11pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rudiger future latest, White interest, Cole tips Champions League title

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…

  • Joe Miles

    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:

    • Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United
    • Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
    • Pierre-Emile Holberg – Tottenham
    • Angelo Ogbonna – West Ham
    • James Ward-Prowse – Southampton

    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."

     

    • Joe Miles

      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."

    • Joe Miles

      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.

    • Joe Miles

      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?"

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    • Joe Miles

      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."

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    • Dave Fraser

      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."

    • Jack Figg

      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.

    • Jack Figg

      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.

    • Jack Figg

      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.”

    • Jack Figg

      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.”

    • Jack Figg

      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.

    • Jack Figg

      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.

    • Joe Brophy

      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.

    • Joe Brophy

      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.

    • Joe Brophy

      SILVA LINING

      Kurt Zouma has hailed ‘inspirational’ summer signing Thiago Silva.

      He told the club's official website: "Thiago is a very good player.

      "He’s very calm, he’s very experienced, he never gets stressed, his positioning is very good and he’s very, very clever without the ball, and with the ball too, even if he gets it when there’s pressure.

      "He’s won many, many trophies in France, he’s been playing in the Champions League, so he brings experience to the team.

      "He’s very fit, he’s inspirational to all the others. He is taking care of his body and hopefully he can play even longer."

    • Joe Brophy

      RUD AWAKENING

      Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for defenders Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori.

      ESPN claim Blues head coach Frank Lampard is keen to reduce the number of centre-backs at the club.

      Yet the report adds that is it unsure whether Chelsea would allow both players to leave – with Rudiger close to a permanent exit in the summer.

      Tomori meanwhile is said to be only available for loan with Lampard recognisesing the need for regular minutes to aid his development.

    • Joe Brophy

      LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

      Joe Cole believes Chelsea are fast becoming serious Champions League contenders.

      He told BT Sport: “There's a fearlessness about them. Second youngest squad in the Premier League.

      “And those names you see. You might think: ‘Ah, Juventus are still there and so are Barcelona’, but if you look at each club individually at the moment, Juventus are in a bit of disarray, Barcelona's a mess, Real Madrid, the manager is hanging on in there.

      “It’s open to anyone. Manchester City, Liverpool. We could even have a situation where all four English teams are in the last four.

      “I look at those teams that are through already and none of them scare me. And I think Chelsea are right up there with the form teams, 15 games unbeaten and it's looking rosy for them right now.”

    • Joe Brophy

      RE-BLUE-NION

      John Terry reportedly wants to bring Ashley Cole with him if he gets the Derby County job.

      Wayne Rooney has been placed in temporary charge of the struggling Championship club with a new takeover consortium set to get control of the Rams.

      Former Chelsea captain Terry, currently assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, is one of the front-runners to become Philip Cocu’s permanent replacement.

      JT has made no secret of his desire to get into management and has been backed to succeed by his old team-mate and ex-Derby boss Frank Lampard should he land the job.

      And the Daily Mirror claims Terry wants to make Cole, who finished his career with the Rams, part of his backroom team.

      The report also states MK Dons assistant boss Luke Williams could also be on his radar as part of his staff.

    • Joe Brophy

      CECH'S MATE

      Edouard Mendy and Petr Cech both arrived at Chelsea from Rennes to play between the sticks at Stamford Bridge.

      But the comparisons don't end there.

    • Joe Brophy

      BAIL OUT

      Premier League clubs have finally agreed a bail out deal for the lower leagues.

      After months of wrangling, the 20 top flight clubs have unanimously agreed to change the terms of their initial £50m offer to Leagues One and Two.

      And they have also formally agreed to a £200m loan package for Championship clubs suffering financially as a result of the Covid crisis.

      EFL clubs turned down the first offer which was solely to the lower two tiers.

      They then agreed in principle to the full offer, which included the Championship money, but urged the Prem to alter the terms.

      And now that has happened, bringing to an end a long-running dispute which saw the Government turning on football and accusing the Prem of failing to do its duty.

    • Joe Brophy

      ROUD TO SUCCESS

      Chelsea are reportedly set to allow Olivier Giroud to leave the club in January after the Frenchman fell down the pecking order.

      The striker, who nearly left the club at the beginning of 2020, has yet to start a Premier League game for Frank Lampard this season.

      Giroud was handed a start against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday night, where he scored all four goals in the 4-0 win.

      Bur despite his man of the match display, he still may find himself on the bench against Leeds on Saturday.

      With his future in doubt, SunSport takes a look at where he could end up from Inter Milan to Inter Miami HERE…

    • Joe Brophy

      OD ONE OUT

      Glenn Hoddle has also heaped praise on Callum Hudson-Odoi.

      He told BT Sport: "The lad’s got talent but in this Chelsea squad you’re not going to play every game. They have Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Havertz, so someone is going to miss out.

      "The boy’s talented and has wonderful feet. He’s got vision and I think he’s just now only his injury which was a tough one. But he looks free of that now.

      "He’s got to earn his place in the Chelsea team and he’s still a little bit inconsistent. He’s not the finished article but if Chelsea weren’t so strong, Lampard would play him every week.

      "He will get to that. He will get to the stage where he plays every week because he’s got that sort of talent."

    • Joe Brophy

      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."

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