- SunSport Reporters
- 6 Dec 2019, 8:45
- Updated: 6 Dec 2019, 8:45
CHELSEA are preparing for managerless Everton after getting back to winning ways against Aston Villa.
Frank Lampard's go-to young guns delivered the goods again on Wednesday, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham striking in a 2-1 victory.
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OLIVIER GIROUD’S hopes of finding a way out of Chelsea next month are fading – because no-one wants to pay for him when he will be available for nothing in the summer.
Giroud extended his stay at Stamford Bridge for this season when the club were hit with a transfer ban which meant they were short of attacking options.
But since then Tammy Abraham has set the Premier League alight with his goalscoring form, establishing himself as the clear first choice for Frank Lampard.
That has left Giroud, 33, out in the cold having started just twice in the Premier League all season and a long way down the pecking order.
The Frenchman had been hoping to secure a move abroad when the transfer window opens in January, and has been touted to clubs in Italy, France and Spain.
But SunSport understands that although there has been interest in him, the fact he would cost around £5million has put clubs off a potential deal.
CHELSEA have reportedly held talks with Wilfried Zaha's agent over a potential summer move.
As things stand, the Blues are under a transfer ban for the January window and will be eligible to start signing players at the end of the season.
According to the Independent, though, the recruitment process is already underway because Chelsea's director of football Marina Granovskaia spoke to Federico Pastorello to discuss a move for Zaha.
Zaha, who is under contract until 2023, has regularly been linked with moves away from Crystal Palace in recent years since returning from Manchester United.
The 27-year-old came out and said he wanted to play in the Champions League and decided to ditch his agent Will Salthouse from Unique Sports Management in September after a move failed to materialise.
Chelsea are understood to be long-term admirers of Zaha and know the likes of Willian and Pedro are surely nearing the end of their Stamford Bridge careers.
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK'S injury woes are set to continue well into the New Year in a bitter blow to Chelsea fans.
The midfielder, 23, ruptured his Achilles' tendon in a post-season friendly clash against New England Revolution in May.
And Stamford Bridge chief Frank Lampard has confirmed that Loftus-Cheek has suffered setbacks in his recovery with no timetable set for a return.
He said: “He has had a few setbacks over the last two months. He hasn’t had a new one.
“It is not flying along as we would want. It’s not for the want of trying for everybody.
“For Ruben there is nothing worse, of course, being injured. At the moment we are no closer to him being fit.”
CHELSEA fans were in bits as John Terry shared pictures of his emotional Chelsea return on Instagram.
The Aston Villa assistant manager made his first appearance at Stamford Bridge last night since leaving the Blues in 2017.
Terry, 38, spent an incredible 22 years at the club, making 717 appearances while winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League.
Terry left Chelsea after their title win under Antonio Conte for a free transfer to Aston Villa.
And after one season playing in the Championship, he retired to become their No2 under Dean Smith.
Terry’s Villa arrived in west London on Wednesday looking to build on Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
But goals from Tammy Abraham, on loan at Villa last season, and Mason Mount saw Chelsea run out 2-1 victors.
The result didn’t dampen Terry’s spirits though, as he got to link up with some old pals after the final whistle.
JT first posed for a photo with close friend Lampard, who is now Chelsea boss.
And he also got the chance to be snapped alongside Petr Cech – Chelsea’s technical advisor.
Before kick-off, Terry received a warm reception from home supporters who hailed their former captain with banners marking his achievements, as well as the iconic slogan: “Captain, leader, legend.”
And fans flocked to Instagram when JT uploaded his tear-jerking snaps with the caption: “Incredible to be back at the Bridge last night and see some familiar faces.
“Very humbled and thankful for the reception I received. Love you all.”
One supporter wrote: “You deserve it all mate.”
Another said: “If Villa go down, job on Chelsea staff!”
One noted: “Welcome back home my captain JT.”