Chelsea missing Champions League won’t stop £50m-rated star joining as he admits he’s ‘flattered’ by interest

LILLE star Jonathan David reckons Chelsea’s recent poor form would not stop stars like him from joining the Stamford Bridge “project”.

Graham Potter’s men are tenth in the Premier League, 14 points adrift of the top four.

Graham Potter’s Chelsea are toiling in the Premier League tableREXGettyBut Lille and Canada ace Jonathan David reckons the Blues still have pulling power[/caption]

But Canada striker David, who has 15 Ligue 1 goals this term, will not pick his next club based on whether they are in the Champions League.

The £50million-rated star, also a target for Manchester United, is open to offers.

David said: “The Champions League is not a condition. Everyone wants to play in the biggest competitions in the world.

“But the most important thing is always the project.

“I don’t know what the future holds but I am open to every possibility.”

The 23-year-old counts Blues icon Didier Drogba as one of his childhood heroes — and how Chelsea could do with a proper centre-forward right now.

David dreams of a move to the Prem, so it could be a perfect pairing.

The striker said: “The atmosphere in England is good every week, every stadium is filled.


“These are the games you want to play, with an atmosphere like that. And there are a lot of top teams.

“Growing up I looked at different players. Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba . . . these players.

“And the Premier League is one of the world’s best leagues.

“The most important thing, though, is to play for the team.”

It’s unclear if Potter will be in charge of Chelsea come the end of the season given their torrid run of form.

The former Brighton boss will hope his troops will be able to stop the rot at Stamford Bridge on Saturday against Leeds.