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    CHELSEA and Manchester City transfer target Mohamed Ihattaren is on his last chance at PSV Eindhoven due to "totally unacceptable" behaviour. Ihattaren is one of the world's most exciting young talents following a string of impressive displays for PSV, which landed him in the Guardian’s top 60 Next Generation talents list in 2019. 2PSV Eindhoven star Mohamed Ihattaren has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester CityCredit: GETTY IMAGES - GETTY But manager Roger Schmidt is not pleased with the overconfident attacking midfielder's attitude and warned him that he will be forced to drop him unless he falls in line. Schmidt said: "It was totally unacceptable. “It was impossible for me to include him in the group. Today he was able to see what is needed at his position. "If he works as hard as Mario Gotze, Ryan Thomas, Mauro Junior, Cody Gakpo or Noni Madueke, things can...
    LUKE Shaw faces an FA charge - despite withdrawing his claims that referee Stuart Attwell refused to give Manchester United a penalty because of the reaction it would cause. Shaw talked himself into hot water in the aftermath of United’s goalless draw at Chelsea. 4Luke Shaw is facing an FA probe over his remarks about referee Stuart AttwellCredit: Getty Images 4He claimed Harry Maguire was involved in a bizarre talk with controversial ref Stuart AttwellCredit: AFP The England left-back was asked about Attwell’s decision to ignore the recommendation of his VAR Chris Kavanagh to award a spot-kick for handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi. Attwell, though, stuck with his initial call after viewing the pitch-side monitor - only the sixth time this season a recommended overturn has not been heeded. Shaw, though, claimed that United skipper Harry Maguire had been stunned by Attwell’s justification. He told Sky Sports: “The ref even said...
    WHAT a strange old team Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are. They are the Premier League’s leading scorers, and yet in eight matches this season against traditional ‘Big Six’ rivals they have mustered just one goal - and that in a 6-1 drubbing by Tottenham. 4Man Utd were denied a penalty by VAR for a Callum Hudson-Odoi handballCredit: AFP or Licensors 4Chelsea and United played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on SundayCredit: Reuters This was United’s FIFTH goalless draw against one of their elite rivals and their cautious approach to the biggest fixtures is one reason why Manchester City are going to canter away with the title. City are 13 points clear of their crosstown foes and although United have a game in hand and a visit to the Etihad next Sunday, you cannot imagine them making seriously inroads into that deficit. This was far from United’s most...
    TIME WERNER has admitted his guilt over Frank Lampard getting the Chelsea axe. The German striker arrived in a big-money move from RB Leipzig last summer but has struggled to find his form at Stamford Bridge. 3Timo Werner has admitted his guilt over Frank Lampard's Chelsea sackingCredit: Reuters Werner, 24, scored once and provided three assists in 19 matches - a miserable return that contributed to Lampard’s sacking last month. He now appears to be finding his feet in England following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel into the dug-out with that exact same output in just three appearances under his compatriot. Werner has now opened up to Sky Sports over that difficult period of 14 games without a goal. And he revealed he feels ‘guilty’ over club legend Lampard getting the axe as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United today. The £47.5m forward said: “When you come here to...
    TAMMY ABRAHAM is not interested in negotiating a new Chelsea deal while the club plot a blockbuster move for Erling Haaland, according to reports. The Athletic claims sources suggest England forward Abraham is not keen to discuss an extension while the Blues eye up Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland. 3Tammy Abraham is not ready to discuss an extension at Chelsea while the club chase Erling HaalandCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Haaland is being chased by Europe's biggest clubs after his prolific goalscoring at Borussia DortmundCredit: AFP or licensors Chelsea have made the prolific Norwegian striker a priority signing which could imply 23-year-old Abraham - who has two years left on his deal - can not be certain of his long-term future at the club. The report states Abraham wants to lead the line for club and country and is already in competition with Olivier Giroud for a spot in the starting...
    ENGLAND have lost out in the battle for Jamal Musiala's international allegiance, according to reports in Germany. The winger, 17, was born in Stuttgart but spent much of his childhood in England, playing for Chelsea's academy. 4Jamal Musiala is set for a call-up to the Germany national team after impressing for Bayern MunichCredit: Reuters 4The winger last appeared for England Under-21s in NovemberCredit: Reuters With both the Three Lions and Die Mannschaft keen on him committing to their national setups, he previously won caps with the youth teams of both. Most recently, he turned out for England Under-21s and scored in November's 5-0 rout of Albania. However, an elevation to the senior Germany side is on the cards ahead of next month's internationals. Bild report on Musiala picking Joachim Low over Gareth Southgate following lengthy talks. Germany national team chief Oliver Bierhoff held discussions with the teenager and his family...
    Olivier Giroud says Chelsea came into Tuesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid with their eyes on winning, even if it was an away leg at a neutral site. Giroud scored the game’s lone goal, a stunning second-half bicycle kick that gave Chelsea a massive advantage heading into the second leg. The Frenchman says that was always Chelsea’s intention, as the Blues were looking to have an edge heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Giroud on Chelsea’s approach “We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively,” he told BT Sport. “We have been strong at the back in the defensive shape and very pleased with the win, it was a deserved win tonight. “We know the importance of the away goal in European cups so that is why I was pleased to help the team...
    Atletico Madrid 1-0 Chelsea: Match statistics Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first leg in Bucharest confirms that the Londoners were right to sack Frank Lampard as manager and replace him with Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have been transformed into a solid, well-drilled unit in under a month, and they passed their toughest test yet by out-thinking and outplaying Diego Simeone’s Spanish league leaders. As Tuchel told BT Sport afterwards, “We never let them breathe. We never gave them any chances to counterattack.” There’s still a second leg to come, of course, but Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick has put Chelsea in an excellent position to reach the quarter-finals.  That the French forward started was something of a surprise, given the 34-year-old had been left out of four of Tuchel’s eight previous line-ups, but Giroud once again proved that he is a man for the big occasion.  Indeed, Giroud had been...
    Chelsea stunned Atletico Madrid in the Champions League thanks to an incredible bicycle kick goal from striker Olivier Giroud  Chelsea fans are on cloud nine right now thanks to an unbelievable result against La Liga powerhouse Atletico Mardid on Tuesday in the Champions League Round of 16. That’s because striker Olivier Giroud has given the team a massive victory thanks to one of the goals of the tournament. With the two sides tied at 0-0 in the second half, Giroud put the English Premier League club in front thanks to a goal in the 68th minute. This wasn’t any kind of goal, though, as the French star is stealing headlines thanks to his brilliant bicycle kick finish. Worth the wait. Olivier Giroud with a spectacular finish. ???? pic.twitter.com/VT5ojrD2NS — Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) February 23, 2021 Olivier Giroud’s bicycle kick goal for Chelsea FC will be shown for...
    BAYERN MUNICH are lining up a move for Chelsea star Christian Pulisic to replace Kingsley Coman, according to reports. Coman, 24, is being heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United with the Red Devils prepared to offer him a £120,000-a-week pay rise. 3Kingsley Coman is a transfer target for Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty Images - Getty The winger remains contracted to Bayern until 2023 but club chiefs fear his head has been turned by the prospect of earning £260,000-a-week in the Premier League. And now the German giants are already eyeing his long-term replacement. Reports in TodoFichajes claim Bayern have already contacted Chelsea about the availability of American international Pulisic. The 22-year-old starred in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund for three years under current boss Thomas Tuchel before earning a switch to Stamford Bridge in 2019. Injuries have impacted his time in London but he has shown...
    CHELSEA have 'contacted' Bayern Munich regarding a summer deal for Niklas Sule, according to reports. The Blues are after a new defender in the summer, as boss Thomas Tuchel aims to strengthen his back line. 3Niklas Sule has made 25 appearance for Bayern Munich this termCredit: Getty Images - Getty Sule, 25, has under 18 months remaining on his Bayern contract. And due to financial restraints brought about by the pandemic, the burly German centre-back could be sacrificed at the end of the season. According to Todo Fichajes, Tuchel is keen on acquiring his compatriot, and the Blues could shell out £26million for his signature. They also claim that while boss Hansi Flick is 'reluctant' to sell Sule, other people within the club are 'not satisfied' with his 'attitude'. Chairman and club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however, isn't one of them - and recently opened the door to handing Sule a...
    FIKAYO TOMORI claims his Chelsea axing under Frank Lampard felt "personal" and still bemuses him. The AC Milan loanee "went from being at 100 to literally going down to zero" during 2020. 3Fikayo Tomori was frustrated and puzzled by slipping out of contention at Chelsea but is now enjoying his football on loan with Italian giants MilanCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3One-cap England defender Fikayo Tomori played just twice for Chelsea in 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty And the England centre-back was "shocked" to find himself on the brink of a deadline-day loan switch to West Ham before joining Milan. The 23-year-old also claims his long "history" with now-sacked Blues' boss Lampard made it even "harder to understand" why he was cast aside. Tomori told The Telegraph: "I'll always be grateful for the opportunities he (Lampard) gave me. 3 "Maybe because of our history he thought I would accept it, but from my perspective, with that history,...
    Barcelona are tipped to battle Chelsea and Manchester City for PSG starlet Kays Ruiz-Atil. The French winger, 18, is reportedly unhappy at lack of game time since Mauricio Pochettino became PSG boss last month. 3PSG winger Kays Ruiz-Atil is reportedly being tracked by Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester CityCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Blues' chief Thomas Tuchel must hope his previous positive experience with Kays Ruiz-Atil when at PSG would help him sign the widemanCredit: EPA And despite suggestions Chelsea youth coach Claude Makelele jetted to Paris for talks over signing Ruiz-Atil, the wideman's old club Barca are now said to be keen. AS say Ruiz-Atil has it "in mind" to return to the Spanish giants, where he developed from 2009-2015. He played seven games under Thomas Tuchel, including shining on his full debut against Lens. But since Tuchel's sacking at Christmas, Ruiz-Atil has been totally sidelined by successor Pochettino. So Tuchel's interest, now he is Chelsea...
    CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel has criticised Jaamal Lascelles' 'reckless' challenge that injured Tammy Abraham. The Blues striker was forced off the pitch after just 20 minutes of the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. 3Tammy Abraham was unable to play on after the challengeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Abraham thought he had won a penalty when he was chopped down by Lascelles inside of the box. But the Newcastle star escaped without any punishment as the referee believed he got the ball. However, the 23-year-old was unable to continue as he fell awkwardly on his ankle. Tuchel admitted his team are 'worried' about Abraham after the 'reckless' challenge. Speaking after the game, he said: "There's no update yet on Tammy, but we needed to take him off after a hard tackle. "So we are worried, but there's no news of him. "My assistant tried to show...
    CHELSEA have suffered a striker blow, with Tammy Abraham going off injured in the opening 20 minutes against Newcastle. The England forward was preferred to Olivier Giroud up top by boss Thomas Tuchel. PA:Press Association 4 Abraham was left writhing in pain on the turf But it would be a short outing for the 23-year-old. Chelsea thought they’d be awarded a penalty when Abraham appeared to be cleared out in the box. Nothing was given, but their striker felt the lasting effect. Abraham tried to continue, but was withdrawn for Olivier Giroud in the 19th minute. The Frenchman didn’t take too long to make his mark on the game, giving his side the lead on the half hour mark, his tenth of the season. And fellow forward Timo Werner made things even better on 39 minutes, when he was in the right place at the right time to tap...
    EASTENDERS fans are convinced Sharon Watts and Kathy Beale will fight it out over Gavin Sullivan's millions. The Queen Vic landlady - who is played by actress Letitia Dean in the BBC soap - will soon discover her criminal father has passed away - Kathy's ex-husband. ???? Follow our soap spoilers live blog for more news and gossip about EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale... 4EastEnders fans are convinced Sharon will inherit Gavin's millionsCredit: BBC Filming pictures revealed last month that Sharon and Kathy will attend a memorial service for Gavin next month. Viewers know that evil Gavin was revealed to be Sharon’s birth father, after he forced Kathy to fake her death to go on the run with him. Abusive Gavin terrorised Kathy - and even tried to kill Sharon when she went to save her. He did end up killing his own sister Margaret, much to Sharon’s horror -...
    THOMAS TUCHEL revealed he could have taken over as Newcastle boss in 2015. Alan Pardew left St James' Park at the end of 2014 - barely two years into an eight-year deal. 3Thomas Tuchel would have been open to the prospect of taking over at Newcastle when Alan Pardew leftCredit: Getty Images - Getty And there 'would have been a chance' of the German managing the Magpies after leaving Mainz - had Mike Ashley got in touch. Instead, the Toon gave Pardew's assistant John Carver the gig until the end of the season before Steve McClaren came in while Tuchel joined Borussia Dortmund. And ahead of his Chelsea side's home clash against Newcastle, the ex-PSG gaffer discussed the possibility of heading to the North-East. As reported by The Times, Tuchel said: “If they had contacted me there would have been a chance because I am a football fan. "I...
    BARNSLEY had their Twitter account re-activated - just hours before their big FA Cup clash against Chelsea. The Championship side posted on their club website this morning the disappointing news that their account had been suspended. 2There will have been disappointment around the Barnsley squad that their exploits might not have been publicised on the official Twitter accountCredit: Rex Features #freebarnsley— Ryan Ibbeson (@ibbobfcryan) February 10, 2021 It read: "Due to a copyright claim dated 2018, the official Barnsley Football Club Twitter account (@BarnsleyFC) has been temporarily suspended. "Until such a time as this matter is resolved, Twitter users are advised to follow @1887BarnsleyFC. "You can also stay up to date with the Reds via our Instagram and Facebook accounts. "We hope this matter draws to a conclusion in good time, and will update fans accordingly." Rival football fans then trolled the Yorkshire side, many using laughing tears emojis on...
    CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly ready to abandon plans to sign a centre-back this summer given the form of Andreas Christensen. The German manager, 47, was expected to strengthen his backline at the end of this season but may no longer push for a new star, according to Football London. 2Andreas Christensen has impressed Thomas Tuchel in place of the injured Thiago SilvaCredit: Reuters Christensen has excelled since he was called upon to replace an injured Thiago Silva against Tottenham. And the Dane took his chance in the heart of Tuchel's back three with an impressive showing from the start in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United. He made 12 clearances and won six aerial duels - more than any other Blues star. Chelsea have the option to trigger a one-year extension on 36-year-old Silva's deal. Previously fourth choice Christensen is contracted until 2022 and the report states he...
    THOMAS TUCHEL could be without a trio of forwards for Chelsea's FA Cup trip to Barnsley. Blues fans eagerly await the team news for Thursday night's fifth-round clash, to get a glimpse at how seriously he will take the competition. 4How we expect Chelsea to line up at Oakwell 4Timo Werner is a doubt ahead of the trip to YorkshireCredit: Getty Images - Getty At Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel would regularly introduce fringe first-team players into his cup sides and a similar route can be expected this week. Thiago Silva will continue to make way in defence while he suffers from a hamstring injury. While Timo Werner suffered a knock against Sheffield United and may miss the game, along with Kai Havertz who sat out the win at Bramall Lane. Christian Pulisic was absent for personal reasons, putting his involvement on Thursday in doubt. Should the American be available, he could...
    CHELSEA have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign David Alaba on a free transfer. The Austrian defender, 28, is out of contract at Bayern Munich in the summer and looks set to leave for nothing. 2Chelsea pulled out of the race to sign David Alaba due to his huge £400,000-a-week wage demandsCredit: Getty Images - Getty But according to ESPN, his £400,000-a-week wage demands are simply too much for the Blues to pursue a deal any further. Real Madrid look set to secure his services from the summer with a four-year contract understood to be agreed. His versatility, class and trophy-winning experience are all valuable attributes, especially if legendary captain Sergio Ramos does leave at the end of the campaign. Chelsea would have needed to match the mammoth salary...
    JUAN SEBASTIAN VERON doesn’t regret joining Man Utd despite his expensive flop – but wishes he’d never went to Chelsea. The former Premier League record signing spent three forgettable years in England at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. 4Juan Sebastian Veron says he has no regrets over joining Man UtdCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 4But the Argentine wishes he never went to ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics Sport Argentine midfielder Veron joined Man Utd for £28m from Lazio in 2001 but never lived up to his then massive price tag. But, in an interview with FourFourTwo, he revealed he looks back fondly at his Old Trafford years. Veron, 45, said: "I signed for United because I had a passport issue in Italy and thought a change of scenery would be good for my mind. “Truth be told, I had a pessimistic view about playing in England, as I imagined that life there would...
    CHELSEA have already held talks over a potential summer deal to land Dayot Upamecano, according to reports. Thomas Tuchel's side are in a transfer tug-of-war alongside Liverpool and Bayern Munich for the defender's signature. 4Chelsea are firmly in the race to land Dayot UpamecanoCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4 Upamecano, 22, is hot property with the centre-back set to leave RB Leipzig for a bargain £38million this summer. Tuchel has made the player top of his priority list and is keen to bolster his defensive ranks at the end of the season. Upamecano is eyed as a long-term successor to Thiago Silva who turns 37 later this year. According to Bild, Chelsea have already opened talks with the player's agent to start laying the groundwork over a summer switch. But they face fierce competition especially from German giants Bayern Munich. The report adds...
    POLICE have raided an address in Nottinghamshire to arrest a 21-year-old man over allegations of sending online abuse to Chelsea. The Prem giants alerted Metropolitan Police officers to the incidents during 2020. 2Police have arrested a man over allegations of sending online abuse to ChelseaCredit: Getty Images - Getty And working alongside Nottinghamshire Police’s football unit, the Met arrested the man in Retford. Confirming the arrest, the Met said officers were investigating  ‘a number of hate crime messages over a number of months’ dating back to last year. The man was interviewed under caution and released pending further investigations. A Chelsea spokesman said: “We welcome today’s arrest which shows that hateful messages shared on social media do have consequences.  “We continue to work closely with the police to support their investigations on this important issue.” The Met statement read: “This morning, @MPSFootballUnited officers assisted by @NottPolFootball attending an address in...
    HOPE POWELL backed Emma Hayes’ response to AFC Wimbledon rumours after the Chelsea boss shut down speculation linking her with the Dons. And the Brighton chief wants her players to give the Blues a run for their money in their clash with the champs. 3Hope Powell and Brighton are due to take on Chelsea in the WSLCredit: Rex Features Powell, 54, was speaking ahead of Albion’s trip to the league leaders’ turf with her team looking to bounce back from four losses in their last six games.  And the Seagulls boss said reports of Hayes being eyed as a potential Dons manager brought back memories of a similar situation she faced in 2009 during her England tenure.  The former Lionesses head coach was thought to be in the frame for the gaffer's job at Grimsby Town following Mike Newell’s exit from the League Two outfit.    Powell said: “I’m really...
    CHELSEA are reportedly set to open talks with Thiago Silva over a new one-year deal. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Thomas Tuchel is a huge fan of the Brazilian and is keen to retain his leadership skills. 2Chelsea are keen on tying down Thiago Silva for another yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty Thiago Silva and his agents will discuss with Chelsea about his 1 year contract extension in the coming weeks. No rush.Chelsea board so happy with Thiago, Tuchel thinks he’s a great leader - positive feelings. The final decision will be made together with the player. ???? #cfc— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 6, 2021 The report adds that Chelsea's board are also really satisfied with Silva with his agents set to discuss a contract extension in the coming weeks. The experienced defender has started all three of Tuchel's games in charge but limped out of Thursday's 1-0 win...
    CHELSEA star Thiago Silva has reassured fans over his injury, but is likely to miss Sunday's trip to Sheffield United. The Brazilian has started all three of Thomas Tuchel's games in charge, but limped out of Thursday's dominant 1-0 win over Tottenham in the 36th minute with an apparent hamstring injury. 3Thiago Silva appeared to strain his hamstring against SpursCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3The Brazilian updated his fans on InstagramCredit: https://www.instagram.com/thiagosilva/ After the match, boss Tuchel said: "I saw Thiago with a big strap around his muscle, but we have to wait. "It's worrying because it's a muscle injury." Silva, 36, then took to Instagram today to give fans a further update. He posted a picture of his heavily-strapped leg. And he wrote: "Injuries are part of our profession, now treating and returning stronger!" Tuchel also added: "I think for Sunday he is a big doubt." With Kurt...
    GARETH BALE'S agent Jonathan Barnett believes a salary cap for Championship clubs could be hugely detrimental to the English game. The co-founder of The Football Forum - which aims to look after the players and agents in the game - also predicts there may not be another takeover like Roman Abramovich at Chelsea. 3Bale, on loan at Spurs from Real Madrid, is agent Barnett's flagship clientCredit: � MARK PAIN 3Barnett fears for the Championship if a cap is brought inCredit: Getty Images - Getty Speaking to The Mirror, he said: "The salary cap in the Championship would be an absolute disaster. "No good young players will want to go to those clubs. It’s heading for doom. "The standard will drop dramatically and I guarantee that if we didn’t have these spending rules, you would see big hitters buying Championship clubs. "Abramovich has done a great job. When he came in,...
    TOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho has revealed what he told referee Andre Marriner after his side's defeat to Chelsea. Spurs suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row on Thursday evening as a first half penalty gave Thomas Tuchel's side a deserved 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 2Eric Dier sloppily gave away the crucial penalty against Chelsea on Thursday eveningCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement And while there did not appear to be any contentious decisions during the 90 minutes, Mourinho still went over to talk to Marriner at the end of the game and was happy to divulge what he told him. He said: "I told him something that he knows already which is that I consider him one of the best referees in the Premier League and I care for him. "He’s a referee that...
    FORMER Chelsea and Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly rejected the chance to take over from Andre Villas-Boas at Marseille. The French club are in turmoil after sacking Sarri's fellow ex-Blues boss Villas-Boas on Tuesday. 3Maurizio Sarri has rejected the chance to manage MarseilleCredit: Getty Images - Getty Andre Villas-Boas resigned as Marseille boss in a press conference Portuguese gaffer Villas-Boas - who also previously managed Spurs - publicly offered his resignation after criticising the Ligue 1 outfit for signing Celtic's Olivier Ntcham. The 43-year-old let it be known that he didn't want to bring in midfielder  but the club signed him anyway. And Marseille quickly released a statement relieving him of his duties. They also did not mess around when it came to sourcing a replacement with club chiefs keen on Sarri, 62, according to Sky Sports News. But the wily old Italian is said to have rejected...
    MTV "Teen Mom 2" alum Chelsea Houska was dragged after showcasing the nursery for her newborn, Walker June. Teen Mom 2 alum Chelsea Houska was dragged on Reddit after showcasing the nursery for her newborn, Walker June. Some viewers accused her of copying another Instagram influencer, while others came to Chelsea’s defense and said she was honest about being inspired by someone else online. “Chelsea has the exact same nursery as an IG influencer,” the title of the Reddit thread read. It sparked hundreds of upvotes and more than 300 comments. “All influencers are problematic, including Chelsea and the influencer she ripped off,” one person wrote. “I miss the days when people used social media for fun and not to exploit their families/children/homes in exchange for money/praise from strangers on the internet. I miss the days when people weren’t so gullible and willing to compare their lives to...
    CHELSEA removed the 'In Frank We Trust' banner from Stamford Bridge out of respect for Thomas Tuchel. The Blues took the tribute to Frank Lampard down ahead of their 2-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge but left it in place for the German's first home game against Wolves. 4Chelsea have removed this Frank Lampard banner from Stamford BridgeCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group 4The homage to the Chelsea legend was taken down out of respect for Thomas TuchelCredit: Reuters Chelsea fans had clubbed together to have the £1,000 banner made and it read: "In Frank we trust. Then. Now. Forever." Blues supporter group We Are The Shed took credit for the decision on Twitter after the 0-0 draw with Wolves at the Bridge. They tweeted: "We asked for the banner to stay in...
    CHELSEA teenager Billy Gilmour is reportedly in talks with Southampton over a potential loan deal. The 19-year-old has been axed from Thomas Tuchel's first two Premier League squads and is keen to secure game time elsewhere to put him in the frame for Scotland's Euros squad. 2Billy Gilmour is being linked with a deadline day loan move away from ChelseaCredit: PA:Press Association Gilmour is yet to be capped at senior level but the Under-21s midfielder wants regular top flight football to push his case and The Mail reports Saints are discussing a move. Former Blues boss Frank Lampard is a big fan of the player and and he started the club legend's last game in charge, a 3-1 win over Luton in the FA Cup. Gilmour has made 17 first-team appearances but saw his progress halted by a serious knee injury in July. Despite new manager Tuchel's mantra of...
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    CHELSEA are in talks with Thiago Silva and Jorginho over contract extensions, according to reports. The Blues pair both started Thomas Tuchel's first match in charge at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. 3Thomas Tuchel is keen to keep Jorginho and talks are reportedly underway over a contract extensionCredit: AFP or Licensors And it is thought they are both wanted by the German long term. According to reporter Gianluigi Longari, Chelsea are trying to tie Jorginho down until 2025 and Silva until 2023. Jorginho signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal in 2018, meaning his current contract expires in 2023. He was adored by Maurizio Sarri but often overlooked by Frank Lampard - however, Tuchel's love of a passing metronome in midfield could see the Italian's Blues career reignited. Silva, meanwhile, left Tuchel's Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer and was brought in by Chelsea on a one-year deal with...
    TAMMY ABRAHAM has come to the defence of teammate Antonio Rudiger after the Chelsea star was criticised on social media in the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking. The Telegraph claims Rudiger was one of the most vocal players in Chelsea’s Cobham training ground despite not featuring much under Lampard. 2Tammy Abraham has defended Antonio Rudiger after he was criticised in the wake of Frank Lampard's sackingCredit: Getty Images - Getty Hearing some mad stuff about @ToniRuediger on social media today. Compete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us— Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) January 26, 2021 Rudiger was also named on social media alongside Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso as four senior exiled players not happy with Lampard’s team selection. It's also been claimed that Rudiger is the 'alpha male' in training, and some teammates feel his challenges can cross a line. That also led to reports of...
    MASON MOUNT admits Frank Lampard's sacking is "tough" to take. England midfielder Mount has "nothing but praise and gratitude" for his axed Chelsea chief. 4Chelsea starlet Mason Mount admits its 'not a nice' time for Chelsea after his mentor Frank Lampard's sacking Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4Mason Mount came on as a late substitute in Thomas Tuchel's' first game in charge, Wednesday night's -0 home draw with WolvesCredit: PA:Press Association And the solemn-faced superstar, who was dropped for new manager Thomas Tuchel's first game on Wednesday night, says the Blues need "strong characters" to reverse a worrying slump. Academy product Mount told the BBC: "It's not a nice time, it is a tough time for the club." The 22-year-old was only used as a late sub in a tame 0-0 draw with Wolves, after Lampard's 18-month reign was ended by five defeats in eight Premier League games. ⚽ Read our...
    BACARY SAGNA claims Leicester made him a ‘disrespectful’ offer when he left Manchester City in 2017. And the former Arsenal star adds he was also made to sit on a couch for EIGHT hours during the ill-fated negotiations. 1Bacary Sagna says Leicester made him a bad offer when he left Man City in 2017Credit: Getty - Contributor Sagna, 37, made 86 appearances for City between 2014 and 2017, winning the Carabao Cup in 2016. Before that, the Frenchman played 284 times in seven seasons at Arsenal, resulting in an FA Cup triumph in 2014. But it was after Sagna’s Etihad exit when Leicester made their move. The Foxes had won the Premier League title a year before and wanted to add the experienced right-back to their ranks under boss Claude Puel. But Sagna claims Leicester’s offer fell well short of the mark, and their overall behaviour did not leave a...
    FRANK Lampard did such a great job in his first year at Chelsea that his sudden sacking today has come as a shock. A shock, yes, but perhaps not a surprise. 6Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea after a shocking 2020-21 Kai Havertz has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Chelsea LATEST: Lampard sacked by Chelsea LIVE BLOG: Breaking news from Stamford Bridge WHO NEXT? Tuchel favourite with bookmakers FEATURE: Tuchel is ex-bar man with degree who loves to model STATS: Lampard officially worst manager of Abramovich era STATEMENT: Abramovich makes rare public comment COMMENT: Havertz and Werner failings to blame for exit RATED: Lampard's seven signings from best to worst Because Chelsea have gone backwards in recent weeks, and Lampard's lack of experience as a top-level coach has been horribly exposed. There was a lot of love for him within the corridors...
    FRANK LAMPARD is reportedly to be sacked by Chelsea after players were told not to report to training on Monday, according to sensational reports. The Blues boss has come under increasing pressure after a horror start to the Premier League season. 1Frank Lampard is set to be sacked by Chelsea as early as today, according to incredible reportsCredit: AFP or licensors Chelsea sit way down in ninth place at the midway point in the 2020-21 campaign, despite a £228.7million summer splurge. But now, The Telegraph report Lampard is to be given the boot - possibly even today. It's claimed Blues stars were ordered to NOT report for training on Monday morning. They were instead told to arrive this afternoon, with Lampard and club bosses believed to be locked in talks. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Chelsea most-recently beat Championship side Luton...
    Frank Lampard presented an unusually aggressive tone amid talk that his time at Chelsea could be cut short soon ahead of the FA Cup clash with Luton on Sunday. Lampard delivered short and sharp barbs back to several journalists who questioned him on Friday afternoon. It comes amid a poor run of form where Chelsea have lost five out of their last eight games and which sees him as the favorite to be the next manager sacked in the league. Lampard says that the reports are not impacting his day-to-day work at Cobham Training Ground as he bids to turn around the poor run before it is too late. “I don’t listen to it. It’s only everywhere if you want to scroll through social media or something, but I don’t do that,” Lampard told reporters. “I’m not stupid, I know the pressures that come with managing a top football club, but...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to swoop for 17-year-old sensation Jamal Musiala, according to reports. The former Chelsea youngster is in talks with Bayern Munich over a new contract but negotiations are said to have stalled. 2Man Utd are looking to swoop for Jamal Musiala as his talks with Bayern stallCredit: AFP Attacking midfielder Musiala is after a whopping £100,000-a-week contract despite his tender years, according to Goal. And his demands are said to have caused a deadlock - with the German giants unwilling to cough up. Musiala is still on a youth contract which doesn't expire until summer 2022. But having broken several records with the Bavarians, if an agreement cannot be reached, a summer transfer looks likely. WUNDERKIND: Ex-Chelsea kid Jamal Musiala is Bayern Munich's youngest ever goalscorer The England Under-21 ace has played 12 times in the Bundesliga this season. And he has scored three goals from...
    AVRAM GRANT has dismissed claims that he is set to return to Chelsea. The Blues reportedly wanted to bring back the 65-year-old to help out Frank Lampard. 3Avram Grant managed Frank Lampard while he was in charge at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Grant - who who guided Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008 - has denied the rumours. Speaking on Instagram, he said: "I read the links in the media connecting me with a return to Chelsea. "I have so many positive messages from Chelsea fans but I must say I didn't receive any official approach from the club." Grant urged the Blues to back struggling boss Lampard despite the club's poor run of results. He continued: "I can repeat only what I said lately about the situation at Chelsea. "Be strong and look for solution! What everybody needs now is time. "It's...
    CHELSEA will fight to keep Olivier Giroud after talks with Juventus stalled. The France striker, 34, also being eyed by West Ham and AC Milan, is unhappy at Juve reportedly offering only a six-month contract. 1Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been linked with Juventus, West Ham and AC MilanCredit: Getty Images - Getty Blues' boss Frank Lampard also has the option of fending off Giroud's many admirers and handing him a new one-year contract in the summer. The Italian media claim Juventus believe Giroud's guile can help main man Cristiano Ronaldo revive their bid for a tenth straight Serie A title. But Tuttosport suggest there are two major stumbling blocks to a move. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Firstly, ex-Arsenal targetman Giroud wants far more security than a deal until the end of the season - and ideally a contract until the summer of...
    PARK Ji-sung enjoyed a trophy-laden Korea at Manchester United. The midfielder won four Premier Leagues, three League Cups and a Champions League with the Red Devils. 2Park Ji-sung takes on Frank Lampard during the Korean's favourite match for Manchester UnitedCredit: AFP - Getty The South Korean star also gained the adoration of the Old Trafford crowd, who dubbed him 'Three-lung Park' for his all-action displays. And Park reckons his finest hour was against Chelsea in May 2011 - a 2-1 victory which virtually sealed United's 18th top-flight title. He said: "I believe it was my best in a United shirt – I was everywhere. "I think it was after this game when fans started believing in what I gave the team. "My performance that afternoon, especially in the first half, was incredible.” In an interview with Four Four Two magazine, Park also reveals when then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson...
    DIDIER DROGBA has revealed his ten-year marriage is over ... after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman. The Chelsea legend, 42, met Lalla Diakate in the late 1990s in Paris and they tied the knot in 2011. 4Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed his marriage is overCredit: AFP 4The legend posted this statement on InstagramCredit: Instagram @didierdrogba Former Ivory Coast striker Drogba has previously maintained a discreet private life as he tried to shield his loved ones from the limelight. But he has been forced into making a statement confirming his relationship with Lalla was over after saucy images of him and an unknown woman set tongues wagging. The photos and clips soon went viral on social media. And they showed the bare-chested Blues idol in bed with a nearly-naked young woman. In the film, which a representative claimed had been hacked, she playfully sinks...
    TEEN Mom star Chelsea Houska’s husband Cole DeBoer is being slammed as “controlling” after dissing her ex Adam Lind.  Chelsea and Adam share 11-year-old daughter Aubree, but Cole expressed his desire to halt Adam from having lunch visits with his child. ????  Follow all our latest news & stories on Teen Mom. 6Chelsea Houska's husband Cole DeBoer was blasted as 'controlling'Credit: MTV During the Teen Mom 2 reunion special, most of the focus was put on Chelsea and her decision to quit the MTV reality series after so many years with the franchise. Cole was also put in the hot seat when he was asked about being “bothered” by Adam seeing Aubree for lunchtime daddy-daughter time. Chelsea’s husband explained: “If he wants to see her, I would like her to have another way to see him, rather than just in her lunchroom for 20 minutes.  “I just don’t want her...
    TEEN Mom 2's pregnant Chelsea Houska admitted she "cries" over body changes including her "big belly." The 29-year-old reality star is currently expecting her fourth child. 8Chelsea admitted she's 'cried' over her changing bodyCredit: @chelseahouska/Instagram 8The TV star opened up about embracing her changing body during her fourth pregnancyCredit: @chelseahouska/Instagram While answering pregnancy-related questions from fans during a Q&A session on Instagram, one Teen Mom 2 fan asked Chelsea how she "embraced the changes your body goes through during pregnancy." The mother-of-three responded: "Let's touch on this. I'm gonna be honest, it can be HARD. "It's new, it doesn't feel like yourself sometimes and it's not what you're used to seeing OR feeling (ow my back and vag)." After admitting there are uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy, Chelsea revealed how she tries to embrace the changes. The MTV star wrote: "Whenever I'm feeling during pregnancy I *TRY* to stop to take...
    TANYA OXTOBY wants football’s authorities to clarify the choice to postpone Manchester City’s and Arsenal’s WSL games on Saturday.   The ‘frustrated’ Robins manager’s plea came hours before the calling off City’s Conti Cup clash with Chelsea - a move facing a backlash from some players.  3Tanya Oxtoby wants to see clarity on match postponement decision-makingCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Bristol had play to Man City in November with five of their senior players self-isolating Credit: The FA Five Man City aces are confirmed to have tested positive for Covid 19 ahead of their first league game of the new year. And it was reported that four City players got coronavirus following a trip to Dubai over the Christmas period.  This week the FA announced City’s clash with West Ham is to be rescheduled, with the club confirmed as being unable to meet the minimum quota of 14 squad players. However,...
    CHELSEA fans do not want Frank Lampard sacked but think Thomas Tuchel should replace him if Roman Abramovich gets rid. The Blues boss is under pressure having gone three games without a win.  3Chelsea fans do not want Frank Lampard sackedCredit: Getty - Pool 3But Blues fans want Thomas Tuchel to replace him if the club legend does goCredit: Getty Images - Getty After Chelsea were beaten 3-1 at home by Manchester City on January 3, Lampard admitted to 'feeling the heat'. The West Londoners slipped to eighth and are without a win since they beat West Ham 3-0 on December 21. And the pressure is ramping up on club legend Lampard who splashed more than £220million on six new players last year — including £48m struggling striker Timo Werner. But Blues fans told SunSport they are sticking by their legendary former midfielder in a poll conducted on Monday. To...
    CHELSEA legend John Terry shook hands over a Liverpool transfer according to Phil Thompson. Terry was very close to joining Liverpool in 2003 after speaking to Gerard Houllier at the end of the season. 2John Terry came close to joining Liverpool according to Phil ThompsonCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd Former Liverpool assistant manager Thompson told Paddy Power: "In the final game of the 2002/3 season, it was a shoot-out between Liverpool and Chelsea for the last Champions League place. "This was just before Roman Abramovich came in. We’d heard Chelsea were in dire straits, and they weren’t going to offer Frank Lampard or John Terry a contract. "After the game, as Chelsea were doing a lap of honour, Gerard Houllier said to me that Terry was a bit of a player. I agreed, adding I didn’t think they’d offered him a contract. So Houllier went and shook John Terry’s hand...
    BRENDAN RODGERS and Thomas Tuchel have emerged as the bookies favourites to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea. The Blues boss is under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge after his side’s form nosedived over the festive period. 5Frank Lampard's days at Chelsea could be numbered after a dismal runCredit: PA:Press Association They were easily swept aside on home turf yesterday by Manchester City, who strolled to a 3-1 win in West London. That result led to Chelsea dropping down to eighth in the Premier League. Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who is renowned for his lack of patience, funded Lampard with £250m last summer to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. But all three have struggled since their arrival as Chelsea’s title hopes look non-existent after one win in seven. That has led to speculation over Lampard, who achieved legendary status as a player for the...
    FRANK LAMPARD is fighting for his job but reports suggest Chelsea will SNUB Brendan Rodgers if they sack their manager. The Leicester boss has enjoyed much success at the King Power since leaving Celtic in February 2019. PA:Press Association 2 Brendan Rodgers is not thought to be on Chelsea’s radar if they change manager AP:Associated Press 2 Frank Lampard suffered another blow in defeat to Manchester City last night Having once been tipped to take over at Arsenal, 47-year-old Rodgers may once again be linked with a move if the Chelsea job becomes available. Lampard is under pressure following a sharp downturn in results, dropping the Blues down to eighth in the table. Stamford Bridge bosses are unlikely to consider Rodgers if they decide to make a change, according to The Athletic. They reported last year that comments made by the Northern Irish manager while in charge...
    LONDON (AP) — Manchester City left Chelsea in disarray by sweeping to a 3-1 victory on Sunday with a ruthless attacking display that consigned Frank Lampard’s team to a fourth loss in its past six Premier League games. İlkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a devastating 16-minute first-half spell as City rose to fifth in the standings despite coronavirus cases depleting the squad. Chelsea is only three points behind City but has played two games more and the manner of this defeat will be alarming to notoriously impatient owner Roman Abramovich. The absence of any crowd due to coronavirus restrictions spared Lampard from any negativity from his own fans at least. City had been missing five players due to coronavirus infections and there was off-field tumult in the buildup to the game caused by defender Benjamin Mendy breaching pandemic restrictions on inter-household mixing by holding a...
    ATLETICO MADRID are reportedly ready to test Chelsea by launching a transfer move for Olivier Giroud. The Spanish giants confirmed yesterday that they had released ex-Blues forward Diego Costa from his contract. 2Atletico Madrid reportedly want Chelsea's Olivier GiroudCredit: PA:Press Association That leaves them with only veteran Luis Suarez and Joao Felix as out-and-out strikers. Now Mundo Deportivo claims Diego Simeone’s outfit will attempt to sign Giroud as a replacement once the window re-opens next month. The 33-year-old Frenchman has struggled during his near three years with the Blues to establish himself as first-choice. Big-money arrival Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have been preferred to him in attack this term, although he appears to have gained the trust of Frank Lampard in more recent weeks. Giroud, who has eight goals in his last eight matches for Chelsea, will become a free agent at the end of the season. Lampard will...
    TEEN Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska admits in a clip from Tuesday’s season finale that she’s “scared” to be leaving the MTV show after so many years on the reality series. The pregnant 29-year-old mother of three has been part of the MTV family since starring on 16 & Pregnant when she was 17. 9Chelsea Houska admits she's 'scared' about leaving Teen MomCredit: MTV Chelsea started on the show when she was a high school senior and pregnant with daughter Aubree, who she shares with ex Adam Lind. In the promo video, Chelsea thinks back about how big of a role Teen Mom has played in her life after being on it for over a decade. She sits down with her husband Cole DeBoer on the couch to let him know she’s seriously considering being done with filming and moving on in their lives. The talk starts off about how...
    IAN WRIGHT laid into Andreas Christensen and N’Kolo Kante over Aston Villa's costly equaliser at Chelsea.  Anwar El Ghazi stole in to tuck home Matty Cash's cross and stop the stuttering Blues rising from sixth to third in the Premier League. 3Anwar El Ghazi punishes Chelsea's poor defending to earn high-flying Aston Villa a 1-1 draw at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Andreas Christensen is accused of staying down following a clash with Jack Grealish when he was capable of getting up Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3Ian Wright believes Chelsea's French World Cup winner N’Kolo Kante should have been tracking Villa scorer Anwar El GhaziCredit: Getty Images - Getty And Wrighty blasted centre-back Christensen's failure to get up from a clash with Jack Grealish, plus midfielder Kante's lack of awareness. England playmaker Grealish was soon back up on his feet, while Christensen remained out of the game as Villa...
    TAMMY ABRAHAM appeared to tell Bukayo Saka to 'shut up' after the Arsenal winger's stunning goal in Saturday's 3-1 win. The Gunners ended a long winless run with a clinical display against their London rivals. Tammy Abraham : “You didn’t mean it, shut up man” ???? #afc pic.twitter.com/RGLL1wzYC7— JQS???????? (@JQS_AFC) December 26, 2020 1Bukayo Saka sent Arsenal into dreamland with his goalCredit: Getty Images - Getty Saka, who at 19 became the second-youngest Premier League scorer in the fixture, sealed the win with a cross-cum-shot that looped over Edouard Mendy. Whether the winger meant it or not only he knows - and the discussion seemed to irk Chelsea star Abraham at the full-time whistle. As Saka spoke to team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles, TV cameras picked up the Blues forward walking past the pair and muttering some words. Eagle-eyed viewers reckoned he said: "You didn't mean it, shut up man." The naturally...
    FRANK LAMPARD is in awe of Thiago Silva's quality despite his advancing years. The Brazilian centre-back, 36, put on a stunning show in Chelsea's win over West Ham on Monday night. 3Frank Lampard is in shock at how good Thiago Silva is despite his ageCredit: Getty Images 3The Brazilian defender scored in Chelsea's win over West Ham on MondayCredit: Getty Images He scored the opening goal and helped the Blues keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. And Lampard, 42, admitted his own late playing years were nowhere near as good as Silva's. The Blues boss admitted: "I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and couldn't play like he is playing week in week out. "I was in and out of the team and could feel it at that stage in my career. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news...
    CHELSEA star Olivier Giroud is reportedly being targeted by Marseille and AC Milan. The France striker wants regular football ahead of next summer's rescheduled Euro 2020. 2Olivier Giroud is in demand heading into the January transfer windowCredit: EPA According to Le 10 Sport, Marseille have set their sights on bringing Giroud to the club in next month's transfer window. Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign a striker next month and Giroud is one of their main targets. Giroud has also been linked with a move to AC Milan with the Italian giants in the market for a new forward. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently out with a hamstring injury and Milan want to bring in another striker. But Inside Futbol has claimed Milan are likely to look elsewhere with the club keen to recruit a younger forward. The 34-year-old has shown he can still deliver this...
    CHELSEA do not regret letting Declan Rice leave when he was 14 despite reports linking him with a £70million return to Stamford Bridge. The West Ham and England star has been in scintillating form this season but Frank Lampard says the club do not regret parting ways with the 21-year-old in 2013. 2Frank Lampard says Chelsea do not regret letting Declan Rice leave when he was 14Credit: Rex Features Rice was released from Chelsea's academy before joining the Hammers where he has gone from strength to strength. He has played every minute in each of West Ham's Premier League games since the start of last season and has recently been made vice-captain behind Mark Noble. Chelsea were linked with a £70m move to bring Rice back in the summer but no offer was made for the midfielder who West Ham value at around £85m. And they are said to...
    SEVERAL Arsenal players are reportedly angry at Mikel Arteta over his ‘double standards’ regarding his treatment of Willian. Pressure is mounting on the Spaniard after the Gunners were held at home by Southampton last night, stretching their poor run to just one win in nine in the Premier League. 2Arsenal's players are reportedly upset with Mikel Arteta over how his treatment of WillianCredit: AFP Things got even worse as Gabriel became the third player to be sent-off in their last five games as evidence suggests all is not well behind-the-scenes at the Emirates. Now The Athletic claims rumblings of discontent are emerging out of the dressing-room. And one of the biggest problems some of the star-studded squad have is how certain individuals are treated differently to others by Arteta. Their report states one example of this is Willian. The Brazilian winger, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea on a free last...
    MTV "Teen Mom 2" dad Cole DeBoer admitted he was "crying" over Chelsea Houska's daughter, Aubree. Teen Mom 2 dad Cole DeBoer admitted he was “crying” over Chelsea Houska’s daughter Aubree when he shared an update to his Instagram story on December 13. As shown in the MTV series, Cole has been the prominent father figure in Aubree’s life, with the 11-year-old rarely seeing her biological father Adam Lind. In a post that warmed fans’ hearts, Cole revealed he was in tears after Aubree played a special song for him. Aubree played “My Boy” for Elvie Shane, and Cole shared some of the lyrics that resonated with him. The South Dakota resident changed the lyrics to she/her for Aubree. One says, “I wasn’t there for his first steps/But I ain’t missed a ball game yet.” And another goes, “It hit me like a train, the first time he...
    DAVID ALABA'S agent has reportedly approached Real Madrid over a potential switch. The 28-year-old is set to leave Bayern Munich after failing to agree terms on a new contract. 2David Alaba has attracted interest from Bayern Munich Credit: Reuters According to Marca, the Austrian is most likely to make a move to the Bernabeu. His agent, Pini Zahavi, has made Madrid aware of Alaba's situation in Germany. Zahavi is believed to have a 'good relationship' with Zinedine Zidane's side. But Madrid are not the only club interested in signing the 28-year-old. Chelsea are one of four teams that have been heavily linked to Alaba. The 28-year-old's wage demands would make him the highest-paid player at Stamford Bridge. German publication Bild report on the Austrian star wants £350,000-a-week. As well as Madrid and Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen. 2 Most read in SportLive...
    WE saw it on so many occasions last season, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea dominating possession but failing to win.  The problems largely stemmed from either their leaky defence conceding a silly goal via a lack of organisation or an individual error, or simply the Blues wasting easy chances to score and put the game to bed.  6Frank Lampard has injected extra confidence and quality into Chelsea this season, seen as they went top of the Prem with a tough win over LeedsCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail 6Sub Christian Pulisic rounded off a 3-1 win in stoppage time that put Chelsea back on top of the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP 6Striker Olivier Giroud celebrates continuing his scoring streak now he's back in favour for high-flying ChelseaCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail Their 3-1 win over Leeds United to put them back on top of the Premier League had a similar feel. Leeds went...
    LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud netted his fifth goal of the week and Christian Pulisic scored for the first time in the Premier League this season to lead Chelsea’s comeback in a 3-1 win over Leeds on Saturday. Handed a start after scoring all of Chelsea’s goals in a 4-0 midweek win at Sevilla in the Champions League, Giroud was on target again when he turned in Reece James’ cross to cancel out Leeds’ fourth-minute opener by Patrick Bamford — a former Chelsea player. Kurt Zouma put Chelsea in front with a header from Mason Mount’s corner in the 61st minute and Pulisic, who came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Hakim Ziyech, capped the fightback with a third in stoppage time by sliding in to convert Timo Werner’s pass. Pulisic, the U.S. international, is returning from a second spell out through injury this season. Chelsea moved to...
    FORMER Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic has backed Frank Lampard to take over as England manager one day, but hopes that he stays at Stamford Bridge 'for life'. The pair played together in West London between 2008 and 2014, winning six trophies along the way before Lampard departed for the Big Apple. 4Chelsea icon Ivanovic, 36, played with Lampard, 42, between 2008 and 2014Credit: PA:Press Association 4The Englishman has had a promising start at Stamford BridgeCredit: Reuters But now that Lamps, 42, is back at the Bridge, impressed Ivanovic, 36, hopes that he never leaves again. The Serbian, now at West Brom in the twilight of his career, said: "When Frank decided to become a manager, everyone who knows him knew he was going to be a success. "He is the right person in the right place, not just for Chelsea. "I hope he will stay at Chelsea for life,...
    CHELSEA star Olivier Giroud is set to be rewarded for his Champions League heroics with a start against Leeds. The Frenchman, 34, walked off with the match ball after scoring a perfect hat-trick and a penalty in the 4-0 win against Sevilla. 3Olivier Giroud could earn his first Premier League start of the season against Leeds Giroud's standout showing made him just the second player to score four goals for an English side in the Champions League after Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in 2004. And the former Arsenal man admitted afterwards that he wants to be playing otherwise he'll look to leave the club in January. But he is in line to make his first Premier League start of the season following his four goal haul in Spain. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge When asked if Giroud has a good claim for a place, Chelsea...
    Bill Clinton sabotaged Hillary's 2008 Presidential run because he didn't want her to win and hog the spotlight from him, one of the former President's closest advisers has revealed. Doug Band, who was Clinton's body man and became like an adopted son to him, feared that the Presidency would be 'all about her' if Hillary won. As a result Clinton behaved erratically on the campaign trail, shouted at voters and mocked Barack Obama which earned scorn from Democrats and helped her to lose. Band's extraordinary claim comes in a tell-all Vanity Fair piece in which he says he has bitten his tongue about the Clintons for decades. He described being so close to the Clintons that it was like being in a 'cult' that is 'hard to get yourself out'. Band says he once levelled with Clinton and said if he wanted to have affairs, he should divorce Hillary because...
    FRANK LAMPARD has hailed Callum Hudson-Odoi’s reaction to being dropped for Sunday’s 0-0 against Tottenham. And the winger is now in contention to start tomorrow’s Champions League clash at Sevilla after a ‘tough’ conversation with Lampard. 1Frank Lampard is set to start Callum Hudson-Odoi against Sevilla after dropping him for the Spurs gameCredit: Getty Images - Getty Hudson-Odoi, 20, has three goals in 11 games for Chelsea this season. But he was not named in the matchday squad for the London derby with Spurs at Stamford Bridge, with Christian Pulisic taking his place on the bench after returning from injury. Indeed, Hudson-Odoi’s entire senior Blues career has been far from stable following his debut in 2018. The three-time England international almost left for Bayern Munich a year later. And the Germans made an audacious return over the summer with a loan offer leading to a £70million permanent switch. But despite...
    TOTTENHAM boss Jose Mourinho has hailed his side's 'change in mentality' after Spurs held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The result has lifted the North London side back to the summit of the Premier League table much to the delight of the ex-Blues gaffer. 2Jose Mourinho has lauded his Tottenham side's performance against ChelseaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Chelsea went into Sunday's derby clash having scored 22 goals in nine top-flight matches, but they were unable to penetrate Spurs' resilient backline. And the Special One was full of compliments for his squad following the match, as he also revealed his players were upset they didn't win. He told Sky Sports: "The one thing that I take from the game is that a draw here normally is a positive result. "To stay top of the league with that result is also a positive thing. My dressing room is...
    JOSE MOURINHO admits his Chelsea mole has not been able to give him an inside track on Frank Lampard’s team plans for this week’s clash at Stamford Bridge. In February the Tottenham boss claimed 'a source' had passed on the selection Lampard was going with before the two sides met in the Premier League. 2Jose Mourinho's Chelsea mole has not revealed any secrets about Frank Lampard's teamCredit: Getty Images - Getty But as table-topping Spurs prepare to face their London rivals on Sunday in the big game of the weekend, Mourinho says he has no inside knowledge this time around. He said: “Not yet, and probably not. “But with such an amazing squad, you know, to play [Reece] James or [Cesar] Azpilicueta, to play [Ben] Chilwell, [Marcos] Alonso or Emerson. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge “To play [Edouard] Mendy, or to...
    CHELSEA are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star David Alaba in the New Year. The Bundesliga giants have taken the offer of a new contract off the table ahead of his deal expiring in the summer. 3David Alaba remains a first-choice pick for Bayern Munich amid his contract sagaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Alaba, 28, can negotiate a pre-agreement with any club in January, setting up a free transfer at the end of his Bayern stay. Chelsea are set to be at the front of the queue in negotiating a deal, according to Bild. The involvement of agent Pini Zahavi, who has helped Roman Abramovich's club seal many transfers in the past, is said to help the Blues' case. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Several rivals have been linked with the Austrian, including Liverpool and Manchester City. This report...
    KURT ZOUMA gave a two minute tactic talk to Eduardo Camavinga following Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Rennes. The Frenchmen faced each other in Tuesday’s Champions League tie, with a 91st minute header from compatriot Olivier Giroud securing Chelsea’s place in the knockout rounds. 2Kurt Zouma gave Eduardo Camavinga some tactical tips after Chelesa's 2-1 win over Rennes But at full-time, Zouma approached Camavinga on the field to give the 18-year-old midfielder some tips on defending. Centre-back Zouma, 26, has been a rock at the back for the Blues this season after forming a partnership with Thiago Silva. And he made sure to give some useful information to highly-rated Camavinga before the teenager flew back to France. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge According to RMC, Zouma said: “Sometimes you have to swing when you’re behind. We do it sometimes. “When there is...
    JOSE MOURINHO has branded Chelsea “lucky” ahead of his return with Tottenham on Sunday. The Spurs boss faces a Europa League tie at home to Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow - while his former Blues will have their feet up having won 2-1 at Rennes on Tuesday. 2Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are 'lucky' due to their extra rest time ahead of Sunday's meetingCredit: Getty - Contributor Mourinho said: “In that case they were lucky this week that the draw gave them a Tuesday match that will allow them to prepare for the match on Sunday. “Eventually I don't know if they gave them a day off but they will have plenty of time to work. That's not a new thing. That happens all the time. “We knew that since we went into the Europa League so we're not going to complain about it.” ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for...
    CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has told critics to lay off Mason Mount and focus on his talent instead. The 21-year-old has copped abuse online and from a section of Blues fans for his performances this season. 3Frank Lampard wants criticism of Mason Mount to stopCredit: Getty Images 3Mason Mount often competes with Jack Grealish for a place in England's teamCredit: Getty Images And there are calls for him to be dropped from England's first team with Jack Grealish waiting in the wings. But Lampard launched a stern defence of his rising star after his assist in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Rennes on Tuesday night. The Blues boss said: "I have a good relationship with Mason. Not as close as some people think and he knows that I'm there if he wants any guidance. 'With Mason there's been talk and it's got to go away. I'm lucky to know him well...
    CHELSEA are in talks with Thiago Silva over extending the veteran defender's contract until 2022 after his fine start to the season. The Blues landed Silva, 36, on a free transfer in the summer after his release from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season. 5Thiago Silva could be heading for a contract extension after just nine appearances for ChelseaCredit: AFP or licensors He initially put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option to add an extra 12 months. And according to Tuttomercarto, the Stamford Bridge club are already looking to exercise that clause. Silva has made an impressive start to life in West London, making an impact on and off the pitch. In his nine appearances under Frank Lampard, the ex-PSG skipper is unbeaten with six wins and three draws and an aggregate score of 25-5. He endured a shaky start as he...
    TIMO WERNER added another missed sitter to his growing collection with an absolute howler against Rennes. Chelsea were facing the Ligue 1 side in the fourth match of their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night. What a miss by Timo Werner pic.twitter.com/QY8ancEJru— FTTV WORLD (@FTTVWORLD) November 24, 2020 2Werner sent the ball miles over the ball from less than five yards out 2Timo Werner couldn't believe his miss after sending the ball into orbitCredit: Rex Features And the Blues could - or perhaps should - have been 1-0 up after just five minutes. Callum Hudson-Odoi set-up Werner beautifully with an inch-perfect cross after dancing down the right wing. But with the goal gaping and sitting perfectly to be tapped in, the German thumped the ball miles over the bar. Any slight touch would have seen the ball trundle over the line, such was the pace on Hudson-Odoi's cross. ⚽...
    Chelsea are turning into a different kind of beast this season under Frank Lampard.  Last season we would often witness the struggles and frustrations as Lampard’s side bossed games but struggled to finish teams off. 1Tammy Abraham doubled Chelsea's lead after Fernandez's own goal As is becoming a regular feature in the Premier League, the ‘lesser’ teams often choose to play with a very low defensive block, making it hard for even the top sides to break them down.  They will sit deep and put numbers behind the ball, very rarely over-committing to try and win it back. It can work a treat for sides trying to grind out results and nick a win. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge We saw it be successful on many occasions last season when teams could not match up man-to-man in terms of quality. Chelsea...
    NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Tammy Abraham scored in his third club game in a row as Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday to stay among the English Premier League leaders. Chelsea took the lead in the 10th minute when Federico Fernandez knocked the ball into his own net, and the goal was given despite Fernandez’s protests that he had been pushed as Mason Mount’s low cross came in. Timo Werner had a fruitless day in front of goal, missing once and seeing another effort ruled out for offside. The German had more success as a provider, though, dribbling from his own half past two Newcastle defenders before setting up Abraham for a simple first-time finish for the second goal in the 65th. That marked Abraham’s third Chelsea game in succession with a goal after he scored against Rennes and Sheffield United before the international break. He has four goals in...
    TEEN Mom Chelsea Houska gushed over her "cute" mud room as fans continue to call new farmhouse "ugly." The reality TV star has been giving fans glimpses of her new home despite their hate. 9Chelsea Houska showed off her newly finished mudroomCredit: Instagram Chelsea, 28, took to her interior design Instagram page to show off her new mudroom complete with cupboards, coat hooks, benches, and cubbies for the family to put away any bags or accessories. The room was decorated with a designed floor, grey walls, and white wooden benches. The decoration reflected the modern farmhouse look that the soon-to-be mom of four is going for. 9Chelsea also showed off her new wallpaper collection The Teen Mom 2 star has been decorating her new home and she recently showed off the fawn-print wallpaper. Chelsea sat on a taupe couch in front of the fawn-print wall, wearing a neutral top, statement...
    FRANK LAMPARD has slammed the decision to make Chelsea play at Newcastle barely 48 hours after the end of the latest international break. And he has gone further by calling for the 12.30 Saturday lunchtime fixture to be scrapped altogether to save his players' legs. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge 2Frank Lampard fears for the players as they contend with a heavier than usual club and international fixture listCredit: PA:Press Association Chelsea's multi-national squad is slowly reassembling after the three-game round of internationals.  Brazilian defender Thiago Silva only landed back in England at lunchtime and has been immediately ruled out of Saturday's game on Tyneside. And Lampard said: "I have to be honest. We have been training as four players these last two weeks. So the majority of our squad has been travelling. some are landing just now. "They will travel to...
    CHELSEA and Napoli are reportedly in talks over a loan deal for Emerson Palmieri. Repubblica claims the Italy left-back, 26, could be set to join Tiemoue Bakayoko at the San Paolo this winter. 1Chelsea and Napoli are in talks over a loan for Emerson PalmieriCredit: Getty Images - Getty Emerson hasn’t made a single Premier League appearance this season following the £50million arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester. And Chelsea could now send him to Napoli on loan before letting the Serie A side make the deal permanent next summer. Emerson joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 for £17.5m. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge He has made just 59 appearances, struggling to hold down a place under Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard. Reports claim Emerson is one of five players Lampard wants to sell as he raises funds...
    ENGLAND and Germany are set for an international tug-of-war over Bayern Munich’s former Chelsea prospect Jamal Musiala. The 17-year-old winger is joining up with the Three Lions’ Under-21 squad next week. 2England and Germany are set for an international tug-of-war over Bayern Munich’s Jamal MusialaCredit: Getty But the Daily Mail claims he is also due to be invited to train with Germany. Musiala is one of the hottest young prospects in the Bundesliga after a major breakthrough at the Champions League holders. He has scored twice in his seven appearances already this campaign. The teen was born in Stuttgart to a Nigerian father and a German mother but the family moved to England when he was a child.  That means he is also eligible for the African nation but is likely to opt for either the Three Lions or Germany. Musiala signed for Chelsea as a schoolboy but left the...
    UEFA have pleaded with Fifa to change the “unfair” handball laws - after another night of VAR controversy. Chelsea’s second penalty in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes left the French side shocked by both the VAR spot-kick award and the second yellow card for defender Dalbert Henrique. 3UEFA have intervened after widespread dismay over a handball incident between Chelsea and Rennes last night Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd BT pundit Rio Ferdinand slammed German referee Felix Swayer for an “absolute disgrace” of a decision, with Timo Werner slotting home his second penalty of the night. And now Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has stepped into the ongoing rows over the handball Laws by urging Fifa boss Gianni Infantino to intervene. In a letter to Zurich, Ceferin said: “The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offense has resulted in many unfair decisions which have...
    An active-duty soldier at Fort Hood in Texas has been charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman over a year ago. Killeen, Texas police say Spc. Corey Grafton, 20, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the July 2019 death of Chelsea Cheatham. Chelsea Cheatham in undated photo Law enforcement/KWTX-TV Police said Cheatham was found unconscious in a Days Inn and wasn't breathing. Her death was ruled a homicide. Killeen police said homicide detectives got a tip that Grafton was at the scene when Cheatham was killed. Spc. Corely Grafton, Fort Hood soldier KWTX-TV And one of Grafton's co-workers provided a statement saying Grafton confessed to killing Cheatham, according to CBS Waco, Texas affiliate KWTX-TV, citing authorities. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Killeen police said the Texas Rangers helped them get DNA from the murder scene. When it proved a match to DNA found on Cheatham's body, Grafton was taken...
    TEEN Mom 2 star Chelsea Houska’s troubled baby daddy Adam Lind has been ordered to hand over his $2,000 jail bond to the reality star for back child support.  Adam, 30, was arrested on August 20 on a warrant for failing to pay child support when he was pulled over for expired license plates.  12Adam was arrested on August 20 for failing to pay child support Credit: Instagram 12His $2,000 jail bond will be used to pay off back child support Credit: MTV The Sun can exclusively reveal a South Dakota judge signed an order for forfeiture and release of bond to the division of child support on November 2.  A clerk for the court told The Sun of the order: “He paid $2,000 bond to get out of jail. The Judge took it and put it towards back child support.” The child support is for his daughter Aubree, 11, who...
    FRANK LAMPARD will hold a Chelsea summit over spot-kicks with Jorginho and Timo Werner. Jorginho missed a penalty for the second successive time - having scored his first eight from the spot - in the first half of the 4-0 win at Krasnodar. 2Jorginho had a perfect record from the spot before this season Credit: AFP or licensors 2Lampard has led Chelsea to three consecutive clean sheets ahead of the weekend's trip to BurnleyCredit: Getty Images - Getty Werner converted a penalty later in the game for his fourth Chelsea goal. Lampard said: “I've got no problem with either in terms of the penalty taking and not just Timo and Jorginho. We have other possibilities at the club. “So it will be something I will broach before Burnley because it's important as we've seen with history that we need it to be very clear going into the game who are...
    FRANK LAMPARD is not worried by Timo Werner's hit and miss start at Chelsea. The German drew another blank during Saturday's 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford. 2Frank Lampard is not concerned by Timo Werner's up and down start to Chelsea lifeCredit: Rex Features And he also struggled to score before finally getting his first league goals with a brace in the Blues' 3-3 home draw with Southampton the Saturday before. The 24-year-old signed for Chelsea in a £53million deal from RB Leipzig in June. He scored his only other competitive goal in their League Cup defeat to Tottenham on September 29. CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news But Lampard is not concerned by the seemingly sporadic nature of Werner's goalscoring. Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Krasnodar tomorrow, Lampard said: "I am very happy with Timo. "If you go back to...
    Chelsea Handler said she was compelled to scold her ex-boyfriend 50 Cent to remind him that 'he's a black person, so he can't vote for Trump' and said she'd 'go for another spin' if the rapper 'publicly denounces' the president.  Earlier in the week, the comedian made headlines for taking the rapper to task on Twitter after he endorsed Trump for reelection over word of a 62 per cent tax that Joe Biden supposedly wants to put on people making over $400,000 in New York City.  'Hey f**ker! I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses. Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you, f**ker! Remember?' Handler tweeted to 50 Cent on Wednesday. On Friday¿s #FallonTonight, @50cent¿s ex-girlfriend, @ChelseaHandler, scolded him: ¿I had to remind him that he was a black person, so he can¿t vote for Donald Trump.¿ If he denounces Trump, ¿I might be willing...
    Chelsea Handler responded to ex-boyfriend rapper 50 Cent’s perceived endorsement of President Trump by scolding him and “reminding him that he was black.” “I had to remind him that he was a black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump,” the comedian and television personality told Jimmy Fallon on Friday night in response to 50 Cent’s viral social media post knocking Joe Biden’s tax plan. “If he denounces Trump, I might be willing to go for another spin, if you know what I’m talking about.” On Friday’s #FallonTonight, @50cent’s ex-girlfriend, @ChelseaHandler, scolded him: “I had to remind him that he was a black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump.” If he denounces Trump, “I might be willing to go for another spin, if you know what I’m talking about” pic.twitter.com/bILbTsK7R0— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 24, 2020 “Hey f---er!” Handler tweeted to 50 Cent, legally known as Curtis...
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