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European club refuse to budge on two key demands in negotiations over top Chelsea target

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Havertz has been impressed by Frank Lampard's Chelsea project

Bayer Leverkusen refuse to sell Kai Havertz before Europa League concludes

Chelsea have been linked to Kai Havertz who could become the club’s third major signing this summer.

However, if Bayer Leverkusen have their way, we will have to wait until the Europa League concludes. As reported by the Independent, the Germans are keen to keep their star man ahead of the continental trophy’s resumption.

“It is set in stone [that Havertz stays for the games]. There is no new stance.”

Their concern is understandable given the importance of the competition to them. A fifth-placed finish saw them miss out on next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Kai Havertz will not leave Bayer Leverkusen before their Europa League season has ended
Kai Havertz will not leave Bayer Leverkusen before their Europa League season has ended

They can however still qualify if they win the Europa League. A task that will be easier with Havertz in the squad.

Leverkusen ‘s sporting director Rudi Voller is adamant that no player will be allowed to leave early under any circumstances. The Germans are also refusing to provide any concession in price following the coronavirus pandemic. (h/t Independent)

“There will be no ‘corona bonus’.”

The report goes on to add that an offer is yet to be tabled for the 21-year-old. Leverkusen will refuse to discuss any deal that is worth lesser than €100m.

Havertz is keen to link up with Rudiger and Werner
Havertz is keen to link up with Rudiger and Werner

Havertz was reported to have been keen to join Chelsea quickly. That now appears to be in jeopardy. The Blues were also keen to secure the German on the cheap. Both hopes have now been dealt a bitter blow. It remains to be seen how Chelsea respond to these new complications.

Chelsea have already completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. It promises to be a busy season at the Bridge.

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Leverkusen plays Scottish giants Rangers in the Europa League Round of 16 on 6 August. They currently lead the tie having won the first leg leading 3-1, a match in which Havertz scored.

They, along with Premier League side Manchester United and Italian giants Inter Milan, are the favorites to win the competition.

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Age no bar – Tuchel to keep Lampard’s project going by trusting Chelsea youngsters

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Thomas Tuchel ready to make use of Chelsea youth by following in Lampard footsteps

According to the Daily Mail, new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his willingness to make use of youth, following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard.

A number of Chelsea academy graduates stepped up to the first-team under Frank Lampard. With him now gone, there were concerns if they would see a decrease in playing time.

Tuchel, however, considers the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham as key players. He will continue to make use of them as he looks to turn around the team’s fortunes.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his willingness to make use of youth.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his willingness to make use of youth

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was impressed by Lampard’s youth revolution. He has informed Tuchel that he expects it to continue under his reign. (h/t The Metro)

Tuchel has a good record of developing youth. Players such as Ousmane Dembele, Julian Weigl and even Christian Pulisic all made their names under him at Borussia Dortmund. This augurs well for the talented youngsters we have at the Bridge.

Abramovich is keen for Chelsea's youth revolution to continue
Abramovich is keen for Chelsea’s youth revolution to continue

It is not just the junior stars who stand to benefit. Tuchel has already informed the squad that every player will be given a chance to prove themselves. (h/t The Metro)

This will provide a ray of hope to sidelines stars such as Marcos Alonso who got into Lampard’s bad books.

Chelsea will also back Tuchel in the summer transfer market. Among those in their sights is Dortmund ace Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

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As a much more experienced manager, Tuchel is expected to handle his squad better than Lampard. A master tactician, the German is an avid student of the game and can be a handful to go up against. After all, he is not nicknamed ‘The Professor’ for nothing.

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Report – Thomas Tuchel’s positive training ground message to Chelsea stars

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Thomas Tuchel ready to give Chelsea stars a new lease of life

German manager Thomas Tuchel has now officially taken over the reins at Chelsea.

The 47-year-old arrives at Stamford Bridge with a stellar but volatile reputation. An experienced manager, he has managed massive egos and world-class players before.

Roman Abramovich made the tough decision of sacking club legend Frank Lampard after a poor run of results. With Tuchel now the man in charge, a new era is underway at the club.

Thomas Tuchel has informed Chelsea stars that they will all be given a chance to prove thmselves irrespective of what happened in the past
Thomas Tuchel has already started his work at Chelsea

According to The Metro, Tuchel has already informed his players in their first meeting that he is ready to give everyone a fair chance to prove their worth.

This will come as a relief to some stars who were sidelined by Lampard and looked to be on their way out. The 42-year-old was accused of favouritism during his time at the Bridge. (h/t The Telegraph) (Subscription Required)

Among the players to benefit from Tuchel’s ‘clean-slate’ approach could be Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho, Emerson and even Andreas Christensen.

Marcos Alonso has been linked with a January exit from Chelsea.
Marcos Alonso and Frank Lampard were not on good terms

Tuchel has already praised Lampard for building a solid foundation at the club. With the tools he needs already at his disposal, the onus is now on the German to take the club forward. (h/t The Metro)

The move to Chelsea has also brought Tuchel in contact with former PSG skipper Thiago Silva. The duo was at the forefront of the French giants’ run to the 2020 Champions League final.

Thomas Tuchel has informed Chelsea stars that they will all be given a chance to prove thmselves irrespective of what happened in the past
Tuchel and Silva led PSG to the 2020 Champions League final

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It is heartening to know that Tuchel is willing to give every player a chance to prove themselves. Hopefully, they will make use of this opportunity and start contributing to a Chelsea resurgence.

Second chances come very rarely and Tuchel has offered them a rare opportunity at redemption. Whether they take it or not remains to be seen.

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“The legacy” – Tuchel sends classy message to former Chelsea boss Lampard

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Thomas Tuchel pays tribute to Frank Lampard’s legacy at Chelsea

According to the club’s official site, new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to his predecessor Frank Lampard after taking over at the Bridge on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old takes the reins of a club that is languishing in the ninth spot, just two months after they had gone top of the Premier League. Tuchel has signed an initial 18-month deal that can be extended by a year in the future.

Tuchel will not have to wait long to experience his baptism of fire. Chelsea take on Wolverhampton Wanderers tonight and the German manager will be put to test.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to his predecessor Frank Lampard after taking over at the Bridge on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel managed Christian Pulisic at Vorussia Dortmund (Image Credit: Twitter)

“We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea.”

Tuchel praised the legacy Lampard left behind at Chelsea. As a player and then manager, the Englishman served the club with distinction. The German also went on to admit his respect to his predecessor.

The 47-year-old takes the reins a month after being dismissed by PSG. The dismissal came just four months after he led them to their first-ever Champions League final.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to his predecessor Frank Lampard after taking over at the Bridge on Tuesday.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has paid tribute to his predecessor Frank Lampard (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tuchel thanked Chelsea for putting their faith in him and his staff. He admits he cannot wait to begin working with the squad in what he calls the most exciting league in the world.

“I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff.”

Unlike Lampard, Tuchel is not a novice in the management game. He made his name at Augsburg and Mainz before going on to manage Borussia Dortmund and PSG. The experience of having managed big names before will aid his cause at Chelsea.

Frank Lampard under pressure after Leicester defeat (GETTY Images)
Compared to Tuchel, Lamaprd was a novice in the area of management (GETTY Images)

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Club chief Marina Granovskaia too expressed her belief that Tuchel can lead the club to glory. She described him as one of the best coaches in Europe and is glad to have him at Chelsea.

Having been fired from his last two jobs, Tuchel too has a point to prove this time around. It would be fair to say that the club needs him as much as he needs it.

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Report – Tension between players led to Lampard losing his Chelsea job

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Infighting was prevalent at Chelsea prior to Frank Lampard sacking

According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Infighting among the players was a common theme at Chelsea in the events leading up to Frank Lampard losing his job.

Tensions ran high, with skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and out of favour German international Antonio Rudiger clashing heads numerous times.

Azpilicueta attempted to ease tensions between players, with academy stars also said to have been upset at their treatment. There have been claims of favouritism under Lampard. 

Timo Werner with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard in the UEFA Champions League. (Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS PUBLICATION via imago Images)
Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been accused of favoritism (Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS PUBLICATION via imago Images)

The likes of Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Jorginho were all players Lampard was keen to be rid of. However, with the club unable to do so, he was forced to endure their presence in the squad.

All three have been said to have caused issues for Lampard prior to his sacking. Accusations of Lampard showing favouritism haven’t only been labelled by the youth players but also those from the first-team.

Lampard also struggled to get the best out of his expensive summer signings. In short, there appear to have been a myriad of issues behind the scenes.

Chelsea is not an easy club to manage
Abramovich was left with little choice

Roman Abramovich grew unhappy over the performances of the expensively assembled team and decided it was time for a change. He can be given the benefit of the doubt considering Lampard has the lowest points per game ratio of any manager under his reign. (h/t Daily Mail)

Thomas Tuchel will now be entrusted to repair the friction within the squad and have the Blues pick up their performances on the field. Whether the German can do that remains to be seen.

Infighting among the players was a common theme at Chelsea in the events leading up to Frank Lampard's sacking.
Lampard was too green tot ake on the Chelsea job (GETTY Images)

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It would be fair to say that the Chelsea job came too soon for Lampard. A competent manager at Derby County, he was still learning the tricks of the trade at Pride Park.

While he did his best, Chelsea is a job that demands nothing short of glory. Whether he will make a glorious return in the future remains to be seen.

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