A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
It looks like Chelsea are going to stand firm on their policy of only offering one year contracts to players over thirty, and Lampard and Cole might be the next to leave because of this. Each of the stars is in the last year of their contract, and may look elsewhere for a better deal come the summer. LA Galaxy and Shanghai are reportedly interested in Lampard, whilst PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti has made his appreciation for Cole well known.
As the deadline for Terry’s appeal approaches, the England player has until 18th October to protest the decision made by the FA to ban him for four matches, he is coming under pressure to accept the ban. The club’s image has taken a battering lately with the Terry case and Ashely Cole’s twitter outburst, and it may be time to accept the charges and move on.
The former FA Chairman Lord Triesman has urged Terry to accept the ban, and also questioned why he only received a four match ban compared to Luis Suarez’s eight game suspension earlier in the year.
Joe Hart has had more positive things to say about the former England captain, labelling him “an inspiration.” Hart also said the competition between Cole and Baines for the left back position was a good thing, and Cole would be happy to see the Everton player doing well.
Statements continue to come out of Athletico that indicate Falcao will be able to leave next summer. The General Manager, Gil Marin, has now said "€60 million for Falcao would solve all the economic problems at Atlético.” With Manchester City also apparently interested, a bidding war between the Premier League’s two richest clubs could see the fee reach that £48million mark easily.
After many years where his loyalty to Roma has been unwavering, Daniele de Rossi may finally be prepared to leave the club, as he is unhappy with how things are being run under manager Zdenek Zeman. Again Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly interested in the 29 year old, but City’s surplus of midfielders may make Chelsea the favourites should he decide to leave Rome.
Another player open to a move is Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore, who will be hoping he can continue to catch Chelsea’s eye when the Danish club visit Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.
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