Alphonse Areola wanted to join Chelsea from PSG this summer, says Christophe Lollichon

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Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola wanted to join Chelsea this summer, according to Blues goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon.

Areola made his France debut on Thursday evening, producing a string of sensational stops to earn his side a 0-0 draw against Germany.

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Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga rather than Areola ahead of the new Premier League season - breaking the world transfer record for a goalkeeper by activating the Spaniard's £71.6m release clause.

"We spoke a lot in the summer," Lolichon told Le Figaro.

"He wanted to come here, but the final decision was not my responsibility.

"It would have been a pleasure to work with him."

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Areola is competing with former Juventus 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon for the No 1 spot at PSG following his free transfer in the summer.

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Buffon started the opening three games of the season, while Areola has played in the last two matches. PSG are unbeaten in six and top of Ligue 1.

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