Chelsea's true Madueke stance amid big Nkunku announcement

The Athletic have revealed Chelsea's true transfer stance on winger Noni Madueke. Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino has made a significant announcement regarding striker Christopher Nkunku.

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It has been widely reported that Chelsea could put Madueke up for sale in January. However, majorly respected football news outlet The Athletic claim that the Blues hierarchy have 'no intention' of allowing the 21-year-old to leave on loan in the New Year. The full report can be accessed here.

What did Mauricio Pochettino say about Christopher Nkunku at his Chelsea press conference before playing Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final?

Even though all knowledgeable Blues fans are surely concerned with the current state, direction and squad of the west London outfit, this occasionally plucky but regularly irregular Chelsea side actually have a chance to reach the Semifinals of the second-most prestigious English knockout cup trophy. Yeah, I know, something must be going right at CFC right now.

Well, in actuality, defeating AFC Wimbledon, Brighton & Hove Albion - especially in the Seagulls' difficult-to-manage campaign - and Blackburn Rovers would usually be a routine route for Chels'. What will happen these days when Pochettino's men take to the pitch is anyone's guess! One element of the roster which will hopefully bring some form of confidence, a winning mentality and goals might perhaps be the timely inclusion of Nkunku.

Every pragmatist and intelligent football follower knows that the weight of a club is already indirectly being applied to the France international's shoulders. And that is, of course, a dangerous burden to some athletes; other footballers thrive on pressure or are somehow motivated by heavy expectation. Let's hope it is the latter for the talented former RB Leipzig forward. CFC Supporters' wait for Nkunku's presence is finally over, either way:

"Pochettino on Nkunku: “He can maybe play 20 minutes tomorrow [vs Newcastle]. The priority is to feel 100%”.

“My worry is to put too much pressure on him now that he's arrived and to make us win every single game…

…it's not going to be like this. He needs time"."

Via Fabrizio Romano