Lampard will consider international retirement, Chelsea target doesn't want to stay in France

A round up of key news stories about Chelsea this morning.

Chelsea icon Frank Lampard says he would consider retiring from international football.

The midfielder has said he doesn’t want to become a bit part player for his country.

The Daily Mirror has reported that Lampard is in no rush to make a decision but has reportedly told friends he will retire from playing for England if he becomes surplus to requirements at international level.

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Chelsea will square up against Manchester United and Manchester City to sign 18-year-old Kurt Zouma.

The Saint-Etienne defender has given sides chasing him renewed hope after rejecting a potential move to another French side, Lyon.

“I could not play for that team, even if they offered me £15m a year. If I went to Lyon, I feel I would be betraying Saint-Etienne and its fans,” he told Vert Foot.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his side defeated the best team in the Premier League yesterday.

The Blues secured a 2-1 win against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to go second in the table, two points behind league leaders Arsenal.

“It is difficult to be much better than a fantastic team. We should have scored more goals - We won a game that is very important for us. I think we beat the best team in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.

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