The summer of 2012 was a momentous time at Chelsea Football Club: Champions of Europe, club legend as head coach, signing the most coveted young talent in all of Europe. Eden Hazard’s arrival in the SW6 made waves, but the acquisition of César Azpilicueta later that summer has proven just as important and while Oscar didn’t quite pan out as hoped for, the club did turn him into 60 million shiny coins to use on Álvaro Morata.
And that summer could prove even more impactful if Andreas Christensen and Charly Musonda Jr, both armed with first-team numbers this season, develop into first-team regulars, as expected. The former is back in the fold after two impressive seasons out on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and the latter, despite battling a few nagging injury concerns, has also made two brief cameos in the five games this season, his first two appearances for Chelsea. Now, if his Instagram is any indication, he could be in line for something even greater.
“Five years in the making, It’s almost time to make waves in this special kit…” reads the caption and while Charly has made a habit of posting things on social media that eventually needed deleting, perhaps he is indeed hinting at a start against Qarabag on Tuesday? That could be fun!
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Man City signing didn’t want us to sell him to Chelsea, confirms club president
AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed Benjamin Mendy would have remained with the French champions if Pep Guardiola hadn’t come in for him.
The 23-year-old defender ended a one-season association with Les Monégasques by relocating to Manchester City where he’s made an impressionable start.
As it turns out City, or the chance to work under Guardiola, was Mendy’s dream move which he told Vasilyev amid interest from Chelsea.
At first, I said, ‘No, you’re staying’,” he told L’Équipe.
“He replied: ‘But Vadim, I really want to go to City and link up with Guardiola.’ On numerous occasions he said to me: ‘If it was Chelsea, I’d stay; but if it’s a chance to work with Guardiola, I want to go.’
“He’d spoken so frankly with me. So, when City met the asking price and when he became the most expensive defender in the world, there were no more arguments to have with him.”
A graduate of Le Havre’s academy, the Longjumeau-born footballer relocated to Marseille in the summer of 2013, and would go on to feature across 101 matches for Les Olympiens registering three goals and 14 assists in the process.
He’d move to the French Riviera in the summer of 2016 where under Leonardo Jardim he play in 39 matches as Monaco would go on to clinch a first championship since 2000 as well as reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Mendy, who in the process earned a first call-up to the French national team, scored once whilst creating 11 goals in all competitions.
Since linking up with Guardiola he’s been involved in two games with the latest, a 5-0 humbling of Liverpool, saw him produce his first assist for the Premier League outfit.