Chelsea latest: Barca returning for Luiz? Zidane loves Lamp and FIFA

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Frank Lampard continues to be the most newsworthy Blue as the active Chelsea legend is, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed to receive his 100th cap when England take on Ukraine in Kiev tomorrow evening, Tuesday, in a must-win World Cup qualifier.

'I never dreamt of getting anywhere near 100 caps; it's a huge honour and I won't take it lightly,' Lampard told the media at the pre-match press conference, before refusing to get too drawn in to retirement talk: 'I would love us to get [to Brazil, 2014 World Cup] because then it prolongs the year and it would be great for me to go out there.

'I don’t want to say I'll retire after that because I have never wanted to say that and the minute I say it I think it is there waiting to happen but realistically, yeah, young players are coming through. At 36 not too many players play on at international level.'

National manager Roy Hodgson confirmed: 'Frank will start the game tomorrow night and win his hundredth cap. Fourteen years is a long time to represent your country.

'We don't have that many international matches and the number of friendlies will get less rather than more, so anyone who wants to get to 100 caps for their country will have to reach a lot of major tournaments and play for a long time.'

Lampard even received high praise from Real Madrid all-time great Zinedine Zidane, who told BBC Sport that the Englishman is crucial to the country and their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.

Real's main rivals, Barcelona, meanwhile, will reportedly make a return bid for defender David Luiz, who shunned the Camp Nou side during the summer market in order to stay a true Blue. Luiz is valued in excess of £35m.

Sandro Rosell, a Barca director, told the Daily Star that: 'Barcelona should not pay more than what the coach thinks is the right price for the salary. we did not recruit David Luiz because of a technical decision. We will see what happens in January…'

One former Chelsea player who may be making a trip to Spain is current free agent Yossi Benayoun, who is in discussions with both Getafe and Malaga: 'I have offers,' the Tel-Aviv based midfielder said.

On Here Is The City, the FIFA rankings have been published and there are four Chelsea representatives in the top 50: Juan Mata (19), Ashley Cole (36), Petr Cech (38) and Eden Hazard (46) have been given respective marks of 87, 85, 85 and 85 out of 100.

And finally, apparently this is the next Didier Dogba!

image: © Ben Sutherland

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