£90,000-a-week Belgian forward determined to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea star Michy Batshuayi plans to stay at the club and fight for his place ins pite of being overlooked by manager Frank Lampard so far this campaign.

The striker is yet to make a matchday roster for the first-team under Frank, despite Blues struggling to hit the target upfront in their first two matches.

Lampard’s men are still searching for their first win this term, while Michy has been downgraded to playing with the development team.

The snub from Lampard hasn’t deterred Batshuayi though, and the 25-year-old star is set to reject a move and remain at Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.

Italian giants AS Roma were reportedly one of the clubs interested in taking the forward on loan.

Michy sent a message to Frank on Monday with two goals versus Liverpool and believes he can still change the Engish boss’ mind about his inclusion in the senior-team.

Lampard watched from the stands as the club’s development squad beat Liverpool 3-0 and will have been impressed with the Belgian’s finishing.

Chelsea paid £33 million to lure him from Marseille back in 2016, but the centre-forward has struggled to become a regular first-team striker at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are currently ahead of him in the striking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Batshuayi was Antonio Conte’s first acquisition but has consistently been shipped out on loan since his arrival.

While a short stint with Borussia Dortmund was a big success, Batshuayi found life at Valencia last campaign difficult and swapped Spain for Crystal Palace in January.

18-year-old Chelsea talent on verge of signing contract extension

Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly set to sign a fresh contract with Chelsea worth £200,000 per week, according to the latest reports.

The 18-year-old forward has less than a year remaining on his existing deal and could leave for a nominal compensation sum next summer if an agreement is not sealed.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have already had multiple bids rejected for Hudson-Odoi, while the attacker wanted to leave in January because of his lack of first-team opportunities under the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri.

But according to MailOnline, the Blues are in ‘advanced talks’ with Callum and are now finalising a new five-year deal worth £200,000 a week. The report states that only ‘small details’ have prevented the deal from being agreed.

Callum returned to main team training this week after recovering from the Achilles injury the star suffered in April.

He has made 28 first-team matches for Chelsea and was rewarded for his form last campaign with his first senior England call-up in March.

Callum is not expected to make his first appearance under new head coach Frank Lampard until after the international break.

But Frank, who is still searching for his first win as the Blues manager, has made it clear Hudson-Odoi is a vital part of his plans this season.

Meantime, Davide Zappacosta is close to joining AS Roma on a season-long loan from the Blues as the full-back lands in the Italian capital.

He has long been expected to return to his homeland this summer, having been restricted to just 13 EPL starts since being signed from Torino two seasons ago.

EPL club failed in summer attempts to sign English ace from Chelsea

Chelsea turned down an enquiry from the Premier League side West Ham United for highly-rated full-back Reece James before the transfer market slammed shut almost two weeks ago, according to a report from a British daily newspaper the Telegraph.

It’s no secret that Reece, like the striker Tammy Abraham, midfielder Mason Mount and defenderFikayo Tomori, has a big part to play in a new-look Blues side now coached by club legend and former midfielder Frank Lampard.

The 19-year-old ace was outstanding during a loan stint at Wigan Athletic last campaign with EFL Championship survival and a place in the Team of the Season just rewards for a star who looked a cut above in the second division.

In any other era, Reece might have been forced out on loan once again but Frank is determined to give youth a chance and this bodes well for a muscle-bound youngster who has won two EPL 2 titles with the Blues.

The Telegraph reports that West Ham were keen on signing James this summer, potentially to replace Ryan Fredericks and the ageing Argentine star Pablo Zabaleta on the right-flank side of Manuel Pellegrini’s defence.

But the club never had a chance to secure the services of the promising Englishman and bring him to London Stadium this summer.

Chelsea turned down as much as £25 million from another Premier League club Crystal Palace, according to the Independent and they’ll even loan Davide Zappacosta, an experienced Italy international, to AS Roma in order to make room for Reece in West London.