Anthony Gordon: Frank Lampard confident of keeping Chelsea transfer target

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Anthony Gordon: Frank Lampard confident of keeping Chelsea transfer target

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea over Anthony Gordon.

The 21-year-old has been the subject of a number of bids from the Stamford Bridge giants, although Everton have so far stood firm.

Wesley Fofana has been absent from Leicester’s squad amid interest from Chelsea and Wolves’ Willy Boly refused to play against Newcastle at the weekend in a bid to force through a departure, but Lampard insisted that was not Gordon’s style.

The Everton boss said: "Anthony wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t do that with me. If he did try and sit out a game he’d see a different side to me. No doubt about that and I think he knows that.

"I’m not playing the hard one, it’s just that it would be so alien from what I’d expect from him. I just know that’s not him.

"At the same time he’s not a robot and all this attention is difficult. I understand that, I was that ambitious young player.

"That’s the beauty of Anthony. Hard-working. He wants to be better. He wants to do what he did (on Saturday), which is score goals, run for this team, and that’s why he’s a delight to work with. So there was never any idea that Anthony would act that way."

When reminded he had been in a similar situation as a young player before moving from West Ham to Chelsea in 2001, Lampard added: "Yeah, and I played three-and-a-half, four seasons for West Ham, so there’s my answer for Anthony. He’s played one for us."

Lampard remains hopeful of retaining one of his prized assets, who is expected to start in Tuesday night’s Premier League game at Leeds.

Liverpool-born Gordon, who progressed through Everton’s academy, scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford and was a stand-out performer.

"He’s in the squad Tuesday for sure," Lampard said. "His character’s great. He’s in the squad.

"He’s a huge player for us. We’re getting towards the end of the window now and Anthony’s a huge player for us and will be this season."

Additional reporting from PA