to be the main beneficiaries of such an evolution, plucking Vidal – a dynamic, intelligent, seasoned midfielder with excellent vision and tenacity – from the Allianz Arena after working so tirelessly to get him four years ago.

Huge Tottenham boost: Key man “in contention” to face Arsenal

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that new signing Lucas Moura is “in contention” to make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s North London derby.

The Brazilian forward arrived from Paris Saint-Germain last month in a deal worth a reported £25m, with Pochettino looking to bolster his squad options.

The player has been yet to feature for the club, having had to watch Spurs defeat both Manchester United and Newport County from the stands and secure a draw away at Liverpool last Sunday.

“In contention”

With Tottenham fighting on three fronts this season, Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, Lucas could prove to be a vital asset for Pochettino.

Upon arrival, there were a few concerns over the player’s level of fitness given he had made just five appearances all season for PSG.

However, after working hard in training the player looks set to make his first appearance for the club, likely off the bench, against Arsenal.

Pochettino said:

“I think he will be ready to be in contention. He’s doing well, training so hard.

He’s starting to feel his legs. We need to assess him tomorrow after the last training session but I hope’s he’s doing well and we can put him in contention.”

Full interview here…

Alderweireld’s race to recovery

Meanwhile, on Toby Alderweireld’s potential involvement on Saturday, Pochettino said:

“No decision. Still no decision.”

The Belgian completed the full 90 minutes against Newport in the FA Cup on Wednesday, returning for the first time in nearly 100 days.

In his absence, Davinson Sanchez has been excellent, showing huge potential for the future, despite the odd lackadaisical moments that he is prone to.

For more team news for Saturday’s North London derby read 101 Great Goals’ match preview here.