A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea today announced via their official website that they have signed Ryan Bertrand to a new five-year contract. The 23-year-old has started two of the opening three league games and was this week rewarded with a call-up to the England squad. Bertrand had only signed a new contract last year but Chelsea have rewarded his accelerated progress accordingly with a new deal.
Chelsea have submitted their squad lists to the Premier League and Champions League for this season. Neither list may be altered until January although all under-21 players are eligible for Premier League action regardless of inclusion. Hazard and Oscar thus do not make the list. Malouda is eligible for Premier League selection but has not been selected for the Champions League squad. Under-21 players that have been trained at Chelsea are eligible for the Champions League via the B-List.
Chelsea – Premier League (20): Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Marko Marin, Ross Turnbull, Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Hilario.
Chelsea – Champions League A (22): Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel, Paulo Ferreira, Marko Marin, Ross Turnbull, Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Hilario, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Oriol Romeu.
Champions League B (7): Jamal Blackman, Billy Clifford, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Todd Kane, George Saville, Daniel Pappoe, Adam Phillip.
Goal.com have revealed how Chelsea’s proposed move for Marseille’s Loic Remy failed to materialise. The Blues had triggered a release-clause with a £15m bid and talks were ongoing near Monaco between club officials due to Chelsea’s Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid. Remy was in advanced negotiations with Tottenham up until Thursday but personally withdrew from talks with the North London club with interest from Chelsea intensifying. The move ultimately fell through when Daniel Sturridge refused to go on loan to Liverpool with the player instead seeking a permanent move and Sturridge’s scheduled participation in the match rendered any carousel of moves impossible.
Florent Malouda today tweeted a picture of Chelsea’s Under-21 establishment claiming it would be where he will train in his last year at Chelsea. Malouda was unable to find a move out of the club with his wages being an obstacle for interested teams such as Lyon and Santos and looks set to see out his contract with the new Under-21 team. Malouda will be eligible for Under-21 games as an over-aged player but will not be playing in the Champions League as Chelsea omitted him from their submitted squad list.
Frank Lampard has stated he is happy with his new role as a holding midfielder for both club and country. The 34-year-old has flourished in his career as a goal scoring midfielder but has seen his role alter for both club and country. Lampard also spoke of the prospect of beating Bobby Tambling’s 202-goal record for Chelsea and is confident that at only 14 goals behind, he will have enough opportunities in games this season, even as a holding midfielder, to beat the record.
Fernando Torres has expressed his desire for more goals and trophies in a feature in Chelsea magazine. The striker added a European Championship with Spain to his club haul of the Champions League and the FA Cup and is hoping to add more trophies to his name this season. Furthermore, the striker reveals his personal target to score more goals and is confident they will be easier to come by with the additions of new signings Hazard, Marin and Oscar.
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