Chelsea must remain focused after global break Maurizio Sarri

Posted September 15, 2018

Kante, 27, was an important member of France's World Cup-winning squad in Russian Federation, but despite heavy links with a return to his home country after former coach Antonio Conte was replaced by Maurizio Sarri, the former Leicester City man is happy to still be in London this season.

He played for second tier Championship side Aston Villa last season and this week turned down the chance to sign for Spartak Moscow.

"The last time I have spoken with him, he told me that he wants to play for another season", Sarri said. If he wants to play for another season, I think it's right that he tried to play.

"For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here [if he returned]".

However, asked if he would welcome him returning to the club where Terry remains a massive favourite among fans, the Italian replied: "Yes, of course".

"I think they should loan us Ethan Ampadu", Warnock was quoted by The Sun as saying. "I think this season is too soon, but I hope not", he said.

Maurizio Sarri has claimed he does not see Chelsea challenging for the Premier League title in his debut season in charge, adding that Manchester City and Liverpool are now the main title contenders.

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Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to claim a 3-0 win over Cardiff City in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. "The gap was 30 points at the beginning of the cover 30 points in only one season is very hard".

Cardiff City's Josh Murphy (hamstring) and Aron Gunnarsson (knee) are back in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge. To close that gap in only one season is very hard.

It's been a rough beginning for Cardiff, as they've only managed to secure two points in their first four games.

John Terry is Chelsea's most successful captain, leading the Blues to 14 major trophies. "For me, my life is on the pitch with the players".

Chelsea have won each of their opening four Premier League games to a season for the sixth time (also 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2014-15), at least twice more than any other side in the competition's history.

'We can improve and that's what I feel in training'.