10.30am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Giroud interest from Tottenham, Thiago in contract extension talks
26th November 2020

CHELSEA are buzzing after qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages in thrilling style.

Mason Mount was one of the stars of the show and Frank Lampard has called for criticism of the England ace to stop.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Ian Tuckey

    FA 'MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS WRONG'

    Anton Ferdinand felt like the guilty man during a meeting with FA officials investigating his race row with John Terry.

    The former QPR defender is finally opening up on his infamous run-in with the Chelsea captain more than nine years ago.

    Terry was cleared in court but convicted by the FA of using insulting language referencing skin colour during the stormy London derby in 2011.

    Ferdinand said: “I just wanted the FA to deal with it. All I wanted to do was play football.

    “The FA got involved and I was happy. They needed a statement from me.

    “I was sitting in a room with two FA delegates and they were probing me. Probing me?

    “They were starting to make me feel like I was in the wrong. All I know is I didn’t feel like the victim in that room.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAMA GET ME

    Man Utd and Chelsea target Edouardo Camavinga admits he “dreams" of joining a “great club”.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, who already has two full caps for France, has also attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Juventus.

    He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes.

    “I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLIVIER WILL GET HIS CHANCE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has promised late hero Olivier Giroud more game time after the France striker admitted he was “concerned” over his lack of minutes.

    Giroud’s stoppage-time header clinched a 2-1 win in Rennes to put  the Blues into the Champions League KO stages with two group games to spare – after the 34-year-old came on for Tammy Abraham.

    It has been suggested Giroud might ponder his future in January but Lampard told BT Sport: “Oli will get his minutes because we have a busy schedule, we play every few days. 

    “I made a few changes because I felt he had to get the freshness in the team.

    “I think the reason you see such a reaction around the goal, not only was it in the last minute but someone like Oli you see how he acts day in, day out and it shows you what he means to this team.”

    But Lampard admitted: “I have a problem because I’ve got Tammy who is playing well and obviously he did last year as well.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RICE HUNGRY FOR 'TROPHIES'

    Chelsea target Declan Rice admits winning trophies is "important" to him.

    West Ham's star man, 21, gave another hint over his thinking when he added:  "As a footballer you only get one career and it goes by very quick."

    The Hammers are keen to keep the anchorman midfielder, who can also play in central defence, and reportedly valued him at £80million over the summer.

    And Rice told Sky Sports. "You want to be successful for club and country. I think it’s an important thing to win trophies. 

    "There’s talk of Harry Kane at Spurs and what he should be doing, obviously he can do whatever he wants.

    "He’s going to win trophies we all know that. I think that’s something I want to aim for as well. 

    "I’m only 21 but to get those highs of your career you need to win stuff and that’s what I want to do."

  • Ian Tuckey

    COLE BLAST AT MOUNT CRITICS

    Joe Cole has hit out at Mason Mount's critics – insisting the Chelsea midfielder has been in "sublime form" all season.

    Former Blues and England midfielder Cole, now a Stamford Bridge academy coach, hailed Mount's workrate and creativity.

    The West Ham legend said: "When you see people criticising Mason Mount, who are they? Because he’s been sublime from the start of the season."

  • Ian Tuckey
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    CALL FOR PATIENCE

    Frank Lampard insists his Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is making "constant improvements" but must wait for more regular game-time.

    England winger Hudson-Odoi, 20, hit a neat opener on a rare start as the Blues beat Rennes 2-1 

    And Lampard said: “I know he wants more minutes but I have competition in that area.

    “If he isn’t getting minutes in a period it doesn’t mean he is out of favour with me. He certainly isn’t.

    “The bit of quality he shows with the first two touches before he got his shot away was top class; I know he can do that.

    “There are loads of great things about Callum, and I know there are things he can improve in his game. He knows that.

    “He is a big player for Chelsea, he has a big future with us. His all-round game was fantastic."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARADONA TRIBUTE

    European football will stop to remember the genius of Diego Maradona for the next two nights after the death of the Argentine superstar at just 60.

    Uefa chiefs ordered a minute’s silence from all players, officials and fans at tonight’s Champions League ties after the news from Buenos Aires broke.

    And the gesture will be repeated ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League ties.

    Uefa recognises the South American’s huge impact on European football during his spells with Barcelona and Napoli.

    Maradona won the old Uefa Cup with Napoli in 1989, scoring a penalty in the first leg of the final against Stuttgart, helping the Italian side to a 5-4 aggregate victory.

    He spent seven years in Serie A after two seasons in Catalonia, taking the Stadio San Paolo side to their only two domestic crowns in 1987 and 1990 after his then-world record £6.9m move.

  • Ian Tuckey


    MAGIC IS MOUNTING UP

    Mason Mount has responded to lavish praise for Cesc Fabregas by telling the “magician he is learning from the ex-Chelsea and Arsenal playmaker himself.

    England midfielder Mount, criticised by some this season despite consistent form, brilliantly teed up Callum Hudson-Odoi's opener in the Blues' 2-1 Champions League group win at Rennes.

    Monaco's Spanish stylish Fabregas tweeted “Mason Mount Fantastic” – to which the 21-year-old replied: “Thanks magician, been watching your assists.” 

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'D BE ROUD NOT TO

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has promised late hero Olivier Giroud more game time after the France striker admitted he was “concerned” over his lack of minutes.

    Giroud's stoppage-time header clinched a 2-1 win in Rennes to put  the Blues into the Champions League KO stages with two group games to spare – after the 34-year-old came on for Tammy Abraham.

    It has been suggested Giroud might ponder his future in January but Lampard told BT Sport: “Oli will get his minutes because we have a busy schedule, we play every few days. 

    “I made a few changes because I felt he had to get the freshness in the team.

    “I think the reason you see such a reaction around the goal, not only was it in the last minute but someone like Oli you see how he acts day in, day out and it shows you what he means to this team.”

    But Lampard admitted: “I have a problem because I've got Tammy who is playing well and obviously he did last year as well.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JORGINHO'S ARSENAL LINK

    Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho and Lyon star Houssem Aouar were reportedly summer targets for Arsenal.

    That's despite the Gunners signing Ghana anchorman Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PEP OUT OF LUCK

    Man City pondered a £90million move for ex-United and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku over the summer, reports say.

    The Belgium striker hit 34 goals for Inter Milan last season after his £75m switch from Old Trafford in August 2019.

    And the Daily Telegraph suggest Etihad boss Pep Guardiola weighed up a bid but was ultimately deterred by Inter's asking price.

  • Ian Tuckey


    GUNNERS TAKE QUAINE AND FIRE AT CHELSEA TARGET

    Arsenal and Chelsea will reportedly go head to head to sign 17-year-old star Quaine Bartley from AFC Wimbledon.

    The forward was previously with Tottenham's academy and has also attracted interest from Leeds.

    Bartley only turned 17 on October 28 and seems destined for big things with the Dons have describing him as a 'gem'.

    And his performances are set to spark a three-way transfer battle between the Premier League giants, according to Teamtalk.

  • Ian Tuckey


    JOSE: BLUES ARE 'LUCKY'

    Jose Mourinho has branded Chelsea “lucky” ahead of his return with Tottenham on Sunday.

    The Spurs boss faces a Europa League tie at home to Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow – while his former Blues will have their feet up having won 2-1 at Rennes on Tuesday.

    Mourinho said: “In that case they were lucky this week that the draw gave them a Tuesday match that will allow them to prepare for the match on Sunday.

    “Eventually I don't know if they gave them a day off but they will have plenty of time to work. That's not a new thing. That happens all the time.

    “We knew that since we went into the Europa League so we're not going to complain about it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOSE: BLUES ARE 'LUCKY'

    JOSE MOURINHO has branded Chelsea “lucky” ahead of his return with Tottenham on Sunday.

    The Spurs boss faces a Europa League tie at home to Ludogorets Razgrad tomorrow – while his former Blues will have their feet up having won 2-1 at Rennes on Tuesday.

    Mourinho said: “In that case they were lucky this week that the draw gave them a Tuesday match that will allow them to prepare for the match on Sunday.

    “Eventually I don't know if they gave them a day off but they will have plenty of time to work. That's not a new thing. That happens all the time.

    “We knew that since we went into the Europa League so we're not going to complain about it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    TAYL ENDER

    Gordon Taylor will step down as PFA chief executive at the end of the season – ending his 40-year reign as arguably the most powerful union baron in the country.

    Taylor, 75, has come under increasing pressure in recent years over his handling of the organisation.

    His departure, though, was signalled last year, to coincide with the promised Independent Review of the organisation.

    The PFA has already set up a panel, including Gary Neville, to identify his successor.

    Taylor and the union insisted his exit from the £2million per year job was not linked at all to the current criticism of the PFA’s role in dementia research.

    The former Birmingham winger will make his formal announcement at today’s Annual General Meeting of the PFA.

    Taylor said: “A new chief executive will be elected following the recruitment procedure recommended by the Independent Review, and we have already made substantial progress in that direction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    EDO-VER HEELS IN LOVE WITH BIG MOVE

    Man Utd and Chelsea target Edouardo Camavinga admits he “drams of joining a “great club”.

    The Rennes midfielder, 18, who already has two full caps for France, has also attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Juventus.

    He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes.

    “I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FANDEMONIUM

    Premier League clubs will be playing in front of fans in just a WEEK'S time, the government has announced.

    Once lockdown comes to an end on December 2, supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums at capacities of up to 4,000.

    However, this will depend on which tier of Covid restrictions their local area is allocated.

    London is expected to remain in Tier 2 when lockdown ends.

    That would mean Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham all being allowed to host supporters but at a capacity of just two thousand.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROAD TO GLORY

    Oliver Giroud’s last minute strike against Rennes, coupled with Sevilla’s injury-time winner at Krasnodar, means the two group favourites are already through with two matches to spare.

    Next week’s game in Spain between them will effectively decide the group winners.

    The goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last month means Chelsea only need to avoid defeat to know a win over Krasnodar in their last game will be enough to finish top – unless Sevilla can put at least seven past Rennes in France.

    If Frank Lampard’s side win in Spain, they will be top irrespective of what happens in the final game.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOMORI NEVER KNOWS

    Chelsea will allow Fikayo Tomori go on loan in January, according to reports.

    The news will spark a scramble among Premier League teams for the England international.

    The Telegraph report that Tomori, 22, will be allowed to go out for the remainder of the season after falling down the pecking order.

    The one-cap centre-back is currently competing for a place with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

    He has only started in the Carabao Cup so far this term.

    Tomori rejected a deadline-day loan to West Ham at the 11th hour in October.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PLAYER STATS

    He may have started off slow, but Timo Werner is Chelsea's top scorer in the Premier League so far.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAL ON ME

  • Jake Lambourne

    SORT THIS MESS OUT

    Chelsea will 'definitely' be in the race to sign Lionel Messi if he is available next summer, claims Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: "Chelsea, definitely in the equation if Messi becomes available.

    All that is true."Messi looked set to leave the Nou Camp earlier this year after he handed in a transfer request.

    But the six-time Ballon d'Or decided to stay and see out the final year of his contract in Spain.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAB REPLY

    Mason Mount has claimed he's been watching Cesc Fabregas after the ex-Chelsea star praised the England intenartional.

    The Monaco midfielder lauded the performance of the former Derby loanee following his dazzling display against Rennes,

    He tweeted: "Mason Mount. Fantastic."

    To which Mount replied by saying: "Thanks magician, been watching your assists."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOUNTING CASE

    Frank Lampard has told critics to lay off Mason Mount and focus on his talent instead.

    The 21-year-old has copped abuse online and from a section of Blues fans for his performances this season.

    The Blues boss said: "I have a good relationship with Mason. Not as close as some people think and he knows that I'm there if he wants any guidance.

    'With Mason there's been talk and it's got to go away. I'm lucky to know him well at Derby in his breakthrough season in the Championship and he's been outstanding with the way he works off the ball.

    "I'm not going to undermine that and he has all the attributes to arrive high up the pitch and score more goals and make more assists."

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