Chelsea’s worst fears were realised over the international break, as N’Golo Kante picked up an injury while playing for France. Kante tweaked his hamstring during France’s World Cup qualifier versus Bulgaria, and was substituted. The Blues expect the midfielder to miss Saturday’s fixture away to Crystal Palace. He also misses France’s last qualifying game against Belarus on Tuesday night. Kante’s injury adds to Chelsea’s injury list, along with summer signing Alvaro Morata.
Thibaut Courtois could be soon returning to Madrid, if recent reports are to be believed. The Belgian’s contract at Chelsea expires in the summer of 2019, and he is yet to sign a new deal. Reports have suggested that Real Madrid could be tempted to make a move for Courtois, should he decide to leave Stamford Bridge. Real had been interested in Manchester United’s David De Gea, but now look likely to make an offer for Courtois instead. If this move happens, Courtois will return to the Spanish capital, after spending a number of years on loan at Atletico Madrid.
After announcing his retirement from football at the end of the MLS season, Andrea Pirlo has been linked with a move to Chelsea, as an assistant to Antonio Conte. Pirlo, who played under Conte at Juventus, could join Chelsea in December to become a member of the Blues’ coaching staff.
“An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide,” Pirlo said.
“My future, I don’t know yet. I will return to Italy in December.”
Charly Musonda hit out at Chelsea over his lack of first team chances via Instagram last night. He has only made a handful of appearances this season, including starting in a Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored.
Along with a black image, Musonda wrote:
“You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should. And what do you get back? Literally nothing,… done. However, with this being said I will continue with same dedication and commitment to this great game.”
Musonda is likely to face punishment over this message, and questions have been asked whether the Belgian will remain at Chelsea for much longer.