7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rudiger future latest, Ben White interest, Giroud praised by former Blues team-mate

CHELSEA are now 15 games unbeaten this season as Frank Lampard's side fine their form.

Joe Cole tipped the Blues as potential Champions League winners before the 4-0 win over Sevilla in midweek, while we've the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for both Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January.

    The defenders have each featured in the Premier League just once this season with Frank Lampard preferring a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

    Former Roma star Rudiger has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona as an alternative to Manchester City's Eric Garcia.

    Meanwhile ex-Derby loanee Tomori is claimed to be an option for Newcastle as Steve Bruce weighs up bringing him to St James' Park on loan.

    And ESPN have stated that the pair will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as Lampard looks to trim the centre-backs in his squad.

    Chelsea host Leeds in this evening’s late kick-off.

    Former Blue boy Wayne Bridge has backed Lampard to challenge for the title and beat back the doubters.

    He told SunSport: “To be honest a lot of people are probably a little bit jealous of him getting the job so early, and a lot of people are hoping he doesn't do well.

    “There's always jealous people out there. People wanted to write him off straight away, maybe because he was such a good player.

    “I'm buzzing for him. I'd love to see him go and win it this year, love it.

    “They're definitely capable of challenging, 100 per cent. I would like to think they go and win it.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LEED THE WAY

    It's an 8pm kick-off as fans finally return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

    Join us tomorrow for all the build-up, action and reaction to Chelsea versus Leeds!

  • Marc Mayo

    STU KNOW IT

    Chelsea will be a tough test for Leeds on Saturday, defender Stuart Dallas has accepted.

    The Whites star cannot wait to step out at Stamford Bridge and prove the newly-promoted side are the real deal.

    He stated: "These are the games you want to play in. It's important we go there and try to put on a performance.

    "It's important that we just concentrate on ourselves and go there and try and put on as good a performance as we can.

    "We know that if we're on it and do what we trained all week to do then we'll be a match for them.

    "We don't underestimate them. We know their quality and what they'll bring to the game. We know how hard it is going to be."

  • Marc Mayo

    YOU JOE IT

    Joe Cole claims Chelsea can "win everything" as boss Frank Lampard already has a "better team" than their 2012 Champions League winners.

    The Blues will head the Premier League if they beat Leeds at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, as current top two Spurs and Liverpool are out of action until the next day.

    Cole told the Mirror: "Frank won't thank me for saying this, but they can win everything,

    "If you're an Arsenal, you can't win the league. Nor Leicester.

    "Chelsea are in the mix of three or four teams who can win the Premier League and five or six who can win the Champions League.

    "It's a better team than when they won the Champions League in 2012. Frank's putting together a better team and that's a big credit to him."

  • Marc Mayo

    WHITE FLAG

    FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has thrown his weight behind Arsene Wenger’s planned reform of the offside laws.

    SunSport revealed earlier this year how former Arsenal manager Wenger, now head of Fifa’s global development department, wants a radical change to stop 'marginal offsides'.

    Infantino said: “The offside rule has evolved over the last 100 years. Arsene and our head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, are debating if they can make it better and foster offensive football.

    “The question is whether we should give more advantage to the attacking player, which is always how the rule has evolved.

    “That would mean no more 'marginal offsides', as we are seeing with VAR, because the player would really have to be in front of the defender.

    “I know that attackers and midfielders are very favourable to this, while goalkeepers and defenders have more worries. Ifab will be dealing with this later this month.”

  • Marc Mayo

    A GUD GOAL

    Throwback time on the Chelsea Instagram…

    A delightful overhead kick by Eidur Gudjohnsen against Leeds in 2003, a goal teed up by a pretty decent midfielder called Frank Lampard.

    The Blues won the epic clash 3-2 thanks to two late goals.

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  • Marc Mayo

    OLD FOES?

    Are Leeds and Chelsea modern day rivals?

    The two have shared some feisty games in the past but Frank Lampard has admitted that it is difficult to explain any animosity after years in different leagues.

    He told reporters: “I’m aware of the rivalry myself from being a Chelsea player for so long and I know how the fans feel about it. That’s football rivalry in the Premier League between two huge clubs with a history. 

    “It’s hard for me to equate that history when I talk to certain players like Timo Werner or Kai Havertz. They don’t know the history so they can only look at Leeds at face value and see a very well-managed team that play with incredible energy and speed in their game.

    “I don’t know if rivalry will come into it or not but it will be a competitive match because that’s how Leeds approach games these days.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ALL OVER AT KINGSMEADOW

    Henry Lawrence scored late to seal a 2-1 win for Chelsea Under-23s versus Leicester.

    The powerful winner came after Shane Flynn had got the Foxes level, with Myles Peart-Harris bagging the opener.

  • Marc Mayo

    ALL SMILES

    Chelsea stars were in buoyant mood in training today.

    And who can blame them?

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  • Marc Mayo

    UNDER-23 UPDATE

    It's all level in Chelsea's game with Leicester at Kingsmeadow.

    Myles Peart-Harris opened the scoring for the Blues U23s before Shane Flynn's leveller.

    Just over an hour to go in the PL2 match…

  • Marc Mayo

    BIG BEN

    Chelsea have Ben Chilwell among the nominees for the Premier League Player of the Month award for November.

    The left-back has been part of clean sheets against Newcastle and Tottenham with a second goal of the year versus Sheffield United.

    He is up against Ben Chilwell, Jack Grealish, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Angelo Ogbonna and James Ward-Prowse.

  • Marc Mayo

    MAN OF THE MOMENT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard will duel for the November Premier League Manager of the Month award.

    Manchester United have won three and lost one in the month, with Chelsea claiming two wins and a draw.

    They take on Jose Mourinho with Tottenham going top of the league thanks to 10 points from a possible 12.

    Only David Moyes of the four-man shortlist has a 100 per cent record – winning three in three last month.

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  • Marc Mayo

    WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM

    Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison have been praised for turning into Premier League stars by Frank Lampard.

    The Blues boss played with both while they were developing at Chelsea and New York City FC, respectively.

    While Harrison has ‘really impressed’ Lampard, Bamford’s rise is something to be ‘proud of’.

    He stated: "I remember [Bamford] well. He was a young player when he arrived at the club. Clearly he had great finishing abilities and an eye for goal.

    "Obviously it didn't quite work out for him – that's probably more due to the competition he faced during that period up front for us.

    "I think he should be proud of the way his career has gone; to make different moves and come back and be one of the leading scorers in the Premier League, in a very good Leeds team.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ANTI HERO

    Antonio Cassano reckons Olivier Giroud wants to stay at Chelsea.

    The Frenchman is in top form after four goals in midweek but has barely played in the league under Frank Lampard.

    Despite interest from Inter Milan, ex-Italy striker Cassano believes the 34-year-old will remain in West London.

    He told an Instagram Live: “He made a choice of life with his family – he wants to stay in London. Changing to play like he does at Chelsea doesn’t make sense.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    OL WORK IT OUT

    Frank Lampard has assured fans that he can keep on top of Chelsea’s huge squad.

    The plentiful numbers, combining with few injuries and Olivier Giroud’s form, are making for a selection headache for the manager.

    But he insisted: “I don’t think it’s a case of giving any player assurances of game time. I think with the competitive squad we have that’s very difficult to do.

    “All you want is the players when they are out of the team to train well, get themselves in the team and perform like Oli did the other day.

    “And of course that gives me nice problems as such. Oli’s always done that for me here, I think particularly in the back-end of last season he played as regularly as he’s played at Chelsea in my time at the club, particularly in restart.

    “He was fundamental in us managing to get the Champions League spots. So I’m happy with him, he gives me a really nice problem, his form’s good, he’s training well. I’m obviously not going to give my team selection up today.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SPY FIVE

    Frank Lampard has insisted that he is over the 'spygate' he became embroiled in when manager of Derby.

    Marcelo Bielsa takes his Leeds side to Chelsea on Saturday having admitted to gathering info on Lampard's Derby sessions back in the Championship.

    But the Blues boss said: "It’s in the past, I’m certainly not going to dwell on it going into this game.

    "I’d rather dwell on the respect I have for him as a coach. It was a great news story, it had a lot to it, and now it’s gone. And again I just look at him and how well he did, he brought Leeds up the year after.

    "I just see the football side of it now. I’m absolutely not concerned about what lessons he’s learned or not. Honestly, I’m definitely not going to hang on it for this game.

    "It’s long gone. I respect him, I respect Leeds. I’m only concerned with us being right tomorrow for the match."

  • Marc Mayo

    WHAT IF…

    Don't say we don't consider every possibility, here at SunSport…

    Should Frank Lampard snub Olivier Giroud for the Leeds game, we reckon this is how the line-up will look.

    Tammy Abraham is battling the Frenchman for a starting spot and Kai Havertz could also be utilised to add more offence to the midfield.

  • Marc Mayo

    PREDICTED XI

    Frank Lampard has a major selection dilemma for the visit of Leeds tomorrow.

    Will Olivier Giroud make the XI?

    SunSport's predicted line-up reckons he will – with the Blues likely to play the Frenchman alongside Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner up top.

  • Joe Miles

    MOUR TO GO ON

    Jose Mourinho believes that he can manage at the top for another 10-15 years.

    The Portuguese, 57, has been coaching for the last 20 years, having previously worked as Sir Bobby Robson's translator at Barcelona in the 1990s.

    The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss said: “I’m a 57-year-old, very young in relation to my job, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I have 10-15 years ahead of me.

    "I just try to enjoy my life and to enjoy my life is also to have the privilege of a job which is a passion, a hobby if you want, a full-time hobby.

    "It’s my world, the world where I was born, it’s the world that I belong.

    “Everybody saying my career is long, which is true, but I don’t see the end."

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  • Joe Miles

    EXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright

    Wayne Bridge says there are jealous people around football who want Frank Lampard to fail as a manager.

    Bridge said: “To be honest a lot of people are probably a little bit jealous of him getting the job so early, and a lot of people are hoping he doesn't do well.

    “There's always jealous people out there. People wanted to write him off straight away, maybe because he was such a good player.

    “I'm buzzing for him. I'd love to see him go and win it this year, love it.

    “They're definitely capable of challenging, 100 per cent. I would like to think they go and win it."

     

     

  • Joe Miles

    FOOT THE BILL

    Frank Lampard has revealed whether Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour is part of his plans this month.

    Speaking at today's press conference, he said: "Possibily.

    "We don't have injuries tomorrow so players miss out on squad but Billy will hopefully get minutes.

    "His quality will shine through."

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  • Joe Miles

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has claimed it will mean a 'great deal' have fans back for the game against Leeds.

    When asked what it will mean to his squad, he said: "A great deal. This season I certainly felt it and I guess players do.

    "To get 2,000 back is a huge deal. They have been patient.

    "We hope we can get more in quickly but it will be nice to hear them tomorrow supporting the team."

  • Joe Miles

    'COULD BE A CRACKER'

    Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to beat Leeds United this weekend.

    Writing in his BetVictor column, Owen predicted: "This could be a cracker.

    "Leeds are so much better when they're playing against teams that come at them."

    Before he added: "The thing is with Chelsea, they can only play one way. They'll attack Leeds, which should play into the visitors' hands.

    "However, although I think Bielsa's men will get some joy on the counter, I reckon Chelsea will have just enough quality to see them take the points."

     

  • Joe Miles

    ED ACHE

    Eden Hazard's ongoing injury battle has put his career at Real Madrid in jeopardy and time seems to be running out.

    The ex-Chelsea star, 29, sustained another muscular problem in the 2-1 defeat to Alaves which is set to put him out for the rest of the calendar year.

    Since joining the Los Blancos in 2019, Hazard has been absent for a total of 39 games and the figures continue to rise.

    But Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez still has confidence in the Madrid playmaker and believes there is nothing to worry about long term.

    According to Marca, he said: "It doesn't worry me in the long run, I'm concerned about the lack of happiness at the moment. Eden should be on the pitch and able to enjoy his football."

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  • Joe Miles

    JANUARY BLUES

    Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for both Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori in January.

    The defenders have each featured in the Premier League just once this season with Frank Lampard preferring a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

    Former Roma star Rudiger has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona as an alternative to Manchester City's Eric Garcia.

    Meanwhile ex-Derby loanee Tomori is claimed to be an option for Newcastle as Steve Bruce weighs up bringing him to St James' Park on loan.

    And ESPN have stated that the pair will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as Lampard looks to trim the centre-backs in his squad.

     

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