Kepa backed to stay, Ziyech tipped for success, Depay sends message, Havertz message sent in IcChelseanews roundup…
Lyon winger and Chelsea target Memphis Depay has issued a come get me plea amid Premier League interest.
Manchester United decided to offload Depay in 2017 after the winger failed to make the kind of impact that many expected after his big money move to Old Trafford, but the Dutchman has re-established himself in France with some eye-catching patches of form and his performances have actually linked him with a move back to the Premier League.
That led to speculation that both Arsenal and Liverpool may be interested in trying to secure a transfer deal last summer, especially as both clubs were looking to add something different to their attacks during the summer window.
But there has also been some reports that Chelsea may seek to try and bring him back to the Premier League in a bargain deal, if they are unable to secure a transfer deal for the brilliant Kai Havertz.
Depay was quoted on the SUN: “I do not see the future, I do not know if I will do the full season here.
“I have been here for four years, I became captain.
“After you have to look at your career, there is no Champions League. At the moment I don’t know.
“I’m really happy to have scored three goals today.
“It wasn’t the best game I’ve played but we start the season with three points, and that’s the most important thing.”
Jesper Olsen said there is “no doubt” Hakim Ziyech will be a success for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea after leaving Dutch giants Ajax.
Ziyech is easily regarded as one of the finest wingers in the game and has made a real name for himself with Ajax over the past few seasons, but he has decided that a move to the Premier League will help take his game to that next level.
He is expected to come into this side and make the club more attacking, add a few more goals and assists to a side that is looking to get back into the habit of winning the Premier League title and competing for that Champions League crown.
And after seeing the winger make that move to Stamford Bridge, Olsen said there is “no doubt” Hakim Ziyech will be a success for Frank Lampard’s in the coming seasons, he was quoted on the SUN “I think Frank Lampard has done a really good job.
He knows the club inside out. Seems to be very good in terms of management and playing style. This is the important thing, he wants to attack and play offensive football. That will not be a problem [for Ziyech].
“The players coming out of Ajax, they are like that. Being a defender or midfielder, you are attacking-minded. No doubt about that.”
Incoming new signing Kai Havertz won’t walk straight into the Chelsea first-team, but looks tailor-made for the Blues
After another stunning season over in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen in which he netted an impressive 18 goals, we have been in talks over a deal for the young man for months.
But despite admitting that Havertz is a good player, he isn’t exactly what wenecessarily need right now Don Hutchison has come out and told the club ahead of his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen
He told ESPN FC: “I love him as a player, but I think Chelsea fans need to be a little bit patient.
“I don’t think he’s just going to walk into this Chelsea team and produce the kind of numbers, goals and performances he was producing in Germany for Leverkusen.
“He’s a sensational talent, the game comes very easy to him, when you watch him he’s very elegant – think Mesut Ozil in his prime.
“He’s a little bit taller [than Ozil], he’s got an appetite to work off the ball.
“If you build the side around him, which Lampard seems to be doing with the signings he’s made, he looks tailor-made for Chelsea.
“At the same time, it’s like Chelsea don’t really need him. A goalkeeper or centre-half alongside Thiago Silva is maybe a more pressing matter.
“But it’s timing, when a player like Kai Havertz comes up for sale you have to be in contention to sign him.
“He’s too good, and it runs the risk then of anyone else coming in to sign him.”
Chelsea icon Petr Cech has opened up and backed Kepa to stay at the club this transfer window.
The goalkeeper has had a rough year and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club as reports have suggested that Frank Lampard no longer trusts the young man and is seeking to add another goalkeeper to the squad.
But Kepa is in no mood to leave the club and is eager to stay and fight for his place in the side this coming season, and club legend Petr Cech has backed the him and insisted the club aren’t looking to cast him aside.
“Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,” Cech – now a technical and performance advisor at Chelsea – told Sport.cz.
“But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.
“Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now.
“But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.”
There is no doubt that Kepa is a very talented young stopper that is still learning in the game, so to just cast him aside this transfer window would be a mistake, so the fact that he wants to stay and fight for his career at the club is good news.
I hope he stays and proves that he can become one of the very best stoppers in the game.
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