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Nemanja Matic move from Chelsea to Manchester United is still a topic of discussion and former Blues player Ray Wilkins believes the London club made a big mistake.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say. I cannot see that for the life of me. You’ve got a guy here who was so paramount to Chelsea along with Kante in the middle of the pitch, winning the championship with Chelsea the year before and all of a sudden you’ve sold him to one of or the biggest rival we have” – Wilkins told Metro “I say we because I am a Chelsea supporter so I’m speaking from the heart when I speak. I just could not see that for the life of me, why would we let Nemanja go there? He’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period that he’s been there how he’s allowed Pogba to basically do what he wants. I just couldn’t see that piece of business at all.”

 

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Former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins urges Danny Drinkwater to avoid a move to Chelsea in order to get more playing time at Leicester City or somewhere else.

The England international is trying to force a move to Stamford Bridge on this deadline day, but the two clubs are still far from a fee agreement.

“Danny has done really well for Leicester over the last couple of years. The important thing for him is to play,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“Tiemoue Bakayoko cost £40m this summer, N’Golo Kante is a player everybody loves and with Cesc Fabregas there as well, is Danny Drinkwater going to get a game? If I was Danny, I’d be somewhere I could play, personally.”

 

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According to former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, the Blues will make a mistake if they sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

“I was really ­disappointed to read they are ­looking at ­Bakayoko from Monaco”. – Wilkins told talkSPORT – “He is 22, French and doesn’t get near the national side, but it was quoted Chelsea might be paying £32m. “In Nathaniel Chalobah they have a footballer who can play exactly the same but just needs an opportunity. You’ve seen ­already in the two games he’s played he looks a class act in and among people of his own age. Playing with the top ­quality players they have at Chelsea, he can only ­improve week to week.”

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Eden Hazard like Lionel Messi? Many people seem to believe this, especially after the Belgian striker’s goal vs Tottenham at Wembley.

Cesc Fabregas praised his team-mate a couple of days ago, and now it’s Ray Wilkins who compares Hazard to the Barcelona player: “I think he’s a bit off him but not a huge amount. – Wilkins said – “He’s such a talented young man, he can go both sides and is very quick off the mark. They do resemble each other a hell of a lot, I have to say. When put through on goal, he doesn’t often miss. He’s a good goalscorer Hazard”.

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Ray Wilkins believes West Ham United should sign Chelsea star John Terry following his decision to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea player believes Terry won’t accept a move to Chinese Super League or Major League Soccer and West Ham may be a possible destination.

Wilkins told Talksport radio: “No one has mentioned West Ham. They have been conceding goals left, right and centre and John being an East End boy, that might be a nice fit, but whether he’d go to another London club is another question.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised John Terry recently as “there aren’t many leaders like him”.

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Chelsea are at the top of Premier League now and they prepare to return to the Champions League next season.

Rumours are spreading about new players Antonio Conte and The Blues want to sign, but, according to Ray Wilkins not a lot of additions are needed to be competitive.

“It will be very interesting, I’m sure Antonio will have a few names up his sleeve that he would like to bring in. Defensively they have spoken about bringing added players in”. – the former Chelsea player and manager says -“But at this moment in time they just need a few additions to keep themselves bubbling along. They are all young enough and they all look absolutely superb at the moment.”

 

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Ray Wilkins told Premier League Daily that former Chelsea manager José Mourinho should have deserved more respect from his former fans as the Special One returned to Stamford Bridge last time out.

I just wish our Chelsea supporters, and I’m a Chelsea supporter, showed a little bit more class to Jose Mourinho, – Wilkins claimed – People will naturally be thinking: ‘Hang on a second he was demonstrating stuff on the touchline against Chelsea’. Well yes he was but now he’s employed by Manchester United. Chelsea relieved him of his post”.

“If we actually remember what he’s done for our club, and I say our club because I’ve been a Chelsea man since I was 10 and a half, he’s worked miracles there”.

Then he added. “He’s a good bloke but he’s a football man, he wants his club to win. I just thought the other night against Manchester United they didn’t show him the respect he merits.

Wilkins agrees with Mourinho that ‘Jose will be number one until somebody wins as many trophies as Jose’.

When asked about the altercation between the Portuguese and Antonio Conte, he added: “When you’ve got two coaches on the sideline that have so much passion then you’re going to have a little confrontation.

“You could have said Conte was disrespectful to Jose. It was just a conflict of interests, they just had a row and these things happen.”

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Ex Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins identified Manchester City clash on 5 April at Stamford Bridge as The Crucial One in the Blues title race:

We play Manchester City on April 5 at Stamford Bridge,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“I can’t see Chelsea losing at Stamford Bridge to Manchester City – they can’t keep a clean sheet.

“And the way these players are playing at the moment they’ll run riot against Manchester City, I’m sure.”

Wilkins expects Chelsea to win the Premier League title and believes the trip to Old Trafford on April 15 could prove decisive.

“I just can’t see teams beating Chelsea. The biggest game they’ve got is Man United at Old Trafford.”

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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins claims he’s not convinced about Marcos Alonso‘s signing, saying he would have preferred to see Ryan Bertrand in his position.

Bertrand was part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2012, starting also in the final, but failed to impress after that and was sold to Southampton for £12m in summer 2014, establishing himself as one of the best full-back in the Premier League since then.

“When you look at the players he has at his disposal, he has very intelligent footballers,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“Therefore it shouldn’t take too long to get over how he wants them to play.

Victor Moses has been a revelation at Chelsea this season.

“But I’m not too sure about Alonso on the left hand side. 

 “I would prefer Ryan Bertrand there but they sold him for £10m and brought in Alonso for £30m.

“I can’t quite add up that maths. They would be stronger down the left with Bertrand.”

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