Chelsea latest: Including Lampard and Falcao

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the last 24 hours.

Frank Lampard has said that the fact that he is Chelsea’s record goalscorer has yet to really sink in, after he scored twice to overtake Bobby Tambling’s tally of 202 at the weekend:

"It's a bit surreal, to actually sit at the top in terms of goals, I can't quite get my head around it."

David Luiz has hailed Lampard as a fantastic player, and said that he would be happy to still be playing alongside the midfielder next season, with Lampard’s future at Stamford Bridge still in doubt:

"I am happy when I have the opportunity to play together with players like Frank Lampard. If he is at Chelsea next year I'll be happy."

John Terry is a major doubt for Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Benfica, after picking up an ankle injury against Aston Villa on Saturday that saw him leave the stadium in a protective boot.

Nathan Ake has been name in the squad for the final, and there is an interview with youngster today where he talks about his rise through the ranks at Chelsea this season.

Juan Mata has said he is hoping to win two European trophies in a row with Chelsea, after they won the Champions League last season. Chelsea would be the first team to win the Europa League the season after the Champions League.

Mata has also praised interim manager Rafa Benitez, saying it had been a pleasure to work with the Spaniard. Benitez, despite never winning over the Chelsea fans, secured Champions League football for next season by winning against Villa at the weekend, and could now win the Europa League in his short spell in charge.

Chelsea look set to miss out on striker Radamel Falcao, who has reportedly agreed a £50.7million move to Monaco. The French side have secured their promotion to Ligue 1 this season, and are likely to be amongst the biggest spenders in this summer’s transfer market.

Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly among the club vying for Wayne Rooney’s signature, after Alex Ferguson confirmed the striker wanted to leave Manchester United this summer.

Frank Lampard has praised Petr Cech, saying the goalkeeper sometimes gets overlooked because people take his brilliance for granted. Lampard also suggested that Cech could play for several more years at Chelsea.

On HITC today, we look at why Chelsea vs Manchester City could be a huge grudge match next season, and report on the Porto striker who is a huge fan of the Blues. We also look at Cesar Azpilicueta’s successful first season at Stamford Bridge.

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