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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is in shock that he’d lose highly rated youngster Tariq Lamptey, as the Blues academy product has declined the club’s contract offer and will leave Chelsea for Brighton.
Rather than lose Lamptey for free at the end of the season, Chelsea have decided to cash in on the 19-year-old, Goal claim.
Lamptey is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea, and Blues boss Frank Lampard was sure that the teenager will sign the new deal after giving him his debut against Arsenal, where the youngster came on and excelled.
“We’ll see. He’s talking with the club and hopefully he feels a bit of love from today as we’ve parachuted him in,” Lampard told reporters when asked about the defender’s contract situation.
“He was actually on his Christmas break when we called him in yesterday. He trained and then played.
“I’d seen him when I was doing my coaching badges and you do a lot of hours with the academy and youth team. I saw him train a lot and I know he has a different dimension as a right-sided wing back.
“He has pace, low centre of gravity and can go by people. Of course he wants to work on his end product and all the last bits.”
Brighton have been keen on a new right-back for the last two transfer windows and won over the Chelsea youngster by assuring him that he will get more first-team chances under Graham Potter.
Lamptey has made three appearances for the Blues this season and also attracted bids from Lille and Torino.
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Nice and Wolves were also monitoring the youngster.