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Frank Lampard insists Anthony Gordon WILL stay at Everton after Chelsea missed their deadline to close their £60m deal…
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Frank Lampard has made it clear that Everton will not consider doing business with Chelsea for Anthony Gordon after they fail to meet a deadline he had in mind.
The Everton manager declined to make public when asked last Friday when there would be a point of no return for Chelsea in this saga, but when asked after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds whether the deadline had been missed , said Lampard resolutely: “Yes.”
Gordon had told Lampard he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge and there were indications that Chelsea would offer a whopping £60million for the 21-year-old, who scored his side’s goal at Elland Road and never stopped running.
Everton manager Frank Lampard says Anthony Gordon will stay at Everton this season
Gordon celebrates Everton’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road
But Everton were adamant that there was never a second offer for Gordon, who also attracted interest from Tottenham and Newcastle this summer, and if they come back before Thursday’s deadline, Chelsea will have short shrift.
“Anthony is too important a player,” said Lampard. “He’s shown his worth in the last two games, it’s too late. He becomes special. In the bigger picture, he has a bond with the fans. It’s a process, can we build around it?
“The interest in him is because he is a top player and why we want to keep him so badly. You saw the reasons why (we rate him so highly) in the last two games. He’s our player, he’s come through, he’s a good player and he’s going to get better.
Lamps describes the 21-year-old as a special player and is delighted to have him stay with the club
“Adding goals is the next step and the hardest step. He is a special player to me. I’m delighted.’
It is now Lampard’s ambition to bolster his own team and Everton are close to finalizing a deal to bring Idrissa Gana Gueye back to Goodison Park from Paris St Germain. They are expected to sign another midfielder – possibly Manchester United’s James Garner – and a striker.
“We’ll see,” said Lampard, who hopes Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns to training in the next 48 hours. ‘We are not desperate. We know we have to adapt the squad, balance the squad. It got us off to a rough start.’