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During his four month loan spell at Bolton, Daniel Sturridge proved what he can do when given the opportunity to play first-team football.

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During his four month loan spell at Bolton, Daniel Sturridge proved what he can do when given the opportunity to play first-team football.                                                                                                                                                                                                      
The ex-Manchester City trainee scored eight times in 11 starts, proving the class act that he is. With lots of new strikers being linked to the club, Andre Villas-Boas could well send Sturridge out on loan again.                                                                                                     
Having settled in immediately at Bolton, it could be a natural club for him to return to – Especially after seeing how Sturridge had improved and how Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere developed during his loan spell. 
Then, there is Owen Coyle’s ace in the pack – he is good friends with Villa-Boas, the two coach made freinds when they took their pro-licence coaching course together.                                                                                                                                                       
Coyle has told the national press: “Villas-Boas is a tremendous addition to the Premier League.
Before adding: “I did my pro-licence with him and really took to him.                                                                                                                     
“Daniel did very well for us last season, we’ll have to wait and see whether anything happens.” He finished by saying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Sturridge is one for the future, a full season on loan would see him continue his development and even be ready to push for a starting place in the 2012/13 season team.                                                                                                                                               
By Scott Balaam
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Chelsea eyeing swoop for 18-year-old defensive starlet from Bundesliga club

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Matthew Bondswell has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (imago Images)

Chelsea are one of the clubs interested in signing 18-year-old Matthew Bondswell

According to a report by The Telegraph (h/t Mirror), Chelsea are interested in RB Leipzig’s 18-year-old left-back Matthew Bondswell.

The youngster left the Nottingham Forest U-18s and joined the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig in 2018. He is currently on loan to second-tier Dutch side FC Dordecht.

The Englishman is tipped to be a potential understudy to Chelsea’s first-choice left-back Ben Chilwell. Chelsea do have ample cover in the left-back area, but both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are linked with a move away from the club. (h/t Metro)

Matthew Bondswell (L) was signed by RB Leipzig in 2018. (imago Images)
Matthew Bondswell (L) was signed by RB Leipzig in 2018. (imago Images)

Alonso and Emerson have both been linked with a return to Italy in the upcoming transfer windows and Chelsea could have a void to fill in the left-back spot if the out-of-favor duo is to depart.

Bondswell is yet to have a taste of first-tier football, but he has done enough to gain the attention of Chelsea. However, the Blues could be joined by West Ham United and Sporting Lisbon in the race to sign Bondswell in January. (h/t Mirror)

Bondswell could prove to be a great coup by Frank Lampard if the Blues manage to land him. If Alonso and Palmieri are indeed going to leave the club soon, the homegrown Matthew Bondswell can plug the hole at the left-back spot.

Bondswell (C) is being tipped as an understudy to Ben Chilwell. (imago Images)
Bondswell (C) is being tipped as an understudy to Ben Chilwell. (imago Images)

Ben Chilwell, Chelsea’s first-choice left-back, is just 23 himself but Bondswell can still stand to learn a lot from the England international.

If they do manage to secure his services, Chelsea would be hoping that Bondswell follows in the footstep of Reece James, who is another young English full-back to have broken on to the scene in the past year at Chelsea.

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European giants interested in signing two out-of-favour Chelsea stars

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Emerson Palmieri (L) and Olivier Giroud (R) have been linked with a move to Juventus.

Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri

According to a report by Italian outlet Il Bianco Nero (h/t Daily Mail), Juventus are interested in bringing in Chelsea duo Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud to Turin.

Giroud has been looking for more game-time as he has not grappled well with his role as a benchwarmer at Chelsea. With the 2020 UEFA Euros starting next summer, Giroud would be even more desperate to secure starts as he vies to secure a place in the French national team. (h/t Daily Mail)

Giroud has previously expressed in an interview that his lack of game-time at Chelsea ‘is worrying’. and has since drawn interest from his ex-manager Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, and from Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. (h/t Daily Mail)

“It’s worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It’s going to have to change or a decision must be made.”

Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)

Pirlo is reportedly interested in signing the 34-year-old striker and Italian left-back Emerson in a bid to strengthen his team and rescue his first season in charge of the club which has seen the club to 4th in the table.

Luckily for Pirlo, signing Giroud might not be the most difficult task, considering Frank Lampard’s view that the Frenchman will not be stopped from leaving if he wants to.

“I have a very good relationship with Oli and if ever he felt that it was going to go a different way then I would happily have that conversation with him. But I want him to stay here. I’m open both ways if that ever changes but at the moment he is very important for us.”

Emerson Palmieri has become a benchwarmer at Chelsea and has been linked with a move to Juventus. (GETTY Images)
Emerson Palmieri has become a benchwarmer at Chelsea and has been linked with a move to Juventus. (GETTY Images)

Giroud may not have started a single league game for Chelsea this season but Lampard’s words highlight that the club still has a place for him. However, the same cannot be said for Emerson Palmieri.

The 26-year-old left-back has fallen way below the pecking order and is the club’s third-choice left-back behind Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso. He has been reduced to cameo appearances in his time at Chelsea and Juventus are one of the clubs that are reportedly interested in him. (h/t Daily Mail)

Chelsea have a reliable strike-pairing of Tammy Abraham and Werner up front and ample cover in the left-back position. Therefore, any deal that sees Giroud and Emerson leave would not be surprising.

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“He will go there” – Former PL boss backs Chelsea star to stay at loan club beyond current season

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Grealish and Barkley have formed a formidable partnership at Villa

Tim Sherwood backs Chelsea star Ross Barkley to extend his stay at Aston Villa

Speaking on Soccer Sunday on Sky Sports via HITC (h/t Birmingham Live), former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has backed Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley to stay at Villa Park beyond this season.

The Englishman has been in fine form since joining Dean Smith’s side on loan in the summer. He formed a strong partnership with skipper Jack Grealish much to the joy of Villa.

Currently out injured, Barkley’s loan to Villa has so far proven to be an unmitigated success for all parties.

former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has backed Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley to stay at Villa Park beyond this season.
Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley has done well at Aston Villa

“I think Ross has been great for them and I see him staying at the football club.”

Sherwood has backed Barkley to witness in person the majesty of Villa and realise how big of a club they are. He believes the midfielder has seen the back of Chelsea.

“He has seen the back of Chelsea now. I think he will go there [Villa]. He would have walked into the doors and seen how big that football club is.”

As things stand, Barkley remains a part of Frank Lampard’s future for Chelsea. His performances have not grown unnoticed. Chelsea boss Lampard has already informed the player that he has a place at Stamford Bridge going forward. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

Frank Lampard has informed N'Golo Kante of his importance to Chelsea
Frank Lampard has built a strong Chelsea outfit

Perhaps smartly, Chelsea did not include a buyout clause in the loan deal that took the player to Villa Park. Any potential deal will see the ball in our court. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

Barkley has, over the years, been considered a player with high potential. Unfortunately, he has largely proven himself to be an inconsistent performer.

Given his performances at the moment, he could assure himself a brighter future – whether it be at Chelsea or Villa.

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Ross Barkley may yet have a future at Chelsea
Ross Barkley may yet have a future at Chelsea

While we don’t deny Villa has a rich history, they are nowhere near their glory days anymore. Chelsea today represent a better choice for players seeking glory and if Barkley truly desires instant success, he will do better if he returns as an improved player to Stamford Bridge.

Failing to continue his good form could see the Blues willing to let him go. After all, Chelsea loaning him out has to do with us having better players at our disposal.

What happens remains to be seen.

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David Beckham wants this out-of-favour Chelsea star at Inter Miami

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Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)

David Beckham wants Olivier Giroud at Inter Miami

A report by El Futbolero (h/t Football.london) claims that David Beckham is keen on bringing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to Inter Miami.

David Beckham is a part-owner of the Miami based club that plays in the MLS. Olivier Giroud has had just 47 minutes of Premier League action this season.

The goal-scoring touch of new signing Timo Werner and England international Tammy Abraham is keeping the Frenchman on the fringes of first-team football as he been reduced to the Blues’ third-choice striker.

34-year-old French striker Olivier Giroud is behind Timo Werner and youngster Tammy Abraham in the Chelsea pecking order. (GETTY Images)
34-year-old French striker Olivier Giroud is behind Timo Werner and youngster Tammy Abraham in the Chelsea pecking order. (GETTY Images)

The report also claims that David Beckham would buy Giroud a mansion in the poshest area of Miami if the ex-Arsenal star agrees to join the MLS side. (h/t Football.london)

The 24-year-old has been used as a ‘super-sub’ in recent times, with his 31 of his last 50 Premier League appearances being from the bench.

Giroud signed a contract extension at the club in the closing stages of last season but has not started a single Premier League for the team this season.

Chelsea sit 3rd in the Premier League after the 0-0 draw against league leaders Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday where Giroud came on for Englishman Tammy Abraham in the last 11 minutes of the match.

Olivier Giroud is yet to start a game at Chelsea in the Premier League this season. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud is yet to start a game at Chelsea in the Premier League this season. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard seems to have taken a liking of the Abraham-Werner duo. The two have scored a combined 11 goals in all competitions this season and continue to be Lampard’s go-to men up front.

Giroud joined the Blues from Arsenal in January 2018 and signed a contract extension in May 2020 which runs until June 30, 2021.

The Frenchman would be hoping that his last-minute winner against Stade Rennais last week would be enough to get him some minutes against Sevilla on matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues are already through to the knockout round but a win for Chelsea will confirm progression as Group E winners.

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