Chelsea set for £35m transfer hit as Kepa Arrizabalaga makes honest admission

Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Tuesday, July 27.

Kepa speaks out

Kepa Arrizabalaga has finally lifted the lid on his infamous on-pitch bust-up with former Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri during the 2019 League Cup final.

“It was all a big misunderstanding,” the Chelsea goalkeeper explained to The Players’ Tribune. “Manchester City were dominating the game in extra time and there was barely any time left until penalties. After making a save, I felt something in my leg and I called for the physio to make sure it was nothing. Above all, though, I wanted to make sure that we as a team could catch our breath.

“Suddenly, I saw that the coach, Maurizio Sarri, had sent Willy Caballero to warm up. He thought I couldn’t go on. My intention, right or wrong, had only been to waste time to help the team. I didn’t have any serious problem that was going to keep me from continuing to play.

“I tried to signal that I was O.K, that I wasn’t injured. But we were at Wembley in front of more than 80,000 people, so of course Sarri didn’t understand me. When the fourth official raised the board, clearly I should have come off, and I’m sorry I didn’t.

“I was wrong, and I am sorry for everyone who was involved: for Maurizio Sarri, who it seemed like I had undermined in public; for Willy, a teammate and a great professional; and for all my teammates and Chelsea fans who had to put up with everything — all the noise that was generated during the game and then in the days after.”

Read Kepa’s full explanation of how events unfolded from his perspective here.

Batshuayi interest from abroad

Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi is reportedly on the lookout this summer for a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge, after a torrid spell in west London.

The Belgium international joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Marseille for a fee in the region of £35m in 2016, but has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.

His wishes of leaving this summer may be granted, as a Turkish club has touched base with the Blues to register their interest in the Belgian international.

According to Turkish outlet En Son Haber (via InsideFutbol), Trabzonspor have identified Batshuayi as a potential candidate to solve their goalscoring problems next season.

The Turkish Super Lig club are said to have enquired about the possibility of signing the frontman this summer.

RB Leipzig striker Alexander Sorloth is the primary target which is the only downside for the ex-Marseille man, who is viewed as a viable alternative.

Chelsea fans plead for John Terry to return

Chelsea fans have told club legend John Terry to ‘come home’ to Stamford Bridge after news of his departure from Aston Villa broke on Monday morning.

Terry, 40, left at the end of Antonio Conte’s 2016/17 Premier League winning season, as he embarked on his last adventure as a player at Villa Park.

On his decision to leave the Villans, Terry explained: “It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.

See how Chelsea fans reacted to the news here.

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