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Fabregas – Frank Lampard Should Receive Equal Praise As Tuchel

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Fabregas - Frank Lampard Should Receive Equal Praise As Tuchel

Cesc Fabregas believes both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel deserves praise for Chelsea’s recent success.

Despite failing to meet expectations as the Blues boss, Lampard is held at high regard by fans and ex-players and quite deservedly so.

Lampard managed Champions League qualification with a young crop of players and no star signings. It was only in his second season when results did not start to match up with the talent he had at hand. Thomas Tuchel came in to steady the ship and guided Chelsea to a brilliant Champions League triumph.

Speaking exclusive to German outlet SPOX, Fabregas said: “Tuchel came and raised the team to another level.

“After I left Chelsea, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Eden Hazard also left. These are important names, important players – Also for the atmosphere in the locker room.

“Frank Lampard couldn’t sign a replacement because of the transfer ban. So it wasn’t that easy for him. He brought great players from the academy like Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour and all of them Player.

“We have to acknowledge everything Lampard has done for Chelsea.”

Fabregas definitely has a point that lot of fans choose to ignore. Lampard’s achievements should not get derailed based on a few bad months on the job.

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Maurizio Sarri Shockingly Wants To Reunite With Chelsea Outcast Kepa

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Maurizio Sarri Shockingly Wants To Reunite With Chelsea Outcast Kepa

Maurizio Sarri shockingly wants to reunite with Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea.

According to the Daily Star, the Blues number two is attracting interest from Italy.

Chelsea signed the goalkeeper from Athletic Bilbao for £71.2m and it very quickly proved to be a bad piece of business. Kepa was spectacularly even signed to a seven-year contract instead of an usual five or lesser. That means, Chelsea will hardly find any buyers who will be able to match their valuation of the player.

Their best hope would be to either send him out on loan or to move him on for a fraction of the sum they originally paid for him. Good news is Kepa is still young and has people who have not completely lost faith in him.

It is a bit of a surprise that among those people it is Maurizio Sarri. Kepa publicly disobeyed Sarri’s instructions in the 2018 EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City. Sarri had sent for Kepa to be replaced but the goalkeeper refused to come off.

Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel did give Kepa a couple of opportunities to prove himself but Ferland Mendy remains the starting custodian. The Blues have a good opportunity to offload Kepa to Lazio.

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Chelsea To Lowball Tottenham Hotspur For Harry Kane

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Chelsea To Lowball Tottenham Hotspur For Harry Kane

Chelsea boss, Roman Abramovich is plotting a move for Harry Kane.

That means lowballing Tottenham Hotspur with a first offer when he is valued at £150m currently.

Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy is well known to be a tough negotiator. He almost never accepts a bid lower to his liking. With Kane tied to the club on a long-term deal, he might not be even open to sale. After all, Tottenham is his boyhood club and he is their best player by a fair margin.

According to the Daily Express, Abramovich is not scared of causing a stir at the North London headquarters. Reports suggest that Chelsea might offer just £60m as their first offer for Harry Kane.

The Blues previously tried to convince Luka Modric into switching London sides in 2011. Daniel Levy was so upset over the approach that he refused any future moves to Chelsea. Modric departed for Real Madrid the next summer.

In an interview with Gary Neville, Kane said, “I mean he [Daniel Levy] might want to sell me. He might be thinking ‘If I could get £100m for you, then why not?’… do you know what I mean? I’m not going to be worth that for the next two or three years.

“I want to play the Champions League… I want to be playing in the biggest games. I’ve said before, I’d never say that I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career. I’d never say that I would leave Spurs.”

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Agent confirms Romelu Lukaku is not ready to leave Inter Milan

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Agent confirms Romelu Lukaku is not ready to leave Inter Milan
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Romelu Lukaku is happy at Inter Milan and will not leave in the summer.

The Belgian striker was expected to leave Inter Milan this summer after Antonio Conte decided to leave the Nerazzurri after steering the club to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Lukaku was at the top of Chelsea’s striker wishlists along with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

But it seems like the former Chelsea player will be happy to extend his stay with the Italian champions.

‘Romelu is happy at Inter,’ his representative, Federico Pastorello, told reporters on Thursday.

‘He has a contract so there are no problems.’

Earlier last week Romelu Lukaku revealed that he would be happy to stay at Inter with the club’s new manager Simone Inzaghi.

‘I am staying at Inter. I’ve already had contact with the man who will become our new manager,’ he said.

‘Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.

‘There is also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.’

 

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Reece James Reveals He Trained In Three Different Positions For England

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Reece James Reveals He Trained In Three Different Positions For England

Reece James is about to become a key player for England in the 2020 Euros.

Gareth Southgate picked the Chelsea defender after an impressive campaign from him at right-back.

James, of course, played in multiple positions at Chelsea under two different managers. His defensive attributes, athleticism and passing range has allowed Thomas Tuchel to use him in various tactical roles.

Speaking before England’s Euros opener against Croatia, James said: “[I’ve trained in] probably the positions you can guess,” James said. “Wing-back, centre-back, right-back. I’ve played all three so far, so I don’t really know what’s going to happen or what position I might feature in.”

He added: “I played right-side centre-back many times coming throughout the academy so the position wasn’t new to me.

“It’s much different to wing-back, you can’t really go forward. Wing-back you have the license to push on and join in attacks, but right side of a three you’re kind of limited to where you can go and what you can do.”

There was widespread controversy regarding Reece James’ selection over Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Eventually, it was an injury that hindered the latter’s participation in the summer tournament. James might play in a wing-back role for England with Kyle Walker player as the right centre-back in a back three.

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Chelsea Given Lifeline In Jadon Sancho Transfer – ‘I Was A Chelsea Fan Growing Up’

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Chelsea Given Lifeline In Jadon Sancho Transfer - 'I Was A Chelsea Fan Growing Up'

Jadon Sancho used to support Chelsea when he was younger.

When asked about who his heroes were when he was a kid, the Borussia Dortmund winger told talkSPORT: “I’d probably say Frank Lampard. I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I can’t lie!

“Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favourite players at the time.

“I just love Frank Lampard and how he played his game; he was so direct and so composed on the ball. I like things like that.”

Now, reports suggest that Sancho has agreed personal terms with Manchester United and is on the brink of completing a move. Fortunately for Chelsea, nothing has been finalised yet. It is well known that The Blues would also love to sign the 20-year-old to spice up their attack.

Previously there were talks of offering Callum Hudson-Odoi in an exchange deal to Dortmund but nothing materialised.

When asked about the speculation behind his Old Trafford move, Sancho said, “I’m cool about it. There’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well.

“It’s just how you handle that on the pitch. You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing; if you keep on doing that then I’m sure that won’t be a problem. The main thing is my football and that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment.”

Sancho is representing England in the 2020 Euros and understandably will be busy with his international duties. Maybe Chelsea still have some time to convince him into a Stamford Bridge switch instead.

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Kylian Mbappe sends message to Chelsea manage Thomas Tuchel

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Kylian Mbappe sends message to Chelsea manage Thomas Tuchel
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Kylian Mbappe heaps praise on his former boss Thomas Tuchel.

The German coach has managed to turn a struggling Chelsea side into European Champions with their win over Manchester City.

He took over the managerial role in January from Frank Lampard after being sacked by PSG in December last year.

He proved to be an excellent coach for Chelsea in just a span of four months and Mbappe lauded Tuchel to become one of the best managers in the world.

The pair both worked at PSG together and even came close to winning the European competition last year but were beaten in the final by Bayern Munich.

‘After the Euros, I’m going to call him because I have a really good relationship with him,’ Mbappe said in an interview with Sport Bild.

‘He’s fantastic tactically. He knows exactly how opponents will behave and can predict matches very accurately.

‘And it must also be taken into account – he is still a very young coach. He can become one of the best coaches of the future.

‘He proved it with his victory in the Champions League.’

 

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Chelsea launching £56m bid for Inter Milan star

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Chelsea launching £56m bid for Inter Milan star
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Achraf Hakimi could be joining Chelsea in the summer.

The Moroccan full-back will likely leave Inter Milan in the summer with reports suggesting that Chelsea made an offer for the 22-year old defender.

The Blues have reportedly matched a £56.1million bid made by PSG for the Inter Milan full-back.

But Inter Milan values Hakimi at £68.8m who scored seven goals and registered 10 assists in Serie A this season.

He joined Inter from Real Madrid last summer for a fee of around £40m and recently admitted that he is willing to extend his stay at Inter.

 

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The 22-year-old said: “The team that attracted me the most was Inter and I saw it as a growth project.

“I am honoured to be one of the testimonials for the new club logo. I like it, as it looks to the future, a future we can build together. I hope to stay at this club for a long time, I’m very happy.”

 

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Chelsea Told To Pay £150m For Harry Kane

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Chelsea Told To Pay £150m For Harry Kane

Harry Kane’s price tag has been set at £150 million by Tottenham Hotspur.

According to The Sun, Chelsea will have to match Spurs’ rate to get their hands on the premium frontman.

Kane is coming off his best Premier League campaign, winning the Golden Boot and the assists title. He, unfortunately, finished the season yet again without any silverware. Jose Mourinho exited the North London outfit and Spurs are back to fighting in the Europa League once again.

Kane expressed a desire to leave and fight for trophies elsewhere in his interview with Gary Neville. Of course, a number of clubs have lined up to swoop him up immediately. Manchester City are said to be favourites to land him this summer but Chelse are offering stiff competition.

Blues owner, Roman Abramovich is not ready to drop the ball on transfers. He sanctioned a £200m warchest last summer and can follow it up with the same exact one in this one. Kane would the ideal man to tie Chelsea’s attack together and turn them into title-challengers.

Reports suggest that plenty of clubs have even contacted Kane’s agent regarding a switch. It remains to be seen if Chelsea will be able to win the battle for his signature.

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Erling Haaland Willing To Wait A Year For Chelsea Move

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Erling Haaland Willing To Wait A Year For Chelsea Move

Erling Haaland is open to joining Chelsea but only after the 2021/22 season.

Reports surfaced earlier claiming Chelsea’s interest in the Borussia Dortmund forward.

Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola and his father, Ralfe-Ange Haaland even held meetings with Chelsea and several other European giants over a future move at the start of this year. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United are all in the running for him but it is bound to cost a ton.

Dortmund will not accept any fee lower than a record-breaking amount right now. Haaland is definitely worth it after showcasing his talents across two seasons at Signal Iduna Park. The Norwegian will be heading into the Euros to represent his country after winning Bundesliga’s Player of the Season for 2020/21.

His current deal with BVB is set to last until June 2024. Chelsea are finding it hard to match Dortmund’s asking price of £170m. The striker is confident that Dortmund’s valuation will lower over time and he will be allowed to join the Blues.

Such was the case for highly-rated English winger Jadon Sancho as well. Manchester United failed to sign him at Dortmund’s quoted price of £120m last summer. But now, with two years left on his contract, Dortmund are ready to let him go for around £80m.

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