LEAKED: Huge sums of money Chelsea players pay as fines for coming late to training and other offences (Check list here)

Chelsea’s first-team players are fined a minimum £20,000 if they arrive late to training, £1,000 if their phone rings during a team meal or meeting and £5,000 if they do not appear at corporate or charity events.

According to an image leaked online of Frank Lampard’s rules for his squad, players can also be docked £10,000 if they fail to report an injury or illness before a day off or 90 minutes prior to a training session, while every minute they are late for a team meeting costs £500.

On top of the £20,000 punishment for arriving late to a session, the fine increases £2,500 for every 15 minutes that a player is late.

The head coach is also strict regarding his players staying in shape with those who fail to adhere to body composition targets fined an unspecified amount.

Any fine that is not paid within a fortnight is doubled, with other punishments ranging from £2,500 for turning up late to medical treatment and £5,000 for failing to provide more than 48 hours notice if a player is not travelling on the team coach after a game.

Players who fail to report dressed in the wrong clothing are fined £1,000, while agents are not allowed at the training ground unless prior notice has given and are there in an official capacity.

All money goes to team activities or associated charities.

Football.london claim, quoting a club source, that the list is genuine though that it is not yet clear who leaked it.

The document, which has been doing the rounds on Whatsapp and Twitter since this morning, is signed by Lampard, dated from August 27 and framed on a wall at the club’s training ground.

Mason Mount reveals Reece James’ nickname, comments on how youngsters fight for shirt at Chelsea

Chelsea midfield ace Mason Mount has revealed his nickname for his Blues team-mate Reece James -“The Beast”, because the defender is “quick, strong and powerful”.

James continued his good form for Chelsea at the weekend as he played the full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace, keeping danger-man Wilfried Zaha quiet and impressing with his positioning as well as an ability to bomb forward.

And Mount has heaped praise on James after his recent impact on the side, noting his “tremendous qualities” and warning other teams that his physicality means they ‘don’t want to get too close to him’.

“Reece is a very quiet boy. I’ve known him for a very, very long time, since eight or nine years old at the Academy here,” he told Chelsea’s website.

“He’s a very good boy, always works hard, and he’s got tremendous qualities. He’s going to be a brilliant player for us now and in the future as well.

“I call him the Beast, because he’s so quick, strong and powerful. You don’t want to get too close to him in training because he’ll get you off the ball, so you try to stay away from him.

“We all have a joke and a laugh, me, Tammy, Fikayo, Cal, Reece.

“We’ve all been together from a very young age so we know the ins and outs of all of us. The manager is giving us the chance to step up and prove we’re ready.

“He’s given the chance to me, Tammy, Fikayo, Reece on Saturday. It’s not that you’re given it, you have to work for it in training and show him that you’re ready to play. When that day comes, you need to show you’re ready and step up.”

Under-fire Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal exit gathers momentum, looking for property in Milan

Reports in Italy claim Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January.

Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital.

The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.

He has also been stripped of his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club.

Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro, according to Football Italia.

Liverpool defence strongman Virgil van Dijk comments on Chelsea’s threat to Reds Premier League ambition

Virgil Van Dijk has reacted to whether Chelsea and Leicester City could be threats to Liverpool’s ambition to win the Premier League trophy this season.

Both clubs are both eight points behind the League leaders, with Manchester City dropping to the fourth position having lost to Liverpool on Sunday.

When quizzed by the Liverpool Echo, Van Dijk said: “Can Leicester and Chelsea challenge? I don’t know, that is something for you guys to put out in the media.

“They have been doing very well and even if you look at Sheffield United, they are a very difficult team to beat so I know, everyone here as well knows as well how difficult this year will be so we shouldn’t look too much at other teams.

“We should look at the teams we face, it was the champions and we did the job.

“Hopefully we can keep that focus for the next games.”

Chelsea suffer Christian Pulisic blow as American star pulls out of United States squad over injury

Chelsea forward has been ruled out of international matches against Canada and Cuba after suffering a hip injury

The former Borussia Dortmund star has been in great form heading into U.S. national soccer team duty for two critical Nations League matches.

But shortly after scoring his fifth Premier League goal in three outings Saturday, the attacker left the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace with a hip injury.

He has therefore withdrawn from the must-win games against Canada on Friday in Orlando and Cuba next Tuesday in the Cayman Islands.

“Christian is officially at this stage ruled out,” US head coach Gregg Berhalter said.

“This was a collaborative decision with [Chelsea], looking after the best interest of the player. These decisions are always difficult because this group and the coaching staff want nothing more than to have Christian here, but it was a risk we weren’t willing to take at this time.”

Pulisic’s absence is a massive setback for the U.S. squad, which must win both games to win the lightly regarded, three-team group, avoid further international embarrassment and advance to the semifinals of the Concacaf event next year.

According to the Washington Post, from Chelsea’s standpoint, the time-off will allow Pulisic to avoid making the situation worse and increase his chances of regaining fitness in time for the Premier League visit to two-time defending champion Manchester City on Nov. 23 and a UEFA Champions League game four days later at Valencia.

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Frank Lampard wants to change Reece James position after keeping Wilfred Zaha quiet during Chelsea win

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has suggested Reece James’ future at the club could be in central midfield.

The 19-year-old impressed against Crystal Palace on Saturday when he kept Wilfried Zaha quiet during Chelsea’s 2-0 win against the Eagles at Stamford Bridge.

The teenager was playing in his favoured right-back position but he faces competition from Cesar Azpilicueta for a starting berth and Lampard wants to retain some experience in what is a young back five.

Lampard hasn’t been scared to throw young players into the mix this term and is keen for James to get more experience.

And Lampard believes James could do so with a central midfield role, report the Metro.

“Right-back would be his favoured position,” admitted Lampard.

“Whether it be there, right wing-back or right of a three. As he’s coming into the team, you’d see him there but he does have that all-round game that he could handle playing centrally in midfield if needs be.

“At the moment we’ve got good players in there who are used to playing in there anyway, but he could always do that as he matures through his career.”

James came in for Chelsea captain on Saturday in a somewhat surprising move given the Spaniard’s good form. But Lampard says Azpilicueta took the decision well and understands the club’s need to rotate.