New development in Chelsea's 'new Messi' search

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Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu has played down reports linking him with a move to Chelsea.

The 17-year-old has had limited opportunities in the Barcelona B team but has scored in his last two appearances for Spain in the Uefa Under-17 Championships

The midfielder has been compared in the past to Lionel Messi, but as for a move to Chelsea, Deulofeu is adamant he wants to stay with the La Liga leaders.

"I do not think it's good to be compared to Messi, I isolate myself from that and only think about work every day," he said.


"I'm from Barcelona and I do not know any other teams, I want to succeed at Barca. Under Pep Guardiola I have a great opportunity to be on the bench."

Carlo Ancelotti is keen to breathe new life into his ageing Chelsea squad to help close that gap between themselves and Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Catalan outfit will be wary of how Cesc Fabregas was tempted away from the club as a 16-year-old, and given the comparisons with the current Ballon d'Or holder Messi, Guardiola is unlikely to allow Deulofeu to leave the club at his tender age.

Chelsea are expected to delve into the transfer market yet again after spending £70 million on David Luiz and Fernando Torres in the January transfer window, and are keen on Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore, among others.


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