Chelsea pair could leave but Batshuayi staying – Lampard

Date published: Friday 16th August 2019 2:45

Frank Lampard has admitted that Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko could leave Chelsea but Michy Batshuayi remains a part of his plans.

The Belgian was on loan at Crystal Palace last season and looks to be behind Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Linked with a move away, Lampard says Batshuayi is going nowhere.

He said: “The future is Michy is here as one of our strikers. We have three strikers this year and there will be opportunities for him.

“With Michy it’s important that he trains at a top, top level every day, gets himself absolutely fit to play the way I want my strikers to play, which will be constant movement – on and off the ball – and obviously to try and score goals.

“He’s very much our player and competing with Tammy and Ollie for that space.”

The Chelsea manager is also thought to be keen to promote young right-back Reece James to the first team squad, which could pave the way for a move away for Zappacosta.

“That’s not clear yet. Zappacosta is our player and Reece is probably out for three more weeks,” Lampard said. “So that’s a decision that will be made as we go on.

“I’ve been really impressed with Zappa’s attitude, quality and how he’s trained.

“We have to make sure we’re happy with the squad by the time the European window shuts. That will be a decision for us and of course Zappa, because I want players happy.

“The professionalism he has shown since he’s been here has been great and that can be an ongoing conversation.

“It’s similar with both players (Zappacosta and Bakayoko). They obviously haven’t started the season for us. Both of them have shown really good application and not been a problem.

“The decision will be what’s best for the club and for them individually as well.”

Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time as Chelsea manager on Sunday as The Blues host Leicester City.

After two defeats in his opening two competitive games in charge, Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer will be hoping for a positive outcome.

Antonio Rudiger and Willian are back in contention after the pair returned to training. Tammy Abraham may start again up front despite the racist abuse he received following the Super Cup loss to Liverpool.

“I’m proud to manage this club,” he said. “I’ve been back a few times and had great support so it will be an emotional, special day for me but the important thing is that we win the game.

“There were good parts of the Man United game that got lost in the result but not lost on me – against Liverpool, we played one of the top teams in the world and really matched them.”


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