Chelsea have surprised many with their apparent decision to not offer Frank Lampard a new contract at the end of the season. John Terry, Petr Cech and Rafa Benitez have all spoke warmly in regards to the idea of offering Lampard a new contract yet it appears the club hierarchy is sticking to their philosophy when it comes to players in their advancing years and are not prepared to offer him a new deal. Just like Didier Drogba last year Lampard is defying that decision by playing some sensational football and yet he is not alone in this current situation.
Chelsea are also reluctant to give a new contract to Ashley Cole; arguably the best left-back in the world in 2012. At 32-years-old the decision to potentially not hand a contract to Cole is perhaps even more baffling than the decision to not hand a contract to the man affectionately known as ‘Lamps’.
However do they already have a potential replacement lined up?
Before you think this is the usual Ryan Bertrand rhetoric I can assure you it is not. He is a great player and will definitely be one option in the future but the replacement does not currently play for Chelsea; yet he starred at the Bridge on Wednesday.
Southampton left-back Luke Shaw had yet another assured performance for the club and left Cesar Azpilicueta ‘running in treacle’ as he played a huge part in Jason Puncheon’s equalising goal.
While Arsenal have recently been linked with the player it appears that Chelsea may have the edge if it comes to a battle for his signature, at least according to some of the answers in a recent Q&A session on Twitter:
Definitely a boyhood Chelsea fan then and that can surely be used to the advantage of Chelsea in a battle for Shaw.
Yes the youngster signed a new contract earlier in the month but in football we have transfers for a reason and if there is one team who can certainly null and void any contracts with a transfer fee that team is Chelsea FC.
Is Luke Shaw destined to play for his favourite club?
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