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NEW BLUES Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could have been wearing red for the coming season if Manchester United had followed through on their interest.

It ha been reported that the German duo were targets for Man Utd prior to moving to Chelsea – but the Red Devils did not want to pay the huge fee for Havertz faltered in their talks with his compatriot.

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Frank Lampard has admitted he's aware that “the dominoes can fall very quickly” – as expectations rise among the fanbase after Chelsea's summer signing splurge.

    Kai Havertz became the latest to join the club for a whopping £71 million, but he is hardly the only new face at Stamford Bridge.

    Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are the other major signings as the Blues made up for lost time after last year's transfer window ban.

    Lampard is aware of the pressure the new signings will bring, especially at a club like Chelsea.

    He said to The High Performance podcast: “I can’t get too far ahead of myself. I can’t talk about two or three year plans too much.

    “I may say it to the media sometimes because I think it’s a good thing to kind of lay out there.

    “But at the same time, I’m very aware that a club like Chelsea, even though we had a transfer ban, even though the year was difficult, expectations are going to go up hugely next year.

    “And I just have to accept that as part of the job, and try and go about my job as well as I can.

    “Because the tough times will come. I’ve seen how the dominos can fall very quickly.”

  • READY TO MOVE ON

    Outcast Danny Drinkwater has issued a rallying cry as he looks to restart his career after several bumps in the road.

    The ex-Leicester man shared a picture of himself training at Cobham and wrote on Instagram that he was fighting fit for “wherever I go next.”

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    hmmm 💭 “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional…” Back at @chelseafc only for pre season… working hard, trying to get fit and be in the best shape I can be for wherever I go next. As much as I would love to be settled at a club like I should be, the unknown is kinda exciting 😜😁

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  • CONTE KEEN ON KANTE

    Rumours continue to gather pace in Italy that ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte desperately wants to bring N'Golo Kante to Inter Milan.

    Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport reports Conte is as driven to capture Kante as he was to land Romelu Lukaku last summer, when the Belgian signed from Man United for £74 million.

    As Chelsea fans will remember well from Conte's title-winning season at the Bridge, he normally gets what he wants.

    He was the one who signed Kante from then-Champions Leicester in the summer of 2016.

    But whether the London club would even be willing to let the defensive midfielder go is another issue.

    Although Frank Lampard has much depth in the centre of the park, the 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world – and he won't come cheap.

  • MY BETTER HALF

    Frank Lampard isn't afraid to ask the people around him for advice when it comes to managing his players – and that includes his wife, Christine.

    The Chelsea gaffer told The High Performance podcast that chatting to the missus about his team can sometimes help guide his actions – but he insists she's not the one choosing the line-up.

    He said: “I do throw a lot of things off Christine, and she’s not picking like what fullback we’re going to play that weekend.

    “But at the same time, if I have certain issues which are life issues, and actually football issues sometimes, I can definitely go home.

    “It’s great sometimes. I go, 'Christine, what do you think about this problem, I’ve got a player here and he didn’t turn up for training yesterday. But we still probably need him on the weekend, what do you think?'”

    “And she goes: 'does he have a girlfriend, a wife? Is there a problem? Have you spoken to them? Maybe you should speak to them.'”

    “And I’m like, 'yeah'. So she’s not my life coach as such, but I’m very fortunate to have someone to bounce things off of at home.”

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan as he desperately searches for more game time, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Boss Chris Wilder looks to have pulled off a coup by landing the versatile Welsh prospect, who will join his squad and give them top class competition.

    Ampadu can play midfield or at the back and will get the chance of regular games after a frustrating spell with Red Bull Leipzig.

    Chelsea want to see Ampadu tested and the player also needs to be involved at a senior level to fulfil his potential.

    The former Exeter City star has been playing more for Wales than any club side and was a class act in their win over Finland.

    Dragons boss Ryan Giggs recently said he thinks Ampadu can learn from new Blues signing Thiago Silva.

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    Here are all the facts and figures on Chelsea ahead of the new Premier League season.

  • JUST WHAT I KNEADED

    Frank Lampard has revealed why he carried a bit of flab at the beginning of his career – as his mum used to give him cakes to cheer him up.

    The Chelsea manager appeared on The High Performance podcast, hosted by BT Sport's Jake Humprey, and told how stinging criticism by his father over his performances as a young boy left his mother feeding him goodies and offering him words of advice to lift his mood.

    In an honest chat, Lampard described his parents as “ying and yang” as his father was “tough” and “old school” while his mother was more nurturing.

    He said: “I remember driving home from Sunday morning games, and I’ve said this before, but he [Frank Snr] would be sort of shouting at me in the car.

    “Looking back I was like, I don’t understand how you can be shouting at me when I’m 12 or 13 years of age.

    “And then I’d get home, and I’d be crying, and my mum would be the one that would bring me my lunch or a cake or something. That’s probably why I was a chubby kid.”

    He added that his late mum, who passed away in 2008, helped him deal with criticism in his professional career as well.

    Lampard said: “My mum was always the one to say to me, just rise above it – I remember her saying that all the time, rise above. Rise above.”

  • GIROUD'S CAP HAUL

    In other international news concerning Chelsea players, Olivier Giroud became the 8th most capped in the history of France after appearing for the 98th time in the 1-0 win at Sweden on Saturday.

    While a starting place at Stamford Bridge is far from guaranteed, the 33-year-old is a favourite of French manager Didier Deschamps and often retains his place with Man United's Anthony Martial left to wait in the wings.

    With his latest cap, he jumps ahead of Laurent Blanc and Bixente Lizarazu who both retired with 97 each.

    He now sits only five caps behind his own manager Deschamps, who appeared 103 times for his country between 1989-2000.

    He's got some way to go before chasing down record holder Lilian Thuram who has 142 caps, while the likes of legends Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira remain far ahead of him.

  • AIMING FOR THE TOP

    Blues' youngster Armando Broja could make his international debut for Albania tonight as they host Lithuania in what will be just the latest chapter of his intriguing career.

    The 18-year-old striker also followed in the footsteps of Mason Mount as he arrived on a season-long loan at Vitesse Arnhem earlier this summer.

    The Blues will once again hope the Dutch club can hone the talents of their most promising youth products.

    Broja was just six-years-old when Spurs took a punt on him after he was scouted while playing for amateur local side Burnham Juniors.

    He would stay for only two years before Chelsea – the club he supported as a boy – swooped in after a string of impressive performances against them.

    He cites Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as role models and would do well to match either of their incredible careers

  • BLUES CLUES

    Neymar and Willian convinced Thiago Silva to join Chelsea as the centre-back left PSG at the end of his contract.

    The 35-year-old joined Frank Lampard’s side on a Bosman after quitting the Parc des Princes.

    But according to the Telegraph, it was his Brazil pals who convinced him to ignore advances from former club AC Milan and join Chelsea.

  • 'BULLS****'

    Mason Mount’s dad has slammed reports claiming his son is annoyed by the arrival of Kai Havertz as “bulls***”.

    The German playmaker joined Chelsea for a cut-price £70million from Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

    Big things are expected of the 21-year-old, who was personally brought in by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

    There has been much talk over where Havertz will slot in at Stamford Bridge, whether it will be behind Timo Werner or on the wings.

    And Bild journalist Christian Falk claimed on Twitter that Havertz will be competing with Mount for a starting spot – much to the frustration of the England international.

    He said: “Havertz is already searching for a house in London.

    “Because of Havertz his mate Timo Werner can imagine to play at the wings.

    “Mason Mount is not happy that he has a expensive rival at his position.”

  • EAGLE EYED

    Crystal Palace have brilliantly trolled Chelsea over their new away kit, which bears a striking resemblance to the Eagles' famous red and blue stripes.

    The Blues tweeted images from the kit launch with the hashtag itsachelseathing.

    Palace simply responded with the hashtag itsnotthoughisit.

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE

    It's Marcel Desailly's 52nd birthday.

    Can't stop laughing at this video… it will brighten up your Monday morning no end.

  • NICE LITTLE EARNER

    Here are how Chelsea players earn their dough.

    Not bad work if you get it, especially for 22-year-old Kai Havertz.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea's glamour signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were reportedly serious targets for Manchester United.

    Blues' boss Frank Lampard made Havertz his seventh summer recruit – for £70million plus £20m add-ons.

    And it's claimed United were in the running for the Bayer Leverkusen star – until both balking at the fee and focusing their attention fully on Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    German newspaper Bild go a step further with Werner – saying that Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually held talks with the RB Leipzig striker, in Berlin.

    Liverpool and Manchester City were thought to have been even keener on Werner – before Lampard lured him.

    But current Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud insists he is unfazed by Werner's arrival, as well as Tammy Abraham too battling for what could be a lone front role.

    French World Cup winner Giroud told Telefoot: “I haven’t spoken to Lampard.

    “One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.

    “We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.

    “Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”

  • RISING SHAR

    Burton have confirmed they will keep 17-year-old Teddy Sharman-Lowe on a season's loan after the keeper joined Chelsea.

    Having only just been promoted to the League One club's first-team for friendliesr, Sharman-Lowe tweeted he was “absolutely speechless” over the move.

    And onBurton's website he added: “It’s brilliant and it has all happened so fast.

    “Burton have developed me so well and now it’s another new beginning and, hopefully, I can develop further with Chelsea.

    “I’m excited to be joining such a great club, especially as they are known for bringing on young players.

    “It has all happened in a flash, from playing for the first team in pre-season, and then joining a top four Premier League contender.”

  • WERNER SPOKE TO UTD

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Timo Werner – before the striker joined Chelsea.

    Werner, 24, was subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs – including champions Liverpool – who wanted to meet his £47.5million release clause.

    According to Bild, United boss Solskjaer travelled to Berlin to try and convince the forward to join Old Trafford.

    City manager Pep Guardiola is also said to have contacted Werner personally in an attempt to prize him over to the blue half of Manchester.

    Ultimately Werner signed for Chelsea in June after Liverpool opted against making a move for the German.

    The player admitted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a major role in his choice to pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

  • RUDI BIG SHOCK

    Chelsea superstars Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger played the whole game for Germany but were frustrated as Switzerland earned a shock 1-1 Nations League draw.

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan fired the Germans in front on 14 minutes but Silvan Widmer levelled on 57.

  • UTD HOLD CHAMPS CHELSEA

    LEAH GALTON fired a warning to the WSL top dogs with Manchester United's late leveller – after Sam Kerr’s strike for champions Chelsea.

    The Red Devils winger coolly tapped in Jackie Groenen’s low cross on 79 minutes.

    Boss Casey Stoney roared: “It was really pleasing to see my players remove their fear and stand up to Chelsea.

    “I knew it would take every ounce we had as they are a quality side.

    “Some of my players won’t have played against world-class players before and we needed that first 45-minutes to get rid of any anxiety and fear.

    “I’m not a person that likes being locked in, being out there and watching the players and being on the touchline is where I belong. I can’t heap enough credit on my players.”

  • HEAVEN ANEL

    Nicolas Anelka says Chelsea have a “great chance” of winning the Premier League this season after an impressive transfer window.

    Boss Frank Lampard spent around £200million on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz.

    Chelsea finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool last season but Anelka told Stadium Astro: “I think they have a great chance to win the title.

    “It depends on what Liverpool and Manchester City will do as well.

    “But he’s got the quality to finish fourth in the league last season and, with the signings, he’s got the quality to win it.

    “It depends after in terms of the experience of the players whether they are strong enough to race until the end but the quality is in Chelsea as well.

    “So I believe first, second or third. We will see a great Chelsea at the end.

  • TIMO FIRST-HALF BANKS

    Chelsea new boy Timo Werner missed out as Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan bagged the only goal of the openinghalf in Germany's Nations League clash in Switzerland.

    Warner's club-mate Antonio Rudiger lined up in the Germany defence.

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Olivier Giroud is relishing the extra competition from Timo Werner, but insists his £53million team-mate is ‘not the same’ as him.

    Chelsea signed 24-year-old German Werner from RB Leipzig in June.

    He told Telefoot: “I haven’t spoken to Lampard.

    “One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.

    “We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.

    “Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”

  • SWITZERLAND VS GERMANY LIVE

    Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger are in action for Germany as they take on Switzerland in Basel.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE GERMANY VS SWITZERLAND BLOG

  • WE HAV A PROBLEM

    Manchester United refused to match the asking price for Kai Havertz and focused on Jadon Sancho instead.

    The Red Devils were interested in Chelsea’s new signing but viewed Havertz as an alternative to Sancho not an additional signing, according to MEN Sport.

    And the club were put off by Bayer Leverkusen’s hefty £90million price tag.

    The Blues ultimately snared Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal for a cut-price £70m, plus add-ons.

    The deal was Frank Lampard’s SEVENTH summer signing.

  • JT'S MYSTERY SURPRISE

    England have unveiled their mystery player for Soccer Aid.

    And it's none other than Captain, Leader, Legend – John Terry.

    CLICK HERE FOR SUNSPORT'S LIVE COVERAGE OF SOCCER AID

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