Juventus continue their pursuit of Ivanovic

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are still considering a summer move to bring Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to Turin for next season.
The 32-year-old Serbian is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and despite reports stating that he wants to remain in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, coach Antonio Conte will be looking to revamp his squad which would mean that Ivanovic would be surplus to requirements.
Having arrived in West London in 2008 from Lokomotiv Moscow, the player has made over 250 appearances for the Blues winning two Premier League titles, one Champions League, a Europa League and three FA Cups. Crystal Palace have also made enquiries but Ivanovic has ruled out any move to Selhurst Park.

Juventus have a great recent track record at picking up top-quality players on free transfers; Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira have all been picked up by the bianconeri without troubling the transfer kitty.

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Chelsea dealt injury boost: Mauricio Pochettino rules Spurs star out of London derby clash

TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly confirmed that Toby Alderweireld will not be fit to face Chelsea.

Tottenham dropped out of the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat to Monaco last night.

Alderweireld was once again unavailable for selection as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered against West Brom in October.

And, according to the Evening Standard, Pochettino has already ruled the 27-year-old defender out of Saturday’s visit to Chelsea in the Premier League.The news will come as a blow to the Argentine, who will be desperate for his side to bounce back from their European setback at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Toby Alderweireld will not be fit to face ChelseaGETTYMauricio Pochettino has confirmed Toby Alderweireld will not be fit to face Chelsea

Spurs claimed a dramatic 3-2 win at home to West Ham on Saturday and currently sit fifth, one point adrift of fourth-place Arsenal after 12 matches.Meanwhile Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are flying high at the top of the table.

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Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City share £120,000 bill to bring star Brazilians to England as soon as possible

Three Premier League title rivals have clubbed together to share the cost of a private jet from Brazil.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have split a £120,000 bill in a bid to get the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, David Luiz, Willian and Fernandinho back to England fresh for next weekend’s Premier League fixtures, according to The Sun.

Coutinho, Firmino and Fernandinho played on Thursday as Brazil thrashed rivals Argentina 3-0.

Brazil play again on Wednesday when they take on Peru just three days before Liverpool visit Southampton and City travel to Crystal Palace.

Chelsea have an extra day to prepare for their match – at Middlesbrough on Sunday – but the Blues have nevertheless decided to chip in to get their two Brazil internationals back to London as soon as possible.

Just two points currently separate Premier League leaders Liverpool on 26, Chelsea on 25 in second and third-placed City on 24.

Coutinho scored Brazil’s opener against Argentina, before Neymar and Paulinho added their names to the scoresheet.

Eden Hazard named PFA fans’ Player of the Month

Chelsea’s attacking player Eden Hazard has been awarded the PFA fans’ Player of the Month, beating off competition from Theo Walcott, Dele Alli, Joe Allen, Charlie Austin and Callum Wilson – who were nominated for the award, to win the honour with over 13000 votes more than Theo Walcott who came in a distant second.

Hazard netted three goals this month with an assist to his name taking Chelsea to just a point off leaders Man City and Arsenal who are joint top of the league. Hazard’s splendid performances in the thrashings of Leicester and United to add to a composed display at Saint Mary’s at the weekend earned the Chelsea superstar the fans’ award for the month.

The poll saw over 61000 votes cast, with Hazard getting an enormous 27262 votes followed by Theo Walcott in second with 14737 votes, narrowly ahead of Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen in third with 14491 votes. Completing the top six were Dele Alli with 2012 votes in fourth, Charlie Austin bagging 1,996 votes and Callum Wilson earning 1,073 votes.

Chelsea 5-0 Everton – 5 talking points

As travelling fans started leaving as early as the one-hour mark, Chelsea fans were more than delighted to bid them goodbye on their long and disappointing journey home…

If anyone was in doubt of Chelsea’s transformation under new manager Antonio Conte, today’s 5-0 drubbing of Everton was surely decisive. Irrespective of what happens after the forthcoming international break, the Blues have not looked back since their defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. Conte has made his system work and the entire team is reaping the benefits.

While Conte’s preferred choice of the 3-4-3 formation is definitely unusual for the Premier League, he has made it work remarkably while allowing the likes of Hazard the freedom to play the way they want to. The Toffees didn’t start too shabbily as they seemed to press the Chelsea defenders in the opening few minutes of the game.

However, they lost their hold on the proceedings as soon as Hazard scored in the 19th minute which was quickly followed by Marcos Alonso’s first goal in a blue shirt. Thanks to Costa, they were up by three goals at the end of the first half.

Everton could do nothing to unnerve their opposition and Conte’s men increased their lead by two more goals by the end of the 90 minutes.Here are the major talking points from the game:

# 1 The reincarnation of Eden Hazard

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Tom Cleverley of Everton (L) puts pressure on Eden Hazard of Chelsea (R) during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Eden Hazard was too hot to handle for the Toffees

No one seems to be flourishing more under Conte than Eden Hazard. After the disappointing performance from last season, the Belgian looks like he has been rejuvenated. He was sharp, fluid and a delight to watch all night. Roman Abramovich, an ever-present figure in the stands at home must have been overjoyed to see him in such good form as he was involved in every single one of Chelsea’s goals against Everton.

Also read: EPL 2016/17: Eden Hazard named PFA fans’ Player of the Month

His movement and passing were superb and there was very little the visitors could do to keep him in check as both his goals were the work of a craftsman. After just four goals last season, Hazard already has seven this year and for the first time in his career has scored in four consecutive games.

Conte seems to be getting the best out of the Chelsea talisman as he is free from defensive duties with Marcos Alonso playing right behind him.

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Five-star Chelsea destroy Everton to go top

Two goals from Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a ruthless 5-0 rout of Everton on Saturday that sent Antonio Conte’s resurgent Blues to the top of the Premier League table.

The Belgian scored on 19 and 56 minutes, the second after a delightful back-heel from Pedro, as Chelsea blew away the visitors with one of the season’s standout performances that confirmed Chelsea as genuine title contenders.

Pedro was equally impressive, setting up Marcos Alonso for Chelsea’s second with a ball across the area on 20 minutes, and rounding off the romp with their fifth after Hazard’s shot was blocked.

Diego Costa also got on the scoresheet just before halftime with a fierce shot past Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The goal was the Spanish international’s 12th of the season.

(Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Ed Osmond)


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Rumour round-up: Real Madrid eye up Man City man, Chelsea midfielder could make loan switch

Which Manchester City frontman are Spanish giants Real Madrid eyeing up? Is Cesc Fabregas considering moving out the Stamford Bridge exit door? And guess which outspoken, controversial former Newcastle United midfielder is in hot water yet again?

Here’s your daily round up of the rumours, news and views from the papers this morning. Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas would consider a loan move away from Stamford Bridge this January. But the Spain international would only depart to sign for a leading European club (Squawka).

Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (Mirror). Ex-Newcastle United man Joey Barton has been told to train with Rangers’ youth team. The midfielder has been ordered to return to the club after a very public recent fall-out with manager Mark Warburton (Press Association).

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate is watching Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw with eye of calling him up for internationals v Scotland and Spain. Ben Gibson is also said to be in the running for a national call (Telegraph).

Sunderland could reignite their interest in Dynamo Kiev and Croatia star Domagoj Vida to solve their defensive problems. The centre-half has been tracked by the Black Cats before as previously (Sunderland Echo).

Sunderland boss David Moyes has the backing of club owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain, despite failing to win a league game so far this campaign (Mail).

Moyes will not be sacked by the Black Cats even if they lose at Bournemouth on Saturday (Sun).

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will remain at Old Trafford “for many years”. Or at least he hopes to anyway (Sun).

Meanwhile, forward Memphis Depay might be best off leaving Jose’s side in order to revive his failing career. That is the view of Dutchman and Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat (Guardian).

Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll was threatened by men claiming to be armed with a gun in an attempted robbery as he returned home from a training session yesterday (Shields Gazette).

Southampton are in takeover talks with a Chinese consortium, which could pay £200m for the Premier League club (Bloomberg).

John Terry could be offered a whopping £8million per year to make the switch from Premier League Chelsea to the Chinese Super League. Guangzhou Evergrande, for whom he is an ambassador, are keen to sign him up (Mail).

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger is “not bothered” by rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United (Goal).

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Chelsea are keen to sign PSG playmaker Javier Pastore

Chelsea are keen to sign PSG playmaker Javier Pastore in a move that could signal the end of the Blues career of Cesc Fabregas.

According to Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, his club will not countenance the sale in the January window but that hasn’t perturbed Chelsea.

Pastore has been somewhat mercurial in his football career with many high and low points. But he has settled in to the PSG side and is now a central figure in the team.


The 6ft 2in Argentina international who has 27 caps for his country (2 goals) since his debut in 2010, has been a mainstay in the starting eleven of the French champions since his move from Palermo in 2011 for somewhere in the region of 39.8m Euros.

He only played 26 times last season, due to injury, but still got three goals and six assists.

This term Pastore has so far played 4 times with one goal and two assists to his name. Overall, he has a whopping 46 assists for PSG over 5 years.

Chelsea’s number ten position hasn’t been held by any one player with much consistency over the last few years. Cesc Fabregas was imperious in his first year at the club but faded last season and looks like an increasingly peripheral figure at the club. Meanwhile, Oscar hasn’t been able to nail down the position either.

And perhaps Pastore is more tenacious, mobile and energetic than the others. As we all know, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte loves a hard working player who moves a lot.

Let’s see some of his highlights for PSG and Argentine. Chelsea fans: an obvious upgrade on Cesc or Oscar?

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Rumour: Chelsea ready to loan out £160k-a-week Cesc Fabregas to free up funds for midfield reinforcement

Chelsea are set to send Cesc Fabregas out on loan and are willing to subsidise the Spaniard’s wages in order to allow Antonio Conte to bring in a more suited player for his system.

Fabregas has only started one game in the Premier League for Chelsea so far this season which came away to Arsenal in a 3-0 drubbing, and the Spaniard only lasted 55 minutes.

Since then he’s picked up a thigh injury in training and is struggling for fitness, leaving him with a battle on his hands to displace the central midfield pairing of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.

Fabregas is the third-highest earner at Chelsea on £160,000-a-week and, according to The Times, they are considering sending him out on loan in order to free up money for Conte to bring in a player more suited to his 3-4-3 system.
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Why Cesc Fabregas’ Chelsea career may be over

There is a variety of ways in which a footballer can lose his place in a team. His form may dip, for one. Otherwise, he may get injured and replaced by someone who plays well enough to retain his spot. He may also get into a tiff with the manager, causing a fallout.

In some rare occasions though, players lose their place in the side purely because they are victims of circumstance.

What’s happened with Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea this season is really difficult to explain. In the first few games, with Antonio Conte sticking with a 4-2-3-1 system, it was baffling to see why he wasn’t playing. With N’Golo Kante in the team to provide cover for the back 4, Chelsea were clearly missing that creative outlet from midfield with Nemanja Matic in the side. Fabregas earned his first and only start against his former club Arsenal by scoring twice against Leicester City in the EFL Cup 3rd round. A calamitous collapse at theEmirates though, forced Conte to rethink his tactics.

Fabregas was taken off early on in the second half, and Chelsea went 3 at the back. In the three games hence, they’ve stuck with that system. An injury has kept the Spaniard out of any sort of involvement, but it is hard to see him getting back into contention any time soon. The Blues have won all three of those games, and kept clean sheets in all of them as well.

Matic-Kante working a treat in central midfield

With Chelsea going with a 3-4-3 formation, it is important that the two central midfielders maintain their discipline and are always available to help out the defenders. Kante has been brilliant ever since joining in the summer. Matic’s form dipped extraordinarily last season, but has picked up this time around. Both the players earned a lot of praise for their performance in the 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United at the weekend.

Having two defensive minded players in the centre of the park though, hasn’t hampered Chelsea’s attacking threat. Eden Hazard has been giving more of a free role and can float in centrally whenever he wants. The two wing-backs, Marcos Alonso and Victor Mosesstep in to make that extra man in attack. Diego Costa has been superb, scoring 7 goals thus far in the Premier League. All in all, everything seems to be ticking along nicely.


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Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing Watford ace Odion Ighalo, claims striker’s agent

The agent of Watford forward Odion Ighalo claims Manchester United and Chelsea have both expressed an interest in signing the Nigerian striker over the last year.

The 27-year-old hit 17 goals in 42 appearances for the Hornets last year and was instrumental in keeping the club in the Premier League.

The Nigerian was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the summer and Watford reportedly rejected a £38million bid from the Chinese Super League for Ighalo.

However, the forward’s agent claims there was interest far closer to home and says Premier League big boys Chelsea and Manchester United expressed their interest in the striker.

Confirmed: Man United and Chelsea both interested in signing PL striker
Ighalo netted 17 times last season (Picture: Getty)

‘In the last year he has also been wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United, but Watford had not even sat down to deal with then,’ said Patrick Bastianelli.

‘In January it may be difficult to go away, Watford and the Pozzo family has excellent relations with Napoli, but it will be difficult to sell in the winter market.

‘We’re talking about a guy who is part of the Nigerian national team. In football anything can happen, we’ll see.’


Source: Metro.co.uk
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Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, both scorers in yesterday’s 4-0 demolition of Manchester United, were full of praise for the side following a scintillating display at Stamford Bridge.

It was an emphatic victory and one which saw us move above Tottenham into fourth position courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Pedro scored the quickest goal of the Premier League season, inside 30 seconds, to give us the lead before Cahill doubled our advantage with a close-range finish. Hazard added a third before N’Golo Kante scored a brilliant fourth, his first for the club.

‘First and foremost winning the game was the most important thing but the performance that went with it was fantastic,’ said stand-in skipper Cahill.

‘We dominated from the first minute to the last and it was really impressive from us. We’re very pleased and I’m delighted with the attitude shown by the boys.

‘It was the way we wanted to start the game, we wanted to be sharp and that’s what Pedro was,’ the defender added, when asked about the early opener. ‘He was first to react and bang, it was 1-0. We played well, we played with confidence and overall it was probably our best performance of the season.’

Cahill’s goal was his first of the campaign, and he was pleased to get off the mark in such an important game.

‘It dropped perfectly for me and I couldn’t miss,’ he said. ‘I was delighted to get a goal, it put us 2-0 up and in the Premier League it’s very difficult to come back from 2-0 down.’

Hazard was outstanding once more, as he was against Leicester a week ago, and the Belgian believes the fact we overcame a strong opponent was particularly significant.

‘It gives a lot of confidence,’ he said. ‘We started well and for the fans and us it was a great afternoon. It was a big game and we’ve already lost big games this season against Liverpool and Arsenal, so we did well.

‘In football the most important thing is three points. We have a lot of confidence now, we’ve won three games in a row and we have to continue like this.’

It’s now three wins and three clean sheets since Antonio Conte changed the formation, moving to a 3-4-3, and Cahill says the players have total faith in the Italian’s methods.

‘He’s an experienced manager and you have to buy into his ideas, we’ve done that. We’re managing to build from the back and get out quite easily and for me, it’s nice we’ve tightened up. A few weeks ago it was doom and gloom but look at the league table. Ultimately it shows character.

‘We’ve stopped letting goals in and naturally that breeds confidence. We need to stay in contention, stay up there. It’s going to be tight until the end of the season because there are some terrific teams up there.’

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13 images which document the full misery of Jose Mourinho during Man United’s 4-0 hammering at Chelsea

It wasn’t a good day for the former Chelsea boss, but at least he got to see some attacking football at Stamford Bridge

‘Treat the old girl well, alright?’

Manchester United were comprehensively outplayed at Stamford Bridge, as Jose Mourinho had the homecoming from hell.

The former Chelsea boss suffered his biggest ever Premier League hiding as the Blues ran out 4-0 winners thank to goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, and Mourinho had nowhere to hide .

With all of the focus on him pre-match, he saw his United side turn in a miserable display which left them staring at one of their biggest losses in the Premier League era.

Action Images via ReutersChelsea's N'Golo Kante celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Gary Cahill and team mates
What it looks like when you get one over your old boss

The Portuguese had a day to forget, but let’s examine how it went for him:

It started with him as the centre of attention

ReutersManchester United manager Jose Mourinho arrives as fans take pictures before the match
Contrary to popular opinion, Jose’s image can actually be photographed by conventional cameras

Before he had to find the way to the away dressing room

Darren Walsh
‘I built this place, you know’

Then he met an old friend

PA WIreJose Mourinho with John Terry
‘I thought I’d got rid of you?’

Who was VERY happy to see him

Shaun Botterill
‘I wish I knew how to quit you’

Someone else was slightly less welcoming, though

Action Images via ReutersAntonio Conte and Jose Mourinho
‘They actually like me, you know, just saying’

But when the game got going, things VERY quickly got difficult

Mike Hewitt
‘No goals scored in the first minute count, right’

Chelsea were dominant

Darren Walsh
‘Don’t you dare blur me out’

Driving Jose to drink

Shaun Botterill
‘Please don’t be water’

He just couldn’t get his players going

Mike Hewitt
‘This thing, right? Kick it’

A key injury didn’t help

Matthew Peters
‘It’s alright for you, I can’t leave early’

Notes were furiously written

John Peters
‘That freakout I usually have in the third year? Move it up to now’

He tried to hail a cab to get out of the ground quickly

Matthew Peters

Beaten and broken, by the end he had some advice for his conqueror

ReutersJose Mourinho and Antonio Conte
‘Whatever you do, don’t ask to look in Roman’s briefcase’

Jose Mourinho blasts ‘humiliating’ Antonio Conte in furious post-match touchline rant

“You don’t wind up the crowd at 4-0. You do it at 1-0. It’s humiliating,” the Special One apparently said to the Chelsea boss


 Jose Mourinho (L) shakes hands with Antonio Conte
Mourinho speaks with Conte at full time

Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious bust-up after angrily accusing Antonio Conteof setting out to “humiliate” him.

The Manchester United boss was incensed after Conte appeared to try and whip up the Chelsea fans after N’Golo Kante scored a fourth goal to ruin Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, talking in Italian, whispered to Conte at the final whistle: “It’s just my opinion, but don’t do that at 4-0. You can at 1-0, but at 4-0 it’s humiliation.”

The bitter spat then spilled over into the tunnel after a member of Mourinho’s United backroom staff snubbed Conte’s attempt to shake hands after the game which led to an angry row between both sets of coaching staff.

When asked about the row in the press conference, Mourinho said: “You know me. I spoke to Conte, not to you. I’m not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don’t want to share. That is his problem. I have no comment.”

Source: Mirror.co.uk
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PMB: Hull City v Chelsea – talking points

Heading away from home again, the Blues look to get back on track with our furthest journey yet. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton begin their look at the weekend’s match… 


Chelsea’s third successive away match in league and cup arrives at a time when Antonio Conte and counterpart Mike Phelan have much to ponder, both licking wounds from defeats to current high-fliers Arsenal and Liverpool.

Former Manchester United backroom staffer Phelan has said he received an offer to take the manager role permanently at Hull City, but the signature has not yet dried, his team have endured four games without a win, and they have not notched a goal in the opening half-hour of any league match.

While the hosts are also yet to keep a clean sheet on home soil, a shut-out for Chelsea on the road would be most welcome – the first for the Blues since Aston Villa in April. It would be splendid to head into the second FIFA international break with that sequence resolved.

Maiden England U-21 call-up for Abraham

Tammy Abraham has been rewarded for his impressive start to the season by being called up by England-Under-21s for the first time.

The 18-year-old, who is currently on loan at Bristol City, has scored 10 goals for the Championship side this season and has now been named in the England Under-21 squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Abraham is one of four Chelsea players in the squad, along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker.

The game against Kazakhstan takes place on Thursday 6 October, with the match against Bosnia & Herzegovina being held on Tuesday 11 October. Aidy Boothroyd will take charge for their final two qualifiers following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as interim senior team manager.

Earlier today it was announced Abraham had been named PFA Fans’ Championship Player of the Month for August and September after scoring seven league goals since moving to Ashton Gate.

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Chelsea defeat to Arsenal was ‘painful’ but Antonio Conte has bigger problems than just the defence, says Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has called on Antonio Conte’s Blues to protect their defenders after a ‘painful’ 3-0 defeat to London rivals Arsenal on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners raced into a three-goal lead in the first half at the Emirates, with Gary Cahill making a catastrophic error for Alexis Sanchez’s opener.

Chelsea’s defence was torn open for Theo Walcott to add the second, before N’Golo Kante committed himself high up the pitch before Mesut Ozil combined with Sanchez to put the game beyond doubt.

The scoreline could have been far worse for Chelsea had Arsenal finished a number of second-half chances, but Nevin says Conte’s team must work hard as a whole before laying the blame squarely at the defenders’ door.

“There is no hiding from the fact that losing 3-0 to Arsenal is a hard one to take for the manager, the players and of course the fans as well,” Nevin wrote for Chelsea’s website. “It is particularly painful as Chelsea have had Arsenal under their spell for such a long time.

“The magic wasn’t there at the Emirates and there is no option but to get back on the training ground and work out where the problems are stemming from.

“It will not be an easy task for Antonio Conte, even if most people immediately look at the defence. When you have got into the habit of shipping goals when you didn’t used to (that is nine in four games during September) then the eyes are drawn in that direction. It is of course never that simple.”

Eden Hazard complained about Chelsea’s attack having to work harder every game to make up for the goals they were conceding, but the Belgian winger was partially culpable for the second goal as he failed to track Hector Bellerin on the flank.

Burnley’s Michael Keane confident of playing for top-level team

Michael Keane does not regret missing out on the chance to join Premier League champions Leicester City this summer, even though it offered the opportunity to play Champions League football.

Keane, 23, has impressed since joining Burnley from Manchester United in January 2015 and is also reportedly a target for Chelsea, but the defender is confident he can reach that level in his own time.

“It’s flattering when teams like that come in, but I am really happy here,” he said. “The fans have been brilliant with me here as have the manager and players.

“I won’t be looking at them [Leicester] in the Champions League thinking that it could have been me, because I tend to think what will be, will be. Hopefully at some time in the future I will get to that level anyway. Leicester have done brilliant and I will be supporting them because I was there on loan anyway but I’m not disappointed I am not there.”

Keane left United, where he came through the academy alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, in search of first-team football. And although he still supports the club he is happy with the decision he made.

“When I was at United I was disappointed not to get too many chances or many games, but coming here was the best decision I ever made,” he said.

“I have grown as a player and playing week in week helps you improve so much. And playing in the Premier League helps you become even more comfortable.

“I stay in touch with Paul [Pogba]. I saw him a few weeks back when he came back and I am one of Jesse’s [Lingard] best mates. It’s good that a lot of that team have kept in touch — it was a top team, with a great spirit, and every now and again when we can we get together.

“They were good times, coming through the Academy together, but it seems a lifetime ago now and we’ve done a lot since. I’m a United fan and always will be and to score at Old Trafford would be really special.”

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