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Exclusive – Chelsea boss has revealed why he allowed two key transfer exits this summer

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided to offload Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko as a result of they didn’t play enough games and didn’t live up to expectations.

The Blues have been ill-treated with a season-long transfer ban that didn’t enable them to make any signings this summer and will even be barred from doing business in the January window.

However, that didn’t stop the Stamford Bridge outfit from offloading notable players who were surplus to requirements.

Lampard claims he loaned Drinkwater out to Burnley as a result of he hadn’t played enough matches ever since his arrival from Leicester two years ago.

The Chelsea manager added that he also sent Bakayoko out on loan to his former club Monaco for a similar reason but hinted that he hopes he will improve in Ligue one, possibly suggesting he still has a future in London.

The club legend’s call was simple as he has lots of options to decide on from in midfield like Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Reece James and Andreas Christensen.

“He was hopeful for his benefit, which I felt was good for us.

“Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to wherever he desires to be.

“If you’d prefer to speak middle players we’ve got Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Barkley, Reece James returning from injury who can play in midfield and Andreas Christensen who can also play in midfield, I have to make choices on the squad as a whole, that’s my job.”

Chelsea managed to sign Kovacic this summer because they’d him on loan last season from Real Madrid.

The London club also agreed on a deal with Christian Pulisic last January before being slapped with the transfer ban, loaning him back to Borussia Dortmund for six months before he joined his new team in the summer.

FIFA have prohibited the Blues from making transfers until the end of January 2020 following an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.

The ban has given Lampard the chance to offer some more playing time to young talent like Tammy Abraham, Mount and Fikayo Tomori.



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