A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Frank Lampard has been brought into England’s starting eleven to face San Marino tonight, with Steven Gerrard rested by Roy Hodgson. Ashley Cole has also been rested, with the left back one yellow card away from a one match suspension and set to face Montenegro on Tuesday night.
Gael Kakuta has slammed Chelsea’s transfer policy, saying that he would prefer to stay away from the club next season as he is unlikely to get an opportunity to develop:
“Chelsea have far too many players. At my age I need to play regularly but if I go back I’ll just get 10 minutes a month and I don’t want that.”
Kakuta is currently on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, and on HITC today we look at whether other Chelsea loan players have similar feelings about their parent club? Also on HITC we ask who is better - Eden Hazard or Gareth Bale?
Atletico Madrid’s coach Diego Simeone has conceded that his team might lose star player Radamel Falcao during this summer’s transfer window. Chelsea are reportedly leading the chase for the prolific Colombian, who is valued at around £48million, but Simeone believes Atletico will be able to replace Falcao as they have done with star players in the past:
"[Fernando] Torres went and [Sergio] Aguero came, which was a risky bet. [Diego] Forlan went and Falcao came. If he does end up leaving, another competitive player will surely arrive."
Reported Chelsea and Manchester United target Kurt Zouma has suggested he will stay at St Etienne this summer. The 18 year old centre back is tipped to be a future French international star, and has turned heads across Europe with his performances in Ligue 1 this season.
Fabio Capello has said he is ignoring rumours linking him with Chelsea, and that he is completely focussed on taking Russia to the World Cup in Brazil next year. The former England manager is one of the names linked with replacing Rafa Benitez in the summer. On HITC today, Lewis Doe suggests Chelsea have dodged a bullet by not signing Capello.
Chelsea star Juan Mata has praised former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, and backed the Portuguese manager to one day manage one of Europe’s top Champions League clubs again. Villas-Boas is currently in charge of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea Ladies are gearing up for the start of the new Women’s Super League, and Sky have an extensive preview of the eight sides involved in the competition.
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