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3.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rudiger future latest, Ben White interest, Giroud praised by former Blues team-mate

CHELSEA are now 15 games unbeaten this season as Frank Lampard's side fine their form.

Joe Cole tipped the Blues as potential Champions League winners before the 4-0 win over Sevilla in midweek, while we've the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below...

  • PREDICTED XI

    Frank Lampard has a major selection dilemma for the visit of Leeds tomorrow.

    Will Olivier Giroud make the XI?

    SunSport's predicted line-up reckons he will - with the Blues likely to play the Frenchman alongside Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner up top.

  • MOUR TO GO ON

    Jose Mourinho believes that he can manage at the top for another 10-15 years.

    The Portuguese, 57, has been coaching for the last 20 years, having previously worked as Sir Bobby Robson's translator at Barcelona in the 1990s.

    The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss said: “I’m a 57-year-old, very young in relation to my job, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I have 10-15 years ahead of me.

    "I just try to enjoy my life and to enjoy my life is also to have the privilege of a job which is a passion, a hobby if you want, a full-time hobby.

    "It’s my world, the world where I was born, it’s the world that I belong.

    “Everybody saying my career is long, which is true, but I don’t see the end."

  • EXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright

    Wayne Bridge says there are jealous people around football who want Frank Lampard to fail as a manager.

    Bridge said: “To be honest a lot of people are probably a little bit jealous of him getting the job so early, and a lot of people are hoping he doesn't do well.

    “There's always jealous people out there. People wanted to write him off straight away, maybe because he was such a good player.

    “I'm buzzing for him. I'd love to see him go and win it this year, love it.

    “They're definitely capable of challenging, 100 per cent. I would like to think they go and win it."

  • FOOT THE BILL

    Frank Lampard has revealed whether Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour is part of his plans this month.

    Speaking at today's press conference, he said: "Possibily.

    "We don't have injuries tomorrow so players miss out on squad but Billy will hopefully get minutes.

    "His quality will shine through."

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has claimed it will mean a 'great deal' have fans back for the game against Leeds.

    When asked what it will mean to his squad, he said: "A great deal. This season I certainly felt it and I guess players do.

    "To get 2,000 back is a huge deal. They have been patient.

    "We hope we can get more in quickly but it will be nice to hear them tomorrow supporting the team."

  • 'COULD BE A CRACKER'

    Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to beat Leeds United this weekend.

    Writing in his BetVictor column, Owen predicted: "This could be a cracker.

    "Leeds are so much better when they're playing against teams that come at them."

    Before he added: "The thing is with Chelsea, they can only play one way. They'll attack Leeds, which should play into the visitors' hands.

    "However, although I think Bielsa's men will get some joy on the counter, I reckon Chelsea will have just enough quality to see them take the points."

  • ED ACHE

    Eden Hazard's ongoing injury battle has put his career at Real Madrid in jeopardy and time seems to be running out.

    The ex-Chelsea star, 29, sustained another muscular problem in the 2-1 defeat to Alaves which is set to put him out for the rest of the calendar year.

    Since joining the Los Blancos in 2019, Hazard has been absent for a total of 39 games and the figures continue to rise.

    But Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez still has confidence in the Madrid playmaker and believes there is nothing to worry about long term.

    According to Marca, he said: "It doesn't worry me in the long run, I'm concerned about the lack of happiness at the moment. Eden should be on the pitch and able to enjoy his football."

  • JANUARY BLUES

    Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for both Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January.

    The defenders have each featured in the Premier League just once this season with Frank Lampard preferring a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

    Former Roma star Rudiger has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona as an alternative to Manchester City's Eric Garcia.

    Meanwhile ex-Derby loanee Tomori is claimed to be an option for Newcastle as Steve Bruce weighs up bringing him to St James' Park on loan.

    And ESPN have stated that the pair will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as Lampard looks to trim the centre-backs in his squad.

  • WHITE NOISE

    Chelsea have been linked to Ben White - but Graham Potter thinks Brighton will be able to keep hold of him.

    The Seagulls boss said: "I have no worries about Ben getting his head turned.

    "He is a level headed guy who wants to play football and of course he wants to do it at the highest level, just like you want all those players to have those ambitions.

    "He gets on with his work and he was totally professional in the summer despite the noise from outside the club, which you can't control."

  • NO CHIL

    Ben Chilwell has been named on the shortlist November's Premier League Player of the Month award.

    The ex-Leicester City star has scored one goal and kept two clean sheets in three appearances for the Blues.

    Here are the other nominees:

  • LIV FOR THE MOMENT

    Olivier Giroud will make a decision over his future in January - but wants to stay at Chelsea.

    Speaking to the official Chelsea website, he said: "I had a conversation with [Didier] Deschamps and he said if the situation stayed like that, I will have to take a decision in January.

    "I am pretty sure I can get some more game time and stay at Chelsea because that is what I want.

    "I want to win trophies with Chelsea so basically that's it.

    "You never know in football, everything is going very fast."

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard is prepared to listen to offers for TWO of his defenders in January, report the Metro.

    The Blues boss is keen to offload the dead wood in his squad following his busy summer of spending.

    Speaking about the difficulties of managing a squad with so many defensive options, he said: "It's a difficult when you have five centre backs so it's not ideal.

    "Some people would say they'd like to have five centre backs of that quality but you have to deal with it week to week to give them the game time and stuff."

  • PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has tipped Chelsea to finish in the top four this season.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes, he said: "Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea are your top four, I think, in any order.

    "I can't see Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal or any of those other clubs finishing in the Champions League places.

    "You look on paper and their team isn't anywhere near the level of those four. I don't put Manchester United anywhere near bracket."

  • LIV WITH IT

    Olivier Giroud has revealed Chelsea's targets for the 2020-21 season.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: "Our ambition is to compete with the best teams in the Premier League, and in the Champions League to go as far as we can.

    "We have shown we have a great squad and we can count on a lot of talented players.

    "It will give us the opportunity to play in both competitions."

    As things stand, the Blues are third in the table with 19 points.

  • HAMMER TIME

    West Ham have been linked to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    The Frenchman scored all of four of his team's goal during the win over Sevilla.

    TalkSPORT's Alex Crook has now revealed that David Moyes is a huge admirer.

    He said: "I know there's interest from West Ham United.

    "David Moyes is a huge admirer of Giroud, and why wouldn't he be?"

  • FOOT THE BILL

    Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour.

    Calciomercato claim the Italian side want to land the 19-year-old on loan in January.

    Gilmour is back in action after being sidelined for four months with a knee injury.

    After his return, Frank Lampard told Chelsea TV: "Yeah, I'm pleased for Billy to get back on the pitch. We saw his quality break through last year."

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS 

    Frank Lampard admits he will find it hard to leave out Olivier Giroud when Leeds come to town on Saturday.

    The Frenchman bagged FOUR goals against Sevilla in the Champions League, putting himself in prime position to play against Leeds on the weekend.

    Lamaprd said: “We’ll have to see – it’s a tight turnaround but it’s four goals in a game.

    “It is an amazing performance to score four goals at Champions League level against a really good opponent, and the individual quality of all of his goals.

    “Rightly he gets a standing ovation as he comes off the pitch. I’m delighted for him.

    “He is the ultimate professional and I think he’s done that in his career and I think that’s why with Oli, you see his numbers for France and you his numbers in the Champions League."

  • TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard admits he will find it hard to leave out Olivier Giroud when Leeds come to town on Saturday.

    He said: "We'll have to see - it's a tight turnaround but it's four goals in a game.

    “It is an amazing performance to score four goals at Champions League level against a really good opponent, and the individual quality of all of his goals.

    “Rightly he gets a standing ovation as he comes off the pitch. I'm delighted for him.

    “He is the ultimate professional and I think he's done that in his career and I think that's why with Oli, you see his numbers for France and you his numbers in the Champions League.

  • RU CAMP OFFER?

    Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi have been rated shock Barcelona targets for January.

    Under-fire Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants defensive reinforcements after a poor start to his reign and season.

    And Mundo Deportivo, suggest Manchester City’s Eric Garcia, 19, has been joined by fellow centre-backs Rudiger and Mustafi as January options.

  • ODOI DONE GOOD

    Joe Cole has backed Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi to become world class under Frank Lampard.

    He told BT Sport: “I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a top, top player.

    “Psychologically he knows he faces a battle to play. You can’t keep every player happy because every player wants to play every game and that’s not possible.

    “Callum is at that stage of his career where he’s still developing and still learning, every lesson he learns is a little building block to help him become that world class player that we all think he can become.”

  • CESC MAGNIFIQUE 

    Cesc Fabregas

    has paid tribute to Olivier Giroud after his four-goal haul for Chelsea against Sevilla.

    The Frenchman, 34, walked off with the matchball after scoring a perfect hat-trick and a penalty in the 4-0 win in Spain last night.

    And one man full of place for the forward is ex-Chelsea and Arsenal teammate Fabregas.

    The now-Monaco midfielder described Giroud as a ‘real pro’ following the Frenchman’s patience at being left on the bench for most of the campaign.

    And Fabregas also hailed Giroud as the perfect model for kids looking to reach the highest levels of the game.

    He tweeted: “Olivier Giroud what a real pro you are mate. All young players should have you as a role model. Well done once again.

    “And people still wonder why you always end up playing! Hard work, passion, dedication and real character to always turn things around.”

  • MASK THE ISSUE

    Premier League fans MUST wear masks in their seats when top flight turnstiles reopen tomorrow – in a bid to get up to 20,000 supporters in grounds by the end of the season.

    The 20 Prem clubs agreed new Covid regulations to cover the first crowd attendances in the League since March.

    They include urging fans to ‘moderate’ their singing and shouting, although chants will not – unlike hugging fellow supporters – be banned.

    But while Government guidelines indicated fans would only have to wear masks on entry and in concourses, the club chiefs agreed to enforce the tougher measures.

    By mandating mask wearing except when fans are eating or drinking, clubs would be able to seat supporters at 1m distance in the most modern grounds.

    And that could allow up to one third of total capacities – 20,000 or more for the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham – before the campaign finishes.

    Five clubs will open their gates this weekend, starting with West Ham’s game with United at the London Stadium and including Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham.

  • EDEN OFF?

    Eden Hazard has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu.

    And French champions Paris Saint-Germain are the leading contenders to pull of a massive deal in January, according to Betfair.

    The bookmakers have priced Thomas Tuchel's side as 5/1 favourites to bring Hazard to the Parc des Princes during the winter window.

    PSG's odds could have something to do with a recent report claiming that Real Madrid chiefs have an audacious transfer proposal in the pipeline.

    Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito report the La Liga heavyweights will 'cut their losses' and look to offload the 29-year-old.

    There's a further suggestion that Hazard will be used as a makeweight to sign striker Kylian Mbappe.

    A sensation return to Stamford Bridge is the next most likely scenario at 12/1.

  • EURO STARS

    Olivier Giroud's incredible goalscoring performance against Sevilla saw him become just the second player to net four times for an English club in the Champions League.

    The other player who has done it is Manchester United icon Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    He fired home four goals against Sparta Prague in the 2004 group stage - 16 years ago.

  • FAN'S VIEW

    SunSport's Simon Phillips writes: "God told Olivier Giroud to stay at Chelsea this summer according to Giroud himself.

    "Well, thank you God, and thank you Giroud."

    "Chelsea have spent £231 million in recent windows on the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Christian Pulisic – but it is Giroud who is knocking the hardest on Lampard’s door this week after a world-class performance in the Champions League.

    "The French international scored with his left foot, right foot, and with his head – creating what is known as ‘the perfect hat trick.’

    "And what he has done as a result is he has pretty much made it impossible to be dropped for Saturday’s game against Leeds United, and he should now be the first name on Lampard’s team sheet for that game.

    "Chelsea’s new signings have been fantastic, but Giroud’s performance last night is a stark reminder of what he can do and the talent that Lampard already had at his disposure – his strength in depth is incredible."

    Read more HERE.

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