In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Olivier Giroud turned down a transfer offer from Bordeaux and Paul Scholes thinks Mason Mount has the qualities to be the next Frank Lampard.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Giroud rejects move
Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has revealed he tried to convince Olivier Giroud to join him at Bordeaux.
The centre-back spoke to France Football and disclosed how our number nine rejected his offers to move away from Stamford Bridge.
The two Frenchmen played together for six years at Arsenal and won three FA Cups before Giroud made the switch to the Blues. In an interview, Koscielny confirmed the rumours he tried to get the striker to join him in France.
‘It’s true. I tried,’ he told France Football, which was also repeated in the Metro. ‘Olivier didn’t come, and I respect his choice.
‘He still feels capable of playing at the highest level, in a club that plays in the Champions League.’
This season, the French striker has been on form for the Blues, scoring seven goals in his last eight appearances. At 34 years old, he is trying to put himself in contention for selection for Didier Deschamps’ national team.
‘He wants to continue to play for the France national team in the Euros and maybe even go to the 2022 World Cup. If he still feels capable of doing it, let him enjoy it as much as possible.
‘He still wants to win and stay at the highest level.’
Scholes tips Mount as next Lampard
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes took a moment to praise Mason Mount before last night’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Talking on Amazon Prime, which was also reported in the Daily Mail, Scholes admitted that he believes the foundation is there for Chelsea to become a title-winning team even though it might be too early.
‘Kante does what he does brilliantly well, and he’s got two young players next to him in Mount and Kai Havertz, who I think will be sensational players.
‘In a year with a bit more experience, knowhow and bit more quality they’ll be up there challenging.’
The Englishman also believes our head coach has done a good job integrating our young talents, especially Mount.
‘I think Frank’s doing a brilliant job with the team and he’s got an identity everyone knows.
‘I think they have got the players; they’re young players and they will take time. Mason Mount could be a Frank Lampard, he’s got the ability to win games for Chelsea.
‘In years to come, he will score a lot of goals like Frank.’
Musonda to return
According to goal.com, Charly Musonda is set to return to training this week with our development squad.
This is a big step for the Belgium Under-21 international after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his knee and doctors giving him a 20 per cent chance of playing again.
According to goal.com, Musonda is already doing solo ball work and hired his own fitness and conditioning coach ahead of a return to team training.
The winger is set to be put through his paces in the development squad to regain fitness in the Premier League 2 and a loan in January seems unlikely.
Musonda has played seven times for Chelsea and spent time on loan at Real Betis, Celtic and Vitesse.
As goal.com understands, there has also been no talk of his contract, but he only has 18 months left.