A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Having hit his 200th goal for Chelsea at the weekend, the next target on Frank Lampard’s list is joining Ashley Cole in claiming 100 caps for England. Lampard also said that he has no problems with the hectic fixture schedule Chelsea are currently undertaking, and added his opinion to the Rio Ferdinand saga by saying he believes the defender has a future with England.
“You talk about (Gianfranco) Zola and the best players to have played at the club, but for me he (Lampard) is certainly the best.
“It’s incredible the number of goals he has scored at a high level, the Champions League and Premier League. It’s his hunger as well.”
In other England news Gary Cahill has been ruled out of the squad for Friday’s match with San Marino. The defender might still make the game in Montenegro next Tuesday, with the FA planning to reassess his injury later in the week. Newcastle’s Steven Taylor has been called into the squad to replace Cahill. On HITC we argue that Cahill’s loss will hurt England more than Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from the squad.
Today’s transfer news has been dominated by goalkeepers, with rumours that Arsenal could make a shock bid for Petr Cech in the summer. There is speculation that Chelsea might let the experienced keeper leave and bring Thibaut Courtois back from his loan at Atletico Madrid to replace him. On HITC today, Lewis Doe examines the rumours around Cech’s future.
However Cech himself has poured scorn on the rumours, saying he couldn’t imagine a situation arising where he would join Arsenal:
“I know of nothing, nobody has contacted me and, to be honest, I can't even imagine it.”
The Blues have also been linked with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, but could face competition from both Arsenal and Manchester United for the keeper, who is rated at around £15million after a fine season at the Britannia.
On HITC today Jenny Leigh looks at the key fixtures that will decide the top four, whilst Dan Coombs praises Eden Hazard’s recent form. We also report on Werder Bremen’s statement that they will be unable to afford Kevin De Bruyne even if Chelsea considered letting the young Belgian leave.
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