Chelsea morning news: Courtois 'will play' and Hazard injury

Thibaut Coutois

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea captain John Terry is set to be handed a new deal at the club. It was reported yesterday that the player may reject a deal as it would only be a one year extension and he may have to cut his salary by a sizeable amount.

However the player is now believed to be on the verge of signing a deal to keep him at the club for another season.

The club’s assistant boss Steve Holland has said of his captain:

"I know that John wants to stay at Chelsea, and Chelsea want John to stay, so hopefully that situation can be concluded amicably over the next few weeks. It's the same situation (with Lampard and Cole), we're dealing with not just normal players, but magnificent servants for this club over a long period. So full respect will be given for those players."

Eden Hazard is likely to miss this evening’s game against Sunderland while he is also a doubt for the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Hazard, who picked up a calf problem against Paris Saint-Germain, was confirmed as out of action for the Sunderland game by Steve Holland yesterday and concerns are growing that he might not make it back in time to take on Los Colchoneros.

Last night saw Atletico Madrid beat Elche in La Liga - and after the game their coach Diego Simeone was talking about the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ chances of facing his parent club on Tuesday.

The Belgian international is on loan at the Vicente Calderon and it is believed he still might not play in order to curry favour with The Blues ahead of a proposed loan renewal this summer.

But Simeone says he is likely to play:

“In principle he will play. Until the president or directors come to tell me that he can’t, we will assume he can play.”

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