Mendy rated very highly by Cech, Chelsea confirm McCormick deal, Silva here to win and shock Havertz claim made in icchelseanews roundup..
New Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy is highly-influential and highly-rated by club legend Petr Cech, reports the TalkSport website.
One area that Lampard was desperate to improve was the stopper area, as Kepa is looking like a goalkeeper that is struggling for confidence and unable to cope with the pressure that has been placed on his head in recent months.
Step in the rumours that we were keen on Mendy, the Rennes stopper that has been watched by the scouts for more than a year now and the man that will add experience to the Blues side.
He will not be heading to the club for cheap, as that £22 million is still alot of money to pay, while his £150,000-a-week wages will make him one of the highest earners at the club and the Premier League.
The reports suggest we were told to sign him by legendary glovesman Petr Cech, who now works as a technical and performance adviser for the club he served as a player for eleven years.
He is hailed as the clubs greatest ever stopper, so there is no-one more trusted by Lampard to make the decision about who to sign in order to help improve the stopper area and hand Kepa a real challenge.
Mendy is a man that is ready to make that step up and play for one of the biggest clubs in the game (US). So this is the right time for him to make that move, as we are in dire need of his ability.
Thiago Silva has sent a message to Chelsea fans that he’s here to win, and not to just make up the numbers.
We were looking to add a leader to the squad in the early stages of the transfer window and were heavily linked to some world class defenders that could have cost some serious money.
However, we opted to make the smart move to bring Silva to the club on a short-term contract, especially as he is regarded as one of the best defenders in the game and a player that will lead the club.
And ahead of his first game for the club, he has opened up and told the fans that he has made the move to the club in order to win, and not just here for the experience, He told the Blues’ website: “They were huge games, with great players on both sides: [Didier] Drogba, with his physical strength; Diego [Costa], who’s always a complete nightmare to play against!
“They were tough matches, both over here and in Paris.
“I think that PSG had the better of those matches but it could easily have gone the other way because games at the highest level between two great teams always come down to the smallest details.”
“I’m arriving 100 per cent motivated for this new project.
“I’m not just here for the experience, I’m here to win. I hope that they believe, just as we do, that this is going to be a very special year and one full of success for the club.”
Bristol Rovers have announced the loan signing of midfielder Luke McCormick from Chelsea F.C.
A graduate of the youth system, McCormick has trained with the club since the age of six and has risen through the ranks playing alongside the likes of Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah.
However, he is not quite ready to make an impact on the first team and the club have decided that a loan move to Bristol will give them the chance to see him playing at a very decent level.
The club announced on their official website: “His new loan club Bristol Rovers are currently 20th in the League One table and have former Chelsea Academy defender Josh Grant in their squad.
“They are next in action on Saturday away at Doncaster Rovers.
On his new midfield addition, Manager Ben Garner said on the club website, “We are delighted to welcome Luke to the football club.”
“He is a midfielder that has great energy, is forward thinking & has an eye for goal. Speaking to both the Academy & First team staff at Chelsea it is clear that Luke is highly thought of both as a player and as a character.
“We would like to thank Chelsea for their cooperation with the loan move and we look forward to Luke helping us this season.”
Jamie Carragher has revealed he is unsure where Kai Havertz belongs in the Chelsea starting XI.
We ended months of transfer speculation in the summer when they managed to convince Bayer Leverkusen into letting Havertz make the move to London, and break their own club transfer record in the process.
But since his move to the club, Havertz has not made the impression that many had hoped for and there has been some doubts as whether or not he is ready to play in the Premier League and be a big player for the club
And Speaking after the Blues’ defeat against the Reds at the weekend, he said to TalkSport: “I do look and already think, even though it’s only two games in, ‘where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3?’
“He almost looks like a No.10 and we just don’t see them in football as much now.
“So he’s either going to have to be part of the front three in a wide position or he’s going to have to be part of a midfield three and be the attacking player from the midfield.
“But certainly where he played today, I don’t think that probably suited Chelsea.
“It may have suited him, he played for Leverkusen in the false nine, but it’s working out where he [Frank Lampard] is going to play all these players.”
Havertz needs time to settle and get used to the English game, we cant expect him to be an instant success, sometimes it does not work like that with young players.
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