Chelsea trio linked with moves but Lampard doesn’t expect departures

Frank Lampard says he does not expect further departures from Chelsea before the European transfer window closes.

David Luiz left Stamford Bridge to join Arsenal in the final stages of the English window.

And Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been linked with moves away, with reports suggesting they too will leave while clubs on the continent remain able to bring in players.

There has also been speculation over the future of Marcos Alonso, who has been linked with a return to his native Spain.

But Lampard does not expect major departures over the coming weeks.

“I don’t expect there will be,” the Blues boss said at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United.

“We obviously have the (transfer) ban. We obviously haven’t been able to make moves in terms of bringing players in.

“So I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got now and my focus is working with that now.

“We’ll see for the next couple of weeks until the European windows shut, but I think you saw the big moves.”

Lampard will assess the fitness of N’Golo Kante, Willian and Antonio Rudiger before making a final decision on his line-up for the United game.




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