‘It’s never been mentioned’: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard shoots down talk of signing Angel Gomes on a free with 19-year-old star’s Manchester United deal up today
- Angel Gomes failed to agree a contract extension at Manchester United
- As such, the 19-year-old is due to leave today and can join other clubs on a free
- Chelsea and Juventus were reportedly interested in the highly-rated 19-year-old
- But Blues boss Frank Lampard says a deal for Gomes has ‘never been mentioned’
Frank Lampard has dismissed rumours linking Angel Gomes with a free transfer to Chelsea.
The highly-rated 19-year-old is out-of-contract today after failing to agree a renewal with Manchester United.
Reports on Monday suggested that Chelsea were set to swoop in to try and agree terms with the youngster by putting an attractive offer on the table, but manager Lampard shot down talk of Gomes moving to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard dismissed talk linking Angel Gomes with a move to the club
The 19-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford today after failing to agree a new deal
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‘I can elaborate to the point that it’s never been mentioned at my end,’ said Lampard when asked about Gomes’ availability, in his pre-match press conference for the match against West Ham on Wednesday.
Gomes reportedly rejected United’s offer of around £25,000 a week, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Monday morning that Gomes was set to leave United.
The United manager said last week that he was hopeful of Gomes – United’s young player of the year in 2017 who has been training at the club since the age of six – would agree to stay.
But asked on Monday morning if Gomes, a Golden Boy nominee, will leave, Solskjaer said: ‘To be honest, I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning so it seems like they haven’t managed to agree.
‘The answer is probably short and yes. I’ve got no news. Nothing. It doesn’t look like it.’
Gomes made his first-team debut in 2017 at 16 years of age, coming on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
From that appearance, Gomes became the first player born in the 2000s to feature for the club.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he believes a new deal has not been agreed
Gomes made his first-team debut at the age of 16 as a substitute for Wayne Rooney in 2017
But Gomes, here in training last week with Odion Ighalo, has not agreed fresh contract terms
But that emergence has failed to result in a breakthrough to the first-team squad – he has made just a total of 10 appearances for the club in all competitions.
And though talks over a new deal have been longed out over 18 months, a renewal has seemingly not been agreed and the 19-year-old will be unattached from tomorrow.
Gomes is also an England Under-20 international and was captain of the Three Lions side which won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
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