Winger excited to work with Lampard, Chelsea can sign £100m star after decsion made, Blues sent warning after Lampard arrival
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Spanish midfielder Pedro says it is “very good to work” under new Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard.
Lampard is now the main man at Stamford Bridge after months of talks about whom could replace the departed Maurizio Sarri as boss of the club, who is now back in Italian football with Seria A.
There has been many in the media suggesting that the move to Chelsea was a huge mistake for Lampard at this stage of his managerial career, having managed at top-level football for just one season.
Lampard has had less than a week on the training ground with his players, but Pedro says the former Derby boss is already getting his ideas across.
Pedro featured in the first half of Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea – a 1-1 draw at Irish side Bohemians in which the new Blues boss used 22 players.
Pedro told Sky Sports his opinion of the new Chelsea boss: “It’s very hard work, high intensity, pressing a lot without the ball. When you have the ball move it quick.
“For us it’s very good to work with Frank. He’s a legend at this club. Also his coaches are very good with good ideas.
“It’s normal for the first game of pre-season,” he added “It’s only five days of training and for this reason it’s normal to draw.
“We need to improve a lot but it’s good to be on the pitch and have the young players as well.
“It’s normal to not be in the best condition. We’ve been training really hard with Frank this week and this is good for us.”
Reports have claimed Barcelona have decided long-term Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho is done at the Nou Camp, and will look to offload the Brazilian.
The Brazilian has struggled to live up to his enormous price tag in a disappointing season for the Catalan club, who will try to cash in on their £142m signing to fund a big summer overhaul.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move as they prepare for life after Eden Hazard, while Manchester United have also been mooted as a potential destination, with the Belgian superstar now officially a Real Madrid player.
And after reports emerged which claimed that Barcelona were open to the idea of letting Coutinho leave, clubs starting making moves to try and nail down his signature over the course of this transfer window.
But his agent Kia Joorabchian recently announced he had met with Barcelona to discuss Coutinho’s future and announced Barcelona had decided to keep hold of the Brazilian.
‘I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona,’ he told RMC Sport.
“He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer. No matter the And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.’
Jamie Redknapp has warned Chelsea that they need to be realistic about their goals this coming season under the guidance of Frank Lampard.
Chelsea may be the European Champions, and may be back inside the Champions League this season, but there are many that believe it will be a very tough season for the Blues.
Frank Lampard will be testing the waters in the Premier League as boss, the Blues are unable to sign any top-class players, because of the transfer ban, and the club will have to rely on the youngsters to help them challenge for a top four spot.
With that in mind, Redknapp says Chelsea should temper their expectations under Lampard and give the incoming Derby man time.
He told Sky Sports News: “It’s a great move, not just for Frank but for Chelsea too. It’s astute, you need someone who can stabilise the club somewhat when you’ve lost your best player and under a transfer embargo.
“They’ve got one of their own, the fans adore him. He’ll need time, there’ll be a lot of changes; you can’t bring any personnel in to replace a big-name star like Eden Hazard. He’ll need to be given time, but he will – because he’s Frank Lampard.
“The expectation will be to finish in the top four, but they’ve got to be realistic. I think there’ll be moments in the season where it’ll be a struggle, because of the Hazard effect.
“It doesn’t matter what manager you have – Guardiola, Mourinho, anyone – they are going to struggle without that quality of player. But if they were to finish in the top four, that would be an amazing season considering the embargo and everything else.”
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