Player Chelsea reportedly will bid £80m for this summer says he grew up supporting the Blues

Jadon Sancho revealed that Chelsea icons Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were his footballing heroes as a youngster.

Speaking to TalkSport, the winger explained that he adored watching the two Blues legends as an inspiring football in his youth.

“I’d probably say Frank Lampard,” said Sancho when asked about his favourite player as a kid.

“I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I’m not going to lie. Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favourite players at the time.

“I just loved Lampard & how he played his game. He was so direct and so composed on the ball.”


Interestingly, The Sun say that Chelsea are planning to launch an £80 million bid for the Borussia Dortmund attacker, with Thomas Tuchel said to be a big fan.

Unfortunately for the Blues, it seems that Manchester United are at the head of the queue to sign him though, with Sky Sports reporting last night that talks were progressing well between them and Dortmund.

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Red or Blue?

Manchester United fans might have winced when Sancho disclosed who his sporting symbols were growing up.

The Red Devils are desperate to sign Dortmund’s talented forward and may have wished he’d said David Beckham or Ryan Giggs instead of the Chelsea duo.

To make matters worse for United, the 21-year-old spent a few seasons in Manchester City’s academy.

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To rub further salt into the wounds, United have just had their £67m (BBC Sport) attempt to sign the England international rejected by BVB.

Super Frank

Lampard was adored by so many, not just within the confines of Chelsea.

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He put his legacy one the line by taking over his beloved club as manager in 2019, a fairy-tale story that came to an end earlier this year.

Thankfully, it didn’t tarnish his playing career, nor has it seemingly dented his managerial reputation.

According to the Mirror, Lampard remains in contention to take over the vacant Crystal Palace job.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.