Lampard rules two new signings out of Chelsea opener

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has ruled out Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell in their Premier League season opener against Brighton on Monday evening.

Chelsea have thrown huge financial backing behind Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution this summer, with the Blues’ spending already past the £200million mark even before any deal for Mendy.

Chelsea kick started their squad overhaul by bringing in Ajax forward Ziyech and prolific RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

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England left-back Chilwell and Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva were next through the doors, with Germany midfielder Kai Havertz another coveted talent to join Lampard’s ranks.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has also arrived, but is considered a long-term project and will head straight out on loan.

And speaking to journalists ahead of the new campaign, Lampard revealed his injury news: “Ziyech took an injury against Brighton and he won’t be fit, we hope it will only be a couple of weeks. Chilwell won’t be fit. He has improved this week. Silva is in London but not training until the weekend, so I doubt in contention.

“We are pretty good apart from that. Gilmour is a long-term injury.”

When asked if there is pressure on him with all the summer spending, Lampard added: “The pressure on me to do better should be standard. I don’t want to talk about statements. Last year we were very happy for Champions League places, we were very joined up in the business we wanted to do.

“The work starts now. It’s been a bit of a broken pre-season, but you have to work hard very quickly.”


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