Andrej Kramaric confirms he rejected Chelsea for 'real football' - roundup

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As far as weeks go within a football season this one is looking pretty comfortable for Chelsea. The weekend’s clash with Arsenal saw them chalk up another point and, more importantly, avoid handing their only real title rivals a lifeline in the race.

10 points still separate Chelsea from the leaders spearheading the rest of the pack and with just a handful of games left that looks to be enough to have given Jose Mourinho another title. With that in mind Blues fans can relax, put the champers on ice and get ready the celebrations.

Yet champions elect or not there’s still time for Chelsea to find themselves at the centre of some interesting news. It’s then our job to source it and supply you with it. You can see where this is going…

confirmed rejection

Leading the way this morning we turn to recent comments made by Leicester City star Andrej Kramaric, who has confirmed he rejected a move to Chelsea in January as he wanted to ‘feel real football’. The 23-year-old was purchased by The Foxes for £7.5 million during the winter transfer window, but had the choice of moving to the Midlands club or option for Stamford Bridge.

"I never had a chance to meet (Chelsea boss Jose) Mourinho, it is true there was an option for me to join Chelsea," Kramaric said.

"It wasn't an easy decision for me, but after I heard I was supposed to go on loan somewhere outside England, I rejected Chelsea and chose Leicester because I wanted to feel real football, I wanted to play in Premier League!"

Speaking openly on the subject Kramaric revealed how he was worried that if he moved to west London he would be pushed out on loan, whereas with Leicester he was guaranteed a run in the first-team playing Premier League football.

Given that Chelsea are set to take home England’s most prestigious prize and Leicester could well be relegated he might be regretting his choice. You live and you learn I suppose.

Abramovich happy

Elsewhere Mourinho has strongly denied that owner Roman Abramovich is unhappy with the style of play utilised by his club this season, claiming that the Russian even hugged players after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal. The result in north London means that Chelsea have all but won the league, and apparently Abramovich was happy enough with the performance.

Bale for Hazard?

Rounding off our erm… roundup is the news that Real Madrid could make an astonishing attempt to sign Eden Hazard involving Gareth Bale. Los Blancos have been interested in the Belgian international for some time now and his PFA Player of the Year award will have done little to disengage them.

In a bid to secure one of the most in-form players in Europe it’s believed Real will offer Bale to Chelsea; a proposal which might be enough to turn Mourinho’s head. Bale has struggled in Spain this season, although he did recently affirm his desire to stay and fight things out.

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