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Chelsea to Strengthen Squad in January after Ban Reduction


Mahmoud Al Assal

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:51 GMT

Chelsea football team coach Frank Lampard announced on Friday December 13th that he will not speak to any of the team’s players about their immediate Stamford Bridge futures until next month.

AFP reported that the Chelsea squad could witness some changes when the winter transfer window reopens next January.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday December 6th reduced the two-transfer ban on the English Premier League side Chelsea FC to only one and they are now free to sign new players in the January transfer window. The Blues already served one transfer window ban in the summer.

Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud and forwards Willian and Pedro all have contracts that expire at the end of the season and will be free to talk to other clubs in the New Year.

Lampard has praised the performance of his team’s star Giroud, but the tactician said he would not seek out chats about transfer plans with his players until next month.

When asked whether he had spoken to Giroud about his future, Lampard said "No. All the players that are here, I won't have any talk about anything until January.

"I'm happy for him (Giroud) to stay. With every player in the squad I want them to be here, to have the right professionalism and show the right desire to be here… He's shown me that in his training and every day this season. So that's why I'm happy."

The Blues have been reportedly linked with a January swoop for Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, as Chelsea management retain a £40m ($53m) buy-back clause for their former defender.

Chelsea, who are fourth in the English Premier League table with 29 points, 17 points behind leaders Liverpool, will face AFC Bournemouth in the 17th round of the league on Saturday December 14th at Stamford Bridge.