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CHELSEA got back to winning ways as they swept aside Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor.

Meanwhile Daniele Rugani's agent has stated that the Blues failed with a £27m bid for the centre-back in summer.

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  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has also singled out Kai Havertz and Mason Mount for particular praise.

    He told Chelsea's website: “We have played slightly differently in the last couple of games, and there have been a lot of positives.

    “It doesn’t mean we can’t change back, but it’s great to see what it did for Kai and for Mason. It brought the best attributes out of what people would regard as really offensive players.

    “I was really impressed with their humility and work ethic of those two. They were prepared to do both sides of the no.8. That’s what I want from the players who play as the two number eights. I want them to join, help build, get assists and goals, and they did it.

    “I never doubt Mason’s response professionally. There are things I get to see behind the scenes people on the outside don’t. His attitude is first class every minute of every day in a work sense.

    “Kai Havertz playing in that eight position in the last couple of games has shown a lot to his game, picking up the ball in deeper areas as well as arriving in the box. It’s certainly given me nice feelings and ideas.”

  • sstreet

    NOT A DAN DEAL

    Chelsea had a £27m bid for Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus in summer, according to his agent.

    Davide Torchia told TMW Radio: “At the time, Arsenal, Napoli, Chelsea, Zenit and Lyon arrived at around €30m (£27m) and (they) were never taken into consideration.

    “For those prices, Juve did not sell him, and I do not dispute whether they did right or wrong.”

    Rugani instead joined Rennes on loan for the duration of this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEFENCE MENDED

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed Edouard Mendy's start to life as the club's new No1.

    He told the Blues' website: “From the first game he’s come in, he’s played well.

    “He’s shown his own security and that’s what we’re striving for. When we brought him in, it was clearly for competition and that’s right, and then it’s up to the players to show their own quality, and he’s shown them.

    “I’m so pleased with the way he’s started. He’s settled in really well, engaging, trains hard, wants to talk and make relationships with the players in front of him, so it’s been a really good start for him.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia will sanction the departure of left-back Emerson Palmieri in January.

    Area Napoli reports Emerson is Napoli's No1 target for the winter transfer window.

    And despite their reluctance to do so in the summer, Chelsea will allow the Brazil-born Italy international to leave on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

    The Blues will face competition from Man City and Liverpool in the race to sign Reading teenager Michael Olise.

    The 18-year-old has a year and a half left on his current deal at the Madjeski Stadium and is also attracting interest from Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

    Chelsea are also eying a move for Malmo defender Anel Ahmedhodzic.

    Swedish paper Kvallposten reports the Blues will bid £6.9million for the 21-year-old, who previously spent time at Nottingham Forest.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAPPY HAK

    Hakim Ziyech has opened up about his delight at being a Chelsea player after impressing in the Blues win against Burnley.

    The Moroccan hotshot played for 73 minutes in his Premier League setting up Chelsea's third goal in their 3-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    Ziyech told Chelsea's official web site: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game.

    “We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    AT AHM'S LENGTH

    Chelsea are are preparing a £6.9million bid for former Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to reports.

    The centre-back, 21, left the Championship club for Malmo at the start of last year and has impressed in Sweden.

    According to Swedish newspaper Kvallposten, Chelsea are one of several European teams interested in Ahmedhodzic.

    The Blues are said to be preparing a £6.9million bid for the youngster, who would be offered a five-year deal.

    Ahmedhodzic is under contract in Malmo until 2023.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BEING FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed the impact of summer signing Hakim Ziyech who has given his side a 'big boost'.

    He said: “I expected a lot of him because I was very aware of his qualities and how important they can be to the club.

    “He brings a different property to us, with an eye for a pass, his receiving, crossing and assist-making. But what I have seen since he has been here is his absolute personality when he plays to want the ball.

    “His work-rate off the ball is very, very good as well. He has brought those qualities and comes with real confidence. He has given us a big boost. His demeanour, the way he plays.

    “Two games in a few days with a trip to Russia for him after being out for so long has been really good by him.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    MORE FROM MERSON

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson wants to see Antonio Rudiger brought back into the fold by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

    The German defender has been frozen out by the Blues boss after seeking guarantees over playing time ahead of next summer's Euros.

    Merson said: “Antonio Rudiger should get more games for Chelsea because he’s their best option next to Thiago Silva.

    “It’s a good thing he’s back in the team after they tried to sell him in the window, and he could still play a big role this season.

    “Frank Lampard has gone back to basics after the 3-3 draw with Southampton and it’s worked for Chelsea.

    “When you’re a young manager it’s easy to think you have to entertain all the time. But sometimes you need to have a solid base to work from.

    “Since that game they’ve kept three clean sheets in a row and they look much more secure at the back.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    MERSON ON MENDY

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been impressed with what he's seen from new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    Mendy has kept five clean sheets in as many matches for the Blues since his summer arrival from French side Rennes.

    Merson said: “Having Edouard Mendy in goal helps. He’s got a presence and he’s got great feet.

    “If you watch him he’s like a tennis player waiting to take a shot in a rally – always on his toes.

    “He will save Chelsea points this season where Kepa would have cost them points.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    LET EM GO

    Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia will sanction the departure of left-back Emerson Palmieri in January.

    Area Napoli reports the Brazil-born Italy international is Napoli's target for the winter transfer window.

    Granovskaia will reportedly agree to let Emerson leave on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

    Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for the 26-year-old.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES IN OLISE RACE

    Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are chasing Reading midfielder Michael Olise.

    The 18-year-old is also attracting interest from Everton, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

    Olise has two goals and three assists in 10 appearances for the Royals this season.

    The France youth international has 18 months left on his Reading contract.

  • Daniel Brookes

    SILVA LINING

    Former Chelsea defender Craig Burley believes Thiago Silva has had the biggest impact on the Blues' defence out of their summer signings.

    Silva joined Frank Lampard's side on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, and the Blues also added goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to strengthen their backline.

    Burley said: “It’s either Thiago Silva or Mendy the goalkeeper.

    “In his short period there it has to be Thiago Silva, who has looked super composed in the matches that he has played.

    “I think Mendy’s been excellent and going to be the answer particularly after the debable of Kepa. ‘But I think every defence needs a guy who can read the game, is experienced, that can help others around them and basically marshal the back four and give the goalkeeper confidence.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MOUNT JOY

    Mason Mount has been singing Hakim Ziyech's praises and described the ex-Ajax star as a 'joy to play with'.

    The Blues starlet was speaking to Chelsea TV after the Blues win 3-0 win against Burnley on Saturday where the £33million signing set up Timo Werner for the team's third goal.

    Mount said: “We know what he can do on the ball and what he brings to the team.

    “World class player, obviously coming in and scoring the other night [against Krasnodar] and scoring on his Premier League debut. He’s a brilliant player.

    “He’s a joy to play with, very clever on the ball, he brings a lot to the team.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ANEL'S DOING WELL

    Chelsea are rumoured to be lining up a £6.9million move for former Nottingham Forest outcast Anel Ahmedhodzic according to the Daily Star.

    The Malmo defender is reported to have produced a series of impressive performances for the Swedish side since returning to the club from Forest in January 2019.

    The Bosnia and Herzegovina centre-back made just one appearance for the Championship side before spending the bulk of his stint in the club's reserves.

    And media outlets in Sweden claim the Blues are interested in bringing the player back to England.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    HAPPY HAK

    Hakim Ziyech has opened up about his delight at being a Chelsea player after impressing in the Blues win against Burnley.

    The Moroccan hotshot played for 73 minutes in his Premier League setting up Chelsea's third goal in their 3-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    Ziyech told Chelsea's official web site: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game.

    “We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Josh Graham

    MAN OF THE MAAT

    Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen is catching the eye on loan at Charlton.

    The teenage left-back is showing promise in League One.

    And he set up his side's first goal in the 2-0 win away at Portsmouth.

  • Josh Graham

    CHIL OUT

    New Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell impressed again for the Blues, helping his side keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

    The former Leicester man signed for £50million and is showing his worth at both ends for Frank Lampard's side.

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    Good win today. Home time 😊 @masonmount10

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  • Josh Graham

    MAGIC MIKE

    Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey wants to channel compatriot and Chelsea legend Michael Essien in his play.

    Partey is set to come head to head with Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes later today in a tasty match-up at Old Trafford.

    He told Sky Sports: “I like to be both defensive and offensive. I know whenever I am in the opposite area, I have chances for a goal and I think defensively, I want to be stronger.

    “I want to attack like Yaya Toure and defend like Michael Essien so to have both qualities is good.

    “Whenever there is a serious game, or in any game, I like to go with surprises. Most people see me as a defensive midfielder but with my intelligence and how I read the game, if we're near the end of the game and we're going to finish with 2-0, that's when I go for my goal.

    “Playing in the midfield, you have to be mentally quick and be intelligent in how you position yourself and get the ball.

    “Mikel [Arteta] is helping me a lot because we always have the ball so you have time to think and position yourself and I think with time, I'll get used to everything and most things will come after that. I think everybody will know and we'll see what will happen.”

  • Josh Graham

    BEING FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed the impact of summer signing Hakim Ziyech who has given his side a 'big boost'.

    He said: “I expected a lot of him because I was very aware of his qualities and how important they can be to the club.

    “He brings a different property to us, with an eye for a pass, his receiving, crossing and assist-making. But what I have seen since he has been here is his absolute personality when he plays to want the ball.

    “His work-rate off the ball is very, very good as well. He has brought those qualities and comes with real confidence. He has given us a big boost. His demeanour, the way he plays.

    “Two games in a few days with a trip to Russia for him after being out for so long has been really good by him.”

  • Josh Graham

    KING COLE

    Joe Cole reckons old pal Frank Lampard's Chelsea can win the Premier League.

    The Blues moved into fifth with the 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

    And ex-Blue Cole told BT Sport: “It was an exceptional performance and it's been a steady improvement. Now it looks like Chelsea can make a run of it.

    “It's been a long time since Chelsea have looked as comfortable defending. [Edouard] Mendy didn't have a shot to save.

    “It's good times for the club at the moment and it's just about consistency. You look at the fixture list and there's winnable games to come.

    “By Christmas time Chelsea could be right up there. It's game on. I think there are three or four clubs who can go for the title and Chelsea are certainly one of them.”

  • Josh Graham

    AT AHM'S LENGTH

    Chelsea are are preparing a £6.9million bid for former Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to reports.

    The centre-back, 21, left the Championship club for Malmo at the start of last year and has impressed in Sweden.

    According to Swedish newspaper Kvallposten, Chelsea are one of several European teams interested in Ahmedhodzic.

    The Blues are said to be preparing a £6.9million bid for the youngster, who would be offered a five-year deal.

    Ahmedhodzic is under contract in Malmo until 2023.

  • Josh Graham

    FIRST OF MANY?

    Watch Hakim Ziyech's first Premier League goal.

    The Blues no22 struck his first for Chelsea to cap off a stunning week after also bagging against Krasnodar in the Champions League.

    View this post on Instagram

    Off the mark! 🧙‍♂️ @HZiyech with his first goal in the @PremierLeague! 👏 #CFC #Chelsea

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  • Josh Graham

    HAK ATTACK

    Hakim Ziyech has burst into life at Chelsea and said he 'feels at home' after setting the Blues on their way to a 3-0 win over Burnley yesterday.

    Ziyech said: “It has been a really good week for me and hopefully we can continue.

    “Especially after the European game, coming here [to Burnley], I think we did a really good game. We started well and gave Burnley problems. They had one big chance at the beginning but after that we controlled the game.

    “Life at Chelsea is good, I am where I am supposed to be. I feel good and feel at home and everything is fine.”

  • Josh Graham

    CAN'T HAK IT

    Match of the Day pundits Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer couldn't agree on Chelsea's man of the match against Burnley.

    The Blues dispatched Sean Dyche's men 3-0 and Shearer waxed lyrical over new boy and goalscorer Hakim Ziyech's showing.

    But former Liverpool midfielder Murphy reckoned England star Mason Mount was the best player on the day.

    On the BBC show, Shearer talked about ex-Ajax ace Ziyech and said: “He did exceptionally well.

    “He’s struggled with injuries to get into the team, scored in midweek in the Champions League which would have given him great confidence.

    “I have to disagree with Danny, I thought he was the best player for Chelsea today.

    “He was creating, he was scoring, he was just a constant threat all afternoon.”

  • James Orr

    NAV'S NOT GOOD

    Thibaut Courtois's father has slammed Keylor Navas – and accused the ex-Real Madrid stopper of failing to be a “good team-mate”.

    Thierry Courtois claims the Costa Rican international made things “complicated” for the Belgium stopper following his megabucks switch from Chelsea in 2018. 

    Thierry told Le Derniere Heure: “Petr received him very well (at Chelsea). 

    “He was the first one to come to receive him in his first training, he always gave him advice and helped him to integrate. 

    “He was a great team-mate who he could always count on. The same cannot be said for Keylor. 

    “His arrival was a bit complicated. The season had already begun and he was behind in his preparations. 

    “But, above all, the problem was that Keylor was still there. He had to wait two or three games to be a starter. 

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