October 3, 2022

Welcome to Pride of London’s Sunday round-up, which will take a brief look at some notable latest news. Then, we’ll end with a closer look at why Reece James — and Mason Mount, by extension — didn’t have their rather underpaid contracts extended. Let’s start with an update on the important Spanish defending duo at Stamford Bridge: Chelsea Football Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and left winger Marcos Alonso. Currently, the pair is with Spain on international duty; last week the national team drew against Portugal and the Czech Republic. Subsequently, the Spaniards beat Switzerland and face the Czechs again today.

At the end of the four matches, the two are expected to hold talks with CFC over their respective futures. However, after Fabrice Romano, Barcelona want both players and are ‘working’ to capture Alonso, with the player keen on a move to Camp Nou. Seemingly personal terms are even agreed upon; Romano adds that only the English club fee remains an obstacle. Besides, the extremely credible reporter clarifies that Barca also hope to receive an imminent response regarding Azpilicueta from the Blues officials.

Why Reece James is waiting for Chelsea contract talks with Real Madrid, Manchester City is hiding?

If the 31 and 32-year-olds were allowed to leave Fulham Road, the number of starting defenders – technically – to leave Chels would be increased to four. And that could be even before the start of summer 2022. This fact is quite amazing, to be honest. I don’t remember any pre-eminent club ever being in that position. However, chairman Todd Boehly is believed to be ready to replace the incumbents with top-notch talent.

And it’s almost certain that at least a few of those athletes may have stayed at Chelsea for another campaign or more, if not for government sanctions. Good, if Azpilicueta and Alonso leave which seems very likely. The loss of Antonio Rudiger is the one that hurts the team the most; meanwhile, the passion of ‘Azpi’ is something we will miss so much too.

So why is one of the remaining defense stars, James, still awaiting his contract extension talks in this case? Especially with giants such as Real Madrid and Manchester City supposed to hide any problems to occur. A good question. Basically, the English man should wait no longer. Many errors emerge from any property, even from high-performance collectives – and this is the first of the Boehly-Clearlake group, in my eyes!

Unless, of course, there are unknown legal reasons why James, who deserves a raise, hasn’t been taken care of. Yet PoL has heard nothing about hypothetical issues from any quality source since the restrictions were lifted, in this regard. Although the best authority offers an indication due to the concern of Londoners. Below, Romano suggests they negotiate elsewhere.

Obviously talking to a specific incoming player, which Chelsea are currently doing, will mean some staff and some resources are busy. If there are not enough qualified people with CFC, or have been made redundant in the transition, then hiring satisfactory levels of competent staff is vital at a crucial time for the Blues.

Man City or Real turning James’s head is a potential disaster for West Londoners. james is with the Three Lions team for the Nations League matches – but when he returns, I hope CFC and his coach have prepared an agreement. Encouragingly, it’s clear the player likes Chels’.

Defensive reinforcements being the current priority, goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina should soon be confirmed in Blue. After nearly signing Slonina last February, the Premier League side will likely set an MLS transfer record. Meanwhile, an offer from los Blancos has been rejected by Chicago Fire.