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Andy North

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  1. I've put us down for 4th behind City, Liverpool and either Spurs or Manu. It's far to early to make a sensible prediction though. I think the pressure of the CL will wear Utd and Spurs down later in the season. We really haven't played a team of any consequence yet but the Liverpool games will be a good yard stick. I know we have to get past West Ham but if we can do them and Liverpool we will really be cooking. I'm not convinced our defense can hold out for both of those games. It's a great start to the season and you can only beat who you play. Before the season started I had concerns as to where the goals were going to come from but I'm happier now. It seems Hazard could have his best ever season for us. There are goals throughout the team. COYB!
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    How should we treat the Europa league?

    Agree with most of what has been said already. We have depth enough for the early stages so save our best for the PL. Not sure if all the players mentioned are in EL squad. Looking forward to seeing Ampadu get some game time. He deserves it and could even push for some PL game time if he plays well.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Maybe it's time to sell before his value drops too far. I don't think he's ever going to cut it at Chelsea. Palace will give us £15-20m surely.
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    Alvaro Morata

    I really can't work out what Morata's problem is at the moment. He was awful at the end of last season, this pre-season and didn't have a good game against Huddersfield. I'm looking for signs that he might get a goal soon but is it me or is he not getting the chances? From memory he had one half chance against Huddersfield. That really isn't enough service. Perhaps if he gets more chances he can regain his confidence.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    I'm sorry but there is no such thing as a Gentlemen's agreement. If people agree things they get written into contracts. When they can't agree they don't. Why do you think Real didn't give an option to buy? They value Kovacic too much to sell him. They want to see if he has a good year and/or if they are in a position to sell him next year. They are keeping their options open without having to commit to any arrangement with Chelsea. They let the loan go through as sweetener at best. They will not be doing Chelsea any favours at the end of the season. We, on the other hand, have let a world class keeper go for £35m when Liverpool have paid £60m for Alison and we have paid £71m for Kepa. I'm sorry but I know which side of the deal I would want to be on.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    Lets not kid ourselves here. Real Madrid are not going to be doing us any favours if Kovacic has a belter of a season. Especially if their midfield needs freshening up at the end of the season. They have already had our pants down getting Courtois on the cheap and a one year loan of Kovacic without an option to buy. We're probably paying all of his wages for a year as well. Make no mistake if Kovacic has a really good season Real will be asking top dollar. There's no such thing as a gentlemen's agreement. A year is a long time and anything could happen. He could fail to impress and Chelsea may not want him. IF we do want him and IF Kovacic wants to come and IF Real are willing to sell they are holding the cards and the only leverage we have is money. Kovacic could do a Courtois and force a move but that's a lot of IFs.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    Maybe he'll fall in love with Chelsea and London and force a move to Chelsea like Courtois forced one in the other direction. Not sure how long his contract runs. Surely Chelsea took out a buy up clause.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    The Daily Express is just now reporting that Chelsea have "sealed a deal" to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga of Athletico Bilbao. £72m release clause. If it were another paper I might be happy. Let's see. If it's true I am happy as the guy is meant to be very good,and he's only 23.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    There's more to this than meets the eye. While it was reported last summer that he wanted to go back to Madrid to be with his kids it was also reported on 4th January 2018 in the Telegraph that he was close to extending his contract to 2023 on £200k per week and that it was important we signed Hazard at the same time. He said he would sign if Hazard signs. What has changed since then. Has he had a sudden case of the "guilts" about his kids or has Eden decided to not sign. I suspect Hazard may not extend his contract and because of this he wants out.
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    How much time will Sarri get?

    Can we please give the guy a chance before we start speculating about the timing of his departure.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    If we don't get Eden to extend his contract now he will still have a further year at the end of this season. There will be competition for him. Both Real and Barca would love to sign him and come to think of it PSG would probably take a punt. Real seem to be the only club in for Courtois. I'm not sure how to read this because I saw one report quoting Sarri saying he could leave. I've seen no speculation about a new keeper.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    Who would you like to see in goal next season?
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    Thibaut Courtois

    You make a good point and no it wouldn't be ideal. Thibaut has saved our ars*s on a number of occasions and I would give him the benefit of doubt if it meant going into the season with Willy in goal. Yes the press have been putting about the story with Hazard and him going together but I suspect Hazard will go next year anyway. If Chelsea can negotiate a new contract with Hazard now we could get £180m for him at the end of the season. Who would you like to see in goal next season?
  14. I think we have more than "one or two" stand out players. Hazard Courtois (If we keep him) Dave Jorge Willian Kante These players would walk into MUFC, THFC, Liverpool or Arsenal team. Some of our other players would also walk into THFC and they finished top 4 last season. I don't think our players are the problem. For me we have one of the best squads in the PL and we need to focus on getting them to play in the best system to the best of their ability. If Sarri does a good job we can make top 4 with this squad. I would swap Willian for Martial at this point to freshen things up but unless we can prise Pickford from Everton I would run with this squad and hope for a top 4 finish.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    The club have cocked this up. They haven't found a replacement despite the writing being on the wall a year ago and we could go into the season without a quality goalkeeper. Something we have got used to over last 14 years and beyond. Would any goalkeeper really deliberately play badly or "stink up the dressing room". He may lose motivation but he needs to understand that he has signed a contract to play next season. Goalkeepers are a strange breed and would look a bit stupid if they suddenly started letting in goals. I think their team mates would have something to say. It would be great if we could magic up a keeper from nowhere but Real Madrid are only offering £30m when the going rate for a keeper of his quality is more than double. Why should the club sell at that price when they can have Courtois for another season. The whole situation stinks. Our window closes on Thursday yet Real have another week or so during which they can unsettle him. As I say, the club have cocked this up.

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