Noni Madueke to be retained at Stamford Bridge even if Olise makes the cut

Chelsea, as always, is making headlines as the busiest club in the Premier League. With Enzo Maresca’s appointment at Stamford Bridge, a few top names are creating a buzz. Michael Olise is a top priority for not only Chelsea but for other English clubs as well. Liverpool has inquired about the young starlet from Crystal Palace as a long-term replacement for Mo Salah. However, it is possible that the French U21 lad will most likely sign for Chelsea. Even if Olise makes the cut, the board and the Italian manager still want to retain Noni Madueke, who has been the first choice in the wing for Chelsea under Argentine manager Mouricio Pochettino. The English player of Nigerian decent has a strong hold on the wings. He was instrumental during the climax of the 23/24 season, which resulted in Chelsea finishing in the 6th spot.

Chelsea will retain Madueke amidst Olise’s signing

Madueke has always been familiar with English circumstances since his childhood. He is an academy graduate of Crystal Palace and also captained the U16 team of Tottenham Hotspur. 
Noni Madueke has been linked with his departure from Stamford Bridge, but according to recent reports, the board wants him to remain at the club. The new manager is burdened with the mammoth task of rebuilding the squad from scratch. Enzo Maresca is aiming for Champions League football, and he aims to have a strong backup. A student of Pep Guardiola, he has similar traits of high passing and pragmatic football. This leads to the introduction of two strong wingers, the likes of Olise and Madueke. 

Olise and Madueke will most likely play in rotation on the wings. The Blues have already signed Tosin Adarabiyo on a free transfer, so the squad strengthening process is ongoing. Although a lot of reports have mentioned the offloading of key players from Chelsea, one of them being Madueke, recent reports from The Athletic have shone them down.

Journalist Simon Johnson’s verdict

Acclaimed sports journalist wrote;

“Should Olise make the switch, they will regard it as the duo fulfilling the ‘two players for every position’ mantra most leading clubs aim for. Cole Palmer is expected to play more regularly inside in a No 10 role.”

Madueke has previous experience from PSV and also made 35 Premier League appearances in his debut season at Chelsea. If used wisely, this can turn out to be a good pairing with Olise. 

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