Chelsea latest: Including Lampard u-turn possibility and Ba injury update

A round-up of news and view relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Chelsea have seemingly changed their mind about not offering Frank Lampard a contract extension at the club, and have begin discussions about a new deal with the 34 year old midfielder. Lampard has been in stellar form for the club and country, scoring the winning goal as England defeated Brazil 2-1 at Wembley last night. However BBC journalist Dan Walker has said on Twitter this evening that the reports are wide of the mark.

Ashley Cole celebrated his 100th cap in that match, and the left back has said he hopes Lampard will end up staying at Chelsea:

"Of course I want him to stay. You don't want to lose big players like that but as I said it's not down to me or the players.

"Certainly in terms of being a player and a man and being around the squad if he goes we're going to miss him."

Cole himself recently signed a one year contract extension at Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez also praised the midfielder, and backed him to reach 100 caps for England after Roy Hodgson talked up Lampard’s role in the side.

Roberto Martinez, whose Wigan side play at Stamford Bridge this weekend, has also hailed Lampard, saying that his experience is one thing that makes him such a good player:

"[Experience] That is something that Frank Lampard brings - he knows when to make forward runs, he knows when to score goals, when to stop games and when to affect players around him.”

Demba Ba trained with the Chelsea squad today and is expected to be fit to play against Wigan. The Senegalese striker recently returned from Italy where he had a special mask fitted to protect his nose, which was broken in the 3-2 loss to Newcastle last weekend.

After Romelu Lukaku recently said he wanted to become a legend at Stamford Bridge Mathew Nash has compared the Belgian with Didier Drogba at 19 to assess just how much potential he has for Chelsea.

Chelsea have announced that their pre-season tour this summer will be in Asia, with matches in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Premier League has decided to implement a new set of financial stability rules including wage controls. Chelsea were one of the sides that supported the introduction of the regulations, which will be subject to further discussion before they are introduced.

There has been speculation that Fiorentina will attempt to sign Fernando Torres this summer. The striker has flopped spectacularly at Stamford Bridge since his £50 million move in January 2011, and Chelsea are expected to bring in one or two high profile forwards this summer, leaving Torres surplus to requirements.

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