12pm Chelsea news LIVE: Lampard on Declan Rice, West Ham DEFEAT reaction, Havertz transfer LATEST – The Sun

CHELSEA were stunned at the London Stadium as Andriy Yarmolenko netted a dramatic 90th minute winner for West Ham.

That comes after The Sun exclusively revealed that Frank Lampard expects to sign Declan Rice from the Hammers and convert him to a centre-back.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • NO FOOTBALLING BRAIN

    Former Liverpool defender Steve Nichol has laid into Chelsea’s defence for conceding three goals to West Ham last night.

    The four-time league winner, 58, said: “If you think that you have to go away from home and score three goals to get a point, then clearly the problem is defensively.

    “And that’s not something new, as good as they are going forward, and they could’ve scored three or four goals today and if you’re scoring three or four goals away from home you’re not doing too badly.

    “Michail Antonio, as big a heart, as a big a physical presence as he is, he doesn’t have the touch to go along with those other things that he has.

    “What you do against a guy like him, is you use your football brain, and we saw today that Rudiger and Christensen do not have a football brain.”

  • BLUE THROUGH 'N THROUGH

    Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen says he's going nowhere despite months of transfer speculation.

    Speaking to Sky Sports after a less-than-impressive performance in the 3-2 defeat to West Ham, the 24-year-old said: “I've never looked anywhere else.

    “I've never doubted my situation. I've always had my eyes at Chelsea.

    “I've had my contract and I've always expected to finish that and I've always dreamed of even more than that. Nothing has changed.

    “Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here, that's the short answer.”

  • REFS CLARIFY DISALLOWED GOAL

    It would have been bad news for Chelsea if it had been given, but Tomas Soucek’s disallowed goal was hugely controversial.

    A PGMOL statement said: “Tomas Soucek's goal was disallowed following a VAR Review for an offside offence against Michail Antonio.

    “The on-field decision was to award the goal, but the VAR advised the referee that Antonio was in an offside position and directly in the line of vision of Kepa Arrizabalaga.”

    What do you think Chelsea fans, if this was a Blues goal should it have stood?

  • DOMINATING POSSESSION

    Here is Chelsea's possession and action areas from last night's defeat at West Ham.

    Should they not have done better given how much they had the ball?

    That's over two-thirds of possession!

  • RACE SHAME HEADING TO COURT

    Two ex-Chelsea youth team players are seeking damages from the club and plan to go to the High Court over racial abuse they suffered at the club.

    Former coach Gwyn Williams is alleged to have “instigated” discrimination after a review by Bernardos.

    But two former players want to take things further and get true justice.

    One told the BBC: “It's absolutely disgusting. Chelsea have had a chance to rectify things and I feel they haven't done that at all.

    “We haven't had a [personal] apology.

    “So nothing has changed from 25 or 30 years ago, when we were there.

    “We are still hearing the same things; we are still fighting for justice and equality.”

  • BANNED WORDS

    Sky Sports have added the phrase “nitty gritty” to their list of banned words due to its “slavery links”, per a leaked email.

    The broadcasting giants have been putting together a list of words and phrases they fear could offend.

    Match reporters and commentators are said to have been sent the message in a bid to ensure they are aware of the connotations particular phrases have.

    And “nitty gritty” has emerged as one such phrase that must be avoided.

    While there is some debate over the origin of the phrase, it's believed it refers to the debris left after a slave ship was emptied.

    However, the list of banned words is said to have sparked uproar amongst some Sky Sports staff – who claim they now face an “absolute minefield” every time the go on air.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    What a terrible result last night was for Chelsea as they lost 3-2 away at West Ham.

    Frank Lampard's men could have leapfrogged Leicester into third place with a win, but they remain in fourth spot.

    In other news, Timo Werner has revealed that he snubbed interest from a host of top clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool to sign for Chelsea.

    When quizzed on if he could have joined the likes of Manchester United or Liverpool instead, he admitted that there was a possibility.

    He continued: “It could have been. There were some top clubs that fought for me. The entire Chelsea London package was the best for me, my game and my career.

    “The game is played more often in England than in Germany, so there is not much time left for training. But it's true – I still have to prove myself and go full throttle.”

    Meanwhile, the Blues have been boosted in their pursuit of Angel Gomes after the youngster left Manchester United.

    A Red Devils statement said: “Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club.

    “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.”

    And finally, Andreas Christensen has insisted he wishes to remain at Stamford Bridge despite speculation linking him with a move away.

    Speaking to the club's website on his future, he said: “I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea. I’ve had my contract, I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that.

    “I’ve never looked anywhere else. I’ve never doubted my situation. Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here.”

  • FULL-TIME

    It's over!

    What a result for West Ham!

    They are now up to 16th and three points clear of the bottom three.

    For Chelsea, they have missed the chance to leapfrog Leicester into third spot.

  • WEST HAM 3-2 CHELSEA

    Drama at the death!

    Andriy Yarmolenko has netted in the 89th minute!

    He's cut inside Rudiger and has fired into the bottom corner!

    What a finish and what a HUGE result this will be for the Hammers.

  • WEST HAM 2-2 CHELSEA

    It's Willian again!

    The Brazilian has fired home a free-kick from 25 yards, but really Fabianski should be saving that.

    It'll be a nervy finish to the game fr Hammers fans.

  • WEST HAM 2-1 CHELSEA

    Michail Antonio has put the Hammers in front!

    The ex-Nottingham Forest ace fired home from six yards after great play from Jared Bowen down the wing.

    Huge goal!

  • HALF-TIME

    What a crazy opening 45 minutes with the teams going into the break drawing 1-1.

    West Ham thought they opened the scoring only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside.

    Chelsea then broke the deadlock through a Willian penalty, before Thomas Soucek equalised.

  • KICK-OFF

    We are underway at Stamford Bridge!

    Both sides are desperate for the three points.

    A win would lift Chelsea up into third, while the Hammers would go clear of the bottom three.

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    Follow the SunSport match blog between West Ham and Chelsea for all the updates at the London Stadium.

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  • TEAM NEWS

  • GO-NE

    Manchester United have confirmed Angel Gomes has left the club.

    The 19-year-old starlet has snubbed a new contract offer at Old Trafford and is now a free agent.

    A club statement said: “Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club.

    “Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.”

    The England Under-20 international has a host of clubs chasing his signature as he now plots his next move.

    Premier League rivals Chelsea are one of those interested in securing his services, although there could also be plenty of interest from abroad.”

  • BLUE MOON

    Andreas Christensen has spoken of incoming Chelsea signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    He said: “I played against Werner quite a few times when I was in Germany so I know what he can do and what sort of player he is.

    “I haven’t played against Ziyech but I’ve seen him a lot and I think they can both bring good things to the club. We’re all excited to see what they can bring.”

    He added: “We are in a process but I think we are way ahead of time,’ he adds. We know what we’re capable of. We feel very comfortable and confident at the moment.

    “We have a good balance between experienced people and young, exciting talent and we’re all hungry to reach the same goals.”

  • GAME ON

    Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Martin Keown have all chosen to keep wearing Black Lives Matter badges tonight.

    Their decision came after fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp ditched his BLM badge in the wake of controversial tweets by the movement.

    Ferdinand and Cole were part of Sky's coverage while Martin Keown was part of BT Sport's coverage.

    Black Lives Matter UK has come under recent scrutiny after it shared tweets about Israel and defunding the police.

    Jamie Redknapp was joined by colleagues Gary Neville, Patrice Evra and Kelly Cates in not wearing the badge last night.

  • NAME CHANGER

    Thibaut Courtois is buying a slice of Inter de Madrid – meaning the Spanish third tier club will change their name.

    Real Madrid's ex-Chelsea keeper is teaming up with pals through his passion for online gaming.

    Segunda B side Inter, who were formed in 2002, will become DUX Internacional de Madrid.

    Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias and famous Spanish Youtuber DJ Mariio are joining Courtois in the venture.

    The kit and badge will also change, although English businessman Stephen Newman will continue as chairman.

    A club statement read: “As partners of DUX Gaming they will use their experience in the world of sport to advise both the professional football club and the eSports team”.

  • MASTER-FUL

    The Premier League has offered itself up as a nationwide “guinea pig” to lead the way back for fans at sports events.

    League chief executive Richard Masters revealed he had told the Government-backed cross-sport working group that football will try out any dry runs that could open up the turnstiles.

    Masters said he was open to any scheme that would allow fans back, while a working group of top clubs hopes to confirm its own options soon.

    And the League boss made it clear that allowing fans back into Prem grounds would be critical in giving the top flight clubs the chance to help teams lower down the football pyramid.

    Masters said: “The thing that is missing from professional football from the Premier League is the fans. I don't want to labour the points but the sooner we can get them back inside the stadiums,the better.

    “The most important factor for the football economy to return to normal is the return of spectators. Football is willing to play its part in that and to offer up its own ideas and technical solutions.

    “But we are also keen to act as a test pilot or a guinea pig for different concepts so that football and other sports can benefit.

    “We want to see what will work effectively, keep fans safe and speed up the process in a safe and appropriate way.

  • CHRIS CROSS

    Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has insisted he wishes to remain at Stamford Bridge despite speculation linking him with a move away.

    Speaking to the club's website on his future, he said: “I’ve always had my eyes at Chelsea.

    “I’ve had my contract, I’ve always expected to finish that and I’ve always dreamed of even more than that.

    “I’ve never looked anywhere else. I’ve never doubted my situation. Obviously it was a different situation last season but I still love being here.”

    Christensen has featured in 22 games in all competitions this season.

  • THE SPECIAL WERN

    Timo Werner has revealed that he snubbed interest from a host of top clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool to sign for Chelsea.

    He said: “I agreed a few weeks ago. The whole thing was quite unproblematic because I had a lot of time to think about it before the corona period.

    “It's no secret that there were several offers.”

    And when quizzed on if he could have joined the likes of Manchester United or Liverpool instead, he admitted that there was a possibility.

    He continued: “It could have been. There were some top clubs that fought for me. The entire Chelsea London package was the best for me, my game and my career.

    “The game is played more often in England than in Germany, so there is not much time left for training. But it's true – I still have to prove myself and go full throttle.”

  • HE CAN HAK IT

    Erik Ten Hag has warned Frank Lampard that Hakim Ziyech can be “quirky” after he left Ajax.

    The Moroccan, 27, is set to be unveiled at Chelsea in the next few days.

    Ten Hag said: “Hakim is quirky, but that also makes him brilliant.

    “He sees things that others don't see, but sometimes it's a coach's nightmare. You have to give such players space.”

  • KIT'S ALRIGHT

    The Blues' new kit is ready to lay out at the London Stadium dressing room.

  • ARCH NEMESIS

    The FA Cup semi-final dates have been confirmed.

    Manchester United play Chelsea on Sunday 19 July and Arsenal will take on Manchester City the day before with both games taking place at Wembley.

    United's clash with the Blues will kick-off at 6pm and will be shown for free live on BBC One and iPlayer.

    And the Gunners' game against City will get underway at 7:45pm and will be on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.

    Both matches will be played behind closed doors and the winners will meet at Wembley in the final on Saturday August 1.

    • Sat July 18 – Arsenal vs Man City (7.45pm) BT Sport 1
    • Sun July 19 – Man Utd vs Chelsea (6pm) BBC One

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