Chelsea insist they have not closed the door on the possibility of extending captain John Terry’s contract beyond the summer.
Terry revealed after Chelsea’s 5-1 victory over MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday that he had been informed his current deal would not be renewed prior to the Blues 1-0 win against Arsenal earlier this month.
But while Chelsea have confirmed they declined to offer Terry a new contract at a meeting requested by the 35-year-old, they are keen to stress that no final decision has been made on whether to let him go.
After Chelsea’s 5-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round at MK Dons, John Terry told the assembled media that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the club have refused to offer him a new contract.
Terry admitted he would have ‘loved to stay’ but was told by club officials at a meeting before last weekend’s win at Arsenal that they would not be adding a one-year extension to his contract.
Terry wants to continue playing but promised he will not sign for another side in England, with offers likely to come in from China or the United States.
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Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink was relieved his side avoided the mental pitfalls of playing lower league opposition in the FA Cup after a superb display saw them beat MK Dons 5-1.
A hat-trick from Oscar backed by goals from Eden Hazard – from the penalty spot – and Bertrand Traore wrapped up a comfortable win for the Blues, even if they did endure a minor scare when Darren Potter equalised for the hosts.
Hiddink is very much familiar with the vagaries of the FA Cup, having won it in his previous spell at Stamford Bridge, and the Dutchman gave credit to the concentration levels on show from his players, especially when the Dons had looked like staging a comeback.
Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has confirmed that he has fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained at the start of 2014 which forced him to miss the World Cup.
Falcao’s form since returning from the injury while on loan with Manchester United and then Chelsea has been poor.
He scored four goals for Man United last term and he has found the back of the net just once for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge on loan last summer.
Good news for Blues fans as Guus Hiddink says that Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are fit and ready to play for Chelsea against Arsenal in Sunday’s London derby.
Costa is set to start up front for the champions but Hiddink revealed he will leave it late before deciding whether to play Hazard from the start or from the bench.
Asked about the Belgian Player of the Year, Hiddink said:
“He has been well-prepared by the physio until two days ago when started to participate with the team.
“Since Thursday, he has been fully involved with the first-team training. So he’s available.
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According to ESPN FC Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has agreed to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge by one year. Ivanovic’s existing contract was due to expire this summer and he was free to talk to overseas clubs this month.
The 31-year-old was initially holding out for a longer deal from Chelsea, but Chelsea sticking to their policy of only offering one-year deals to players aged 30 and above, the Serbian has come to a compromise to accept a 12-month extension,
Ivanovic, who has made 22 appearances for the club this season, has been a mainstay in the Chelsea defense since joining the club from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008, but has struggled.
If you thought that the possibly signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi would be a mistake, that looks like a brilliant move compared to the news that Chelsea are contemplating signing Alexandre Pato.
According to ESPN Brazil Pato’s agent was in London to finalize his move to Stamford Bridge with the striker agreeing to personal terms worth around £33,000 a week. The low wages is the only good thing about this potential deal.
Pato rose to stardom during his time at AC Milan, but injuries stalled his progress, forcing him to return home to Brazil where the 26-year-old has been injury free over the last two years.
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According to Sky Italy, Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. The 30-year-old Argentina is out of contract this summer and can sign a pre-contract with another team this month.
According to Sky, Lavezzi’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, is in London today and could meet representatives from Chelsea, who are one of the options available to him.
They also understand he has offers in Italy, including Inter Milan, who have been linked with Levezzi for months.
Is Lavezzi the type of player that Chelsea needs? I don’t think so. At 30 he is much older than the Blues typical signings, and Chelsea have a hard rule about not signing players over 30 to multi-year contracts.
John Terry hopes he has done enough to earn another Chelsea contract and wants to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.
The talismanic captain scored at both ends on Saturday in a 3-3 draw with Everton but his incredible passion shone through as he netted with virtually the last kick of the game to grab a point.
Centre-half Terry, who turned 35 last month, still has the same hunger for the game he did as a young rookie coming through the Blues ranks.
His goalscoring heroics against the Toffees were a timely reminder of his abilities as he enters the final months of his current deal with the Premier League champions.
Guus Hiddink praised the spirit of his side after they fought back from 2-0 down, and then 3-2 down, to earn a point against Everton.
Diego Costa, who later went off injured, and Cesc Fabregas scored two goals in the space of two minutes to bring us back into the game after Everton had gone 2-0 up shortly after half time.
John Terry then ensured we took a point, and extended our unbeaten run to seven matches with a late, late leveller after Ramiro Funes Mori appeared to have won it for the visitors with a 90th-minute strike.
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