1.45pm Chelsea news LIVE: Declan Rice wanted to replace Kante, Rugani £27m transfer bid rejected, Ginter LATEST – The Sun

1.45pm Chelsea news LIVE: Declan Rice wanted to replace Kante, Rugani £27m transfer bid rejected, Ginter LATEST – The Sun

11/02/2020

CHELSEA got back to winning ways as they swept aside Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.

And on the transfer front the Blues are still said to be determined to sign former academy prospect Declan Rice from West Ham.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Joe Brophy

    KAI IN THE SKY

    Frank Leboeuf admits he is ‘still not convinced’ by Kai Havertz.

    Asked about Chelsea’s start to the season, he told ESPN: “I think it’s getting better, some players are getting better.

    “I’m very pleased for Hakim Ziyech, getting fit and giving his best. But I’m still not convinced about Kai Havertz, I still want more from him.

    “I want more impact from him where I think he disappears. I’m sure Frank is still not completely happy with the way they worked together.

    “Sometimes it seemed like they were looking for each other like they don’t really know each other.

    “I’m looking for something better, much better from Chelsea. With the players they have, they’re capable of giving much more than we saw.

    “Even though they got the win, the clean sheet, everything was going their way, but I can’t be happy with the performance 100 per cent.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAY-PER REVIEW

    Premier League bosses are under increasing pressure to scrap pay-per-view football during the looming lockdown.

    The £14.95 fee will be reviewed by clubs at a meeting this week.

    Five matches are due to be screened on Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office this weekend.

    A four-week lockdown starting on Thursday means pubs and bars will be shut, so fans would have to pay the controversial fee to watch at home.

    The Premier League resumes on November 21 after the international window, clubs must now decide whether to keep the fee, reduce the amount— or scrap it altogether.

  • Joe Brophy

    PUL OUT GAME

    Christian Pulisic will miss a chunk of Chelsea's busy fixture period after he picked up an injury over the weekend.

    Frank Lampard confirmed that Pulisic pulled his hamstring before his side's 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

    He said: “He’s played three games, we’ve tried to manage him in the week and it’s a small feeling in his hamstring so we’ll have to see how he is over the next 24 hours.

    “It’s a minor feeling that he had but definitely not right to go into 90 minutes of a game with that.

    “Hopefully it’s short term, we’re talking weeks.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TESTING TIMES

    Prenetics, the company hired by the Premier League to conduct coronavirus tests on players, have claimed that fans are still “some way off” from receiving rapid tests at stadiums.

    Chief executiveAvi Lasarow told Sky Sports News: “It's very difficult to speculate.

    “I think, realistically, from where we are sitting, that's still some time away. There are multiple scenarios. We think it's probably realistic to build testing stations at core venues, which could be NCP car parks for example, that have land assets available.

    “We have started using LAMP technology, from Oxford, and the testing cycle takes approximately 15-30 minutes.

    “The capability exists. I can't comment on stadiums in particular but what I can say is that it's highly likely testing generally will be done outside of the environment of the venue, likely at pharmacies, independent pop-ups, around the country.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KEEPS US IN CHECK

    Kurt Zouma has hailed Edouard Mendy’s instant impact at Chelsea.

    The defender said: “He has been great, with the ball at his feet and he is big, too.

    “He has presence and catches the ball when he comes out. He is talking a lot, doing a great job. He settled in very quickly, but we have to keep focused.

    “I speak French and I know him a little bit from before. He is a top guy, a very clever guy. Easy to talk to.

    “He is super-intelligent, very calm. He has no problems speaking English. We were talking French, but now he has learned some English very quickly.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT ZI-YECH

    Chelsea star Mason Mount has hailed team-mate Hakim Ziyech as 'world class' following the winger's performance in the 3-0 win over Burnley.

    He said: “We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team.

    “He's a world-class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut.

    '”He's a brilliant player. He's a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team. He's a very good player.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RICE AND SHINE

    Frank Lampard will make a fresh move for Declan Rice in January as he eyes a new defensive midfielder, according to reports.

    The Blues boss wants the West Ham ace to replace N'Golo Kante's role in the side with the view to playing the Frenchman in a more advanced position.

    Lampard wanted Rice, 21, in the summer but couldn't raise the necessary funds to tempt the Hammers into selling.

    The Athletic write how two first-team players would need to leave in order to balance the books and raise the required funds to sign Rice.

    West Ham would certainly not be willing to let him leave on the cheap with an asking price believed to be around £80million.

  • Joe Brophy

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Gary Neville admits he was ‘shocked’ by reports linking N’Golo Kante with a move away from the club to Manchester United or Inter Milan.

    Speaking on his own podcast for Sky Sports, he said: “There’s no doubt that here at Old Trafford last week [Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea], we felt both managers were still searching for the solution to get everyone in team.

    “It feels like Frank Lampard has found that solution this week. Kante playing in that holding position in a three in midfield, it’s where we always thought he should play.

    “It’s a modern phenomenon to play a player in that position who is good on the ball. We’ve seen Xaxi and Pirlo do it.

    “But when you think of Fabinho, Fernandinho or Kante, that’s the classic player in that position.

    “They read the danger, they break up attacks and they are a centre-backs dream.

    “Playing Kante there would seem to be the logical conclusion in keeping him at the club.

    “When I saw reports over the summer that Jorginho was going to leave, I wasn’t surprised. When I saw reports over the summer that Kante might leave, I was shocked.

    “I thought, “Frank, he is not a player you want to lose”.

    “He is a unique player and every player in that squad must love him. He does that job brilliantly.”

  • Joe Brophy

    M-ACE WORK

    Chelsea have since reacted to Frank Lampard's praise towards Mason Mount by delighting fans with his standout showing over Burnley.

  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has also singled out Kai Havertz and Mason Mount for particular praise.

    He told Chelsea's website: “We have played slightly differently in the last couple of games, and there have been a lot of positives.

    “It doesn’t mean we can’t change back, but it’s great to see what it did for Kai and for Mason. It brought the best attributes out of what people would regard as really offensive players.

    “I was really impressed with their humility and work ethic of those two. They were prepared to do both sides of the no.8. That’s what I want from the players who play as the two number eights. I want them to join, help build, get assists and goals, and they did it.

    “I never doubt Mason’s response professionally. There are things I get to see behind the scenes people on the outside don’t. His attitude is first class every minute of every day in a work sense.

    “Kai Havertz playing in that eight position in the last couple of games has shown a lot to his game, picking up the ball in deeper areas as well as arriving in the box. It’s certainly given me nice feelings and ideas.”

  • sstreet

    NOT A DAN DEAL

    Chelsea had a £27m bid for Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus in summer, according to his agent.

    Davide Torchia told TMW Radio: “At the time, Arsenal, Napoli, Chelsea, Zenit and Lyon arrived at around €30m (£27m) and (they) were never taken into consideration.

    “For those prices, Juve did not sell him, and I do not dispute whether they did right or wrong.”

    Rugani instead joined Rennes on loan for the duration of this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEFENCE MENDED

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed Edouard Mendy's start to life as the club's new No1.

    He told the Blues' website: “From the first game he’s come in, he’s played well.

    “He’s shown his own security and that’s what we’re striving for. When we brought him in, it was clearly for competition and that’s right, and then it’s up to the players to show their own quality, and he’s shown them.

    “I’m so pleased with the way he’s started. He’s settled in really well, engaging, trains hard, wants to talk and make relationships with the players in front of him, so it’s been a really good start for him.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia will sanction the departure of left-back Emerson Palmieri in January.

    Area Napoli reports Emerson is Napoli's No1 target for the winter transfer window.

    And despite their reluctance to do so in the summer, Chelsea will allow the Brazil-born Italy international to leave on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

    The Blues will face competition from Man City and Liverpool in the race to sign Reading teenager Michael Olise.

    The 18-year-old has a year and a half left on his current deal at the Madjeski Stadium and is also attracting interest from Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

    Chelsea are also eying a move for Malmo defender Anel Ahmedhodzic.

    Swedish paper Kvallposten reports the Blues will bid £6.9million for the 21-year-old, who previously spent time at Nottingham Forest.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAPPY HAK

    Hakim Ziyech has opened up about his delight at being a Chelsea player after impressing in the Blues win against Burnley.

    The Moroccan hotshot played for 73 minutes in his Premier League setting up Chelsea's third goal in their 3-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    Ziyech told Chelsea's official web site: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game.

    “We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    AT AHM'S LENGTH

    Chelsea are are preparing a £6.9million bid for former Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to reports.

    The centre-back, 21, left the Championship club for Malmo at the start of last year and has impressed in Sweden.

    According to Swedish newspaper Kvallposten, Chelsea are one of several European teams interested in Ahmedhodzic.

    The Blues are said to be preparing a £6.9million bid for the youngster, who would be offered a five-year deal.

    Ahmedhodzic is under contract in Malmo until 2023.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BEING FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed the impact of summer signing Hakim Ziyech who has given his side a 'big boost'.

    He said: “I expected a lot of him because I was very aware of his qualities and how important they can be to the club.

    “He brings a different property to us, with an eye for a pass, his receiving, crossing and assist-making. But what I have seen since he has been here is his absolute personality when he plays to want the ball.

    “His work-rate off the ball is very, very good as well. He has brought those qualities and comes with real confidence. He has given us a big boost. His demeanour, the way he plays.

    “Two games in a few days with a trip to Russia for him after being out for so long has been really good by him.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    MORE FROM MERSON

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson wants to see Antonio Rudiger brought back into the fold by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

    The German defender has been frozen out by the Blues boss after seeking guarantees over playing time ahead of next summer's Euros.

    Merson said: “Antonio Rudiger should get more games for Chelsea because he’s their best option next to Thiago Silva.

    “It’s a good thing he’s back in the team after they tried to sell him in the window, and he could still play a big role this season.

    “Frank Lampard has gone back to basics after the 3-3 draw with Southampton and it’s worked for Chelsea.

    “When you’re a young manager it’s easy to think you have to entertain all the time. But sometimes you need to have a solid base to work from.

    “Since that game they’ve kept three clean sheets in a row and they look much more secure at the back.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    MERSON ON MENDY

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been impressed with what he's seen from new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    Mendy has kept five clean sheets in as many matches for the Blues since his summer arrival from French side Rennes.

    Merson said: “Having Edouard Mendy in goal helps. He’s got a presence and he’s got great feet.

    “If you watch him he’s like a tennis player waiting to take a shot in a rally – always on his toes.

    “He will save Chelsea points this season where Kepa would have cost them points.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    LET EM GO

    Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia will sanction the departure of left-back Emerson Palmieri in January.

    Area Napoli reports the Brazil-born Italy international is Napoli's target for the winter transfer window.

    Granovskaia will reportedly agree to let Emerson leave on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

    Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for the 26-year-old.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES IN OLISE RACE

    Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are chasing Reading midfielder Michael Olise.

    The 18-year-old is also attracting interest from Everton, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

    Olise has two goals and three assists in 10 appearances for the Royals this season.

    The France youth international has 18 months left on his Reading contract.

  • Daniel Brookes

    SILVA LINING

    Former Chelsea defender Craig Burley believes Thiago Silva has had the biggest impact on the Blues' defence out of their summer signings.

    Silva joined Frank Lampard's side on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, and the Blues also added goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to strengthen their backline.

    Burley said: “It’s either Thiago Silva or Mendy the goalkeeper.

    “In his short period there it has to be Thiago Silva, who has looked super composed in the matches that he has played.

    “I think Mendy’s been excellent and going to be the answer particularly after the debable of Kepa. ‘But I think every defence needs a guy who can read the game, is experienced, that can help others around them and basically marshal the back four and give the goalkeeper confidence.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MOUNT JOY

    Mason Mount has been singing Hakim Ziyech's praises and described the ex-Ajax star as a 'joy to play with'.

    The Blues starlet was speaking to Chelsea TV after the Blues win 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday where the £33million signing set up Timo Werner for the team's third goal.

    Mount said: “We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team.

    “World class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut. He’s a brilliant player.

    “He’s a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ANEL'S DOING WELL

    Chelsea are rumoured to be lining up a £6.9million move for former Nottingham Forest outcast Anel Ahmedhodzic according to the Daily Star.

    The Malmo defender is reported to have produced a series of impressive performances for the Swedish side since returning to the club from Forest in January 2019.

    The Bosnia and Herzegovina centre-back made just one appearance for the Championship side before spending the bulk of his stint in the club's reserves.

    And media outlets in Sweden claim the Blues are interested in bringing the player back to England.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HAPPY HAK

    Hakim Ziyech has opened up about his delight at being a Chelsea player after impressing in the Blues win against Burnley.

    The Moroccan hotshot played for 73 minutes in his Premier League setting up Chelsea's third goal in their 3-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    Ziyech told Chelsea's official web site: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game.

    “We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAN OF THE MAAT

    Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen is catching the eye on loan at Charlton.

    The teenage left-back is showing promise in League One.

    And he set up his side's first goal in the 2-0 win away at Portsmouth.

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