2pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz boost, Pulisic and Thiago Silva set to miss Newcastle, Chilwell to return – The Sun

CHELSEA are back in Premier League action this week as they travel to Newcastle.

But they appear to have a mounting injury list as we give you the latest on Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.

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  • William Pugh

    “And I would like him to say which are the coaches that he calls and speaks on the phone with them. He has the right, the power to call the players he wants.

    “He wants to win matches, especially after a defeat the next match, even being a dead rubber, is an important match. I sympathise totally with that.

    “But of course we all know that Sterling is going to play for City against us. When Eric Dier left the national team injured in the past month, he didn’t play two matches for Tottenham.

    “He didn’t play the Premier League match and the Europa League match. He needed a couple of weeks to recover. And Raheem is going to play.

    “These are the little details that I think Gareth should explain to us all.”

  • William Pugh

    MOAN-RINHO

    Jose Mourinho has called on Gareth Southgate to name and shame the Prem managers who try to stop their stars from playing for England.

    The Spurs boss is unhappy Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling will face the North Londoners tonight after withdrawing from Southgate’s Three Lions squad through 'injury'.

    Mourinho said: “Gareth Southgate, I read, supposedly told that some club managers put pressure on the players not to play for the national team.

    “And because of that he feels sometimes the need to call club managers to cool down the emotions and control a difficult situation for him.

    “I would like him to say who. I would like him to say which are the coaches who put pressure on the players not to play…

  • William Pugh

    'MOVE ON'

    Former Chelsea ace Willian has been ‘dealt with internally’ by Arsenal after his break in Dubai during the international fortnight – with Mikel Arteta insisting the issue is ‘resolved’.

    The Brazilian forward, 32, was spotted in Dubai after posing for a photo with Salt Bae despite coronavirus guidelines banning all but essential travel.

    Willian had not been called up for Brazil’s matches with Venezuela and Uruguay – with rules suggesting he should have stayed in London.

    But Arsenal boss Arteta has revealed the issue with Willian has been ‘resolved’ and he now just wants to move on ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

    Asked if Willian would play this weekend, Arteta briskly replied: “You keep asking me for more and more issues.

    “Whatever happens with any issues or things that we don’t expect, as always we will try to resolve them internally. That’s been dealt with and explained, and we move on.”

  • William Pugh

    TOP OF THE FLOPS

    Kepa has endured another campaign to forget at Chelsea.

    The Spaniard, 26-year-old has lost his place in the side under Frank Lampard to new boy Edouard Mendy.

    With the Spaniard’s future up in the air, we take a look at Chelsea’s all-time flop XI, with Kepa between the sticks…

    GOALKEEPER – Kepa Arrizabalaga

    The Spain international joined Chelsea in a club-record £71.6m in the summer of 2018 – also a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

    But the Spaniard has never fully settled at the Blues and has looked well out of his depth, making howler after howler.

    His refusal to be taken off for penalty-specialist Willy Caballero in the 2019 Carabao Cup final was another black mark on his Chelsea record. The Blues went on to lose the shootout 4-3 at the expense of Manchester City.

  • William Pugh

    LEAD THE WAY LIAM – BREAKING

    Former Fulham and Brighton defender Liam Rosenior will help choose the next FA chairman.

    Rosenior has been appointed to the six-person panel to find the successor to disgraced Greg Clarke. But Wembley chief executive Mark Bullingham has revealed he believes it is unlikely that the next head of the FA will be a former player.

    Paul Elliott, Les Ferdinand and even Gary Lineker have been suggested as potential candidates to become the public face of the FA.But Bullingham said: “There are two main areas of the role.

    “One is to be an absolutely brilliant ambassador and represent us on both the international and domestic stage. I think players can absolutely do that. But there’s a second requirement to run the board of the FA.

    “We have a complex stakeholder board and it’s hard to see that someone who has never run a board would be able to step in and run a complex stakeholder board of a £450million organisation with 760 employees.

    “We are doing a board review and I would love to have player representation on the board. But if you are asking me if that has to be the chair role, my personal answer would be no.”

  • William Pugh

    HE'S ZI MAN

    Chelsea have posted a Hakim Ziyech appreciation post ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

    The midfielder was man-of-the match against Sheffield United last time out and Blues fans will be hoping for more of the same.

  • William Pugh

    PAY UP

    Prem boss Richard Masters has again been asked by MPs to explain why the £50million lower division bail out has not been agreed.

    Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry were both grilled by the DCMS all-party select committee last week over the continued stand-off.

    Committee head and Tory MP Julian Knight said he would send out public letters to both men on a weekly basis until the situation was resolved.

    And now Knight has published the first batch of correspondence, telling both the Prem and EFL MPs are “disappointed that you have not yet come to an agreement that will ensure the survival of football clubs through the current pandemic.”

    Knight added: “There is enough money in the game to save football clubs but we are beginning to doubt whether there is enough leadership to make that happen.

    “We urge you to stop squabbling and come to an agreement. Fans have been waiting too long. We expect, and the fans deserve, better.”

  • William Pugh

    FRANK ASSESSMENT

    Frank Lampard does not think he will be a lifelong manager given the stresses of the job.

    Speaking ahead of his side's Saturday lunch time trip to Newcastle, he said: “If, hopefully, I have a successful career I will sit down and I will go back on those memories and they will become a bit more vivid.

    “And I will sit down with my family and be a bit more fun where as now I’m not so much fun because I’m consumed in my job.

    “Because I don’t want that to be an absolute lifer. I think there will be a shelf life because it is a very high-pressured job that I’m in, but at the minute I feed off it, I love it.

    “What I do know with my job, the sacrifices you make for family and for your kids growing up is something that I see, maybe not in my 50s, but towards the 60s – I’d love to make it that far, God willing for all of us – I would love to maybe come off it a bit.”

  • William Pugh

    FRANK'S BLUES

    Chelsea face the long journey north to Newcastle without star duo Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva on Saturday.

    But there is some good news for Frank Lampard, with Kai Havertz recovering from coronavirus to make the trip.

    Pulisic will definitely miss the game with a hamstring injury, Lampard confirmed on Friday.

    The boss said: “Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly.

    “It’s been quite a problematic injury so we’ll stay cautious.”

    That means the Chelsea boss could play Timo Werner on the left-wing again, with Tammy Abraham through the middle and Hakim Ziyech on the right.

  • William Pugh

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard admitted his 13 years as a Chelsea player helped him get the manager's gig at Stamford Bridge.

    But the former midfielder thinks his loyalty to the club means he deserved a shot.

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to Newcastle, he said: “Not many people get a job at Chelsea after one year at Derby.

    “It’s clear playing 13 years at the club helped me get the job, but also in my own way I think I deserve it for the years I put in as a player and I’ve taken things on board and I know the club and I’m going to absolutely do my best to do well so I think in that situation I understand the pitfalls.

    “I had to put my ego at the door a bit and say I might ruin what might have been achieved in 13 years to a degree because if it doesn’t go well I will be judged harshly and very quickly.”

  • William Pugh

    JAN AND ONLY

    Chelsea keeper target Jan Oblak continues to impress onlookers.

    The Slovenian No1 helped his nation to clinch promotion to Nations League League B with a 0-0 draw in Greece.

    Oblak's move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge was scuppered by technical advisor Petr Cech's advice to sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

    The Atleti shot-stopper has a massive £107million release clause but is still being monitored by Premier League scouts.

  • William Pugh

    England Under-21 star Callum Hudson-Odoi could feature on the wing after trying to convince close pal Jamal Musiala to stick with the Three Lions.

    Hudson-Odoi insisted Chelsea are title contenders but Lampard said his young charge was ‘excited’.

    Lamps said: “Yeah he’s a young man! He’s excited! I get it. I like confidence, I like the players feeling like that.”

    But Blues misfit Olivier Giroud is reportedly lining up a January exit after making just six appearances so far this season.

    The Guardian claims Giroud, 34, is ready to end his three-year Stamford Bridge stay after being warned by Didier Deschamps that his place in France’s starting XI for the Euros is under threat.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS!

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fuming that his side have to play at 12.30pm on Saturday at Newcastle – just 48 hours after the international break.

    The legendary midfielder believes the kick-off slot should be used sparingly by broadcasters.

    He said: “I have to be honest. We have been training as four players these last two weeks. So the majority of our squad has been travelling. Some are landing just now.

    “It's very difficult for us to prepare anywhere near our best. I want us to play to our best but it's difficult circumstances.”

    Lampard will be without Christian Pulisic who is yet to fully recover from a hamstring blow.

  • William Pugh

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard is not afraid of getting sacked.

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to Newcastle with the Blues fifth in the Premier League, he said: “The lucky thing for me, without trying to sound too comfortable, is my football career put me in a decent position.

    “So, if that job is taken away from me, as long as I go in with every minute thinking, ‘Can I do the best job?’

    “I genuinely think if it got taken away from me, you get the sack, you can’t get another job – if I’ve done the best as I can, I will be pretty happy.

    “I’ll be disappointed and look back at the million things I could have done better, but as it stands now, what’s in front of me, I’m thinking about our next game.”

  • Josh Graham

    HAV HIM BACK?

    Kai Havertz shared a snap of him in training.

    The Blues midfielder has recovered after a bout of coronavirus.

    But he may not be fit enough to face Newcastle on Saturday lunch-time.

  • Josh Graham

    CLIMBING THE MOUNT

    Mason Mount is back with Chelsea with words of encouragement from England boss Gareth Southgate ringing in his ear.

    The Blues midfielder bagged a goal alongside childhood pal and Chelsea target Declan Rice in the Three Lions' 4-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday.

    Southgate said: “I thought he made excellent forward runs, our attacking play was very, very good.”

  • Josh Graham

    CON MAN

    Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is a European giant in the stats.

    The England Under-21 ace is on loan at fellow Premier League side West Brom.

    And stats revealed by Sofa Score, show the loanee midfielder is the best player under 21 for duels won per 90 minutes across Europe's top five leagues this season.

    Gallagher, 20, averages 10.3 duels won per game.

  • Josh Graham

    JUST ROUD

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud's agent claimed the France striker's treatment by boss Frank Lampard was 'not fair'.

    The 24-year-old former Arsenal forward has featured sparingly this season, starting just one game in the Carabao Cup.

    But Giroud showed he still knows his way to the goal with a double for Didier Deschamps' side against Sweden this week.

    Agent Michael Manuello told Foot Mercato: “With Olivier Giroud and without the signings, Chelsea were on 18 points from nine matches. These 18 points were gathered when Olivier started seven times. Chelsea scored 18 goals.

    “Since the beginning of the season, Chelsea have played eight matches, scored 22 goals and taken 15 points. So if they win their next match, they will equal what Olivier did last year.

    “It is not the same to play with Ziyech, Havertz, Werner than playing without them. So we need to look at this relatively.

    “But at the same time you’d be blind not to see that Frank Lampard has decided to put Tammy Abraham ahead of him. It is not frankly fair when you look at what Olivier did at the end of the season. But he has the right, it is his choice.”

  • Josh Graham

    CAL-M DOWN

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played down Callum Hudson-Odoi's claims that his side can challenge for the Premier League title.

    The Blues are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions and sit fifth in the table, three points off leaders Leicester.

    England Under-21 winger Hudson-Odoi said: “We’ve started really well and we want to maintain that.

    “We want to keep building, keep getting goals, keep getting assists and keep working hard as a team and hopefully, you never know, we could win the title as well.”

    But Lampard said: “Yeah he’s a young man! He’s excited! I get it. I like confidence, I like the players feeling like that.

    “I’m delighted with Callum going away and playing and scoring goals and, for me, as a young, developing player your performances like that, when you have Callum’s talent, will always be a reflection of how you train and prepare yourself and all those things.

    “So it’s brilliant news for us and for Callum. As for us as a team, my job is to dampen what he’s said there and say that we know there’s a long way to go.”

  • Josh Graham

    GET ROUDY

    Chelsea misfit Olivier Giroud is reportedly eyeing a January exit.

    The Guardian claims Giroud, 34, is ready to end his three-year Stamford Bridge stay after being warned by Didier Deschamps that his place in France’s starting XI for the Euros is under threat.

    Giroud has made just six appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring just once.

    He has not started a Premier League or Champions League game at all.

    And despite often being hailed as Chelsea’s saviour last season, Giroud now finds himself as Frank Lampard’s third-choice striker behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

    Inter Milan are known to be keen on a January deal, with San Siro boss Antonio Conte bringing Giroud to West London from Arsenal in January 2018.

  • Josh Graham

    'OPTIMISTIC'

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is 'optimistic' about fans returning to stadiums in the UK BEFORE Christmas.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden told talkSPORT: “There is definitely a chance [of that happening]. Obviously in all of this we have to be guided by scientific evidence.

    “We’re in close discussions with the centre of government about what we could do as we go back into the tiering system to see whether there’s a possibility in the lower risk areas.”

    And when his comments were put to Lampard by the radio station, he said: “I am optimistic having heard him speak. I think it’s something where the government haven’t been vocal enough on for whatever reason.

    “We as a public and in the sport want to know whether it’s positive or negative. Today is the most positive answer I’ve heard from the government.

    “It wasn’t factual and I understand why not because it has to be safe first and foremost before we can have fans back in the stadiums.

    “But when you see other areas of life at the moment where we are having gatherings that are controlled and safe environments then, of course, we have to look at it and try to get it back as quickly as we can.”

  • Josh Graham

    LUIZ-ING THE PLOT

    Former Chelsea star David Luiz has been involved in a training ground bust-up with Arsenal team-mate Dani Ceballos.

    The pair were forced to apologise to the squad after the incident last week.

    Ceballos was reportedly left with a cut on his face, per The Athletic, after tempers boiled over when the Spanish midfielder launched a late tackle on the Brazilian.

    The pair are understood to have squared up last Friday at the club's London Colney HQ with ex-Blues star Luiz lashing out and reportedly scratching the skin of his team-mate.

    Ceballos, 24, jumped up to confront the defender before fellow Arsenal players jumped in to stop things before they got out of hand.

    SunSport understands the Gunners are relaxed about the confrontation, believing it was nothing more than the kind of thing that happens on training grounds across the country.

    Ceballos – who is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid – has denied the claims.

  • Josh Graham

    DOING OR-RIGHT

    Former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has signed a new deal at Southampton.

    The Spaniard, 29, left Stamford Bridge to join Saints in 2015 and has signed until summer 2023.

    He made 33 appearances for Chelsea, scoring one goal.

    Romeu said: ““It does really feel like home.

    “It’s great to commit to the club for longer and I’m very happy they also insisted on me staying.”

  • Josh Graham

    FRANKLY NOT ON

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard slammed the decision to make Chelsea play at Newcastle on Saturday – just 48 hours after the end of the international break.

    The multi-national Blues squad is reassembling after the three-game break ahead of the 12.30pm KO on Saturday but Lampard is unimpressed with the scheduling.

    He said: “I have to be honest. We have been training as four players these last two weeks. So the majority of our squad has been travelling. Some are landing just now.

    “They will travel to fly to Newcastle and fly back and then fly to Rennes on Monday and then fly back again.

    “The broadcasters have never had as many slots as they have now. That 12.30 slot, how many times does it need to be there?

    “If you look over the course of the season how many times do we return from international duty? It's absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game which is an incredible brand around the world. So you want the best of the brand.

    “It's very difficult for us to prepare anywhere near our best. I want us to play to our best but it's difficult circumstances.”

  • Josh Graham

    NO HASSEL

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has put rivalry aside and backed Tottenham to win the Premier League.

    The former Dutch striker reckons Spurs' lethal front three gives them the edge over his beloved Blues as well as Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal, said: “I fancy – and this might hurt Chelsea supporters – Spurs for the title. I really do.

    “If you look at their front three, they've got Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

    “On paper that is the best front three in the country. And then on the bench, as replacements for that front three, they've got Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius and Lucas Moura.

    “Then in midfield, they've got so many options. They've got Dele Alli, who doesn't even play, Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Harry Winks….

    “It should be – if you look on paper – Tottenham's year.”

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