Chelsea close to seventh summer signing in Edouard Mendy

Chelsea close to seventh summer signing in Edouard Mendy

The Spanish stopper showed horrendous form during the season, forcing Lampard to look to the aging Willy Caballero for certain key games, especially towards the culmination of the campaign.

It already cost the club over 200 million pounds (about 272 million US dollars) to sign Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Havertz and others.

'I'm very aware that a club like Chelsea, even though we had a transfer ban, even though the year was hard, expectations are going to go up hugely, ' said Lampard. And it was: a fourth-placed Premier League finish meant the Stamford Bridge conveyor belt would - for the time being - be reserved only for players. Chelsea had and have very big players and I'm very excited to play here.

"So I believe first, second or third".

"But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future".

Brazilian defender Silva has bucked Chelsea's trend of acquiring and promoting younger stars, but Anelka is pleased to see Lampard blending youth and experience.

'I think you have to be understanding that you're coming to the messy patch, ' Lampard told The High Performance Podcast. A big project. Hopefully we can have many successes and [achieve] as much as possible. It's hard maybe in the first two or three weeks, but then I just want to play football and have fun with the boys, and of course I want to have big success.

"You still have space for the youngsters to play, they just have to be strong mentally to compete every week".

"How strong you need to be as a Premier League footballer because the intensity is totally different to any other league".

Despite the anticipated arrival of Mendy, Kepa is willing to stay at Chelsea to try to fight for his place with the club yet to receive any bids for the Spain worldwide.

Chelsea will start the new Premier League campaign by taking on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Monday, September 14, with Lampard and the Blues busy assimilating a string of new signings into the Stamford Bridge set-up.

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