Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks out over Willian’s future amid Arsenal transfer links

first_img Matches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:39FullscreenMatches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The likes of Tammy Abraham, Danny Rose and Troy Deeney have all raised concerns about the English top flight restarting amid the pandemic and Lampard says he understands their reservations. ‘Everyone will handle those situations differently,’ the Chelsea manager added.‘People like Troy Deeney, you have to give the freedom to speak out, because people will be speaking from the heart.‘I think we have to upgrade that communication so players know what they’re going through, and then they can make those decisions.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Frank Lampard’s transfer stance on Miralem Pjanic and Jorginho as Juventus offer Chelsea swap dealMORE: BBC set to show live Premier League matches for first time ever with selection of games to be made free-to-air Advertisement Frank Lampard says he wants the same Chelsea squad until the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed that he is keen to extend Willian’s contract if the Premier League campaign restarts. Willian becomes a free agent at the end of next month and discussions over a possible extension at Stamford Bridge have reached an impasse amid the coronavirus crisis. The 31-year-old Brazil international is demanding a new two-year contract but Chelsea are only willing to offer him a rolling 12-month extension and widespread reports suggest he is set to leave the club. Comment Willian and Lampard were once team-mates at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘Of course they’ll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now is and if the pre-season is a rush they’re going to have to make sure they’re alright.‘So it’s going to have to be something we have to look at, hopefully we can make that arrangement can be made so they can stay with us.‘I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.’ Giroud and Willian are both out of contract next month (Picture: Getty)Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been mooted as potential suitors, with Willian hoping to remain in London, but Lampard has played down the speculation by declaring that he wants the same squad until the end of the season if ‘Project Restart’ is successful. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOlivier Giroud is also nearing the end of his deal with the Blues.Uncertainty over player contracts remains a huge concern among clubs if the 2019/20 campaign resumes at some stage, with teams potentially set to lose squad members whose deals expire in June.‘It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that’s something I’m obviously looking at very carefully,’ Lampard told Sky Sports. ‘The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feeling for the club. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 May 2020 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks out over Willian’s future amid Arsenal transfer links Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League has helped game – Parry

first_img The 58-year-old has no doubt there are key areas of concern in the modern game in England, such as the proportion of foreign players and the number of clubs owned by overseas investors. But while Parry feels these are issues on which the Football Association, which he sees as “not fit for purpose”, has been “entirely passive”, he has pointed to the success over recent years of English sides in Europe as evidence that the Premier League has been a “force for good”. Speaking at the University of Salford on Thursday, Parry – who was the Premier League’s first chief executive when it was launched in 1992, and later held the same post at Liverpool – said: “I think by and large it is a force for good. We had not the faintest idea at the time (of its’ foundation) that it would grow in the way that it has. “I believed that it was going to be successful – we knew the formula would work and that it was effective, whereas the FA and the Football League weren’t. One of the things – until this year, which is a shame – that has been good to see is our clubs by and large doing well in Europe. “Whether this season (in which no English club has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League) is an aberration or more permanent we will see – it is certainly alarming. But over the last decade or so we have done well in the Champions League. “There are negatives and there are concerns. For me, once you get above 50% foreign players, there should be an alarm bell, and certainly once you get up to 50% of the clubs being in foreign ownership, that is an alarm bell, and again that is something we would never have envisaged. “But I actually think rather than blaming the Premier League for that… the sad thing is that when we formed the Premier League, we had had all sorts of dialogue about reforming the FA, but the FA actually did not change at all and I think what happened was the FA just got completely left behind. “The FA is not fit for purpose. The Premier League has raced ahead and succeeded, and in areas where you might expect the governing body to take a lead – where it does in other countries, on things like the number of foreign players and foreign ownership – the FA has basically been entirely passive.” He added: “I think if the Premier League had not been formed, the game overall would be in a worse state.” English football is better off for the formation and growth of the Premier League, according to former chief executive Rick Parry.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Premier resume NFL campaign this evening

first_imgThe Premier travel to meet Laois under the lights in Portlaoise. Tipp were beaten last time out by Sligo.Manager Liam Kearns is hoping for a better display this evening. Tipp FM’s coverage of the match at O’Moore Park begins at 6.50pm and will be brought to you in association with Cleary Motors Renault, Thurles and O’Dwyer Brothers, Bank Place, Tipperary Town.last_img