The 21-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer and Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed last week that Rice wants to join Chelsea after the club held talks with his agent. "We have a bubble at the training ground with the first-team squad, which Victor hasn't been part of", Lampard said in a press conference.
"I certainly won't go to the point of saying Kepa has played his last game for Chelsea", Lampard said.
Kepa was dropped from the starting line-up in Chelsea's last two matches after his error cost the Blues in their 2-0 Premier League defeat by Liverpool last week, with Willy Caballero starting in goal since.
Fast forward to now and following a decent season wearing blue past year, Mount now finds himself as a key player for the Blues and call-ups for England have only enhanced his reputation further. 'We've spoken previously and I'm looking forward to playing with him. If not he'll be competitive in this squad as well because of the quality he has.
"But I want to find the best path for Ruben and I want to find the best path for us, so at the minute we will see with the week we have got ahead of us".
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Chelsea have told Antonio Rudiger to either sign a contract extension or stay out in the cold, the UK Mirror reports.
In July, Frank Lampard outlined what he looks for in a midfielder.
Barkley could make his Villa debut against Stoke in the EFL Cup on Thursday night.
The 26-year-old England global joins from Chelsea having made 52 appearances at the southwest London club since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2018.
Chelsea had previously signed free agents Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr in this transfer window.