Chelsea FC through manager Frank Lampard has insisted that midfielder Ross Barkley will not be leaving the club in January despite him being linked with a loan move to West Ham.
West Ham manager David Moyes admitted on Friday that he was interested Barkley whom he worked with at Everton with the player said to be angling for a move to increase his minutes on the pitch.
Asked about Barkley being linked to a West Ham switch, Lampard said in his Friday presser: “There’s no talk here of Ross Barkley going anywhere; he’s our player.
“He’s played the last couple of games and done very well. I’ve got a lot of faith in Ross. That was news I heard just like everyone else, but there’s absolutely no feeling towards that here. I’m very happy with him.”
Oliver Giroud situation
Apart from Barkley, striker Olivier Giroud is another player at the London club whose future has been a topic of discussion since the month started.
A move to Serie A giants Inter Milan had been muted but Lampard said nothing had been agreed on yet as he praised the professionalism exhibited by the Frenchman.
“If everything is right it might happen but it’s not, so whilst it’s not he’s our player. And the great thing about Ollie is that he’s got great experience and professionalism, and he’s been nothing but great with us,” Lampard added.
Chelsea has a date with Newcastle on Saturday as they seek to pile pressure on the leading pack.
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