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ESPN claims that a source close to Chelsea revealed them the club might offer Frankie Lampard a contract to join back the Blues as a director.

The Chelsea legend ended his adventure at NYCFC yesterday and claimed he is embarking a new stage of career, leaving many people thinking that he was hinting to a Schermata 11-2457708 alle 17.26.31 return.

Anyway, Lampard promised to do a statement about his future “very soon”, so we won’t wait so long to know what he’s up to do next.

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Chelsea captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

“I still want to play for a couple more years, hopefully that’s at Chelsea.

“I’m a Chelsea player and that has been my club since the age of 14. I love Chelsea,” these are the words that every Blues fan want to hear from their captain, John Terry, that is still far to find an agreement with the club to extend his contract, expiring in the end of this season.

In this moment the Chelsea skipper is set to leave next summer, but this words of love for the club pronounced while speaking to Brondby TV today give hopes to all the fans that want him to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Terry was in Denmark on Monday to watch Brondby IF, the club owned by close friend Jan Bech Andersen, and after the game he spoke to the club’s TV station.

 

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Antonio Conte will have to make one of the most difficult decisions at Chelsea:  to tell probably the most significant player in the club’s history whether or not he has a future at the club.

The club says they do not see the value in extending the 35-year-old’s deal, but they will be swayed by whatever the new manager has to say.

Conte is tied up with the matter of Euro 2016, so he could potentially not arrive in London until July 10th. Nine days after the opening of the summer transfer window, and ten days after Terry’s Chelsea contract ends.

The defender spent part of this international break commuting to China, on a promotional visit for Chelsea sponsors Yokohama, where he has been linked with a potentially move to the Super League.

Conte has worked with older players before, he brought new life to the career of Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

Frank Lampard said: “I think John’s a link with the Chelsea fans, but the decision will be made by the owners. Same as what happened with me. Eventually your time comes. I’m not sure now is John’s time.”

But it is not Lampard’s decision, it is Conte’s. He will be known as the man who either saved or axed John Terry.

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown commented John Terry imminent exit from Chelsea in his weekly column on the Daily Mail.

The former Gunners player said he’s never respected too much Terry as a player.

Here are his words:

“I’ve never been his biggest fan. Chelsea need to change and bring in fresh blood. Maybe they need to remove any obstacles. I’ve not worked with him, but I wouldn’t have been wholly comfortable with him as a teammate.

“I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed working with him. I respect that people who played with him admired him. He was powerful in the dressing room, but was he too powerful? Nobody can question what he has achieved on the pitch — he is a Chelsea legend — but maybe he could have gone about some of it differently.”

Asked to sum the former England captain in three words, Keown said: “Adams was better.”

“Managers will still try to take him. Mark Hughes tried to sign him for Manchester City and I’m sure there are managers who will think he can be persuaded to stay in the Premier League. Yes, he isn’t the force of old. But he can still do a job.”

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After a “terrible” loan to Crystal Palace Patrick Bamford hit out and announced he will come back to Chelsea in this January transfer window:

“It has been terrible,” he said after the 0-0 draw agaisnt Swansea.

“Obviously things haven’t worked out for whatever reason. I would have been more content if I had been given a chance and not taken it. I haven’t started a game in the Premier League, so for a young player like me that is not what you need.”

“I was frustrated because there weren’t many strikers scoring. Connor [Wickham] only scored his first goal last week. As a striker, it might be short-sighted of me, but scoring goals is a striker’s job.

So he decided to leave Crystal Palace:

“It was my decision. The coaches have just found out – I have told them I am going. I think the manager and the coaching staff already knew.

“But the physios and coaching staff I have just let them know and said bye now. I think I had to do it because I haven’t been playing and for my development, it is crucial that I play games.

On his future:

“I think I have got to be open to all options. Ideally I want to stay in the Premier League and I think there are a few options to stay, so now it is about assessing which is best and we will go from there.

“I just got a bit frustrated at not getting a chance. Obviously there are a lot of things I could say that frustrated me. I got on well with the gaffer [Alan Pardew] and I like him. It was just one of those that didn’t work out.

“Not really. There were a few reasons but I kind of saw through them.

“Apart from that, the team has been doing really well so I couldn’t really complained about getting involved sometimes

“As a striker, it might be short-sighted of me but obviously scoring goals is a striker’s job. If you are not playing and the other strikers are not scoring and you are not getting a chance,obviously I was pulling my hair out.”

Bamford said it was not a decision he took last minute:

“I have known for the last two or three weeks maybe that I was heading back so it was about getting as much game time before I did go back.”

Asked if it was a waste of time he replied:

“I wouldn’t say it has been a waste of time. That would be a bit harsh.

“But I have learned things from the gaffer – playing with people like Yohan [Cabaye] and the other players in the team you can always learn something.

Bamford just played 119 minutes in the Premier League so far, and never started:

“It was my first stint in the Premier League properly. It was a learning curve and we will see what happens next.”

Bamford had a terrific season last year at Middlesbrough:

“That is why I was frustrated. I felt like I had to carry it on. After having watched the games, I know I can fit in at this level.

“It is difficult when you are not playing and you come in for five minutes here or there, 20 minutes there, don’t play for a couple of weeks.

“You don’t really get a run and for a striker it is important to get a run of games. I think if you have seen me play at all the other levels, whenever I have played, I have never been out of the team for longer than a game. That has shown with the goals as well.

“I think after the New Year I go back with  and then take it from there. It is up to me to work hard then and see what happens.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes that Costa’s behaviour during Sunday’s clash against Tottenham at White Hart Line predicts the beginning of the end for the striker at Chelsea.

The Spaniard refused to take part in the warm-up ahead of the Premier League game against the Spurs after being omitted from the Chelsea’s starting XI and later tossed his substitute’s bib at Mourinho.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper has no doubt that such behavior is unacceptable and heralds the beginning of the end of the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bosnich said:

“It didn’t look good.  Generally when you are with a manager and you do that type of thing, it is the beginning of the end.”

“Not going out for the warm-up, I can understand that completely, but throwing the bib at the manager during the game points to one way.”

“They probably won’t do it immediately but I really do think it is the beginning of the end, which is really unfortunate because he has been a smash hit since he has been at Chelsea.”

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Victor Valdes Manchester United

According to reports coming from Italian media, Chelsea are keen on Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes to replace Thibaut Courtois or, at least, being Asmir Begovic’s substitute during these months where the Belgian number one will be out due to a knee injury.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper is out of favour at Manchester United having allegedly refused to play for the Under-21s last season. Louis van Gaal has indicated the Spaniard will not play under him again.

For Valdes to make the move before the transfer window opens again in January, Manchester United would need to cancel the final year of his contract at Old Trafford making him a free agent.

Anyway, reading such an agreement could be complicated, with potential compensation needing to be paid to Valdes.

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