Teenage goalkeeping sensation Thibaut Courtois fears he may have ruined the prospect of a possible switch to Stamford Bridge this summer, after revealing the club’s interest in him to a Belgian radio station, according to the Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old shot stopper who made over 40 appearances in Genk’s title winning campaign last season went on record stating: “Chelsea did an interesting offer to my agent and said they want me because they see me as a successor to Petr Cech.”
The comments not only disclose the approach made by Chelsea, but also put the teenager on bad terms with his present club. Courtois senior was quick to make amends to his son’s remarks by claiming they had refused the offer from Chelsea, as it was too low and are more than happy to remain at Genk for the remainder of Courtois’ three-year contract.
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Di Matteo returns as assistant.
Roberto Di Matteo marked his return to Stamford Bridge yesterday. The Italian was revealed to fans as the newly appointed assistant coach to Andre Villas-Boas. Di Matteo who was previously in charge of West Brom Albion joined Chelsea under the personal recommendation of Villas-Boas.
The 33-year-old manager claimed he always wanted to work with Roberto because of the quality of work produced by the Italian at his previous clubs.
According to The Telegraph, the Portuguese manager revealed the reason behind his decision by saying: “Everyone likes attacking football and the Premier League has a certain amount of goals in every game. It should be an entertaining game for the fans and that is what we will look to do.”
Villas-Boas claims full control.
Andre Villas-Boas gave his first interview to ChelseaTV yesterday and the young manager cleared doubts over his appointment by clearly stating that he had full control over transfers and team-selection at Stamford Bridge.
When asked if he was assured control over team matters by owner Roman Abramovich, the 33-year-old said: “Hopefully that will happen as it does in any other club. There are no players imposed on me. We just need to make wise decisions when we can.”
Villas Boas also highlighted what he expected from senior players in the dressing room by insisting they needed to conduct themselves well on and off the pitch. The manager showed that he will not fall victim to player power by clearly stating no one will be favoured in his eyes. Villas-Boas also claimed that he needed to assess the current squad before making changes to it and bringing in any new players.
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