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Lampard and Kepa clash over Chelsea future

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard might clash with out-of-favour goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga over his future after insisting that the player would stay at the club against his wish.

Kepa Arrizabalaga joined the West London outfit as a world-record signing as a goalkeeper in a £71million deal from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but has not been at his best to convince manager Frank Lampard. He has gone down the pecking order and cannot be trusted due to the high-profile mistakes he made earlier on.

The Blues boss had to bring in Edouard Mendy from French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in September for a £20 million fee, and he has since nailed his place as the number 1 choice, keeping nine clean sheets with the West London club already.

The last time Kepa Arrizabalaga started a game for Chelsea was in the 3-3 draw against Southampton on October 17 and he has only made one match-day squad since then.

Knowing that he has already lost his place in the team, the Spanish shot-stopper wants to leave Stamford Bridge, and he is willing to take a pay-cut to sanction a loan move in order to play regularly to get his career back on track in the January window. With the summer’s European Championship approaching, there is a need to play regularly to secure national team calls.

It is expected that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s stay at Chelsea is over but Frank Lampard is confident he can still get the nod with the Blues legend stating that there is no pressure to sell the out-of-favour goalkeeper. He added that the club has never made any move to sell the Spanish goalkeeper.

Frank Lampard has, therefore, hinted that Kepa Arrizabalaga will be in the goal post when they return for the Champions League for the clash against Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The Blues have qualified and have the luxury of rotating the squad.

Frank Lampard expressed satisfaction with the attitude of the goalkeeper, noting that he has been patient and training hard.

His words are as follows; “I have to do the right thing game by game of course. And Mendy has made himself a permanent fixture at this point.

“Because the pressure to win games means I pick people in form, goalkeeper, striker, winger, whoever. But at the same time with the game tomorrow it’s obviously an opportunity to give Edou a rest and Kepa a game; he’s been training well, and he deserves it.

“And obviously with Edou’s form, he’s been a very regular pick for me. But of course, for this game it’s a game for Kepa, who’s training brilliantly well, acting brilliantly well.

“These periods will happen in players’ careers, and sometimes they will make you stronger and better at the other end. So I’ve got no qualms about putting him back in.”

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Chelsea player that is “a killer” revealed

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Former prolific midfielder, Joe Cole, has revealed that in Romelu Lukaku, The blues now have a “killer” in their squad who will score more goal.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a slim 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

That was Romelu Lukaku fourth goal in four matches since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98million deal from Inter Milan this summer.

Joe Cole has accepted the fact that Romelu Lukaku was not at his best against Zenit, but said his powerful nature makes him the perfect man to lead the team under Thomas Tuchel.

“I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season.

“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was delivered there was only going to be one winner, he’s a great finisher,” Cole said on BT Sport.

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Legend ignores Man Utd, names six teams that can win champions league

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Experienced legend, Danny Murphy has listed the six clubs he thinks can win the Champions League this season.

His list include title holders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Manchester United was not mentioned.

Danny Murphy predicts English clubs could be a dominant force in Europe this campaign, with Chelsea hoping to defend the title they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s champions league final.

For Liverpool, they reached successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019 and would be eager to challenge for another this seasonn.

Danny Murphy insists Manchester City are one of the favorites as with Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

Asked which teams he expects to challenge for the Champions League title, Murphy told MailSport:

“I personally think the winners will come from one of six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

“Atletico are an outsider because Diego Simeone has matchwinners in Luis Suarez and Griezmann in addition to the remarkable team spirit he’s fostered.”

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Tammy Abraham ‘fits the bill’ as an Arsenal signing, says Winterburn

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With Arsenal interested in the signature of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, they have been told by their hero, Nigel Winterburn that the England international fits the profile of a potential signing for the club.

Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Chelsea this summer as the Blues continue their pursuit of Erling Haaland. He is also out of favour at the club with lack of playing time. He earned 22 Premier League appearances last term, scoring six goals which is not enough for him.

Reacting to the news, Winterburn said (via Goal): “He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.

“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.

“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.

“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”

He will replace French striker, Alexandre Lacazette who is also opened to leaving the Emirates Stadium for £15 million after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season.

When asked about Lacazette, Winterburn continued: “Arsenal shouldn’t sell Lacazette unless they’ve got an upgrade in place. I wouldn’t let him go until we have secured another striker. I’ve said that all along.

“Lacazette is a different striker to anything Arsenal have at the club. When he’s in top form, he holds the ball up well, his link-up play is good.

“I suppose his strike rate is not the very, very best of what you want, but then we are not at the very, very top of the league either at the moment as well.

“So personally, at the moment, I don’t want to see him go, unless we’ve got someone coming in that’s going to excite me.

“I wouldn’t let him go and then we haven’t got anybody else to bring in. For me, that’s just way too risky.”

He’s been linked with a surprise move across London. Reports have suggested Arsenal are monitoring his situation and could make an offer if Chelsea decide to leave him leave.

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