Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Wednesday, December 15.
Lukaku’s Inter revelation
Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has highlighted how the Belgian’s decision to leave Inter Milan for Chelsea was ‘much more painful’ than people expect.
“We have received a lot of criticism from Nerazzurri fans. Because, when these things happen, they feel upset,” he said in an interview with Italian newspaper Tuttosport, via Football Italia.
“Unfortunately, the decision to leave Inter was much more painful than what people think. We really discussed it a lot.”
Lukaku has had a mixed start to life in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but he’ll be hoping that both his previous and current side end up with silverware at the end of the season.
Chelsea have new Lampard
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has compared Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher to Blues legend Frank Lampard and his former Arsenal teammate Ray Parlour amid a hot streak for the Eagles’ No.23.
The 21-year-old netted his fifth and sixth Premier League goals of the season on Sunday in Palace’s 3-1 win over Everton at Selhurst Park.
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Vieira said: “It’s a manager’s dream to have a player like Conor. When he is on the field he will give everything. He is focused, he is concentrated and he will always give his best. I think this is something that for me is really important.
“I think he has his passion for the game when he is on the field like Ray Parlour. But he has the quality and finishing of Frank Lampard.”
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Leeds United charged
Leeds United have been charged with failing to control their players following an incident in their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Three penalties were awarded on the day, with Raphinha scoring the first in the 28th minute before Jorginho slotted home a second-half double from 12 yards to secure all three points for the Blues.
However, it was the last of those penalties that gained the most attention after a number of Marcelo Bielsea’s players reacted furiously when Chris Kavanagh awarded a spot-kick for a foul on Antonio Rudiger.
The FA said in a statement, via Sky Sports: “Leeds United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 after its Premier League match against Chelsea FC on Saturday.”
Leeds have until Thursday to appeal the decision.
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