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Glen Johnson Genting Exclusive: Kimpembe Great Signing For Chelsea

Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes that Blues target Presnel Kimpembe would be a fantastic addition to Thomas Tuchel’s squad. The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back, 26, has been linked with a £40million move to Stamford Bridge, as the West Londoners bid to rebuild their rearguard ahead of next season. Chelsea have lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively this summer – but Johnson thinks that Kimpembe would be an ideal replacement.


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Chelsea Need Experience

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “You’re going to need that experience if Chelsea are going to go deep into every competition.

“So to have a player [Kimpembe] who has performed at that level and won many things will only help and I think he would be another fantastic signing.”

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Koulibaly Praise

The Blues have already signed defender Kalidou Koulibaly for £33million from Napoli – and Johnson is similarly impressed with the 31-year-old’s arrival.

However, he is worried by the 6ft 1in stopper’s lack of Premier League experience.

“Koulibaly is a top class centre-half,” he explained. “My only concern with him is he has never played in the Premier League before. It’s the toughest league in the world.

“He’s shown all the signs though that suggest he will deal with the Premier League so I do think he’ll help and I think they [Chelsea] are building a really fantastic squad again. He’ll help massively.”

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Surprised By Contract Length

There has been surprise in some quarters that Koulibaly was handed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge, though Tuchel believes he can emulate 37-year-old Chelsea veteran Thiago Silva.

But Johnson is unsure if the Senegal international will still be in West London at that age.

“I don’t know about him playing in the Premier League until he's 37, but if he’s a similar mentality to Thiago Silva then there’s no doubt he can succeed,” he said.

“To play at that level you have to look after your body well, but I don’t think Chelsea will be interested in having him until he’s 37 – they may only want him for the next couple of years.”

 

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