Monday, January 27, 2020

Conte: "We've not signed half of Real Madrid"

Antonio Conte hits back at claims linking Inter Milan to several players.

Conte told reporters when asked about an ever-growing list of targets: “The director was very clear, new players can only arrive when others are sold, so this is a perfectly balanced transfer session.

“Some of these players haven’t been active for a while, so we must give them time to get into shape.

“This team overall lacks experience and doesn’t have the ingredients that allow you to win despite laying off the accelerator. We have to always be going at full speed.

“For now, we have brought in Young to cover for Kwadwo Asamoah’s injury and Moses on loan because Valentino Lazaro left. We are trying to reinforce various areas of the team.

“You in the media seem to act as if we just signed half of Real Madrid, but that’s not the right message. It’s an emergency situation tomorrow, because Antonio Candreva is suspended, so it’s possible Young will start.”

Ashley Young - Inter

Azpilicueta: "We need to improve"

Cesar Azpilicueta has urged his teammates to improve on their game after battling a 2-1 win at Hull.

Chelsea’s club captain told BT Sport on the back of a nervy 2-1 win: “We have to improve our game if we want to improve as a team and go far. It is not the first game where we don't manage the game well. We were punished.

“First half the first chance we have, we score and we have chances to score more but we stopped playing our game. If we want to play against the best and fight for trophies we need to improve.

“We are a team and the season is long. We are fighting in three competitions. Our objective is to go as far as possible. It is our job to be in the best shape possible.”

Fikayo Tomori Chelsea 2019-20

Lampard laments Chelsea's wastefulness in front of goal against hull city

Lampard has once again bemoaned Chelsea's wastefulness in front of goal against hull city

"The good news is we are in the hat, the bad news is that it is a small example of our season," Lampard told BT Sport. 

"We had the game in our grasp and we play in nice patterns to finish them. But when they don't come off you need to keep trying them. When we play well we are a good team but we don't finish the game. We caused our own problems.

"It is a hard one. We work hard in front of goal and it is not coming off for us. It is going to define you. I feel like a broken record. We have the larger share of possession and shots on goal but not making those count.

"There is more goals to be had and control of the game. You can't bemoan your luck, such as a deflection with the Hull goal. It is frustrating. We are making mistakes and allowing them to run two on two in the last few minutes."

Michy Batshuayi Cesar Azpilicueta Chelsea FA Cup

Lampard wants new January additions

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea must make grounds in this current window to make up for the loss of Eden Hazard last summer.

"There is no movement to speak of now," he told BT Sport. "We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you.

"We lost certainly one of the biggest players in our history and one of the most effective and dominant players in terms of what he did. That is the situation. 

"My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better and the other part for the club is how we move forward by bringing in players.

"We lost ground last summer, so we need to, for the short-term, push for this top four finish because I have a strong feeling where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward. For me it's clear. 

"The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short term recruitment is something we have to get right."

Lampard: RLC goals have been missed

Lampard believes the blues have missed RLC's goals after the England man has returned from injury to begin light training sessions.

"I think you will miss Ruben; I don’t care who you are. You’ll miss his abilities. His natural physique, his ability to move the ball well and score the goals like he did last season, that has to be a big part of his game as well," Lampard told reporters.

"Of course, we’ve missed a player of that level and it is nice and put a smile on everyone’s face on Friday because he is popular with his team-mates too. A smile on everyone’s face to see him back.

"It was the first day with us fully on Friday and it was a light session so that suited him. He has a fair way to go still, and I'm not pessimistic there. He just needs a full week training with us first, a tough week.

"Then he will need some U23 games, and again I think the break comes at a nice time for him to work and we’ll gauge it the other side of that break and see where he is. It might be too early [to face Leicester in the U23's on Friday].

"The week’s training is the important thing because he hasn’t had that at first-team level. Then we will consider the games after that."

Chelsea beat Hull City 2-1 away at the KCOM Stadium but the next face Leicester City in the Premier League who currently sit above them in the table in third place.

"Jack Grealish can solve Chelsea's creative spark"

Former blue Hudson believes an Aston villa man is the answer to chelsea's lack of creative spark in recent games.

Hudson would be in favour of a move for the England hopeful, with a man who spent five years with Chelsea at the start of his playing career – savouring European Cup Winners’ Cup success along the way - telling CaughtOffside of Grealish: “I am his biggest fan.

“Grealish is the most outstanding attacking midfield player in the game at this moment.

“A player who goes past people and scores goals.”

Jack Grealish Aston Villa

The former midfielder added: “The bottom line is Chelsea haven’t got anyone since Hazard left who has the fans on the edge of their seats.

“Jack Grealish would be that man.”

Tomori: FA cup just as important as other trophies

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has said the FA cup is just as important as the premier league or champions league after overcoming Hull City in the latest round of the Emirates FA Cup.

"There's a trophy to play for at the end of it," Tomori said at the KCOM Stadium. "When you step on the pitch we are not thinking this is just an FA Cup game or this is a Champions League game. We want to win. We want to win.

"Every game is the same. Going into the FA Cup games, we want to do the same thing. We want to try to go as far as we can. We all want to play, we all want to be part of it and win. We can all contribute. We’re into the fifth round, so we can watch the draw and wait to see who we get.

"Hopefully we can get a good draw and win again. Chelsea have a rich history in the FA Cup. With the gaffer being in there we went to a lot of finals at Wembley. We have seen Chelsea lift it many times, with Antonio Conte and in the past as well.

"Of course, it is Chelsea and we want to fight for every competition."

Pedro attracting interest from vissel kobe

Chelsea Forward Pedro has reportedly attracted interest from MLS Club Vissel Kobe.

Pedro would be the latest star name to arrive in the ambitious league, while he would be regarded as a designated player in the United States if he moved to MLS.

Inter Miami, the club co-owned by David Beckham, have talked up the lifestyle opportunities in Florida for Pedro and the high numbers of Spanish speakers in the city as they look to fill their DP spots.

There is further interest from teams in bringing him back to Spain, although that is not from the elite clubs in La Liga after Pedro admitted to being keen on a return to Barcelona.

Chelsea could face Liverpool in fifth round FA Cup tie.

Chelsea could face the reds in the FA cup fifth round if Liverpool can overcome Shrewsbury town in the fourth round reply.

Here is the fifth round draw:

FA Cup fifth-round draw in full

  • Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
  • Reading/Cardiff City v Sheffield United
  • Chelsea v Shrewsbury Town/Liverpool
  • West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United/Oxford United
  • Leicester City v Coventry City/Birmingham City
  • Northampton Town/Derby County v Manchester United
  • Southampton/Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
  • Portsmouth v Bournemouth/Arsenal

Ties to be played week of March 3-5.

Giroud to inter "Back on"

Olivier Giroud's move to Inter from Chelsea is reportedly going ahead after initial doubts, according to Sky Sports News.

The France international has found his chances limited at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard and looked set to leave for Italy.

Having failed to agree terms between the two clubs at first, both parties are now reportedly close to settling on a two-and-a-half year deal

Monday, January 20, 2020

Diop responds to transfer rumours

West Ham United Defender Issa Diop responds to transfer rumours linking him away from the club

When asked to comment on talk of a transfer away from West Ham this month, Diop toldFrance Football: "As a footballer, we know that we are subject to a lot of rumours, which is more during the transfer window.

"After that, I focus on my football, trying to progress everyday training and being good at matches. That's all. I don't have a career plan. I just want to be the best player I can be.

"I live a little day by day. What has to happen will happen. And if it doesn't happen ... I just want to be efficient, that's all."When asked to comment on talk of a transfer away from West Ham this month, Diop toldFrance Football: "As a footballer, we know that we are subject to a lot of rumours, which is more during the transfer window.

"After that, I focus on my football, trying to progress everyday training and being good at matches. That's all. I don't have a career plan. I just want to be the best player I can be.

"I live a little day by day. What has to happen will happen. And if it doesn't happen ... I just want to be efficient, that's all."

PL referees told to use pitch-side VAR monitors

Premier League referees have been told to use pitch-side VAR monitors to review some red card decisions.

Referees’ apparent reluctance to use the monitors has been one of the most common complaints about the current use of VAR in the Premier League.

Now, after guidance from The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), they will be used for red card decisions where it is felt the match referee should have the final say.

This was the case when Michael Oliver recently sent off Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic in an FA Cup third-round match against Derby.

Having initially shown a yellow card, Oliver upgraded his decision to a red – to date, the only time this season the pitchside monitor has been used in a game in England.

Lampard wants Chelsea to make the right signings

Lampards warns Chelsea over making irrational signings this January transfer window.

"I think I should be because that’s where we’re at at the moment," Lampard said of whether he will be happy if Chelsea don't sign anyone. "If it feels right for us, then we’ll do it."

Some recent last-minute January deals have not worked out well, with the likes of Alexandre Pato and Gonzalo Higuain struggling while on loan.

Lampard was careful not to be critical of business done in the past, but admitted he doesn't want to enter the market for just anyone after a positive season so far.

"The players you mentioned there were top players. I think the idea of January being a time to buy players, it’s difficult for everybody – for players coming in, especially if they’re coming from a different league, for the club and for the settlement of the group," the Chelsea manager added.

"I think that’s why we have to think ultra carefully and I do care and consider the club and where we’re going. I don’t want to make some knee-jerk reaction to say ‘here’s my first big signing’ because we couldn’t sign anyone in the summer.

"No, I want to do the right thing for the club. That’s why if I do it I’ll try and consider all things. It will always be in communication with the club. Hopefully, it’s the best thing for us. Whether that’s more of a short-term option or a long-term option, we’ll also have to consider."

Mount not worried over competition for places

Mason Mount isnt worried that his place in the Chelsea team could be under threat after the blues transfer ban has been lifted.

Mount told the Daily Mail: “For me, it's about having that same attitude I have had since I was six and making sure I never lose it.

“You just have to fight. You know Chelsea can always buy £60 million or £70m or £80m players that are world-class. They want to come here and take my place.

“Just because I am an academy boy and young, that doesn't mean anything. But the mentality I have means I won't be pushed over easily.

“I will fight for my position and keep working hard. At a club as big as Chelsea you have to have that mentality. It always stuck with me. It's why I am here in the first place.”

Mason Mount Chelsea 2019-20

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

Isaac Hayden snatched a last-gasp winner as Chelsea failed to make their dominance count in a dramatic 1-0 Premier League defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Heading into Saturday's fixture on the back of a 3-0 demolition of Burnley, Chelsea had almost 70 per cent of the possession, yet could not pick their way through Steve Bruce's well-drilled side and came unstuck in the final minute of stoppage time.

Having cleared a corner, Chelsea switched off when the ball was worked back in, giving Hayden the chance to head in from point-blank range, though Kepa Arrizabalaga could have done better.

Prior to Hayden's winner, it had been all Chelsea, with Tammy Abraham spurning two great chances, though Joelinton had hit the crossbar midway through the second half.

Ultimately, though, the Blues' dominance counted for nothing as Frank Lampard's fourth-placed side suffered their first defeat in four top-flight matches.

Newcastle were dealt a blow early on, Jetro Willems taken off on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury following an innocuous coming together with Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Despite Chelsea's stranglehold on the game, Newcastle would have been ahead had Joelinton's header not struck the bar.

Abraham's improvised flick hit the woodwork at the other end just after the half-hour, though the striker was flagged offside, before Martin Dubravka made a fine save from N'Golo Kante's close-range strike.

Chelsea looked set to finally break the deadlock when Abraham latched onto substitute Ross Barkley's deflected pass, but he failed to keep his composure after rounding Dubravka.

Newcastle's goalkeeper almost gifted Chelsea an opener with 10 minutes remaining with a bizarre save, though he just got enough on it to deny Abraham and set the stage for Hayden to nod home Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross in the 94th minute.

Lampard bemoans Chelsea's wastefulness in front of goal

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard has said his team needs to be more clinical in front of goal after failing to convert numerous changes that came their way last weekend.

"It's football, you have to get your head around it very quickly. I'm not always massive on stats but the feel of the game was domination," Lampard told Sky Sports .

"They hit the bar with a header, one of I think three headers they had in the game and they scored with one of them. Other than that, second half I don't remember them endangering our box, we were camped around their box and creating chances.

"We know we have problems at the top of the pitch, scoring goals. We don't get enough front-line goals if we want to bridge the gap and that's something we've seen a lot this season, especially at home. 

"Today was like a home game in how we performed on the pitch and if you don't score then you're always liable to a sucker punch and we got it.

"It's something we need to address, the instinctive nature to score the goal. We're working on it.

"We need to be clinical. We can't make any bones about it, it's a reality. We can't work anymore in training on finishing. You have to have that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals from front-line areas to get where we need to be."

Marotta: Inter closing in on Giroud; could swoop for Moses

Inter Chief Marotta says the club are already closing in on one Premier League star, with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud agreeing to personal terms with the club after being offered a two-year contract at San Siro.

However, Marotta says Inter are still in the process of evaluating a deal for Giroud, as they attempt to clear a path for his arrival by offloading Matteo Politano.

He said: “It’s normal that management works to prepare various negotiations so there are alternatives if it doesn’t go through. I won’t deny we spoke to Giroud’s entourage, we will evaluate the situation.

“The two moves could be linked, but what doesn’t happen on the transfer market today could happen tomorrow.”

When asked to address rumours of a possible swoop for Victor Moses, who is currently on loan at Fenerbahce from Chelsea, Marotta responded: “He is a candidate, certainly."

Victor Moses Fenerbahce 2019-20

Lampard: "We need attacking firepower"

Frank Lampard has said that Chelsea needs new attacking reinforcements after playing out 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.

“In attacking areas [is where we would look to strengthen], because we need to be more clinical," Lampard told reporters. “I wouldn’t say [we need] a goalscorer but we need to be more clinical in the box in terms of our front line.

"When we attack and spend a lot of time around the opposition’s box, we have chipped in with some goals from midfield and have people who can arrive from midfield, but the broader reality is that we need more goals from the front line."

Tammy Abraham failed to score at Newcastle but Lampard insisted that his 15-goal striker should take no blame for the defeat.

“It doesn’t matter what his age, Harry Kane has afternoons, [Kylian] Mbappe, so does [Lionel] Messi," Lampard added. "I think the one thing I would expect always is desire and trying in everything that he does and I think he always does that, to be fair.

"It was just a difficult afternoon. And again Newcastle absolutely get numbers in their box to defend, so to expect him to get loads of space is not right. To hope that he gives everything to try to get space, which is what he did it just didn’t quite come off, I’d say.”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Giroud's agent postpones meeting with Inter

Olivier Giroud's agent has postponed a meeting with Inter as the two parties struggle to reach an agreement over a contract.

The Serie A side hope to lure the French striker to San Siro to strengthen their attack and he is looking forward to making the switch.

But L'Equipe reports that Inter are only offering him an 18-month deal, while Giroud wants one that runs for two and a half years. With the details still to be ironed out, his agent cancelled a meeting scheduled for this week.

Azpilicueta: "winning trophies is in Chelsea's DNA"

Chelsea's long serving Defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said winning trophies has constituted an important part of Chelsea's success in recent years.

Azpilicueta said to the Blues’ official magazine of what it means to represent the club: “I think one of the characteristics of Chelsea throughout this period has been winning trophies and even when we didn’t win something, we didn’t have any long spells without lifting a trophy.

“That’s obviously a big part of the ambition of the club, to always aim for trophies, and it’s something we have done not only in England, but also in Europe, with the Champions League and the Europa League twice.

“We have won the Premier League a couple of times since I arrived as well, so I think it’s in our DNA that we always fight for trophies and hopefully we can keep going in this direction.”

Werner welcomes possibility of playing in England

Werner has spoken about the possibility of him playing in the english top-flight amidst rumours linking him to Chelsea but stopped short of making a move yet.

speaking to Bild, Werner made no secret of his admiration for England's top flight, fuelling suggestions that he'd be eager to make the move abroad.

"The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say. There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.

"But many Germans have also been very successful in Spain, such as Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil."

Werner is in no rush to leave RB Leipzig in January, however, adding: "As of now I have no desire to look for a move elsewhere."

Moyes unwilling to comment on Barkley rumours

West Ham United Manager David Moyes has stopped short of confirming rumours linking Chelsea Midfielder Ross Barkley to the hammers.

"One thing I won't do is not talk about players at other clubs," Moyes said at a news conference.

"Anything which we think will improve our side I will be interested to bring in."

"Its normal for kepa to have fluctuations"

Rob Green believes its normal for kepa making errors due to the amount of games he has played for the blues.

He also believes Kepa is confident in his own abilities.

"It's been a funny season for him, hasn't it?” Green told The Athletic.

“I think when you're playing so many games as a keeper, the fluctuations are going to be there.

“What he's got [in his favour]… he's got fantastic feet, a lot of power. He has big thighs, a lot of muscle and that gives him a big spring. He is very fast as well, comes with a lot of speed.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Green added on Kepa: “As a person he's a really nice lad, and he's got a fantastic attitude.

“He does have this side of him which is arrogant, or certainly very confident in his own ability. It's that fine line and he has that. He carries the fact that he is the most expensive keeper in the world with him.

“There is that edge to him in training. We used to have these races. I was the slowest by a long, long way. He was so much quicker than all the keepers, but he still had to cheat (and get a head start). He would have won anyway, but he still had to cheat. I would cheat just to keep up.

Reece James signs new long term contract

Chelsea defender Reece James has today signed a new long term contract at Chelsea.

"Reece James has signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea Football Club that commits him to Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2025," Chelsea revealed in a statement published on the club's official website

"The defender, who turned 20 last month, has made 18 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring on his debut in our big Carabao Cup victory against Grimsby Town. More memorably, his dramatic equaliser earned us a Champions League point against Ajax in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in November.

"James missed just one league game on loan in the Championship with Wigan last term and claimed a clean sweep of individual honours at their end-of-season awards before his return to SW6.

"He suffered an ankle injury in the summer while playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament but remained in Frank Lampard’s plans despite a three-month spell on the sidelines and has started our past three games in all competitions."

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal as Chelsea shrugged off their home struggles with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard had seen his team lose three of their past four top-flight matches on their own patch and they had an early scare when a debatable offside call denied Jeff Hendrick the opener.

However, Jorginho's 27th-minute penalty and Tammy Abraham's 15th of the season in all competitions settled nerves.

Hudson-Odoi then got in on the act and only some later wastefulness from Abraham averted a heavier defeat for Burnley, who are four points above the relegation zone in 15th having played a game more than the four sides immediately below them.

Burnley thought they were ahead in the 18th minute, but Ben Mee was flagged offside when he nodded Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal for Hendrick to finish.

A VAR review allowed a marginal call from the referee's assistant to stand and the visitors again had no help from the video official when Chelsea went ahead.

Although Matthew Lowton pulled his boot out of a challenge on Willian, who appeared to be anticipating contact, he still clattered into the Brazil winger and Jorginho coolly dispatched from 12 yards.

McNeil's set pieces were causing Chelsea problems, with Kepa Arrizabalaga turning a low attempt to his near post behind before Mee's header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Ross Barkley.

Mee's positioning might have inconvenienced Nick Pope when the Burnley goalkeeper waved Abraham's header into his net.

Pope partially atoned for that bizarre lapse with a sharp stop from Reece James, who crossed impeccably for Abraham's goal.

Lax Burnley defending allowed Hudson-Odoi to slide in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross four minutes after the restart, with a VAR check concluding Abraham did not get a flick on that would have seen the goal ruled out for offside.

Abraham misjudged to head over at the near post, having been denied by a reflex stop from Pope, who kept out a Willian piledriver and first-time Mason Mount strike inside the final 15 minutes.

Kante out with hamstring problem

Frank Lampard has told the media before Chelsea's game at home to Burnley that star midfielder N'golo Kante got injured with an hamstring problem.

“He reported some feeling in his hamstring yesterday after training,” Lampard said of Kante ahead of the Clarets clash. “We gave him overnight to see how it was but it wasn’t good enough this morning so not good enough to play.

“Everybody knows how important N’Golo is for us but these things always give an opportunity and it opens the door for Ross Barkley to come in and play.”

Lampard confirms Lamptey's contract talks are progressing

Frank Lampard has confirmed that Tariq lamptey has been in contract talks with the club and the talks are progressing.

"We'll see, he's talking with the club and hopefully he feels a bit of love that we've parachuted him in," Lampard said on December 29 regarding Lamptey’s future after handing him his debut in the 2-1 win at Arsenal.

"I'd seen him when I was doing my coaching badges and you do a lot of hours with the academy and youth team.

"I saw him train a lot and I know he has a different dimension as a right-sided wing-back. He has pace, a low centre of gravity and can go by people. Of course he wants to work on his end product and all the last bits."

Kante wants Real Madrid Move

According to the Sun, Chelsea Midfielder N'golo Kante looks to be interested in a move to Real Madrid.

The tireless defensive midfielder wishes a new challenge in Spain and Los Blancos are ready to spend over £100m signing him.

Bayern Munich and Juventus are also interest in the France star.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Inter make contract offer to Giroud.

Inter Milan have reportedly made a Contractual offer to Chelsea's Wantaway Striker Olivier Giroud.

Inter, coached by ex-Chelsea boss Conte, have emerged as a likely destination for the striker, with a meeting taking place between Nerazzurri representatives and Giroud himself on Thursday 

Giroud received a contract offer until June 2022, and the Frenchman would welcome the chance for a new club following two years at Stamford Bridge. 

Under the terms of the deal he would see his Chelsea wages matched, with an initial salary of €4 million (£3.4m/$4.4m) that will drop to €3.5m for the following two seasons. 

Inter are yet to strike a deal with Chelsea over Giroud's transfer, while fellow Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Newcastle United have also been linked with his services so far in January. 

CHO: "I wanted to leave Chelsea"

Callum Hudson-odoi has admittted leaving Chelsea was on his mind when he found playing time hard to get at Chelsea.

“I was talking about it with the family and thinking, ‘I just want to play games,’ and at that moment I wasn’t playing enough,” Hudson-Odoi told The Sun on the interest shown by Bayern.

“I wouldn’t say I was close to leaving but it was on my mind. What happened in January happened. But I signed my contract and I’m happy here now —  everything is going well.

“It’s been a rollercoaster year. A lot of things have happened which made me learn and think about stuff. I just needed to get back, be confident, be myself, score, assist — and show what I can do.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2019-20

Diallo hopes to end season at Metz

Habib Diallo has addressed rumours linking him to Chelsea in recent days.

"A departure? I hear rumours, but I am not aware of them. For the moment, I'm in Metz and I have extended until 2022. I hope to end the season here, ” Diallo told a press conference.

Goretzka eyeing Chelsea Scalp

Leon Goretzka has said Bayern Munich can egde it against Chelsea in their Champions league clash in February 

He told Goal and SPOX: “We want to go further than last year, when we immediately got the winner in the round of 16.

“I was very happy about the draw, Chelsea is an attractive opponent. We are confident that we can do it.”

Pulisic set for spell on Sidelines

Lampard has confirmed that Christian Pulisic is out for a few weeks with abductor problem.

The Blues boss told a press conference on Friday: "Pulisic is out, he will be out for a few weeks. Adductor injury. It's disappointing for us and we will have to see how quickly he recovers because it is quite a nasty injury.

"It is a damaging miss. Before Christmas, he did report a bit of tiredness so he came out of the team and I was worried about injury.

"He is a very talented player, where he can make things happen."

Lampard also delivered an update on Ruben Loftus Cheek - who has yet to feature for Chelsea this season - as he continues to recover from a serious Achilles injury.

"He [Loftus Cheek] is out, still for a while. We are hoping we can get him doing collective training at some point, maybe with the academy," he said.

Lampard: Christensen isn't leaving Chelsea

Lampard says Andreas Christensen won't be leaving in January

"I can rule it out,” he said when asked about the chances of Christensen leaving.

“I like Andreas as a player. I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through.

“What I want from Andreas to be is the best he can be. When you see him and you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly in choice of pass, then I think he can be all the things I want him to be and I want to work towards that. He knows that.”

Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019-20

Pressed on what he feels Christensen needs to improve, Lampard added: “The reality is we have competition at centre-back.

“They’re not easy conversations for me because I have to choose on what I see and generally most weeks, two of them won’t be that happy. One particularly not happy.

“But as with all the players I want to work on parts of the game I think they can improve and with Andreas you can watch him against Aston Villa and he was immense.

“He was great to watch, he had everything in a centre-back, and then sometimes if we are coming up against teams that are physical and ask a question then Andreas really has to stand up.

“I don’t mind saying it because I think he knows he needs to know that. But what I will say those little bits in his game can really make him the fantastic centre-half I think he can be.

“And he is certainly a player that gets slightly misjudged on age. I think he’s been around a long time and went on loan at a young age and did particularly well and people think that he’s probably older than he is. He’s still relatively young so that’s absolutely on his side.”

Conte: I wanted Zlatan at Chelsea

Inter Coach Antonio Conte has welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovich back to the Series A and admits he wanted to sign him while at Chelsea.

"First of all, I want to say welcome back Ibra," Conte told reporters ahead of Saturday's Serie A clash with Atalanta.

"He is a great champion. I tried to get him when I was at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for him, he has lots of personality after having a tough upbringing - he is a great player.

"I think he can give Milan a lot. His personality will help Milan, he will help the others grow. I think it is important for coaches to have players who lead the way, players who know what you want and lead the team.

"I think this is vital for a coach to have in a team. When a coach has those players then things are a lot easier."

Lampard unwilling to let Pedro leave

Frank Lampard unwilling to let Pedro leave Chelsea in January because he thinks he is an important part of his plans

"He is part of my plans, I started the season and he was in my team, and then, unfortunately, he got injured at Norwich before the game, and I had to make a change. Then he was out for a while, and I do have competition in that area," Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.

"He has had bits here and there, I know he wants more games, I get that. But he certainly has something that he can contribute here with his experience and his ability to break lines and run behind people and maybe get those goals in and around the box.

"He is here, I know his contract is up at the end of the season but I am not even looking that far ahead. He is here, he is part of the squad and I need everybody because football can change very quickly. There can be a period of games where you are on the bench, out of the squad, something changes an that is the moment that you have to come in and produce.

"I have got no winners in this game, I want the club to be the winner. People come in and do well, they stay in the team.”

Lampard happy Abraham took No 9 pressure well

Lampard believes Tammy Abraham has handled the pressure of being Chelsea's No 9 well.

“I am really impressed because when the No.9 shirt was available quite a few people around here were saying to me: ‘Ooh, be careful, that’s not always had the best feeling in different players here,'" Lampard told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.

“It was my decision to give it to him purely on his personality in pre-season. I knew he was a good player and I liked him on the training ground but his personality is one that he was saying: ‘Yes please, I want that, I want to be Chelsea’s No.9.’

“It was an easy thing to feel and say at that point but to then go produce like he has done is a great start. And it’s a start. He needs to keep going because he is probably at that stage now where everyone is starting to expect Tammy to play well, score and affect games in a big way.

"And that brings a new challenge and that is his one now. When it [the No. 9 shirt] was mentioned, it made me think twice and go, ‘Oh, actually, what is the situation here?’ because he is a young boy.

"If you’re signing a 25-year-old who has scored multiple goals in a different league or in the Premier League you might see it differently and it would be a really easy decision, but the question with a young boy is does he need that pressure? My opinion was yes.

"I saw him coming through the ranks here for such a long time from being a young boy and for me, it was like he must have always wanted to be Chelsea’s No.9. That was his aim at all times. I know he used to idolise Didier Drogba.

"So he thought, 'I want to be Chelsea’s mainline striker' and the No.9 is generally that so I thought it was an opportunity for him to rise to that hopefully.”

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Emerson Palmieri won't be leaving Chelsea in January

Emerson Palmieri's Agent has came out to say that his Client won't be leaving the blues in this current winter transfer window.

A return to Italy has been mooted for the 25-year-old full-back, with Juventus said to be among his suitors.

Fernando Garcia has, however, told FC Inter News: "Chelsea have no intention of depriving themselves of Emerson Palmieri right now. He's happy in London and so now he won't change clubs."

"Hazard's sale made CHO Stay"

Antonio Rudiger believes the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 made Callum Hudson-Odoi to change his mind about going to Bayern Munich.

"Of course he asked me about Bayern Munich back then. I told him that it was of course a great club,” Germany international defender Rudiger told Sport Bild.

“The fact that he chose Chelsea is only logical for me. 

“The transfer ban and the departure of Eden Hazard, which we had been expecting for a long time, made it clear that Callum would get more appearances.”

Rudiger, Zouma and Tomori - Chelsea 2019-20

Swansea City set to capture Marc Guehi

Chelsea's 19-year-old centre back Marc Guehi is set to join Swansea City after an 18-month loan deal was agreed to send him to the Championship side.

Guehi made his debut under Frank Lampard this season via two Carabao Cup appearances but he has opted to join up with his former England Under-17's coach Steve Cooper in Wales.

The deal is still subject to paperwork and a medical which is hoped to be finalised tomorrow.

Also Conor Gallagher, who is Guehi's long term team mate at Chelsea youth levels would reportedly leave Charlton Athletic in January.

Premier League clubs Norwich City and Burnley are fighting to land a man who has scored six goals and registered three assists in 25 games for the Addicks in his maiden season in senior football. 

Chelsea could enter the race to sign Thomas Lemar

Chelsea could enter the race to sign Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar in January. 

The Blues have been offered the France international, according to Evening Standardbut Tottenham are also interested in signing him.

But Atletico are said to be demanding around £50 million for the 24-year-old.

Chelsea could sell Christensen

As reported by the Daily Star, Chelsea are looking to strengthen their defence and they could sell Andreas Christensen

The Blues are looking to bring in another centre-half, amid links to Issa Diop and Nathan Ake, but need to free up space in their squad first.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dortmund won't sanction Sancho's sale in January

Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to sanction Jadon Sancho's departure in January - according toSky Sports.

BVB do not want to sell him because they believe they won't find a good replacement during this winter window.

Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Barcelona have all been credited with an interest in Sancho in recent weeks.

Chelsea bid €20M for Habib Diallo

Chelsea are looking to sign Metz attacker Habib Diallo and have reportedly sent a €20M bid for him according to Republicain Lorraine.

The forward has 10 goals in Ligue 1 this season, despite playing for a side fighting relegation. 

Tottenham and Leicester have previously been linked with the 24-year-old Senegal international.

Deschamps wants Giroud to leave Chelsea

France Manager Didier Deschamps thinks Giroud should leave Chelsea because he is unhappy at a lack of playing time at the club.

When asked if Giroud is unhappy at Chelsea; He responded: I think yes,” he said. “He knows very well he cannot be content with so little time. That is not even speaking about France, that is just on him.

"It is up to him to see which destination he prefers or chooses.

"I spoke with Olivier during the last international camp [in November]. Even during the one before, he already knew what is best for him.

"Olivier is not happy at this moment, based on the little playing time he is getting. It is not his fault; he is suffering through the situation.

"It is up to him to decide in order to have the best sporting conditions on a daily basis at club level."

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Giroud fits the bill for Tottenham

Pascal Chimbonda has urged Tottenham to capitalise on Giroud's current situation, raising the possibility of a short-term loan if a permanent deal cannot be arranged.

“I do think they need a striker,” the ex-Spurs defender told "Harry Kane is out for five or six weeks – who is going to score the goals?

“Lucas Moura is not a natural striker, Spurs need someone more like Kane, a focal point in the penalty area. Dare I say it, but I think someone like Olivier Giroud fits the bill.

“It’s obvious Frank Lampard doesn’t fancy him at Chelsea, I’m sure Giroud wants out, so why not him?

“Yes, he’s a former Arsenal player, but he’s also a World Cup winner and presumably he’s available.

“I’d take him on loan, but if the opportunity was there to buy him, then I’d buy him. There’s no one else readily available on the market who has his quality.”

Hasselbaink urges Chelsea to sign Dembele

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has urged Chelsea to try and sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window.

Abraham has hit 12 goals in 20 Premier League outings, but Lampard has been tipped to bring in another frontman to provide extra competition for the England international.

Hasselbaink witnessed Dembele's talent up close while he was on Fulham's books in the Championship, and thinks he would be a "magnificent signing" for Chelsea if a deal can be pushed over the line this month.

"Chelsea need to make new signings because you have to keep the rhythm going and just to get some kind of new blood coming through the door," the ex-Blues striker said

 "It is always good when you make a signing. It gives everybody new energy, you know?

"Obviously Tammy Abraham is doing really well but he is the only one really who is doing really well. Batshuayi is not making a difference. Giroud, I think, he does not really fit in with their plans.

"They need to get a striker in. Moussa Dembele would be a magnificent signing for Chelsea. I know Moussa quite well. I faced him when I was QPR manager, he played ever so well and killed my defence.

"He has developed himself extremely well. He went to Celtic and played at a big club where the atmosphere and the pressure is there of winning. You have to win every match.

"Having already tasted that and gone through that pressure, and if Chelsea buy him, he is familiar with that.

Moussa Dembele Lyon 2019-20

"When you are at Chelsea, you have to be able to handle the pressure of winning things and he has shown at Celtic he can do that. More importantly, he is a killer. He is a goalscorer. He lives for goals.

"He scores goals in different ways, with his head, with his feet, left and right. He is quick.

Zaha's Asking price putting Chelsea off

Chelsea are interested in signing Ivory coast Crystal palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

The Blues have identified the 27-year-old as one of their main January targets as the club prepares to spend in the winter transfer window. But they are unwilling to meet Palace's valuation for Zaha, who has scored three goals and added three assists in 21 Premier League games this season.  

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forrest

Callum Hudson-Odoi was Chelsea's star as Frank Lampard's side eased into the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 home defeat of Nottingham Forest.

Hudson-Odoi's sixth-minute opener at Stamford Bridge on Sunday got the Blues off to a flyer and Ross Barkley doubled their lead before half-time.

It was a welcome win for Chelsea, who had lost three of their past four home games in the Premier League.

Second-tier side Forest, who were much changed, were unable to lay a glove on the eight-time winners.

Chelsea, who also knocked Forest out at this stage last year, opened the scoring early on.

Quick build-up play led to Hudson-Odoi being fed on the right, with the England international cutting inside and firing a low finish through the legs of Yuri Ribeiro to beat Jordan Smith.

The Championship side were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute when Alex Mighten was bundled over by Fikayo Tomori, but a VAR check showed the lively 17-year-old was offside.

Chelsea then doubled their lead, Smith parrying Hudson-Odoi's powerful drive, with Barkley arriving late to tuck home the rebound at the back post.

A third almost arrived on the hour-mark, Smith making a great save to tip Barkley's header onto the post after Hudson-Odoi opened up the Forest defence once more.

Ryan Yates then had a close-range header ruled out for offside at the other end.

Teenage defender Tariq Lamptey was given another cameo off the bench in the closing stages, when Chelsea almost got a third through Hudson-Odoi only for Smith to push his try wide with the final act of the game.


Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

Alireza Jahanbakhsh stunned Chelsea with a late overhead-kick to earn Brighton and Hove Albion a hard-fought 1-1 draw on New Year's Day.

The Iran winger ended his long wait for a first Brighton goal against Bournemouth on Saturday, celebrating with joyful tears, and his second quickly followed in a stylish start to 2020.

Chelsea looked to be easing towards a third straight Premier League away win after Cesar Azpilicueta's early strike, failing to add to their lead but largely comfortable at the other end.

However, Jahanbakhsh leapt into an outstanding volley with six minutes of normal time remaining, and Frank Lampard's fourth-placed side were clinging on by full-time.

Chelsea had made a confident start - in stark contrast to the awful early display in Sunday's smash-and-grab at Arsenal - and soon led through their captain.

Tammy Abraham's low shot on the turn following a corner was blocked by Aaron Mooy in front of the goal line, but the loose ball fell kindly for Azpilicueta to prod past the grounded, helpless Mat Ryan.

First-half chances were hard to come by thereafter, although Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had to be alert to palm clear a Leandro Trossard effort two minutes before the break.

Not until the 80th minute was Arrizabalaga seriously tested again, scrambling to keep out half-time introduction Aaron Connolly's finish.

It was another substitute who came up with the decisive moment, though, Jahanbakhsh executing a sensational strike that left Arrizabalaga rooted.

Callum Hudson-Odoi blasted just over as Chelsea chased a winner, but they were again grateful to their goalkeeper as a point was preserved, Neal Maupay's powerful drive well blocked.

Chelsea reluctant to allow Batshuayi leave

Chelsea are reluctant to allow striker Michy Batshuayi to leave in the January transfer window amid interest in a loan move from Aston Villa.

Goal can confirm that Villa have made an enquiry regarding the availability of Belgium international Batshuayi, with Dean Smith keen to bring him to Villa Park until the end of the season.

Smith was dealt a huge blow on New Year's Day as his preferred starting striker, Wesley, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Burnley that is set to see him miss the rest of the season.

Wesley, who joined Villa in a club-record deal from Club Brugge in pre-season, has started all 21 of Villa's Premier League matches this term, scoring five goals.

Batshuayi, meanwhile, has largely played back-up to Tammy Abraham since the arrival of Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss during the summer.

The 26-year-old, who has previously spent time out on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace, has made 12 substitute appearances in the Premier League under Lampard, with his only starts coming in the Carabao Cup.

But in spite of his sparse playing time, Lampard does not want to see Batshuayi - who will likely start against Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday - depart this month, though the introduction of attacking reinforcements could alter his thinking.

Having been freed to sign players after their FIFA-imposed transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Blues are in the market for a new forward in the January window.

Chelsea will have to wait till Summer to secure Sancho deal

Chelsea will have to wait until at least the summer to try and secure the signings of top attacking targets Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.

Sancho, at the top of Chelsea’s list, remains on a long-term contract at Borussia Dortmund with the Bundesliga side’s hierarchy keen to hold onto the 19-year-old until at least the end of this season.

Werner, meanwhile, is dreaming of winning the German league title with RB Leipzig and is keen to put any talk of his future on hold until after Euro 2020.

The 23-year-old striker scored 18 goals in the first half of the season and currently believes Leipzig is the best place to get ready for the Euros, after which he will assesses his options.

Werner is also understood to have a release clause in his contract which means he would be available for a cheaper price in the summer transfer window than in January. However, even if any club triggers the clause this month, Werner has rejected the idea of moving in this transfer window.

Meanwhile, Lyon have issued a public statement denying that their striker Moussa Dembele will be sold in January after he was linked with a move to Chelsea.

Drinkwater to return to Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater will return to Chelsea this month after making just two appearances for Burnley since joining on loan.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirmed at a news conference on Friday that the midfielder would be heading back to Stamford Bridge.

Drinkwater played just once in the Premier League for Burnley, in the 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City on December 3, having also started the shock 3-1 home loss to Sunderland in the EFL Cup in August.

The 29-year-old said it was "time to get my career back on track" when he signed a deal with Burnley that expires on January 6.

"It was a bit of a complicated time at Chelsea, but I see this as a positive move and I'm looking forward to getting going," he said.

However, Drinkwater struggled to break into Dyche's first-team plans and he suffered an ankle injury during an alleged altercation outside a Manchester nightclub in September, further curtailing his attempt to rejuvenate his career.

Dyche said of the situation: "He will go back, just for football reasons. I have a big respect for him and I like him as a player. He just hasn’t had the pitch time.

"He has been a credit to himself with his professionalism, apart from the incident. He has looked after himself and tried to be part of the group. He has just not had the game time that he needs.

"There was an incident that was unfortunate and cost a lot more time than we thought. My respect for him as high as a person and a player.

"It does heighten the need [for a replacement] but you have to have the players available, finance and all the things that align.

"It is even tougher in a window that is [already] tough. There are only so many targets that fit our model. There is nothing that is looking open to us."

Sinclair: Chelsea need to look for new left back

Chelsea need a new left-back in January, says Frank Sinclair, with Leicester star Ben Chilwell considered to be the perfect fit for Frank Lampard’s side.

A move for the Foxes defender has been mooted for some time.

Frank Lampard saw his hands tied by a transfer embargo last summer, but he has been freed to spend once more.

It could be that interest in Chilwell is rekindled, although it would take a sizeable bid to tempt Premier League rivals into a sale.

Sinclair believes it is worth asking the question, with the Blues considered to be in need of reinforcements to fill a position that is proving problematic.

The former Chelsea full-back told Sky Sports when quizzed on the business that Lampard should be looking at doing in the current window: “I think they need quite a bit.

“The position that stands out to me at the moment is the left-back scenario. Obviously with [Cesar] Azpilicueta playing there at the moment, being shifted from right-back. [Marcos] Alonso has been in and out, as well as Emerson. I think that is the first thing that needs sorting out.

“Whether Chelsea have a left-back in mind… There have been whispers about the left-back at Leicester City, who is an England international.

“He’s a very good player and I think he would fit into the way that Chelsea play at the moment – the way he does bomb on and gives you that width and attacking threat.

“I think it’s definitely a case of left-back and probably a striker to either compete with Tammy Abraham or even be the main man.”

Alaba not for Sale

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has dismissed reports linking David Alaba to Chelsea, insisting the defender will not be going anywhere this transfer window.

The Blues have been linked with a number of players following the lift on their transfer ban this January, but the Bayern Munich defender will not heading to west London.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had reportedly shown a strong interest in the 27-year-old left-back, with a bid of £60 million (€70m/$78m) rumoured.

The Austrian would be a welcomed addition at Stamford Bridge as they look to prioritise the signing of a left-sided defender this window after also being linked with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell. 

However, Bayern boss Flick has ruled out any possible move in January. 

“Alaba is not for sale in the winter,” said Flick speaking at a press conference from the club's training camp in Doha. 

“Alaba is doing very well at centre-back at the moment. He can lead a team, he showed that. 

“This is the criteria the leader of the defence has to fulfil.”

Barcelona lead race for Olmo

Barcelona have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Dinamo Zagreb forward Dani Olmo despite both Chelsea and Manchester United having held talks with the Croatian champions regarding the future of the Spain international.

The 21-year-old - who is a product of the famed La Masia academy in Catalunya - is pushing for a January move after seeing Dinamo crash out of Europe ahead of the transfer window and is keen to find a club that can help him earn a place in Spain's Euro 2020 squad.

Goal  can confirm that Barca feel confident in getting the deal over the line for around €30 million (£25.6m/$33.5m), though Dinamo are holding firm with an asking price of €40m (£34.1m/$44.6m).

Barcelona believe that Olmo can come in and make an impact immediately in their first team, while Dinamo are aware of further interest from England that could drive up the price.

Both Chelsea and United are long-term admirers of Olmo, with their European scouts having seen him play on numerous occasions.

He is not the only Dinamo player on Chelsea's radar, with teenager Antonio Marin also of interest after he starred against the Blues in the UEFA Youth League back in April.

Olmo is just one of a number of targets for Chelsea in the January transfer window as they look to spend big after their transfer ban was halved.

However, their big targets such as  Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner are not on the market for a move in this transfer window.

The likes of Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze and Lyon's Moussa Dembele are alternative options, although the Ligue 1 outfit have moved to deny they will sell the latter in January.

Chelsea's interest in attacking talent could also lead to players leaving in this window, with Pedro attracting the interest of MLS clubs Inter Miami and New York City FC.