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The ex-agent of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has said that he and his old client have spoken to Chelsea about a possible move to Stamford Bridge after weeks of speculation. 

Witsel has constantly been linked with a move away from Russia and ChelseaNews24 reported last week that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will fly to St Petersburg and oversee the completion of the deal, such is the club’s resolve to sign the midfielder.

Francesco Ligenti, who until recently represented Witsel, has claimed that rumours of his former client have spoken to Chelsea this summer.

He is quoted as saying:

“The player wants to play in the Champions League.

“Chelsea? Here there have been some contacts, we will see if it happens.”

The Belgian has been given a price tag of roughly £29 million.

 

 

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AXEL WITSEL

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel is close to Chelsea, according toBelgian radio station RTBF.

The Belgian midfielder was thought to be edging towards joining AC Milan but the media reports that Roman Abramovich in person is ready to hijack the deal.

They claim that Chelsea’s owner will travel to Russia to secure the signing of the Zenit St Petersburg star.

Abramovich is said to be friends with Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich, who owns Zenit.

The Express claims Chelsea are prepared to pay £24m for Witsel, who can be the replacement for John Obi Mikel.

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The FA’s Chief Executive Martin Glenn has said that they are “really not interested” in hosting either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, should they be taken away from their current hosts.

As a part of the recent controversy surrounding FIFA, Swiss authorities said that they were investigating the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which were given to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Both decisions have been heavily criticised since their announcements, but FIFA have recently said that there wouldn’t be a bidding re-run.

Speaking to Sky News, Glenn added that the 2018 tournament “has gone to Russia in good faith.”

“They have not had a World Cup, why shouldn’t they play there? And 2022 was never going to be in Europe [under Fifa rules] so it should be outside of Europe,” he continued.

“So we support the World Cup being dispersed around the world, as the name suggests.”

Glenn also commented on the recent events at FIFA, with Sepp Blatter announcing his impending resignation just days after being re-elected. That followed seven FIFA officials, including two vice-presidents, being arrested on charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

“We are very pleased that there is going to be change at FIFA.

“We will work with UEFA and FIFA to make sure there is progress. We need someone who is strong and will professionalise the set-up [as president].”

 

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