Brazilian player admits he admires Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

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Chelsea transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes has added to speculation linking him with Chelsea by admitting he admires Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

When asked about Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Gabriel told Brazilian outlet UOL: “He was a great player without a doubt. He is one of those players that I admired on the small screen.

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“But we have to be calm with all this. It is early and I renewed my contract with Lille until 2023.

“The focus now is to return to play and end the season in high level, qualifying Lille for the 2020/21 Champions League.”

Meanwhile, Lille president Gerard Lopez has previously admitted the 22 year old Brazilian defender is close to leaving the French club.

Lopez told Sky Sports: “It’s true that he would like to go and try something else out.

“We haven’t taken that decision yet, but he’s received a number of offers. I feel he’s closer to one club than others, but nothing’s done yet so we’ll see.

“I wouldn’t want to say any more as I respect the player too much. The mechanism I have in place, and we saw that work so well with Nico [Nicolas Pepe], is that I have a certain price in mind for a player, and at the end of the day it’s the player’s choice to go and play where he wants to play – that’s the respect that I have for them.

“I feel he is among the top five dominant central defenders in Europe right now. His statistics, which aren’t well covered outside of France, shows that his percentage for winning duels is pretty unheard of in a league that’s extremely physical.

“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s well on his way – if not this year – to potentially a really big club. I’m certain he’s on his way to the Brazilian national team at some point.

“He’s been linked to two clubs in the UK and he’s clearly been linked to other clubs that have either enquired or moved forward with proposals for him. But we’re not in a hurry and we’re not playing right now. The player isn’t on the pitch.”

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