1pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Thiago Silva in contract extension talks, Lampard fumes at Mount critics

CHELSEA are buzzing after qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages in thrilling style.

Mason Mount was one of the stars of the show and Frank Lampard has called for criticism of the England ace to stop.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAL ON ME

  • Jake Lambourne

    SORT THIS MESS OUT

    Chelsea will 'definitely' be in the race to sign Lionel Messi if he is available next summer, claims Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: "Chelsea, definitely in the equation if Messi becomes available.

    All that is true."Messi looked set to leave the Nou Camp earlier this year after he handed in a transfer request.

    But the six-time Ballon d'Or decided to stay and see out the final year of his contract in Spain.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAB REPLY

    Mason Mount has claimed he's been watching Cesc Fabregas after the ex-Chelsea star praised the England intenartional.

    The Monaco midfielder lauded the performance of the former Derby loanee following his dazzling display against Rennes,

    He tweeted: "Mason Mount. Fantastic."

    To which Mount replied by saying: "Thanks magician, been watching your assists."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOUNTING CASE

    Frank Lampard has told critics to lay off Mason Mount and focus on his talent instead.

    The 21-year-old has copped abuse online and from a section of Blues fans for his performances this season.

    The Blues boss said: "I have a good relationship with Mason. Not as close as some people think and he knows that I'm there if he wants any guidance.

    'With Mason there's been talk and it's got to go away. I'm lucky to know him well at Derby in his breakthrough season in the Championship and he's been outstanding with the way he works off the ball.

    "I'm not going to undermine that and he has all the attributes to arrive high up the pitch and score more goals and make more assists."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea are in talks with Thiago Silva over extending the veteran defender's contract until 2022 after his fine start to the season.

    The Blues landed Silva, 36, on a free transfer in the summer after his release from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

    He initially put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option to add an extra 12 months.

    And according to Tuttomercatoweb, the Stamford Bridge club are already looking to exercise that clause.

    In his nine appearances under Frank Lampard, the ex-PSG skipper is unbeaten with six wins and three draws and an aggregate score of 25-5.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAM AND GET ME

    Edouardo Camavinga has admitted there is one ‘dream’ club out there that he wants to join.

    The Rennes superstar, 18, has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus and more.

    He said: “The great clubs make me dream, but I cannot name one in particular for my future.

    “We haven’t set a date to discuss my future, I’m in no rush about it. There will be negotiations to keep me here.

    “It would be a pleasure for me to continue at Rennes. I still have two years left on my contract and we have enough time to talk about it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAGIC TOUCH

    Danny Drinkwater enjoyed a Harry Potter-themed night in while his side were in Champions League action.

    The frozen out midfielder posed topless with a chocolate wand as Frank Lampard's men were in France for their clash with Rennes.

    He joked on Instagram: "Is it even a Harry Potter film night without the chocolate sorting hat and wand?"

    Drinkwater, 30, managed to keep spirits high despite the national lockdown and his Chelsea career grinding to a halt.

    He made his first competitive start for the Blues since March 2018 in the Papa John's Trophy last week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

  • Jake Lambourne

    HOT ROD

    Brendan Rodgers could end up managing Chelsea or Arsenal, according to Jamie Carragher.

    Carragher believes one of the London big guns could move for the Northern Irishman when they next decide to make a change.

    He told the Daily Mail: “Brendan Rodgers is the best British coach out there, no doubt.

    “Maybe you could argue that the Liverpool job came too early but I think he did a good job, coming closer than any manager to winning the league in 30 years.

    “Maybe it would be difficult to go back to Liverpool or to coach Manchester United, given the Liverpool connection, but I think he’ll be up for the top jobs in this country, maybe England too."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAN-TASTIC

    Premier League clubs will be playing in front of fans as soon as NEXT WEEK under proposals unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    The government has announced that once lockdown comes to an end on December 2, supporters will be allowed to return to stadiums at capacities of up to 4000.

    However, this will depend on which tier of Covid restrictions their local area is allocated.

    London is expected to remain in Tier 2 when lockdown ends.

    That would mean Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham all being allowed to host supporters but at a capacity of just two thousand.

  • James Orr

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea booked their spot in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 win over Rennes last night.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi gave the Blues the lead before Serhou Guirassy clawed one back in the 85th minute to make it 1-1.

    But super sub Olivier Giroud freak winner in stoppage time saved Frank Lampard's men from humiliation.

    Meanwhile, club legend Joe Cole had TV viewers in hysterics during the half time break of the club’s Champions League clash in Rennes.

    Cole, who was watching on as pundit for BT Sport, was not impressed at the interval and amusingly called for Lampard to ‘smack’ some bums of his players.

    He said: “It's the perfect opportunity for Frank to get into the lads at half-time, and wake them up a little bit.

    “You are winning away from home in the Champions League, which is fantastic.

    “But he'll use this opportunity to just give his players a little smacked bum, to let them know we're seven games unbeaten, but you have to concentrate at all times.”

    In other news, Arsenal wanted to sign Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho and Lyon star Houssem Aouar in the summer as well as Thomas Partey.

    The Mirror claims Mikel Arteta was not content with targeting just Partey, who he landed on deadline day from Atletico Madrid after meeting his £45million release clause.

  • Joe Miles

    FORWARD THINKING

    Olivier Giroud’s stoppage time winner put Chelsea into the knock-out stages and left Frank Lampard admitting: He’s given me a problem.

    Giroud’s late header secured the win over Rennes to ensure qualification for the last-16 days after cast doubts over his Blues future because of a lack of game time.

    The 34-year-old could seek a move from Stamford Bridge unless his opportunities improve and boss Lampard said: “I have a problem.

    “I have Tammy who is playing well, and we know what he did last year. Oli, who always contributes in that way with that professionalism.

    “That problem's always been there, it's not a fresh problem and when I say that it's probably the wrong word because it’s selection issues for me and I need that."

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  • Joe Miles

    SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva is the Premier League’s second-best centre-back after Virgil van Dijk.

    That’s according to Joe Cole, who has hailed the veteran Chelsea star as a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a player.

    Speaking about Silva on BT Sport, Cole said: "He needed time to get into it and now he looks like a Rolls Royce and one of the best centre-halves in the league.

    “I do not think they make centre-halves like him anymore. Apart from Van Dijk, I would say he is the best in the League. He has brought so much quality, on the pitch and off the pitch.  

    “For [Antonio] Rudiger, [Kurt] Zouma and [Andreas] Christensen next to him, he is a standard bearer. 

    “That is the level you want to get at if you want to class yourself as a world-class centre-half.”

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  • Joe Miles

    COLE SHOULDER

    Chelsea legend Joe Cole had TV viewers in hysterics during the half time break of the club’s Champions League clash in Rennes.

    Cole, who was watching on as pundit for BT Sport, was not impressed at the interval and amusingly called for Lampard to ‘smack’ some bums of his players.

    He said: “It's the perfect opportunity for Frank to get into the lads at half-time, and wake them up a little bit.

    “You are winning away from home in the Champions League, which is fantastic.

    “But he'll use this opportunity to just give his players a little smacked bum, to let them know we're seven games unbeaten, but you have to concentrate at all times.”

  • Joe Miles

    CHELSEA RATINGS

    The Blues qualified for the Champions League last-16 – but made hard work of it against Rennes.

    SunSport's Simon Phillips has rated how Chelsea's stars fared in their trip to north-west France.

    Click here to read the ratings, with Jorginho rated just 4/10 after his dodgy display.

     

  • Joe Miles

    FANDEMONIUM

    Premier League clubs could host tens of thousands of fans inside stadiums by January if there is no spike in coronavirus cases, according to reports.

    On Monday it was announced football fans will be welcomed back in to stadiums on December 2.

    Thousands are still set to be locked out with outdoor gates capped at just 4,000 – with the exact limit dependant on local Covid-19 rates.

    But that number could be boosted massively in early 2021 with plans for pilot events hosting tens of thousands of fans, according to The Telegraph.

    However, the plans are set to include only ‘some’ Premier League clubs.

     

  • Joe Miles

    RENNES 1 – 2 CHELSEA

    Super sub Olivier Giroud sent Chelsea through to the next round of the Champions League with a last-gasp winner against Rennes.

    The Blues were left to rue a number of missed chances when Serhou Guirassy wiped out Callum Hudson Odoi's opener in the 85th minute.

    But Giroud, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in January, fired home a stunning 91st minute header to seal his side's place in the last 16.

    Click HERE to read the full match report.

  • Joe Miles

    LIVE AND WERN

    Timo Werner added another missed sitter to his growing collection with an absolute howler against Rennes.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi set-up Werner beautifully with an inch-perfect cross after dancing down the right wing.

    But with the goal gaping and sitting perfectly to be tapped in, the German thumped the ball miles over the bar.

    Any slight touch would have seen the ball trundle over the line, such was the pace on Hudson-Odoi's cross.

     

  • Joe Miles

    BLUES CLUES

    Chelsea are THIRD in the Premier League table as things stand.

    Frank Lampard's men have won five of their nine games in the top-flight.

    SunSport have pulled together their stats for the season so far…

  • Joe Miles

    HARD WORK

    Denmark's WSL aces have been left in limbo as they await to hear a decision on whether they can fly out for international duty amid the Covid-19 crisis.

    The four WSL aces in the Denmark national team include Chelsea strike sensation Pernille Harder – who became the club's record signing in the summer.

    As well as Everton's Nicoline Sorensen and Rikke Sevecke and Aston Villa's Stine Larsen.

    Harder also wears the captain's armband for her country, and she said: "I really hope we can be granted permission to travel home to represent our country,

    "And fight alongside our teammates next Tuesday in another important match. Fingers crossed."

  • Joe Miles

    RENN FOR IT

    Chelsea's game against Rennes is under way.

    The Blues know they have the opportunity to secure qualification for the Champions League last 16.

    Click here to tune into SunSport's dedicated LIVE match blog to keep up to date with all of the action.

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  • Joe Miles

    TALK TO FRANK

    Here's how Frank Lampard's men will start the clash against Rennes tonight.

  • Joe Miles

    'REALLY PLEASED'

    Frank Lampard has given his view on Edouard Mendy's start to life at Chelsea.

    During the latest episode of #AskFrank, he said: "I've been really pleased because it's not easy, and he's made it look easy, which is a difficult thing."

    I think when you come from another league, there are, of course, differences with the Premier League.

    The physical nature, the speed of the league, I think it is unique in those terms."

    I think for a goalkeeper that's got such a spotlight on him and having to face these differences and make relationships with the team around him, he's done it very seamlessly."

  • Joshua Jones

    MURAL MOUNTED

    Mason Mount has admitted he was left 'speechless' after being honoured with a mural next to Stamford Bridge.

    The stunning artwork of the England international is one of just five across the country as part of a campaign to launch FIFA 21 on PS5.

    He said: “As a lifelong Chelsea fan, having a mural installed just around the corner from Stamford Bridge, celebrating the next generation of emerging talent is amazing.

    "I’m pleased with how my career has progressed to date, but the hard work never stops – this is just the start.”

    The 21-year-old later shared a picture of the artwork on Instagram alongside the caption: "From the academy to having a mural next to the bridge! Speechless."

  • Joshua Jones

    FLYING HIGH

    Plenty of Chelsea stars took to Twitter yesterday to share snaps of the trip to Rennes.

    Defenders Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta were among those to post pics.

    Kick-off in North-West France is just hours away, at 5.55pm UK time.

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