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‘Chelsea being left behind in transfer market’

first_imgTransfers ‘Chelsea being left behind in transfer market’ – Lampard feels Conte frustration Chris Burton 18:34 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Antonio Conte Chelsea Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Eden Hazard Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues legend believes other clubs are blowing the reigning Premier League champions “out of water”, with there a danger key men could move on Chelsea are being “blown out of the water” by rivals in the transfer market, says Frank Lampard, with the Blues in danger of being “left behind”.The arrival of Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge back in 2003 saw the west London outfit become the first Premier League side to benefit from the big-spending of a billionaire owner.Such figureheads are now commonplace, with transfer fees having escalated as the market is dominated by those with the deepest pockets. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea still possess the financial muscle to compete, but elaborate recruitment drives have been reined in and Lampard feels the club need to come up with a new strategy as others continue to invest heavily and current boss Antonio Conte grows increasingly frustrated – with Goal revealing on Friday that the Italian’s future is now in question .The Blues legend told The Sun : “[Manchester] City and United have blown everyone else out of the water in terms of their spending in the last two years.“Chelsea have the power to match them but it’s something they haven’t particularly done in recent years.“Don’t get me wrong, they’ve spent good money. It’s not as if they’ve suddenly stopped buying players.“But other clubs are spending more and they have to be careful not to get left behind.“The manager isn’t happy and he obviously feels his squad is a bit thin to battle on so many different fronts.“And I think he’s been proved correct to a degree because when you win the title and then lose big players like [Diego] Costa and [Nemanja] Matic, you have to recruit to move forward because everyone else is doing that.“Antonio Conte certainly seems frustrated. He doesn’t mince his words and he’s been pretty honest about how he feels.“He wanted to add to the squad and he speaks about how it’s not his business as to who gets signed.“I don’t know where things are headed long-term but I think the club and manager will need to sit down in the summer to sort things out.”One of the issues which needs to resolved at Stamford Bridge concerns Eden Hazard’s future, with the Belgium international yet to commit to fresh terms amid ongoing talk of interest from Real Madrid .Lampard hopes the 27-year-old can be persuaded to stay put, but acknowledges that there is a chance key men could soon start heading for the exits.He added: “Eden Hazard is the centre-piece of the club and has been the catalyst for their very good performances over the last 18 months.“Players will move on but hopefully not Hazard. Chelsea have to try to keep him and build the team around him.”last_img read more

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‘Good feelings’ – Salah posts positive injury update

first_imgLiverpool ‘Good feelings’ – Salah posts positive injury update as World Cup quest continues Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Getty Images Liverpool World Cup Egypt UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah African All Stars With the Liverpool star racing to be fit to play for his nation in Russia, he has now provided a positive injury update via social media Mohamed Salah has posted a positive social media update on his injury recovery ahead of the World Cup.The Liverpool star exited last weekend’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears after hurting his shoulder when he landed awkwardly following a challenge from Sergio Ramos.More than half a million people subsequently signed a petition calling for the Madrid captain to face punishment over the incident. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool and Egypt have indicated Salah’s recovery is likely to take around three weeks, leaving the 25-year-old a potential doubt for the June 15 opener against Uruguay.But Salah appears confident of being ready for Egypt’s campaign at Russia 2018 as he offered Twitter followers an update on his condition on Sunday.”Good feelings,” Salah wrote alongside a photograph of the forward carrying out a stretching exercise on his damaged left shoulder.Good feelings… pic.twitter.com/Jhyd2kYVKI— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 3, 2018Egypt will be desperate to recover their star forward after a breakout season at the forefront of Liverpool’s dynamic attack. Salah smashed 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions, including 11 in the Reds’ dramatic journey to the Champions League final. His nation face Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A of the upcoming World Cup. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more