Fans sent exciting Pulisic message, Chelsea told to wrap up Brazilian deal, Ginkel-ighted after agreeing deal, Pulisic eyes silverware
Pulisic will get better, Pulisic eyes silverware, Chelsea told to sign up Willian, Van Ginkel signs up in Chelsea roundup..
Christian Pulisic is hoping to end his debut season at Chelsea with a flourish, and is hoping to add some silverware to the side.
Frank Lampard’s side are now well placed to secure a top-four finish after an impressive 2-1 win against Manchester City, which handed Liverpool their first title in 30 seasons, and Pulisic is now keen to add some silverware to the cabinet.
On his ambition, Pulisic told the club’s official website: “The break was tough on a lot of people but I’m just really happy that we can come back and play football again.
“It’s a bit different without the fans but we’re really excited to be back out there.
“There are a lot of games to play. We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup and we want to continue finishing strong so we can be secure in a Champions League spot. We have a lot to play for.”
Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea in their heavyweight tussle with Manchester City.
Pulisic added: “We looked at this game against a big opponent and we wanted to win it.
“We were at home, obviously in slightly different circumstances, but we’re happy that we came out and got a really good result.
“We have to capitalise on opportunities. I had another one in the second half as well [which was cleared off the line by Kyle Walker] but I’m just happy to help the team out by scoring. We needed it and we’re just happy to get the three points.
“We went into the game with a really confident mindset to go out and win. Obviously we want to finish the season strongly but we feel we’re capable of a lot more as well.”
Chelsea should be looking to thrash out fresh terms with Willian, says Glen Johnson, as it would cost £20 million to replace the Brazilian.
Willian has been in the transfer headlines the whole season, as he is out of contract when the season is officially over, with a number of top clubs linked with offering him a nice big contract.
But Johnson believes those in west London should be looking to accept any demands that are put to them when it comes to extension talks.
The former Blues defender told talkSPORT: “I still think he’s a top player. Those sort of players, those players with that level of professionalism, they are hard to replace.
“Financially, business-wise, trying to replace Willian – how much is that going to cost? You are going to let a top player walk out of the door for nothing. It’s going to cost you a good £20m to replace him.
“I’d definitely like to see him stay there for another year.”
Frank Lampard has suggested that Willian may yet be talked into prolonging his association with Chelsea, with it possible that he could be kept on as World Cup winner Pedro departs.
The Blues boss said, with two seasoned professionals committed through the next few weeks: “Yes, we are still talking with the players and Willian in particular we are talking with him. I always felt confident that they would remain.
“They have been fantastic professionals for the club and servants in all senses and when you have that level of professionalism within you it was a sign that they wanted to stay and see out this season at least.
“So we will carry on talking and see but I think everybody’s focus now is on these next games, the individuals themselves and us as a club.
“I’m pleased negotiations were relatively easy because both sides wanted the same thing. The two players wanted to make sure they could see the season out with us. At this point we need them in the squad they are both important players for us so I’m happy.”
Frank Lampard considers Chelsea star Christian Pulisic to have “so much talent” and believes the United States international can get “better and better”
The 21-year-old put in another impressive showing for the Blues on Thursday as they helped to hand the Premier League title to Liverpool with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
His performance just highlighted the talent that he has and Lampard has opened up and admitted that there is more to come from the American International.
He told reporters when quizzed Pulisic: “Christian came in last summer. Lot of talk about it. He didn’t really get a break when he got in the team. He was playing really well and gets a really tough injury.
“I wanted to protect him a bit against Villa, see that he could make an impact. He did that.
“I always planned to start him against Man City because I know what he can bring in these sort of games and he brought it. He did really well.
“He needs to keep working, he’s a young player but he’s got so much talent and he can get better and better.”
He added: “There is a clear gap and it won’t happen overnight with one or two signings. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.
“Liverpool and City have been works in progress for a few years now and they are getting a lot of success, a bit of success now.
“I’m not getting carried away. We can get better. We can be better on the ball. We can have more possession.”
Marco van Ginkel has penned a new one-year deal with the Chelsea, the club have officially announced.
Van Ginkel joined Chelsea in 2013 from Vitesse and was hailed as one of the most brightest talents to come out of the Dutch League in recent years, but he has managed just four first-team appearances in seven years with the west London club.
The 27-year-old spent the entire 2019/20 campaign recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury but is now nearing full fitness again, and there is a feeling that he is ready to try and prove himself at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
Since joining the Blues in 2013, he has been shipped out on loan to Milan, Stoke and PSV, but that has not mattered and he has managed to secure a shock one-year deal with the Chelsea.
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He told Dutch publication AD : “My agent, Karel Jansen, is in talks with Chelsea about a new contract for me. I am very happy at this show of confidence in me by the club.
“It is quite something when a club tries to keep a player who has been out injured so long and in these uncertain times as well.
“If a deal can be done I expect to make my comeback in Chelsea’s Under-23 side.
“The prospects look very good. I have worked really hard to come back. I can now train four to five times a week. I was on the point of re-joining group training in March before the coronavirus outbreak.”
It has been a shock to see that Van Ginkel has been offered a new contract by the Chelsea, especially as he has barely made any sort of impact at the club in the years that he has been at the club.
But there must be a reason why he has been signed.