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Graham Potter doesn’t think Chelsea players will be distracted by transfer rumors.
A lot of business is expected at Stamford Bridge this month as Potter attempts to reorganize the team to revive the unlikely Top 4 Challenge.
The Blues didn’t get off to the best start to 2023 after a disappointing 1-1 draw at struggling Nottingham Forest yesterday.
New signing David Datro Fofana watched from the stands at the City Ground after completing his transfer from Molde, with Monaco’s Benoît Badiacil also expected to join him at Stamford Bridge.
But Potter said, “This is part of the season that we all have to deal with, so I’m not complaining about it.
“They are humans, there is noise while the windows are open, and the 24-hour media has to be filled with something.
“The January window gives people a chance to talk about things, so it’s normal.
“This is part of modern football and we have to deal with it.”
Lewis Dunk insists World Cup glory won’t go to Brighton teammate Alexis Mack Allister’s head.
The 24-year-old midfielder was impressed by the irrepressible Lionel Messi-led Argentina’s taste of glory in Qatar.
After being given a break to celebrate success in his home country, Mac Allister is looking to return to Premier League action with Roberto De Zerbi’s squad.
And Skipper Dunk can’t wait to have him back. He said: “We spoke with him and congratulated him – what an achievement.
“He’s a humble guy, a great guy to have in a team and what a player. He showed his worth at the World Cup and we’re all hyping for him.
“I can’t wait to have him back in the team and ready to play again because he brings so much to us.
“I don’t think anything will change. He’s a down-to-earth kid and a hard worker.
“He won the World Cup and we are all happy for him.
“I think he’s ready to go again. He will continue to learn from this manager and continue to improve as an individual and as a team.”