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  1. Fernando liked a post in a topic by the wes in 44. Ethan Ampadu   
    Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has undergone a medical ahead of a potential loan move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig according to Sky in Germany.
    The 18-year-old has made one Premier League appearance for Chelsea and played in 11 further FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League matches for the club.
    Frank Lampard said earlier in the week he wanted Ampadu to go out on loan to gain more first-team experience.
  2. Fernando liked a post in a topic by milan.cech in 5. Jorginho   
    Lamps on Jorginho -
  3. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Stats in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    Although it was refreshing to see likes of Mount and RLC sign new deals, they were rather expected. I think we can all agree that if CHO signs on, this will be the biggest relief and will be the biggest success in a transfer window where we can't make any transfers.
  4. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Jason in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    This contradicts Guardian a little but...
  5. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Atomiswave in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    'There's two things, there's the football side which I'm completely involved in - and then making sure the contract is signed, which I'm not,' Lampard told Sky Sports News.
    'So to say I'm confident would mean I know every side, I don't, I leave that to the club. What I do know is that the club want Callum to sign.
    'Callum knows how I feel, I've spoken to him. I think he can be absolutely central to this team.
    'We all care for the players at this club, particularly the young players - it's important I show that. Then the decision will be his and the club's together.'
  6. Fernando liked a post in a topic by the wes in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to discuss a new contract with Chelsea but a meeting is scheduled between him and the club in the coming days, according to the Guardian. 
  7. Fernando liked a post in a topic by BXL70 in Christian Pulisic   
    Pulisic is a young player with high potential. He is not replacing Hazard. Maybe in a couple of years in the best case scenario. Anyway, it will be difficult for us to compete next season with the like of Real, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico, Man City, PSG, Bayern, etc. I am afraid we are not playing in the same league anymore. Hope I am proved wrong.
  8. ulsterchelsea liked a post in a topic by Fernando in Chelsea Kits thread   
    Yeah I like the white one. 
    Why they couldn't make the home kit like that? 
    And it seems like we have the Russia colors on the collar. 
  9. Fernando liked a post in a topic by ulsterchelsea in Chelsea Kits thread   
    As promised

  10. Fernando liked a post in a topic by the wes in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    Bayern Munich have resigned to the fact that Chelsea will not sell Callum Hudson-Odoi under any circumstances this summer and are now actively pursuing alternative transfer targets.
  11. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Special Juan in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    At last a manager speaking clearly, straight and not dodging questions.
  12. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Superblue_1986 in Mason Mount   
    It didn't help last year that Sarri didn't really start rotating until about March. He even admitted that he picked a core group of about 14-15 players and just focused on them.
    Once he started backing his squad Emerson started putting Alonso under pressure for his position, Christensen improved as the season wore on and RLC and CHO were arguably first choice for Sarri by the time they got injured (RLC definitely was).
    I think Lampard will back the squad as a whole far more and be prepared to use it. He understands the intensity and overall slog of an English season which I don't think Sarri was fully prepared for and from what it appears he wants his team to play with a lot more energy, pace and pressing compared to last season which will likely take it's toll if players aren't managed properly.
    The idea that Lampard will start bringing through all sorts of academy players I think just isn't going to happen. Someone like Billy Gilmour I could potentially see making the bench the odd time or even getting a game in the league cup before going out on loan possibly in January to get some experience.
    What Lampard will do however is offer a pathway for the ones that have good experience and are ready to play some part - Tomori, Mount, James, Abraham. If these players can get 20 games next season across all competitions then that is a big positive and they kick on from there very much like how I think RLC would have done had he not got injured.
    Christensen, RLC and CHO have shown the club that the talent is there and is good enough to represent the club. If this next group can break through in much the same way I'm certain more will follow in the future.
  13. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Tomo in Super Frank Thread   
    I'd prefer Bundesliga.
  14. Fernando liked a post in a topic by coolhead23 in Super Frank Thread   
    I think it is the right call to send him on loan as he needs games ... With Kante, Kovasic, Mount (he will get games), Jorginho, Barkley, RLC we have the midfield covered (I feel) and Ampadu wouldnt get much games this season. 
    Yes he is a better player than Drinkwater.Bakayoko
  15. Fernando liked a post in a topic by 1905didierblue in Super Frank Thread   
    He might not view him as a DM/CM. The only 45 mins he played was as a CB where we are already loaded with Luiz, Rudi, andreas, Zouma and tomori. Getting ampadu a loan would probably be the best for him.
  16. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Superblue_1986 in The Board   
    Liverpool's net spend is not much higher than ours. The difference is their transfer policy has been based on 'less is more' bringing in a smaller pool of players that are more expensive and of high quality. They have also benefited in that time from having Klopp for most of the period and therefore their purchases have been focused to fit that policy. The squad then is filled out with youth and cheap deals when they come up (Robertson, Milner, Shaqiri) but again its focused to fit entirely with Klopp.
    Our transfer policy has been erratic at best in that period and we've also been handicapped by buying players for one manager and then a new one comes in with a different philosophy and ideas. The purchases of Bakayoko and Drinkwater particularly emphasised this. I do think over the last year there does seem to be a shift in what we're looking to do. Last summer we were linked with Seri and Butland (probably as cost effective options because we were looking at other options to add to the squad) and instead we decided to go for top quality and the best available at the time in Jorginho and Kepa. If Lampard can integrate some of these younger players this season we'll have an excellent base to kick on but it will take some time and patience because obviously at the moment we're starting behind City and Liverpool.
  17. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Jason in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   

  18. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Tomo in Mason Mount   
    Yeah that will be what the best thing about it is, we will be able to carry on reaping the rewards long after the collective breakout season which is something Ajax and Monaco couldn't do (both of which were on a trajectory which would have seen them become the world's best side but the economic and competitive situation's at both clubs meant the cream of the crop were always going to be picked off).
  19. Fernando liked a post in a topic by petre.ispirescu in Mason Mount   
    I keep saying the same thing, this is simply not your average kind of Academy, it is a state of the art one, full of Chelsea through and through kids waiting for their dream to come true. The way this institution it is run, it is simply in the top 3 in Europe, although its players do not make the step forward to the big team, like for example Ajax's. 
    In a world full of rats like Neymar, Pogba, De Ligt and disgusting football agents, this kids bleeding their favourite teams colors through their veins are the way forward. At least for us especially with the transfer ban which might prove to be a blessing in disguise in a few years. 
  20. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Arlen Correa in General Transfer Talk   
    I think a Brazilian winger named Everton Sousa is going to Arsenal. Apparently Atletico Madrid made a 35 mi offer, his club asked for more money and the spanish side gave up.
  21. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Tomo in General Transfer Talk   
    We wouldn't have had a chance with those two even if we weren't banned. The only real chance that's going begging from our perspective is Pepe.
  22. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Jason in Mason Mount   
  23. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Jason in Mason Mount   
  24. Fernando liked a post in a topic by Tomo in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    I'm a bit more relaxed about the situation either way. Had he left without any serious game time I would have been incandescent at how we've let another potential KDB situation happen again so easily but ultimately even if he does turn out that good we can't be blamed as we have done everything we possibly can and more.
    I have never seen such a favourable set of circumstances for a young player at any club for a long time. If the number 10 shirt, 100k a week (which even considering inflation is a lot for a player with less than 30 career appearances), a chance to skip the loan process (a privilege not even JT was granted), his idol returning as manager alongside his two youth coaches assisting him and a chance to be the face of this generation at the club he supports isn't enough to convince him then meh, whatever really.
  25. Fernando liked a post in a topic by LAM09 in 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi   
    I've said for some time, there's more to this than meets the eye. Someone that has effectively done nothing shouldn't be toying around for demands.
    If he hasn't signed by the start of the season, I can see the club selling before the German window closes.