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

There has been confusion today over whether Chelsea are in discussion with Frank Lampard over a new deal or not. The club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay had seemed to suggest that talks were ongoing, but the club then moved quickly to deny any such reports, and Gourlay said he was misquoted.

Gourlay did talk about the club’s transfer plans this summer though, saying that he expected to see two or three new faces at Stamford Bridge next season:

“We will continue to strength the team and I am expecting the introduction of two or three new players and hopefully they will be in place in time to be part of the team in Thailand.”

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has criticised Rafa Benitez, saying that the problems on the pitch are down to the manager, not because of the fans. Hasselbaink said that Benitez was naturally going to face a tough reception at Stamford Bridge, and that the poor results he has produced have made the situation worse.

On HITC today we look at whether the focus on the fan backlash has meant that Benitez’s poor record at Chelsea has gone under the radar? Dan Coombs also looks at the rankings system that currently says Chelsea are the best team in the world. Also on HITC, Mathew Nash reports on how well Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan is doing in the Belgian Pro League.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said today that the club are ready to finish strongly and prove their doubters wrong in the next few weeks, and that the players will be inspired by their success last season:

“It was around this time last year that everybody was telling us the season was lost already and we wouldn’t win anything. Well we all know how that ended.”

Two high profile managers have suggested they will not be in the frame for the Chelsea job come the summer, with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone signing a new four year deal at the Spanish club, and Antonio Conte saying he is quite happy at Juventus.

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