Lampard confident of Pedro and Willian staying until season end

Frank Lampard is confident of including Willian and Pedro on the team even though their contract with Chelsea will be ending nine days after the match against Aston Villa. The club is having talks with both the players to extend their contract temporarily until the current season ends. This may be not possible in the case of Pedro as he has reached an agreement with the Italian club Romawhich makes Chelsea doubt hispresence on the team for the forthcoming matches.

Meanwhile, Willian has not yet agreed on moving away from Chelsea but his request for a three-year contract has been rejected. Lampard hopes that both of his players will not leave him in the middle of the season like Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth. He hopes that both of them can stay till the season ends and will help them qualify for the Champions League.
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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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