7am Chelsea news LIVE: Abraham rejects new deal, Gilmour receives Keane praise, Broja and Anjorin debuts – The Sun

CHELSEA gave Carlo Ancelotti a 4-0 thumping as the former Blues boss made his return to Stamford Bridge.

Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud bagged the goals for Frank Lampard's men.

But there could be an issue with keeping Tammy Abraham after he rejected a new deal.

Get all the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS 

    Olivier Giroud admits he wanted to leave Chelsea for Inter Milan in January after dropping down Frank Lampard’s pecking order.

    The Blues striker, who was on target during his side's 4-0 win against Everton, said he saw his future elsewhere after “six complicated months”

    Speaking to Telefoot Giroud said: “Inter was the priority, and there was also contact with Lazio and Tottenham.”

    But Chelsea are reported to have rejected bids despite the Frenchman having less than six months left on his contract. 

    Giroud's team mate Tammy Abraham is holding out a for bumper pay packet after reportedly turning down Chelsea's latest contract offer. 

    The highly-rated 22-year-old is the Blues' top scorer so far this season. 

    Abraham has seen several of his fellow academy graduates signing new contracts at the club. 

    The Daily Mirror claims Abrahams is hoping for a similar deal to Callum Hudson-Odoi who is said to earn around £180,000 a week. 

    Meanwhile Frank Lampard says Chelsea would be prepared to play behind closed doors if the coronavirus continues to spread. 

    The Chelsea boss said: “If that's the path that gets chosen by authorities, or the government, then you go with that.” 

  • FRANK ABOUT VIRUS

    Frank Lampard has shared his views on fears the coronavirus could force Premier League sides to play behind closed doors.

    It's been reported a major meeting will be held on Monday involving the Premier League, broadcasters and officials from the Departure of Culture, Media and Sport.

    With the virus spreading in the UK, it's believed that action could see matches played behind closed doors between now and the end of the season.

    Ahead of tomorrow's meeting Chelsea boss Lampard said: “It wouldn’t affect preparation. You would still take on the opposition in front of you.

    “It would obviously affect the atmosphere. That would take away a lot from the game when you don’t have fans.

    “It’s part of why we love this sport, but there are clearly some things that are more important.

    “If that’s the path that gets chosen by the authorities, or the government, then you go with that.”

  • INTER GIROUD

    Olivier Giroud has admitted he wanted to swap Chelsea for Inter Milan in January after dropping down Frank Lampard's pecking order.

    However the Blues rejected bids for the World Cup winner despite the Frenchman having less than six months left on his contract.

    Speaking to Telefoot Giroud is reported to have said: “I saw myself elsewhere after experiencing six complicated months. I did everything to leave – it's true.

    “Inter was the priority, and there was also contact with Lazio and Tottenham. But circumstances meant that Chelsea blocked it. It was not my choice.”

    Giroud was on target for the top four contenders who walloped Everton 4-0 on Sunday.

  • Tammy Abraham has reportedly turned down Chelsea’s latest contract offer.

    The 22-year-old is top scorer for the Blues this season with 15 after being handed a chance to impress by Frank Lampard.

    He has seen several other academy graduates commit their futures to the West London club with the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour all penning fresh deals.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi was another who received a bumper pay rise.

    And the Daily Mirror claims that Abraham “is determined to hold out for a deal around that level” – with his fellow England international believed to be pocketing around £180,000-a-week.

    Roy Keane nearly spilled his tea watching Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour on Tuesday.

    He told Sky Sports Super Sunday: “Well from his performance the other night, he was fantastic.

    “I was sitting at home, I had a cup of tea and a bit of chocolate in front of me and I didn't have the volume on.

    “As the game started I literally got out of my seat, which I very rarely do and I thought 'who is this kid in midfield?'

    “There are certain traits you want from a midfielder, obviously they've got to be quality on the ball, football intelligence, composture – he had everything.

    “It was one of the best performances I've seen in a long, long time.”

    And it was a day to remember for youngsters Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja who both made their debuts in the closing stages of Chelsea's 4-0 win over Everton.

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