That N'Golo Kante's new £300-000-a-week Chelsea contract was met with barely even the slightest surprise is a clear indication of his standing in English football.
Manager Maurizio Sarri claims Chelsea and Tottenham are in a four-horse race for just two places in the Champions League next year.
JACK GAUGHAN: Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday, with Manchester City already 10 points ahead of Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri is expected to revert to his first-choice line-up when Chelsea play Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, with the main selection dilemma between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
Four people who have worked closely with Maurizio Sarri explain what makes the manager so special as his Chelsea side prepare to face Tottenham
EXCLUSIVE BY MATT BARLOW AND FABRIZIO FERRARI: The 72-year-old feels strong connections to Guardiola and Sarri. Like Sarri, a banker, he had no career as a professional player.
• Chelsea concede twice in four minutes to lose 2-1• ‘I am really worried that we didn’t react to their first goal’
Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen for Chelsea to engineer a deal to bring Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj to Stamford Bridge...
JAMES SHARPE AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: When it comes to central midfielders, few come as technical as Cesc Fabregas. He was at the heart of everything that Chelsea did.
ADAM CRAFTON: For those who would like to see N'Golo Kante restored to his preferred prime central midfield berth, the message is simple. It is not going to happen.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he's still discovering what kind of character his team has after they suffered their first defeat of the season in Saturday's 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur ...
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says Alvaro Morata has been "hurt" by the struggles he has gone through at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian defended him as a "quality" player...