CHELSEA are out of action until at least May but it could be longer with coronavirus suspending the Premier League season.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is trying to keep positive despite the bad situation, while Pedro gives an update on life back in Spain.
Elsewhere, we have the latest transfer rumours with Manuel Neuer linked with a surprise move.
Follow all the latest updates and Chelsea gossip below…
Chelsea star Pedro opened up on his agony with the coronavirus lockdown preventing him seeing his children.
The winger, 32, is in London but his family are back in his homeland, where the virus is causing devastation.
In an interview on the Chelsea club website, Pedro said: “It’s a very delicate, complex situation. A critical situation because there have been lots of cases of infection, especially in Madrid and Catalonia, which are probably the most affected regions, but now it has spread across the country.
“They are in total lockdown in their houses so they are living through a crisis situation. It’s also an economic crisis, of course, but at the moment that is secondary. The most important thing is that people stay at home with their family.
“The police and army are on the streets and the situation is maybe more controlled than here in the UK but we are living in a situation of chaos and crisis because of this pandemic.”
Bacary Sagna has hit back at Cesc Fabregas after the Spaniard claimed only two players matched his quality at Arsenal.
Fabregas revealed he struggled under the pressure of carrying his team before leaving for Barcelona in 2011.
Now at Monaco, the 32-year-old controversially said that only Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie were on his wavelength at the Gunners.
He claimed: “I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself. I had to lead this team to win something. I gave everything.
“Sometimes, I used to go home after we lost and I used to cry, I used to suffer, I used to spend sleepless nights suffering.
“I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely.”
Speaking to Goal, Sagna replied: “I was surprised to read this.
“From him I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club.
“So I was surprised because he is a nice guy, he’s still a nice guy, this doesn’t change anything. But I was kind of surprised.”
Arsenal must beat Chelsea to the signing of Declan Rice, according to Gunners legend Paul Merson.
The West Ham midfielder has been in scintillating form this campaign and has attracted admirers from across the Premier League.
The Blues are reportedly keen on bringing the England ace back to Stamford Bridge despite having N’Golo Kante and Jorginho already in the position.
Rice spent eight years coming up through Chelsea’s academy and remains best pals with Mason Mount.
But Merson, writing in his Sky Sports column, thinks Arsenal’s need is far greater than their West London counterparts.
He said: “Chelsea have been linked with him, but I don’t know why Arsenal aren’t looking at Declan Rice. Arsenal are crying out for a holding midfield player.
“They don’t need a midfielder who’s going to be on the edge of the opposition box, they need a disciplined defensive midfielder, who is going to sit in front of the back four and organise the side; one who, when he gets the ball, gives it simple with 10-yard passes.”
IT'S COMING HOME
Football's coming home after all!
Although England fans were devastated that the coronavirus pandemic postponed this year’s European Championships, ITV will broadcast the famous 96 tournament in its entirety.
Archive footage of all 31 games in 1996, featuring England’s historic semi-final run on home soil, will be available to binge on the ITV Hub.
While ITV4 will air five of England’s matches as well as screen Germany’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic at the Old Wembley in May.
Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow after reports in Spain claimed Lautaro Martinez agreed personal terms with Barcelona.
The Blues had hoped to revolutionise their attacking line with the Inter Milan striker as part of a £300million overhaul this summer.
But Martinez, 22, has agreed personal terms with Barca, with the two clubs now just needing to negotiate a transfer fee, according to Sport.
Frustratingly for Serie A giants Inter, the release clause they had in place for their star striker will now count for nought.
The Italians added a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for £100m between July 1 and July 15.
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