Paul Merson delivers prediction on Chelsea’s title race, Courtois wants to live in Madrid and more

PAUL MERSON reckons the title race is now wide open.

Chelsea boast a five point lead at the summit of the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool.

Tottenham and Manchester City occupy the other top-four spots.

While Arsenal and Manchester United are close on their tails.

And pundit Merson reckons Jose Mourinho’s United can lift the trophy despite being 10 points behind Chelsea.

When asked whether the last round of results – which saw Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal drop points – have altered the title race, Merson told Sky Sports: “Yes I do.

“I think it’s brought Manchester United back into it.

“I think anyone can win it still, it’s really opened it up over the last week or so.

“Ive looked at the fixtures and from next week until February, the top six play each other every weekend.

“The league will go up and down until then.

“I still just give Chelsea the advantage because they play once a week.”

Chelsea star opens up on his future: This is why I want to live in Madrid

CHELSEA star Thibaut Courtois has his heart set on a return to Madrid… when his career is over.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has been linked with a return to La Liga – to both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

The Belgium international’s stunning form in the Spanish capital for Atletico earned him a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge.

And while he’s enjoying his time at Chelsea, Courtois has revealed he doesn’t see himself in west London after hanging up his boots.

“I might like to live in Madrid once I have retired from football,” Courtois told Chelsea’s official website.

“I really admired the city and its architecture while playing there.

“And if not Spain, maybe Los Angeles.”

Oscar asked if he left Chelsea for the money… here’s his response

OSCAR has been asked if he joined the Chinese Super League for the money – and he appears to confirm he did.

The Brazilian playmaker, 25, scored on his Shanghai SIPG debut on Monday.

He was interviewed after the game where he was asked: “Is it a reason that you came because you can earn a lot of money, more money than in the Premier League?”

Oscar is believed to be on a £400,000-a-week deal in China.

And he seemed to agree that money was a reason.

He delivers an elongated “yeah” response before adding: “I think the Chinese clubs put up a lot of money for the players who go to China, to make the Chinese league stronger.

“They offered that to me and I’m very happy to come.”

Chelsea banked £60m for selling Oscar, who told Sky Sports: “The transfer is good for me, good for Chelsea and good for Shanghai.

”I am so happy to come to the Chinese league.

“Of course the Premier League has the most top level players in the world.

“But the Chinese guys are very good. They help the new players a lot and I hope they continue this as I’ve come to help.

“If they continue in this way then maybe because they have a lot of good projects.”

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