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CHELSEA hammered Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge as Hakim Ziyech turned in a masterclass.

But they could face a battle to keep hold of N'Golo Kante with Antonio Conte reportedly desperate to bring the midfielder to Inter.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Richard Forrester

    GOLDEN OLDIES

    Former Arsenal star Alex Song has joined Djibouti Premier League champions Arta/Solar7, according to reports.

    The news came as a surprise to many… as they thought he’d retired.

    And Song, 33, isn’t the only former Premier League star knocking about in some far-flung corner of the world well into the twilight of his career.

    We take a look at a whole TEAM of former top-flight players somehow still lacing up their boots every weekend.

  • Richard Forrester

    BEST OF BOTH

    Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Hakim Ziyech reminds him of both Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

    The £33million summer signing was outstanding in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Sheffield United at the weekend.

    He made two assists and showed brilliant quality with his range of passing.

    And Nevin told talkSPORT: “It was a magnificent performance showing little glimpses that reminded you of the best of Eden Hazard at one moment and then Cesc Fabregas’s genius two minutes later.

    “I can already see something special with Reece and Hakim. You might stop one, but that will create space for the other. Timo Werner has obviously figured out that he is a good guy to know.

    “Every time Hakim gets the ball, Timo is off haring into space knowing that Hakim can find him nine times out of ten. If that ball is coming in from the right wing, Timo will be on that back post.”

  • Richard Forrester

    STRUGGLE IS GREAL

    Mason Mount refuses to apologise to the nation for not being Jack Grealish.

    And frankly, why should he?

    The Chelsea midfielder has been beating off fierce competition to hold down regular starting places for club and country.

    But while the clamour grows for Aston Villa skipper Grealish to start for England, Mount has become the scapegoat – a target for social-media criticism and abuse.

    Mount said: “I’d never look at it as a rivalry. We are two different players, we can play in different positions and we do different things.

    “We are two team-mates who play for the same country. We want to do the best for each other, the team and the country.

    “I look at the way he’s been playing this season, he’s been unbelievable.

    “Everyone's always going to have an opinion but we have a massive focus on our own games.

    “We all know what Jack can do, he’s a world-class player that can create and score goals and that’s what we need in any England team.”

  • Richard Forrester

    BRIGHT FUTURE

    Brighton appear to have won the race for Irish whizkid Evan Ferguson… after appearing against Chelsea aged 14.

    The 16-year-old’s manager at Bohemians, Keith Long, confirmed a deal is in place for a summer switch to the Amex.

    Long said: “He has a deal already done with Brighton. He’ll go in the summer. I don’t think there’s any secret there.”

    Ferguson was handed his full senior debut in Monday’s 2-1 win over St Patrick’s Athletic.

    The striker, who has been linked to Liverpool, caused a stir in 2019 when he made a sub appearance aged just 14 against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly.

    Ferguson only needed 23 minutes to impress and almost bagged himself a stunning goal after dancing his way past Lucas Piazon and Kurt Zouma before angling an effort wide.

  • Richard Forrester

    KAI HOPES

    Kai Havertz has revealed why he rejected other lucrative moves to sign for Chelsea.

    The attacking midfielder was linked with Bayern Munich before signing on the dotted line for the Blues.

    He told Sport Bild: “It was important to me to have a club with a vision.

    “An exciting change is taking place. We are a young team with many great players. We think offensively.

    “We want to build something up here and attack. That motivates me a lot. And then it is a title with Chelsea is worth a lot more.”

  • Richard Forrester

    SMELL OF VICTORY

    French FA chiefs have offered fans the chance to smell like Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud or N'Golo Kante … by launching their own FRAGRANCE.

    Les Bleus enjoyed the sweet scent of success once again at the 2018 World Cup, having previously won it in 1998.

    The French Football Federation has now begun selling Eau Bleue, a men's cologne, from their online store.

    The bottles retail for £25, and carry the France team's cockerel emblem plus two stars to represent their World Cup triumphs.

    The FFF say the product is aimed at “14 to 18-year-olds buying their first proper fragrance.”

    Makers Okaia declare: “Made from noble essences, this perfume symbolises the values of Les Bleus. Powerful and addictive, its timeless fragrance seduces every generation.

    “It immerses a man in the natural elements of water, ozone-rich scent for an invigorating freshness, and minerals for a cool style.

    “Its changing smell evokes manly adventure and raw elegance – power, confidence, sensation, heroism, inspiration, life, tradition, uniqueness and bravery.”

  • Richard Forrester

    PULLING THROUGH

    Christian Pulisic is slowly winning his battle against injury and is set to return after the international break.

    Chelsea’s American winger suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem which is proving more stubborn than first thought.

    Pulisic underwent a scan on the strain and even took part in light training but is only just inching towards a first team return.

    He suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in August.

    The 22-year-old was set to start Chelsea’s game against Burnley a week ago before pulling out before kick-off.

    The £58million star has not played a complete match all season.

    But with the Premier League suspended until a week on Saturday during the latest round of international games it is giving Pulisic extra time to recover.

    And the club is quietly confident he will be ok to play at Newcastle in a lunchtime kick off on November 21.

  • Richard Forrester

    FLYING KAI

    Kai Havertz has declared his aim to become Chelsea's new Frank Lampard – after shaking off a bout of Covid-19.

    The German international has made a slow start to life with the Blues following his £72million move from Bayer Leverkusen.

    Attacking midfielder Havertz has just one goal from seven Premier League appearances, plus a Carabao Cup hat-trick against Barnsley.

    The 21-year-old tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

    He told SportBild magazine: “I now feel better once more.You can't underestimate what coronavirus is like.

    “It's important for everyone to understand that it is no laughing matter.We need to take care of one another.

    “I have always remembered how dangerous Frank Lampard used to be in front of goal.

    “I thought he had an outstanding record for a midfielder – and I want to use him as a benchmark.

    “I'm also impressed by the fact that he has been such a likeable guy despite all his successes.

    “I joined Chelsea because it was important for me to be at a club with a vision.

    “There's an exciting revolution going on at the club.We are a young team, with lots of great players.”

  • Richard Forrester

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    The Blues sit fifth, just three points off the top and appear to be improving as their new-look team continues to gel on the field.

    Merson believes the balance between defence and attack means Frank Lampard's side can start looking upwards.

    He wrote in his column: “If we are going to talk about Tottenham winning the title, then Chelsea are right in the mix. If Spurs can win it, then for sure, Chelsea can win it.

    “Frank Lampard has now got who he wants in key positions and you can really see the difference.

    “Thiago Silva is world-class. They’ve got two full-backs who are as good as any in the league and for me, they [Reece James and Ben Chilwell] are the two England full-backs, in my opinion. They are outstanding.

    “Silva is also only going to make Kurt Zouma a better player and the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is solid.

    “Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of worms, Timo Werner scores plenty of goals, Tammy Abraham looks like he’s getting better and then there’s Mason Mount. They’ve just got so much attacking talent.”

  • Richard Forrester

    BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Gabby Agbonlahor has warned Aston Villa that Chelsea will demand a huge fee for Ross Barkley.

    The England midfielder has started the season on fire following his loan move to the Midlands.

    Villa have no option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

    Agbonlahor told football.insider: “There’s no rush. I think at the moment they’ve got him on loan for the season, they’ll see how he does all through the season and then judge the situation at the end of the season.

    “It might be something they want to make permanent at the end of the season.

    “I’m sure there will be a big fee because Chelsea will value him and let’s not forget he’s a similar age to Jack Grealish and if he can keep producing his current form Chelsea will definitely want a high fee.

    “Chelsea might even want to bring him back in their team. I think we’ve just got to enjoy him while he’s here and try and get the best out of him.”

  • Richard Forrester

    ROUD AWAKENING

    Olivier Giroud is considering his future at Chelsea and could push for a January move away to help nail-down his spot in the France squad for the delayed European Championship.

    The former Arsenal striker, 34, was linked with a move to Inter Milan in the summer but stayed in West London after a strong end to 2019-20.

    But after the arrival of Timo Werner, Giroud's first-team appearances have been limited under Frank Lampard this season.

    Giroud has featured in two EFL Cup games – against Barnsley and Tottenham – while playing just 33 minutes in the Premier League this season.

    The Frenchman is now behind Werner and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

    Giroud is in Didier Deschamps' France squad for the upcoming games against Finland, Portugal and Sweden.

    But football.london claim Giroud may force a move away from Chelsea in order to ensure he remains part of Deschamps' plans for the Euros in 2021.

  • Richard Forrester

    LOW AND BEHOLD

    Germany boss Joachim Low will rest Timo Werner for their friendly against Czech Republic.

    The Blues striker has been afforded a few days off to recover from the Prem's hectic fixture schedule but will join up with his international team-mates for the Nations League matches.

    Low also admitted he will start Antonio Rudiger despite losing his place in the Chelsea side.

    The manager said: “Antonio Rüdiger, Robin Koch and Julian Brandt are sure to start.”

  • Richard Forrester

    PALMED OFF

    Juventus are reportedly set to revive their interest in Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri.

    The Italian international left-back was brought to Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte back in 2018.

    He featured heavily under his compatriot and successor Maurizio Sarri.

    But after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard, Calciomercato in his homeland claims Juventus may be about to offer him a route back to Serie A.

    Emerson has largely been used as a deputy to Marcos Alonso over the past year-and-a-half at the Blues.

    But the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester in the summer has seen him falling further down the pecking order.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Mason Mount is adamant that he does not consider ‘world class’ Jack Grealish as a rival and insists the two men can start in the same team.

    He said: “I’d never look at it as a rivalry. We are two different players, we can play in different positions and we do different things.

    “We are two team-mates who play for the same country. We want to do the best for each other, the team and the country.

    “Everyone's always going to have an opinion but we have a massive focus on our own games.

    “We all know what Jack can do, he’s a world-class player that can create and score goals and that’s what we need in any England team.”

    “I look at the way he’s been playing this season, he’s been unbelievable.

    Meanwhile, Thiago Silva revealed he is suffering from a 'terrible headache' thanks to the Premier League's 'non-stop aerial duels and very high pace'.

    As reported by The Athletic, he said: “After my last two games, I’ve had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play.”

    Chelsea's last two Premier League matches have seen Frank Lampard's side beat Sheffield United 4-1 and Burnley 3-0.

    Silva headed home Chelsea's third goal in a convincing rout of the Blades at home on Saturday that Lampard labelled his side's best performance of the season so far.

    Elsewhere, Kurt Zouma has revealed he MISSES being booed by rival fans.

    He said: “We can't wait to get the fans back, it feels kind of strange because you don't have the fans with you.

    “You just focus on your game, we're kind of used to it now as we've been doing it for a long time.

    “Even when you go away you hear the fans that boo you and want you to lose – but that gives you a lot of motivation.”

    And finally, Greg Clarke has resigned from his role as FA chairman after referring to 'coloured footballers' in a car-crash grilling by MPs.

    A statement from him said: “As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first.

    “2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established.

    “My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on.

    “I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.

    “I would like to thank my friends and colleagues in the game for the wisdom and counsel they have shared over the years and resign from the FA with immediate effect.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CASH BOOST

    Lower division clubs are set to finally accept the £50million Premier League bail-out this week – after the top flight agreed to look after Championship clubs as well.

    The League One and Two clubs will hold virtual divisional meetings on Thursday when it is expected the bail out will be agreed nearly a month after it was rejected.

    Since then, intensive discussions between the Prem and EFL chiefs have taken place as the cash crisis has deepened.

    And both EFL chairman Rick Parry and Prem chief executive Richard Masters signalled a deal was at hand.

    Speaking to MPs on the DCMS Select Committee, Masters explained: “We have put a proposal for League One and League Two and we'll be happy to do one separately and then come to a resolution on the championship.

    “But we need the EFL and the clubs to bind on for that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUNT-AIN TO CLIMB

    Mason Mount has refuted suggestions that he is a ‘teacher’s pet’ to either Gareth Southgate or his Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

    Mount said: “No not at all. I’m a player that wants to do their best for the team and work hard. And maybe people take that the wrong way.

    “When you join England, you’re with world-class players and you want to show what you can do. That’s my focus and I’ve never felt like that (a teacher’s pet) really.

    “I really don’t look at social media much so it doesn’t bother me.

    “I think the most important people in your life are going to help you, so I listen to them. That's what I've always done.

    “I’m very headstrong and I don’t really let too many things get to me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GREAL DEAL

    Mason Mount is adamant that he does not consider ‘world class’ Jack Grealish as a rival and insists the two men can start in the same team.

    He said: “I’d never look at it as a rivalry. We are two different players, we can play in different positions and we do different things.

    “We are two team-mates who play for the same country. We want to do the best for each other, the team and the country.

    “I look at the way he’s been playing this season, he’s been unbelievable.

    “Everyone's always going to have an opinion but we have a massive focus on our own games.

    “We all know what Jack can do, he’s a world-class player that can create and score goals and that’s what we need in any England team.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CAV A LAUGH

    Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has admitted it might have been a mistake to allow Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva to leave the club for free after both scored for new clubs Manchester United and Chelsea on the weekend.

    As reported by the MEN, he told the club's official media channels: “At one moment, we have to say “what are we going to do?

    “We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem.

    “It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe.

    “The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ZOUM CALL

    Chelsea star Kurt Zouma has continued opening up about the absence of fans in stadiums.

    The French international added: “We play for the fans and they're here supporting us. They give you the strength sometimes mentally when you're a bit down and you're losing, they give you the energy to come back into the game.

    “We can't wait to have them back.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOO BOYS

    Kurt Zouma has revealed he MISSES being booed by rival fans.

    He said: “We can't wait to get the fans back, it feels kind of strange because you don't have the fans with you.

    “You just focus on your game, we're kind of used to it now as we've been doing it for a long time.

    “Even when you go away you hear the fans that boo you and want you to lose – but that gives you a lot of motivation.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT ZI-YECH

    Rido Ferdinand has revealed what Chelsea bossFrank Lampard said to him about the signing of Hakim Ziyech.

    Talking on his YouTube channel, FIVE and also reported in the Metro, he said: “He [Ziyech] was one of the signings that went a bit under the radar because he had an injury.

    “I spoke to Frank [Lampard] just after he signed and he picked up his injury and he was majorly disappointed.

    “He said: “Rio this guy is the guy that can unlock things. If it’s tight in a game he’s the one especially away from home in the big games he can unlock things”.

    “He has the personality, he wants to try things. He can give it away six times on the bounce but he’ll still try that outlandish pass to create an opening. That’s what Frank likes and that’s what the team needed.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PLENTY MOUR OF THAT

    Jose Mourinho has named eight former Chelsea players in his all-time XI of players he has worked with.

    The Daily Mail reports that the Spurs chief included Petr Cech, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and William Gallas in the Blues-dominated team.

    Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba were also joined by Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Javier Zanetti.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Thiago Silva revealed he is suffering from a 'terrible headache' thanks to the Premier League's 'non-stop aerial duels and very high pace'.

    As reported by The Athletic, he said: “After my last two games, I’ve had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play.”

    Chelsea's last two Premier League matches have seen Frank Lampard's side beat Sheffield United 4-1 and Burnley 3-0.

    Silva headed home Chelsea's third goal in a convincing rout of the Blades at home on Saturday that Lampard labelled his side's best performance of the season so far.

  • Joe Brophy

    JURASSIC CLARKE

    Greg Clarke has resigned from his role as FA chairman after referring to 'coloured footballers' in a car-crash grilling by MPs.

    A statement from him said: “As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first.

    “2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established.

    “My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on.

    “I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.

    “I would like to thank my friends and colleagues in the game for the wisdom and counsel they have shared over the years and resign from the FA with immediate effect.”

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