Chelsea latest: Including Terry and Mourinho

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

John Terry is determined to finish off Chelsea’s season on a high by winning the Europa League, but is also keen to ensure the club’s league form doesn’t suffer by having to play a Thursday – Sunday schedule:

“We’re now in the Europa League and there is one message — we have to go and win it. It’s as simple as that.

“We have to make sure that we’re switched on in European weeks because games will be coming on Thursdays and Sundays, which is a different situation for us.

Terry is no doubt aware that recent slip ups have left Chelsea just one point ahead of 4th place Tottenham Hotspur, and their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is targeting a top three finish.

Frank Lampard is another Chelsea man keen to grab some silverware, with the added incentive that it could be the midfielder’s last season at the club. LA Galaxy are one team reportedly interested in signing Lampard, with their striker Robbie Keane saying that the 34 year old would be great for the team.

There have been reports in Serbia that Chelsea might have already agreed a deal to take striker Lazar Markovic to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but the player himself has said that although he did visit Chelsea recently, no deal has been done yet. Once man Dan Coombs argues that the Blues need to give up on is Willian, who recently moved to Anzhi for around £30 million.

Rafa Benitez has admitted he might never win over Chelsea supporters because of the success he enjoyed against the club during his Liverpool tenure. Benitez is an incredibly unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge, with their recent poor results not helping to improve relations with the fans. Benitez also said that he hoped the side could take momentum from a successful Europa League run into the Premier League.

Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has said that Roman Abramovich’s sacking Roberto Di Matteo earlier in the season was a terrible decision. On HITC today, we look at whether Carlo Ancelotti might be the ideal man to return to Chelsea to replace Benitez.

However the man Chelsea fans want is Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese manager has fueled speculation about a return to Stamford Bridge by saying his next role will definitely be in the Premier League.

Ryan Bertrand might have to spend most of his time on the bench next season now that Ashley Cole has signed a new contract, but the young left back has praised the club’s decision to offer Cole a new deal.

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