Chelsea was apparently interested in signing Jude Bellingham in 2020. This happened during the era when Frank Lampard was managing Chelsea.

Chelsea was apparently interested in signing Jude Bellingham in 2020. This happened during the era when Frank Lampard was managing Chelsea.

Chelsea was apparently interested in signing Jude Bellingham in 2020. This happened during the era when Frank Lampard was managing Chelsea.

At that time, after capturing attention with Birmingham City, Bellingham became a target for several top European clubs. Chelsea was one of them, and Bellingham even visited the Cobham training center.

However, Bellingham ultimately chose to join Borussia Dortmund. After impressing at Dortmund, the English midfielder then joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2023 and has continued to shine.

Quoted from detikSport, Lampard revealed that Chelsea had also tried to acquire Bellingham. However, Chelsea failed to convince Bellingham and his family that he would get many playing opportunities.

“I remember when I was still the manager of Chelsea, we tried to get Jude Bellingham and we knew everyone was after him,” Lampard said, as reported by Metro.

“At that time, it was us, Manchester United, Manchester City, the big clubs. He came with his parents, and what I sold was ‘Well, I have Mason Mount, I have Reece James, I’m playing young players’.”

“But I think they probably considered it and chose ‘We know he will play (at Dortmund), that’s outside his comfort zone…’,” he said.

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Former Chelsea wonderkid, Gael Kakuta, claims that he would have stayed at Stamford Bridge if everything had gone “as it should have.”

The winger, who is now 32 years old, arrived in West London with much fanfare at the age of 16 in 2007.

Kakuta’s move became notorious in September 2009 when Chelsea was handed a two-window transfer ban after the teenager was accused of “breaching his contract” with Lens to make the switch.

He was also handed a four-month ban and ordered to pay a £670,000 fine.

The sanctions were eventually overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following an appeal by The Blues.

At this point, interest in Kakuta was high, and rumors about his talent had spread throughout Stamford Bridge.

He eventually made his Premier League debut against Wolves in 2010, substituted by his then-boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Recalling the incident while chatting recently with SportsKakuta said: “Everyone was curious because Chelsea got banned because of me.

“Everyone in the crowd was saying, ‘Oh, that’s him. That’s him.’ I was thinking, ‘Yes, it’s me. Let me prove myself and show what I’m made of.'”

Kakuta made only 16 first-team appearances for Chelsea before leaving permanently in 2015, following six loan spells.

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Among those who watched him closely at Cobham, his talent was never in doubt.

Appearing on John Obi Mikel’s podcast earlier this year, Eden Hazard was asked who the most talented player he ever played with was.

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The 33-year-old Belgian played with the likes of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, N’Golo Kante, Mo Salah, and Kevin De Bruyne during his illustrious career.

However, in response, he said: “Kakuta by far. He’s number one. Talent. I mean, talent. Wow.”

Nine years after leaving Chelsea, Kakuta admits: “I think I would still be at Chelsea today if everything had gone as it should have.

In fact, I would finish my career there.

So why didn’t he?

His ban by FIFA certainly didn’t help, but Kakuta also cited the lack of a first-team pathway at Stamford Bridge as a major hindrance, claiming that a lack of playing time after he stopped playing for Chelsea’s academy team made him unmatch.

He said: “We weren’t playing reserve team football at that time.

“The first team played every three days but we were barely involved. Those playing at junior level kept their confidence and rhythm. It was tough.”