Frank Lampard makes a key decision over a Chelsea star’s future after crunch talks, while West Ham have concerns about a vital attacker – all in the latest Paper Talk.
RUDIGER READY TO PLAY
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will bring defender Antonio Rudiger back into his plans after showdown talks, according to a report.
Rudiger is yet to feature this season, with Thiago Silva’s arrival pushing him down the pecking order.
Indeed, he did not make the squad for six of Chelsea‘s first seven matches this season. As well as Silva, Lampard has so far preferred Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen ahead of him.
However, the Daily Mail claims that Rudiger’s situation has changed – at least until the January transfer window.
Lampard has held ‘heart-to-heart’ talks with the German centre-back, amid concerns about his playing time.
The talks have reportedly proved ‘constructive’, with Lampard now promising to feature the player in his plans.
However, the newspaper adds that there was never a fracas between the pair, with simple selection decisions the cause of his snub.
Rudiger’s recent omissions come after he was close to a move away from Chelsea in the recent transfer window.
Tottenham reportedly showed interest and the 27-year-old revealed that he turned down a “couple” of offers.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
West Ham face an anxious wait to determine the extent of striker Michail Antonio’s hamstring injury (Daily Mail)
Meanwile, Sergio Aguero’s hamstring injury will rule him out of action for a month (The Sun)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wanted to sign a striker in the recent transfer window (Manchester Evening News)
Slaven Bilic’s West Brom future hangs in the balance over Ahmed Hegazi’s controversial exit (Daily Mirror)
West Ham’s players are backing boss David Moyes to sign a new contract after their recent form (Daily Telegraph)
However, Hammers chiefs could wait to make sure the club steer clear of a relegation battle (Daily Mail)
FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted fears about a breakaway from top Premier League clubs in February (The Guardian)
Arsenal fans have raised £34,000 for charity after boycotting the pay-per-view charge for Sunday’s clash with Leicester (Evening Standard)
Indeed, Premier League chiefs are mulling over whether to scrap the £14.95 charge (Daily Mirror)
Henri Lansbury has turned down the offer of extending his contract at Aston Villa (The Athletic)
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has backed Frank Lampard to find the right formula at the Blues (Goal)
Crystal Palace have opened talks about handing winger Andros Townsend a new contract (Football Insider)