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Chelsea evening headlines as Lampard changes transfer strategy and Abramovich’s Sancho message

Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Monday, April 13

Lampard explains how Coronavirus will affect Blues transfer plans

The fallout from the Coronavirus outbreak could see Chelsea forced to re-evaluate their transfer strategy, manager Frank Lampard has admitted.

Lampard maintains that recruitment will be key to his team closing the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City and launching a genuine title challenge during his time in charge, but suggests the current situation may prompt a deviation from any planned approach to transfers.

“This period now and what is going on in the world has made it very difficult to plan on that front,” Lampard told Sky Sports, while acknowledging how years of hard work and smart recruitment have got Liverpool and City to where they are now and there’s not necessarily a quick fix.

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“We have to have different versions of plans of how it looks going forward.

“Going into this break I certainly felt like we were moving in the right direction.

“And with continued progress and working on the day to day, and the attitude of the club, myself and the players, and bringing in players in key areas to try and bridge that gap to Liverpool and City, then yeah I have a strong belief we can.”

Lampard gives Billy Gilmour new benchmark to live up to

Frank Lampard has revealed he could have given Billy Gilmour a first-team chance even sooner, but has urged the teenage midfielder to sustain the high standards he has set for himself.

The 18-year-old made his senior debut in August but had to wait until the March victory over Everton for his first Premier League start.

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And now the Blues’ boss has highlighted Gilmour and his fellow youngsters for their willingness and eagerness to learn, while reminding the player of what he can achieve.

“Billy [Gilmour] probably gives me as much pleasure as…

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