7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Alaba latest, Rudiger future, Leeds win reaction as Blues go top

CHELSEA lead the Premier League table after their victory over Leeds United.

And on the transfer front, we've got the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future, while the West London club continue to be linked to David Alaba.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea will allow Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori to leave the club on loan in January, according to reports.

    The pair have struggled for game time this season, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma preferred at the heart of Frank Lampard’s defence.

    ESPN claims Chelsea will listen to loan offers for the pair as Lampard seeks to reduce the size of his squad.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Hoddle claims Chelsea are already better than Barcelona and Real Madrid – leaving Bayern Munich as their main rivals to win the Champions League.

    He told BT Sport: “You can’t look past Bayern Munich because they are so powerful but you have got to put Chelsea up there.

    “For me at this moment, they are above Barcelona and above Real Madrid. 

    “They are two massive clubs but Chelsea’s team is better than theirs. 

    “In this moment in time I think they have got to be looking at going to at least the semi-final and when you get to a semi-final, anything can happen. 

    “And they have international players who are going to get better as the season goes on and if the crowds are full and we are back to full houses.

    “We haven’t seen this Chelsea side inspired by a crowd and the bigger the occasion the better the best players are. There is more to come from Chelsea.” 

    Finally, Chelsea are sweating over Hakim Ziyech after his injury against Leeds.

    Lampard said: “We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MOUR PLEASE

    Jose Mourinho has fired a title warning to the Premier League after Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0 to go top of the table.

    He said: "We grew up. I can imagine lots of people can imagine three matches in a row – against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – would be a moment for us to drop points and go back to 'normality'.

    “But we didn't go back to 'normality' – we are there.

    “The players work like animals, with all the respect to animals. I love animals don’t get me wrong, but they were working amazingly hard when they didn’t have the ball.

    "Harry Kane clearing balls in the box and Son working on Bellerin and then the two centre backs.

    “This isn’t about scoring goals and being world class; they are also great guys and great pros who give everything for the team.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    INTER THE DRAGON

    Antonio Conte 'dreams' of signing N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud from old side Chelsea next month.

    Tuttosport claims the Inter Milan boss is keen on raiding Frank Lampard's title hopefuls for two men who helped deliver silverware during his two years in London.

    However, Conte accepts Chelsea do not want to sell either Frenchman, with both set to play a key role in the remainder of the campaign.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAN HE HAK IT?

    Chelsea are sweating over Hakim Ziyech after his injury against Leeds.

    Frank Lampard has confirmed the winger hurt his hamstring in the 3-1 win.

    And Ziyech could be out for around a month during one of the busiest times of the season.

    Chelsea are now waiting for official confirmation, with Ziyech already missing a chunk of the campaign with a knee injury.

    Lampard said: “We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Is N'Golo Kante back to his best?

    Chelsea's position as firm title contenders suggests so.

    And this heat map from yesterday's 3-1 against Leeds shows Kante is dominating all areas of midfield yet again.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ALA-BUY

    Frank Lampard is targeting wantaway Bayern Munich star David Alaba for a New Year transfer, according to reports.

    The Austrian defender, 28, has six months remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena.

    And it does not look as though he will sign an extension.

    Now, according to Bild in Germany, Chelsea want to pounce.

    Alaba will no doubt be at the centre of a transfer tug of war between some of Europe's top clubs.

    But the Blues may jump the queue into pole position by making a January swoop, rather than waiting until the end of the season.

  • Anthony Chapman

    REECE LIGHTNING

    Reece James clocked up his 50th appearance for Chelsea in yesterday's 3-1 win against Leeds.

    The right-back has been brilliant since bursting into Frank Lampard's plans last season, even ousting captain Cesar Azpilicueta from the side.

    And at just 20 years old, James could become one of the best in world football…

  • Anthony Chapman

    BANG ON THE MUNI

    Glenn Hoddle claims Chelsea are already better than Barcelona and Real Madrid – leaving Bayern Munich as their main rivals to win the Champions League.

    He told BT Sport: "You can't look past Bayern Munich because they are so powerful but you have got to put Chelsea up there.

    "For me at this moment, they are above Barcelona and above Real Madrid. 

    “They are two massive clubs but Chelsea's team is better than theirs. 

    “In this moment in time I think they have got to be looking at going to at least the semi-final and when you get to a semi-final, anything can happen. 

    “And they have international players who are going to get better as the season goes on and if the crowds are full and we are back to full houses.

    “We haven't seen this Chelsea side inspired by a crowd and the bigger the occasion the better the best players are. There is more to come from Chelsea.” 

  • Joshua Mbu

    GREEN LIGHT

    Former Blues goalkeeper Rob Green has praised new boy Timo Werner for his performance against Leeds yesterday.

    Werner got the assist for Pulisic's goal sealing all three points, and Green praised him for his all around work.

    Green said: "You've got to give credit to Timo Werner.

    "He struggled in front of goal and we laughed at half time with the opportunities he had.

    “We criticised Manchester United with the willingness to run-in behind. 

    "But he ran in front of Frank Lampard in the dugout in the 93rd minute against a team that are the fittest team in the league, and showed composure at the end of it to put that perfectly weighted cross in [for Pulisic].”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GONE TOMORI

    Chelsea will allow Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori to leave the club on loan in January, according to reports.

    The pair have struggled for game time this season, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma preferred at the heart of Frank Lampard's defence.

    ESPN claims Chelsea will listen to loan offers for the pair as Lampard seeks to reduce the size of his squad.

    Both players were linked with moves elsewhere over the summer following the arrival of Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HASSELBAINK'S ADVICE

    Former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Blues boss Frank Lampard should be "very selfish" and stop Olivier Giroud from leaving.

    Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions: "I don’t think they can afford to let Giroud go.

    "Even if he’s not number one. Coming off the bench and making something different.

    "I know that he is going to want to leave but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRAGGING BLUES

    Chelsea's comeback victory over Leeds means they overtook Arsenal in the all-time list of Premier League wins.

    And now the Blues only trail Manchester United at the top of the pile.

    Goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic ensured Frank Lampard's side came from behind to see off Leeds.

    And the victory, which saw the Blues go top of the table overnight, was a significant one as they jumped ahead of London rivals Arsenal.

    It was win No584 in the Premier League for Chelsea with the Gunners just behind on 583.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOALIVIER GIROUD

    Re-watch Grioud's equaliser against Leeds!

  • Joshua Mbu

    'UNDROPPABLE'

    Olivier Giroud is becoming "undroppable", according to Danny Murphy.

    Giroud scored yet again making if five goals in the space of a week, scoring four against Sevilla and the equaliser in yesterday's 3-1 win against Leeds.

    Murphy said; "Frank was right to mention Leeds’ qualities but Giroud deserves all the credit in the world.

    "He’s not underrated by me or people that know football – if you play the game at the top level you know how important a striker like he is to the team. He’s a focal point.

    "He nearly scored early on with the first header, I don’t know how Timo Werner kept that out.

    "He looked so up for it, he’s full of confidence after midweek and all good strikers gamble on space. It was a superb finish.

    "Game awareness as well, knowing where people are running, and his strength and presence. Everything about his performance says keep me in the team.

    “Leeds were unhappy about the second but it was just his physical presence that knocked over Liam Cooper. He’s rightly in the team, he’s earned his way.

    “People were thinking about him leaving or talk of him going in January as he wants to play in the Euros but he’s undroppable at the moment."

  • Joshua Mbu

    PRIME TIME

    Amazon Prime returns with Premier League action tonight.

    The streaming giants made a stellar debut last season, with fans praising the HD picture and sound options provided.

    Part of a £90million deal Amazon signed with the Premier League will see them show 20 matches a season in the UK for the next three years.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TITLE CHARGE

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called Chelsea title favourites.

    Quoted by the Mirror, Klopp said: "If I watch football games at the moment then Chelsea, for me, look like favourites."

    Chelsea are currently sat top of the table on 22 points, however, Spurs and Liverpool are on 21 points and have a game in hand.

     

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP W-EARNER

    Timo Werner managed to pick up an assist in yesterday's 3-1 win over Leeds, he did however miss an absolute sitter from a couple of yards out!

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL-SCORING DEFENDER

    Kurt Zouma scored an emphatic header to put Chelsea 2-1 up against Leeds yesterday.

    Speaking to the clubs official website, Zouma said: "We deserved more in the first half, we had more chances, but it finished 3-1 and, by the way, I’m happy to score another goal!

    "I’m trying to help the team as much as I can.

    "I know I can be a threat from set-pieces. I work hard in training and I have got the technical staff to help me with that. 

    "We know this season we can score many goals, from open play but also set-pieces. It’s working at the minute but we have to keep going like that."

  • Joshua Mbu

    CAPTAIN AMERICA

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised Christian Pulisic's goalscoring instinct after the winger sealed yesterday's 3-1 win against Leeds.

    Lampard said: "Really pleased today. It's been a difficult period for him with the injury and he gets frustrated because he wants to play.

    "Having played 65 minutes in Seville I knew this game would have a huge amount of energy for the players and thought it was wise to start him on the bench.

    "My plan was probably to give him 30 minutes, but to play the period of the game he played, with the intensity of the game and get his goal. 

    "He has an incredible gift, it sounds simple, but arriving in the six-yard box as a wide man, because that is where the goals are.

    "So I was delighted that he got his goal and he is only going to get stronger now."

  • Joshua Mbu

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Patrice Evra has claimed that people would 'like' Olivier Giroud more if his name was 'Giroudinho'.

    The Chelsea forward has hit a fine run of form of late, last night adding to his midweek four-goal haul against Sevilla with a crucial equaliser against Leeds United at Stamford Bridge.

    But during Sky Sports' broadcast, Patrice Evra bemoaned people 'questioning' Giroud's 'style', insisting that his French compatriot is the Blues' best striker.

    He said: "I think Giroud's only problem is his name.

    "If his name is Giroudinho or something people would like him. 

    "For me he's the most complete striker Chelsea have and I don't understand, because even in the French national team people always question his style."

  • Joshua Mbu

    HIGHLIGHT REEL

    Take a look at yesterday's highlights against Leeds!

  • Joshua Mbu

    ALA-BUY

    Frank Lampard is targeting wantaway Bayern Munich star David Alaba for a New Year transfer, according to reports.

    The Austrian defender, 28, has six months remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena.

    And it does not look as though he will sign an extension.

    Now, according to Bild in Germany, Chelsea want to pounce.

    Alaba will no doubt be at the centre of a transfer tug of war between some of Europe's top clubs.

    But the Blues may jump the queue into pole position by making a January swoop, rather than waiting until the end of the season.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea could allow defenders Fikayo Tomori and Antonio Rudiger to head out on loan in January.

    The pair have struggled for game time this season, and ESPN claims both players could be set for spells away from Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard looks to reduce the size of his squad.

    Another man headed for the exit door is Emerson Palmieri, with Sky Italia's Luca Marchetti talking up a move to Napoli for the out-of-favour left-back.

    Marchetti said: "Do Napoli have a chance to catch Emerson Palmieri in January? Yes, without a doubt.

    “Emerson Palmieri can also come away for free, according to Chelsea’s ideas, but the boy wouldn’t come to Italy for free: he must be paid and space is needed for his large salary.

    "That said, it should also be reiterated that Napoli, in Serie A, are the most solid club in terms of financial statements.”

    Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to reunite with N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud at Inter Milan, according to Tuttosport.

    Conte was at the helm when both were brought to Stamford Bridge and the Italian will reportedly reprise his previous interest in the French duo.

    Chelsea maintain an interest in Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso, despite the summer arrival of Edouard Mendy.

    Mundo Udinese claims both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are 'testing the waters' with a view to signing the 26-year-old.

  • Daniel Brookes

    LOANEE EYES RETURN

    Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo wants to follow in the footsteps of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount by forcing his way into the first team.

    The 22-year-old forward is currently on loan at Belgian side Cercle Brugge, who have the option to sign Ugbo for £4.5million.

    Ugbo is enjoying a purple patch at present, with seven goals in 12 appearances so far this season and he is dreaming of returning to Stamford Bridge.

    Ugbo said: “I’m a true Londoner and, in my eyes, Chelsea will always be the biggest club in the capital.

    “Chelsea would be the ultimate dream. As a kid, I admired Didier Drogba and John Terry.

    “It’s up to me to prove that I’m ready for an eventual return."

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    PARTEY POOPER

    Chelsea were interested in signing Arsenal newboy Thomas Partey as an alternative to Declan Rice, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard spent over £200million in the summer but was unable to land £80m-rated Rice when the Hammers refused to budge on their asking price.

    The Telegraph claims Chelsea had identified Partey as a cheaper alternative to Rice, only for Arsenal to trigger his £45m release clause on deadline day.

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