A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea beat Inter 2-0 in the early hours of this morning, but the victory was marred by a horror tackle from the Italian side’s centre back Hugo Campagnaro on John Terry. The Argentine received a straight red card for the incident in the 58th minute, with Chelsea’s goals coming from Oscar and Eden Hazard in the first half. Terry is not believed to have picked up an injury from the incident.
Frank Lampard missed the match, and Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will not take any risks with the England midfielder as he recovers from an Achilles injury. Lampard did not play in any of Chelsea’s matches in Asia, and will also miss this weekend’s game with AC Milan.
Wayne Rooney’s future could be decided by the reaction of Manchester United fans to his recent disagreements with the club. Rooney is apparently keen to leave Old Trafford after being described as back-up for Robin Van Persie, with Chelsea keen to sign the 27-year-old. However Manchester United do not want to sell Rooney, and the player might stay depending on the reception he gets from fans at Rio Ferdinand’s upcoming testimonial match.
Chelsea and Arsenal are both considering a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo, who could be available for as little as £15million due to the German side’s surfeit of midfielders. Wolfsburg have also expressed an interest in the player, who has yet to rule out leaving the Champions League winners this summer.
Chelsea Under-21s will begin their season against Tottenham Hotspur at Aldershot next Friday, with the match the first of 25 youth games scheduled to take place at the EBB Stadium, a move that has helped secure the non-league side’s financial future.
Inter are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to take Brazilian right-back Wallace on loan from Chelsea for the season. the Serie A side are apparently hopeful they will be able to renegotiate at least co-ownership of the 19-year-old at the end of the year.
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