Ross Barkley is going nowhere, says Chelsea boss Lampard

17 January 2020

Frank Lampard has insisted Ross Barkley is going nowhere despite West Ham admitting interest in signing the Chelsea midfielder on loan.

Barkley has just shaken off a niggling foot injury and forced his way back into Chelsea’s first team picture, and impressed in the Blues’ 3-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Lampard criticised the 26-year-old earlier this season for lacking professionalism after a row with a taxi driver in Liverpool, but has now insisted Barkley remains central to his Stamford Bridge plans.

Ross Barkley remains central to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea plans (Adam Davy/PA)

Asked about Barkley being linked to a West Ham switch, Lampard said: “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.”

Inter Milan are understood to be pushing hard to sign Olivier Giroud this month, but Lampard insisted that no deal has been agreed with Chelsea.

Former Blues manager Antonio Conte wants to link up with Giroud in Milan, but Lampard again hailed the World Cup-winner’s professionalism at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud remains a January transfer target for Inter Milan (Adam Davy/PA)

“If everything is right it might happen but it’s not, so whilst it’s not he’s our player,” said Lampard.

“And the great thing about Ollie is that he’s got great experience and professionalism, and he’s been nothing but great with us.”

Reece James signed a new Chelsea deal this week, committing himself to his home club until 2025.

And Lampard hailed the 20-year-old full-back’s signature as a big coup for the Stamford Bridge club’s long-term future.

“I rate him very highly, I knew him as a youth player in the academy here,” said Lampard.

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