Date: 23rd November 2023 at 11:40am
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Chelsea will be looking ton extend their good run of form when they travel north to face Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon. 

The Blues have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and drawn with Premier League leaders Manchester City in their past two matches, and they travel to face a Magpies side that will be missing a number of players through injury.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be happy with his side’s performances over recent weeks, however the Blues do sit tenth in the Premier League table and the Argentine will therefore be keen to move up the table.

It isn’t all good news for Pochettino, though, as one of his players would reportedly be keen to join a fierce rival.

According to Football Insider, youngster Ian Maatsen would ‘jump at’ the chance to join Premier League holders Manchester City if they made a move to sign him.

The Citizens are said to be admirers of the Dutchman, who has so far played a bit-part role for Chelsea this season.

Maatsen is said to be a target for Manchester City

The 21-year-old is a product of the Blues’ youth setup and has previously spent time on loan at Football League sides Coventry City and Charlton Athletic.

Last term the left-back made 42 appearances across all competitions for Burnley, helping the Clarets to the Championship title.

Since returning to West London, though, Maatsen has struggled to establish himself in Pochettino’s first team.

He has made nine appearances so far this season, but is yet to start a Premier League game under the Argentinian.

The report claims that Chelsea are planning to offer the player a new contract, with his current one now set to expire in 2025 after the club triggered a 12-month extension clause.

Over the summer, Maatsen was the subject of an offer from Burnley which was accepted by Chelsea, but the player himself rejected the proposed move to Turf Moor and instead opted to stay put at Stamford Bridge.

Maatsen is able to play in an advanced role on the left of midfield and as an attacking midfielder, as well as in his natural left-back role.

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