Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ancelotti eyes swoop for Chelsea defender Luiz

Ancelotti eyes swoop for Chelsea defender Luiz

The managerial saga has dragged on and on over the course of the summer, with Chelsea players left in confusion having already returned to their Cobham training ground for pre-season training.

The first-team players will be joined by select members of the loan squad, who will have decisions delayed on their moves with Chelsea wanting to take a closer look at them.

Despite his quality, Rugani struggled in his efforts to become a regular starter for the serial Serie A winners with Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli among those he has had to compete with for a starting spot.

The sway which the former Napoli manager Sarri may hold over his midfielder who was integral in their Scudetto bid in 2017/18 to be narrowly be beaten out by serial champions Juventus once again, could be imperative in bringing Jorginho to Stamford Bridge instead of the Etihad.

Conte re-signed Luiz in a controversial £34m move in the summer of 2016 but the 31-year-old was a crucial member of the club's Premier League winning side the same season.

Chelsea have alternative options in place should the talks with Sarri collapse, with ex-Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc likely to be the next in line to take charge.

Numbers were diminished due to several players' involvement in Russian Federation, but those who didn't feature in Russian Federation were put through their paces with fitness and stretching exercises.

That, after all, is just how the club works.

Conte is also refusing to step down from his role in order to avoid giving up his own severance package should Chelsea sack him, with one year still remaining on his contract.

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