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Roberto De Zerbi has already revealed Premier League dream as next Chelsea manager message sent

Roberto De Zerbi, Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa at American Express Community Stadium on May 05, 2024
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Now that Chelsea's place in the UEFA Conference League has been confirmed following Manchester United's win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final, the club will be looking to finally appoint a new head coach.

The Blues have been heavily linked with numerous candidates for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge since Mauricio Pochettino's departure on Wednesday. Kieran McKenna and Enzo Maresca have emerged as early frontrunners for the position, while Roberto De Zerbi remains a fan-favourite.

For now, though, it remains to be seen who will replace the former Tottenham Hotspur boss. In other news, the summer transfer window opens next month and the west Londoners are expected to welcome a few new faces to Cobham training ground.

Despite forking out hundreds of millions in recent times, the Blues' spending spree could continue. So, with that being said, football.london has rounded up the latest Chelsea news and transfer gossip on Sunday, May 26.

De Zerbi eyes European glory

Roberto De Zerbi has already revealed his dream to win the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga and Champions League. The Brighton boss has been linked with replacing Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout at Chelsea following his departure from Brighton earlier this month.

Speaking to Sky Sports in February, De Zerbi said: "We feel we can write another part of Brighton's history. When I hear that big teams are interested in me it is an honour. I am proud, but my focus is on my work day-by-day.

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"I would like in my career to compete to win the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, La Liga, Champions League but there isn't a time when you have to go and compete, or to wait some more time. Milan for me is not a normal club because as a player I was born in AC Milan.

The Italian added: "For my life I will always be grateful for Milan. I love my country, I love Italy, I love Italian football. For sure one of my targets is to go back and work in my country, but I don't know when is the time."

football.london says: "I'd really like to see Roberto De Zerbi given the Chelsea job. Not only is the Italian tactically impressive and a character, he's previously worked closely with some big names in the squad. Mykhailo Mudryk. Moises Caicedo. Levi Colwill. Exciting times."

Stuttgart want Chelsea wonderkid

According to Sky Sports Germany, VfB Stuttgart would like to sign Omari Hutchinson on loan ahead of next season. The 20-year-old winger, who sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire next year, caught the eye on loan at Ipswich Town this term.

He featured 44 times in the Championship for Kieran McKenna's side, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists. Hutchinson's impressive performances helped the Tractor Boys clinch promotion to the Premier League.

Sky Sports Germany claim that the Blues ace was in attendance at the MHPArena on the final day of the Bundesliga season to watch Stuttgart face Borussia Mönchengladbach. The report adds that Hutchinson was enthusiastic about the club, and that talks are already well advanced.

football.london says: "This would be a superb opportunity for Omari Hutchinson. Not only will Stuttgart be competing in the Champions League next season, but they also have a young and exciting manager – Sebastian Hoeness. Chelsea just need to tie the youngster down to a new contract!"

Doku hails Chelsea captain

Jeremy Doku has named Reece James as the toughest defender he's 'ever played against'. The Manchester City winger locked horned with the Chelsea right-back in November during the eight-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge.

In an interview with SPORTbible, Doku said: "I’ve played against so many good defenders. Now it’s become so much more difficult with teams playing more defensively. I would say Reece James. I think he is a very strong and good defender, and one of the hardest I've ever played against."

During his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium, Doku has come up against the likes of Ben White, Pedro Porro and Trent Alexander-Arnold yet he still selected James.

football.london says: "Reece James needs to stay fit next season if he wants to firmly establish himself as the best full-back in Europe. Unfortunately for the Cobham graduate, he's endured numerous setbacks recently and Chelsea have suffered in his absence."