Frank Lampard reveals when N’Golo Kante will return to training, may feature against Ajax

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that N’Golo Kante will return to first-team training this weekend.

The French midfielder has been plagued by injuries this season and has been absent since returning from the international break earlier this month.

He has not played since the 4-1 win at Southampton at the beginning of October with a series of hamstring, knee and ankle knocks restricting him to just three Premier League starts this term.

Sportsmail quoted Lampard as saying: ‘He’s going to hopefully join training in the next two or three days. Hopefully. He’s important, he’s a top player.

This weekend’s trip to Watford may come soon but he is expected to be included for the visit of Ajax next Tuesday.

Antonio Conte’s former key player wants to reunite with Inter Milan boss, says “I lived very nice moments with Antonio Conte”

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has hinted that he would love to work under Antonio Conte again amid rumours he will join Inter this January.

A report in Gazzetta dello Sport reiterates Inter boss Conte has highlighted the central midfield area for strengthening this coming window.

The Chilean scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Real Valladolid in a La Liga match this week.

But before Tuesday clash, he started just one match this season for the Blaugrana and played little over 200 minutes.

Vidal is said to be unhappy at his playing time at Barcelona and, according to Football Espana, could be open to a January move to Conte’s side, while the same is true for Matic – even if only one is likely to join.

“Interest from Inter? I lived very nice moments with Antonio Conte,” Vidal admitted in an interview with Chilean outlet El Mercurio, as cited by Marca.

“The quality leap I enjoyed was thanks to him. In football the most important thing is trust and when a Coach of that prestige gives it to you, then you improve a lot.”

Last week, Calciomercato cited Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting that the central midfielder could now join the Milanese club this January, along with Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.

In August, a report in FcInterNews claimed that the Nerazzurri had received positive signals from the Catalan giants over the summer months over a possible move and that Vidal himself is open to the move.

The Chilean looked set for Inter last summer until the Blaugrana swooped in late to sign him from Bayern Munich.

Vidal, has previously consistently reiterated his desire to stay at the Camp Nou – where he played an important role in winning the title last season.

However, the arrival of Dutch international Frenkie De Jong at the club has pushed him further down the pecking order in Ernesto Valverde’s side, and Inter boss Antonio Conte is waiting to make an offer should he look to move on from Catalonia.

With two years still to run on his contract, Vidal will not be a cheap option, and the Blaugrana are likely to demand in the region of €25m for the 32-year old, if Conte wants to be reunited with the player he won three league titles with at Juventus.

“I would follow him everywhere, even in war,” he was once quoted as saying about the Coach.

Frank Lampard picks two Chelsea players for their superlative performances in Manchester United defeat

Frank Lampard was pleased with the performances of teenage duo Marc Guehi and Billy Gilmour despite Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup round of 16.

Chelsea’s seven game-winning run came to an end at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as a Marcus Rashford double cancelled out Michy Batshuayi’s strike to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Lampard took the opportunity to rotate his squad for the match, making six changes in total with Guehi replacing fellow academy graduate Fikayo Tomori in central defence and Gilmour coming into midfield in place of Mateo Kovacic.

Although Lampard was disappointed to see his team exit the competition, he took encouragement from the performances of Guehi, 19, and Gilmour, 18, saying that both proved themselves capable of playing at the top-level, report the Metro.

‘I thought Billy and Marc Guehi were both really good, Marc was as comfortable as anything,’ Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live after the match.

‘I’ve come away from tonight – obviously, we don’t want to lose and we know where this is in the competition – but at the same time, there’s lots of positives.

‘In the bigger picture, Marc Guehi’s performance showed that he’s more than comfortable at this level and Billy the same, he was bright.

‘It was a tough first half for him because he was trying to get free, trying to be positive and it wasn’t quite happening for him in a way, but I’m really pleased to see them both play so well.’

Both Guehi and Gilmour were handed their full first-team debuts for Chelsea during the 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town earlier on in the competition, while the latter has also featured against Sheffield United in the Premier League.

Guehi is yet to feature for the Blues in a top-flight match but he admitted that the team will look to bounce back from their setback against United when they face Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday.

‘The defeat is a tough one to take after such a good run of form, but the most important thing is to bounce back and recover and go again in the Premier League,’ Guehi said.

‘We played well in spells of the game. At half-time, the manager said to carry on what we were doing, keep moving the ball fast, but with a bit more intensity and a bit more zeal to our game.

‘That is what we tried to do and we came out fast and we came out strong. Michy scored a fantastic goal for us but unfortunately, we came away with a loss.’

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Juventus legend, his wife attacked by armed robbers at their villa in Italy

Reports in Italy state that Claudio Marchisio had his home burgled by armed robbers on Tuesday and was forced to give up his most prized possessions.

ANSA reports how four masked men jumped Marchisio and his wife Roberta at their villa in Turin last night.

The pair were threatened with pistols and screwdrivers to ensure they opened the safe containing some of their most valuable items.

The band of criminals would have then got away with jewels, cash and watches, of an unconfirmed but no less “large” value.

According to Football Italia, the incident is currently being investigated by the local police, who are studying surveillance cameras in the area.

The 33-year-old had not long returned to northern Italy after leaving Zenit St Petersburg over the summer and retiring from professional football.

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Chelsea fans beg Frank Lampard to start wonder kid against Manchester United in Carabao Cup clash

Reports in England claim Chelsea fans have begged Frank Lampard to start wonder kid Billy Gilmour against Manchester United this evening.

The Blues are looking for revenge in the Carabao Cup clash at Stamford Bridge after being hammered 4-0 at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Both sides are expected to make numerous changes for the fourth-round tie, with Chelsea ready to hand starts to the likes of Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Ross Barkley.

However, supporters are especially eager to see 18-year-old Scot Gilmour in action.

The former Rangers youngster, who joined Chelsea in 2017, made his senior debut in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United before putting in a top-quality performance in the 7-1 Carabao Cup third-round win over Grimsby Town.

Current midfield pivot Jorginho is in need of a rest after already playing in 14 games this term.

And fans are desperate to see Gilmour get another shot in the starting XI, with the teen recently catching the eye in the U23’s 3-1 win over rivals Arsenal, report The Sun.

Lampard said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday that there will be opportunities for players who haven’t been involved in recent matches, irrespective of their age.

Responding to the comments, one fan tweeted: “Gilmour madness incoming?”

Another said: “Billy Gilmour sznnnn.”

One noted: “Gilmooooooourrrrrr.”

Anothed quipped: “Gilmour (heart emoji).”

One observed: “Sounds like Gilmour will start.”

Another added: “Billy Gilmour???”

Frank Lampard reveals why he rejected offers for Kurt Zouma during summer transfer window

Frank Lampard has revealed his belief in Kurt Zouma’s ability as the reason his rejected offers from Everton and other clubs in the summer.

And the Chelsea boss is delighted his French defender remained at Stamford Bridge, describing Zouma’s current form as “fantastic.”

The centre-back’s future was under the spotlight after returning from a successful loan spell at Everton last season.

The Toffees were desperate to sign Zouma on a permanent deal.

And it was reckoned he was attracting interest from elsewhere, with Man Utd also linked at one stage.

But Chelsea were unable to sign players over the summer, reinforcing Lampard’s decision to include Zouma in his senior squad.

And the 25-year-old is now thriving in the starting XI, already featuring in nine out of ten Premier League games this term.

Lampard said: “He has been fantastic.

“There was a belief that I had in Kurt because there was interest in the summer after we all know he had a very good loan at Everton last year.

“But I believed in him as I believed in Tomori – that is why I made the decisions I made pre-season in terms of where we were going to look defensively.

“It has been nice to get some stability, albeit because of injuries, between him and Fikayo in the last games.

“It has been good to get them playing together to see the little bond they are getting on and off the pitch.

“It is a nice little story and it must continue, I suppose.”

Ola Gunnar Solskjaer identifies reason Chelsea youngsters are on fire, says Man United 4-0 win is “flattering”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Chelsea are reaping the rewards of their rising talents’ rich loan experiences.

United travel to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday night to face an in-form Chelsea side searching for an eighth successive win in all competitions.

Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are among those leading Chelsea’s charge this season, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James also firmly in the picture.

And Solskjaer says the benefits many of those players have gained from successful loan spells in the Premier League, Championship or overseas is what currently sets them apart from the majority of his United youngsters, who have been promoted straight to the first team from the academy.

“It [Chelsea] is a very exciting team,” Solskjaer said. “Frank has got players that have been on loan for one or two seasons in the Championship.

“The difference between my youngsters is that they are almost stepping right now onto the scene. Axel Tuanzebe has missed the last couple of games for us [through injury] but he has been out on loan and you can see the benefit and I think Chelsea’s young players benefit from that now. They are a mature young team.”

United beat Chelsea 4-0 in their opening Premier League match of the season but Solskjaer believes the scoreline was misleading. Pogba was also instrumental in that game but, with the France midfielder ruled out until early December, the manager has challenged Fred and Pereira to step up after encouraging showings from the Brazil midfielders in recent games against Liverpool and Norwich City, the Telegraph report.

“I think Frank has done a good job – the performance against us was good,” he said. “The result was bad but we held our hands up then and said ‘Yep, 4-0, flattering’.

“We got pegged back, they pressed us but we scored two goals within a minute, the second and third, which decided the game for us. But we didn’t think we were 4-0 better than them. It is going to be an interesting game. We don’t make it easy for ourselves in the cups with the draws.

“The two Brazilians, Fred and Andreas, with their energy and drive, they are going to be important for us. Fred will probably take Paul’s position for a while now and that’s been brilliant for us and Andreas has grown in the last few games. His energy and running, chasing, he is a different sort of No. 10. Great professional, great attitude. He does his job to the best of his abilities.

“There is no use talking about who is not going to be here for a long, long time, because he is not going to come on the pitch and help us until he is fit. Paul’s been brilliant and he is a creative midfielder that we need but now it is up to the others to step up.”

Eden Hazard reveals when he held secret meeting to leave Chelsea, explains Luka Modric, Courtios’ roles in move

Los Blancos forward has revealed he held a secret meeting where he agreed to join Real Madrid a year before he finally quit Chelsea.

Hazard completed his protracted £150million move to Spain last summer after the Blues held out for the biggest fee they could for their star player.

The 28-year-old has lifted the lid on the behind-the-scenes discussions during an interview with Real Madrid TV.

He said: “Courtois is someone I know well and in which I trust. He always told me it was the best club. When he finished the World Cup in Russia I wanted to go to Madrid, I had already made the decision.

“It was not possible and I was another year Chelsea. That made the exit easier, Chelsea understood and let me out. I spoke to Florentino and told me that I was expected in Madrid.

“After I spoke with Luka Modric and felt that everyone wanted me see at Real Madrid. And finally fulfilled.”

Belgium boss compares Eden Hazard, Christian Pulisic, heaps praise on Frank Lampard over how he manages Chelsea new boy

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has compared Chelsea star Christian Pulisic to Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, and thinks they’re “exactly the same” in the final third.

The 21-year-old refused to name himself as Hazard’s replacement after arriving at Stamford Bridge for £58million.

Pulisic is always on the move, and is similar to Eden Hazard, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

The USA international impressed for Chelsea in their 4-2 win over Burnley, as he scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick at Turf Moor.

Pulisic had previously struggled to break into the Chelsea team since his arrival this summer, but Martinez has backed him to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

While they’re different players, Pulisic and Hazard are identical when they get into the opposition’s box, he said.

“[They’re] very different, very different. Eden is a player that stops and assesses where he can execute his moment in a one v one situation,” Martinez told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.

“I think Christian is dynamic, he always needs to be on the move.

“He’s someone that needs to receive on the move, so they’re very different in that aspect.

“I think what they bring in the final third is exactly the same, players that think and take control of the moment and then they can find a good assist or a goal.

“I saw Christian Pulisic play a lot for Borussia Dortmund last season. He’s exactly what you say, there is a lot of technical players that when they get in the box, everything is rushed,

“He is the opposite, when he gets in the box he makes the right call, he can finish with his right, his left, he’s a very impressive player.

“What impressed me the most is the way Frank Lampard has managed him. We all know when a foreign player arrivers in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter who you are, you need a settling period.

“For Lampard to know exactly what Christian needed, it’s taken him ten games to unleash him in a way, I think from the European Cup and the game against Liverpool in the Super Cup, Christian Pulisic is now adapted to the Premier League. That’s full credit to Frank Lampard.”

Newcastle plot ambitious swoop for highly-rated Chelsea starlet

Reports in England claim Steve Bruce is plotting an ambitious loan move to bring Chelsea’s Reece James to Newcastle United.

Bruce is a huge fan of James and will put in a call to see if he is available for half a season for regular games with the Toon.

James was a second-half sub in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday evening, and is known to be well liked by manager Frank Lampard.

But Bruce is willing to give James the stage to play every week at Newcastle for a few months and plans to put his case before the window opens.