In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich promises a more offensive display by his players in the Europa League return game against the Blues, Frank Lampard discusses Callum Hudson-Odoi’s prospects at Chelsea and David Luiz hints at a possible extension to his Chelsea contract.
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Dynamo Kiev boss promises more offensive approach
Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich said his team need a ‘miracle’ to beat Chelsea and advance to the Europa League quarter-finals but he promised a more adventurous approach by his side in the second leg in Ukraine.
‘Of course, we do have a plan. On Thursday, we will have to play in a more offensive way taking into account we lost the first game 0-3,’ said the Belarusian, as reported by The Press Association.
‘We hope we'll try to score quickly, maybe. Miracles do occur in football and why not it occurs tomorrow?
‘The score of the first game makes us go forward.’
Meanwhile, Dynamo captain Serhiy Sydorchuk promised Dynamo fans that the team will give a better account of themselves on their home ground.
'My team-mates and I would like to show a good game and we don't want to disappoint our fans,' said the midfielder.
Dynamo have suffered a blow in their preparation with Benjamin Verbic sidelined once again. Having been suspended for the first leg, he is now ruled out by illness.
‘I’m sad to announce I won’t be playing tomorrow’s game,’ the Slovenian tweeted on Wednesday. ‘I’ve been sick this week and been doing everything in my power to get ready for tomorrow but unfortunately I won’t be able to play. I will be there to support the team and hope to see all of you there too.’
Lampard on Hudson-Odoi
Speaking to TalkSport, Frank Lampard said he hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi remains at Chelsea to continue his development but the Blues legend insists that the 18-year-old must continue working hard to earn his spot in the team.
‘Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea,’ said the Derby County manager of the young winger, who is likely to be called up to the England U-21 squad for the first time this week.
‘He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve? I don’t know him that well but I’m sure that’s the standard at Chelsea he’s going by himself.
‘Every minute he gets on the pitch he needs to be doing everything he can. I understand Chelsea fans want to see more of him and he has to do everything he can to give himself the chance of minutes.
‘I think at the end of the season he will look back and think what can I do with my career. It’s a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract.
‘I hope it can be agreed that he can stay at Chelsea.’
Luiz confident of new deal
The Evening Standard reports that David Luiz is confident of securing an extension to his contract which expires this summer.
After being sidelined by injury for much of last season, the Brazilian has started 34 games for the Blues this season and now appears close to signing a one-year extension to his current deal.
According to the report, a deal is quite close and when asked about it, the 32-year-old said: ‘I think so. We are talking with the club.
‘Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here. I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen.
‘I have the job best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.’
Drinkwater wanted in Italy
The pair previously worked together at Leicester City when the Foxes won the Premier League in 2015/16 and Ranieri has suggested that the Serie A club make an approach for the England international.
Drinkwater has been unable to break into the Blues’ first team this season but according to the report, Ranieri feels that he could be a good back-up in midfield for Daniele De Rossi.