Lampard announces he wants Brazilian deal, Kante drops massive Chelsea future message, Chelsea announce world class deal for striker
Here is a roundup of the top Chelsea headlines from icfootballnews this week.
Frank Lampard has once again reiterated his desire to keep Brazilian Willian at the club.
Willian has been at Chelsea for over six years now and has become an integral part of the side as his brilliance over the seasons have made him one of the best in the Premier League, and quite possibly Europe.
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.
But despite all that, Willian has recently past the 300-game mark for Chelsea and has been talking about his love for the club, and after another great performance by the Brazilian in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Lampard has had his say on the players future with the club.
He told the CHELSEA WEBSITE: ‘I know Willian’s qualities from playing with him, but when I looked at Willy over the last couple of years he was in and out of the team and I’m not sure; from the outside I want to see him happy, I know him and he’s a happy, really easy-going lad who loves his football,’ said Lampard, whose final campaign at the club in 2013/14 was Willian’s first.
‘That was the first thing, when I looked at him at the start of the season, I saw him being huge for me and the way we want to play. Naturally, on the ball we all know his ability to go by one-v-one and shift people and then cross or get shots away is big.
‘But the off-the-ball work he’s done is an absolutely outstanding example for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, for other young players and wingers who think the only part of the game is going past people and crossing or shooting. He does the other side brilliantly, with absolute humility, so he’s been a joy and one of the experienced players that’s really helping the young boys.
‘The selfless side of the game is always a starting point for me. As we work as staff here, it’s how good can we be off the ball and think about on the ball afterwards. When you’ve got someone showing the example high up the pitch, that just reflects everywhere.
Frenchman N’golo Kante has admitted that he is happy to stay at Chelsea amid Real Madrid and Juventus speculation.
Regarded as probably the finest holding midfielder in the game, Kante has struggled over the past 12 months to reignite the quality he has shown to become the force in the centre of the park, partly down to Maurizio Sarri preferring the play the Frenchman in a more attacking role.
However, despite the fact that he is only one of a handful of players at Chelsea that are considered to be world class, there has been a lot of speculation in the media that he could actually leave the club at the end of the season.
It has been reported, on many occasions, that the likes of Juventus and PSG are ready to pay the massive £100 million asking price that has been placed on the head of the Frenchman, knowing that Chelsea would take the offer if they felt that they had enough quality to help fill the void of Kante.
However, the France international points out that he has a contract with the Blues that runs until 2023 and is open to the idea of retiring with the London club.
“So, in my head, I hope to continue to have great seasons with Chelsea until 2023,” he told Telefoot. “When I arrived at Chelsea, I was at Leicester and I had just won my first title with a club.
“Today at Chelsea, I have had three wonderful years winning titles.
“I think that it is a club that has helped me a lot and I hope that I will be able to win a lot more titles here.
“The year at Leicester was magnificent and I did not regret [not joining Marseille in 2015] at all.”
Chelsea ladies have announced the signing of Sam Kerr, the in-demand Australia superstar who has decided to continue her career in Europe.
Chelsea currently sit top of the WSL having won four and drawn the other one of their five matches so far. They are one point above both Arsenal and Man City, who have each suffered one defeat this season,
But they have been keen to add a natural born goal-scorer to the side and have been searching the globe for a possible new signing, and they eventually settled on the impressive Kerr, who was recently named the NWSL’s MVP after scoring 19 goals in 23 games for the Red Stars.
Widely regarded as one of the finest goal scorers in the women’s game, Kerr has netted 38 times for Australia. She hit the back of the net five times during this summer’s World Cup, with four goals coming in a single match against Jamaica, and she has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea, and will join when the winter European transfer window opens.
She said on the Chelsea website upon signing: “The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy. I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies.”
Blues boss Emma Hayes is well aware she is lucky to have captured a player who could have joined any number of worldwide heavyweights.
“Sam has proved time and time again in the NWSL that she is a prolific goalscorer,” said Hayes. “She’s won the golden boot many times and she’s a player that can make things happen, but she’s also a fantastic team player.
“The fact she chose Chelsea when she could have gone to any club in the world is a testament to the players and the staff here because she saw this is the best place for her to grow and take the next step in her career. That’s a wonderful compliment to us all.”
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