Abraham, Mount and Pulisic receive advice from Zola

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has reportedly stalled on extending his Chelsea contract over concerns about his playing time following the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

With Hakim Ziyech joining the Blues and Kai Havertz also expected to join Chelsea, several other young Chelsea players are believed to be worried about their place in the team.

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has urged Chelsea young players to remain at club and fight for their place as it will make them better footballers.

According to Zola, it’s better to remain in a competitive environment and play less games than play more games in a less competitive environment.

“I would have not been the player I was if I didn’t train with Diego Maradona,” he told Daily Mail at a Kick It Out event.

“He was so influential on every aspect of my game. I promise you — I would have been another Gianfranco Zola if I hadn’t trained and played with Maradona every day.”

He continued: “I don’t think John Terry would have been the player he was if he hadn’t had Marcel Desailly or Frank Leboeuf in front of him with us at Chelsea.

“What makes you better is not playing every single game in a modest championship. What makes you better is playing 10 games in a very competitive league.

“Because of players like myself, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and so many others, the game in England is at such a high level.

“If you want to be involved you have to be as good. And then, if you are good enough, you will become very good.

“There is a common mistake people make. They say, ‘We need to play the young English boys’. Of course, but only if they are good. How can you measure that?

“If they are playing with good players and if they can fit into the level of the good players. That’s why, because of the level of the Premier League, England has so many talented players.”

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