Lampard admits signings on way, Lampard reveals Willian talks, Chelsea can expect £40 million signing in January, Brazilian announces he wants to be at Chelsea
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Willian has once again opened up and committed his long-term future with the Chelsea.
Chelsea have one of the most exciting sides in the Premier League right now and many are excited to see just where this young side can go under the guidance of Frank Lampard, who has won eight of his opening thirteen Premier League fixtures.
But Chelsea also have a number of experienced stars in the side aswell, players like Willian, who have played well over 300 games for the club and helped the Blues to numerous titles over the past few seasons.
However, there has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that Chelsea may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
Now the midfielder has now indicated that his preference is to remain at Chelsea.
‘Everyone knows how I love this club and how I enjoy to play for Chelsea. If I can, I will stay here until I am 40 years old but football is not always like this,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘[I want to stay] because I like to play here. It’s not only my decision, we have to decide together with the club. We’ve had some conversations.
‘I hope I can say to you guys that I will stay but now I cannot say.’
Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea’s stuttering home form could push him towards January recruitment.
Chelsea slipped to consecutive home Premier League defeats for the first time in eight years with the 2-0 loss to Southampton on Boxing Day. Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond struck to sink the Blues, who suffered their sixth loss in 15 Stamford Bridge matches in all competitions this term.
CHELSEAcan make January additions after their FIFA transfer ban was lifted on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and manager Lampard has conceded bolstering his squad remains in his thoughts.
Lampard reacted by telling talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams: “Same again, same again. We need to do better.
“We can’t keep having games where we control it for the most part – particularly the first half.
“Create a few opportunities, get in a lot of crossing positions and a lot of positions around the box and then we don’t do the next bit which is to score a goal and make these games much more comfortable.
“You allow teams to stay in the game, all of these teams have got good players, they’re all well organised. And it’s the same again, which is frustrating.”
When asked if he’d attempt to solve Chelsea’s poor home form with training ground work or new signings in January, Lampard replied: “It takes both in terms of the big picture for a club like us.
“We work on the training ground, but the questions of the players are, in these kind of games which we’re controlling, can we score goals?
“Because that makes the feeling of the counter-attack not so dangerous. When it stays 0-0 it feels dangerous.
“So it’s something we’ll have to look at and always.”
Jamie Carragher has admitted that he expects Chelsea to re-sign Nathan Ake during the January transfer window
After months and months of fighting their transfer ban, Frank Lampard managed to get an early Christmas Present this month after it was revealed that the ban had been lifted, and Chelsea will be able to sign players again in the January window.
And that has led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Chelsea are ready to make a move to try and re-sign Dutch defender Ake, who has become one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League for Bournemouth over the last few seasons.
Lampard knows that he needs to solve his defensive issues at Stamford Bridge if he is to get this side back challenging for that Premier League title, and Ake, has proven himself enough in the Premier League to warrant a move back to the Bridge.
And according to Jamie Carragher, Ake’s return to Stamford Bridge is inevitable.
“I’m a big fan of Nathan Ake and I totally get it [why they would re-sign him],” he said on the Sky Sports Christmas Transfer show.
“I think they should [activate his buy-back clause], the only worry is that there is a lot of young centre-backs there. He’s not as young as them, he’s got a lot of experience.
“But it’s not the Virgil van Dijk type of figure at Liverpool that you think Chelsea are in need of to take them forward.
“I think he’d be great buy for Chelsea, he’s left-footed and he knows the club as well.
“It’s a signing I expect them to make but is he that man to eradicate all those defensive problems they have? They’ve struggled for clean sheet this season.
“I’m a big fan of his, I’ve even thought in the past, ‘could be a player for Liverpool?’
“I think he’d be a really good signing.”
Frank Lampard has reportedly confirmed that Chelsea are in talks with Willian about a possible new deal.
With his contract due for renewal, it is impossible the Blues will be able to recoup that sort of money if they were to sell, so they run the risk of losing him for free if an extension is not signed.
He has been in negotiations since the early parts of the season over a new deal, but Lampard has now confirmed the two parties are in talks over money.
“He’s in talks with the club [about a contract], he speaks with the club on the money side of it,” he said on the Sky Sports website
“[He’s been] Great for me, especially when he plays like he did the other day. It was an incredible performance. He has that talent.
“I knew he had that talent before I got the job. I think I have said this before, but the last year or two I have looked at him from afar and wasn’t sure how much he was enjoying it, whether he felt happy in games.
“A bit of body language, in and out sometimes. My feeling at the start of the season was to give him his head, tell him how much I feel about him and how I see him.
“Get him fit, get him working off the ball because I know he can, and the rest in terms of what he does on the ball I can kind of let him do that because he has this incredible ability to burst away from people.”
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