Mark Hughes on signing Kurt Zouma
“There is genuine interest. We’d like to make it happen if we can. The boy himself has to make a decision. We are one of many interested parties but we’re very hopeful. We’re still doing a number of deals.” (Stoke Sentinel)
Gabrielle Marcotti on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
“I don’t know if it is that his stock has dropped. I think it’s just because they have slapped an enormous price tag on him.
“I think he could come back into the reckoning. I don’t know if he’s a great fit for Chelsea and what Conte wants out of his centre forward. I think that would be the main caveat there.” (ESPN)
Cesar Azpilicueta on the Premier League
“We are looking forward to it starting. Obviously it’s a big challenge for us, we know how difficult it is to win it as we’ve now won it two times in the past three years, but we are ready to fight.
“Now every team will be fired up playing against the champions and we have to prepare well mentally to fight for it.
“This is a league where you compete against six or seven big teams.
“It’s very difficult to predict a champion before the start of the season. The biggest rivals will be the team you are playing against next and every team is difficult to play, so we have to perform in every game.” (Chelsea FC)
Roma owner James Pallotta on Radja Nainggolan rumours
“Nainggolan and Manolas aren’t going anywhere.
“We’ve sold players in order to satisfy our Financial Fair Play problems.
“Monchi is doing a great job, we have a common strategy and we’re discussing everything together.” (Premium Sport)