Chelsea boss Frank Lampard acknowledges Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech transfer issue

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he will be under more pressure next season because he has splashed the cash on signing two stars in a bid to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Blues are trying to complete their summer business early this year so have acted decisively in the market.

Attacker Hakim Ziyech has completed a switch from Ajax while RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner will join when the Bundesliga season concludes later this month.

Lampard is still looking to strengthen his squad in other areas and he has been linked with a move for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

The former midfielder acknowledges that he will be under even more pressure next term because he has been backed by chairman Roman Abramovich.

“Yeah it probably does, and I get that,” he said about the added pressure.

“There’s pressure in the Chelsea job whatever. There’s expectations to whatever degree, we’re a well-supported club, well-followed club and scrutiny is big as we know.

“That’s why we love the Premier League and why we’re trying to do our best. So I don’t mind the idea, I get it.

“We’re trying to improve here. So I don’t mind that pressure. I will have more pressure on myself.

“We do know that there is a big gap going upwards when you look at the performance of Liverpool and City in the last couple of years.


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“So we need to really work to try and close that gap.”

The addition of Werner at Stamford Bridge is an exciting prospect for fans as hew has been one of the shining lights in the Bundesliga this year.

Lampard beat Liverpool to sign the 24-year-old and he is looking forward to linking up with the prolific hitman.

“I think he’s clearly a player that we liked,” Lampard said.

“I’ve certainly followed him for a long time myself, individually, just as a talented player, even before I had this job. But as a club, clearly we went for him, and he certainly will strengthen us in my opinion.

“He’s got huge talent, had a fantastic season this year but before that as well. Where we probably couldn’t do as much business in the last couple of windows for whatever reasons, it’s given us a chance to see some youth have more time in the team.

“But we were very clear about the fact we wanted to improve and Timo Werner is always a signing that will improve us. I’m certainly very excited to have him playing for Chelsea and we look forward to having him.”

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