Tammy Abraham Reveals Desire to Break Into Chelsea First Team Next Season

Chelsea loanee striker Tammy Abraham has revealed his desire to play for his parent club next season, after three consecutive loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa. 

In his latest surroundings, Abraham has an impressive 21 goals in 31 Championship games this season, making him the division’s joint-third leading scorer as Villa fight for a place in the play-offs.

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And, after a loan move back to the ​Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers fell apart in January, the Englishman has stressed his desire to return to playing in the top tier with his parent club in west London.

Speaking to ​Sky Sports, Abraham admitted: “That’s the aim going into next season. As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that.

“I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”

He also opened up about his relationship with fellow Blues youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, who received his first call-up to the England senior squad this week, having received copious amounts of attention since the club rejected a £35m bid from Bayern Munich in January.


The 21-year-old revealed: “He was always coming into my house, we didn’t really play together because he was a bit too young but he was my brother’s age. They’re good mates.”

With ​Chelsea’s appeal against their two-window transfer ban recently denied, there may be a space for these academy graduates to carve out a spot in the starting XI come the 2019/20 season. As Abraham says, they will just have to grab the opportunity with both hands when it comes.

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Chelsea Handed Transfer Lifeline as FIFA Prepare to Review Appeal Before Summer Window Opens

​Chelsea look set to receive a lifeline in their pursuit of postponing their one-year transfer ban, after reports claimed FIFA will review their appeal of the decision before the summer transfer window opens.

Back in February, the Blues were given the sanction after being found guilty of breaching both article 18 and 19 of FIFA’s rulebook, when recruiting young players over the past few seasons. The Blues’ initial appeal was denied, which saw them go back to the drawing board to plan their next move.

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According to the Daily Mail, FIFA will consider the west Londoners’ latest appeal before the next transfer window opens. Additionally, the club could look to gain an interim ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, if their appeal to FIFA doesn’t work out. Clearly, then, there is still hope for the ​Blues, who could arguably do with a radical squad overhaul in the summer.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, current manger Maurizio Sarri has struggled to get his current crop of players to adhere to his footballing philosophy, and the side have found themselves in a dogfight to regain Champions League football for next season. The club will be eager to change their fortunes, and strengthening their side will be imperative to this aim.

Arguably, the Blues could do with at least two new defenders and a top quality striker, but this dream will have to remain just that if the club are unable to postpone their ban. Alternatively, if the ban isn’t lifted, the club may look to use their wealth of reserve options, or the ‘Loan Army’, and take a more youth-focused approach to football next season.

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In other news, ​Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has claimed his sole focus is on the club’s remaining games this season, despite fresh rumours linking the Belgian with a move to ​Real Madrid. Los Blancos were said to have had an €83m bid turned down by the Blues on Monday, but a bid in excess of €115m could be enough to persuade the club to finally sell.

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Eden Hazard Opens Up on Latest Real Madrid Speculation as Star’s Chelsea Future Hangs in the Balance

​Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has claimed his current focus is strictly on his club’s current campaign, despite fresh reports linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid.

For quite some time, the Belgian ace has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabéu, but the player opted to reman at Chelsea for the 2018/19 campaign. However, after a tricky season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, it appears that Hazard could finally be ready to leave the Blues, as Los Blancos look to splash the cash when the summer transfer window opens.

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Speaking about his plans for the future, via the Metro, the 28-year-old said: “At the moment there’s nobody waiting for me. We still have two important months with ​Chelsea. We can win the Europa League. We have to win it, or we have to finish in the top four to play in the Champions League.

“I am only thinking about that [last two months with Chelsea], not about what might happen in two, three, four months. I don’t know. We will see.”

On Monday, ​Real were believed to have had an opening offer for Hazard turned down, with their €82m bid rejected out of hand. If the Blues are to part with arguably their best player in the summer, it is likely to cost the Spanish side in excess of €115m.

Footballer’s comments are, by and large, carefully honed through media training; not giving away too much, but also creating just a tad of mystery. By the looks of things, Hazard will indeed leave Chelsea this summer, but his chosen focus on the Champions League could offer Blues fans a shred of hope, in that if they qualify, he may decide to stick around after all.

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Meanwhile, ​both César Azpilicueta and Antonio Rüdiger have given a scathing analysis of their side’s performance against Everton, after the Blues slumped to a 2-0 loss at Goodison Park on Sunday. The loss piled further pressure on under-fire manger Maurizio Sarri, whose future at Stamford Bridge has faced fresh scrutiny following the defeat.

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7 Footballing Legacies That Could Be Passed Down a Generation in the Near Future

It’s pretty rare that world class footballing ability is passed down a generation. There have been countless stories of professionals having a stab at following in their parent’s footsteps, but never really materialising as a top-level talent. 

Rarer still, though not unheard of, are the cases where young players go on to match, and then surpass, the gauntlet laid down to them by their family name.

With Ryan Giggs ​confirming on Monday that his 12-year-old son is in the embryonic stages of an attempt at just that, however, we’ve thrown together a list of seven famous players whose legacies could soon find themselves under threat by the emergence of their offspring. 


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​By sheer balance of probability, it’s current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane who is most at risk of being upstaged by one of his kid’s – simply because there are four of them on the scene. 

As the legendary Frenchman takes over ​Real for the second time, Luca, the most established of the Zidane fraternity, will serve as his third-choice goalkeeper, behind Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas. 

23-year-old Enzo, meanwhile, plays for La Liga 2 side Raya Majadahonda on loan from Swiss side Lausanne-Sport having come through the Real academy. Theo and Elyaz – 16 and 13 respectively – currently play for the Galacticos youth sides.


Timothy Weah 

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There are high hopes for Weah – son of PSG and AC Milan legend George – as he progresses towards a first team role with the former, and at 19, he’s currently making a name for himself on loan at Celtic.

He has quite a bit to live up to, mind you. While his dad’s spell in the Premier League with Chelsea and later Manchester City were short-lived and underwhelming, he scored 194 goals in 413 games over a career largely spent at the highest level throughout the late 80s and 90s.

And he went on to become the president of Liberia. Your move, Timo.


Marcus and Khéphren Thuram

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Lilian Thuram, 47, is the most capped player in the history of the France national team and counts two Serie A titles, a World Cup and a European Championship among an extensive list of honours. Marcus Thuram, 21, is a striker for Guingamp, and hasn’t yet won anything at senior level. 

Still, he’s showing a lot of promise. He’s become a first team regular for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring eight goals in 24 league appearances, and has incidentally already surpassed his dad’s career total of ten goals.

And then there’s 17-year-old midfielder Khéphren, who is developing impressively in Monaco’s renowned youth academy. It seems the Thuram name will live on.


Isaac Drogba

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​Also plying his trade at Guingamp, Didier Drogba’s son Isaac made headlines when he moved from his dad’s old stomping ground in the summer, and is yet to graduate into the first team – but is widely expected to impress when he does. 

And if he proves to be even half the player his old man was, then they have a find on their hands. Ivorian Didier is thought of as one of the best strikers in Premier League history, scoring 164 goals in 381 games for the Blues. 

He also managed 23 in 49 for Guingamp back in the day, so the bar is set for his 18-year-old heir.


Justin Kluivert

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​At just 19, Justin Kluivert is already a pretty established player in his own right. The winger has already cut his teeth at Ajax and earned himself a high-profile move to Roma, where things have stalled somewhat due to their indifferent domestic form.

If he continues to develop, he has a decent chance of escaping his father’s shadow, although that won’t be an easy task. Patrick Kluivert is one of European football’s best-known names, having scored incredible amounts of goals with both Ajax and Barcelona, lifting a Champions League and two Eredivisie titles with the former. 


Giovanni Simeone

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​Diego Simeone is best known as the hugely successful manager of Atletico Madrid, but his playing career was nothing to scoff at either. Playing in midfield, he achieved a good deal of domestic success with both Atletico and Lazio, and lifted a UEFA Cup in a brief spell with Inter. 

In many ways, 23-year-old Giovanni’s career has paralleled that somewhat in its early stages, as he left Argentina to join a major European side in Fiorentina at a young age. He’s yet to lift any silverware, but that will likely come for the striker in a career showing some serious promise. 


Joe van der Sar

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There were no pictures of Edwin van der Sar’s son Joe available, so here’s a snap of his dad looking rather suave against the majestic backdrop of Johan Cruyff ArenA. 

Currently the CEO of Ajax, Edwin’s career speaks for itself. He won virtually everything with Manchester United, and was still at the club when his son Joe joined the youth ranks at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old has since gone on to link up with his old man at Ajax, before joining Den Haag then RKC Waalwijk, where he currently plies his trade in the KNVB reserve league.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi Earns First England Call-Up After Slate of Withdrawals for Euro 2020 Qualifiers

​Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has earned himself his first England call-up for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, as four players have pulled out of Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The 18-year-old will be involved with the senior set-up for the first time, coming as another development in an impressive breakthrough season under Maurizio Sarri.

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It comes after ​Chelsea team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek was ​forced to pull out alongside Manchester City John Stones and Fabian Delph, with Luke Shaw completing a quadrangle of departures from the squad earlier on Monday. 

The story was first reported by ​The Guardian, who highlight his initial inclusion in Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 squad, and the quick turnaround that has led to him linking up with the senior side for the upcoming international break. 

He is incidentally yet to debut for the under-21s, but looked set to do so against Poland and Germany at some stage over the next couple of weeks, until Southgate came calling with a golden opportunity. 

He joins ​Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse in providing cover for those pulling out, and more last-minute call-ups could be on their way over the next few days. 

Although Hudson-Odoi is yet to start a ​Premier League game this season, he has seen his status in the footballing world rise dramatically over the last year, and was subject to a £40m bid from Bayern Munich in January, which was categorically rejected by ​the Blues. 

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A prospective international debut is likely to do little to quell his meteoric emergence on the scene. 

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