The weekend is almost upon us, but there is no game for Chelsea amid the international break.
The Blues have several players away on international duty, with a number of stars in action last night (Thursday) and over the coming days as the qualification stage for next summer’s European Championships draws towards a close.
But for Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard, the preparations continue for the next fixture against Manchester City after the international break, when Pep Guardiola’s fourth-placed side will host the third-placed Blues.
Ahead of that game, we take a look at the latest news from Stamford Bridge, below.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s transfer admission
It has been a rollercoaster year for the Chelsea teenager.
After breaking into the first team at Chelsea last season, there was much speculation over his future, amid links with German giants Bayern Munich.
Hudson-Odoi submitted a transfer request in January as he grew frustrated at the lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri, but he ultimately stayed in west London, and put pen to paper earlier this year on a new five-year contract.
And Hudson-Odoi has admitted that it only took one conversation with Lampard to convince him of signing the deal.
“I can’t say exactly what he said but he just said he believes in me, he wants me to work hard and if I believe in myself then he believes in me and things will go well for me at this club,” Hudson-Odoi said, speaking while on international duty with England.
“He wants me to play for him. They were encouraging signs that you want to hear from a manager.”
Hudson-Odoi has admitted that the chance to go to Germany was something he considered though, amid interest from Bayern last January.
But he said that his love for Chelsea was a deciding factor as he opted to stay in west London and try to force his way into the first team.
“I was thinking about it,” he said of Bayern Munich’s interest, as quoted by the Independent .
“Just because of times last year where I felt a bit of frustration or times when I wanted to play more. There were times where I was thinking ‘What happens if I do that?’ So I thought about it but at the same time I thought ‘This is my club, I love the club so I want to stay’.”
Jadon Sancho’s comments
England star Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Chelsea both linked with signing the Borussia Dortmund ace.
Frank Lampard has done wonders with young English talent so far this season, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi impressing for the Blues.
And Sancho has admitted that Lampard was one of the players he looked up to when he was younger.
He said: “Ronaldinho was the main guy I used to watch on YouTube.
“But I liked Frank Lampard quite a lot and Didier Drogba when they were playing for Chelsea. They were the three players I looked up to.”
His comments have got Chelsea fans talking, with some Blues supporters excited about a potential move for the teen star.
Manchester United comparison
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole insists that the Blues’ youngsters are much better than Manchester United’s current crop.
The Blues have enjoyed success this season bringing through academy graduates under Frank Lampard, with the likes of Abraham, Mount and Tomori establishing themselves as first-team regulars.
Manchester United also have several young players in their side as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to implement a similar approach, but the Red Devils currently sit ten points behind Chelsea after 12 games in the Premier League.
And Cole believes Chelsea are a long way ahead of United in terms of their development.
“I don’t think you’ll ever get the perfect storm which happened when Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] brought through all the young players through at Manchester United,” Cole told BT Sport.
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“They were all local lads and then they went on to win things, there are a mix and a blend to have for that and I think Chelsea are the closest club to achieving it.
“The players coming through at Manchester United are good players but I don’t see any Callum Hudson-Odois, no Mason Mounts but they are good players.”