Frank Lampard reveals “one of the things” he loves about Tammy Abraham

Frank Lampard has revealed one of the things he loves about Tammy Abraham despite the fact that the Chelsea striker has not scored a single goal for the club at senior level.

The 21-year-old missed the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shootout defeat against Liverpool in the Super Cup showdown on Wednesday in Istabul.

However, Lampard has praised the England international’s desire to get off the mark for Chelsea and believes Abraham will be firing on all cylinders in no time.

‘Tammy is always desperate to score and that’s one of the things I love about him,’ Lampard said in his press conference on Friday. ‘He gets in positions regularly and that’s an indication of his character that he’s not hiding.’

Following his miss in Wednesday’s penalty shootout defeat, Abraham was the target of horrific vitriol on social media where a handful of users aimed racist abuse at the youngster, the Daily Mail report.

Chelsea have vowed to take ‘the strongest possible action’ against any supporter behind the racist comments while several of Abraham’s colleagues and loved ones have supported the striker before condemning the tweets.

Lampard branded Chelsea fans who racially abused Abraham following Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool ‘disgusting’.

‘Tammy is obviously disappointed – more than disappointed,’ Lampard said.

‘I am particularly disgusted by the so-called Chelsea fan. We saw the different ends of the spectrum on Wednesday evening. Tammy Abraham asked me to take the fifth penalty – he wanted stand up and be brave with the world watching.

‘At the same time, moments afterwards someone sitting behind a keyboard sends the most disgusting possible you can say.

‘I don’t know these platforms can allow this. It’s too easy. Something needs to be done as well as people completely changing their mindsets.

‘I’m so angry for Tammy and for us as a club. It’s not what we’re about. The club does a lot of work against discrimination at all levels. It’s a setback when these things happen.

‘I’ve spoken with Tammy. He’s a strong character. I love his character, he’s infectious around the place. He’s a confident boy around the pitch who wants to really do well for this football club.

‘He has an opportunity to do that this year. He’s a great young man and he’s experienced something there that is not right at all levels. It will be a test of that character that he shouldn’t need.’

Antonio Conte on verge of re-uniting with hatchet man as Inter Milan are handed transfer price

Antonio Conte is gradually moving closer to a reunion with his former midfield hatchet man as Barcelona have reportedly agreed to sell Arturo Vidal.

The Chile international is now 32 years old and would relish the opportunity to reunite with his former Juventus Coach Conte.

Barcelona are prepared to sell Vidal for €20m, according to Catalan paper Sport, with Inter certainly interested.

His contract with Barcelona runs to June 2021, as he only made the €18m move from Bayern Munich last summer.

According to Sport, Vidal is potentially on the transfer market if someone meets the €20m asking price.

Football Italia report that Paris Saint-Germain are also candidates, but Inter would be at the front of the queue to bring Vidal back to Serie A.

Vidal played 112 games under Conte’s guidance at Juve, scoring 34 goals and providing 19 assists.

Barcelona confirm Coutinho’s move as Brazilian snubs Paris Saint-Germain

Reports in Spain state that Barcelona have confirmed “there is a basic agreement” for Philippe Coutinho to join Bayern Munich on loan after he reportedly rejected PSG as part of a Neymar bid.

Director Guillermo Amor spoke to Movistar+ before tonight’s Liga game against Athletic Club and was asked why Coutinho was not even on the bench.

“There is a basic agreement with Bayern,” confirmed Amor as cited by Football Espana.

“Due to the circumstances, it may well come out, so we are going to acknowledge that.”

It’s reported to be a dry one-season loan, so without option to buy.

According to several reports in Spain, Italy and Germany, Coutinho had been proposed to Paris Saint-Germain as part of the deal for Neymar.

“The Coutinho news is true and it has come out, but with Neymar it’s better not to say too much. He is a PSG player and we have a game this evening, so should focus on winning that,” added Amor.

Former Chelsea star supports Frank Lampard’s decision to offload David Luiz

Emmanuel Petit has thrown his weight behind Frank Lampard over his decision to sell David Luiz.

According to the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, the Blues will not live to regret offloading the Brazilian to the Gunners.

The 32-year-old was offloaded after Frank Lampard made it clear that Luiz wasn’t guaranteed a starting spot.

Petit said: “The fact that David Luiz left the club the way he did tells me that Lampard told him he was not going to feature regularly in his team.

“Luiz is 32 years old, and Lampard knows what he’s like as a player and was fine with showing him the door – I don’t think that’s the issue here.

“For me, it should have been done earlier and that’s the problem. I’m not very happy seeing players moving clubs when the competitions are starting, it just causes trouble.

“But for me, Lampard sent a clear message to Luiz by showing him the door, that he is not his priority, so I doubt he regrets his decision.”

Frank Lampard replies critics who label him “inexperienced”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists he has no fear of being labelled “inexperienced” by critics despite suffering defeat in his first two games in charge of the club.

Chelsea have suffered two defeats already this season.

A 4-0 hammering to Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League was followed by their loss in the Uefa Super Cup to Liverpool on Wednesday.

And now they face a tough test against Leicester City on Saturday with some major injury concerns.

Lampard told BT Sport’s Sport in Focus: “You don’t know [about your abilities] until you start the job.

“It is easy to rely on my 21 years of playing, but it is different when you come to the other side.

“One thing I learnt a lot about myself was when you see something, or feel something, it is how you deal with it to improve.

“It is quite easy sometimes to coach, and things happen in training, but you have to wait for the right moment where you can have a moment of improvement, either individually or for the group.

“I am not trying to blow my own trumpet here because there are people who do it who are the best in the world.

“We know about Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp and how they work, because we see the results of it.

“What I am more interested in is the detail behind the scenes, the moments one-on-one, sometimes off the pitch, and the moments which are crucial when you work with the team as a group and on how you want to play.”

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Eden Hazard forks out £10m on futuristic mansion in Madrid

Eden Hazard has forked out £10m on a futuristic mansion in the heart of the Spanish capital as he looks to get settled before the new season.

The Belgium international completed his £150m move from Chelsea to Real Madrid after a 7-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

‘Casa de Hazard’ can be found in the plush La Finca neighbourhood, which is renown for being a popular spot to live for his Real Madrid team-mates.

The state-of-the-art mansion, which was designed by architect Joaquin Torres, according to the Daily Mail, boasts six bedrooms for his wife Natacha and their three sons – Yannis, Leo and Samy.

The luxurious pad also features a swimming pool, spa, gym, a cinema room and tennis courts out in the garden, so Hazard and his family can stay active in the comfort of their own home.

The former Chelsea star will be desperate to be comfortable right away in his new surroundings as he prepares for his debut in La Liga.

Hazard reportedly arrived at the Bernabeu overweight after enjoying some time off with his family.

The forward is expected to feature in Zinedine Zidane’s plan for the season-opener against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Hazard has had time to get back into shape and is now expected to burden the load for Real Madrid going forward.

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Manchester United stars send messages to support Tammy Abraham after penalty shoot-out heartache

Manchester United stars Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have sent messages of support to Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker was targeted with racist abuse following his penalty miss against Liverpool in the Super Cup.

Chelsea and Liverpool were forced to settle the Super Cup with a shootout after it ended 2-2 after 120 minutes in Istanbul on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool scored all five of their penalties before Abraham had his effort saved by Adrian.

Abraham was subjected to a series of abusive posts on social media after the match, while Chelsea have condemned those responsible for the messages, the Metro report.

Rashford posted on Twitter: ‘Keep your head held high @tammyabraham we’ve all had them saved, that’s football.

We should be celebrating young English talent not this…’

Lingard posted a picture of himself with Abraham alongside the message: ‘Head up brother stand strong stand proud.’