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Rio Ferdinand urges Chelsea to sign Erling Haaland to become Premier League and Champions League contenders


Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea need to sign a new No.9 this summer (BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in order to become Premier League and Champions League contenders.

Thomas Tuchel’s side stumbled in the top-four race on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw by Leeds United at Elland Road.

Kai Havertz spearheaded Chelsea’s attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner, who both started the game on the bench. Tammy Abraham, meanwhile, missed out due to injury.

And Ferdinand believes Chelsea are in need of a new No.9 this summer, with Haaland available if a club decide to meet his £90 million buyout clause.

‘If they [Chelsea] want to be Champions League contenders, Premier league contenders, then Giroud, obviously when Frank was here and now under this management it’s the same, he’s been a bit-part player, it’s his age, obviously. He’s not a young Giroud, he’s at a different stage of his career. I don’t think he expects to play every game,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘I think Tammy will be putting himself in there but again he has to get fit and stay fit.

Erling Haaland has a £90m buyout clause in his deal with Borussia Dortmund (Getty)

‘But I think the levels of this club at the moment, I think they’ll go into the market to buy an out-and-out No.9.

‘Haaland is the one who’s on everyone’s lips, he’s the player in form.

‘A lot of clubs are sitting there thinking, ‘if we get him that takes us from being a contender to actually having a real chance of winning, a proper contender’.

‘If you bring in another striker in that’s part of being a top club.

‘It’s never going to get a point where say Tammy is sitting there saying, ‘I’m outright No.1’. You’ve got to be jostling for positions.

‘I think bringing someone else in will only make someone like Tammy better. That mentality you have to have where it’s like, ‘okay, you’ve brought someone in, I’ll show you’.

‘What happens is that you play in all these competitions you get opportunities. You get opportunities to come in, impact games, and become an integral member of this team.

‘Whether you’re starting every game or not, the squad wins trophies, not the first XI.’

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