A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Rafa Benitez has said that Frank Lampard will start at least one of Chelsea’s remaining three matches as the midfielder attempts to score the two goals he needs to set a new record for the Blues. Benitez also said that he believed Lampard would be able to overtake Bobby Tambling this season:
“I think so, I have confidence that he will do it.
“He will play at least one more game and we will wait to see what happens in the other two.”
Whilst Lampard is still expected to leave the club this summer when his contract expires, the midfielder has again said that he would still like to stay and that he is hopeful the Blues will offer him a new deal.
Lampard also discussed the rumours suggesting Jose Mourinho is set for a summer return to Stamford Bridge, saying that it would be a great thing for the club if the Portuguese manager returned, although he was not sure that Mourinho’s return would aid his attempts to stay at Chelsea himself.
There has been speculation that the appointment of David Moyes as Manchester United manager might presage a summer exit for striker Wayne Rooney, and Chelsea are reportedly leading the chase for the England player. Bayern Munich and PSG are also interested in Rooney, and there have been reports suggesting that Manchester United will do everything they can to avoid selling the forward to a Premier League rival.
On HITC today we take a look at how Rooney might fit in at Chelsea if the Blues did sign him in the summer. We also ask if Chelsea would become the dominant force in the Premier League if they brought in Rooney and Mourinho this summer.
Gary Cahill has said that Chelsea were disappointed to concede a late, apparently offside, equaliser at home to Tottenham Hotspur last night, but that the success of this season will be determined in their final three games. Chelsea can seal third place in the league and win the Europa League over the next week, starting with this Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.
Rafa Benitez has spoken of the importance of the game against Aston Villa, with Chelsea knowing that they will secure a Champions League place for next season if they win at Villa Park on Saturday.
Benitez also backed David Moyes as a good appointment for Manchester United, but warned that the Scot needs to be given time to make his mark on the club.
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