8am Chelsea news LIVE: Hazard backs Blues to beat City, Utd and Liverpool chase Gelhardt, Hudson-Odoi linked with Real – The Sun

THE champions Manchester City are up for Chelsea in a massive clash as the Premier League returns this weekend.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is among a host of Blues contingent returning from international duty with the youngster a wanted man as Real Madrid circle.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined the race for Wigan forward Joe Gelhardt with Manchester United and Liverpool also linked to the 17-year-old.

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  • EXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright: JOSE MOURINHO is open to meeting Tottenham about becoming their new manager.

    Former Man Utd and Chelsea boss Mourinho is one of the leading candidates to succeed Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked tonight just five months after leading the club to the Champions League final.

    SunSport understands at this stage no formal contact has yet been made between Spurs and Mourinho.

    But the 56-year-old would be willing to sit down with chairman Daniel Levy and discover if it is the next challenge he has been waiting for.

    Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waiting for the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.

    The Tottenham job is thought to be one such position that would seriously excite him, though Spurs may need to provide assurances Pochettino's departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.

    It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.

    Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.

  • SPURS have sensationally sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

    And former Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho is odds-on to replace him!

    Julian Nagelsmann, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Eddie Howe are also all in the running.

  • JORGINHO has played down Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League this season.

    The Blues have won their last six top-flight games, but still sit eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

    And Jorginho has stated that Chelsea's focus is finishing in the Champions League places.

    He told VBET News: “The first thing we need to think about is top four.

    “Then try to win every game. We need that for our mentality.

    “We are doing very well and we just have to keep going like this.”

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