Chelsea announce defender deal, big Pulisic-Hazard claim made, £400,000-a-week star perfect signing? And Lampard makes big Chelsea claim

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Chelsea have announced Kenneth Omeruo has completed a permanent transfer to La Liga side Leganes.

The Nigeria international teamed up with the Cucumber Growers at the start of last summer for his sixth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, having featured for ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasımpasa and Alanyaspor.

Omeruo impressed during his temporary stay, helping Mauricio Pellegrino’s men to keep 11 clean sheets in 31 appearances across all competitions. And he may have been hoping to be given a chance on Frank Lampard’s new look Chelsea side, as the club legend was willing to give a number of the fringe players a chance in the side.

However, that will not be the case and Chelsea and Leganes have agreed a deal which takes Omeruo away from the club on a permanent basis, with Chelsea getting around £5 million for the defender.

Chelsea announced on their club website: “We would like to thank Kenneth for his service and wish him all the best for the future.”

And the young man himself has admitted his delight at the deal, and has taken to the social media to express his feelings.

“I am so happy to be joining a team that helped me grow so much last season,” he posted on Instagram.

“I can’t wait to start and help this team achieve greatness,” he concluded.

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Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic cannot replace Eden Hazard, says Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham.

Pulisic ended month of transfer speculation last January when he decided to sign for Chelsea in a deal that was worth more than £57 million, but he would only arrive at the club this summer transfer window.

Many believe that he has been signed by the club as the long-term, not immediate, replacement for Hazard, who also ended months of speculation by agreeing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in a deal that could cost the Spaniard well in excess of £100 million.

The 20-year-old USA international impressed in Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool on penalties on Wednesday night, but Higginbotham believes it will be hard for Pulisic, who scored 19 goals in four seasons at Dortmund, to replace Hazard, telling the Sky Sports website: “You can’t expect that.

“People will ask the question, how do you replace Hazard? You can’t.

“What you can do is look for a player that can give great qualities. Pulisic, I must admit against United when he came on he didn’t do too much, but he was a real stand-out player against Liverpool.

“Frank Lampard will be delighted with that, he’s only a young player still getting to grips with the English side of the game, but it was great promise yesterday.

“You can’t fill Eden Hazard’s boots but what you can do is bring a player in who can bring different qualities.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that it will be difficult to replace Eden Hazard, but one man that could do that job is Philippe Coutinho.

After months and months and months of speculation, Hazard finally got his dream move and sign for Real Madrid in a deal that could cost the Spanish giants around £130 million over the next 12 months.

There has been claims that the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi or Christian Pulisic could help replace the Belgian in the side, but Lampard has admitted that the side will virtually be unable to replace the man that helped the club to so much success during the seven year stint at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking ahead of the Super Cup final, Lampard said: ‘For me, clearly [Hazard is] one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.

‘You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

‘But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.

‘The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players move on and it’s down to the next players, the next manager.

‘That’s our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea.’

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