7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz backed to turn around form, Alaba latest, Champions League draw update

CHELSEA have topped their Champions League group after a 1-1 draw with Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

And on the transfer front, we've got the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future, while the West London club continue to be linked to David Alaba.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    David Alaba will become Chelsea's best-paid player if he completes a reported £350,000-a-week switch from Bayern Munich.

    The Bundesliga giants have ended contract negotiations with Alaba, 28, ahead of his deal expiring in June.

    Any club will be able to make their own offer and pre-agree a summer switch when the January transfer window opens.

    And Chelsea are one of four clubs reportedly keen on such a deal.

    German publication Bild report on the Austrian's demands of £350,000-a-week.

    In other news, Lampard has revealed what he learned from Carlo Ancelotti ahead of this weekend's game against Everton.

    The Stamford Bridge boss said: “I was heavily influenced by him as a player and a man.

    “He’s right at the top of managers I worked with. He’s had huge success at various clubs.

    “He was a great coach, a great man and I look forward to seeing him.”

    Meanwhile, Inter Milan are one of FOUR clubs reportedly interested in signing Antonio Rudiger.

    According to CalcioMercato, Barcelona, AC Milan and Roma are also in the running.

    Chelsea are reportedly prepared to let Rudiger leave in January.

    He has fallen down the pecking order under the management of Frank Lampard.

  • Joe Miles

    BUILDING BRIDGES

    Frank Lampard has brought six new players into his senior squad – but   misses the out-of-hours gatherings that can improve team spirit.

    The Blues boss said: “We have missed out a bit.

    "We have new signings this year, a new fresh squad in a way.

    “We have missed the opportunity to go out to dinner together more often and it’s been one of the tough parts of Covid.”

     

  • Joe Miles

    FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard will order his Chelsea stars to be Christmas party poopers — and not wreck their title dream.

    The Blues boss admits his new-look squad have suffered from a lack of bonding but is adamant there can be NO players’ nights out with the strict Covid rules.

    Chelsea are not having an official party and Lamps will tell players to   resist the temptation to go out alone.

    He said: “I’d better read up on the tier system — there are certain factual things about tiers that a lot of us have doubts about.

    “But I know the basics and the players should do by now and I will reiterate to them their responsibilities."

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

     

  • Joe Miles

    BEING FRANK

    Here's how Frank Lampard's side have got on in the Premier League this season.

    As things stand, they are third in the top-flight table.

    The Blues will be up against Everton on Saturday.

  • Joe Miles

    MECH IT HAPPEN

    KV Mechelen star Aster Vranckx has his sights set on playing for Chelsea, according to HLN.

    The 18-year-old midfielder from Belgium has agreed to join VfL Wolfsburg next summer.

    But the report states that he 'dreams of a move to Chelsea or Real Madrid'.

    His agent, Peter Verplancke, revealed Manchester City were among the clubs interested in him.

    He said: "We quickly had the feeling that Wolfsburg really wanted Aster. This feels good. This is the right step for him.

    "Top European clubs, Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester City were also interested, but Aster did not want that."

  • Joe Miles

    HEAD IN THE GAME

    Blues forward Olivier Giroud has revealed the key to winning a header.

    Speaking on the Chelsea website, he said: "The most important thing as a striker is to get in front of the defender and attack the ball between the first post and the penalty spot. That's your job.

    "It's not going to be the winger on the other side or the number eight on the other side who will do it.

    "Most of the time the other number eight on the side of the crosser in involved in the build-up."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Joe Miles

    BARC FOR MORE

    A simulated Champions League draw has seen Chelsea come up against Barcelona.

    Football London used a knockout stage simulator to determine who the Blues might face.

    The draw went as follows…

    • Leipzig vs Real Madrid
    • Barcelona vs Chelsea
    • Atletico vs PSG
    • Atalanta vs Dortmund
    • Porto vs Liverpool
    • Lazio vs Bayern
    • Sevilla vs Man City
    • Monchengladbach vs Juventus

    Don't panic, the actual draw isn't until Monday.

    GO FOUR IT

    Wes Brown reckons Chelsea and Manchester United will both make the top four.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes, the ex-United star said: "It's Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man United who make the top four for me.

    "I've said that from the start of the season and I don't really want to go and change my mind now, even though Tottenham are doing well.

    "I just feel like Tottenham always do this, I don't know why, but I just think they're going to drop off a little bit."

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has revealed what he learned from Carlo Ancelotti.

    Ahead of Chelsea's game against Everton, he said: "I was heavily influenced by him as a player and a man.

    "He's right at the top of managers I worked with.

    "He's had huge success at various clubs.

    "He was a great coach, a great man and I look forward to seeing him."

     

    • Joe Miles

      INTER HIM

      Inter Milan are one of FOUR clubs reportedly interested in signing Antonio Rudiger.

      According to CalcioMercato, Barcelona, AC Milan and Roma are also in the running.

      Chelsea are reportedly prepared to let Rudiger leave in January.

      He has fallen down the pecking order under the management of Frank Lampard.

       

    • Joe Miles

      KANTE BELIEVE IT

      N'Golo Kante and Thiago Silva have been nominated for the 2020 FIFA FIFPRO World XI.

      The Chelsea duo are among 55 names on the star-studded shortlist.

      As usual, the World XI will be made up of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forward.

      Votes will be counted and the winning line-up will be revealed on Thursday 17 December.

    • Joe Miles

      SILVA LINING

      New Fluminense boss Marcao wants to bring Thiago Silva back to Brazil.

      As reported by Globo Esporte, he said: "Right on time, he [Silva] saw the message and said, 'I'm going there to assist you'.

      "I said, 'Hey, not as an assistant, come to play here, come to help us, you'll be very welcome'.

      "A great affection, we exchange messages every day."

      Silva, 36, played for Fluminense as a youngster before he joined Barcelona's youth ranks in 2000.

      Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    • Joe Miles

      PROBLEMS ARE MOUNTING

      Mason Mount hacked Chunkz's Twitter account – and declared his love for Chelsea!

      A tweet from the Mobo Awards winner read: "I need to come clean @ChelseaFC are my first love and always will be. @masonmount_10."

      But then he followed it up with THIS video…

      Chunkz said: "Don't believe that tweet. It was him. It was him."

    • Joe Miles

      NO TIM TO WASTE

      Timo Werner is a very clever player for his age, claimed ex-Chelsea striker David Speedie.

      During an interview with Chelsea-News, he revealed exactly what he likes about the 24-year-old.

      He said: "He's never static. he's always on the move. And when he is static, it's for a reason, he slows the defender down and then he's gone again.

      "He's a very clever player for his age."

      Credit: Getty Images – Getty

       

    • William Pugh

      SPEAKING FRANKLY

      Frank Lampard will go head to head with his old manager Carlo Ancelotti when Chelsea travel to Everton on Saturday.

      Lampard says Ancelotti was a 'great coach and a great man' and had a huge influence on him.

      Everton vs Chelsea kicks-off at Goodison Park Saturday night at 8pm.

    • William Pugh

      BLUNDER-FUL

      As we approach the jam-packed Christmas schedule, the Premier League table is already starting to take shape.

      But which players are the biggest culprits when it comes to blunders?

      We take a look, with some help from bettingodds.com, with some big names making the list…

    • William Pugh

      TEENAGE DREAMS

      Manchester United bosses are on a mission to unearth more homegrown talent.

      And they want to pinch promising kids right from under the noses of their southern rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

      Iconic star David Beckham began his career playing football as a kid for Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, London.

      And now the club is looking for a scout to operate down south to find more footballing gems.

      The club have placed an advertisement on its website looking for an expert to find players aged 12-18 they can sign for the academy side.

      And the role also includes occasional international travel to watch exciting new prospects overseas.

    • William Pugh

      TAKING THE NIC

      Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka stopped turning up to Real Madrid training because his team-mates didn’t celebrate his goals, Vicente del Bosque has revealed.

      The French striker, often nicknamed ‘Le Sulk’ while at Arsenal, spent one season with the Spanish giants after he joined from Arsenal in 1999 for a then-record fee of £22.3million.

      After failing to live up to expectations at the Bernabeu, Anelka left to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2000.

      Former Madrid boss Del Bosque has revealed that the 41-year-old accused the team of not being happy for his success.

      He said: “Anelka was a player that cost us a lot of money. Real Madrid wasted €25m (£22.3m) on him and he was signed as a star.

      “He came into the dressing room one day and told us that we were not happy for his success, that we weren’t celebrating his goals. He didn’t come to training for a day or two and the club fined him.”

    • William Pugh

      ROMAN'S GOONS

      Roman Abramovich could have bought Arsenal instead of Chelsea over 16 years ago — but he was mistakenly warned off the Gunners by ignorant Swiss bankers.

      And the billionaire Russian oligarch tried several times unsuccessfully to lure Gunners talisman Thierry Henry to Stamford Bridge when the Frenchman was in his pomp.

      The stunning revelations have been made in book, The Club, penned by two Wall Street Journal writers. They spoke at length with executives from leading Premier League clubs.

      The book claims in 2003, Abramovich hired Swiss bank UBS to examine the economics of English top-flight football.

      One of its findings was that ‘Arsenal were categorically not for sale’.

      Abramovich instead took over Chelsea for £140m and went on to win five Prem titles and a Champions League.

    • William Pugh

      ICYMI – FOUR HIT FOR SIX

      Exclusive by SunSport’s Martin Lipton: England’s Big Six could ALL be part of a new-look Champions League.

      The latest blueprint unveiled to the Prem elite opens the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United AND Spurs to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.

      But the rest of the Prem would have to finish in the top FOUR to get their passport to the big time.

      Uefa chiefs’ latest plan intends to fend off the genuine threat of a breakaway European Super League.

      Europe’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association, headed by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.

    • William Pugh

      WHERE ARE YOU THIA-GOING

      Chelsea uploaded footage of Brazilian star Thiago Silva making his way out for training at Cobham this afternoon.

      The former Paris Saint-Germain star was not involved in the Blues' 1-1 Champions League draw with Krasnodar on Tuesday but is expected to feature at Everton on Saturday.

    • William Pugh

      The former Three Lions chief said: “It seemed to me that Inter played to win but without the necessary anger you need to have to win.

      “You have been a player, you are a coach and you know what I mean.”

      Conte snapped back angrily, roaring: “I have nothing to say.”

      With Inter slipping to 0-0 draws in BOTH games against Shakhtar – despite clearly dominating – Capello pushed further by suggesting Conte has no Plan B.

      Capello asked: “Don’t you have a plan B to reverse situations?”

      Now clearly furious, Conte snapped: ‘Think before you ask questions. Yes, we have a plan B, but I am not going to talk about it in public because then our opponents will know about it and it will became useless.”

    • William Pugh

      FIERY ANT

      Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte clashed with ex-England boss Fabio Capello on live TV after Inter Milan’s European KO.

      The Italian giants crashed out of ALL European football on Wednesday night following their 0-0 draw at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

      The result left Inter bottom of Group B, with the Ukrainians finishing third to pinch the Europa League place.

      And Conte was clearly furious after the game as he rowed with Capello live on air and even IGNORED questions about the defeat.

      Speaking from the Sky Italia studio, Capello gave Conte a real grilling…

    • William Pugh

      IN THE HAT

      Lionel Messi and Barcelona could await any of the three remaining English teams in the Champions League last-16.

      Uefa will conduct the draw from their Switzerland headquarters on Monday, December 14 at 11am.

      No team can be drawn against another side from their own country or their first-round group at this point.

      It means Chelsea will avoid a reunion with Sevilla, Porto are off the menu for Man City, and another clash with Atalanta will have to wait for Liverpool.

      But any of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach, Lazio, RB Leipzig and Barcelona could be drawn against the English trio.

    • William Pugh

      AL BE THERE

      David Alaba will become Chelsea’s best-paid player if he completes a reported £350,000-a-week switch from Bayern Munich.

      The Bundesliga giants have ended contract negotiations with Alaba, 28, ahead of his deal expiring in June.

      Any club will be able to make their own offer and pre-agree a summer switch when the January transfer window opens.

      And Chelsea are one of four clubs reportedly keen on such a deal.

      Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all linked but Alaba‘s wage demands may be a big stumbling block.

      German publication Bild report on the Austrian’s demands of £350,000-a-week.

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