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Chelsea and Lampard receive huge boost for 2020/21 following AFCON announcement



Hakim Ziyech made a name for himself at Ajax

Frank Lampard will not have to release Hakim Ziyech midseason for AFCON

According to, the AFCON 2021 tournament has been postponed. It will not take place before 2022.

This will come as welcome news to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who would have had to make do without Hakim Ziyech mid-season.

The Moroccan international will join Chelsea this summer from Ajax Amsterdam. A creator with an unmatched vision, he will improve our attack significantly.

Hakim Ziyech will not have to miss January due to AFCON
Hakim Ziyech is set to join Chelsea

Missing out on his abilities in the months of January and February would have been a blow for us. A busy period for the team, Ziyech’s absence could have been telling.

Blues fans need not look too far to understand the adverse effect it could have had. Liverpool were without Sadio Mane in 2017 as the Senegalese was released for the Africa Cup of Nations.

It affected the team adversely as they went on a five-match winless run. Given the competition in the league, we can scarcely afford to have such a length of ineffectiveness.

Ziyech played a key role in the Dutch giants’ run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2018-19. The Blues were given a front-row seat to his ability as he made three assists in the 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

Frank Lampard ready to clearout deadwood from squad
Frank Lampard will have his Moroccon superstar available throughout the season (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Ziyech is a player who can make things that others can’t. He has been the top assist-maker in the Eredivisie four times. His eye for a pass should be music to the ears of Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner.

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The move to Chelsea will be the player’s first foray outside the Netherlands. The 27-year-old had so far spent his entire career in the Eredivisie.

Ziyech has made the team of the year three times, also winning the Dutch Player of the Year award in 2018.

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Chelsea loanee involved in training ground bust-up with his club captain



Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has been involved in a training ground bust-up at Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old joined the Eagles on a season-long loan last summer. He has made 12 appearances so far but is yet to find the net. In contrast, he scored six goals in 13 games during his previous loan spell at Selhurst Park in 2018/19. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Batshuayi’s time at Palace has now come under further cloud after coming to blows with club captain Luka Milivojevic.

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic
Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic

The confrontation was triggered by Milivojevic’s irritation at Batshuayi’s attitude during a passing drill. It involved the Palace players testing each other’s first-touches by kicking the ball at each other with increasing power.

Milivojevic took exception to Batshuayi’s mannerism and responded by kicking the ball straight at the Belgian international from close range. 

Both players then came to blows, with Batshuayi throwing his teammate to the ground. They continued to have a go at each other and had to be separated by teammates.

Michy Batshuayi is on a season long loan at Crystal Palace
Michy Batshuayi is on a season long loan at Crystal Palace

The incident occurred in the build-up to last night’s game against Arsenal. The animosity was not on show on the pitch as they held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw.

Milivojevic played 89 minutes on the night while Batshuayi was an unused substitute.

Whether any action will be taken against Batshuayi remains to be seen. The incident comes at a poor time given the striker’s on-field troubles.

Batshuayi has failed to make any impact at Chelsea
Batshuayi has failed to make any impact at Chelsea

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Frank Lampard is keen to offload the Belgian permanently. However, they could also accept a loan deal. The 27-year-old joined Chelsea in 2016. He has however failed to meet the required levels and has spent three spells out on loan. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

He has done precious little this time around to show he has what it takes to succeed at Chelsea.

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Report – The major reason why Chelsea are stalling on a move for £80m star



Chelsea suffer transfer blow as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool join the race to sign Declan Rice. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea stalling on Declan Rice thanks to Frank Lampard being on a slippery slope

According to The Athletic (Subscription Required), the uncertainty surrounding the future of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club’s pursuit of Declan Rice.

The West Ham United star has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. While we failed to land him in the summer, rumours regarding a renewed interest continue to run strong.

The player for his part is also keen to return to Chelsea. Rice was initially on Chelsea’s books before being released by the club at the age of 14.

uncertainty surrounding the future of  Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club's pursuit of Declan Rice.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is on thin ice

The Blues are coming off the back of a poor December that saw them fall away in the title race. A run of one win in six games has seen the Blues fall to 10th place in the Premier League.

This has called into question Lampard’s position as the manager. While he is set to be given time to set things right, Roman Abramovich is ensuring the club is ready if a change needs to be made.

The Russian oligarch has already created a five-man shortlist of candidates to replace Lampard if results don’t pick up. (h/t The Daily Mail)

Declan Rice has been linked with Chelsea
Chelsea will move for Declan Rice only if Lampard keeps his job (Getty Images)

Red flags galore?

A move for Rice was already difficult given West Ham’s massive £80million asking price. There is also no common stand at the club regarding a move for the midfielder.

Lampard for his part is a huge fan of the 21-year-old English international. The same cannot be said of the board, who have reservations. (h/t The Express)

They remain unconvinced if the youngster has the required quality and has the ability to step up to a Champions League level side. It would appear that at this point in time, any chance of us bringing in Rice rests on Lampard keeping his job.

uncertainty surrounding the future of  Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club's pursuit of Declan Rice.
Lampard will need to convince the Chelsea board that Rice is worth it (GETTY Images)

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Chelsea take on Fulham next in the Premier League. A win should give Lampard some breathing space and the foundation to put together a run of good results.

It promises to be an interesting second half of the season.

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Transfer News: Chelsea receive a boost in the pursuit of prolific young European star



Chelsea given a boost in the race for prolific star Erling Haaland

According to, Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

The 20-year-old is one of Europe’s best marksmen and has taken his game up a notch at Dortmund. So far, Haaland has an impressive 34 goals in 35 games for the Germans. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Frank Lampard had informed the Chelsea hierarchy that he is keen to add the Norwegian to his roster. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid are all keeping tabs on the player. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. (AFP via Getty Images)

The lack of matchday revenue has impacted clubs’ ability to spend heavily in the transfer window. However, with fans hopefully set to return at least in a limited capacity towards the end of the season, there could be cash to spend in the summer.

The striker has a £70m release clause that kicks in next summer. To put it in context, it is lesser than what we paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga or Kai Havertz. (h/t The Mirror)

Haaland could be on the move come the summer. His agent Mino Raiola is keen to take him away from the German giants once the summer window opens. (h/t

Timo Werner replaced Pulisic in the lineup
Timo Werner has not been among the goals of late (Getty Images)

Despite signing Timo Werner, the German has largely started on the left than up front for Chelsea.

With Olivier Giroud’s contract expiring and Tammy Abraham still developing, the Blues lack an infallible scorer up front. Signing Haaland would certainly be a coup and could secure our frontline for years to come.

Abraham is developing and Giroud’s contract is running out (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Haaland has shown remarkable consistency and ability over the last couple of seasons. This has seen his reputation rise, winning him the Golden Boy award.

He has all the ability to turn into a leading striker in world football, if he isn’t already one. It would to be a dream to see him achieve it in Blue.

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Chelsea have a clear preference in loaning out this out-of-favour rising star



Chelsea prefer to loan out Fikayo Tomori to a foreign club

According to Football Insider (h/t, Chelsea prefer to send Fikayo Tomori out on loan to a foreign club.

This despite the youngster garnering interest domestically from the likes of Newcastle United and Leeds United. Tomori has fallen down the pecking order at the Bridge, making just a handful of appearances for the first XI.

The 23-year-old has played just 45 minutes of top-flight football this season. He is however believed to still be a part of Frank Lampard’s vision for the club. (h/t

Chelsea prefers to send Fikayo Tomori out on loan to a foreign club.
Chelsea prefers to send Fikayo Tomori out on loan to a foreign club

Tomori has also attracted attention from a number of continental sides. AC Milan are the latest and also the biggest overseas team linked with the Englishman.

A move to Italy would certainly be a boon for Tomori, who has seen his development stall in recent months. The opportunity to get more minutes is higher at the San Siro in comparison to Stamford Bridge.

Milan’s interest in Tomori is dependent on their pursuit of Mohamed Simakan. The Strasbourg youngster has been one of Ligue 1’s best talents this season and has also attracted attention from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says that winning the group and getting more first-team minutes will motivate the squad during their match against Sevilla. (GETTY Images)
Tomori remains in Lampard’s plans for the future (GETTY Images)

With Simakan now injured, chances of Tomori making the switch could be considered realistic.

Given that the youngster is a part of Lampard’s plans, it is surprising why we would not want to blood him in the Premier League. Both Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to an extent have benefitted this season from going out on loan to West Brom and Fulham respectively.

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher cntinues to impress at West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher continues to impress at West Bromwich Albion

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Tomori clearly has talent. But he is unlikely to fine tune it by sitting on the bench. Sending him out on loan is a no-brainer. However, where he eventually ends up remains to be seen.

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