Ronald Koeman reveals he met with Ross Barkley to discuss his failed move to Chelsea
“Ross also came to see me on Tuesday and he explained to me why he turned down [the chance] to go to Chelsea,” Koeman explained.
“That is a private talk with Ross and I am not the right man to explain to you about his decision or the reason for that decision.
“He was open to make a move to another club and from what I heard from the board, there was an agreement between Chelsea and Everton.
“But finally the decision was by the player and that is what happened at that time.”
Pat Nevin expects Tammy Abraham to be involved in the Chelsea senior squad next year
“The ace in the pack could be Tammy Abraham,” Nevin told West London Sport.
“As good as many of the players who have come through are, I think he could be the one that makes it at Chelsea. Tammy could be ready in a year.
“I have seen him playing youth football him since he was 14 and he has everything he needs.
“He is a technical player, has pace, awareness and a great attitude. But he has one other thing; he knows how to score a goal.
“It was incredible the amount of tap-ins he scored last season. He has a knack of prodding the ball in and doing it regularly and that is priceless.”
Mauricio Pochettino gives an update on reported Chelsea target Toby Alderweireld
“He was talking with me in my office this morning and he’s so happy, he wants to make it clear he is fully committed with the club,” Pochettino said in his weekly press conference.
“He’s happy with his contract, two years plus one. It’s not an issue.
“I recognise some rumours in the last few days. But he is so relaxed, so calm.
“His idea is to try to play here — he’s happy here, there’s no reason to move.”
Petr Cech reflects on his time working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
“When he [Mourinho] arrived at Chelsea from Porto, he brought the main thing: he came from a club where it was not acceptable to him to finish second of the championship,” Cech was quoted as saying by The Metro.
“He brought the same spirit in Chelsea. He thinks only about victory, whatever the price.
“He hates draws. If we returned to the dressing room with a draw, it was known that he would not be satisfied.
“On the other hand, he also wanted be able to keep a 1-0 or beat a team 5-0 if possible. No matter how, Mourinho wants the result.”