Chelsea latest: Including Torres and Romeu

Fernando Torres

A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Fernando Torres has stated that he has evolved as a player during his time at Chelsea. The striker, who won his 100th cap for Spain in a friendly against Saudi Arabia, conceded that last season was a struggle but believes the year’s experiences made him a more complete player due to the number of goals he laid on for teammates.

And TalkSport are speculating that Valencia are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu. The Spanish side see Romeu as a long-term replacement to 35-year-old David Albeda and were in talks with the 20-year-old before he moved to Chelsea. Valencia will reportedly send a scout to watch him in action in Spain’s Under-21 game against Croatia tonight but Chelsea’s willingness to sell Romeu depends on how much playing time the midfielder sees this season following the sale of Raul Meireles.

Czech Republic’s national team doctor explained the prospective absence of goalkeeper Petr Cech in the team’s friendly against Finland on Tuesday by revealing that the Chelsea stopsman has minor ossification in his elbow and that Chelsea have asked the Czech Republic to manage his playing time. The doctor divulged further information that Cech will have surgery on the elbow next summer but underlined the injury should not be of any hindrance to the keeper in the course of the season.

Following Marouane Fellaini’s recent apparent comments made in the Belgian press, Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their interest in the Everton midfielder. Belgium source NR claim that David Moyes would sanction the sale of Fellaini to Chelsea conditional of the Merseyside club acquiring Romelu Lukaku in a part-exchange. Real Madrid and Manchester United are also believed to be monitoring Fellaini’s situation.

Fellaini however has moved to calm fears of a future move by assuring fans he remains happy at Everton. Issuing a statement on his Facebook page, Fellaini expressed his surprise at rumours of his desire to leave that stem from quotes published by Het Nieuwsblad. In his statement on Facebook he wrote: “I was very surprised to read in some newspapers that I will leave Everton very soon and perhaps next January. Let me remind you that I am very happy in Liverpool and our start of the championship was good.”

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has spoken of his excitement of being involved with a younger England squad. The 34-year-old believes the spread of ages has created a personable atmosphere in the camp that will translate into performances on the pitch. Lampard also claims that the likes of Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are being afforded more opportunities at a young age than his generation experienced in their development but feels the youngsters’ fearlessness and poise justifies such opportunities.

And Lampard has insisted that he never thought about retiring from international football. Former boss Fabio Capello left out Lampard in a Euro 2012 qualifying game against Bulgaria last year and he increasingly became a target for England fans but Lampard says he is enjoying his new role with the team and hopes to add more England caps to the 92 he has already won.

After John Terry was forced to pull out of the England squad following injury in the game against Moldova, Lampard has backed up club teammate Gary Cahill to fill in for the Chelsea captain. And Lampard believes Cahill’s strong performances last season, particularly in the Champions League, has confirmed the former Bolton defender as a ‘top defender’.

Maicon’s agent Roberto Calenda has revealed to Sky Sports Italia that his client rejected offers from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to join former manager Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. Maicon joined Inter Milan when Mancini was manager and chose City above the aforementioned clubs to be reunited with the Italian.

Daniel Sturridge was absent from training with England today due to stomach cramps. The Chelsea forward should be fit for the game against Ukraine at Wembley and will almost certainly be available for Chelsea’s next game against QPR on Saturday.

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