Frank Lampard confirms Petr Cech is working with Chelsea goalkeepers
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed legend Petr Cech has been working with the goalkeepers at the club over the start of the new season.
Cech, who is technical and performance director at Stamford Bridge, had been pictured on the training ground working with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero, and Lampard has confirmed the former Czech Republic international is helping out.
“Obviously his daily job as we know here now is to be technical advisor and he has been a great help to me on that front, and that’s been brilliant for me being back at the club to have that,” Lampard said.
“Where we have had restart and times where we are playing where there is a lot fragility, having Petr train with the goalkeepers and bring his experience is a great thing. He still has great quality. I think he retired pretty young.
“He’s training and keeping fit, which I think is healthy for him and the goalkeepers in the squad. I think it’s as far as it goes.”
Chelsea turn down approach for central defender
Chelsea have pushed back an approach from Paris Saint-Germain for centre back Antonio Rudiger, despite the German’s future at the club appearing uncertain.
According to RMC Sport, Chelsea are open to the notion of letting Rudiger leave this summer, but want a permanent sale rather than a loan, as PSG proposed.
Rudiger has been omitted from all three of Frank Lampard’s matchday squads this season, with Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva all favoured over the Germany international.
Thomas Tuchel is believed to be a fan of Rudiger and is keen to take the 27-year-old to the Parc des Princes after losing Silva as a free agent at the end of last season.
Chelsea urged to sell midfielder and buy him back
Former England winger Trevor Sinclair believes Chelsea should sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer with a view to re-signing the midfielder at a future date.
Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs on loan, but Sinclair it would be best for all parties if he was allowed to start a career for himself elsewhere.
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“He’s not played enough football, it’s as simple as that,” Sinclair said on TalkSport (as per the Daily Express).
“He’s played 54 games, he’s 24 years old. He needs to get going or else it’s going to be one of those careers where you think ‘yeah he was well known and he probably did well financially, but what did he achieve?’
“Sometimes you’ve got to go away and maybe he could come back. If he goes away and goes to a Palace or wherever – I’d say go [permanently], I’d say cut that chord, go make a career for yourself, go and earn your own stripes and if you do well enough, Chelsea know him inside out, they will have him back.”