Frank: No talks with Chelsea over Benrahma

Brentford: Said Benrahma

Thomas Frank has poured cold water on reports that Chelsea have opened talks with Brentford about signing Said Benrahma.

Reports in France and Benrahma’s native Algeria have claimed that Chelsea want to sign the winger and have made an approach.

Benrahma, signed from Nice in 2018, has been outstanding this season.

But Bees boss Frank has dismissed suggestions a sale to Chelsea is in the offing.

He said: “I haven’t heard anything from my co-directors of sport.

“If I haven’t been told anything then I don’t think it’s true. It’s a rumour. I think it’s easy to know this isn’t true.”

Benrahma has been a key player for Brentford, who could be promoted to the Premier League next week.

They are one point behind second-placed West Brom after a run of eight straight wins.

And Frank has no concerns that Benrahma might be unsettled by speculation about his future.

“He’s fine. It won’t affect him,” Frank said.

“If we’re doing well, players attract attention. That is natural.”