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Frank Lampard insists Anthony Gordon WILL be staying at Everton

Frank Lampard insists Anthony Gordon WILL stay at Everton after Chelsea missed his deadline to get their £60m deal done… with the Toffees youngster scoring in his side’s 1-1 draw at Leeds

  • Anthony Gordon set to stay at Everton says Toffees manager Frank Lampard
  • Lampard says Chelsea have missed club’s deadline for any new bid for star 
  • Gordon scored Everton’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road 
  • Everton gaffer says his happy that ‘special player’ Gordon is staying at the club

Frank Lampard has made it clear that Everton will not consider doing business with Chelsea for Anthony Gordon after they failed to meet a deadline he had in mind.

The Everton manager would not make public, when asked last Friday, when there was a point of no return for Chelsea in this saga but when asked after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds if the deadline had been missed, Lampard said firmly: “Yes.”

Gordon had told Lampard that he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge and there were indications that Chelsea would bid as much as £60million for the 21-year-old, who scored his side’s goal at Elland Road and never stopped running throughout.

Everton manager Frank Lampard says Anthony Gordon will be staying at Everton this season 

Gordon celebrate scoring Everton’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road 

But Everton were adamant that a second offer never arrived for Gordon, who also attracted interest from Tottenham and Newcastle this summer, and if they come back before Thursday’s deadline, Chelsea will be given short shrift.

‘Anthony is too important a player,’ said Lampard. ‘He has showed his worth in the last two games, it is too late. He is going to be special. In the bigger picture, he has an affiliation with the fans. It is a process, can we build around that?

‘The interest in him is because he is a top player and why we are so keen to keep him. You saw the reasons why (we think so highly of him) in the last two games. He is our player, he has come through he is a v good player and will get better and better.

Lamps describes the 21-year-old as a special player and is delighted he’ll be staying at the club

‘Adding goals is the next step and the hardest step. He is a special player for me. I am delighted.’

Lampard’s ambition is now to strengthen his own squad and Everton are close to completing a deal to bring Idrissa Gana Gueye back to Goodison Park from Paris St Germain. They are expected to sign another midfielder – possibly James Garner from Manchester United – and a striker.

‘We will see,’ said Lampard, who hopes Dominic Calvert-Lewin will start training again in the next 48 hours. ‘We are not desperate. We know we need to adjust the squad, balance the squad. It has given us a difficult start.’




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