A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini about taking over from Rafa Benitez in the summer. The 59 year old has previously been in charge at Real Madrid and Villareal, and took Malaga to within two minutes of this year’s Champions League semi-finals before Dortmund’s late comeback.
Chelsea’s current manager has said that although he has fond feelings for Liverpool, he only has victory on his mind as Chelsea go to Anfield this weekend, although after that he hopes Liverpool win all their games:
"The main thing is to stay in the top three and what I want is to win at Liverpool. And after, I wish them all the best and if they can win all their games until the end of the season, that will be fantastic.”
After scoring twice in last night’s 3-0 win over Fulham, John Terry has said that he accepts Benitez might choose to rotate him when Gary Cahill returns from injury. Terry said that the most important thing was for Chelsea to get into the Champions League, regardless of who starts.
Benitez said after the game that no-one is guaranteed to start in his side, and said that with eight or nine games left, he would continue to rotate his team to get the best out of his players.
There has been speculation that Terry’s reduced importance in the side might mean he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer, with Turkey a possible destination.
Radamel Falcao has dismissed reports suggesting he had agreed a deal to move to Manchester United, reigniting Chelsea hopes of signing the prolific Colombian striker. Atletico Madrid are believed to want around £50million for Falcao, with PSG and Real Madrid also in the hunt.
Also on HITC we look at whether Jose Mourinho has let slip that he will be at Chelsea next season, and report on Alex Kiwomya, the Chelsea youngster starring in the FA Youth Cup. We also look at the options for Edinson Cavani this summer, and the news that Roman Abramovich has dropped out of the list of the top ten richest Russian.
Finally, for a light-hearted look at the race for the Champions League place, head to FootballSpirals.com here.
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