9am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tomori snubs West Ham, Hudson-Odoi latest, Loftus-Cheek to Fulham, Rice update – The Sun
7th October 2020

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI teased his Bridge future after posting a cryptic Instagram picture of himself next to a private jet.

But the winger ultimately stayed put, as did Fikayo Tomori – who snubbed a loan to West Ham ten minutes before the transfer deadline.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jack Figg

    ROUD NOT TO

    Olivier Giroud is “convinced” he still has a future at Chelsea.

    Relegated behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the strikers' pecking order, the Frenchman knows there is plenty of time to make an impact this season.

    He remarked to reporters: “I’ve written a book called ‘Always Believe It’ so I’m not going to go anywhere without a fight.

    “There is competition but I will fight and we saw the rewards of that at the end of last season.

    “I am convinced that I have a role to play at Chelsea. We will see in January.”

  • Jack Figg

    FEELING THE WERN

    Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Timo Werner after he pulled out of Germany's game against Turkey through illness.

    Sky Sports reports Werner, 24, is yet to join up with the national team in Cologne and will miss Wednesday's friendly game.

    German assistant coach Marcus Sorg said on Monday: “Timo Werner has a slight cold and won't join up with the team today.”

    Sorg confirmed they are expecting him to arrive in the next few days ahead of the Nations League games against Ukraine and Switzerland on October 10 and 13.

    Blues team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz are set to start for Germany against Turkey.

  • Jack Figg

    KEP TALK

    Kepa admits he is shocked at being axed by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

    The keeper has been replaced by new man Edouard Mendy and now faces his biggest challenge to make it in English football.

    Kepa, 26, said: “I feel fine, strong, with confidence. The situation is not ideal, I wasn't expecting it, but we are footballers and we have to live through situations like this.

    “I am confident I can turn the situation around and, if I am given playing time I will try to do it the best I can”.

    “I work to play. I feel very good both at Chelsea and at the national squad. I play for a 'top' team and I feel privileged to be part of it”.

    “I want to play, that's for sure. I think day by day; in football it is very difficult to think long term because things can change, but one thing is certain is that I want to play.”

  • Jack Figg

    YOU'RE NOT A LOAN

    Chelsea have sent THREE more players out on loan as Marco van Ginkel, George McEachran and Juan Castillo take the loan army tally to 28 players.

    The Blues have sent all three players off to Holland for the 2020-21 season.

    Van Ginkel, 27, rejoins former club PSV Eindhoven – having not played a professional game in more than two years while recovering from a horror knee injury.

    Meanwhile, McEachran, 20, heads to MCC Maastricht and Castillo, also 20, links up with AZ Alkmaar.

    Dutch star Van Ginkel won two Eredivisie titles at PSV in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

    The midfielder was even captain for the second league win.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea’s loan army continues to grow with Ruben Loftus-Cheek completing a late night move to Fulham.

    On Tuesday, he was joined by George McEachran as he headed to MVV Maastricht and Malang Sarr, who has signed for Porto.

    Baba Rahman is also expected to make a move with Juan Castillo loaned to AZ.

    There is still space for another arrival though with 16-year-old goalkeeper Sami Tlemcani signing from Paris FC.

    Meanwhile, Kepa Arrizabalaga is confident he can force his way back into Frank Lampard’s good books after being dropped.

    He said: “The situation is not ideal, I wasn't expecting it, but we are footballers and we have to live through situations like this.

    “I am confident I can turn the situation around and, if I am given playing time I will try to do it the best I can.

    “I work to play. I feel very good both at Chelsea and at the national squad. I play for a 'top' team and I feel privileged to be part of it.

    “I want to play, that's for sure. I think day by day; in football it is very difficult to think long term because things can change, but one thing is certain is that I want to play.”

    Olivier Giroud believes he too can earn a fresh chance.

    The striker stated yesterday: “There is competition but I will fight and we saw the rewards of that at the end of last season.

    “I am convinced that I have a role to play at Chelsea. We will see in January.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

  • Marc Mayo

    KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

    Fran Kirby revealed she is still rebuilding her confidence after being told she may never play football again due to a rare heart condition.

    The Chelsea and England star, 27, has been on fire since her return, hitting twice in all three of the Blues’ top-flight games so far this season.

    Kirby was diagnosed with pericarditis – an inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the heart – in November.

    She made an emotional return to football in the Blues' win over Manchester City in the Community Shield at the end of August.

    And she told the club website: “I feel 100 per cent fit. I wouldn’t be playing if I didn’t,

    “That’s the most important thing I’ve learned over my career. I need to make sure that I’m looking after myself and that every time I step on the pitch I’m 100 per cent ready to go.”

  • Marc Mayo

    'NOT DUMB LADS'

    Wales defender Connor Roberts has also defended Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho.

    He told reporters: “It's down to them and I wouldn't say they are dumb lads.

    “They know what they've done was wrong. In the moment they probably didn't think of the consequences and for them it's not turned out the best.

    “I don't think you can be too harsh on them, they made a mistake and because of who they are they get more of a backlash.

    “It's disappointing for them, but hopefully a bonus for us in the long run.”

  • Marc Mayo

    CHIL OUT

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed Gareth Southgate’s words to the England squad after Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho broke coronavirus protocols.

    The Chelsea duo, plus Sancho, are expected to miss this week’s game with Wales.

    And Everton’s Calvert-Lewin said: “It's a difficult time.The boys have apologised and that's first and foremost what they needed to do but we all understand what it means to play for the country and you have to remember that at all times.

    “It's a tough situation but they've apologised so you have to move on.”

    “We had a welcome meeting [on Monday] and [Southgate] just reminded us what it means and the expectations of playing for England and you have to be extra, extra careful and follow the rules.

    “It's a unique moment in time and we always have to be extra attentive to those rules, and that's the way it is when you're representing your country.”

  • Marc Mayo

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Chelsea hero Pat Nevin expects Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to “explode” for Chelsea sooner rather than later.

    Neither German has made a huge impact at Stamford Bridge since their big money moves but Nevin believes it is only a matter of time.

    He told the club website: “We are still waiting for the expected explosion of goals from the newer players.

    “It still feels like Timo and Kai are just bubbling under ready to explode onto the scene.

    “For once I think the Chelsea staff might be absolutely delighted to see many of these players leave on international duty, but why?

    “I reckon the likes of Kai and Timo both need as many games as possible to get themselves not only up to their own levels of mid-season match fitness, but higher still to the level expected week in and week out in the Premier League.”

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Chalk another one for Chelsea’s loan army!

    Juan Castillo, as mentioned earlier, is off to AZ Alkmaar.

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Chelsea have signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Sami Tlemcani from Paris FC.

    The teenager will join up with the club's academy after spending two years with the Ligue 2 side.

    Tlemcani has been involved with Paris FC's first-team since the age of 15.

    The French club confirmed on their website that he has left on a permanent deal.

  • Marc Mayo

    LOFTY AMBITIONS

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek has posted his excitement on Instagram after heading on loan to Fulham.

    The Chelsea loanee said: “Delighted to join Fulham for the season. Can’t wait to get started!”

    View this post on Instagram

    Delighted to join @FulhamFC for the season. Can’t wait to get started! 🚀

    A post shared byRuben loftus-cheek (@rlc) on

  • Marc Mayo

    CAST OFF

    Juan Castillo is set to leave Chelsea and join the club’s loan army.

    The left-back is strongly linked with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

    Last season, the Dutchman headed back to former club Ajax for a spell with their reserve side after leaving Amsterdam for West London in 2016.

  • Marc Mayo

    BYE, GEORGE!

    George McEachran is following older brother Josh’s footsteps to join Chelsea’s loan army.

    The 20-year-old midfielder has signed for Dutch club MVV Maastricht for the season.

    After a short spell with SC Cambuur last campaign, the midfielder will be hoping for regular game time in the Netherlands.

    Chelsea have also confirmed the departures of youth players Jordan Aina and Marcel Lavinier, while Charlie Brown’s loan at Union SG has been ended.

  • Marc Mayo

    YOU’RE THE MAN

    Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman could be leaving on loan again this month.

    Watford and Middlesbrough are named by Goal as two clubs wanting to sign the Ghana defender.

    Rahman, 26, has spent time with Schalke, Reims and Mallorca after costing the Blues £14million in 2015.

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Malang Sarr has signed for Porto on loan from Chelsea.

    The 21-year-old moves after moving to Stamford Bridge as a free agent in the summer.

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE LIKE A KEPA

    Kepa Arrizabalaga admits he is shocked at being axed by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

    The keeper has been replaced by new man Edouard Mendy and now faces his biggest challenge to make it in English football.

    Kepa, 26, said: “I feel fine, strong, with confidence. The situation is not ideal, I wasn't expecting it, but we are footballers and we have to live through situations like this.

    “I am confident I can turn the situation around and, if I am given playing time I will try to do it the best I can”.

    “I work to play. I feel very good both at Chelsea and at the national squad. I play for a 'top' team and I feel privileged to be part of it”.

    “I want to play, that's for sure. I think day by day; in football it is very difficult to think long term because things can change, but one thing is certain is that I want to play”.

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT A-LOAN

    Fans were left stunned last week as Chelsea announced the shock news of Ross Barkley's loan to Aston Villa.

    And when Ruben Loftus-Cheek's loan move to Fulham was confirmed yesterday, the England international became one of 25 players this season to be farmed out temporarily by the Blues.

    In being temporarily discarded by Chelsea, the midfield pair find themselves in pretty decent company.

    The Blues shipping out plenty of players on loan is nothing new, with 'loan army' jibes from supporters of other clubs having been going around for years.

    And this summer has been no different with Barkley, 26, and Loftus-Cheek, 24, waving goodbye to Stamford Bridge for the season.

  • Marc Mayo

    FOOTING THE BILL

    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) and Ben Chilwell (£50m).

    Manchester City were unsurprisingly second biggest spenders, splashing cash on Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£37m) early on in the window.

    Burnley, meanwhile, hardly spent a penny, snapping up only Dale Stephens and Will Norris.

  • Marc Mayo

    LANG WAY HOME

    Malang Sarr is nearing an exit from Chelsea.

    Signed in the summer as a free agent from Nice, the centre-back was eyed for a loan move and is now heading to Porto.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on the deal being signed off by Frank Lampard.

  • John Hutchinson

    'I DO LOVE TEA'

    Reece James was delighted to join England's training camp – because he was given tea.

    The Chelsea full-back has made a decent start to the season as he challenges club captain Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back slot.

    James was handed a box of tea bags when he arrived at England training – and he was delighted with that gift!

  • John Hutchinson

    HE OS DONE WELL

    Chelsea shared this blast from the past from one of their former players.

    Oscar is currently plying his trade out in China for Shanghai SIPG.

    Could he fancy another crack at the Premier League? His current wages of £400,000 over in the CSL might say no.

  • John Hutchinson

    'FOLLOW THE RULES'

    Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham, as well as Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, have been left out the squad for Thursday's friendly with Wales.

    The high profile stars flouted coronavirus rules to attend Abraham's packed 23rd birthday bash on Saturday but they will escape police action.

    Around 20 friends and family were gathered at the surprise party for the Chelsea striker with pictures showing no social distancing among the group.

    Gareth Southgate is furious at the latest Covid gaffe by members of his squad and will warn the entire squad of their future conduct.

    Coronavirus laws ban people from mixing in groups of more than six, with fines of up to £10,000.

  • John Hutchinson

    PLAYING FOR KEPS

    He is still at Stamford Bridge, and blunder goalie Kepa isn't prepared to give up on his dreams just yet.

    The Blues signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes, and he has immediately taken the No1 role.

    But Spanish stopper Kepa is reayd to fight for his spot.

    Speaking to journalists at a Spain presser, the 26-year-old said: “I am confident to turn the situation around.

    “When I have the opportunity to play I will try to do it the best possible.”

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