Frank Lampard has delivered a transfer blow to West Ham United by insisting Ross Barkley is going nowhere.
The Chelsea manager has commented on speculation linking the England international with a loan move to the London Stadium (Mirror), where Barkley’s old boss David Moyes is now at the helm.
Barkley has struggled a bit with injury and rotation this term, meaning he’s made just 11 appearances so far this season, and only one in the Premier League since mid-October.
Barkley has strong competition at Stamford Bridge from the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek still to come back into the fold.
But if West Ham had any real hope of landing the £15 million player (BBC Sport) this month, they can pretty much now forget about it.
Speaking in a press conference, Lampard said (Daily Mail): “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.”
TBR’s view – West Ham wasting their time
Moyes and Barkley may have worked together previously, but realistically a move was never going to happen.
Chelsea are still in the Champions League and FA Cup so they need to retain their players this month and keep their squad large.
Barkley hasn’t seen a great deal of football but could make a bigger impact in the second half of the season.