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Tiemoue Bakayoko 'sleeps' during Chelsea games - Frank Lampard

Tiemoue Bakayoko 'sleeps' during Chelsea games - Frank Lampard


MANCHESTER -- Ashley Young wants to open talks with Manchester United over a new long-term contract, sources have told ESPN FC.

The 32-year-old is in the final year of his current deal, although United hold an option to extend it by another year which would keep him at the club until 2019.

United are keen to trigger the option before discussing terms of a new contract next season, but sources have told ESPN FC that Young, who has established himself as Jose Mourinho's first-choice left-back, would like to bring talks forward.

Young, who arrived from Aston Villa in 2011, is keen to capitalise on his fine form this season and sign a three-year deal that could keep him at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.

United, however, often prefer to hand players in their 30s year-on-year renewals.

Michael Carrick, who turned 36 in the summer, has signed one-year deals for the past two seasons.

Young has started United's last 11 games in the Premier League. He was rested for Tuesday night's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in preparation for Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford.

His form earned him a recall to the England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil last month and he could be part of Gareth Southgate's 23-man party for next summer's World Cup in Russia.

Young is the latest solution to Mourinho's left-back problem. The United manager has tried Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in the role before settling on Young this season.

Shaw impressed on his return to the team against CSKA, earning praise from Mourinho in the process, but it has not stopped United from being linked with a move for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

Tottenham are interested in a move for Geoffrey Kondogbia, but face a battle with Valencia to sign the Inter Milan midfielder, sources close to Spurs have told ESPN FC.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in a new midfielder in the next two transfer windows and Kondogbia features highly on his wanted list after impressing on loan at Valencia this season.

The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Valencia after finding himself out of favour at Inter under manager Luciano Spalletti.

Kondogbia has been a revelation for Valencia since moving to the Mestalla and has been instrumental in helping them to second spot in La Liga where they are leaders Barcelona's closest challengers.

He has scored three goals in 12 games for Valencia and Tottenham have been monitoring his progress in Spain as they are long-term admirers of the player from his time at Monaco.

However, Valencia are in pole position to sign Kondogbia as his loan deal includes an option to make the move permanent and should they qualify for next season's Champions League they would have the funds to buy him from Inter.

Tottenham are expected to continue to keep tabs on Kondogbia's situation and will rival Valencia for the France international's signature.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.

Tiemoue Bakayoko falls asleep during matches and needs to improve if he wants to keep his place in the Chelsea team, according to club legend Frank Lampard.

Chelsea confirmed a second-place finish in Champions League Group C on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge, while Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 at home to take top spot.

Atletico took the lead in the 56th minute when Bakayoko failed to track Saul Niguez at a corner that was flicked on to the back post by Fernando Torres, though Chelsea equalised on 75 minutes through Stefan Savic's own goal and created several gilt-edged chances to win.

After the match, Lampard said he still does not know what to make of Bakayoko, who became Chelsea's most expensive ever central midfield signing when he joined from Monaco for £40 million in the summer.

"He sleeps," Lampard said on BT Sport. "His concentration goes and at this level, you sleep for a second and it's an easy goal for Atletico.

"I don't know with Bakayoko. I think it's well documented that he hasn't settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that.

"A moment's sleeping today doesn't work so he needs to improve but he's [Antonio Conte] got options. [Danny] Drinkwater will play as well but hopefully Bakayoko will improve."

Qualifying as runners-up means that, unless Sevilla or Spartak Moscow manage to overtake Liverpool in Group E on Wednesday, Chelsea's potential round-of-16 opponents will be limited to Barcelona, Besiktas or Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG smashed the record for goals in the Champions League group stage with 25 this season, with their star-studded front line featuring summer signings Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but Lampard said that Chelsea will feel no fear.

"Obviously PSG, we're all talking about them and Barcelona, we all know what they have to offer," he added. "Chelsea fans will realistically look at Besiktas [as the easiest opponent] but it's a draw so who knows, and again who knows where all these different teams are.

"Even if Chelsea do draw one of the bigger teams then what a game and if you're going to win this competition you have to beat the big boys."

The round-of-16 draw for the Champions League will take place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Monday at 11 a.m. GMT.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.