Emenalo Resigns, Meunier Rejection, and Diakhaby Tracked

Emenalo Resigns

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has resigned from his position after ten years at the club. The Nigerian originally joined the club in 2007, while Avram Grant was manager, and has held various roles at the club, including coaching and scouting roles. He was appointed Technical Director in 2011, and has overseen transfer activity and other areas. The 52-year-old has been linked with a similar role at French side AS Monaco, and could move to the Ligue 1 side. Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo have been touted as a potential replacement for Emenalo, but it is unclear when his replacement will be announced.

Meunier Rejection

PSG defender Thomas Meunier says he rejected a deadline day move to Chelsea, following Dani Alves’ arrival in the French capital.

“I was expecting PSG to sign another right-back, but didn’t foresee them getting Dani Alves. I didn’t know what to think. Was I going to remain on the subs’ bench all the time?

“I could have left for Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window. But I didn’t want to join them. I am happy at PSG and I don’t want to leave.”

Despite a strong Belgian contingent at Stamford Bridge, Meunier turned down a move to West London, and wanted to prove himself at PSG.

Chelsea eventually signed Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta, and the Italian has made a good start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Diakhaby Tracked

Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea have been tracking Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The 20-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in Ligue 1, and Antonio Conte is reportedly keeping tabs on the youngster. Diakhaby made his debut with Lyon last season, and has since cemented a first-team place. Reports have also suggested that Manchester City are watching the youngster, and could make a move for the Frenchman in January.