Chelsea news: Graham Potter wants Mikel Arteta benefit as another new signing eyed

Chelsea news: Graham Potter wants Mikel Arteta benefit as another new signing eyed

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Chelsea's poor form continued at Tottenham as they lost out to their Champions League rivals with Graham Potter seeking more time to turnaround the Blues' fortunes

Chelsea's problems continued as they were beaten by Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Defeat in north London means the top four is now further away with the Blues sat in tenth having lost more games than they've won this term. Graham Potter has had to field more questions regarding his future and saw Thiago Silva hobble off early on with injury.

Huge sums have been spent on Chelsea's squad, which has only increased expectation at Stamford Bridge, but they look set for a season out of the Champions League. More new arrivals could yet head to the Blues as they eye their next capture.

Here are the latest news lines coming from west London.

Potter pleads for time

Graham Potter says he needs the time that was afforded to Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp in order to turn around Chelsea's terrible run of form.

Potter is under mounting pressure after his side were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Blues have won just two of their past 15 Premier League matches and are 10th, 14 points adrift of Spurs in fourth place.

Asked in his post-match press conference whether he still had support from above, Potter said: "Well, there's always that question, absolutely. And you can't stop the questions. And while the results are like they are, I accept them - it's part of the job.

"We were talking before the game about watching All or Nothing and Arsenal, two years into Mikel's reign he's close to getting the sack and people are wanting him out and it's a disaster. And now things have changed a little bit - and that's just the way it is."

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Blues eye South American youngster

Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to sign Ecuadorian wonderkid Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle, it's been claimed.

The 15-year-old midfielder, who was born in May 2007, is said to have been on Manchester United, Manchester City and Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen 's radar, while Real Madrid were also linked with interest. Chelsea, however, appear to have won the hotly-contested race for Paez, who's regarded as one of the most promising talents in South America.

Reports from Italy say that a deal has been stuck with Independiente, increasing Blues chief Todd Boehly 's £600million spending spree. Unfortunately for Blues fans, they won't be able to see him action for their club until he turns 18 on May 4, 2025. Earlier this month, The Sun claimed that Chelsea had seen a £14.8m bid rejected, meaning that Paez will likely cost the Blues more than £15m.

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Ziyech's red overturned

Hakim Ziyech saw a red card overturned by VAR following an utterly bizarre incident in the closing stages of the first half of Tottenham vs Chelsea.

Ziyech brought down Richarlison with a poor challenge before a melee started when the Brazilian reacted by pushing the Chelsea winger. Ziyech initially appeared to avoid any punishment, with referee Stuart Attwell showing yellow cards to Kai Havertz and Emerson Royal for their involvement in the pushing and shoving.

Attwell spoke to his assistant, Darren Cann, on the touchline before making his decisions. But after hearing from VAR Paul Tierney in his earpiece, Attwell showed a straight red card to Ziyech, who had clearly put his hand into the face of Royal - an incident that Attwell appeared to have missed the first time around.

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