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    Watch Thiago Silva’s shocker as Chelsea concede THREE in 30 minutes vs West Brom in latest defensive nightmare

    THIAGO SILVA made a shocking error on his Chelsea debut that led to West Brom scoring in the pulsating 3-3 draw.
    And in a brutal introduction to Premier League football, the Chelsea captain watched on as Albion scored three goals in 30 minutes to stun Frank Lampard on the bench.

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    Thiago Silva slipped that allowed Callum Robinson in to scoreCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

    Silva slipped in the 25th minute to allow Callum Robinson to nick the ball and fire past Willy Caballero, preferred in goal to blunder keeper Kepa.
    The Blues were already 1-0 down before this when Marcos Alonso’s error let in Robinson to score his first.
    Things got even worse as a collective for the visitors when Kyle Bartley poked home after Chelsea were left looking like statues at a corner.
    Despite spending £220million this summer, mostly on attacking players, Chelsea’s defensive frailties were brutally exposed at The Hawthorns.

    Blues fans heralded the signing of Silva when he joined on a free from Paris Saint-Germain.
    But he will need to keep his eye on the ball a lot better than he did tonight if he is going to endear himself to Blues fans.
    Boss Lampard looked a mixture of stunned and fuming as he slumped on to his seat in the dugout at 2-0 down.
    But things only got worse for the 42-year-old gaffer when centre-half Bartley made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.

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    Thiago Silva was fuming at his own error that put West Brom 2-0 upCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Lampard immediately signalled to his bench as if he was ready to make instant changes.
    But he decided to let the starting XI show him what they got for the remainder of the first 45.
    The half-time team talk won’t have been a pretty affair as Albion, who had conceded EIGHT goals in their opening two Premier League, looked on course for an easy win.
    But Lampard’s troops showed some fight to somehow bag a point from the game thanks to second-half strikes from Mason Mount, sub Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
    Speaking about Silva, Lampard said after the game: “Thiago made a mistake, he has been around long enough to know that.
    “But we will certainly give him that one in his first game.
    “We need to cut out the mistakes as a team so we don’t concede.m We need to be strong together and keep encouraging one another.”

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    Petr Cech was behind Chelsea signing new goalkeeper after working with flop Kepa in training as Mendy nears transfer

    CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has revealed Petr Cech was influential in the imminent signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
    The 28-year-old is set to become the Blues’ seventh summer recruit having completed his medical earlier this week.

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    Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to sign for Chelsea for £22millionCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

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    Petr Cech is said to have had a huge say in the Blues’ hunt for a new shot-stopperCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Senegal international Mendy is expected to join on a five-year deal, where he will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No1 spot at Stamford Bridge.
    Speaking ahead of Mendy’s imminent arrival prior to the Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley, Lampard stated he leans on former team-mate Cech for advice.
    He said: “Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position.
    “Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time so he’s obviously had a big say in this situation.

    “From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future.
    “So yes, he was very influential.”
    Chelsea legend Cech – who is now the club’s technical and performance adviser – has admitted that Kepa under-performed for the club last season.
    He told Sport.CZ: “Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable.

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    “But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.”
    And prior to Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, he was seen lending a helping hand to the Spanish shot-stopper in training.
    Former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf has hailed the signing of Mendy, as he claimed he is “far better” than the ex-Athletic Bilbao ace.

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    Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva opens up on ‘unusual situation’ of meeting Alex Mann – who rapped his name at Glastonbury

    CHELSEA new-boy Thiago Silva has opened up on the “unusual situation” of meeting Alex Mann – the teenager who rapped his name at Glastonbury.
    Teenager Mann, then 15-years-old, went viral last summer after he rapped every word of Dave song ‘Thiago Silva’ – named after the-then Paris Saint-Germain star.

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    Thiago Silva has opened up about his meeting with rapping teenager Alex Mann in Paris last yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Alex Mann flawlessly rapped Dave hit ‘Thiago Silva’ at Glastonbury in 2019Credit: BackGrid

    Two months later, Mann was invited to meet the Brazilian in Paris.
    And the youngster posted a photo of the Brazilian signing the PSG shirt he wore for his famous performance performed for millions – both in attendance and on TV.
    And now, the Blues new-boy – who completed his free transfer to Stamford Bridge this summer – has opened up about the day.
    Silva said: “It was a very unusual situation because I had never heard of the song before.

    “This video of the lad Alex coming out of the crowd wearing my shirt, he got on stage and sang the song with all the other artists and it went viral.
    “Of course, it arrived to me in Paris and I then got the opportunity to meet Alex and thank him…
    “Sometimes us footballers lose the idea of the influence and reach that we have.

    “So I was really happy, it was pleasing that there’s a song with my name. I remember that day well.”

    After his flawless rendition, Mann revealed he was offered his own gigs and even a contract with BooHooMan.
    He later revealed: “Thiago Silva asked for my phone number – he wants to have a chat with me but he’s busy with the Copa America.”

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    Man Utd have seventh most valuable squad on planet behind likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, as top 20 revealed

    LIVERPOOL boast the most-valuable squad in world football after their mini summer recruitment drive.
    The Reds are worth a staggering £986.7million after signing Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara last week.

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    Liverpool boast the most valuable squad in world football

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    No team on the planet is worth more in terms of player values than LiverpoolCredit: EPA

    That deal meant the combined transfer value – not fee – of the Premier League winners’ squad was nearly £1billion, according to Transfermarkt.
    Incredibly, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are worth over £50m MORE than big-spending Manchester City.
    Two Kop stars are worth more than £100m each – with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both rated at £108m.
    Trent Alexander-Arnold is worth £99m, with FIVE further players worth £50m or more.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.
    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.
    The Blues’ squad is now worth a sky-high £826m after bringing in seven new faces this summer, including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.

    Manchester United are only at seventh in the table at £719.5m – nearly £300m behind Liverpool.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit below Real Madrid (£790m) and Bayern Munich (£754m) in the standings.
    Tottenham (£697m) complete the top ten, behind Paris Saint-Germain (£706m) and Atletico Madrid (£702m).
    Elsewhere in the top 20, Arsenal (£583m) sit 13th, with Everton (£442m) in 16th and Leicster (£415m) in 18th.

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    Mendy undergoing Chelsea medical to complete £22m transfer from Rennes as Lampard confirms he can start vs West Brom

    FRANK LAMPARD has confirmed Edouard Mendy is undergoing his medical following a £22million move to Chelsea and will be available for the West Brom game on Saturday.
    The 6ft 6in Senegalese stopper, 28, is set to sign a five-year contract at the Blues.

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    Frank Lampard has confirmed Mendy is having his medical at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And Lampard confirmed Mendy could play as early as Saturday in the Premier League trip to West Brom.
    The goalkeeper must first pass his medical and return a negative test for coronavirus.
    Lampard said that all being well, they would be able to welcome Mendy by Thursday – just in time for Saturday’s league game.
    The Chelsea chief revealed the news while insisting under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga still has a role in the team and “wants to improve”.

    Lampard said: “I think competition is a regular thing at a club like Chelsea.
    “The goalkeeper situation isn’t always as clear cut as that… Kepa himself wants to improve his own performances. 
    “It’s in everyone’s hands to push and develop to try and get in the team.
    “I am not making any final statements at all in this minute.

    “It is the hardest position because of the individual nature of it and mistakes get punished with goals. 
    “I understand that and as a manager I have to be sympathetic to that point. I am very aware of that.
    “As far as I’m aware, as long as [Mendy] passes his test with us on Thursday and if that is negative then he should be OK to play.”
    Mendy becomes Chelsea’s SEVENTH signing of the summer in a monster £222m splurge.
    Centre-backs Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr were snapped up on frees.
    Hakim Ziyech cost £36m to sign from Ajax, with £45m spent on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
    Meanwhile, Chelsea paid £47m to release Timo Werner from his RB Leipzig contract.
    They then matched their club transfer record by shelling out £72m on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

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    Atletico Madrid ‘listening to transfer offers’ for Diego Costa with Luis Suarez unlikely to link up with ex-Chelsea star

    ATLETICO MADRID are reportedly listening to offers for Diego Costa – but the ex-Chelsea star is unlikely to link up Luis Suarez.
    The LaLiga giants have been put on red alert after Juventus revealed they would NOT be signing the Barcelona outcast.

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    Diego Costa could be sold by Atletico Madrid to make room for Luis SuarezCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Earlier this month, Ronald Koeman revealed Suarez was not in his plans.
    Juve quickly made their move, with Suarez even passing the mandatory Italian exam.
    But director Fabio Paratici revealed it would take too long to sort his passport and will look elsewhere.
    Soon after, Suarez, 33, is claimed to have terminated his contract at the Nou Camp a year early.

    Atletico Madrid now look to be the favourites to sign Suarez, beating the Uruguayan’s former club, Ajax to a £13.5million deal.
    However, it’s believed Los Rojiblancos will be forced to sell before they can buy.
    Reports in Europe claim Juventus are hoping to take advantage of the situation with a move for Alvaro Morata.

    The Spaniard, 27, only made his loan move to the Wanda Metropolitano permanent this summer, from Chelsea.

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    Juventus put Atletico Madrid on red alert by revealing they would not sign SuarezCredit: AFP or licensors

    But Juve are willing to offer a £9m loan fee for the season, with a view to a £42m permanent deal next summer.
    Now, AS claim Atleti could actively pursue a move away for 31-year-old Costa.
    No club has yet made an offer, but the Spaniards believe he could find a new home in Turkey.

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