By Michael Brown

8th Aug, 2020 | 4:13pm

Exclusive: Top pundit drops emphatic claim after big Chelsea-Abraham contract update

Michael Brown has insisted that Chelsea is the best place for Tammy Abraham’s development, amid reports his Stamford Bridge future is up in the air. 

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested that the Blues will still see Abraham as part of their long-term plans.

However, a Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Lampard is not convinced by Abraham’s ability to consistently deliver at the pinnacle of Premier League and Champions League football.

This site revealed on Thursday that the London giants are weighing up a move for a second stellar striker signing this window in addition to £53million arrival Timo Werner.

But Brown is adamant that the striker has come “a long way” and even with Chelsea strengthening, he should still be a part of their plans going forward.

“I think they’ll see him as part of their long-term plans,” Brown told Football Insider

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“If anything these contract talks do take a while. Yes Chelsea are strengthening now and starting to get a couple in, but he’s come a long way hasn’t he in a very quick amount of time.

“I think Chelsea is the best place for his development.”

The Blues academy product, who spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Aston Villa, has scored 17 goals in 46 matches in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side this term but has struggled for consistency in recent months.

Abraham has netted just twice since January and has fallen down the pecking order thanks to the form of Olivier Giroud.

Vying alongside the pair for places will be new recruit Timo Werner and Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi.

Giroud is 34 and out of contract next summer, while Batshuayi has failed to convince Lampard he can hold down a regular place with his deal also set to expire in less than 12 months.

In other Chelsea news, Chelsea have made a “big breakthrough” in their bid to sign Ben Chilwell.