A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea captain John Terry has said that he hopes to open talks with the club about a new contract in the summer. Terry’s current deal expires in 2014, and the defender has suggested that he will give his all until the end of his contract whatever decision the club makes about his future:
"They may sit down with me once the season has finished and we'll start talking then. Whether it's a yes or a no I'll continue to give my very best until my contract finishes.”
Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he was keen to make a point when he came on against Chelsea at the weekend. The England striker scored one and set up Luis Suarez’ late equaliser in an eventful second half, and he said that his recent time at Chelsea might have helped him have such an impact on the match.
“It was strange playing against them because I only left three months ago so I kind of knew their weaknesses and what their team was all about.”
Luis Suarez has accepted an FA charge of violent conduct for biting Branislav Ivanovic, but disputes that the standard punishment of a three game suspension is insufficient.
Former Chelsea midfielder Deco says Chelsea are unique in English football because Roman Abramovich has so much control, and that the Russian runs the club like a supporter. Deco also said he could see Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea, but that the Portuguese manager would face a different challenge this time around.
Bayer Leverkusen’s general manager Holzhauser has said that he wants Chelsea target Andre Schurrle to make a decision about his future as soon as possible so the German team have more team to look for a replacement if needed. The two clubs apparently held talks about the 22 year old last week, but no transfer has yet been agreed.
Chelsea are investigating the abuse that Yossi Benayoun has received from a section of their fans in recent weeks. Benayoun has described some of it as “crossing the limit” and believes he is being targeted after giving an interview about Fernando Torres a few weeks ago.
Julio Cesar is likely to be disciplined by QPR after he donned a Chelsea shirt to help his Brazilian compatriot David Luiz celebrate his 26th birthday. A picture of Cesar in the shirt was circulated around social networking sites yesterday. On HITC today, we have a picture of some of the fancy dress costumes the Chelsea players opted for.
Chelsea are stepping up their attempts to claim compensation from Juventus for Adrian Mutu, having never been able to reclaim the money they spent on signing the Romanian after he was sacked for taking cocaine.
Also on HITC we look at whether Bayern Munich’s capture of Mario Gotze might help Chelsea in their reported pursuit of striker Mario Gomez, and Lewis Doe argues that Frank Lampard will make Chelsea a better club even when he leaves.
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