Sporting Lisbon and Benfica former head-coach Jorge Jesus has revealed that he rejected an offer from Chelsea in the summer.
The 65-year-old had been in charge of Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, however, was available at the time.
Jesus told Fox TV: “If it were for the money, I could have stayed at Al-Hilal. My agent wouldn’t want me to come to Brazil. I could also have gone to clubs in England.”
Another teams Jesus claims to have turned down is Premier League club, Newcastle United, who went on to appoint Steve Bruce instead of him at the end of the day.
The Portuguese instead took over as coach of Brazilian team Flamengo, whereas the Blues appointed club legend Frank Lampard.
However, some think that Chelsea have made the wrong decision by signing Frank Lampard as the successor of Maurizio Sarri and should have appointed Brendan Rodgers instead, this according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.
Lampard took over from Italian manager this summer and has had a tough start to life as the West London club’s head-coach, losing 4-0 to direct Premier League rivlas Manchester United and falling short in the UEFA Super Cup after Liverpool won 5-4 in the Penalty shootouts.
Chelsea slapped £23m price tag on 27-year-old defender
Chelsea have reportedly slapped a £23million price tag on the head of an unwanted defender Davide Zappacosta with Frank Lampard ready to sell the Italian defender before the European transfer window shuts down on September 2.
Zappacosta has signed a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge after finalising a €28million move from Serie A club, Torino back in 2017.
The 27-year-old has played 35 games for the Blues during his first campaign at the Stamford Bridge, however, his influence waned last year under his compatriot Maurizio Sarri.
New head-coach Lampard also appears to have reservations over Italian defender, with reports suggesting that he will favour academy graduate Reece James over him, while captain Azpilicueta is untouchable.
As such, Lampard deems 27-year-old defender as surplus to requirements and is willing to sanction his exit this month, with Serie A giants AS Roma are keen on to agree on a deal.
The Italian team have expressed interest in securing the services of Zappacosta, however, Goal say they are being put off by the Blues £23m valuation.
Due to the price, it is reported that AS Roma may seek a loan-to-buy deal. the West London club are also open to offers for French anchorman Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Lampard suffered a 4-0 loss to Man United in his first Premier League game in charge of the Blues and will be hoping for a response on Sunday when Leicester City.
Chelsea look set to be without Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen this weekend after the defender limped off against Liverpool.
Willian and Antonio Rudiger could both return after knee injuries, however, as the Blues look for their first points in the English top-tier this season.
Revealed: Chelsea creative forward set to make a return from Achilles tendon injury in September
Chelsea forward, Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to make a return from his Achilles tendon injury in September, according to the Blues boss manager Frank Lampard, who says the ‘injury looks good’.
The England international has not played a single minute for the Blues since April were he has been injured in a game against Burnley.
The 18-year-old forward was told he was likely to be out for six months, however, his recovery has been impressive and now expected to make a return in September.
‘He’s getting closer. He’s trained the last week or two with the Under-23s and is looking good,’ said Lampard in a press conference on Friday.
‘There is going to be a period of conditioning work for him.
‘The injury looks good which is the great news. Then he’s going to have to be fitter than he’s ever been because I’m going to want him to run!’
When asked when the forwrd is likely to make his return, Lampard said: ‘Probably next month considering the international break maybe falling at a good time for us. It gives us a couple of weeks to really see how he’s getting on with the conditioning training.
‘It’s good news for us. It’s slightly gone amiss with the transfer ban and the obsession with young players, but we are missing six players from the squad, including Reece James, big players. As they are coming back it’s going to make us stronger.’
Two of those players are Brazilian forward Wilian and German centre-back Antonio Rudiger who have been out through the knee injury, however, could both return this week.
‘Rudiger is training,’ Lampard continued.
‘Whether he’s completely match fit is a different thing, for the same reasons as Callum, a bit of conditioning [needed].
‘Willian is probably closer. They are both in contention for the weekend.’