Turkish club want to sign Chelsea star in January

November 6th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in England claim Fenerbahce are lining up a free transfer for Chelsea star Pedro next summer.

According to The Sun, citing Takvim report, the winger could be heading to Turkey at the end of the season after being targeted by Fenerbahce’s sporting director, former Liverpool and Spurs chief Damien Comolli.

Pedro, 32, is out of contract in 2020 and can talk to foreign clubs over a free transfer in January.

He has slipped down the pecking order under new boss Frank Lampard, making just three Premier League appearances this season.

And Pedro could find himself playing alongside the likes of Luiz Gustavo and Max Kruse, as well as former teammate Victor Moses – currently on loan at Fenerbahce.

Chelsea are unlikely to offer Pedro a new deal as Lampard targets new young signings, with Jadon Sancho and Wilfried Zaha linked.

And Pedro’s agent will hold talks with Comolli, with a deal to take him to Turkey in January also a possibility if Chelsea’s transfer ban is overturned.

Pedro joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £21.5million in 2015 and has gone on to score 42 times in 191 appearances.

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Chelsea fans slammed during Stamford Bridge 4-4 thriller, Frank Lampard responds

November 6th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have singled out Chelsea fans who left Stamford Bridge when their side were trailing Ajax 4-1 before their superb comeback on Tuesday night for criticism.

The Blues were three goals down to the Dutch giants before a second penalty of the match from Jorginho and goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James brought them level.

A pair of red cards for Ajax defenders Daley Blind and Joel Veltman tipped the game in Chelsea’s favour but some home fans weren’t there to see it as they exited the stadium before the comeback had started.

BT Sport host Lineker and pundit Ferdinand took aim at those heading for the exits early, saying they must have regretted their decision.

Ferdinand said: “You can’t walk out. The spirit within this stadium and this club the way they have responded to Frank then you can’t come out of this stadium even at 4-1 down.”

Lineker added: “We saw fans walking out at 4-1 and they must have said ‘what did I do? Why did I leave?’ when they got home.

“It just shows you with football you never know. You never give up.”

Those quick to leave the stadium were also singled out on social media.

The Blues boss Frank Lampard had his say on the Chelsea fans that left early during the draw with Ajax.

Following his side’s incredible comeback, he told talkSPORT: “One of them was probably my dad!

“He’s forever shooting off early to miss traffic and then the game changes and we have to have a conversation later on.

“Listen, I get it with some people, especially on an evening when some people have to go to work.

“But the ones who stayed – I’ve spoken to my friends at the game and some of the fans – they thought it was a special evening.”

One fan wrote: “Hope every single one of those Chelsea fans who left are devastated right now. Never ever leave early.”

Another tweeted: “A bunch of Chelsea fans left the stadium when they were 4-1 down and they’ve now just come back into the stadium.

“Complete joke, shouldn’t let the clowns back in. Pathetic fans.”

Photo Credit: Twitter @chelseafc.com

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Chelsea legend likens Blues youngster to Manchester United legend David Beckham

November 6th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Joe Cole has given his verdict on Reece James after the youngster came off the bench to score the equaliser in Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax.

James handed Chelsea comeback draw against Ajax in an incredible night of football at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were 4-1 down at one point but the game turned when Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off and Chelsea awarded a penalty in the space of a minute.

With the Dutch side down to nine men, James hammered home an equaliser after a pile up in the box.

The Sun report that BT Sport pundits Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie and Chelsea legend Cole were all in praise of the defender’s techniques.

But Cole offered some insight, having trained with James as a Blue.

The Chelsea legend BT Sport: “When I was playing in America, I came around to train with the kids. We were having shooting session and the kids’ shooting was erratic, but James was on the money, on the money, whipping crosses, it was like watching Beckham.”

The English star became Chelsea’s youngest ever scorer in the Champions League at 19 years 332 days old.

He has gone above Arjen Robben – who scored against CSKA Moscow in 2004 at the age of 20 years 284 days old – in the record books.

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