Done Deal, shirt number confirmed, Chelsea, Frank Lampard and more

Moussa Dembele has been officially unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player after the Frenchman completed a shock six-month loan move to the LaLiga side on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was presented with the No 19 shirt, which was previously worn by Diego Costa, as he was pictured on the pitch at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the first time.

Atletico signed the Lyon striker as a direct replacement for Costa, whose contract was terminated in December, with a reported £29.6million option to buy in the summer.
Moussa Dembele has been officially unveiled by Atletico Madrid and has been given the No 19 shirt - which used to belong to Diego Costa
Moussa Dembele has been officially unveiled by Atletico Madrid and has been given the No 19 shirt – which used to belong to Diego Costa
The striker has joined the LaLiga club on a six-month loan deal for the rest of the season
The striker has joined the LaLiga club on a six-month loan deal for the rest of the season
Dembele has enjoyed two prolific seasons in France after leaving Celtic in 2018.

The forward scored 21 goals and made six assists during his first campaign and followed that up with 24 goals and seven assists in 46 games last season.

Lyon sporting director Juninho revealed Dembele had approached him about his desire to leave the Ligue 1 club earlier this month.
Atletico reportedly have an option to buy the 24-year-old for £29.6million in the summer
Atletico reportedly have an option to buy the 24-year-old for £29.6million in the summer

The striker managed just one goal in 16 top flight appearances this season and Juninho claimed he had ‘lost a bit of motivation’.

‘Moussa came to see me. He thinks that this is the moment to change teams, that he has lost a bit of motivation,’ the Brazilian said.

‘This was not something we foresaw. I like him a lot. Keeping someone who does not really want to keep up the intensity through the next five months – that is not ideal.

Dembele had two prolific seasons with Lyon after joining the club from Celtic in 2018
Dembele had two prolific seasons with Lyon after joining the club from Celtic in 2018

‘We are in talks with Atletico, I think that Moussa has found an agreement with Atletico.’

Leicester’s Islam Slimani will replace Dembele at Lyon with the forward having agreed an 18-month loan deal with the club.

Slimani has not played for the Foxes since a 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa in October and has been sent on loan during each of the last three seasons.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has talked to the media ahead of Fulham clash on Saturday.

Blues boss provided team news, as well as talked about Timo Werner, Fikayo Tomori and more.

Lampard on team news:

“We’re all good. N’Golo Kante is suspended but he’s back in training tomorrow. So we’re all good.”

When asked on Timo Werner’s current form, Blues boss replied:

“The more he works with his teammates, the more he works with the Premier League, he needs time to feel how the team players. Timo hasn’t had that opportunity.

“Everybody has to be patient with the idea that we will maximise Timo’s talent in this team.”

On Fikayo Tomori’s long-term future, Lampard said:

“He absolutely has a long-term future. We will see if and when he goes out on loan. I took him on loan to Derby and he was one of the best players in the Championships.

“There is a long-term plan for Fikayo in my head and if he goes out on loan it will be to enhance his personal development and come back as a better player.”

On the upcoming west London derby against Fulham, Chelsea boss said:

“It’s a different relationship to some derbies but whenever they came they had the feeling of wanting to beat us. Without fans, it takes a slight edge off but mentally we should retain that passion of what this game means.”

%d bloggers like this: