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Lampard rejects Chelsea links to Angel Gomes

By Sports Desk June 30, 2020

Frank Lampard rejected suggestions Chelsea are set to sign Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes.

The 19-year-old midfielder is out of contract at Old Trafford this week and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday that he expected Gomes to leave after new terms were not agreed.

Newspaper reports in the UK claimed Gomes had a deal on the table from Chelsea but Lampard told a news conference to preview Wednesday's game at West Ham that this is not something he is aware of.

"I can elaborate to the point that it's never been mentioned at my end. That's it," he said.

Lampard was similarly in no mood to discuss Declan Rice, the West Ham midfielder who has been linked with switching east London for west.

"Declan Rice is a good player, I've known Declan for a long time. He was at Chelsea's academy.

"But there's no talk – I keep saying that about every player that we're asked about – until this season's finished. There's nothing to say."

Looking ahead to who the next transfer might be is perhaps inevitable after Chelsea moved swiftly and in eye-catching fashion to secure Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.

From Wednesday, both men officially become Chelsea players and Lampard is pondering how to integrate them as their new team-mates conclude the relaunched Premier League season.

Ziyech has been out of action since March after the Eredivisie was cancelled, while Werner concluded his final Bundesliga campaign with Leipzig at the weekend.

"I'm in the process of arranging that plan now," Lampard explained. "They do become our players, they also are in different positions in the fact that Hakim hasn't played for a long time because of the Dutch league situation, while Timo finished at the weekend.

"We will formulate a plan for them that will look slightly different individually. I'll decide in the meantime how it looks at Cobham, at the training ground – whether that means mixing with the squad or it means some physical work in the short-term for themselves.

"It'll be up to how we arrange the plan because the first issue now is how we finish the season, that's my main focus.

"In terms of the two players individually, we have to make sure they arrive with good fitness levels and freshness levels for next season.

"They will have a longer break than the players we've already got in the squad, so I'll take that firmly into account. When I feel it's the right time to bring them in and around the squad this season, I can do that, if not the absolute priority is making sure they're fit and ready for next."

Lampard will make late calls on Christian Pulisic (calf) and Andreas Christensen (hip) ahead of the game against West Ham, with his team seeking to make it six consecutive wins in all competitions.

 

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