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Frank Lampard: ‘Chelsea do not need any new players’

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists he does not need to strengthen his squad before the new Premier League season. The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows until the end of January 2020, but Lampard said on his side’s pre-season tour in Japan that he was happy with the squad he has got. “I think I’ve inherited very good players,” the former Derby manager said on Sky Sports. “We can’t bring any players in, we know that – this year – but I don’t need new players. A first look at the 24-man squad that has travelled out to Japan! 👀#CFCinJapan — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 16, 2019 “I’m very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful.” Chelsea’s appeal against a transfer e...

Mason Mount signs new five-year Chelsea contract

The midfielder played under Frank Lampard at Derby last season. England Under-21 international Mason Mount has signed a five-year contract with Chelsea. The 20-year-old midfielder spent last season playing under new Blues boss Frank Lampard during a loan spell at Derby. “It’s a massively proud moment for myself and my family,” Mount told the club’s website. Mason Mount. 2024. 💙 pic.twitter.com/VIoQChVDJA — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 15, 2019 Mount has yet to make his debut for Chelsea’s first team but impressed for Championship side Derby during the last campaign, scoring 11 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. He played against the Blues in a Carabao Cup tie in October. Mount added: “I joined this club at six years old and it was always my goa...

Result: Olivier Giroud nets twice as Chelsea thrash St Patrick’s Athletic

Frank Lampard registers his first win as Chelsea manager courtesy of a 4-0 victory over St Patrick’s Athletic in Saturday’s pre-season friendly in Dublin. Chelsea have registered their first victory of pre-season courtesy of a 4-0 victory over St Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin on Saturday afternoon. Lampard kept just two of his starting lineup from Wednesday’s fixture with Bohemians as Willy Caballero and Michy Batshuayi remains in the team, but that did not prevent Chelsea from quickly finding a rhythm. Batshuayi was in the thick of the action, firstly seeing a scuffed effort tipped behind by Barry Murphy before failing to convert at the back post after a header from David Luiz. The Belgium international then struck the top of the crossbar with a thunderous effort, b...

Frank Lampard admits Chelsea need to improve fitness

Batshuayi scored in Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea. New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted his side need to boost their fitness after a draw with Bohemians. The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw in Dublin after Michy Batshuayi‘s opener was cancelled out by trialist Eric Molloy’s late goal. It was Lampard’s first game after he was appointed at Stamford Bridge following his exit from Derby last week. “Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning,” he told a press conference after the game. “Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit. “The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting ...

Result: Chelsea held by Bohemians in Frank Lampard’s first game

Frank Lampard begins his reign as Chelsea manager with a 1-1 draw against Bohemians in a pre-season friendly in Dublin on Wednesday night. Chelsea have been held to a 1-1 draw by Bohemians in Frank Lampard‘s first game in charge on Wednesday night. Michy Batshuayi gave the West Londoners an eight-minute lead in the pre-season friendly held in Dublin, only for Bohemians to net a deserved equaliser through Eric Molloy in the closing stages. Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro were the only regulars from last season to begin the game in the Republic of Ireland, while the likes of Kenedy, Ethan Ampadu and Danny Drinkwater were also given the chance to impress from the opening whistle. Bohemians almost took the lead as early as the second minute with Andre Wright lashing a low effort marginally w...

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Maurizio Sarri deserved more time at Chelsea’

Gianfranco Zola says that former Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri should have been given more time at Stamford Bridge. Gianfranco Zola has claimed that Maurizio Sarri would have enjoyed further success at Chelsea had he been provided with more time at Stamford Bridge. Despite a season which saw Chelsea win the Europa League and achieve third place in the Premier League, both Sarri and club officials came to a mutual agreement regarding his exit after just 11 months. However, Zola – who was Sarri’s assistant at the West Londoners – feels that Chelsea could only have benefitted from the 60-year-old spending at least another season with the Blues. The former playmaker told talkSPORT: “I think the best of Maurizio’s work comes not in the first year but more from ...

Manchester United ‘approach Chelsea over Tiemoue Bakayoko transfer’

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a move for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba. Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has emerged as a surprise rumoured transfer target for Premier League rivals Manchester United. The 24-year-old is back at Stamford Bridge after spending the 2018-19 campaign on loan with AC Milan. Milan were initially keen to sign the Frenchman on a permanent deal, but they were unable to agree a fee with Chelsea. Bakayoko is not believed to be part of new boss Frank Lampard‘s plans, however, and RMC Sport suggests that he could yet be on his way out of West London this summer. United are said to have put plans in place ready for Paul Pogba‘s possible departure to Real Madrid, with Bakayoko considered an adequ...

Frank Lampard wants Ashley Cole back at Chelsea?

Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on bringing Ashley Cole into his backroom staff after the former midfielder was announced as Chelsea manager last week. Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on adding former full-back Ashley Cole to his backroom staff after becoming Chelsea manager last week. The England duo played together at Stamford Bridge for eight seasons between 2006 and 2014, winning the Premier League and Champions League alongside claiming four FA Cups. Chelsea’s new manager also worked with Cole at Derby County, signing the 38-year-old from LA Galaxy last year. According to the Daily Mail, Lampard views Cole as the ideal man to nurture the club’s young talent over the 2019-20 campaign – a task of paramount importance due to Chelsea’s transfer ban until June 202...

Burnley considering move for Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori?

Burnley may reportedly move for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori if they part ways with James Tarkowski this summer. Burnley have reportedly identified Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori as a potential replacement for James Tarkowski. The Clarets are keen to keep the England international at Turf Moor, although talk of a £40m move elsewhere means that an exit remains a possibility. According to the Daily Star, manager Sean Dyche may decide to use part of that fee in order to complete the signing of Tomori. Whether it be on a permanent or loan basis, the 21-year-old is well placed to play Premier League football next season after impressing at Derby County in the Championship during the last campaign. The versatile youngster is unlikely to gain regular action at Stamford Bridge, leaving Frank Lam...

Alvaro Morata’s Atletico move to become permanent

The 26-year-old scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues after joining from Real Madrid in 2017. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal at the end of the 2019-20 season, the Premier League club have announced. The 26-year-old is currently on an 18-month loan with Atletico, which began in January, and he will remain in the Spanish capital upon its completion. The Spain international scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues after joining from Real Madrid for a fee of around £60million in 2017. Thank you and good luck, @AlvaroMorata. 👊 — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 6, 2019 “We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future,” Chelsea said in a statement on their official website. Morata’s first-te...

Callum Hudson-Odoi closing in on new Chelsea contract?

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been convinced that Chelsea is the right club for him to realise his dreams and he is to sign a new long-term deal, according to a report. Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract following positive talks with boss Frank Lampard. The England international appeared to be close to joining Bayern Munich at the turn of the year after the Bundesliga champions made three big-money bids, the largest in the region of £35m. Hudson-Odoi is understood to have handed in a transfer request to force his way out of Stamford Bridge, having been left unhappy with his lack of playing time under Maurizio Sarri. The arrival of Lampard as new head coach this week has persuaded the 18-year-old to commit his future to Chelsea, however, with ...

Sacked Gianfranco Zola disappointed with Chelsea treatment

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola reveals his disappointment at being let go ahead of former teammate Frank Lampard’s arrival as manager at Stamford Bridge. Gianfranco Zola has admitted that he is disappointed to be following Maurizio Sarri out of Stamford Bridge after just one year as Chelsea‘s assistant manager. The 53-year-old became a legend at Chelsea between 1996 and 2003 during which time he scored 80 goals in 311 games for the Blues. Zola told The Sun that he “found out quite late and the manager positions of the other teams have all been sorted out.” Despite the Italian’s disappointment, Zola said that he had relished the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge in a coaching capacity, even though he was not kept on after Frank Lampard‘s arrival. &...

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