1.15pm Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger rejected by Everton, Kepa to face Sevilla and Man Utd with Mendy out another week – The Sun

KEPA is set to keep his place as number one for Chelsea's games against Sevilla and Manchester United this week following the disappointing news that Edouard Mendy remains out.

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that Everton rejected the chance to sign Antonio Rudiger in the transfer window.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Richard Forrester

    RUDDY HELL

    Everton rejected the chance to sign Antonio Rudiger this summer, according to reports.

    The Chelsea central defender has been left out of the side following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

    Rudiger was offered to the Toffees on loan but Carlo Ancelotti turned them down.

    According to the Athletic, it all came down to finances.

    Chelsea wanted £5million to cover the loan fee and his entire £150,000-a-week wages paid in full.

  • Richard Forrester

    CHAMPS OR CHUMPS

    Frank Lampard has warned his players of the 'cut-throat' nature of the Champions League.

    The Blues boss watched his side throw away a two goal advantage on two occassions against Southampton at the weekend.

    And the boss admitted there is no room for error as they prepare to take on Europa League champions Sevilla.

    He said on Chelsea's official site: “The players that were here last year, and talking about the young players particularly in the Bayern Munich games because of the strong opposition, it would have been a learning curve for them.

    “That’s the Champions League; it’s the top club competition in world football. They will be better for it; they will want to improve this year in that. We will see how much they have learned.

    “Of the players we have brought in, some have more Champions League experience than others.

    “We generally have younger players so it’s important we try and make sure we learn any lessons as we go because the Champions League is so cut-throat.

    “You have to have absolute focus because of the level of teams you’re playing, and particularly as we start against Sevilla.”

  • Richard Forrester

    NO N'GO ZONE

    N’Golo Kante wants to stay at Chelsea despite being targeted by Real Madrid and Inter Milan, reports claim.

    Kante, 29, has no desire to leave Stamford Bridge in the ‘short or medium term’ and is happy to see out his contract, which ends in 2023, according to Le10Sport.

    Boss Frank Lampard shares the same sentiment and has insisted that the midfielder still plays an important role at the Bridge.

    Speaking on Kante he said: “I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante.

    “I have seen those reports as well. He is an incredible player and person and I certainly don’t want to lose him. He’s fundamental in terms of what I’m trying to do.”

    Lampard’s admission comes after Chelsea were forced to deny claims that there was a rift between the pair.

  • Richard Forrester

    BARK-ING MAD

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith promised Ross Barkley he would get him into next summer's Euros squad.

    The on-loan Chelsea midfielder scored the winner in Villa's impressive 1-0 win at Leicester on Sunday night.

    He has instantly hit the ground running after his career appeared to be going backwards at the Blues.

    Smith told Sky Sports: “He's a high-calibre player. I'm thankful to Chelsea that they've loaned him to us.

    “I sold him the project here and told him I'll get him in the Euros squad and he's going to try and help us win football games. He's certainly done that in his first couple.

    “He couldn't have started better. Being a Blue, getting that win and scoring against the Reds (in a 7-2 win before the international break) and then getting that in the 91st minute couldn't have been a better start for him or us.”

  • Richard Forrester

    HAK-IN ZIYECH

    Chelsea host Sevilla on Tuesday night in their Champions League season opener.

    Frank Lampard will likely have one eye on Saturday’s huge Premier League clash with Manchester United.

    But the Blues chief will send out his best available XI to take on the reigning Europa League champions at Stamford Bridge.

    Worryingly for Lampard though, Edouard Mendy looks set to miss another game having sat out the 3-3 draw with Southampton.

    Here's how we think Chelsea will shape up against the Spaniards.

  • Richard Forrester

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has criticised his Chelsea players for failing to follow his instructions.

    The Blues blew a 2-0 and 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Southampton at the weekend.

    It's an all too familiar story for Lampard with individual errors costing his side.

    He said after the game:“I certainly didn’t want to play brave football in the last moments of the game.

    “That was my message to them, that I wanted them to go longer and break the press. I don’t think the players did that enough.

    “We tried to play too much and some of that is ingrained in the players that they want to try and play football.

    “That’s certainly something I am not a big advocate of with high pressure, as something you can do is miss out the pressure to get the ball high up the pitch and use the players at the other end of the pitch.

    “That was probably my biggest disappointment that the players didn’t put into action.”

  • Richard Forrester

    KEEPING WITH KEPA

    Frank Lampard is unlikely to have keeper Edouard Mendy back between the sticks for Chelsea's next two huge games.

    The Blues host Sevilla in their opening Champions League contest tomorrow before travelling to Manchester United at the weekend.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga had yet another howler in the 3-3 draw with Southampton and was at fault for the visitor's second.

    When asked when the £22million keeper will be fit from his hamstring recovery, Lampard said: “Mendy is at the minute injured and probably will be fit in the next week or two weeks and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SCHOOLBOY STUFF

    Arsene Wenger said his relationship with Jose Mourinho is 'like Kindergarten' as their fallout continues.

    Wenger's autobiography, My Life in Red and White, was released this month, a little over two years since the 70-year-old left Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

    But the Gunners legend left out any inclusion of rival Mourinho because he wanted it to be a 'positive book’.

    The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager responded by insisting his omission in Wenger's memoirs was 'because he never beat me'.

    But Wenger hit back, as he told Canal+: “It doesn't bother me. It is permanent provocation.

    “I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But, that's part of his personality.

    “It's wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory.

    “It is 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS!

    N’Golo Kante is happy to stay at Chelsea despite being linked with a move away in the summer transfer window.

    The 29-year-olds future was in doubt over the summer, being linked with a move away to make space for West Ham's Declan Rice.

    According to Le 10 Sport, the two-time Premier League winner has no intention of leaving the Blues.

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has praised Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner saying they will “kill” Premier League teams.

    The Saints boss knows Werner from his time at RB Leipzig back in 2016.

    He said: “I knew the moment would come that he scored his first goal in the Premier League. I hoped it would not be against us.

    “When you give him space, it’s hard to defend against him. The first goal we made it too easy for him.

    “It’s tough to defend against him. When you are not tight on Timo and Kai Havertz they will kill you.

    “But I am really happy that Timo is in England and playing in the Premier League. He’s fantastic for the fans, but it’s good we took a point as otherwise I wouldn’t be so happy for him.”

    Timo Werner blasted Chelsea’s defensive display in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Southampton.

    Speaking after the game, Werner said: “In the end, I think it's not the offense that wins titles. In Germany we always say defense wins titles.

    “I think that's true. When we concede so many goals in every game then it's hard to win games but in the end also to win titles.

    “I think we have to work in it because six goals in three games is too much. I think we have to be better in this.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    KILLER INSTINCT

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl praised Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner saying they will “kill” Premier League teams.

    Hasenhuttl saw his side come from behind TWICEto rescue a point at Stamford Bridge, but it didn't stop him from praising the opposition.

    The Saints boss knows Werner from his time at RB Leipzig back in 2016.

    He said: “I knew the moment would come that he scored his first goal in the Premier League. I hoped it would not be against us.

    “When you give him space, it’s hard to defend against him. The first goal we made it too easy for him.

    “It’s tough to defend against him. When you are not tight on Timo and Kai Havertz they will kill you.

    “But I am really happy that Timo is in England and playing in the Premier League. He’s fantastic for the fans, but it’s good we took a point as otherwise I wouldn’t be so happy for him.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    KANT GO

    N'Golo Kante has no interested in leaving Chelsea, according to reports.

    The 29-year-olds future was in doubt over the summer, being linked with a move away to make space for West Ham's Declan Rice.

    According to Le 10 Sport, the two-time Premier League winner has no intention of leaving the Blues.

    Kante has started all five of Chelsea's Premier League games so far this season, and is said to still be enjoying his time at the West London club.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ON BLAST

    Timo Werner called out Chelsea's defence after they blew a two-goal advantage in Saturday's 3-3 draw at home against Southampton.

    Speaking after the game, Werner said: “In the end think it's not the offense that wins titles. In Germany we always say defense wins titles.

    “I think that's true. When we concede so many goals in every game then it's hard to win games but in the end also to win titles.

    “I think we have to work in it because six goals in three games is too much. I think we have to be better in this.”

    Werner was exempt from criticism after scoring a first half brace as well as providing the assist for Chelsea's third.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MISSING MENDY

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will miss Tuesday's Champions League opener against Sevilla.

    Mendy suffered a thigh injury whilst away on international duty with Senegal.

    Kepa started for Chelsea at the weekend and his error gifted Southampton the equaliser to level the game at 2-2.

    Speaking after the disappointing result against Southampton, Frank Lampard said: “I was talking about Kepa before and he makes a couple of really good saves in the match.

    “But of course peoples’ eyes will be drawn to the second goal and I understand that because it wasn’t just Kepa who was involved in that goal.

    “That is the unfortunate world of a goalkeeper.

    “Mendy is at the minute injured and probably will be fit in the next week or two weeks and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    LEADING AT THE BACK

    Fikayo Tomori has praised Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva for displaying strong leadership.

    Silva, 36, joined the Blues in the summer window for free after his contract at French champions Paris Saint-Germain expired.

    Tomori believes he can learn a lot from the experienced centre-back.

    Speaking to Chelsea's Mike'D Up podcast, Tomori said: “Even though he doesn’t speak a lot of English, you can tell the way he drives himself and those around him on the training pitch and on matchdays.

    “You can see why he’s featured at the levels he has.

    “I can watch what he does and see how professional he is. You always see him in the gym looking after his body and making sure he’s right for the games.

    “What he done in the past will transfer to what he does here, and it will help all of us.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    NERVOUS WRECK

    Ex pro Alan Shearer believes that Chelsea's defensive problems could leave boss Frank Lampard a “nervous wreck”.

    Chelsea threw away three points in yesterday's disappointing 3-3 draw at home to Southampton which saw Vestergaard score a late equaliser.

    Speaking on Match Of The Day, Shearer said: “Too many individual errors, once Southampton got the belief and started to press them a little bit higher.

    “In the second half they (Southampton) get 10 yards further up the pitch, there's another error from Zouma, another one from the goalkeeper.

    “Frank must have been a nervous wreck anytime the ball went anywhere near their defence because Southampton caused them all sorts of problems.

    “They bring [Hakim] Ziyech on, another error with 15-20 minutes to go. Keep hold of the ball, can't give it away that easy.

    “But to be fair to Southampton they still go, still, try to press, they get a free-kick and no surprise another set-piece, ball in, they don't clear it well enough, it falls to [Theo] Walcott and he gets it to [Jannik] Vestergaard.

    “Southampton deserved their point because they had a lot more belief, especially in that second half.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    KAI HIGH

    Kai Havertz scored his first Premier League goal yesterday in the 3-3 draw at home to Southampton.

    Take a look.

  • Jake Lambourne

    QUITE FRANK

    Frank Leboeuf has been far from impressed with Kai Havertz’s start to life at Chelsea admitting he is unconvinced by the £72m man.

    Speaking on ESPN FC after the game, Leboeuf said: “I’m not convinced about Havertz, I’m not that optimistic, I’m very pleased with Werner, he’s a real satisfaction.

    “Thiago Silva should have been back because it’s crucial for Chelsea to have a real leader at the back and that’s the main problem.

    “They all have to work hard physically to make sure they can play together and be stronger together.”

    He continued: “I'm not convinced at all about Chelsea right now, It’s like they don’t know each other, they’re not fit enough, I’m very worried.

    “I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know what they’re worth, but, really, if they keep on performing like that, for sure they’re not going to finish in the top four.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Take a look at how Chelsea dropped two points at home against Southampton.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    HAV SOME OF THAT

    Kai Havertz has spoke of his frustration that Chelsea failed to beat Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: “We’re very frustrated about the result. We had 42 good minutes in the first half but then I made a mistake and we conceded a goal, which changed the game a little bit.

    “We got it to 3-2 and then we have to take the result and get the win at home but we didn’t do it. Now we have to stick together and hopefully we can do better next time.”

    It was the second time this season that Chelsea have conceded three goals this season, with Havertz stating they must do better.

    He added: “‘We have to take responsibility for that. We have 11 players on the pitch and everybody has to work hard so we don’t concede goals like this.

    “It’s not always one person who makes the mistake so we have to look at our mistakes and try to solve the problems.

    “We only have one or two days, only one training session with all the players together so of course it’s different but every team has to deal with it, not only us. We didn’t have a lot of preparation so now we have to work hard and stay together to do better next time.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FEELING BLUE

    Hakim Ziyech has expressed his disappointment at making his debut in Chelsea's 3-3 draw against Southampton.

    The 27-year-old came on in the 72nd minute when the Blues were winning 3-2.

    But the Saints nicked a draw at the death after Jannik Vestergaard scored in injury time.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IT

    It is all about the kids at Chelsea these days.

    Tammy Abraham is leading the line, Mason Mount is the creative force and boss Frank Lampard is purring over recent England call-up Reece James.

    But this is a club who have been known for nabbing and nurturing some of English football's finest, only for them to fail to make the grade.

    SunSport takes a look back at seven of the most memorable boy wonders who shone bright early on before burning out.

    Read more HERE.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    LAMPS DEFENDS KEPA

    Frank Lampard defended Kepa Arrizabalaga after admitting Kurt Zouma’s pass back to the under-fire keeper was ‘short’.

    Chelsea were leading 2-1 at Stamford Bridge when a defensive error allowed Southampton in to equalise.

    He said: “I haven’t seen it back again, I just saw it in real time.

    “The back pass is short and then Kepa attempts to stop it.

    “And then obviously it’s all around the goalpost.

    “I didn’t see enough of it, but for sure it was a disappointing goal from our aspect.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    LOAN WATCH

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts for Fulham at Sheffield United in today's early Premier League kick-off.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    POSITIONAL SENSE

    It was a very distinct 4-2-3-1 from Frank Lampard's side yesterday.

    And what a bonkers game it was, with the Saints fighting back to draw 3-3.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    It was frustration for Frank Lampard as Chelsea twice squandered a lead against Southampton.

    After the 3-3 draw, Lampard said:” You concede late in the game, a game when you were 2-0 up at one point.

    “Yeah, disappointed. And disappointed at the fact that we’ve dropped two points. The goal at the end of the first half obviously changes the tone.

    “They go in when the game was completely taken away from them to a degree. We needed another goal to make sure of that, we didn’t get it. And then they get one back and obviously that gives them a lift.

    “Message to the players was that we could carry on playing as you were before that because we were playing some great stuff.

    “Didn’t look under pressure too much, creating lots of chances. But it became more difficult in the second half and they put us under more pressure off the ball than they did in the first.

    “I don’t think we dealt with that as well as we should have done and then of course we make a mistake that gives them the goal and gives them real feeling they can get back in the game.”

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