12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Alaba latest, Rudiger future, Leeds win reaction as Blues go top

CHELSEA lead the Premier League table after their victory over Leeds United.

And on the transfer front, we've got the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future, while the West London club continue to be linked to David Alaba.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Marc Mayo

    GIME A LIKE

    Jose Gimenez appears to have ‘liked’ a post calling for his move to Chelsea.

    Eagle-eyed Blues fans spotted the Atletico Madrid defender’s Twitter account appreciating the post – before it was hastily removed.

    Hmmm.

  • Marc Mayo

    NEU KID ON THE BLOCK

    Edouard Mendy has been praised as ‘world class’ by Manuel Neuer.

    The new Chelsea shot-stopper has settled in remarkably well at Stamford Bridge, leaving the Bayern Munich star impressed.

    He told L’Equipe: “There are a lot of world-class goalkeepers right now. For example, Edouard Mendy, who moved from Rennes to Chelsea.

    “He is a player that we only saw in Ligue 1, who joined a big club and has immediately been successful.

    “It’s great to see that. Overall, I’m happy to see so many good goalkeepers because we’re a brotherhood.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GO GO N’GOLO

    Chelsea’s win over Leeds on the weekend came courtesy of a vital performance from N’Golo Kante.

    Former defender Franck Lebeouf praised the Frenchman for beating Kalvin Phillips in the midfield battle.

    He told ESPN: “Chelsea should have finished the game earlier [and] scored more goals. But I’m pleased to see what I [saw].

    “I think one key of the game [is] the fact that Leeds couldn’t play the game they normally play because N’Golo Kante got the [better] of Kalvin Phillips.

    “That was a real fight in the middle of the park and we saw less of Phillip’s leading the game for Leeds than he normally does.

    “That was the key [to] tonight’s win for Chelsea.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SILVA STAR

    Chelsea’s defensive improvements have left Tony Cascarino hugely impressed.

    Reece James and Thiago Silva have both made themselves undroppable in the early weeks of the season.

    And ex-Blues ace Cascarino wrote in The Times: “I have been impressed by how Reece James has improved,” wrote Cascarino.

    “His attacking attributes were clear last year but when it came to choosing whether to stay back or surge forwards, the right back’s judgement was questionable.

    “The defensive side of his game has come on in leaps and bounds and I am sure the arrival of Thiago Silva has helped.

    “Chelsea have been crying out for an organiser at the back and [he] is looking more and more like the bargain of the season.”

  • Marc Mayo

    KLOPP PRAISE

    Jurgen Klopp has declared Chelsea the ‘favourites’ for Liverpool’s Premier League title.

    The reigning champs won again last night to jump the Blues, who sit third and two points behind Liverpool and Tottenham.

    The coach told Sky: "If I watch football games at the moment then Chelsea, for me, look like favourites.

    "They have the biggest squad, great players playing well together after a rusty start – and they are full on.

    "They have unbelievable opportunities to change in games and make changes from one game to the other – so that is it."

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  • Marc Mayo

    NOT TO-DOI

    Chelsea will continue to ignore offers for Callum Hudson-Odoi in the January transfer window.

    The winger was again linked with Bayern Munich earlier in the year and may try and force a move to gain first-team football.

    But, according to The Athletic, the Blues have no interest in negotiating a sale.

  • Marc Mayo

    'SINCERE'

    Anton Ferdinand hopes John Terry is being 'sincere' in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, after lashing out at Millwall fans for booing their own players in their anti-discrimination fight.

    Nearly ten years ago, Ferdinand accused Terry of racially abusing him during QPR's clash with Chelsea.

    The now-Aston Villa No2 was cleared in court but convicted by the FA of using insulting language referencing skin colour during the stormy London derby in 2011.

    And now, he has had his say on Terry kneeling before games and wearing T-shirts in support of the BLM movement on Good Morning Britain.

    Ferdinand claimed: "He's supporting BLM the movement and that's great. I hope that's sincere. Let's have a conversation on positive change."

  • Marc Mayo

    DYB DAB

    Paulo Dybala is reportedly considering his future in Turin after being offered to a number of Premier League clubs.

    The Old Lady are keen to tie the Argentine international down to a new deal, however talks are said to have stalled, leading to a possible move away.

    And according to 90min, Dybala is now said to be ready to depart Juve having previously rejected the opportunity to leave in 2019.

    They claim that the forward has been offered to the Premier League's 'Big Six' by his representatives.

    Manchester United and City, as well as Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been alerted to the possibility of a move for Dybala.

    However due to his reluctance to leave the club last year, English sides will only look to sign him should the player himself signal his intentions to go.

  • Marc Mayo

    FAN FAVOURITE

    Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho after the winger admitted he was a Blues fan growing up.

    Frank Lampard's side are just one of the heavyweight giants linked with his signature as he continues to impress at Borussia Dortmund.

    Sancho was born in South London before joining the Man City academy aged seven and he confirmed he followed the Stamford Bridge club on his way to stardom.

    In an interview with the Telegraph in 2019, when asked if he supported Chelsea, he responded: "Yeah, it's correct. I'm not going to lie."

    But he backtracked on his word a year later as speculation of his move to Man United heated up.

    He later told World Soccer magazine: "I used to look at Ronaldinho on YouTube. That was a big thing for me."

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  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea will allow Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori to leave the club on loan in January, according to reports.

    The pair have struggled for game time this season, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma preferred at the heart of Frank Lampard’s defence.

    ESPN claims Chelsea will listen to loan offers for the pair as Lampard seeks to reduce the size of his squad.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Hoddle claims Chelsea are already better than Barcelona and Real Madrid – leaving Bayern Munich as their main rivals to win the Champions League.

    He told BT Sport: “You can’t look past Bayern Munich because they are so powerful but you have got to put Chelsea up there.

    “For me at this moment, they are above Barcelona and above Real Madrid. 

    “They are two massive clubs but Chelsea’s team is better than theirs. 

    “In this moment in time I think they have got to be looking at going to at least the semi-final and when you get to a semi-final, anything can happen. 

    “And they have international players who are going to get better as the season goes on and if the crowds are full and we are back to full houses.

    “We haven’t seen this Chelsea side inspired by a crowd and the bigger the occasion the better the best players are. There is more to come from Chelsea.” 

    Finally, Chelsea are sweating over Hakim Ziyech after his injury against Leeds.

    Lampard said: “We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MOUR PLEASE

    Jose Mourinho has fired a title warning to the Premier League after Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0 to go top of the table.

    He said: "We grew up. I can imagine lots of people can imagine three matches in a row – against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – would be a moment for us to drop points and go back to 'normality'.

    “But we didn't go back to 'normality' – we are there.

    “The players work like animals, with all the respect to animals. I love animals don’t get me wrong, but they were working amazingly hard when they didn’t have the ball.

    "Harry Kane clearing balls in the box and Son working on Bellerin and then the two centre backs.

    “This isn’t about scoring goals and being world class; they are also great guys and great pros who give everything for the team.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    INTER THE DRAGON

    Antonio Conte 'dreams' of signing N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud from old side Chelsea next month.

    Tuttosport claims the Inter Milan boss is keen on raiding Frank Lampard's title hopefuls for two men who helped deliver silverware during his two years in London.

    However, Conte accepts Chelsea do not want to sell either Frenchman, with both set to play a key role in the remainder of the campaign.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAN HE HAK IT?

    Chelsea are sweating over Hakim Ziyech after his injury against Leeds.

    Frank Lampard has confirmed the winger hurt his hamstring in the 3-1 win.

    And Ziyech could be out for around a month during one of the busiest times of the season.

    Chelsea are now waiting for official confirmation, with Ziyech already missing a chunk of the campaign with a knee injury.

    Lampard said: “We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Is N'Golo Kante back to his best?

    Chelsea's position as firm title contenders suggests so.

    And this heat map from yesterday's 3-1 against Leeds shows Kante is dominating all areas of midfield yet again.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ALA-BUY

    Frank Lampard is targeting wantaway Bayern Munich star David Alaba for a New Year transfer, according to reports.

    The Austrian defender, 28, has six months remaining on his current contract at the Allianz Arena.

    And it does not look as though he will sign an extension.

    Now, according to Bild in Germany, Chelsea want to pounce.

    Alaba will no doubt be at the centre of a transfer tug of war between some of Europe's top clubs.

    But the Blues may jump the queue into pole position by making a January swoop, rather than waiting until the end of the season.

  • Anthony Chapman

    REECE LIGHTNING

    Reece James clocked up his 50th appearance for Chelsea in yesterday's 3-1 win against Leeds.

    The right-back has been brilliant since bursting into Frank Lampard's plans last season, even ousting captain Cesar Azpilicueta from the side.

    And at just 20 years old, James could become one of the best in world football…

  • Anthony Chapman

    BANG ON THE MUNI

    Glenn Hoddle claims Chelsea are already better than Barcelona and Real Madrid – leaving Bayern Munich as their main rivals to win the Champions League.

    He told BT Sport: "You can't look past Bayern Munich because they are so powerful but you have got to put Chelsea up there.

    "For me at this moment, they are above Barcelona and above Real Madrid. 

    “They are two massive clubs but Chelsea's team is better than theirs. 

    “In this moment in time I think they have got to be looking at going to at least the semi-final and when you get to a semi-final, anything can happen. 

    “And they have international players who are going to get better as the season goes on and if the crowds are full and we are back to full houses.

    “We haven't seen this Chelsea side inspired by a crowd and the bigger the occasion the better the best players are. There is more to come from Chelsea.” 

  • Joshua Mbu

    GREEN LIGHT

    Former Blues goalkeeper Rob Green has praised new boy Timo Werner for his performance against Leeds yesterday.

    Werner got the assist for Pulisic's goal sealing all three points, and Green praised him for his all around work.

    Green said: "You've got to give credit to Timo Werner.

    "He struggled in front of goal and we laughed at half time with the opportunities he had.

    “We criticised Manchester United with the willingness to run-in behind. 

    "But he ran in front of Frank Lampard in the dugout in the 93rd minute against a team that are the fittest team in the league, and showed composure at the end of it to put that perfectly weighted cross in [for Pulisic].”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GONE TOMORI

    Chelsea will allow Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori to leave the club on loan in January, according to reports.

    The pair have struggled for game time this season, with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma preferred at the heart of Frank Lampard's defence.

    ESPN claims Chelsea will listen to loan offers for the pair as Lampard seeks to reduce the size of his squad.

    Both players were linked with moves elsewhere over the summer following the arrival of Silva from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HASSELBAINK'S ADVICE

    Former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Blues boss Frank Lampard should be "very selfish" and stop Olivier Giroud from leaving.

    Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions: "I don’t think they can afford to let Giroud go.

    "Even if he’s not number one. Coming off the bench and making something different.

    "I know that he is going to want to leave but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRAGGING BLUES

    Chelsea's comeback victory over Leeds means they overtook Arsenal in the all-time list of Premier League wins.

    And now the Blues only trail Manchester United at the top of the pile.

    Goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic ensured Frank Lampard's side came from behind to see off Leeds.

    And the victory, which saw the Blues go top of the table overnight, was a significant one as they jumped ahead of London rivals Arsenal.

    It was win No584 in the Premier League for Chelsea with the Gunners just behind on 583.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOALIVIER GIROUD

    Re-watch Grioud's equaliser against Leeds!

  • Joshua Mbu

    'UNDROPPABLE'

    Olivier Giroud is becoming "undroppable", according to Danny Murphy.

    Giroud scored yet again making if five goals in the space of a week, scoring four against Sevilla and the equaliser in yesterday's 3-1 win against Leeds.

    Murphy said; "Frank was right to mention Leeds’ qualities but Giroud deserves all the credit in the world.

    "He’s not underrated by me or people that know football – if you play the game at the top level you know how important a striker like he is to the team. He’s a focal point.

    "He nearly scored early on with the first header, I don’t know how Timo Werner kept that out.

    "He looked so up for it, he’s full of confidence after midweek and all good strikers gamble on space. It was a superb finish.

    "Game awareness as well, knowing where people are running, and his strength and presence. Everything about his performance says keep me in the team.

    “Leeds were unhappy about the second but it was just his physical presence that knocked over Liam Cooper. He’s rightly in the team, he’s earned his way.

    “People were thinking about him leaving or talk of him going in January as he wants to play in the Euros but he’s undroppable at the moment."

  • Joshua Mbu

    PRIME TIME

    Amazon Prime returns with Premier League action tonight.

    The streaming giants made a stellar debut last season, with fans praising the HD picture and sound options provided.

    Part of a £90million deal Amazon signed with the Premier League will see them show 20 matches a season in the UK for the next three years.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TITLE CHARGE

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called Chelsea title favourites.

    Quoted by the Mirror, Klopp said: "If I watch football games at the moment then Chelsea, for me, look like favourites."

    Chelsea are currently sat top of the table on 22 points, however, Spurs and Liverpool are on 21 points and have a game in hand.

     

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