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8am Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test, Rice subject of £120k-a-week ‘offer’

CHELSEA picked up a Premier League point with a goalless draw at Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here...

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>18 minutes ago

    RUDI AND WAITING

    Frank Lampard has had 'constructive' talks with Antonio Rudiger over his Chelsea future, according to reports.

    The German defender has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and looked a dead cert to be sold at one point.

    Spurs, PSG and Roma were all interested in signing the 27-year-old.

    But he has had progressive chats with the Blues boss, according to the Mail.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea will reportedly train in Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar despite concerns over coronavirus in the country.

    The Mail cites reports from Russia claiming that some cities are seeing 'bodies pile up in morgues'.

    However, it's claimed Chelsea intend to fly out on Tuesday for their match, which kicks off at 5.55pm GMT the following day on Wednesday.

    Frank Lampard’s men will apparently take off at 9.30am from London, travelling the five hours to south-west Russia on a chartered flight.

    The Blues will arrive in the early evening and head straight to Krasnodar’s stadium for a late training session.

    In other news, Stats have revealed just how much of an improvement Edouard Mendy is on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Mendy boasts a save percentage of 88.9 per cent, while Kepa kept out just 63.4 per cent of the shots he faced.

    Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has held positive talks with Lampard as he looks to claw his way back into the squad.

    Telegraph Sport claim the German star has been training well since he returned from international duty.

    Rudiger was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer, but he looks set to stick around and fight for his spot.

  • TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard is looking to take the positives from Chelsea's draw with Manchester United.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “The balance is something we will constantly work on.

    “We got in nice areas at certain times.

    “We didn't have the usual spark that we have seen from Timo and Kai already, or what Christian can do.

    “I will take positives in that we defended very well and had at times good control, but did not have the penetration that we normally.”

  • TABLE TURNER

    Here's how the Premier League table is looking following tonight's matches.

    Chelsea are tenth in the table after six matches.

  • ON THE MEND

    Edouard Mendy has become the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech to keep two clean sheets in his first two starts for the club.

    The Senegal star was the star of the show for the Blues during this weekend's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    And he kept a clean sheet in the Champions League game with against Sevilla – which ended 0-0.

    His arrival has seen Kepa Arrizabalaga lose his No1 spot at Stamford Bridge.

  • STEVIE STING

    Steven Gerrard has admitted THAT infamous slip back in 2014 against Chelsea still lives with him to this day.

    Speaking on the High Performance Podcast, he said: “It was a real, brutal, cruel, low in my life, in 2014, the Chelsea episode, which still lives with me today.

    “I don't know whether it gave me extra determination or something.

    “From my experience, I think sometimes failure helps you to become better.

    “I still think now part of me is chasing more highs, and I want to work hard for them highs, because I still think more of the lows.

    “Sometimes, a low, or a bad time or a disappointment, can be the catalyst, and the trigger to something really, really, amazing. So now, when you're representing Rangers, you know what it means, and I do see opportunities to have more highs, and buzzes, and adrenaline rushes. I want to go and achieve.”

  • ON THE PAUL

    Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala.

    Tuttomercatoweb claim he is set to sign a new deal with Juventus.

    The Argentine had been tipped to leave Turin after a bust-up with a member of the club's board – and the Blues had been linked to him.

    But he looks set to stay after entering contract talks with the Italian giants.

  • FEELING BLUE?

    As things stand, Chelsea are 10th in the table after playing six games.

    The Blues have picked up two wins, three draws and suffered one loss.

    When quizzed about the varied results, Frank Lampard said: “It is hard to pinpoint because there can be quite a few factors.

    “Maybe having no fans is a factor, I don't know why but it certainly feels like it is a factor.”

  • RUDI HELL

    Antonio Rudiger held 'positive talks' with Frank Lampard as he looks to claw his way back into the Chelsea team.

    The German star has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under the management of Lampard.

    He was heavily linked with a move away the London club in the summer, but it failed to materialise.

    According to The Telegraph, he hopes to be given a chance to prove his potential at Chelsea.

    It is reported that he has trained well since his return from international duty.

  • SILVA LINING

    Frank Lampard has praised Thiago Silva for his performance during the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

    He said: “Thiago Silva on Saturday was a great example of a defender who concentrates at everything of a game, not just to affect things himself but to affect those around him.

    “That was a big plus.”

    He made 82 passes, two successful tackles, six clearances and two interceptions.

  • EURO STARS

    Chelsea will reportedly train in Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar despite concerns over coronavirus in the country.

    The Mail cites reports from Russia claiming that some cities are seeing 'bodies pile up in morgues'.

    Indeed, German outlet Bild claims Bayern Munich have opted against training in Russia ahead of their clash with Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow.

    That means they will hold a final training session at their base in Germany before jetting to Russia's capital for just the game.

  • PAY-PER-BLEW IT

    Premier League clubs will tomorrow discuss cutting the Pay Per View charge to under a tenner.

    But not until AFTER next month’s international break.

    Top flight clubs have faced a fan backlash, fuelled by MPs, and branded 'greedy' for the £14.95 per game charge.

    Despite that, SunSport understands the League is to announce the five matches scheduled for the weekend of November 7 and 8 which have not already been moved for live TV screening will be shown on PPV at the current price.

    Those matches include Arsenal versus Aston Villa and Spurs’ trip to West Brom, both of which will be switched to the Sunday because of Europa League exertions.

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard is on a mission to sort out his dodgy defence.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “Where we have conceded more goals than I would have liked in certain games this season, it is important to try to address those problems.

    “Obviously we are addressing them at the back.

    “I thought we defended the box very well [at Old Trafford].

    “Defending for me at this level when you have individual players with good quality is about concentration.

    “Concentration is what defines defending in top players generally.”

  • WHAT ZIYECH?

    Frank Lampard has insisted Hakim Ziyech is 'coming close to starting a game with his fitness' for Chelsea.

    He said: “I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

    “It is normal it will take some time for the relationships in the side to form, whether we want to play the ball in behind or to feet.

    “We are in such an early part of the season and I know the qualities and the reasons we brought Timo and Kai to the club.

    “I know the qualities we already have there and Hakim Ziyech is now looking like he is coming close to starting a game with his fitness.

    “I am very happy with the players.”

  • FEELING BLUE

    Liverpool ended Chelsea's incredible run at Stamford Bridge on this day in 2008. Ouch.

  • CAN HE HAK IT?

    Hakim Ziyech has been showing Chelsea fans what he can do by smashing goals at Cobham.

    The former Ajax man is building up to a first Blues start.

    And the £37million signing has been firing goals in during training sessions as he awaits a debut strike for the West Londonders.

  • ALL'S WELL

    Ben Chilwell is silencing any doubters after his £50million move from Leicester to Chelsea.

    The England left-back has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge.

    Chilwell has created nine chances for the Blues in the Premier League this season.

    That's more than any other player – and he's only played half of the games.

  • CECH HIM OUT

    Michael Essien had his say on former team-mate Petr Cech's return to the Chelsea squad as emergency coronavirus cover.

    Essien told Goal: “It is good, Petr can still play.

    “Goalkeepers can go longer than outfield players; it is good for him. Pete is a very lovely guy and it is great to have him around and it will be great for the Chelsea goalkeepers.

    “I always used to say that he thought he was smarter than he is! I am joking, he is very smart, speaks a lot of languages, plays his drums and in my time he was one of the leaders who spoke up to make things better for the squad.

    “I am happy for him to be back at the club in a very important role. I think he is doing well so far and I wish him all the best.”

  • YOU CAN'T WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS

    Chelsea legend Michael Essien joked Frank Lampard's young guns wouldn't have got into the Blues side he played in.

    Essien and Lampard teamed up together in the middle of Chelsea's midfield for years – with great success.

    Essien told Goal: “The young players are doing well but I don't know if they could play in my old team!

    “I am joking because I like the young players, with the likes of Mason Mount, but you need to raise your game at Chelsea constantly.”

  • TIME IS OF THE ESS-ENCE

    Former Chelsea star Michael Essien said his old team-mate Frank Lampard needs time as boss to succeed.

    The Ghanaian told Goal: “He [Lampard] is Chelsea, he knows the club inside out and what needs to be done.

    “He will get the help of everyone there and I think so far that he has done a good job.

    “Last season was a good achievement and it isn't an easy place to manage. The fans can demand a lot so it isn't easy, and he is doing his best.

    “Football is full of ups and downs, you have to understand that. Get behind the team instead of not being happy after every bad result.

    “The job is not easy so you have to be patient and push the team, then hopefully they will do well. They have added good players so they will have to deliver as a lot is expected now.”

  • ACTION REPLAY

    Catch highlight's of Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday here.

  • FEEL THE WERN

    Chelsea legend Alan Hudson says he feels sorry for Chelsea's new forward Timo Werner.

    Hudson told CaughtOffside: “Frank was desperate to stop conceding so set his stall out to do so, therefore not having a shot on goal at the other end for so long, and in 90 minutes less than any other match this season.

    “He has now got himself into quite a predicament and is ‘stuck in the middle’. After two 0-0s he’s put himself in a very tricky situation as to how to go about future matches. The creativity was clear – there was none, and the whole team were tuned into keeping a clean sheet as a defeat would have been harmful.

    On Werner and Havertz, Hudson added: “They were both disappointing because this defensive formula was foreign to them. They are both forward thinking players and they must be thinking ‘How many do we have to score to win?’

    “I feel sorry for Werner in particular, because he’s making some great runs but not being picked out or spotted. If that continues he might stop making them.

    “I watched him against Southampton and for the last goal his head went down as much as to say ‘What have I got to do to be on a winning side?’ Almost every goal he has scored he has had to create himself which tells a story alone.”

  • ED AND SHOULDERS ABOVE

    Edouard Mendy has replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal and seems to have had an instant impact.

    Check out the key stats for the Blues' new No1.

  • SILVA LINING

    Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva has seemingly become a rock already at the back for the Blues.

    He helped them to a clean sheet against Manchester United on Saturday – much to the delight of his manager.

    And the stats back up the impression he is doing a fine job.

  • HAPPY AS CAN ZIY

    Frank Lampard is 'happy' with Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz after the new signings copped some criticism.

    Ex-Everton man Tim Cahill had a pop at them for dribbling too much but boss Lamps isn't worried.

    In his virtual press conference after the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, Lampard said: “I am least worried about the front end of the pitch with the players that we have there.

    “It is normal that it will take some time for relationships [to build]. For when we have got to put the ball in behind, the ball into feet, clearly these things are going to take time to build. The reason we brought Timo and Kai into the club is to add to the quality we already have here.

    “Hakim Ziyech is looking like he is getting close to starting a game with his fitness. I have no worries about that.

    “The last bit didn’t happen for us today. It is normal, that happens in football but I am very happy with the players.”

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