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‘Chelsea need a big guy, their own version of Van Dijk’ – Leboeuf urges Lampard to sign defender this summer

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The former Blues centre-half is not convinced by the options currently at Stamford Bridge and wants to see transfer funds invested in that area

Chelsea need bring in their own version of Virgil van Dijk, says Frank Leboeuf, with Frank Lampard being urged to land a “big guy” at the back in the summer transfer window.

The Blues have already starting investing heavily on fresh faces, with deals tied up for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

There is the promise of more business to come at Stamford Bridge, with Roman Abramovich prepared to bankroll further signings on the back of a top-four finish and Champions League football being secured.

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Lampard praises Silva’s ‘perfect’ Chelsea debut

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The Brazilian veteran started and played 60 minutes in his first match with the Blues

Frank Lampard has praised summer signing Thiago Silva after a “perfect” Chelsea debut for the former Paris Saint-Germain star.

After sitting out the first two games of the Premier League season, Silva started and played the first 60 minutes of the Blues’ 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley.

The Brazilian is still working his way to full fitness, having been given time off after helping PSG reach the Champions League final just last month.

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Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne

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Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City want to reassert their superiority by winning all four major trophies this season.

City finished last season with a whimper as they ended 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool and suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon.

They were also beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Arsenal with the League Cup final win against Aston Villa a rare highlight for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But City are determined to make amends this term and Belgian midfielder De Bruyne insists fresh goals have been set, including a clean sweep of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

“I think the motivation doesn’t change if you win or you lose,” De Bruyne said after impressing in City’s 3-1 win at Wolves on Monday.

“When you start a new season there are new aspirations, you want to win the most as possible and we want to win everything.

“For us, all four (trophies) is in the mind, that’s the mentality. It is obviously very hard but we went into Monday knowing that it was going to be a very hard game.

“We didn’t train a lot but I think the performance was really good and that’s good for us.”

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Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley: Havertz hits aac hat-trick as Blues run riot

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Chelsea cruised into the EFL Cup fourth round as Kai Havertz’s hat-trick helped them to a 6-0 victory over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick as Chelsea sealed their progression into the EFL Cup fourth round with a dominant 6-0 win over Barnsley.

Havertz had struggled in his first two Premier League appearances, but the former Bayer Leverkusen star got up and running in English football in style on Wednesday.

With Tammy Abraham opening the scoring, Havertz doubled Chelsea’s lead before playing his part in Ross Barkley putting the hosts 3-0 up.

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