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Chelsea transfer news: Lampard braced for Chelsea blow as Napoli line up new Hysaj deal | Football | Sport


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set for a transfer market blow with one of his main targets set for a new contract.

Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj has been on The Blues shopping list for the last 18 months without any success.

And they were expected to line up a move for the Albanian international when their two-window transfer ban comes to an end, or if their appeal against it is successful.

The Blues have drawn up a list of transfer targets for both the January transfer window as well as next summer, which is when their ban is due to come to an end.

Napoli have Hysaj, 25, who has also been scouted by Manchester United under contract until the end of next season.

But in a blow to Lampard, they are ready to offer him an extension after an impressive start to the new season.

Chelsea, themselves, handed out a new deal to a key player in the form of the highly-rated Callum Hudson-Odoi this week.

The 18-year-old was the subject of interest from Bayern Munich back in January with multiple offers from the Bundesliga club rejected despite the winger handing in a transfer request.

Lampard revealed upon the news of Hudson-Odoi’s new deal: “I spoke to Callum in pre-season in Dublin.

“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here, club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get one foot in the first team, for me it just feel it was what everybody wanted. 

“It was away from me slightly in terms of the club will deal with the contract in itself but I made it clear I want him at the club because I believe in his talent.

“I also know that a five-year contract is signed the hard work really starts for him. He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more and it’s pure hard work that will get him there. 

“A lot of the talk [about Hudson-Odoi leaving] was before me, a lot of that talk was from last season and I only saw it from the outside.

“The only conversations I had were were not  persuasion, they were just how I see it at the club. 

“Hopefully he can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities, which are not just handed on a plate, they are handed because they deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season when you talk about Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori]. 

“That’s a nice thing for him to see and hopefully he’ll be hungry for and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work.”



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