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Lampard reveals future plans for Chelsea defensive starlet as loan talk continues

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Frank Lampard says that Fikayo Tomori has a long-term future at Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard says Fikayo Tomori has a future at Chelsea as loan talks continue

Speaking before the encounter against Fulham this weekend (h/t football.london), Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said that Fikayo Tomori “absolutely” has a long-term future at the club.

The 23-year-old defender broke through the Chelsea first-team at the start of the 2019/20 season. He signed a five-year contract with the Blues and was tipped as a regular starter in the years to come.

That, however, has not happened yet. Tomori got less and less starts ever since the start of 2020, and he went further down the pecking order when Chelsea signed Thiago Silva in the summer on a free transfer.

Fokori Tomori has the trust of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and has a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Fikayo Tomori against Leeds United when he played for Derby County under Frank Lampard. (GETTY Images)

In the past few weeks, the centre-back has been tipped to move on loan. AC Milan and French side Rennes have already been linked with him, while a Premier League club are also after him. (h/t football.london)

A future starter?

When asked about his long-term Chelsea future, Frank Lampard said that the defender is in his future plans. However, he was coy about Tomori leaving the club on loan in January.

“He absolutely has a long-term future, we will see if and when he goes out on loan.”

The Chelsea boss also mentioned that Tomori will be in the club’s plans even if he is loaned out, mentioning that if he will be loaned out, it would be for his personal development.

Fikayo Tomori has just 4 appearances this season for Chelsea.
Fikayo Tomori has just 4 appearances this season for Chelsea.

“There is a long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here. And if he goes out on loan it will be to enhance his personal development…”

Tomori’s immediate future does not seem to lie at Stamford Bridge. He has just 4 appearances for Frank Lampard’s side this season.

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He did train with the team this week, but would probably not feature against Fulham on Saturday with a possible loan move on the cards. (h/t football.london)

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Chelsea to target solid Atletico star to bolster Tuchel’s backline

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Chelsea to target Jose Maria Gimenez in the summer

According to The Athletic, Chelsea are set to target Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid this summer. The Uruguayan is among a three-man wishlist that also includes Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich and Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig.

Chelsea don’t necessarily need another central defender right now. The club already have a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Kurt Zouma has had to wait for his chances while Fikayo Tomori was allowed to leave for AC Milan on loan.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: (L – R) Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea prepare for a corner kick during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. That makes a good case for adding another solid centre-back to the side.

It’s not hard to see why Gimenez is among the names being considered by Chelsea. He is one of Diego Simeone’s trusted lieutenants, who plays a big part in their highly astute defensive structure. A no-nonsense defender, Gimenez is not someone who shies away from challenges.

Jose Maria Gimenez is set to miss the Champions League clash against Chelsea due to injury. (GETTY Images)
Jose Maria Gimenez is set to miss the Champions League clash against Chelsea due to injury. (GETTY Images)

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However, prising away the defender will not be any easy given how important he is for Atleti. Chelsea might just need to shell out the big bucks if they are to change Simeone’s mind. On the up, Gimenez could be a good fit for Chelsea and bring some leadership into the backline.

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Thomas Tuchel heard shouting at Timo Werner during the 2-0 win vs Everton

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Thomas Tuchel shouts at Timo Werner during the game

Thomas Tuchel was heard shouting at Timo Werner during the Chelsea vs Everton game because of his positioning (h/t Daily Mail). The microphones picked up Tuchel’s loud instructions to Werner on his positioning.

Chelsea had no problems in getting past Everton with a 2-0 win, courtesy of a Ben Godfrey own goal and Jorginho penalty. The hosts were hardly troubled by Ancelotti’s men as they gathered another 3 points in the race for top-four.

Liverpool v Chelsea – Premier League – Anfield Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday March 4, 2021.

However, ahead of scoring their first goal, Thomas Tuchel was heard shouting at Timo Werner for his positioning. The German duo were talking in their native language but rough translations revealed that Tuchel was pointing out that Werner was playing on the left. Whereas he was supposed to be playing on the right.

‘Timo, how long are you staying on the left? You’re playing on the right! The last 15 mins you’ve only been on the left! Don’t you understand?’

The Blues put the tactical tweaks to good effect as they scored soon after. Kai Havertz’s shot was deflected into the goal by Ben Godfrey as Chelsea went into the break at 1-0. All the shouting aside, Werner actually had a decent game with some efforts on goal, which were saved by Pickford.

Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)
Timo Werner has the trust of his Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel. (GETTY Images)

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Tuchel greeted Werner with a handshake when the latter was substituted. Werner is slowly looking back to his best and now only needs the goals to back it up. The shouts from Tuchel didn’t really seem to be an issue as it looked like something in the heat of the moment.

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“I don’t agree” – PL boss insists Chelsea target is worth more than £100m

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David Moyes speaks out on Declan Rice amidst Chelsea interest

According to Sky Sports, David Moyes insists that Chelsea linked Declan Rice is far more valuable than £100m. It had been said earlier that West Ham co-owner David Sullivan values the prized asset around a similar mark.

Rice has been a target for the Blues since the start of this season and it was said that then manager Frank Lampard was especially keen on bringing Rice back to Chelsea, where he was once an academy player.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea
Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea during the academy days

However, after Lampard’s sacking, it was expected that interest in Rice would drop from the Blues since Lampard was one of the main people who wanted to sign him. It even caused disagreements between Lampard and the board.

Nonetheless, David Moyes claimed that the English man is way more than £100m as valued by Sullivan.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more. I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.

I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”

Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)
Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

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Now with Thomas Tuchel at the helm, as expected, interest in the West Ham midfielder has mellowed down a bit. The club are likely to push for other targets, which does not include Rice. Also with £100m or more being asked, Chelsea might just think twice before going for him.

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Chelsea receive a boost in the race for talented young Bundesliga starlet

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Chelsea receive a boost to sign Ibrahima Konate

According to Christian Falk of BILD (h/t chelseafc.com), Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Ibrahima Konate. The Blues are said to be ahead of others because of Thomas Tuchel’s assistant Zsolt Low, who has a prior association with the Leipzig defender.

It’s not that Chelsea overly require a new central defender. The club already boast of a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. We sent Fikayo Tomori on loan as well as having Kurt Zouma on the side.

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. So adding another elite centre-back would serve the club well.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: (L – R) Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea prepare for a corner kick during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old Konate has been with Leipzig since 2017, having joined from boyhood club FC Sochaux. During his time at the Saxony-based outfit, Konate has grown into a promising young centre-back with loads of potential.

It is now believed that Zsolt Low, who is Tuchel’s assistant, could help Chelsea in their bid to convince Konate to move to the Bridge. Low worked with the youngster when he was the assistant manager under Ralf Rangnick and Ralph Hasenhuttl at Leipzig. Falk spoke about the connection between Konate and Low.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 16: Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig in action during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig at PreZero-Arena on December 16, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

‘The focus is very much on Konate in Leipzig at the moment. I’ve heard that Chelsea would like to get him. They would like to have him, and Tuchel is learning from Zsolt Low because he knows Konate from their time at Leipzig.’

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Falk believes that this connection could help Chelsea get a boost in their pursuit and it was good for Tuchel. It remains to be seen how the Blues take advantage of this situation to prise away one of the best, emerging centre-backs in Europe.

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