All the latest Chelsea transfer rumours and Chelsea news including Jose Mourinho's comments on summer market window activity and more.
There is plenty Chelsea news in our round-up today, Thursday, as manager Jose Mourinho conducted a lengthy interview with talkSPORT where he mentioned his delight at how the club's transfer activity has been conducted.
To date, the Blues have completed three deals for players of exceptional quality, with Cesc Fabregas recruited from Barcelona (£27 million), Diego Costa bought from Atletico Madrid (£32 million), followed by Filipe Luis, also from Atletico (£15.8 million). All of whom are likely to head straight into the first-team.
Mourinho commented: “My club did a fantastic job and not just because of what we bought, a fantastic job because we did it almost in record time. We knew the targets, the club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage and we did exactly what we want.”
When asked whether there would be more additions at Stamford Bridge, amid speculation that Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann and even club legend Didier Drogba could also be unveiled, Jose said: “I don’t think so.”
He continued: “The market is open but we are happy with what we have. We feel that our squad is what we want. We don’t want a squad of only end-products, we also want to bring to the first team three, four or five under-21s and develop players, so we are happy with the balance that we have.”
Elsewhere, young attacker Lucas Piazon, 20, will join Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan deal. Last year he played for Vitesse Arnhem for a similar duration and returned 11 first-team goals from 29 outings.
Iconic midfielder Frank Lampard joined New York City FC. He said: "New York ticks all the right boxes for me. It's very exciting.
"Chelsea will always have a huge place in my heart, but it's now a new challenge. I had a fantastic 13 years there and can look back at that with pride, but it was a great time for me and Chelsea to move on.
"Having seen the vision of this club, I have seen a real long-term plan and I want to be involved and I want to keep on challenging myself."
On the man who may go on to replace him on a medium-term basis, Cesc Fabregas, Lampard said: "I’d hate to put too much pressure on Cesc - we’re all individuals - he has his qualities and I have mine.
"It’s a new chapter in a lot of ways at Chelsea and I wish them every success. We know Cesc is a world-class player. We’ve had our battles in the past but I wish him all the best because I wish Chelsea all the best."
And finally, full back Luis spoke of his experience against WAC RZ Pellets. The Brazilian made his first start and commented that: "It was really nice to play for the first time in a Chelsea shirt.
"It’s still very new for me in terms of tactics and relationships with my team-mates, but my adaptation has been good. I know I’m not in the best condition physically yet but with training that will come and I will be ready to start the season."