12pm Chelsea news LIVE: Messi ‘was close’ to Blues transfer, Chilwell OUT with ‘non-Covid illness’, Drinkwater loan – The Sun

BEN CHILWELL has been ruled out of England's game against Belgium today with a "non-Covid illness".

Meanwhile it has been revealed that Lionel Messi was desperate to play for Jose Mourinho and nearly joined Chelsea as a youngster.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Justin Lawrence

    FRANK WARNING

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has sent a Champions League warning to his squad.

    Lampard is content with the draw but has warned his squad to not get complacent ahead of their Champions League opener against Sevilla.

    Speaking to the club's official website he said: “I am happy with the draw in the fact that we analysed straightaway the teams we are playing against.

    “So I know a lot of the reaction afterward was what a great draw it is for Chelsea but we can’t approach it with that mindset at all.

    “They are very tough games, all the teams that we play, especially when you are travelling in Europe you always know you are going to get very competitive games.

    “Sevilla won the Europa League last year, and both of the other teams are emerging teams that will cause us a lot of threats and dangers, so let’s see.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GILMOUR TRAVELS

    Billy Gilmour could reportedly move on loan from Chelsea in winter window.

    He could leave in the winter window to get some playing time away from the Bridge.

    An agent told The Athletic: “Younger lads that didn’t go on-loan will force a move.

    “The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

    “Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    PULISIC PRIDE

    Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has expressed his joy at being given the iconic number 10 shirt to wear at the club.

    The American international said last weeks match against Crystal Palace where he wore the 10 shirt for the first time was as a “proud moment” for him.

    In an interview with CBSS Sports, Pulisic said: “It meant a lot [wearing the 10].

    “It’s no secret that it’s been my favourite number. It’s the number I wanted to be. Now that Willian moved on this season, there was an opportunity there.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

     

    West Ham have delivered a possible Hammer blow with the club preparing to offer star man Declan Rice a new contract worth up to £125,000 per week to keep him at the club.

     

    Chelsea have been linked with Rice for some time, but were priced out of a move for the midfielder with the Hammers demanding upwards of £65million.

     

    Rice is a former academy player and has many friends still at Chelsea, if a deal is agreed between the two clubs in the future, it would be hard for Rice to turn down a deal to return.

     

    Hakim Ziyech has withdrawn from the Moroccan national team after the club agreed a deal with the national side.

     

    The deal allowed Ziyech to play 30 minutes in last night’s 3-1 win against Senegal, the midfielder got an assist on his return from injury.

     

    Ziyech is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea and boss Frank Lampard wants him fit for next weekend’s fixture against Southampton.

     

    Keeper Edouard Mendy is also set to be fit for next weekend’s clash after picking up a knock whilst on international duty with Senegal.

     

    The 28-year-old picked up a minor thigh strain and after further investigation he should be back fit in no time.

  • Joshua Mbu

    THROWBACK

    Take a look at the top five goals scored against next weeks opponents Southampton.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    OLI OFF?

    Olivier Giroud has hinted his Chelsea career could be drawing to a close, according to reports.

    The France striker, who was heavily linked with a Stamford Bridge exit this summer, is rumoured to be mulling over a potential January move.

    In an interview with the Express Giroud said: “For the future, we will see what happens. I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have. I’m not ruling out anything, but for now, I don’t see me returning to Ligue 1.

    “I’d like to play at the highest level in Europe for another two or three years, then maybe I’ll go to the United States.

    I’ve been close to moving to Serie A. They appreciated experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    ZIYECH INTERNATIONAL WITHDRAWAL

    Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech has withdrawn from the Moroccan national team due to an agreement between the club and national team set up.

    The midfielder is yet to make his competitive debut for the Blues after picking up a knee injury in their pre-season friendly against Brighton.

    Ziyech made an impressive 30 minute cameo in last night's 3-1 victory against Senegal providing an assist for En-Nesry's second goal of the evening.

    Chelsea want Ziyech match fit to make his debut next weekend against Southampton, a bench appearance seems most likely.

  • Joshua Mbu

    EXPENSIVE BUYS

    Kepa is top of Chelsea's most expensive buys, followed by new boy Kai Havertz.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WONDERWALL

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is a star on and off the pitch!

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAV-ING A LAUGH

    Kai Havertz is on the list for worst transfers of the summer…..

  • Joshua Mbu

    ON THE MEND

    Chelsea new boy Edouard Mendy picked up an injury whilst on international duty with Senegal.

    The 28-year-old missed out on a clash with fellow new boy Hakim Ziyech when Morocco faced off against Senegal last night.

    Morocco came out 3-1 winners and Ziyech provided an assist for En-Nesry's second of the evening.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WINDOW TO REMEMBER

    Look at the amount of Chelsea players in the Summer 2020 transfer best XI!

  • Daniel Brookes

    DRINKWATER LOAN OFF

    Chelsea offered out of favour midfielder Danny Drinkwateer on loan to French side Angers in the closing days of the transfer window.

    According to L'Equipe, Drinkwater was open to the possibility too, and even spoke to some of his prospective teammates.

    Unfortunately, Angers had doubts over the 30-year-old's lack of French speaking skills in a 'key role'.

    Drinkwater, a Premier League winner with Leicester in 2016, endured a turbulent campaign last term with loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa.

    He is now expected to join a Championship side on loan before the end of the domestic transfer window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUE DE ROON

    Chelsea could target Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon next summer, according to the Express.

    The Dutchman will be available on a free transfer in 2021, with his contract in Bergamo due to expire next summer and he would represent a cheaper option to the Blues' top midfield target Declan Rice.

    De Roon, 29, has previously played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in the 2016-17 season.

    Chelsea have also shown interest in Nice midfielder Danilo, 24, who is also in the final year of his contract.

  • Daniel Brookes

    THIRD BLUE JOINS ACCRINGTON

    Chelsea's fourth-choice goalkeeper Nathan baxter has joined Accrington Stanley on loan.

    The 21-year-old becomes the third Chelsea player to join Stanley, after midfielder Jon Russel and forward Tariq Uwakwe, both of whom have already made their League One bows.

    Baxter made the bench in Chelsea's 6-0 win over Barnsely in the Carabao Cup but dropped further down the pecking order after the arrival of Edouard Mendy.

    Baxter could be set for a starting role with Accrington though, having taken the No1 shirt at the club.

  • Daniel Brookes

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is reportedly a target for Derby County, Watford and Middlesbrough.

    The Daily Mail claim the Championship trio are all keen on the Ghana international, who joined the Blues from Augsburg in a £14million deal five years ago.

    The 26-year-old has had loan spells with Schalke, Reims and Real Mallorca.

  • Daniel Brookes

    RICE LATEST

    SunSport can reveal that West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CONTE BACK FOR ALONSO, EMERSON

    Inter Milan will try to sing one of Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri in January, according to Tuttosport.

    Inter tried to sign both players on loan deals this summer but Chelsea were only willing to listen to permanent offers.

    The report states Inter will return for the pair in January with Antonio Conte currently unsatisfied with his options in the position.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAK ATTACK

    Summer signing Hakim Ziyech could be in line to make his Chelsea debut next weekend.

    An injury sustained in pre-season has seen the midfielder miss the Blues' start to the campaign.

    The 27-year-old is now back in full training and could be in contention to face Southampton next Saturday.

    Fellow arrivals Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy all made their Chelsea debuts just before the international break.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MOSES TO RUSSIA

    Victor Moses will leave Chelsea to join Spartak Moscow on loan for the season.

    The Nigeria international will first sign a one-year extension to his Blues contract until 2022 so Chelsea don't lose him for free next summer.

    The deal will reportedly include a £9million option to buy.

    Moses spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan but the Italian giants were not interested in a permanent deal.

    The Russian side also made enquiries about Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier and Watford's Kiko Femenia.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES EYE CHILWELL BACK-UP

    Chelsea are already targeting back-up for new left-back signing Ben Chilwell.

    First though, the Blues will be hoping to move on Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, neither of whom feature in boss Frank Lampard's long-term plans.

    According to reports, Tottenham's Danny Rose and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand are under consideration.

    Bertrand, 31, spent nine years with Chelsea before signing for Southampton in 2014, and is a player the Blues will be familiar with.

    Rose meanwhile has been left without a squad number at Spurs and saw a move to Italian side Genoa fall through during the transfer window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUE DE ROON

    Chelsea could target Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon next summer, according to the Express.

    The Dutchman will be available on a free transfer in 2021, with his contract in Bergamo due to expire next summer and he would represent a cheaper option to the Blues' top midfield target Declan Rice.

    De Roon, 29, has previously played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in the 2016-17 season.

    Chelsea have also shown interest in Nice midfielder Danilo, 24, who is also in the final year of his contract.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    SunSport can reveal that West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

    Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly being lined up by Fiorentina after his Juventus exit.

    The Turin giants brutally sacked Sarri in August even though he led them to Serie A glory after a tense battle with Inter Milan and Lazio.

    And Tuttomercatoweb claims he is now in Fiorentina’s sights after their poor start to the new campaign.

    And finally, Chelsea are set to be without Edouard Mendy for next week's clash against Southampton after the goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury.

    On Friday, it was confirmed that the 28-year-old had left the Senegal national team camp.

    The news leaves Mendy as a huge doubt for the Blues' game at home to the Saints on October 17.

  • Joe Brophy

    RI SMILE

    Exclusive by Duncan Wright: West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

  • Joe Brophy

    TIME TO KEP UP

    Chelsea are set to be without Edouard Mendy for next week's clash against Southampton after the goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury.

    On Friday, it was confirmed that the 28-year-old had left the Senegal national team camp.

    The news leaves Mendy as a huge doubt for the Blues' game at home to Southampton on October 17.

    A Senegal statement read: “Mendy sustained an injury to the right thigh that occurred during the training session on Wednesday, October 07, 2020 and has undergone a medical examination at the hospital in Rabat.

    “Edouard Mendy has also left the group this afternoon to return to his club where he will undergo further examinations.

    “The Senegalese Football Federation wishes him a speedy recovery.”

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