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Frank Lampard could return to management in no time

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Chelsea have parted ways with their legendary former midfielder, Frank Lampard as manager on Monday after 18 months in charge over unsatisfactory results.

His uncle Harry Redknapp holds the opinion that the former Chelsea midfielder could be signing up at Parkhead anytime soon if the Celtic job comes up for grabs.

Redknapp spoke exclusively to Record Sport shortly after the shock news of Lampard’s sack as Chelsea boss and was quick to link him to Celtic as a front runner to take over from Neil Lennon.

Should this happen, Frank Lampard will go toe-to-toe with old rival Steven Gerrard in a box office battle for supremacy at the top of Scotland’s Premiership.

Harry Redknapp said: “That’s certainly something that would interest any manager. It’s a great football club to come and manage, that’s for sure.

“Neil Lennon is still there so I wouldn’t want to talk too much about someone else taking his job but obviously it would be interesting to see Frank in direct opposition to Steven Gerrard.

“I don’t know whether, if the Celtic job came up, it would be something that would interest Frank. Obviously, Neil Lennon is still in charge and I wouldn’t want to see him lose his job.

“Would Frank want to jump straight back in if it did become available? I wouldn’t know. But you could certainly see the appeal.”

Redknapp’s claim is followed by Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell’s promise to conduct a review of Lennon’s position in January. Frank Lampard will now be listed as one of the managers that could take up the job as he is now available.

Announcing his sack, Roman Abramovich said “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.” he said in an official club statement.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances, we believe it is best to change managers.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

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Arteta hints on why David Luiz isn’t leaving Arsenal anytime soon

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Arsenal boss has been full of praise for Brazilian international, David Luiz which gives an hint that he would not be leaving the club anytime soon.

Owing to his age and his level at the moment, it was expected that the former Chelsea defender would be signing out of the Emirates Stadium in the summer but that wasn’t the case.

The fact that the North London outfit now boast of younger defenders, including Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holdings and on loan William Saliba, makes pundits speculate a shorter spell for Luiz, rather, Mikel Arteta has showered praise on him as a role model to the younger ones.

Also, David Luiz has been described as a liability, a blundering Brazilian prone to game-changing errors, Mikel Arteta has some sweet words for him.

“They listen to him because of who he is and what he has done in the game,” Arteta said. “But also because of how he behaves every day, how professional he is and how he goes about the job. He is one of the key role models.”

“Even at this age he is always looking at his games and clips, all the time asking questions. When that happens you can still improve as a player and I think that’s why he is performing the way he is.

“He is a really honest man with himself. He has won everything and it is a joy to work with him.”
There have been no formal discussions over a new contract yet, although Arteta says they are in a “good position” as they talk “all the time about this kind of thing”.

He added that “This season has been really tough in the beginning because he’s been through some injuries but he’s kept at it, he understood his role, he knows his role in the team, he’s one of our leaders and he’s so willing to keep improving”

Asked if he spoke to Luiz about an extension, Arteta replied: ‘No, there are still a few months to go on that. I all the time talk to him about this kind of thing so we’re in a good position.

“He showed his character first of all with the decision he made to join the club when he was with a club where he was winning trophies and he was still comfortable and under contract.

“And he wanted a challenge. And at that age it tells you everything because normally at that age the challenge is not sporting but more a financial decision that you take to go to a different country.”

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Chelsea defender is wanted in Brazil

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Thiago Silva has barely stayed with Chelsea for a year but he is already attracting interests from his country home, Brazil as his childhood club, Fluminense wants him back.

Fluminense manager Marco issued a transfer plea to Thiago Silva to join the club as soon as his contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season.

Thiago had a youth career with the Brazilian outfit before graduating to their senior team, He later left for AC Milan in January 2009.

Marco was signed by Fluminense to replace Odair Hellmann and wants to work with his former teammate, having played together in the Brazilian outfit.

Marco shared details of a text message conversation between the pair in which the Chelsea defender hinted he could return to assist him in the future.

Right on time, he [Silva] saw the message and said: ‘I’m going there to assist you,” Marco revealed in a press conference on Wednesday, as reported by Globo Esporte.

“I said: ‘Hey! Not as an assistant, come to play here, come to help us, you’ll be very welcome’. A great affection, we exchange messages every day.

“Somehow, we help out there. And in the same way, he helps here. God willing, soon he’ll be here with us too, being able to help on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Silva could be staying at Chelsea beyond this season after admitting last month that he hopes to earn an extended deal to his one-year contract, having had an impactful stay so far.

“I have learned in [a lot of different competitions] and I use it to help young players.

“This is my first experience in the Premier League. I hope to continue to play well and that my contract will be renewed.”

The 36-year-old joined Chelsea on a free transfer after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired at the end of last season. He signed a one-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

He has formed a great partnership with the defender and the Blues are already thinking of an extension.

“I’ve seen the reports and there is an option in Thiago’s contract that we can look at as the season goes on.

“Obviously the way he is playing at the minute we are very happy, so that’s the end of it really. I’m surprised it’s come out in that way.”

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Chelsea player put big clubs on transfer alert

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Antonio Rudiger seems to be having his last days at Stamford Bridge with the West London outfit Chelsea with claims that the club have made up their mind to sell him in summer transfer.

This development has placed a lot of clubs on alert, including Serie A duo, AC Milan, and Juventus, alongside Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona. The mentioned clubs have got a concrete interest in him.

However, the Spanish giants seem to be favorites in the chase of Antonio Rudiger as he is interested in a new challenge, away from what he has known in the past. He wants a bigger and thinks Barcelona can offer him that challenge.

Antonio Rudiger has had an experience of the Italian Serie A, having played with AS Roma. The league might no longer be attractive to the Blues player anymore.

Chelsea want £18 million for the star player who is already in the market ahead of the summer transfer window. He could bid goodbye after four years at the Stamford Bridge.

However, the Blues seem to be making efforts to keep Antonio Rudiger at the club for more years as he hinted that something has been happening as it relates to his stay.

“I’m satisfied with how the situation has developed in the past weeks, now I see myself as a permanent part of the team. I had a tough time, so I also checked other transfer options but I received positive signals from the coaching team.”

Should Antonio Rudiger leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, he would be remembered for his role in convincing Timo Werner to join the Blues in the summer transfer window.

The centre-half has also been impressed with how quickly his fellow countryman has settled in the Premier League.
“The league has accepted Timo really well,’ Rudiger said.

“Timo integrated into the team and the league very quickly. He can use his speed very well, causes defenders huge problems and exudes confidence all the time.”

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger’s choice of a move will depend on his chances of playing in the Champions League as well as the playing time that would be handed to him at the prospective new club.

He seeks to be relevant at the international team and will do all it takes to keep playing to be able to get a place in the Dutch national team ahead of the European competitions coming up.

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