Lampard announces defender ‘to be top class’ after completing Chelsea deal, Lamps told £50m to sign rice, ‘Chelsea’s Jurgen Klopp’ Abramovic recommended manager

Chelsea sent Hasenhuttl message, Tomori to be top defender, Rice for £50 million and will fans welcome Varane in Chelsea roundup

Ralph Hasenhuttl would be a fine replacement for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard when he gets the sack, thinks Kevin Phillips.

It is no secret in the media that Lampard is now living on borrowed time at the Bridge after a disappointing run has seen them fall out of the chase for a Premier League title by the end of the season.

His tactics have been questioned, his ability to get the best out of his star players is not working and he simply cannot get the results that Roman Abramovic has expected after spending over £200 million in the summer transfer window.

Hasenhuttl’s Southampton meanwhile are 10th in the Premier League but just two points behind the Blues having played one game less, and Should they win their extra game, Southampton will only be two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League spot after 19 games.

The performances of the Saints have fuelled talk that Hasenhuttl, 53, is destined for a top six job in the future, and Philipps is confident that Hasenhuttl would be a good replacement for Lampard, though would prefer to see his old England team-mate shown patience at Chelsea.

“I think he’s almost got that Klopp appearance about him, that authority. He’s a big guy, he’s very intelligent, he knows the game inside out,” Phillips said of Hasenhuttl on Stadium Astro.

“The big thing for the club is, can they keep hold of him? The biggest problem is keeping hold of their manager.

“He’s doing a really good job down on the south coast. I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job, I don’t like to see any manager lose their job but I understand football’s football and it’s a results business.

“No bigger so than Chelsea, when you’ve spent that kind of money you’re going to come under pressure to win football matches, it’s as simple as that.

“Hasenhuttl, his time will come. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing. Hasenhuttl at Chelsea would do a fine job but I want to see Frank given a chance for sure.

“He could certainly manage any of the teams in the Premier League, it just depends what kind of ambition he has.

“But I think at the moment if you sat him down and asked him, I think he’s very happy where he is. It takes a while to build up what he’s done.

“But if Chelsea come knocking on the door, it’s the same as a player, it can be very hard to turn down.

“It’ll be interesting in the summer to see what happens regarding the manager and a few of the players down at Southampton.”

Frank Lampard has tipped Fikayo Tomori to become a “top player” after the Chelsea defender completed his loan switch to AC Milan.

Centre-back Tomori broke into Chelsea’s first team in style last season, blasting a fine long-range strike in a 5-2 win at Wolves to announce his Premier League arrival, and the 23-year-old even went on to make his England debut last term, having caught the eye of boss Gareth Southgate.

But could not maintain that upward trajectory at Stamford Bridge this season as the arrival of Thiago Silva and the emergence of Kurt Zouma has meant that he has now fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, prompting him to seek a move.

Many Chelsea fans have expressed frustrations with Tomori’s loan, but Lampard insisted the academy graduate can still flourish in west London in the long-run, and has claimed that the defender has the ability to become a top player in the game.

Asked to explain to those vexed supporters why Tomori has left temporarily, Lampard said: “Because I have five centre-backs and I can’t do this job and expect to please every fan; that’s football.

“What players you should pick or not, whether you are searching for consistency or going on an unbeaten run there are questions. I have to pick two at a time and the numbers don’t always add up.

“Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player. He is going to be a top player.”

West Ham are reportedly considering slashing their asking price for Chelsea target Declan Rice.

With the transfer window is full swing, it seems that there will not bee too many new players coming to Stamford Bridge in the final days of the window, despite all the rumours about the type of players that Frank Lampard could sign

However, Chelsea are already planning for their summer window and the signings that could arrive under Frank Lampard, or a new boss should the legend get the sack, and Rice is a player that has been on the radar of the Blues since last summer.

It was reported on many occasions that Chelsea were very interested in trying to secure a transfer deal for Rice, but simply could not get a deal done as the Hammers wanted a massive £80 million for a player they have turned into one of the best in the Premier League.

But According to the Guardian, Hammers bigwigs could be willing to sell the England international for £50million at the end of the season, with reports adding that West Ham are thinking of slashing their players’ valuations due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The potential new fee is £30MILLION less than the asking price just last summer, and would be a fee that Chelsea would be willing to match.

Reports have claimed that Chelsea target Raphael Varane has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club.

Regarded as one of the finest defenders in the game right now, the Frenchman has won three La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies among other honours since arriving in 2011.

However, there has been some shock speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Madrid would be open to the idea of letting Varane leave the club in the coming windows in order to raise some funds.

It is no secret that the COVID-19 has affected this finances of clubs around the world, and with this Madrid side aging, there is reportedly a need to replenish the ranks at the Bernabeu and bring in some fresh meat, both defensively and in attack.

Now , Chelsea have been boosted in their chase to finally get the Frenchman signed up after reports on Sport have claimed that the defender has told the club that he wants to leave.

The French defender has been with the Spanish giants since 2011, but is now looking to depart in search of a new adventure.

And the reports suggests with Varane’s contract expiring in 2022, Madrid will look to cash in rather than letting him walk free next year.

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