Frank Lampard’s task this season is to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish and the Champions League run which saw them eliminated in the last 16 by eventual winners Bayern Munich.
He has been bestowed with a star-studded squad, including the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Thiago Silva. The most difficult aspect of Lampard’s summer was shifting some of the deadwood in his squad.
Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Antonio Rudiger and co. have all been linked with moves away after falling down the pecking order in their respective positions.
Homegrown duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori were both tipped for moves away too, but ultimately moves did not materialise and they remain at Stamford Bridge.
Here is the latest Chelsea transfer round-up.
Rudiger to stay and fight
Antonio Rudiger has told The Athletic that he intends to remain a Chelsea player and win back the trust of Lampard.
The 27-year-old expressed his happiness at his current living situation, while also insisting he has the character to fight for his place in the team despite knockbacks.
“I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times. I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea,” he said.
He also insisted he had turned down a couple of options to move this summer, indicating the option to leave Chelsea was still very much in his hands.
As a player with international pedigree, Rudiger will not be short of suitors if his wish to return to the starting XI at Stamford Bridge does not become a reality.
Chelsea winger seals Russian move
Victor Moses has been sent on loan to Russian Premier League club Spartak Moscow for the season, just days before the Russian transfer deadline.
According to Transfermarkt, the deal includes a €4.5million option to buy at the end of the season, which will include a €1m penalty if Spartak do not exercise their right.
Moses was not awarded a squad number by Frank Lampard ahead of this season following his return from a loan spell at Inter.
The manager is yet to comment on Moses’ latest loan move, previously stating he had not been involved in Chelsea’s first-team training bubble at Cobham.
Tomori opens up on failed loan move
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has spoken about his opportunity to join West Ham United on loan this summer.
The 22-year-old stated he did not feel it was the right move at this time in his career, believing the whirlwind end to the transfer window was not a conducive time to make big decisions about his future.
Speaking to Chelsea’s Mike’d Up podcast, Tomori explained his thinking behind staying at Chelsea.
“I wanted to make sure that whatever decision I made was really thought out and try to do what’s best for me.
“I tried as much as I can to do what is best for me and the way that transfers are, some days you are up here and you feel like it is all rolling, then sometimes nothing happens at all and you have to deal with the situation you are put in.”