Werder Bremen have confirmed ongoing talks with Chelsea as Kevin De Bruyne looks set to complete a loan move to the Bundesliga club. Werder Bremen have a need in the wide position after Marko Marin left for the Blues and are looking to replace him with fellow Chelsea new-boy De Bruyne. The Belgian youngster was signed in January from Genk but concedes he will find scarce playing time following the signings of Hazard, Oscar and Marin. The player has prioritised first-team football and will be granted his wish as his loan draws nearer to completion.
Former player George Weah spoke fondly of the club as he watched the team during their pre-season friendly with AC Milan. The player was with Chelsea for six months on loan from Milan in 2000 and won the FA Cup during his time at the club. Weah played in the same team as manager Di Matteo and spoke highly of the player: 'Robbie is another very disciplined person and I am sure he will do well and I pray he is successful.'
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay spoke on the club’s progress during the pre-season tour in America. As well as an admission that Chelsea would continue to strengthen the squad, Gourlay played down the importance of results in pre-season matches after Chelsea lost two consecutive games against the MLS All-Stars and AC Milan.
Arsene Wenger has accused heavy-spending teams Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City of being irresponsible in the transfer market. The Arsenal manager surmised that the teams’ spending is making football ‘suffer’ and the overall debt in clubs through Europe was unacceptable. The manager spoke of the difficulty of maintaining players on competitive wages when other teams are so excessive.
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