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Pep Guardiola sends Chelsea crystal clear Enzo Maresca message as transfer contact clarified

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, looks on as he smokes a cigar whilst on the Open Top Bus during the Manchester City trophy parade on May 26, 2024
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Enzo Maresca will be hoping to get his feet under the table at Cobham Training Ground before the summer transfer window opens. Chelsea have been heavily linked with numerous big names ahead of the Italian's expected arrival from Leicester City.

For now, it's unclear which positions Maresca will look to strengthen, with the Blues already fairly well-stocked across the park. To welcome some new faces to Stamford Bridge, however, Chelsea may be left with no choice but to offload a few of their players.

Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah face particularly uncertain futures with any potential sale going down as straight profit on the books. Nevertheless, the west Londoners' sporting directors will have to make a few tough decisions in the coming weeks.

So, with that being said, football.london has rounded up the latest Chelsea news and transfer gossip on Thursday, May 30.

Guardiola prediction speaks volumes

Pep Guardiola has previously compared Enzo Maresca to Mikel Arteta. The Italian has been heavily linked with replacing Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout at Stamford Bridge after leading Leicester City back into the Premier League.

Speaking in May 2021, the Manchester City boss heaped praise on Maresca for his work with the 'elite development squad'. Guardiola said: "We are delighted with Enzo Maresca. All the organisation he has done with the EDS.

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"He showed he will become an extraordinary manager in the future. Extraordinary. I feel it. Like I felt it when I saw Mikel Arteta I see it with Enzo, [he] will be an extraordinary manager and he helped to develop many, many young players."

football.london says: "I think Maresca could be an exciting appointment for Chelsea. He's a coach with strict principles – and that's just what the Blues need. I just hope supporters are patient and back him."

Maatsen issues transfer update

Ian Maatsen has provided an update on his future at Chelsea. The 22-year-old defender joined Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, playing a crucial role in the German side's route to the Champions League final.

"In recent weeks? No. No, not yet," Maatsen said when asked if he has had any contact with Chelsea. "I think I still have a contract and after the summer we are going to decide where my future is going to be.

"For now, I am just focusing on this game [the Champions League final] and obviously what's coming next. No [I have nothing to prove to Chelsea], I just have to do something to prove to myself. I came here to prove myself that I can play on the highest level and that's what I'm doing now."

football.london says: "Chelsea must do whatever it takes to hold onto Ian Maatsen this summer. Personally, I'd like to see Enzo Maresca trial the Dutchman in his inverted full-back role, tucking alongside Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo or Romeo Lavia. I fear that the Blues will sell him though, which blows my mind."

Walker makes bold claim

Kyle Walker has named Reece James the best right-back in the world, ahead of the likes of Ben White and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Despite missing a large chunk of the season due to injury, the Chelsea defender still managed to show glimpses of magic and drag his side up the Premier League table

Speaking on his new podcast with the BBC, 'You'll Never Beat Kyle Walker', the Manchester City defender said: "Reece James. He’s just got everything. Everything. If I could make a complete right-back, it would be him. Defend, attack, technically, both-footed, dead-ball situations, quick."

football.london says: "I agree with Walker, but to truly become the undisputed leading right-back James must stay fit next season. Over the last year or so, the Chelsea captain has displayed moments of magic but he's spent far too much time nursing injuries in the treatment room."