2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Kante opts out of training, Hudson-Odoi latest following arrest, Jorginho’s agent on Juventus – The Sun

CHELSEA have returned to training as the return of the Premier League draws closer, but N'Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi were notable for their absence.

Kante is choosing not to train due to coronavirus fears, with the full backing of the club and Frank Lampard, while Hudson-Odoi is feeling unwell and on medication.

Follow all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge below…

  • CROWD PROUD

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects fans to be back at matches soon.

    He told El Mundo: “I don't like apocalyptic visions that say we should expect a second wave, a third or a fifth.

    “People we know will die one day, but do we need to be worried now? Should we be fearful now? I don't think so.

    “We are ready (to hold the Euros) and we're going to follow the recommendations of the health authorities.

    “I’m absolutely sure that the good and old football with supporters will be back soon.”

  • LOL

    Michael Essien shared this brilliant picture… and used it as an excuse to take the mick out of Didier Drogba.

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  • START THE BUS

    After beating Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final, Chelsea paraded the trophy down King's Road eight years ago today.

  • GIVE THEM COLD SHOULDER

    Jadon Sancho has been urged to snub a summer transfer to Manchester United and Chelsea by team-mate Emre Can.

    And the former Liverpool midfielder is hoping he can “play forever” alongside the wonderkid at Borussia Dortmund.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 26-year-old said: “I see no reason to put Manchester United above Borussia Dortmund.

    “Not from a sporting side and not because of the appeal.

    “I’d tell him to stay put and let’s play together forever.

    “Jadon has class that not a lot of players possess. I noticed that fairly quickly. He’s enormously important for us.”

  • NOU ERA

    Chelsea target Miralem Pjanic has ruled out joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    While the Juventus midfielder is not looking to make a transfer to France, he has not ruled out making a Barcelona switch.

    The Blues could also make a move for Pjanic, 30, according to RMC Sport, given Maurizio Sarri is keen to link up with favourite midfielder Jorginho once again.

    A swap deal has been mooted between the two clubs for the midfielders.

  • ON THIS DAY

    Was it really THREE years ago Antonio Conte's Chelsea lifted the Premier League title?

  • BALLS UP

    The Premier League’s big return to training has been hampered — by sticky balls!

    And some players have angrily slammed the Phase One Covid-19 training programmes as “pointless” and “ludicrous”.

    All 20 top flight clubs have now resumed work in strictly controlled sessions as part of Project Restart, which aims to finish the season.

    But the disinfectant that is being sprayed onto balls has reacted in the hot weather, causing the surface to become tacky and affecting movement.

    Some players also claim sessions are not fit for purpose as they build up fitness ahead of a planned match return next month.

    Motivation is already rapidly vanishing because the carefully regulated training sessions are nothing like what they should be doing as professionals.

  • GI WHIZZ

    Frank Lampard is delighted Olivier Giroud's contract has been renewed until the end of next season.

    The Blues boss said: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

  • JUVE DONE IT THIS TIME

    Jorginho's agent has reignited speculation that he could leave Chelsea for Juventus in the summer.

    Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss: “Juventus are one of the top teams in Europe and any player would like to play for them.

    “I haven’t heard from [sporting director] Paratici, he hasn’t called me. Jorginho has three years left on his contract with Chelsea, he’s doing well in London.

    “I read about the links with Juve through newspapers and various outlets.”

    And pressed on whether Jorginho would like to move to Turin, he said: “I repeat: Juventus are one of the top clubs in football.”

  • MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have confirmed that Olivier Giroud’s contract has been extended for another year.

    The Frenchman said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

    “I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates.

    “I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

    Chelsea have also decided to extend Willy Caballero’s deal by a further season.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.

    Spanish news outlet AS claims the Brazilian centre-back, 22, is now a £30million target for Los Blancos.

    He has enjoyed a great season with Lille in Ligue 1, making 24 appearances.

    Zinedine Zidane’s preferred target is RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano.

    But The Germans are demanding a whopping £54m, while Bayern Munich are also ready to compete for his signature.

    Real are therefore looking at other options and Gabriel is understood to be high on their wish list.

    Finally, Manuel Neuer has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in a major blow to Chelsea.

    The Blues had hoped to bring the German legend to Stamford Bridge to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

    Neuer, 34, was expected to quit Bayern this summer after the club controversially brought in Alexander Nubel as his long-term replacement in January.

    But the German's new deal will see him surely end his career at the Allianz Arena – as he will be aged 37 by the time his deal expires.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY TOM BARCLAY

    Avram Grant has told SunSport he is proud of his achievements at Chelsea – despite losing the 2008 Champions League final to Man Utd.

    He said: “Reading my notes back made me proud of everything. You see only the result and the result was clear.

    “But I consider more what brought us there. The training, the mentality, everything. No doubt, it was a great season.”

  • KANTE DO IT

    N’Golo Kante skipped Chelsea training today because of his fears over coronavirus.

    The midfielder has been granted compassionate leave by the club and it is not known when he will return.

    France World Cup winner Kante completed day one of Chelsea’s return to training on Tuesday after testing negative for coronavirus.

    But it is believed he has concerns over the safety of going back to duty alongside his team-mates full time while England remains in lockdown.

    As a result he was allowed to miss Wednesday’s session with the blessing of head coach Frank Lampard and the club.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico are the latest big Spanish club to make it known they are willing to sell some of their stars.

    That is sure to put Premier League giants including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on red alert.

    SunSport revealed this week how Barcelona have effectively invited offers for all but three of their players as they desperately look to plug a hole in their finances.

    Now it has emerged that LaLiga rivals Real and Atleti are also in the market to offload players as the cost of the Covid-19 crisis begins to bite.

    The top clubs in the Premier League have all been made aware that the two clubs in the Spanish capital are open to do business for the majority of their players.

    Real are still trying to pursue a plan to find the resources to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, but to do that they would need to bring in a huge amount of funds.

    Gareth Bale is one of those they would be happy to move on to get his £650,000-a-week wages off their books, but others are also available.

    But the problem for the Spanish giants is the value of players is likely to drop markedly when football resumes, and they may not get the kind of fees they would hope.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    THE Premier League's big return to training has been hampered – by sticky balls.

    All 20 top flight clubs have now resumed work in strictly controlled sessions as part of Project Restart aiming to complete the season.

    But the coating of disinfectant being smeared on all the balls has reacted in the scorching temperatures across the country, causing the surface to become tacky.

    Some players have complained they are now running slowly on the already dry grass in the few ball drills they are able to enjoy in Phase One of the training programme.

    SunSport has learnt how just two days into the new regime stars are claiming they are “pointless” and “ludicrous”.

    They claim the sessions are not fit for purpose to help them build up match fitness ahead of the planned return to action next month.

  • WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Chelsea have also decided to extend Willy Caballero’s deal by a further season.

    The Argentine goalie beamed: “I am very happy to make this announcement.

    “It is a privilege to be part of this squad and family, at one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League.

    “It is a difficult time for everyone right now so I feel blessed by this opportunity and truly appreciate it.

    “I want to thank my teammates for helping me to be at my best and I want to thank the boss and club for extending my contract.

    “I’m sure they will continue to demand the maximum from me and I will compete with the same energy as always.

    “I am very happy.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “I trust in Willy, he trains brilliantly and is a great professional.

    “He stepped into the team earlier this year and showed his quality, and his experience is invaluable in the dressing room.

    “I’m delighted he will be with us next season.”

  • ROUD AWAKENING

    Chelsea have confirmed that Olivier Giroud’s contract has been extended for another year.

    The Frenchman said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

    “I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates.

    “I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

    Boss Frank Lampard added: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

    “He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad.

    “I am very pleased that will continue next season.”

  • GREAT SCOTT

    The government has announced a “renewal taskforce” to help sport return – with ex-England footballer Alex Scott on board.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wants advice on “how to get sport back safely in a way that works for both clubs, players and supporters alike”.

    And amid gradual easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, he said the government are looking for “new and different ways to get industries back up and running”.

    Dowden added: “Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronavirus is the biggest challenge for our recreation and leisure sectors right now”.

    But he confirmed the government are looking at a gradual process, rather than a sudden return, and insisted that safety concerns will remain the priority.

  • WINDS OF WINTER

    Arsene Wenger has called for the January transfer window to be axed as out-of-favour players “give up”.

    The Arsenal legend who is now FIFA's head of global development, has suggested changes to the game in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Frenchman said: “I am for the abolition of the January transfer window

    “Managers don't deal with this second window well.

    “In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave,

    “He is no longer mobilised, he gives up.”

  • GIFT OF GAB

    Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.

    Spanish news outlet AS claims the Brazilian centre-back, 22, is now a £30million target for Los Blancos.

    He has enjoyed a great season with Lille in Ligue 1, making 24 appearances.

    Zinedine Zidane’s preferred target is RB Leipzig ace Dayot Upamecano.

    But The Germans are demanding a whopping £54m, while Bayern Munich are also ready to compete for his signature.

    Real are therefore looking at other options and Gabriel is understood to be high on their wish list.

  • OL SHOW YOU

    Olivier Giroud proved to Karim Benzema he is no “go kart” by rocking up at Chelsea training in a stunning Ferrari.

    The Blues frontman was on the receiving end of a harsh jibe from his French compatriot in March.

    Real Madrid's Benzema slammed comparisons between the two strikers – by suggesting the gulf between them is like that of a Formula One car against a go kart.

    Giroud, however, is the first-choice central striker for Didier Deschamps as he closes in on 100 caps.

    And the Blues man, 33, proved he has plenty of class off the pitch, too, with his stylish arrival at Cobham.

  • NEU ERA

    Manuel Neuer has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in a major blow to Chelsea.

    The Blues had hoped to bring the German legend to Stamford Bridge to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

    Neuer, 34, was expected to quit Bayern this summer after the club controversially brought in Alexander Nubel as his long-term replacement in January.

    But the German's new deal will see him surely end his career at the Allianz Arena – as he will be aged 37 by the time his deal expires.

  • WAR OF THE MOSES

    Victor Moses is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea with the winger set to be dumped by Inter Milan after his flop loan spell.

    The Nigerian has struggled to hold down a first-team place while in Italy, making just seven appearances, mostly as a substitute.

    The 29-year-old has also had injury problems, failing to stay fit and not being a major part of Antonio Conte's starting plans.

    It is understood Inter have made an enquiry to Chelsea and were told he would cost around £10.75m to seal a permanent transfer.

    But the Italian club would only be willing to pay around £6m due to financial constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, Conte is a big fan of Moses and could ask his old club whether they can take him back on loan for the whole of next year.

  • COUT ON HIS OWN

    Chelsea target Philippe Coutinhois back training on his own for Bayern Munich as the German giants consider extending his deal, according to reports.

    The Brazilian is on loan with the Bundesliga giants from Barcelona and is recovering from an ankle injury which he had surgery on in April.

    Coutinho was due to return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season but Bayern are considering extending his stay on a short term basis until the Champions League is finished, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

    But despite the brief respite, the Bundesliga giants are not expected to make his move permanent and his Barcelona future also looks in doubt.

    Latest reports suggest Bayern have offered Manchester City star Leroy Sane Coutinho's No10 shirt and a bumper pay rise in a bid to land him in the next transfer window.

    The Bavarianshave been desperate to sign the German winger, 24, since last summer, before his season-ending injury in August's Community Shield.

  • YOUNG OFFENDERS

    Chelsea reminded two members of staff of their responsibilities after they reportedly broke lockdown rules to sign two eight-year-olds.

    Saturday was the first day clubs could sign players for under-9 football next season and the West Londoners are said to have flaunted lockdown rules in order to get there first.

    Pictures reportedly seen by Football London appear to show the Blues' local head of recruitment and another member of staff enter the youngsters' homes to sign deals.

    The club had planned to deliver the contracts in hard copy and exchange at a safe distance, according to the Standard.

    Clubs are often in a hurry to snap up the best young talent but other London clubs are said to have acted in a more professional manner by recruiting youth players over Skype, Facetime and Zoom.

    A scout at one of Chelsea's rival clubs called the move “disrespectful” and some reportedly view it as a move to get ahead in the “very competitive market” for kids currently in year three at school.

  • COUT ABOVE

    Chelsea and Man Utd have been urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.

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