Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Saturday, 29th February.
Lampard responds to Willian
Frank Lampard has said that contract negotiations with Willian are still ongoing, but admits the timing of the Brazilian venting his frustrations were not ideal.
Following the Blues 3-0 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, the winger stated he’d only been offered a new two-year deal instead of three. With his deal set to expire in June, Lampard insists talks are continuing.
“It’s an ongoing conversation,” Lampard said . “Maybe not ideal timing but I get asked every three days here, players get asked after games and it’s not always easy for them. People want some form of answer.
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“Conversations are ongoing but at the minute I don’t want to get too drawn into it because I am the manager of the team and don’t want to look too far down towards the summer.
“It’s why some of the headlines this week had a slight sense of frustration for me because we are working day to day to finish the job this season and we are not jumping ahead to the summer.
“But Willy’s one is an ongoing situation. It’s not over. We’ll see.”
4 players to miss Bournemouth trip
As expected, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi will not feature against Bournemouth this afternoon.
Tammy Abraham can also be added to the list, as confirmed by Lampard.
“[Christian] Pulisic is injured. Kante is injured, Abraham is injured. [Hudson-Odoi] is not fit,” Lampard told reporters. “We are trying to find a solution, it’s obviously frustrating that he comes in and out somewhat.
Tammy Abraham during Chelsea’s clash against Bayern Munich
(Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images))
“But he’s injured.
“I will speak to the doctors about it but we are not clear on that one. Yes, he is not active for the next couple of days so I don’t know.