Here are your football.london Chelsea morning headlines on Friday, February 4.
Declan Rice opens up on influential and ‘amazing’ Chelsea legend
Declan Rice has revealed that John Terry got in touch with him over the phone when he was released by Chelsea as a youngster, and the two remain in regular contact amid rumours linking Rice to a move back to Stamford Bridge.
West Ham and England star Rice, who is regarded by many as one best central midfielders around right now, initially saw his path into professional football blocked when he was younger.
He was released by Chelsea at the age of 14 having joined the club as a seven-year-old, so it was a big knock back for him. It’s often a spell in careers where so many talented teenagers fall short of their dream of turning professional. But Rice says that Terry’s contact at a low moment was amazing.
“I speak to him a lot, all the time really. For me growing up and having a season ticket there, going to all the games, being in the academy. Just looking at him, everything with JT. The kits had Terry 26 on the back. Even when I was younger I said if I make it I want to be No.26. I feel like as I got older I got out of that and it would look a bit creepy now!” Rice told Gary Neville on his podcast The Overlap.
“But when I was released he was amazing. He picked up the phone and he didn’t have to. I was only 14 and I was speaking to my idol so we have a good relationship.”
The one word Frank Lampard used to describe Chelsea job experience ahead of Everton challenge
Former Chelsea manager and new Everton boss Frank Lampard summed up his time as Blues head coach as “enjoyable”, despite a difficult second season as he embarks on a new challenge with Everton in the Premier League.
Lampard started off his managerial career in the Championship at Derby County in 2018/19 and despite reaching the play off final and losing it, was awarded the Chelsea role in 2019/19.
“I’m a person who always reflects and it’s good to reflect but it’s also good not to over-reflect,” Lampard admitted in his first Everton press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“I think when I reflect on my career at Derby, we had a really exciting year- almost got to the incredible prize of winning promotion to the Premier League.”
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Ashley Cole leaves Chelsea to join Frank Lampard in Everton coaching role
Former Chelsea star Ashley Cole has left his role within the academy to join Frank Lampard and Joe Edwards on Merseyside for their new Everton adventure.
Cole, who spent eight playing years with Lampard in west London, was occupying a coaching role in the Blues’ academy coupled with having a job with England’s Under-21s.
Following on from Joe Edwards’ capture and the failed move to bring Anthony Barry to Liverpool, former Chelsea boss Lampard has continued his raid on his beloved club with this latest capture.
Speaking to the Everton website about this news, he said: “I’m delighted to add Ashley into my backroom team. Everyone knows about his superb playing career and what he has achieved in the game.
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