Frank Lampard rules out Chelsea departure and provides curious update as Willian talks continue

Frank Lampard has ruled out any chance of Ross Barkley leaving Chelsea this month after West Ham United enquired about the possibility of bringing the England midfielder to the London Stadium on loan.

Barkley has started Chelsea’s past two games, home wins against Nottingham Forest and Burnley, after recovering from a foot injury that kept him out of action for about two months.

While Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are ahead of Barkley in the pecking order at the moment, Lampard will not allow him to swap West London for East London after David Moyes, the West Ham manager, confirmed his desire to move for a player he knows well from their time at Everton together.

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The head coach also said that Willian remains in talks with Chelsea over a new contract, while striker Olivier Giroud could join Internazionale depending on other circumstances – namely the club’s ability to bring in another striker this month.

“There is no talk here of Barkley going anywhere, I have a lot of belief in Ross,” Lampard said. Oli, he is experienced and if circumstances fall right it might happen. Willian is going nowhere. He is still in talks with the club.”

Speaking before tomorrow’s trip to face Newcastle United, Lampard poured cold water on stories of an imminent signing being made, however he did say that there are irons in the fire.

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“There is nothing imminent,” he added. “There are people waiting in the wings. I won’t talk about individuals. There is nothing imminent.

“What remains the same is that the window is open and I am aware of how I want the squad to be. That is the focus on tomorrow. It has to be right in January.

“If we can improve, then it can be important. Whether we bring in a player or no players, it will be tough all season. There are other teams around us who have power.”