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Romano hints of a big shake at Chelsea

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Speculations are mounting about manager Frank Lampard with claims that he would be sacked by the West London outfit Chelsea after some negative results but that is yet to happen as the club is yet to make any decision.

Respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has now revealed on his ‘Here We Go Podcast’ that there was an agonising situation going on behind closed doors at Chelsea but was clear about the fact that nothing has happened yet.

“No decision has been made on Frank Lampard yet, but the board are furious with what is going on and something could happen in the coming hours,” he said.

This is after the Blues suffered another Premier League defeat this midweek at the hands of Leicester City, condemning the team to just two wins in their last eight league outings and manager Frank Lampard is taking the heat.

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However, a German-speaking coach is reportedly being considered to take over from Lampard and the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Ralph Hynick have been mentioned as possible options.

Free-agent Thomas Tuchel was also among the potential candidates because of his skill set that matched Chelsea’s criteria, plus his current availability.
Frank Lampard has admitted that his future is uncertain when he spoke to Sky Sports “(My future) is not my decision, that’s something that will always be there. You always understand some things are beyond your control.”

“It intensified for me a while ago – expectations at this club, right or wrong, are always high. I know we’re in a different position if you look at our squad today and the age in our squad, and look at the composition of our squad, it’s a new squad. I keep talking about transition, but when you perform like that it’s normal that people ask questions.”

“I’m worried,” he admitted. “From the form we were in to get so quickly into the form we’re in, even with the Fulham win, we should be better than that. Five losses in eight, that’s not where we want to be, it’s going to take a lot of character to return from that.

“They were sleeping moments, but there were quite a lot in the first half where our sharpness wasn’t there. Sometimes that relates to poor form, but those are moments where you have to dig in. The basics and the bare minimums are to run, sprint and cover ground – too many of our players didn’t do it.”

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Pundit hints possible United deal with Chelsea star, gives reasons why it should never happen

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Football pundit Noel Whelan has hinted that Man United are eyeing to seal up a deal to land N’Golo Kante from Chelsea.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the incoming manager Erik ten Hag should look to “build something for the future” rather than signing a “quick fix” in the 31-year-old.

A report claims that Ten Hag is also targeting Aurelien Tchouameni, Frenkie de Jong, and Declan Rice alongside Kante.

Kante, who has started 19 Premier League games this term, is out of contract at the end of next season, the reason why the Dutch manager wants to take up the advantage.

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Whelan insisted that Man United should not be targeting players over 30 this summer.

He also suggested Kante’s lack of resale value makes a deal an unattractive proposition.

“I’d like to see Man United looking to bring in much younger players,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I don’t see the point of getting players in who are 31 or 32. They need freshening up all over the park, and to do that they need to get young talent through the door.

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“Don’t get me wrong, N’Golo Kante is an exceptional player. He can still be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League on his day.

“But what is the point of signing players for two years?

“It’ll take a transfer fee – and they won’t get anything back for him in a couple of years.

“The fans will like to think Ten Hag is looking to build something for the future rather than just looking for a quick fix.”

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Declan Rice’s teammate speaks on his move to either Chelsea or United

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West Ham’s Michail Antonio has been asked about the possible departure of Chelsea and Manchester United target Declan Rice.

Rice, 23, has just two years left on his contract and has rejected the Hammers’ offer of an eight-year extension which would boost his wages to £200,000-a-week.

Chelsea and Manchester United are both keen to land him this summer with the Premier League giants in need of a top quality central-midfielder.

His teammate Antonio was asked if he has tried to make Rice stay at West Ham but the Jamaican international refused to be drawn on the topic.

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his teammate Antonio was asked if he has tried to make Rice stay at West Ham but the Jamaican international refused to be drawn on the topic.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ‘Dec has not even touched his best yet. He is unbelievable. What I see every day in training, he’s got so much more to do, got so much more to learn.

‘But what he’s doing right now, he’s up there with one of the best in the Premier League already.

‘Whatever Dec wants to do, I’ll be happy for him. I love him as a player. I love him as a person. So his decision is his at the end of the day.’

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United, Chelsea, Liverpool target confirms his future and makes it public

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Jude Bellingham has told all his targets that he is staying at Borussia Dortmund next season as he thanked the German giants for aiding his development over the past two campaigns.

A host of EPL sides including Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool are keen on the signature of the youngster and they are all tipped to make an attempt this summer

‘The only future I think about is the next game for Dortmund,’ he told Ruhr Nachrichten BVB.

‘I look forward to next season. I look forward to it starting again. But yes, I will be here next season and I will be ready.

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‘My destiny is in my own hands and I know that if I try hard and trust the people around me, I can move forward.

‘I came from England as a young talent. There was not much pressure. The first season went well. There were also matches where I sat on the bench and sometimes I did not play at all.

‘I think my development this year has meant that I have played a bigger role in every game except two. I am very grateful to Dortmund for the way they have nurtured my talent.

‘I think a lot of the credit goes to the coaching staff and the staff who keep the noise around me. In this way I can only focus on winning matches, because that’s what I’m here for.’

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United, Liverpool, Chelsea told why they should not be threatened by Erling Haaland’s arrival to the EPL

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Man United were also interested in the signature of Erling Haaland but he opted to join Man City ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, the striker, who has established himself as one of the best in the world is seen as a threat to all EPL teams especially those that are rivals to Man City, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

But in his analysis, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann said there is no need to be threatened as he noted that Erling Haaland has injury concerns.

During his time in Germany, Haaland has struggled with hip and muscular injuries and Hamann believes it should be enough to cause concern for City.

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‘It’s great news for the Premier League, it’s great news for City obviously. He’s a tremendous player,’ Hamann told talkSPORT.

‘He took the Bundesliga by storm and I think he averages a goal a game and did well for Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

‘Obviously this is the next step. It was all planned to go to Austria to play there for a year and a half, play in the Bundesliga and now he has to cut it in the Premier League. I have no doubt he will.

‘The only worry I would have about him is that he has had quite a few muscle injuries over the last 12 months and missed a lot of football.

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‘That’s one thing they have to be wary of.

‘I’m not sure if he can get any faster because he’s lightning quick already.

‘The thing with him is he will also give 100 per cent on the pitch. Sometimes he has to channel himself because he’s been out for a few weeks, plays the first game and was then chasing the goalkeeper from the halfway line and broke down again.

‘He’s still learning with his body as to whether he can get fitter and stronger. He probably can get stronger, but I’m not sure he can get much quicker as he’s lightning quick.

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‘It is terrifying because he has so much power, when he opens his legs he’s hard to stop. He’s a great finisher for his height and physique.

‘He’s got a great left foot on him, he finishes alright with his right as well. If there’s one weakness, I don’t really want to call it a weakness, but it is his heading.

‘But he doesn’t need to head that often because he scores with his feet.’

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Chelsea, United target to head to Liverpool after transfer advice is given

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged his former club to beat Man United and Chelsea for West Ham United star Declan Rice in the summer.

Both Chelsea and Man United have been long time suitors for the midfielder but leaving the London club has been a difficult thing to achieve. He could now be heading to Liverpool after the advice given.

Murphy said Liverpool should beat their EPL rivals for the signature of the midfielder.

‘Declan Rice for me 100%,’ Murphy told Anfield Watch, on behalf of The Punters Page, when asked who Liverpool should sign.

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‘I think if you’re looking for a Jordan Henderson replacement, then you need somebody who could be there for the next ten years.

‘Rice is a super athlete; he can get box-to-box like Henderson and he leads others around him.

‘He doesn’t have to play the holding role, but he could if Fabinho got injured, and I think he could become a great number eight in a better side.

‘He’ll be able to get forward more and score goals which he has shown at times.

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‘I know he’ll be really expensive, and Liverpool won’t pay that sort of money, but if you’re asking me from a fan’s mindset and a pundit mindset, then if Liverpool were to only sign Declan Rice it would be a phenomenal signing.

‘But as I say I think it would be unlikely.’

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Chelsea midfielder can’t hide this, veteran United player has always been his model

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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has opened up on growing up admiring Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo as his model.

Mount narrates the influence Cristiano Ronaldo had on him as a player.

In his words “I think everyone has seen the video of when I was younger basing my free kick off him,” he said over the weekend. “I always watched him very closely when he was at United as a young kid. I loved the way he played, his free kicks.

“I’m a massive Pompey fan, so I went to the game when they played at Old Trafford and he scored that free-kick against David James. I was actually at the game, in the corner so I saw it first hand and I think after that I kind of fell in love with the technique and what he’d done and him as a player.

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“So I always try to look at and work out, what can I do, to put it into my game? But now to play against him and be up against him is the journey that you go on from watching someone in the stands as a fan and then to being on the same pitch and playing against them. It’s a crazy journey and yeah, that’s why I love football so much.”

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Roy Keane mocks United over attempt to sign this Chelsea star

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Roy Keane has mocked Man United over their attempt to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

He therefore, stated that he is not surprised that the player turned down the chance to join Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer.

Asked how big of a loss Rudiger will be for Chelsea, Keane told Sky Sports: ‘Huge loss, huge loss, obviously for what he does on the football pitch.

‘He’s a big character, very, very good player of course.

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‘But I reckon what he brings to the dressing room and on the training ground day in, day out, he’s going to be a big loss to them. He’s been outstanding this season, the fact his contract’s been up.

‘Obviously that’s probably motivated him as well to get a better deal, it’s not worked out at Chelsea for obvious reasons with sanctions etc.

‘But he’s got a great move and I have no doubt about him, he’ll finish the season strongly, he just seems that type of character.’

Asked if he felt United should have made a move for Rudiger, Keane replied: ‘I guess they probably did try to approach him.

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‘I think they have done but he’s thought, ‘no, I want to win some trophies’.’

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Danny Murphy tells Chelsea, United target to make his choice now

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Former player Danny Murphy has asked Chelsea and Man United target Declan Rice to make his decision now so as to make a move this summer transfer window.

Both Premier League giants have been on the trail of the England international and this summer presents them with another opportunity to land him.

The former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Murphy believes Rice should not be patiently waiting for a big money move, but should consider his chances of winning a trophy when he wants to make the decision.

Murphy told talkSPORT: ‘If I’m him, I’m going.

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‘Are you going to deprive yourself of another season not being able to win the Premier League and the Champions League?

‘West Ham fans will get frustrated with people saying it constantly because they’ve had it before.’

The 23-year-old has already made 189 appearances for the Irons but has reportedly rejected several new contract offers from the club.

West Ham manager David Moyes has been reluctant to comment on the transfer saga, saying: ‘We like Dec and he’s got time to go on his contract, so I don’t think there is any big panic.

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‘It isn’t the biggest priority. We’ve got other priorities, trying to add to the squad and get other positions in.

‘Maybe he just wants more money. People do turn down contracts. It is not unusual for players at clubs to turn down contracts, maybe it is a negotiation tactic.’

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