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Lampard tells Chelsea academy product what he needs to do to earn starting berth

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Frank Lampard urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to work harder in training

As reported by The Guardian, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to work harder and stay focused in order to earn a place in the team’s starting XI.

A product of the Blues’ academy, Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest prospects to have come through the ranks at the club. However, after showing signs of great promise early on in his career, he has struggled to build upon it.

Hudson-Odoi endured an injury-riddled 2019/20 season. As a result, he was restricted to just 7 Premier League starts. The Englishman had some off-the-field problems that cast him in a poor light as well, while the performances never reached the levels expected.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi struggled for game time in 2019/20

Following the departures of Willian and Pedro, the youngster was expected to get a bigger role this season. However, Lampard chose to bench him for the season opener last week, in spite of the absence of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.

Instead, the manager opted to play two attacking midfielders – Mason Mount and Kai Havertz on the wings. And speaking on his situation, Lampard has called for more focus from his teenage starlet. (h/t The Guardian)

“With Callum he has to absolutely focus on the work he puts in on the training ground day in, day out. Callum is a young developing player.

“The facts remain the same for all young players. They have to work every day to put themselves in the frame to start.”

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Frank lampard has called for more focus from Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Hudson-Odoi showed great promise when he burst onto the scenes. But the interest from Bayern Munich last summer seemed to have turned his head.

Amid speculations that the German giants might make a move for him again, the youngster needs to ignore all the noise and focus at the task at hand.

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Report – London rivals came the closest to securing Chelsea star in the summer

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West Ham United came the closest to signing Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri this summer

According to Area Napoli (h/t Football.london), Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri was close to joining West Ham United in the summer.

The Italian international failed to make a mark at the club last season. He appeared to be on his way out, with a number of clubs in the fray for his signature.

The report claims that of all the teams, our London neighbours were the ones closest to securing the player.

West Ham United came close to signing Emerson Palmieri this summer
West Ham United came close to signing Emerson Palmieri this summer

Emerson did not move and stayed put at the club. It would appear that the Hammers have now lost their chance to secure him.

Serie A duo Inter Milan and Juventus are ahead of them in the pecking order for Emerson. Having played for Roma and Palermo, the 26-year-old is familiar with the Italian game.

With the Italians giants set to step up their interest, West Ham can kiss their hopes of signing Emerson goodbye.

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Ben Chilwell has made a bright start to his Chelsea career (Getty Images)

With the arrival of Ben Chilwell, Emerson has been largely limited to peripheral appearances. Of his three appearances this season, two have come in the Carabao Cup.

Emerson could, however, find himself ahead of Marcos Alonso in the pecking order. The Spaniard and Frank Lampard had a falling out at West Brom. He has not featured for the Blues since.

Alonso has ben sidelined since the incident at the Hawthorns
Alonso has ben sidelined since the incident at the Hawthorns

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Emerson is at best the second-choice left-back at the club. If Alonso’s situation does not improve, it remains to be seen if the Blues would rather sell him than the Italian.

Emerson has made 58 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions. During this time, he has scored one goal and assisted five. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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Blow for Chelsea as Champions League-winning target edges closer to pre-contract agreement

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Chelsea target David Alaba yet to agree fresh terms with Bayern Munich

Chelsea target David Alaba can sign a pre-contract agreement in January

According to Bild’s Christian Falk (h/t Football.london), Chelsea target David Alaba is not close to agreeing to fresh terms at Bayern Munich.

The Austrian international has been one of the key cogs in Bayern’s dominant run over the last decade. With him currently in the last year of his contract, he could be available for free next summer.

Chelsea were among the clubs linked with a move for the player earlier this summer. With him potentially available on a free, there is an opportunity we can pounce on here.

Chelsea target David Alaba yet to agree fresh terms with Bayern Munich
Chelsea target David Alaba yet to agree fresh terms with Bayern Munich

A versatile player who can play in a number of positions, the Austrian is a jack of many trades.

As per Falk’s tweet, the player has now held three rounds of negotiations with Bayern but to no avail. It was reported earlier in the summer that he would have liked to move on before the window closed.

This would have seen Bayern net themselves a fee rather than lose a world-class player for nothing in a year’s time. However, with talks failing so far, we seem to be heading for the latter scenario.

Lampard could sign a world class player for a free
Lampard could sign a world class player for a free

Capable of playing in defence and also the midfield, Alaba will give Frank Lampard a number of options to choose from. Not only will he add to our backline but could be a cheaper alternative to Declan Rice.

A six-time Austrian footballer of the year, Alaba is one of the finest players to come out of his country. At 28, he is at his prime and slot in straight away for Chelsea.

Chelsea were offered the chance to sign Thiago (Credit: Liverpoolfc.com)
Bayern sold Thiago than lsoe him on a free next summer (Credit: Liverpoolfc.com)

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If he does come onto the market, the competition will be high for a player of Alaba’s calibre. Whether Chelsea win the race for his signature remains to be seen.

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Out-of-favour Chelsea star could be set for Stamford Bridge stay despite exit links

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Frank Lampard shares a positive relationship with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger set to stay on at Chelsea?

According to Milan Live (h/t Football.london), Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could be set to stay on at the club.

This is because of waning interest in the player amongst his suitors. The likes of AC Milan and Roma are ready to give up their pursuit of the German international.

This was not the case a month ago when the 27-year-old looked set to leave the club. A deal could not be agreed on and he stayed on at Stamford Bridge.

AC Milan and Roma are set to drp their interest in Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger
AC Milan and Roma are set to drp their interest in Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger

The Italian duo are set to drop their interest, thanks to a change of heart at Chelsea. Rudiger was yet to feature for the club after the season began. The most he had managed was make the substitutes bench against Brighton and Manchester United.

That changed last night in our Champions League fixture against Krasnodar in Russia. He started and played all 90 minutes as the Blues won the game by an emphatic four goals to nil.

Speaking after the game, manager Frank Lampard praised the defender’s performance. Whether this will see him get more opportunities in the coming weeks remains to be seen.

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Frank Lampard gave Rudiger his first start of the season at Krasnodar

The duo had a heart to heart conversation following which Lampard was ready to re-integrate Rudiger into the Blues setup.

Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva have formed a dependable partnership at the heart of our defence in recent weeks. Having Rudiger back in the mix will only strengthen us.

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It is heartening to see Lampard bring back Rudiger. As a club, we must make use of every resource at our disposal for the greater good.

The German ace was keen to stay put and fight for his spot in the team. It is fair to say that he has managed to do just that.

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Team News: Lampard provides promising update on key defensive star ahead of Burnley trip

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Chelsea Team News: Thiago Silva is back for Burnley clash

According to Football.london, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given a positive update on the fitness of Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian ace is now fit and ready to take on Burnley at Turf Moor. The 36-year-old was absent from the squad that travelled to Russia to take on Krasnodar.

Fans can however rest easy. Silva endured a difficult debut away to West Bromwich Albion. He has however picked up his game since and has been pivotal in recent weeks.

“Thiago is fit. Taking him out of Russia was a maintenance issue.”

Thiago Silva has been impressive for Chelsea
Thiago Silva has been impressive for Chelsea

The veteran’s performances against Sevilla and Manchester Untied have garnered much attention. Alongside Kurt Zouma, Silva has formed a dependable partnership at the ehart of the Blue defence.

Having him back for the trip to Burnley will be a massive boost for the team. Sean Dyche’s side are formidable at home and will rpesent us with a difficult challenge.

The Chelsea defence has excelled at keeping clean sheets in recent weeks. The shut out against Krasnodar yesterday was our fourth shutout in the last five games.

Thiago Silva is fit to face Burnley
Thiago Silva is fit to face Burnley

Despite his absence in Krasnodar, Chelsea were able to keep the Russians at bay. Antonio Rudiger returned to make his first start of the season and gave an excellent account of himself.

With the defence now finding its feet, the club can look to sustain a proper title challenge. We were not too shabby at the other end of the pitch as well.

Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech all scored as the Blues won their first game of this season’s Champions League group stages.

Antonio Rudiger is yet to make a single appearance for Chelsea this season
Antonio Rudiger made his first appearance for Chelsea

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Lampard also went on to add that his decision to leave out Thiago was more of a precaution.

Given the player’s advanced age, the Blues boss did not want to risk him when not needed. It was a smart squad management decision.

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