Chelsea news – Neymar keen on Blues move, Alex out, Lampard returns, Scotland deny McEachran chase

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Neymar keen on Blues move.

Neymar has admitted that he will have to leave Santos if he wants to become the world’s best player and he described speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea as an ‘honour’.

The Blues had a £25m offer turned down for the 18-year-old Brazilian in the summer but the news that the striker feels he will be ready to move to the Premier League next year will have them back on red alert.

Speaking to The Sun, he revealed: “To play for Chelsea would be an honour. Everything they have to offer is attractive to me. They have big players, they are in big competitions, they have a strong squad and I like the way they play. Top players want to be part of something like that. I’m no different. But I’m happy at Santos. If I left, it wouldn’t be because Santos isn’t a good place to be but only because the Premier League is a higher level. It wasn’t the right time for me to go in the summer but I will be much better prepared for it by next year. A player with a winning mentality like I have has to play in the best places like Chelsea.”

Alex out, Lampard returns.

According to the Guardian , Alex has been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh problem. Despite assistant manager Ray Wilkins joking the defender had a ‘little nick’ that he may have sustained when striking his thunderbolt free-kick, a scan on Monday showed he had enough damage to rule him out of the trip to Aston Villa, the game against Wolves and the Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow. Alex has also been withdrawn from the Brazil squad.

The BBC, meanwhile, reports that Frank Lampard is hoping to return after the international break. The midfielder has been absent since the 2-0 win against Stoke City at the end of August and speaking to BBC London 94.9 , he revealed: “I don’t really want to set dates on it, but I’m hoping after the international break. I’ve got a good couple of weeks to work with the physios and get fit. Hopefully I won’t be too far away. It wasn’t a simple hernia. I’ve had a bit of an alterior injury to that as it has gone on, so it’s a bit of an awkward one. “

Scotland deny McEachran chase.

Under-21 boss Billy Stark has vehemently denied reports that Scotland are trying to pinch Chelsea starlet Josh McEachran.

The 17-year-old is from Oxford but has family in Argyll and despite suggestions that he could be ready for call up to Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21s side, rumours surfaced that he could be offered the chance to join Craig Levin’s senior squad. Stark, however, told the Daily Record that no such approach had been made: “Of course I’m aware of Josh but he’s playing for England and there’s nothing to suggest he’s unhappy with that situation. He’s playing for England and that’s it as far as I’m concerned. If someone is currently playing for another nation we’d have to be given some encouragement.” The midfielder has made 11 appearances for the England Under-17s and one for the Under-19s. Ray Wilkins also hit back at the speculation, declaring: “As far as I’m concerned Josh has always been English and always will be English. Any talk of Scotland trying to poach him is news to us and you’d think we’d have heard something if that was the case.”

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