8am Chelsea news LIVE: Abraham warns racists, Hudson-Odoi on England duty, Pulisic ‘a major problem’ – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD praised Tammy Abraham as Chelsea hammered Southampton 4-1.

And it will be England duty this week for the promising striker with games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Follow ALL of the latest Blues news, updates and gossip below…

  • RYAN GIGGS will hold talks with Red Bull Leipzig and voice his concerns over the lack of match action for Ethan Ampadu.

    The Chelsea starlet has not kicked a ball yet for the fifth-placed Bundesliga outfit this season.

    In contrast, Ampadu played 75 minutes in Wales' Euro 2020 qualifying 2-1 win over Azerbaijan last month and is primed to start in Slovakia on Thursday night.

    Giggs has revealed his worry over Ampadu's progress during his season-long loan and the effect it has on turning out for his country.

    And the Wales boss has revealed he will travel to Germany after the international break to express his fears over Ampadu.

  • CRYSTAL PALACE have made Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi their top January transfer target.

    The Belgian international, 26, scored six goals in 11 starts for the Eagles while on-loan last season.

    Now Roy Hodgson wants to bring him back to Selhurst Park to bolster his misfiring forward line when the window re-opens this winter, according to the Express.

    But Palace will have to splash out £22m to land the hitman.

  • CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI agrees with the Frank assessment that Raheem Sterling is his perfect role model.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Hudson-Odoi to look to England star Sterling for an example of how to become the complete player through diligence and dedication.

    CHO showed Sterling-like commitment to his country this week by dropping down to the Under-21s as he continues his recovery from a serious Achilles injury.

    And the 18-year-old knows the Manchester City winger is always a phone call or Whatsapp message away should he need any tips.

    Hudson-Odoi said: “Raheem is one of the best wingers in the world right now. For the manager to make that comment, it’s absolutely correct.

    “If I can be like him, get the goals he’s getting and play the way he’s playing for the team, it would be amazing.

    “When I have the opportunity, I do speak to Raheem. I ask him, ‘How do you get all the goals you are getting? How do you work for the team? How do you impact in big games?’

    “He’ll tell me what are the best movements to get in the box when the ball is coming in, what’s the best position to pick up to get the ball.

    “He tells you everything you need to know in the modern game of football.

    “For a person like that to help you, it’s an amazing feeling. He’s in a different team so he doesn’t have to do that. But he does because he wants everyone to do well.”

  • TAMMY ABRAHAM has revealed England WILL defy Uefa and walk off pitch if they hear racist abuse in Euro 2020 qualifiers.

    He said: “Harry Kane said if it happens we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together.

    “It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.

    “We would let the FA or whoever deal with whatever's next, the scores or what happens with the points.

    “At the time, it's about making sure we're a team. We don't stand for it and we want the world to see that, that we don't stand for the silly abuse.”

    UEFA have clear three-step guidelines if racial abuse is detected: 1. Stadium announcement calling for it to stop; 2. Temporary suspension of the game with a further announcement; 3. Abandonment of the match.

    But Abraham insists the players are prepared to take matters in their own hands.

    He added: “For me it’s just one strike because it gives people excuses. One time, twice, three times – it gives silly people excuses.

    “Let's say there's a warning or whatever in the stadium, then it happens again, we have to make a decision as a team and with the staff.”

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