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Chelsea boost as Kai Havertz ‘open to transfer even if they miss out on Champions League’

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KAI HAVERTZ will reportedly remain open to joining Chelsea even if they miss out on a Champions League spot.

BBC Sport claims the Bayer Leverkusen star, 21, does not consider participation in next season’s competition essential to deciding his next step.

Chelsea do not have to finish in the top four to complete a deal for Kai Havertz

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Chelsea do not have to finish in the top four to complete a deal for Kai HavertzCredit: EPA

Instead, Havertz is said to prefer joining a club based on their long-term plans for the future, with Champions League football next term purely an added bonus.

That’s a huge boost for Frank Lampard, who is desperate to add Havertz to his ranks this summer.

Chelsea are in a three-way race for two Champions League spots with Leicester and Manchester United with just three games remaining.

Despite losing 3-0 to Sheffield United at the weekend, the Blues remain in third after Leicester lost to Bournemouth and United drew with Southampton.

Chelsea can go four points clear with victory against Norwich tonight.

But even if they slip up against Liverpool and Wolves to end up fifth – which will not count as an extra spot after Man City had their ban overturned – Havertz will still be open to a summer switch.


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Transfer Window podcast guru Ian McGarry reckons Lampard has placed great stock in landing Havertz, with the German potentially netting double figures for Chelsea from midfield.

However, Havertz’s arrival means Jorginho is set to leave for a return to Italy.

McGarry explained: “There is a strong interest from Chelsea in the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.

“The reason for that is people will think Chelsea are well-stocked in midfield… it’s two-fold.

“Lampard expects and is preparing for Jorginho to leave this summer. The possible destinations are Juventus and Inter Milan.

“If so, Havertz would be a very good replacement.

“The second factor is Havertz has a very good eye for goal and Lampard being Chelsea’s all-time top scorer from midfield is something he appreciates more than most.

“Lampard is desperately trying to get goals from different positions in the field, hence why they bought Timo Werner.

“He reckons Havertz would add about 10 or 15 goals from midfield.”

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Jose Mourinho admits Tottenham ‘don’t have a big history’ on level of rivals after Newcastle VAR drama

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JOSE MOURINHO has claimed Tottenham’s lack of trophies mean they are treated differently to ‘big clubs’ following their 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

Spurs were held to a point against the Magpies after the visitors were handed a controversial stoppage-time penalty.

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Eric Dier was adjudged to have handled the ball with Callum Wilson slotting home the resulting spot-kick to cancel out Lucas Moura’s opener.

Mourinho stormed down the tunnel in fury while his goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was sent-off AFTER the final whistle.

The Portuguese’s side play again on Tuesday as they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup during an unprecedented run of nine games in 24 days.

And Mourinho, who has already seen Son Heung-Min succumb to injury, claimed Tottenham’s fixture list is proof the club receives less respect than their rivals with bigger histories.

Tottenham is a big club but it’s a club where our history in terms of trophies is not as big as other clubs. I realise now the difference between clubs with big history and others

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He told Sky Sports: “It’s just the first one.

“I imagine that Tuesday another one, Thursday another one and maybe Sunday a couple more.

“But this is the respect that Tottenham gets. Tottenham is a big club but it’s a club where our history in terms of trophies is not as big as other clubs.

“I realise that. I’m coaching with a lot of passion, a lot of love.

“I love to be here, I don’t see myself leaving and going to another club because I love it so much.

“But I realise now the difference between clubs with big history and others.”

Mourinho also claimed that Son is set to be out for a ‘while’ but the Special One admitted that Dele Alli is expected to stay at the club.

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Rangers star Ryan Kent ‘getting close’ to England call-up after stunning start to season, predicts Gary McAllister

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RANGERS No.2 Gary McAllister believes Ryan Kent must be ‘getting close’ to an England call-up.

The attacker continued his fine start to the season with his fifth goal of the season during the 4-0 win over Willem II in the Europa League third round on Thursday.

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McAllister believes the attacker would fit in with Gareth Southgate's England squad

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McAllister believes the attacker would fit in with Gareth Southgate’s England squadCredit: Getty

The former Liverpool youngster also played a part in two other goals that night before helping Steven Gerrard‘s men to a 5-1 win at Motherwell on Sunday.

Kent has represented England at Under-18 and Under-20 level on a handful of occasions.

And Ibrox assistant McAllister said in the build-up to the Motherwell game he believes the 23-year-old “must be getting close” to a first senior cap.

He said: “What I’d say is that when he’s performing the way he did against a team from Holland – Williem II are a good side who are in the Europa League on merit – then he must be getting close.

“There is a push towards younger players with the England set-up under Gareth Southgate. And Ryan is exciting.

“I don’t want to be shouting from the rooftops but there is a player here who is in really good form.”

Gers boss Gerrard hailed Kent for his inspiring performance in the Netherlands.

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He said: “From an attacking point of view, I think Ryan was the game changer for us tonight.

“He does incredibly well running in behind and he has added that into his game this season.

“He gets us the penalty for the breakthrough and he is just a constant threat. He is so sharp and he has added a different dimension to his game.

“He is a pleasure to watch and coach and we just need to enjoy him.”

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10am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho ‘£90m final offer’, Milik bid updates, Kante interest, Telles latest

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MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made a final £90m bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho – short of the German side’s £108m asking price.

Meanwhile Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik are said to be shock transfer targets.

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