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Chelsea morning headlines as Mendy outlines Tottenham plan and Declan Rice names best position

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Thursday, 26 November.

Mendy focused on Spurs test after Rennes return

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy says he is focused on helping the Blues beat Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday following his Rennes reunion.

Mendy helped Chelsea seal their passage to the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 win away at the side he left in the summer.

Now, though, after achieving their objective in Europe, Mendy says the attention now shifts to moving above Spurs in the Premier League table.

“The objective now is to do a good match against Tottenham on Sunday,” Mendy told the Chelsea website.

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“I don’t think beyond that. We want to keep the good run we have had going, and to do that we need to maintain those high levels in training and in the match itself.”

Declan Rice outlines favoured position

Chelsea target Declan Rice has explained why he prefers to play in midfield as opposed to defence.

Rice was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the summer but stayed at West Ham United with the Hammers refusing to lower their £80million asking price.

And while some view Rice’s future as a centre-back, the 21-year-old has revealed his preference for playing slightly higher up the pitch.

Speaking to Sky Sports, as quoted by the Metro, Rice said: “I’ve played midfield now for the last three seasons. I think people get carried away with kind of what they want me to do.

“My role is holding midfielder. There isn’t really any flair in that. I can slot in at centre-half but I think I’ve got much more to give and I think my confidence is growing in midfield.

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