Here are the Chelsea morning headlines for Monday, March 30.
Blues youngster set to sign new contract
Chelsea have worked hard this season to ensure their brightest academy stars are tied in to long-term contracts and Tino Anjorin is set to be the latest to commit his future to the club.
The 18-year-old’s current deal expires next summer but, according to the Independent, fresh terms are expected to be finalised to keep Anjorin in west London.
The midfielder made his debut in Chelsea’s 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town in September and came off the bench for his Premier League bow as the Blues defeated Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge at the start of this month.
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Benzema takes swipe at Giroud
The Chelsea striker helped France win the World Cup in 2018 and is his country’s third-highest goalscorer of all time, but Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is convinced he is the better player.
“You don’t confuse Formula 1 with karting… and I am being nice,” Benzema said on Instagram Live. “I know I am Formula 1. He has his career, he does what he wants, scores the goals he wants. He is in his lane, I am in my lane, I don’t think about him.”
Benzema hasn’t played for the French national team since 2016 due to a series of off-field issues and while he believes he would be better leading the attack than Giroud, he did accept the Blues’ No.18 is a key component in Didier Deschamps side.
He said: “His style of play suits the French national team. It works because he is there, that’s the only reason. He is good because there are players like (Kylian) Mbappe or (Antoine) Griezmann who are fast, can play in the channels and pivot around the striker.
“He (Giroud) puts pressure on defences which allows the two others to move a lot. He blocks and it works. It won’t be…