Craig Burley urges Aubameyang to join better club than Chelsea

ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley believes Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should consider joining an elite club capable of winning the Champions League instead of Chelsea, who are under transition. The Gabon international has less than 14 months remaining on his existing contract with the Gunners and his reluctance to prolong his stay has led to the transfer speculation.

Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona have already been credited with an interest in his services of late, it has emerged that the Blues are also keen on pursuing him. Amidst this, Burley has advised Aubameyang to target trophies with bigger clubs rather than taking up a development project under Frank Lampard.
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Lampard admits Chelsea are underdogs against Bayern Munich

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has acknowledged that his team can be regarded as potential underdogs for the forthcoming Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. The Blues are set to host Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16 clash on Tuesday night and their chances of advancing in the competition may depend on the outcome of that game.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Lampard admitted that his team are lacking the same level of experience as Bayern on the European stage but he is optimistic of the club’s chances of surprising the Bavarian giants on their homeground, he told: “I think the underdog talk for a game like this is better to come from outside, from people looking out to in.

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Eden Hazard heaps praise on Lampard’s management at Chelsea

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has said that he is not surprised by the success of Frank Lampard since he was handed with the managerial role at Chelsea. The 41-year-old had a rather mixed beginning to the season as the Blues struggled to garner regular wins but things have changed over the past few months.

The west London giants had built up a six-match winning streak in the Premier League prior to the international break and that sees them placed in the third on the table with a healthy nine-point advantage over the teams outside of the Champions League positions. Speaking in a press conference, Hazard was asked whether he has been surprised by the Blues this term to which he replied:

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Drogba says both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can win the Ballon d’Or

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba believes both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are capable of winning the Ballon d’Or crown in the future. Neymar was heavily touted to leave Paris Saint-Germain to rejoin Barcelona this summer and that was not meant to be after the Blaugrana failed to meet the transfer demands of the French champions.

As a result, Neymar appears set to play alongside Mbappe for the third season running and Drogba believes the pair could be winning the Ballon d’Or accolade at some stage, he told: “Neymar and Mbappe will one day win the Ballon d’Or. They are part of this small group of exceptional players. There are very few in the world. Because it is incredibly complementary.

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Frank Lampard really impressed with Mason Mount’s quality

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has acknowledged that he has been really impressed with the performances of midfielder Mason Mount in pre-season. Mount spent the previous season on loan with Derby County under the guidance of Lampard and he has got the chance to work again with the 41-year-old, who was appointed as the new head coach last month.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Lampard admitted that he is pleased with Mount carrying on with the form displayed at Derby last term. He added that he has a potential selection headache on his hands because of the same, considering the presence of the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the club’s ranks.

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Didier Drogba says no one can replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that no player can replace Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international made the switch to Real Madrid from the Blues after seven seasons and that has left a potential void on the left side of the attack, though new signing Christian Pulisic has been backed to take up the role.

Speaking during an Instagram live on his account, Drogba said that Hazard remains a special player and the Blues may not be able to instantly replace him in their ranks, he said: “No one can replace Hazard, he is special. But someone else will come, [and] step up. “Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.”

The west London giants were expecting the departure of Hazard from the midway stage of the previous campaign and that made them secure a transfer agreement for Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund. That move has become more crucial with the club now serving a 12-month ban and it remains to be seen whether the United States international can hit the ground running next term.

Pulisic had a rather indifferent season with Dortmund where he struggled with multiple calf concerns and that partly reduced his gametime with the club. Nonetheless, he has shown plenty of promise through the Gold Cup with the national team and the Blues will be hoping that the attacker makes a bright start to his debut Premier League season.

Chelsea are currently without a manager after the departure of Maurizio Sarri but they have been tipped to pursue Frank Lampard as the new boss. The former Blues star is currently contracted to Derby County in the Championship but the Blues remain confident of landing his signature with negotiations at an advanced stage with the Rams. Lampard guided the Rams to the Championship play-off final during his debut managerial season last term.