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Former Chelsea bosses split between Lampard choice

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Former Chelsea bosses split between Lampard choice
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Frank Lampard is set to become the next Chelsea boss. However, former Blues bosses are split on their vote to instill Lampard .

“He’s definitely the right man, he’s got personality,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports News. “I followed Derby last season and he plays very good football – he has all the experience in the world.”

“It’s a great fit, whether it’s right now or not? Only time can tell. You can’t say it’s too early, you have to give people a chance. He’s got all the tools and it will make a lot of people happy if he is the next manager.”

However, Gullit does not believe Lampard is the right man yet.

“[Lampard] has done nothing yet as a coach.” Gullit told Sky Sports News.

“[Chelsea] gave me this opportunity as well, we won [a lot] so that [inexperience] has nothing to do with it.

“I think it’s important for Chelsea that they have someone in charge they can relate to. I hope also they can get the right people around him who can help him.

“He must not make the mistake to get friends there, he has to make sure he gets some people there who have experience in managing and coaching teams. That will be the best thing for him.”

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Jorginho’s thrilling tale will have you respect the Italian

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Jorginho's thrilling tale will have you respect the Italian
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Chelsea star Jorginho has revealed the story of him coming into football and it is quite the head turner.

“I was playing in this tournament in Brazil and an agent scouted me. He took me and other players to his soccer school, which was 200km away from where I lived,” Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website.

“I spent two years there. The idea was he used it to scout players and anyone he thought was good enough he took over to Italy. He set me up with a trial at Verona in their youth section and they took me on.

“Initially when I moved over to Italy it was really easy because I was living my dream. Everything was brand new. Then I began to get into the routine: training, school, home, home, school, training. That’s all I did for 18 months.

“I had €20 to live on a week and I couldn’t do anything else, because you can’t with that amount of money. I couldn’t even play for the first year because my licence hadn’t come through from Brazil. All I did was literally train and go to school.”

Because Verona weren’t in Serie A at that time, they didn’t have a youth team so I played in a local youth team called Berretti. They played in Serie C1/C2. I did that for two years.

“Whilst I was playing for Berretti, I met a fellow Brazilian called Rafael who was a goalkeeper. I got friendly with him, and I told him I was living on €20 a week.

“He said ‘hang on a minute, there’s something not quite right about that’. He made some enquiries and it turned out my agent had been taking money and I knew nothing about it whatsoever.

“At that point I wanted to give up. I was completely devastated. I was fed up. I phoned home in tears and told my mum I wanted to come home and I didn’t want to play football any more.

“She said: ‘Don’t even think about it! You’re so close, you’ve been there for a few years, I won’t let you back in the house! You need to stay there and hang tough.”

“When I went back to Verona the Coach, Andrea Mandorlini, said he didn’t need me because I had only played in C2 and now they were in B.

But one of the directors who I knew quite well stuck up for me, and argued my case with the Coach.

“The Coach didn’t know what to do. He had to either improvise or play me. He played me and I did pretty well. I stayed in the team and from then on he was really supportive and did a great deal for me.”

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Frank Lampard Asks Former Teammate To Join Him Back At Chelsea

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Frank Lampard Asks Former Teammate To Join Him Back At Chelsea

Metro understands that Frank Lampard has asked his former teammate and close friend, Didier Drogba to join him at Chelsea when he takes over from Maurizio Sarri this month.

The former Blues midfielder is favourite in landing the managerial seat once the Italian departs for Juventus in the coming week. Reports have already stated that Chelsea are ready to pay Lampard’s £4m release clause to free him from his contract with Derby County.

The 40-year-old coach is already preparing for his next job by lining up the backroom staff that he will take with him back to the Stamford Bridge. His current assistant manager at Pride Park, Jodi Morris will tag along with him and so will Derby’s goalkeeper coach, Shay Given as per reports.

Lampard also took Drogba out to lunch and pitched the idea of the former Ivory Coast international being the new striker coach. Both of them enjoyed a rewarding period in South West London, winning the Champions Leauge together and countless other honours.

One person whose future at Stamford Bridge is not for certain is Gianfranco Zola. The Italian served as Sarri’s no. 2 this past season but he might not have a place in Lampard’s setup.

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How Much Chelsea Will Have To Pay Derby For Frank Lampard

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How Much Chelsea Will Have To Pay Derby For Frank Lampard

The latest reports claim that Chelsea will have to pay Derby County a compensation fee of £4m to steal Frank Lampard away from Pride Park.

Their former midfielder has done wonders with the Rams this past season to pull them to the finals of the Championship playoff in only his first season as a professional manager. The Blues are set to part ways with Maurizio Sarri after only a year with him as well.

News surfaced yesterday that Juventus had paid Chelsea £5m to release the 60-year-old from his contract at Stamford Bridge. While the Bianconeri lines up an official statement, Chelsea are looking to reinvest that sum on appointing one of their club legends in the managerial hot seat.

Lampard is the fourth all-time highest appearance maker for the Blues with 648 and he won 3 Premier League titles with them as a player. The man is also the club’s record goalscorer with 211.

He is a winner and he has shown a greater ambition to succeed as a manager. Due to his deep relationship with the South West London club, Lampard could be a great fit.

He although, will have to face plenty of challenges, the biggest one being Chelsea losing their best player in Eden Hazard. The transfer ban is also a headache which would mean that the Englishman will be unable to make any signings that he might want.

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Higuain’s agent confirms his Chelsea future

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Higuain's agent confirms his Chelsea future
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Gonzalo Higuain’s brother and agent Nicolas Higuain has confirmed that the player might be leaving Chelsea to go back to Juventus and hopefully play under Sarri at Turin.

“Gonzalo wants to respect his contract and therefore stay with Juventus for another two years,” Nicolas Higuain said.

“His performances at Juve have been good and playing for another team in Italy isn’t a workable solution.

“I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but if Gonzalo plays in Italy again then he only will for Juve, who own him.”

“The parties wanted each other. The Neapolitan people always loved Gonzalo and the boos he received after his transfer at Juve prove it.

“The pain was strong, but I think their reaction was normal because we’re talking about a passionate set of fans.”

“I think it’s still too early [to return to River Plate] because Gonzalo is 31 and, once he’s recharged his batteries, he’ll be good enough for Juventus.

“He has no second thoughts about quitting the national team. He felt he had to give way to younger players because staying in the national team for such a long time is a great responsibility and he preferred to withdraw himself.”

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Lampard backed to become Chelsea manager by former Blues boss

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Lampard backed to become Chelsea manager by former Blues boss
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Former Chelsea boss Glen Hoddle has backed Frank Lampard to become the next Chelsea boss.

With Chelsea’s current situation extremely complicated, very few names are being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri is set to leave the club after Juventus made it clear they want the Italian boss.

This means Chelsea will need someone to replace him and Lampard, the former Chelsea player will be the perfect addition to the club as boss as he knows the club inside out. Moreover, he has already proven himself to be a capable candidate after showing his calibre managing Derby County.

He said, “I can see Frank managing Chelsea Football Club at some stage in his career. I don’t believe that you are too young or it is too early. It might be the right time for him.”

“I just feel that (with) Chelsea at this moment in time, there is a bit of a crossroads with what is going on off the pitch and on the pitch. (Eden) Hazard has gone, if the transfer embargo is there for two windows, it is going to be a real balancing act, and a really experienced manager would find it difficult.”

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Redknapp reveals his take on Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss

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Redknapp reveals his take on Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss
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Jamie Redknapp has urged Chelsea to sign Frank Lampard as the next boss for the Blues!

“Frank would be the perfect person. Maurizio Sarri is still the manager right now so until that changes, if it were to change and if they need a manager next year, they need someone who’s going to come in and stabilise the club.”

“They have lost their best player (Eden Hazard) and they have got a transfer embargo for two or three windows, so you need someone that everybody loves and they will give them time.”

He added: “[Lampard] knows the game and obviously Jody Morris will come back with him if he does do that and Jody knows all the young players and will want to give those guys a chance.”

“It would be interesting but the fans here would love one of their own. They have never gone for an English manager as far as I can remember. I think Frank would be a great choice but whatever they do, whoever it is, even if it’s not Frank, they will need to be patient.”

“If you have lost Hazard, that’s a huge loss to any team, so the manager has got to be given time and the club have got to state from the start that this manager is going to be given a good couple of years to work his stuff.”

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Luiz discusses his lofty ambitions with Chelsea

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Luiz discusses his lofty ambitions with Chelsea
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David Luiz has backed his Chelsea team to deliver big in the coming season.

He believes the Blues are capable of winning trophies all around the world and are in contention for any title they take part in.

“A few months ago, nobody would have believed that Chelsea could come back and finish in the top three.” he told Goal. “We did that and now we have also won in a European final against Arsenal.”

“I think if we keep this mentality and take all the positive things we did this season, we are going to be fighting for every title around the world. You think about winning every single competition because if it’s not like that, you cannot play for a big club.”

Chelsea recently got slapped with a transfer ban which means that they will not be able to sign any player until next summer. On top of that Chelsea lost their best player for the last seven years in Eden Hazard who made the switch to Real Madrid.

To cap it all Chelsea are on the verge of sacking Sarri which means a new boss will have to start the building process again. Are you sure David, you can even get a top 4 spot?

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The One Chelsea Teammate That Helped Eden Hazard With His Real Madrid Move

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The One Chelsea Teammate That Helped Eden Hazard With His Real Madrid Move

Eden Hazard was unveiled as an official Real Madrid player last night and the Belgian thanked his former Chelsea teammate, Matteo Kovacic for helping with a very important detail.

The two-time Premier League champion completed an initial £88.5m move from Chelsea this summer. Speaking in first ever press conference as a Galactico, he said, “Zidane was my idol. I looked up to him. He’s Real Madrid manager, and it was important he was here, but not the most important factor because I’ve always wanted to be here.

Hazard revealed that Kovacic was a big help in helping him get the number that he wanted. He added, “I like playing number 10, or maybe on the left, but it is not up to me where I play.”

The 28-year-old had used the Croatian connection to speak with Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric about possibly lending him the number 10 jersey. “I have been able to talk to Modric through Kovacic,” he continued. “I was joking when I asked him to lend me the number 10.

“He said no so I’ll have to find another number. But right now number not important for me, just to play with this badge.”

Of course, a player of Hazard’s magnitude will be expected to justify the number 7 shirt that was left behind by the Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.

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Juventus Pays Chelsea £5m Release For Maurizio Sarri

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Juventus Pays Chelsea £5m Release For Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri is set to be unveiled as the new Juventus boss very soon, having agreed on a £5m to release him of his current contract with Chelsea.

The Italian has only spent one season in the Premier League, leading the Blues to the third spot and also winning them the Europa League. Sarri’s tactics saw Chelsea whitewash Arsenal 4-1 in the final at Baku.

Unfortunately for the 60-year-old, he still had trouble winning over the club’s fans as constant criticism flowed in throughout the season about his methods. Massimiliano Allegri stepping down from the managerial hot seat quickly turned into a golden opportunity for Sarri.

He expressed a desire to leave stating reasons of homesickness. He said, “For us Italians the call of home is strong. We feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see,” the 60-year-old boss told the press.

“But at my age, I only make professional choices. I won’t be able to train for 20 years. It’s hard work, the bench. When I return home to Tuscany I feel like a stranger.”

The deal between the two clubs got concluded so fast because of the warm relationship with the Bianconeri sporting director, Fabio Paratici and Chelsea chief, Marina Granovskaia. We can hope to see the announcement made official by this weekend latest.

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