Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Monday, March 1.
Keane makes Mount comparison
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has compared Chelsea ace Mason Mount with fellow former United man Paul Scholes.
Keane made the admission following Chelsea’s goalless draw with the Red Devils on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Mount has experienced a rapid rise in recent years, jumping from a Championship loanee to a fully fledged England international in less than two years. Although he still has a lot of hard work ahead of him, he has already proven himself to be a key member in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Stamford Bridge, following the German’s arrival back in January.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Keane said: “We’ve been praising this lad now for the last number of years, the way he plays the game, almost like Paul Scholes, plays like a kid on the street, it all comes very easy for him.
“Good first touch, seems an honest kid, he has a goal in him, he has an assist.
“There’s no surprise this lad is playing, when the manager came he would have had a look at him before.”
Makelele sends message to Kante
Former Chelsea midfield ace Claude Makelele insists N’Golo Kante can do more to help the Blues’ offensive players as they look to try and increase their goals tally in the weeks and months that lie ahead.
The France international, who has helped the Blues win three trophies since making the switch to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City back in 2016, started for just the second time in the Premier League under Tuchel on Sunday, with his only other Premier League start, since the German took over, coming against Southampton last weekend.
Although Kante has been one of Chelsea’s star players over the last few years, Makelele, who spent five years as a player in west London, has admitted that he “expects more” from his performances moving forward.
“For me, I expect more from N’Golo Kante because he can be better than me,” Makelele said on Chelsea’s Matchday Live show. “He needs more communication with his defenders.
“You want him to have more responsibility, more power to say: ‘I’m here. You do this behind me and I’ll do this in front of you’. He can have leadership in this team. I know Kante is shy, never talks, he just wants to do his job. But I think he can do more.”
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Milan make Tomori decision
AC Milan want to activate their option to sign on-loan centre-back Fikayo Tomori this forthcoming summer, but are not willing to pay the fee that has been agreed between the two clubs.
That is according to a report by Sky Sports, who insist Milan are keen to keep hold of the former Derby County loanee after a promising start to his loan spell in Italy.
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A fee of £26million was agreed between the two clubs back in January and Milan are keen to get a deal over the line, but only at a reduced rate.
How much Milan are willing to pay for the central-defender is currently unknown.
On Tomori, Milan technical director Paolo Maldini said: “Tomori is a good talent and we have a buy-option clause.
“The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with Chelsea’s board.”