Conte has confirmed that cuadradro will return to the squad for the upcoming season. I guess this implies that any (always unlikely) negotiations for bonucci have failed. I'm pleased about this - I was concerned about his abilities to play in England after his poor first season but he was constrained, conte knows about him and likes him, and it seems like a great way of getting much needed new (and untarnished by last seasons failure) blood into the squad without financial outlay. Now I hope we do the same with van Ginkel.
CHELSEA FC :: JK TAMMEKA TARTU :: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS :: RODA JC KERKRADE
Matic clearly has the talent. I would rather keep him and see if Conte can get him working again.
I don't see why Mikel is so hated. He has done a good job for a long time, 10 years now. We expected him to be a world-beater and he hasn't become that but he was dependable and never complained about being a bench player. As a bench player he was very good. He was a great DM who kept possession but played the ball too slowly to truly be effective against smaller sides. He never scored but he was never expected or asked to score and rarely put in a position to do so. I wouldn't mind seeing him go but having him around doesn't seem to be a bad idea either.