CHELSEA are preparing for a big summer of activity as manager Frank Lampard looks to reshape his Blues' squad.
Meanwhile former caretaker boss Guus Hiddink has astonishingly suggested the 2009 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona could have been fixed.
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YOUR GUUS IS COOKED
Guus Hiddink has opened up old wounds by saying he believed Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in 2009 could have been fixed.
Hiddink, who was interim boss at the time, said: “The referee performance surprised me, because in the past he’d had perfect performances.
“Is it the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen? I think so.
“This is the only time I thought a match could’ve been fixed.”
FREE, TWO, ONE… GO
Chelsea have reignited their interest in Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier.
L'Equipe claim Tottenham are still the firm favourites to sign the defender – who will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Chelsea would like to snap him up, but Manchester United have also set their sights on him.
JUR THE BEST
Christian Pulisic has thanked Jurgen Klopp for giving him his big break at Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking to the 13&MEpodcast, he recalled the moment he received a text telling him he was training with the first team.
He said: “I'm getting ready, going to training and it's just unreal I was 16 or 17 and Im going in the warm-up and there's huge names at the time.
“There's Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Matts Hummels, Mkhitaryan. All these guys and they were just in the Champions League final the year before.
“It's like I'm going and I'm just this 16-year-old kid. I was thinking just do my best.
“I was just so excited and I'm just thankful to Jurgen Klopp that he gave me that opportunity, I'll take with me forever and I'm really grateful.”
It was exactly ten years ago today that Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy for the THIRD time.
The Blues ended the season with 27 wins, five draws and six defeats.
Manchester United finished just one point behind John Terry and Co.
Guus Hiddink has claimed Chelsea's 2009 Champions League semi-final loss to Barcelona might have been fixed.
The Blues were denied a place in the final after the official Tom Henning Ovrebo made a series of blunders.
Hiddink, manager of Chelsea at the time, branded the officialdom as: “The worst refereeing I have ever seen.”
He told Ziggo Sport: “The referee performance surprised me, because in the past he’d had perfect performances. Is it the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen? I think so.”
The Dutchman alleged: “This is the only time I thought a match could’ve been fixed, possibly because UEFA didn’t want a repeat of last year’s final.”
Premier League players are set to start being tested for coronavirus next Thursday – and will get the results in just 24 hours.
This means footballers will receive their results quicker than NHS workers on the frontline.
The Telegraph claim players will be given early tests during training sessions to ensure there are no mass outbreaks hitting one or two teams and wiping them out before the season can begin.
NHS and social care workers, plus anyone over 65 who has symptoms, wait up to 72 hours for their results.
THAT'S YOUR LOTTI
Carlo Ancelotti did not suit English football, claimed John Terry.
The legendary England defender said: “What I really loved about Carlo is his man-management, the way he adapted as well – because he had a way of coaching that probably didn't suit English football.
“But he adapted very quickly , when speaking to me, Frank [Lampard], Didier [Drogba], he wanted to pick our brains.”
Petr Cech has lifted the lid on his decision to leave Chelsea after being the club's No1 for a decade.
He told the club website: “I was not happy at all. I could see in pre-season how hard I was working.
“There was nothing suggesting I wouldn't be ready to keep my spot.
“But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went.
“Thibaut [Courtois] was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality.
“I understood the choice was made, even if I didn't think it was my time.”
Chelsea and Manchester United are chasing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa after his club revealed his future is “up in the air”.
The son of former Italy national manager Enrico Chiesa has been attracting a wide range of interest after an impressive spell in Serie A.
Radio Toscana revealed the Gunners, United and Chelsea are chasing the 22-year-old winger.
He has scored eight goals in 30 appearances this season, including one for the Italy national side in a European Championships qualifier.
Chelsea have begun talks with Leicester over a deal for Ben Chilwell, reports Todo Fichajes via the Daily Express.
The player is said to have already told his agent he wants a move to West London.
But the report adds that while Chelsea are leading the race to sign Chilwell, Man City, Atletico Madrid and PSG are also all interested.
GOOD MORNING, CHELSEA FANS
N'Golo Kante's ears must be Bern-ing as talk of Real Madrid making him their No1 transfer target hots up.
The French World Cup winner is reportedly now Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane's preferred option as a long-term replacement for Brazil anchorman Casemiro.
But £80million-rated midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has long been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, now seems more likely to leave Lazio.
The Serie A club's sporting director Igli Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.
“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.
“When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”
But Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho, also commonly touted for Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford, is rated “unlikely” to quit Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Respected journalist Guillem Balague suggests reduced spending after the coronavirus pandemic means a £100m fee might be off the agenda for now.
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was edged out by three Arsenal youngsters in the top 10 of Talent Scout’s list of football’s best starlets born in or after 2001.
United striker Mason Greenwood was third, with Gunners Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, William Saliba sixth, ninth and tenth respectively.
Gilmour, a sensation after breaking into Frank Lampard's side just before Covid-19 halted football action, came in at No 11.
HAVING A REAL GO
N'Golo Kante has been rated as Real Madrid's top transfer target this summer –amid talk the LaLiga giants are cooling their interest in Paul Pogba
Realhave been long-term admirers of Manchester United midfielder Pogba, but a summer deal looks increasingly unlikely.
Now Marca claim Real have turned their attention to Chelsea anchorman Kante.
They claim Eduardo Camavinga is also on their wishlist following his impressive spell with Rennes.
Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane is thought to be after a long-term successor to Brazil star Casemiro.
SHOUT OF ORDER
Premier League players will have their bad language blocked out to avoid upsetting TV fans during Project Restart.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are as desperate as the League for the resumption of the season so they can screen the remaining 92 matches.
But with games having to be played behind closed doors, there is no background crowd noise to cover up the obscenities regularly used on the pitch and in dugouts.
With strict Ofcom regulations covering content televised before the 9pm watershed, TV bosses are having to plan how to stop expletives being heard by their viewers.
And that means having to consider removing pitch-side microphones — taking away a vital element which helps deliver any atmosphere.
The companies have experience of screening behind-closed-doors matches for European or international fixtures.
But the prospect of two sets of players and dugouts both shouting in English presents a new challenge.
Either they have their commentators continually apologising on air for any swear words heard or they control or even mute the sound levels.
WELCOME MAT FOR JOSE
Nemanja Matic has hardly dampened talk of a third spell under Jose Mourinho with some revealing insights into his ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager.
The Old Trafford anchorman made a dramatic return to form just before the coronavirus pandemic halted football, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with strengthening his midfield in the next transfer window.
And it seems the Serbia star, 31, would be far from averse at reuning with Tottenham chief Mourinho.
Describing the Portuguese manager's style, Matic told the Guardian:“If you win, he’s the best guy ever but if you lose, you’re hiding from him at the training ground.
“But he’s an amazing coach.I was very happy at Chelsea, but I thought it was the right moment to change club.
“There were reasons which are hard for me to say now. I will never forget my time there, but I’m a Manchester United player now.”
NOT QUITE TOP OF THEBILL
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was edged out by three Arsenal youngsters in the top 10 of Talent Scout’s list of football’s best starlets.
Gabriel Martinelli is sixth, Bukayo Saka at nine and William Saliba tenth in the rankings for players born in 2001 or later.
Lyon’s Rayan Cherki, Rennes’ Eduart Camavinga and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood make up the top three.
Gilmour, a sensation after breaking into Frank Lampard's side just before coronavirus halted football action,sits at No 11.
Incoming winger Hakim Ziyech would NOT be able for Chelsea before next season – even if the current campaign resumes.
The Morocco winger agreed a £36millon summer arrival in February and has played his last game for Ajax after the coronavirus pandemic ended the Dutch season early.
But despite plans to allow Premier League clubs to register 25-man squads if the season restarts next month, it is unlikely the 27-year-old can be included.
The Telegraph say new rules for the resumption of the season would not allow it.
COME AND SAV A GO
Chelsea and Manchester United “target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could finally be available at Lazio.
The Serie A side say they would not stand in the £80million-rated midfielder's way if the 25-year-old wanted to leave.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.
“Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.
“When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way.
“However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”
BARCA WOULD BE FAB WINNERS
Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at Thibaut Courtois' claims it would be “unjust” if Barcelona were made LaLiga champions without the season being played out.
Barcelona were two points clear of keeper Courtois' Real Madrid side when the coronavirus pandemic halted sporting action in March.
Courtois, Fabregas' former Stamford Bridge team-mate, declared: “I am sure we can still be champions.
“It would be a shame if the season was stopped for good.
“And if it was, I would find it unjust that Barcelona were crowned champions. In Barcelona they must find it logical, but I don’t.
“They drew and lost to us, we showed that we were the better team even if they are two points ahead today.
I wouldn’t find that fair. In England I can understand that Liverpool would be named champions, because they are 25 points ahead.
“Either we play it all or we don't finish, but then we don't designate a champion.”
ButFabregas told TVE, he said: “Everyone defends their own interests. At Monaco, we have been left without Europe next year.
“But if [LaLiga] stopped, as it has done in France, Barcelona would be worthy winners. We are not stopping because we like it. We are doing it for an unavoidable cause.”
Chelsea and Manchester target Jadon Sancho is “unlikely” to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.
That's the view of respected journalist Guillem Balague amid heated Premier League interest in the £100million-rated England winger, 20.
Balague said: “I know that obviously Chelsea has looked into the possibility of Sancho, so has Manchester United.
“Sancho is playing with the idea of either staying or going but it needs a huge investment to take Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund right now. We will see if that money's available.
“If anybody's got it, according to all the agents I have spoken to, it will be Chelsea or Manchester United or Manchester City.
“But if Manchester City don't have European football, it leaves Manchester United and Chelsea.”
MAKING A MEAL OF IT
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been enjoying prepping some food at home.
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ON THE BALLO
Chelsea are interested in signing AS Monaco full-back Fode Ballo-Toure, according to reports.
The 23-year-old had a difficult start to life in the Principality under Thierry Henry and Leonardo Jardim.
But since the arrival of former Spain coach Roberto Moreno, Ballo-Toure has gone from strength to strength.
So much so, that he is believed to have caught the eye of Chelsea as they hunt a new left-back.
It's been a problem position for the Blues this season, with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri having not totally convinced in a back-four.
Ben Chilwell is a long-term target of theirs, but his rumoured £60million price-tag could deter the West Londoners – particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.
IFAB has confirmed teams will be permitted to use a maximum of five substitutes during matches.
Here's how it will work:
To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.
If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time.
Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. The use of return substitutes is not an option for senior competitions.
THEY'RE BORN TO 'WIN
Edwin van der Sar has told Manchester United and Chelsea that Ajax's stars won't come cheap.
The former Old Trafford and Fulham keeper is adamant that many clubs won't be able to afford his players after coronavirus lockdown.
He told Reuters: “In January last year, people said we were going to lose seven or eight players but we lost only two key members.
“The big clubs such as Bayern Munich have said the benchmark fee will go down in the next few transfer windows. But it’s easier for them to say because they are the buyers.
“Of course, the 150 million-200 million euros transfers are gone, but I think there is still a lot of value for players who come from Ajax.
“Well educated, experienced in winning and playing European football.”
Real Madrid have reportedly prioritised signing N'Golo Kante after cooling their interest in Paul Pogba.
The Spanish giants have been long-term admirers of the Manchester United star, but a summer deal looks increasingly unlikely.
Marca claim Real Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea midfielder Kante ahead of the transfer window.
The source states that Eduardo Camavinga is also on their wishlist following his impressive spell with Rennes.
Zinedine Zidane's side have allegedly set their sights on Kante as a replacement for Brazilian star Casemiro.
Christine Lampard opened up on the terrifying moment that she and husband Frank were told to take their daughter Patricia, 20 months, to hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Loose Women on Friday 8 May, Christine revealed she dashed her young daughter to hospital last week after she developed a high fever and a rash.
The 41 year old revealed, thankfully, how her little girl is fine, but detailed how the ordeal was “scary”.
Christine Lampard breaks down in tears during Loose Women as she speaks about friend working on NHS frontline
Christine and Frank Lampard enjoy walk with adorable daughter Patricia for essential shopping trip
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She explained: “We were talking about how people weren't taking their children to hospital because people were fearful and I remember thinking on that day "wouldn't that be awful?" And typically last week we ended up in that exact situation.
“Our little one, this will echo with other parents I'm sure, basically woke up with a really high temperature and then your mind goes to some dark places about what this could be.
“But to cut a rather long story short we were told by our GP to go straight to A&E and it was the words I did not want to hear that day.
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“I just assumed she would be given an antibiotic or whatever and she'd be fine, but being told you have to go to a hospital by a doctor is always really worrying, isn't it?’”
Christine continued to tell her fellow show panellists: “We went anyway and typically only one parent can go in now because of the whole virus, so Frank went home and I went in with her and suddenly felt really alone, you think oh my gosh this is really terrible.
“But of course the doctors and nurses as we all know in the NHS, Chelsea Hospital it was, were fantastic and she had a rash and all the bits are very scary but it all turned out to be fine, and she's great, and as I say I've cut a very long story short.
“But what I'm trying to say is people are feeling anxious about that right now, people hear it in the news "don't take your children to hospital in case", please just do it.”
Christine urged viewers not to avoid taking their loved ones to hospital because of the coronavirus crisis and reminded viewers that there is no need to worry about a necessary trip to the hospital.
Inside Loose Women star Christine Lampard's West London home she shares with her footballer husband Frank and children
She said: “I walked in and there was one other family in the waiting room, don't try and decide what the issue is yourself.
“If you're worried at all what I can say to you is that I have done it now and I'm so glad that I did and please, the NHS are still there for everybody else, it's not just about coronavirus right now.”
CHELSEA'S players have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club begin to cut costs due to the pandemic.
But that doesn't appear to have impacted the Blues' transfer plans with moves for Ben Chilwell and Philippe Coutinho reportedly edging closer. However, Frank Lampard is struggling to find any suitors for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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IN THE RED
Gary Neville has called for the Premier League to give English football a £500million bailout to save the game from a coronavirus crunch carnage.
Gary Hoffman is expected to be named as the top-flight’s new chairman later today.
And Neville wants the Prem to take out a loan to ensure the security of the whole game in this country in the midst of the current Covid-19 crisis.
Former England and Manchester United star Neville – now co-owner of League Two Salford – said: “I said four weeks ago the Premier League had an opportunity to do the right thing by propping the game up.
“I mentioned they should borrow £1million – it was a number I said flippantly – against future income sources.
“The future revenues of the Premier League are tens of billions of pounds – even more if they want to extend their TV contract.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi would “love it” if Jadon Sancho snubbed Manchester United and came to Chelsea instead.
Earlier this week, SunSport exclusively revealed United have agreed “almost every detail” of the deal to sign Sancho in the summer.
Chelsea also want the England ace, 20, but he is keen on joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, three years after leaving Manchester City.
He added: “I don’t know [if he'll come]. Of course I would love it if he came to Chelsea.
“We’ve had a great partnership throughout, the way we play with each other is amazing.
“If he came the link up will still be there.”
REDS FRUSTRATED US
John Terry has revealed how Liverpool got under Chelsea's skin by knocking them out of the Champions League while they were at their most successful.
Speaking of the tie in 2005, that the Reds won, Terry told Jamie Carragher: “I remember the team talk that Mourinho gave after we won the league and I think we were 20 or 30 points ahead in the league.
“He couldn't even say the name 'Liverpool', like pronounce the team.
“He said: 'You are not losing to these lot today, you are so much better than these.'
“Them home games for us, going into the stadium, the atmosphere was the best I've ever experienced as a player.
“'Frustration' was probably the word, but we couldn't break you down at the time and obviously got knocked out on a couple of occasions.”
SOLD 'EM A DUMMY
Liverpool knew they had “kidded” Chelsea when they flogged them Fernando Torres for £50million, revealed Jamie Carragher.
The Anfield legend, 42, claimed the striker was a “shadow of his former self” when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Torres established himself as one of the best strikers in the world after he joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007.
The Spaniard scored 56 goals in his first 79 Premier League games, but struggled for form in his final season with the Reds.
Speaking on a call with Blues legend John Terry, he said: “I couldn't believe it.
“I knew we had kidded Chelsea. Those last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.
“For 18 months at Liverpool, he was the best striker in the world and I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that obviously stuck in the owner's mind.”
LEAGUE OF OUR OWN
Premier League chiefs will defy Uefa calls to bring in a play-off system to determine Euro slots, reports MARTIN LIPTON.
Uefa’s executive committee yesterday urged all national leagues to consider play-offs if there is no way of completing the full calendar by the first weekend in August.
Europe’s governing body wants all leagues, especially the “Big Five” of the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, to be completed if possible.
If not, Uefa said: “It would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit.”
That means pressure to introduce a play-off system if the coronavirus restrictions stop the season being played to a finish.
But Prem bosses, who are desperate to complete the season, believe it would be unfeasible to deliver a fair play-off format.
If the campaign cannot restart, Uefa recommends taking the current table and calculating final positions using a points-per-game method.
CHELSEA stars have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club cut costs due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile there are reports that Olivier Giroud has agreed terms for a move away from the Bridge, while we have the very latest on the Blues' pursuit of Alessio Romagnoli.
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Chelsea have renewed their interest in Dries Mertens by offering the Napoli forward a bigger salary.
That is the claim from Rai Sport Journalist Paolo Paganini.
The Blues were linked with a last-minute move for Mertens at the end of the January transfer window and could move for him again with his contract expiring this summer.
Paganini said: “Mertens to leave? If he went away, Napoli could place a double shot. Inter and Chelsea have re-launched deals for the Belgian offering him a higher salary.”
CHUK THIS OUT
Villarreal striker Samuel Chukwueze has named Chelsea as his favourite club in England – despite nearly joining Arsenal.
“My favourite team in England is Chelsea,” Chukwueze said in an Instagram Live.
“I was supporting Chelsea when I was young. When Chelsea lost that Champions League final against Manchester United, I was crying all through the night.”
“Playing in England is still an ambition for me,” he toldTeam Talk.
“I really want to play in England. It was very close for me to sign for Arsenal, almost had the contract in my hands.
“Unfortunately, it did not work out fine with my academy due to the side of agreement and payment.
“They did not agree with the terms of the contract.”
GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS
Chelsea have been left empty-handed after transfer target Alex Telles reportedly agreed a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Brazilian outlet Gauchazh – which has close ties to Telles’ former club Gremio – claims the defender is on the verge of leaving Porto after a £21.8million offer from PSG was accepted.
It means Chelsea will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new left-back despite Frank Lampard making Telles his top choice for the position.
The Brazil international’s Porto contract is up in 2021, making him available for a bargain fee this summer.
But it appears Chelsea have opted against battling PSG for Telles’ signature, with the 27-year-old now nailed on for a move to the Parc des Princes where he will replace soon-to-be free agent Layvin Kurzawa.
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan to join on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old has long been linked with the Serie A side and attempted to push through a move to the San Siro in January.
Chelsea blocked his exit three months ago due to a lack of cover up front.
Giroud’s contract expires this summer and he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge despite breaking into the first team recently after Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury.
It means Chelsea are sure to be in the market for a new striker.
And they could turn their attention to Timo Werner, who has been learning English ahead of a move to the Premier League.
But Chelsea face stiff competition from Liverpool. with Werner believed to be keen on linking up with Jurgen Klopp.
While his final destination remains unclear, the 24-year-old has been using his spare time in coronavirus lockdown to prepare for any Premier League move by brushing up on his English.
Werner has enjoyed a stunning season in the Bundesliga bagging 27 goals in 36 appearances as Leipzig climbed to third in the table.
CECH THAT OUT
How does Petr Cech manage to do this!?
The Stamford Bridge legend has been sharing videos of his home training regime for keepers on Instagram.
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Joe Cole wants Frank Lampard to hold onto a trio of aging Chelsea stars.
The former Blues winger reckons with all the young talent coming through at Stamford Bridge experience in the squad could be key.
“Rightly so, we’ve credited the young players at Chelsea because they’ve come through, burst onto the scene and been amazing,” he told the Evening Standard.
“But [Olivier] Giroud, Willian and Pedro are three top-class players who have been really massive for the club, particularly Willian, who’s a club legend, the players and the fans love him.
“I hope they can hang onto that experience – if they want to be part of this new, exciting team that they’re building.”
CHELSEA star Jorginho broke up a four-year romance when he was caught sending suggestive texts to a hospitality girl at the club, we can reveal.
The dad of two, 28, asked Elisa Scalcon, 26, what type of sex she enjoyed during an exchange of messages after befriending her at the Premier League outfit.
Stunned boyfriend Aaron Hughes, 25, read them just hours before a holiday to Sri Lanka on which he planned to propose to former pole dancer Elisa.
He said: “Jorginho ruined my relationship. I can’t believe the guy’s nerve.”
The revelation comes just days after it emerged that The Voice star Catherine Harding was expecting £57million midfielder Jorginho’s baby.
Aaron said Elisa, who is half-Italian and half-Sri Lankan, met Brazilian Jorginho shortly after starting work at the Chelsea ground.
He had joined the club from Napoli in Italy in 2018.
As they both spoke Italian she was asked to translate for him and the pair immediately hit it off.
Arsenal fan Aaron said: “She started talking about Jorginho more and more. I began to get suspicious.
“‘She sounded very starstruck. It started to wind me up. When she said she was going on the club tour to Japan last summer, I said I was worried about how close she was getting to him.
“When she came back, I asked her if anything happened and she said no. At this point I hadn’t seen the messages. That was to come a few weeks later.”
'MY WORLD FELL APART'
Project manager Aaron suffered the hammer blow last September, the night before the couple flew to Sri Lanka.
He said Elisa, who works in the exclusive lounges at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, was “acting strange” after returning from a night out with friends. She locked herself in their bathroom and told him to “go away”.
He said: “I went back to bed and her iPad was pinging away. I went to switch it off. That’s when my world fell apart.
“I saw a load of messages between her and Jorginho. They were live texting right in front of me via Instagram.
"I scrolled back and there were messages from him asking her to go to his hotel room in Japan and lots of other stuff.”
In one message, Jorginho asked Elisa in Italian if she “preferred wild sex or romantic sex’’.
She texted back “wild’’ and he replied “good’’. In another, he joked about wanting to see her “drunk’’ and she told him “you will, you will”.
In a third, she asked him if he liked “red roses or yellow roses’’ and he replied “Red, why?’’. She told him: “I have a red rose tattoo on my shoulder.’’
Aaron said he took screenshots of some texts, went to the bathroom and demanded: ‘What the f*** is going on?’ He added: “She came out crying and said it wasn’t what I thought and begged me not to do anything.
“I didn’t know what to do — we were supposed to be going on holiday the next day. I was thinking of proposing.
I didn’t know what to do — we were supposed to be going on holiday the next day. I was thinking of proposing.
“It was too late to cancel so we went and it was the worst two weeks of my life. We barely spoke and the atmosphere was horrible.
“When we got back, she said should we give it another go. I just said I couldn’t trust her and we split up.’’
Aaron, who met Elisa at Portsmouth University, went on: “How could I trust her? She betrayed me horribly and then lied about it.
"I was gutted when I found out. I couldn’t believe it. I was besotted with Elisa. I was going to take our relationship to the next level.”
Jorginho, who has scored nine times for Chelsea, married Natalia Leteri three years ago in a church ceremony in their native Brazil.
They had met in 2008 when he played in Italy for Verona.
In an interview, she described him as “very, very romantic’’. They are now said to have split but were together at the time of his texts to Elisa.
Aaron said: “He’s Chelsea’s vice- captain and gives off this family man image and there he is sending texts to my girlfriend. What sort of example is that?
"What made it even worse, as an Arsenal fan, was to see him score against us in December. They ended up winning. That just added to my pain.’’
CHELSEA stars have unanimously agreed to take a £10million hit for the next four months to ease the club’s cash woes.
A ten per cent pay cut kicks in from next month and will run until the hoped-for start date of the new season in September.
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The Blues’ first-team squad OK’d the deal via a group text sent by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Full-back Azpilicueta, 30, asked the players if they were willing to accept a straightforward pay cut right through the summer — and the Spaniard received a resounding ‘Yes’ from the group.
Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has already volunteered to have his salary slashed.
It is believed the head coach is ready to have his £5m-a-year pay packet reduced by £1.25m — a 25 per cent cut — while the Covid-19 pandemic rages.
Chelsea’s latest accounts show their annual wage bill stands at £285m, with a vast majority spent on the playing staff.
SunSport can also reveal the players are content to simply swallow the loss. There are no payback clauses relating to Champions League or Europa League qualification as is the case with their London rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea sit fourth in the mothballed Premier League with nine games to go but the squad will not get a penny back from the club, even if they hang on to claim a top-four finish.
It is also believed director and transfer expert, Marina Granovskaia, will take a 25 per cent pay cut in line with Lampard.
The club made a £96m loss according to their latest financial results and the players appreciate this.
Negotiations were conducted on an amicable basis between the dressing room and board room.
However, questions were raised about how the savings would be put to use. A Blues source said: “The players totally get it about the need to save cash and are buying into it.
“But with every arrangement like this, they want to make sure their money will be used directly to help the club.
“Let’s just say it wouldn’t be too well received if the players took a pay cut to help pay the bills, then Chelsea went out and splashed a fortune on new players when the next transfer window opens.
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“It’s why things can take time.”
Chelsea have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.
Owner Roman Abramovich handed over his hotel at the club’s Stamford Bridge stadium to NHS workers and is feeding them from the vast kitchens in the East Stand.