Frank Lampard confident Chelsea do not need to strengthen squad this summer

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2019

He missed the club's pre-season trip to Ireland due to worldwide duty, taking part in the Gold Cup.

The 18-year-old, who joined the club from Exeter City, has been left out of the club's squad for their pre-season tour to Japan. Even though I went out on loan for two years, my goal was always to come back and play - my mind has never really moved from that.

Lampard has been tasked with improving the players he inherited from predecessor Mauricio Sarri and promoting young players from the club's academy.

Chelsea's conveyor belt of loan talent has come under plenty of scrutiny for failing to give promising youngsters a chance to shine, but Ampadu is considered to be a key part of the Blues' long-term future should he continue to progress at the rate he is now. I am very happy with the squad and determined for us to be successful. "In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case".

"When we have the ball I want to move it quickly and create chances to win games and feel like we're playing football we enjoy".

Lampard said it was a "blessing in disguise" that the club would not be involved in the transfer window and that he was excited by the young talent at his disposal. They now have to make the difference. "They have to be the ones who play well enough to get into the team".

I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I'm a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.

"I don't care about age, I just care about performance and how people train".

Kante picked up an injury towards the end of last season but Lampard was confident the 28-year-old will be fit for Chelsea's league opener against Manchester United on August 11.

Chelsea face Barcelona on Tuesday 23 June at the Saitama Stadium.

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