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Petr Cech was ‘very influential’ in the move to bring Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard has admitted.

Mendy has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for weeks now and we are finally closing in on wrapping up the transfer deal after they agreed a £22 million fee with French outfit Rennes.

He will sign a massive four-year contract at the club that will give him over £100,000-a-week, and will put even more pressure on kepa, who has once again been struggling to get back to his best and show Lampard that he is the clubs number one.

And ahead of his arrival, Lampard has opened up and announced that Cech was ‘very influential’ in the move to bring Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge, Lampard explained at his press conference on the club website: “Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position.

“Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time so he’s obviously had a big say in this situation.

“From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future.

“So yes, he was very influential.”

Arsenal and Chelsea are apparently considering doing business together over a swap deal involving Mateo Guendouzi and Ngolo Kante.

Despite being an integral part of the  side over the last few seasons, there has been some shock rumours in the media which have suggested that we are open to the idea of letting Kante go.

It is believed that Frank Lampard is eager to carry on bolstering his midfielder this summer and know that he now needs to sell a few players in order to get his last transfer deals over the line.

Arsenal on the other-hand are desperate to offload Guendouzi this summer after his reported falling out with Mikel Arteta, but despite all the interest, there has been no actual offers made for the talented Frenchman.

But that could be alot to change, according to the Daily Express as the Gunners are apparently prepared to swap Matteo Guendouzi-plus-cash in order to try tempt Chelsea into allowing the midfielder to move across London.

Look, this is a shock rumour that has emerged over the past few days and it would actually be crazy to think that we would allow a world class player like Kante move across London and get Guendouzi in return.

Frank Lampard has reportedly urged Chelsea to make a move for Declan Rice.

England international Rice made over 100 Premier League appearances for the club, and is already regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders in the the English top-flight after making the move from defence to Midfield.

It was believed that Lampard would like to sign Rice and turn him back into a defender at the club, especially as the young man has the ability to play football from the back, but they have a fight on their hands.

However, according to The Athletic, Lampard now likes the idea of using Rice as a defensive midfielder at Stamford Bridge and has told the board to make a move and try to bring the young man to the club.

Since N’Golo Kante moved into a more central midfield position, we haven’t quite had the same solidity in defence that was seen in 2016/17 and Lampard wants to solve that with the possible signing of Rice.

Thiago Silva has revealed why he chose to join Chelsea after running his contract down at PSG.

Silva is regarded as one of the best central defenders over the past ten years and has become a real leader for PSG at the back, but he opted to leave the French giants this transfer window in order for one big move.

Now Silva who has many other offers this summer, has revealed just why he decided to make the move to the Bridge, He told the website: “First and foremost, I came because Chelsea is an amazing team and one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“It helps when you’re welcomed so warmly, particularly by a coach who played until relatively recently, because in football there are very strong preconceptions regarding the age of players.

“But I know about his experience when he first arrived at Manchester City, theoretically at the end of his career. He endured the same sort of thing as I’ve gone through.

“So even from the outside, without knowing me personally, he knows how hard I work to remain at the highest level. The confidence that he showed in me – that was all it took.

“For me, that confidence was the single most important factor. To hear that he believed in me, that he thought that I could come here and make a positive contribution. With our young group, as well as some more experienced players like our captain [Cesar] Azpilicueta, we’ve got all it takes for a great season.

“You can be sure that I’ll do everything I can to repay that confidence out on the pitch. We’ve signed some top players and we’ve got a squad capable of putting together a great season so that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

On playing in the Premier League for the first time, he added: “I really can’t wait. I have to try and hold it back but it’s almost uncontrollable because this is a unique opportunity for me.

“Normally, at 35 or 36 years of age, it’s the time when players leave the Premier League but I’m doing things the other way around – I’m only just starting.

“The way I see it, it’s the toughest league in the world, with six or seven big teams genuinely fighting for the title so the motivation is massive.

“I’m hugely impatient to get going but things will happen in their own time and there’s no doubt I’ll be totally prepared when the time comes.”

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