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Chelsea Set to Offload Senior Trio as Blues Owner Continues Squad Re-Building Process

by The Newshound

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JOHN TERRY will not be offered a new contract by angry Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The Blues skipper is set to become the latest player to feel the wrath of the Russian billionaire, who has still not forgiven him, Frank Lampard and former star Didier Drogba for failing to back ex-boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The club have also snubbed Lampard by refusing to open contract talks, despite his current deal running out at the end of the season.

Terry’s current contract runs until the end of the next season, and despite the club backing him all the way through his race-row trial and subsequent ban from the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, Starsport understands Abramovich is reluctant to offer him a new deal.

Terry is currently out with a knee injury. England star Ashley Cole, who, in contrast, is not seen as an outspoken figure at the club, has been offered a new 12-month-deal, but at significantly reduced wages.

He has rejected it and talks have broken down, with the England left-back set to join French giants PSG in the summer.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Whilst it is perhaps understandable that centre-back John Terry wouldn’t be offered a new deal, the defender causing more harm than good to the Blues reputation over the past 18 months, the performances put in by Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard surely deserve the pair being offered new long/mid-term contracts.

Whilst it’s good to trust to youth it seems problematic to decide to only offer one year deals to players over 30 years of age across the board. Left-back Cole had perhaps his best season at Stamford Bridge last term and Lampard has displayed a very good level of form in recent weeks.

Clearly Chelsea are planning for the future but there is an argument for mixing youth and experience and clearly, in Lampard’s case, if the player is aware that he would be working in a support role then they would still be happy to remain at the club to fight for a place in the starting eleven.

Former Chelsea boss’s Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri are keen on Cole and Lampard respectively at PSG and Monaco. The future for Terry is far less clear.

Rafa Benitez can call upon a number of younger, arguably more able, centre-backs with the likes of Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic both in good form. Brazilian David Luiz has been used in a midfield role of late but is also a solid choice in his usual defensive role.


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