Chelsea has shown respect to coach Anthony Barry’s aspirations to leave after being approached by Bayern Munich, but the move could be delayed due to the possibility of both teams meeting in the Champions League semi-final, according to Graham Potter. Former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel publicly approached Barry this week as he looks to assemble a coaching staff, a move criticized by Chelsea. The 36-year-old first-team staff, sought after since leaving Wigan to join Chelsea in 2020, has been deeply involved in the club. Potter stated that discussions between the teams are ongoing, and the Chelsea hierarchy will likely not stand in Barry’s way if he chooses to go. However, the clubs have been placed on the same side of the draw for the Champions League, raising concerns at Chelsea about giving inside knowledge to a possible opponent. Potter praised Barry, calling him a great coach and a fantastic person.
Potter confirmed that N’Golo Kante is “likely” to play some role against Aston Villa, with Kai Havertz and Reece James also available after leaving their national team camps early. However, he will be without Raheem Sterling, who missed England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers last week. Mason Mount will be fit enough to feature after missing England duty. Potter praised Mount’s attitude amidst the ongoing speculation about his future at Chelsea. The 24-year-old has struggled with niggling injuries, and there is noise and speculation off the pitch. But he has acted well and conducted himself in a good way, never losing his professionalism despite the adversity. Subscribe to Miguel Delaney’s free football newsletter for expert analysis, insights, and insider information on the beautiful game.
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