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9pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rice for £50m, Tuchel to replace Lampard, Tomori joins Milan, Luton win REACTION

BLUES NEWS

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is reportedly targeting Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, should he decide to sack Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile some reports suggest Declan Rice could leave West Ham for as little as £50m this summer.

Follow all the latest below...

  • POSITIVE SPIN

    Frank Lampard was keen to point out Chelsea’s decent run of results amid the pressure heaped on his back.

    Today’s beating of Luton made it three wins in four - albeit with two of those in the FA Cup at home to lower league opposition.

    The manager told the club media: “That’s three wins in four games, I’m happy to quote that one because in the modern day people will very much look at these short-term stats and they can be flipped in different directions. 

    “It’s nice for us in the short-term that we have done that. You’re talking about two cup games, a league game that we won and one that we lost and at a big club like Chelsea the scrutiny is normal.

    “The good thing for us to do is not to get too caught up in how many games we won recently or where we’re at in the table. 

    “When you’re off it slightly, which we have been, the focus can only be on changing the form and I thought today the individual uplifts in form and the collective uplift in form was a big positive. So I’m very happy with that side.”

  • ANOTHER ONE FOR THE COLLECTION

  • SOMETHING TO IMPROVE ON

    Frank Lampard was largely happy with Chelsea’s performance today.

    But, the Blues boss felt that the lack of a clean sheet is a disappointment.

    He said: “We got it right in pretty much every sense other than two sloppy moments, one for their goal, one to give them a chance, but other than that everything was nailed on.

    “It was a general team moment of complacency at how comfortable we were at 2-0, which is not good enough. 

    “We got back from that quickly, we dominated the game, all that made it was slightly nervous that we didn’t have the two-goal lead that makes it very comfortable. 

    “Once we got that back again, which we should have got a lot earlier, then the game was comfortable.”

  • BARKING MAD

    Jamie Carragher believes Ross Barkley will have been unhappy with his treatment during Aston Villa’s win on Saturday night.

    The Chelsea loanee was subbed off and Sky pundit Carragher felt he and Jack Grealish would have felt hard done by.

    He said: “Two of them will be muttering saying, ‘the manager doesn’t know what he’s doing. What’s he doing taking us off?’.

    “He’ll be alright when he gets back to the dressing room. Another three points for them.”

  • MOUNT DELIGHT

    Mason Mount has spoken of his pride at captaining Chelsea today.

    In a heartwarming social media post, he shared pictures of himself in Blues kit as a lad and today, with the armband.

  • MOUNTING A CHALLENGE

    David Coote was shown the red card on social media after he TACKLED Mason Mount as the Chelsea midfielder prepared to shoot against Luton in the FA Cup today.

    Fans fumed as statuesque Coote unwittingly did a better of stopping England star Mount than many Premier League defenders have managed.

    Mason cut back sharply onto his left foot just outside the box - but straight into Coote, who was doing an awkward-looking 180-degree turn when caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The ref immediately blew up and raised his hands in front of him to admit his mishap.

  • TOM OF THE WORLD

    Fikayo Tomori has spoken of Paolo Maldini’s influence in bringing the defender to AC Milan.

    Loaned out by Chelsea, he called it a ‘surprise’ to hear of the Rossoneri’s interest.

    The centre-back said: “It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down

    “I was surprised, when I spoke to Paolo Maldini, the best defender who has ever played football, I knew this was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to play football.

    “I am very happy to be here now.”

  • NOT HIS TIM

    Frank Lampard has given his thoughts on Timo Werner after the German missed a penalty against Luton.

    The boss said: "I’m disappointed for him. He gave a lot to the performance today.

    "He was a threat behind, his link up with Tammy, his link up with people around him, it’s just one of those things. When it’s not going for you, it can happen. I missed penalties, I know the feeling.

    "I know he will feel despondent, maybe now and the last few minutes of the game, but he shouldn’t be. It’s my job and his teammates’ job to lift him and he will be fine.

    "It was almost a sign of what’s going on for Timo at the minute, it’s not quite dropping for him. But there will be a time when he takes penalties without thinking about it and hits the back of the net without thinking about it.

    "At the moment that’s not quite the time for Timo, but it will come and hopefully soon."

  • JON'T GO THERE

    Nathan Jones has hit out at Chelsea's first goal - which came after the Blues used a different ball to the one that had been kicked out of play.

    The Luton boss said: “The reason the ball’s are on the sidelines is because if they go into the top of the stand, there’s no crowd there to throw it back, so you use another ball, but there’s no multi-ball.

    “I asked the referee if it was multi-ball and he just kept quoting the rule book to me, so I have no idea, I couldn't get clarification.

    “I waited 30 minutes and he actually got changed and has gone, so I’m baffled, I don’t know what's going on as I did not know."

  • MOUNT A CHALLENGE

    Catch Simon Phillips’ verdict on Chelsea’s game today.

    As has been the case in recent weeks, Mason Mount continues to earn top praise, this time for his role as a potential leader in the club.

    Check out Simon’s column here.

  • SHAKE THE FROST OFF

    A bitingly cold day in West London…

    And one red-hot striker to thaw off those frozen limbs.

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