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CHELSEA are on the hunt for summer transfers to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad after Frank Lampard's controversial exit.

Meanwhile Billy Gilmour will stay at the club after Tuchel reversed Lampard's decision to loan him out for the remainder of the season.

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  • Josh Graham

    PUL YOUR PANTS DOWN

    Chelsea's Christian Pulisic is confident the Blues can beat Tottenham on Thursday.

    Former Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho saw his Spurs side go down 1-0 to Brighton on Sunday.

    The winger told the club's website: "It’s a good time to play them coming off a good result for us.

    "We’re feeling confident. We’re really excited. It’s a good chance to make a statement and most importantly really build some momentum.

    "We know what a good result against a good team could do for us."

  • Josh Graham

    PUL IN THE SAME DIRECTION

    Christian Pulisic lifted the lid on life at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

    Christian Pulisic and Thomas Tuchel have a pre-existing relationship from Borussia DortmundCredit: AFP or Licensors

    The American told the club's website: "It’s been good so far.

    "We’ve got a new outlook on things, we have had a really good win so it’s been a positive start.

    "It’s been some crazy times recently and just to get a win left all the guys in the changing room really excited.

    "We have had a lot of fun in training and there are smiles on faces which is good to see."

  • Josh Graham

    FAMILIAR TUCH

    Christian Pulisic has opened up about his experience under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel at old side Borussia Dortmund.

    The American told the club's website: "I remember making my debut under him and it was a really exciting time.

    "I was playing in the youth team at Dortmund and then I got the call to say I was going to go up and train with the first team, and be a full first team member. It was really exciting.

    ‘I had to fight my way into that team because it was a very strong team, and being a young player I had to work extra hard.

    ‘The manager trusted in me and most importantly gave me chances to play, so I am grateful for that.

    "He definitely helped me as a young player and I only have good memories of that time. We had some success at Dortmund together, and it’s been good to see him again and work with him once more."

  • Josh Graham

    SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva made clear his appreciation for the time he spent working under Frank Lampard.

    The veteran Brazilian defender, 36, gave an interview with the Chelsea website about reuniting with his old PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.

    But on his Instagram story Silva shared the article along with a classy message for axed club legend Lampard.

    He wrote: "Remembering that I am very grateful to Lampard for what he did for me here!!"

    Thiago Silva reminded fans he was 'grateful' for Frank Lampard's work with him
  • Josh Graham

    TUCH OF MAGIC

    Thomas Tuchel has been praised for being a 'special' coach with the ability to think differently.

    Tuchel's former player at Mainz, Bo Svensson, told DAZN and Goal: "You immediately noticed that he is a special coach and that he thinks a little differently.

    “I had never seen such an appearance in front of a team or such training in this form as a player.

    “There were a few games under Thomas that we were very surprised at. We pressed against Bayern very early in Munich. He didn't set us up for Bayern's strengths.”

  • Josh Graham

    ALL BARK NO BITE

    Chelsea and Aston Villa will wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to make Ross Barkley’s move permanent.

    The 27-year-old was struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge and joined the Villans on a season-long loan in September.

    Ross Barkley's future will be decided at the end of the seasonCredit: EPA

    Barkey started well under Dean Sith before a hamstring injury in November ruled him out but he was back with a bang with the winner against Southampton on Friday.

    He has two years left on his deal in West London.

    And BirminghamLive claims both the player and club are ‘happy to assess the situation’ at the end of the season.

  • Josh Graham

    HAK ATTACK

    Achraf Hakimi could be heading for the Premier league this summer with Chelsea reportedly interested.

    The Moroccan full-back has excelled at Inter Milan under former Blues boss Antonio Conte but The Athletic reports Inter have failed to pay the first instalment of Hakimi's transfer to Real Madrid.

    The cash-strapped Italian giants could be forced to sell the 22-year-old who has a contract until 2025.

    A move is likely to cost Prem clubs – with Arsenal having also monitored the player for years – around £40million.

  • Josh Graham

    MARC OF THE MAN

    Chelsea legend Pat Nevin had his say on Marcos Alonso's goal and celebration on his return.

    The Spanish left-back grabbed the Blues badge and was mobbed by his team-mates after a delightful volley sealed a 2-0 win over Burnley.

    Chelsea's Marcos Alonso grabs the badge in delight after slamming home a great strikeCredit: AFP

    In his Chelsea column, Nevin wrote: "It was particularly interesting to watch the reaction of the team towards Marcos after he scored the cracker that wrapped up the points. He was immediately surrounded by just about every member of the team.

    "Now it is not worth hiding the fact that he was pretty close to persona non grata for a large part of the season, so some may think that the show of affection was aimed elsewhere. I suspect you would be wrong in that assumption.

    "In every club players go in and out of favour with the managers, it is part of life and more often than not the rest of the team do not take sides because they have their own work to be concentrating on.

    “However, when their mate is back in the fold, the welcome is honest and heartfelt, and aimed specifically at him, no one else.

    “It is great to see Marcos back in contention, especially with Spurs coming up in a couple of days, I am sure he particularly likes playing them with his impressive scoring record against the Lilywhites.”

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH OF CLASS

    Thomas Tuchel hasn't held back from giving out tactical instructions to his players at Chelsea.

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH & GO

    Thomas Tuchel will earn a Chelsea contract extension if he secures Champions League football twice.

    Despite his credentials, the German boss was only appointed on an 18-month deal after replacing Frank Lampard last week.

    Tuchel was unsure whether to take the role during the season but was advised it may not be available at the end of the campaign.

    And the Daily Mail writes how securing Champions League football both this season and next will land him an automatic contract extension.

    Chelsea are currently six points adrift of a top four spot and face a tough contest away at Tottenham on Thursday.

  • Josh Graham

    KEPT AT BAY

    Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed Chelsea and Liverpool are the two Premier League clubs interested in Dayot Upamecano.

    The French defender, 22, is expected to leave RB Leipzig in the summer due to a £38million release clause in his contract.

    Upamecano's agent confirmed two top English sides were among the clubs interested in signing him.

    He did not name them – but Rummenigge let it slip as he confirmed Bayern will also be in the running.

    He said: "The fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we will almost certainly lose David Alaba at his position.

    "The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba."

  • sstreet

    'APPALLED'

    Roman Abramovich has sent a letter of support to Chelsea's players after Reece James was targeted with vile racist abuse.

  • sstreet

    DEAL ME IN

    Thomas Tuchel will automatically earn a contract extension if Chelsea qualify for the next two Champions Leagues, reports the Daily Mail.

    The German is at Stamford Bridge on an 18-month contract and was said to be concerned about joining on such a short term deal.

    But in a big vote of confidence from notoriously trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich, the Blues agreed to the mandatory new deal clause.

    Tuchel said of his deal: "At first it was a concern, I was a little like, 'Oh, why 18 months?'

    "But after only one minute I thought, 'What does it change?' What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway.

    "If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they'll pay me."

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    MOUR TO COME

    It was certainly a quieter transfer window than the summer…

    The main question on fans' mind for deadline day was whether Billy Gilmour would stay or go out on loan.

    At one point it looked like he might complete a short-term switch to Southampton.

    However, Thomas Tuchel is keen to see how the midfielder gets on at Stamford Bridge, reversing Frank Lampard's plan to loan him out.

  • supal

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Well, it wasn’t exactly a transfer window thriving with business.

    In fact there was no business at all at Stamford Bridge – deadline day came and passed the Blues by this year.

    New boss Thomas Tuchel didn’t make any emergency moves in the market and will now get to work evaluating his squad before the summer.

    He’s got over £200m of talent that Frank Lampard signed last summer to sypher through as well in the closing months of the season.

    There were no arrival at all for the Blues in January but a few departures to speak of.

    Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) and Baba Rahman (PAOK) were among the players to leave west London on loan.

    Charlie Brown was also sold to MK Dons, and Lucas Piazon left to join Braga.

    It’s back to business on the pitch pretty quickly for all these Premier League teams with another full bill of midweek fixtures kicking off tonight.

    For Chelsea, it’s the small matter of taking on rivals Tottenham – a side desperate and hungry for points with a certain former Blues manager in charge.

    Stay with us all day as we’ll build up to that one and bring you all the Blues news you need.

  • supal

    CHELSEA JANUARY MOVES

    Here's the final report card for the Blues this month…

    IN

    (None)

    OUT

    Charlie Brown (MK Dons), Lucas Piazon (Braga), Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa) loan, Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) loan, Baba Rahman (PAOK) loan, Jack Wakely (Brighton) loan.

  • supal

    AL CLEAR

    Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a move to Real Madrid.

    That’s according to Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who concedes the star is ’99.9 per cent’ likely to leave the Allianz Arena.

    Alaba, 28, is out of contract this summer and has so far rejected the chance to extend his deal.

    Real Madrid were thought to have agreed terms with the Austrian.

    But reports claim Chelsea remain optimistic they can lure Alaba to London after making Thomas Tuchel their new manager.

    Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a contract with Real MadridCredit: EPA
  • supal

    MADE HIS MARC

    Marcos Alonso was among the players linked with a deadline day move away from Stamford Bridge.

    But he's made an impression on Thomas Tuchel after his goal against Burnley – and the new boss will want to have a closer look over the next few months.

  • supal

    LAMP SHADE

    Gary Neville has explosively suggested Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who called the media in a bid to get Andre Villas-Boas sacked in 2012.

    Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the ex-England right-back claimed: "[Lampard's sacking] wasn't really a shock.

    "I thought initially he would get more time, just to let them settle in but you can't be surprised by Chelsea.

    "I go back to Napoli eight or nine years ago, when Villas-Boas had picked a team in the afternoon of a Champions League game. He left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and another big player at that time. 

    "I remember Chelsea players at that time ringing up members of the media and trying to get him out. Frank was part of that group."

    Gary Neville has claimed Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who helped get Andre Villas-Boas sackedCredit: PA:Empics Sport
  • supal

    BANNER BAN

    Chelsea removed the 'In Frank We Trust' banner from Stamford Bridge out of respect for Thomas Tuchel.

    The Blues took the tribute to Frank Lampard down ahead of their 2-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge but left it in place for the German's first home game against Wolves.

    Chelsea fans had clubbed together to have the £1,000 banner made and it read: "In Frank we trust. Then. Now. Forever."

    Chelsea have removed this Frank Lampard banner from Stamford BridgeCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
    The homage to the Chelsea legend was taken down out of respect for Thomas TuchelCredit: Reuters
  • supal

    DEADLINE DAY RECAP

    A bit quiet out there so time for a quick recap – here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

    • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
    • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
    • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
    • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
    • Bournemouth's Josh King joined Everton in a deal announced at 1am
    • Southampton signed Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool in a late swoop

    TEST BOOST

    Premier League Covid positives have finally dropped back to pre-Christmas levels in a further boost to football chiefs.

    Last week’s 2,957 tests across the 20 Prem clubs brought just seven new positive cases.

    That is slightly down from the eight recorded in the seven days up to January 24, although this time there were positive cases in both sampling rounds.

    Four of the positives came in the first batch of tests, of 1,713 players and staff, between Monday and Thursday.

    There were then three positives out of 1,244 samples between Friday and Sunday.

    The seven positives is the lowest total since the week of December 20, when the same number was recorded from only 1,569 tests.

    JAB STAND

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has insisted that footballers cannot be allowed to jump the Covid-19 jabs queue.

    There have been calls for elite athletes to be moved up the priority list to ensure they can play inside secure bubbles.

    But Infantino, speaking at an appearance at the World Health Organisation, dismissed that idea – but also pledged he expected full houses at the 2022 World Cup Finals.

    Infantino said: "The priority for the vaccine is of course for the people at risk and health workers.

    "That is very sure in our minds and we don't consider football players as a priority in this respect.

    "Of course, in the months to come and in the context of international competition and travel, vaccination might be recommended at some point.

    "The Olympic Games are only in the summer but this will happen respecting established order of distribution. The people at risk should have priority."

    TRAVEL PROBLEMS

    Prem clubs have been left up in the air over whether they will be forced to release players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Martin Lipton reports.

    Last week’s new UK border rules mean that South American and Portuguese players will be forced to spend 10 days in strict hotel quarantine when they return to British soil.

    SunSport revealed how it could deprive Liverpool of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for three games at the start of April.

    And it would bring similar issues for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and Ederson, Ruben Dias and Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City.

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