‘I loved Chelsea – I would have liked to play with Lampard’: Atletico Madrid defender and Stamford Bridge target Jose Gimenez reveals his childhood adoration for the Blues manager
- Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez has opened up on his childhood love for Chelsea
- The 25-year-old explained to LaLiga his desire to work alongside Frank Lampard
- Lampard is in the market for defensive reinforcements ahead of the new season
Jose Gimenez has left the door wide open for a move to Chelsea after the Atletico Madrid defender revealed he loves the club and wants to work under Frank Lampard.
Lampard is keen to bolster his defence ahead of the 2020-21 season having found the team to be unbalanced last season.
A centre back is on the list for Lampard and 25-year-old Gimenez represents Champions League quality having been a regular under Diego Simeone for Atletico.
Atletico Madrid centre back Jose Gimenez has expressed his childhood love for Chelsea
The defender explained how he has been keen to work closely with Frank Lampard (pictured)
While Gimenez, who is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano through until 2023, would not come cheap, his public show of affection to Chelsea certainly strengthens their hand.
‘I would have liked to play with Lampard,’ he said in an interview with LaLiga.
‘I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.’
Gimenez is a Champions League proven defender and is of interest to Chelsea this summer
In attack Chelsea have been proactive in their recruitment.
Lampard got business done early to bring in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The club are also looking to finalise a deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, who is valued close to £90million.
Jimenez predominantly plays in a centre back role but has been deployed both at right back and in defensive midfield in the past.
Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori have rotated in the centre back slots last season but shipped 54 league goals, the most of any side in the top 10.
Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, valued around £80m, is a target for Lampard at left back but that deal remains consigned to just interest at this stage on the Blues’ behalf.
The Blues remain interested in Ben Chilwell (right) but remain apart with Leicester on the fee
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