Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Tuesday, March 16
Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘unlucky’ over England squad selection
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told he can consider himself ‘unlucky’ not to have been selected for England’s senior side for the upcoming world cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
The Blues winger has instead been included in under 21 side for the European Under-21 Championship group stage but manager Aidy Boothroyd has praised the 20-year-old’s attitude and application after dropping back down to the youth setup.
“Not only that, but one or two players on our standby list for this particular squad can consider themselves unlucky. That’s good for me because the quality of the players is so high,” he said.
“But that’s all part of sport and life. You get an opportunity, you take it, things don’t work out, you come back down, you’ve got to get back on your bike and go again.
“Callum has certainly done that, we’re expecting Mason to do that and anybody else who goes up to the senior team and comes back to us.
“There’s an expectation from us that is exactly the same as the senior team and all the pathways. We want you to be the best you can be and dealing with disappointment is part of that.”
Jose Mourinho prediction about Eden Hazard proved correct
Eden Hazard’s ongoing injury woes were seemingly predicted by Jose Mourinho when the current Spurs boss was in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
The former Blues winger has suffered a succession of injuries since swapping Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019, despite a near perfect fitness record during his seven years in London.
Back in 2015, Mourinho bemoaned the lack of ‘protection’ Hazard was getting in the Premier League, and intimated that the unchecked rough treatment would have long-term effects on the player.
“I think match after match, he is being punished by opponents, and he’s not being protected by referees,” he said at the time. “Maybe one day we won’t have Eden Hazard,”
Read Mourinho’s full quotes here.
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Blues face Spurs battle over Juventus star
Chelsea could be in the market for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his forward line.
According to reports in France Football, as per Sport Witness, the Blues will be willing to pay around £50m for the Argentine forward who has been linked with a move away from Turin.
The report claims Juve are looking to cash-in on the player as they look to rebuild their squad.
Dybala, 27, is out of contract in 2022 but the Blues will reportedly face competition from rivals Tottenham for his signature.