Chelsea latest: Including Cole resolution and Walcott

Theo Walcott Warming Up

A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Ashley Cole’s England career looks safe for now, after FA Chairman David Bernstein confirmed the defender will not face a ban as he has apologised to him personally. Bernstein said "He showed real remorse. I looked him in the eye and I accept that. He is free to play for England." The Chairman did go on to say, however, that he didn’t expect Cole would be captain when playing his 100th game, Cole currently has 98 caps for his country. Roy Hodgson hasn’t confirmed if Cole will start on Friday, but has expressed relief at the resolution of the issue.

Even royalty has managed to wade into the row, with Prince William joking with Cole at the opening of the FA’s new training centre, St George’s Park.

The Athletico Madrid chairman has slapped a €60 million asking price on Falcao and insisted the prolific Colombian will not be sold in the January transfer window, despite Athletico’s financial difficulties. Falcao himself is rumoured to prefer a move to either Chelsea or Real Madrid, and with Athletico unlikely to let him move to their rivals, Chelsea look his likeliest destination for next summer if the Spanish club can’t resolve their finances through Champions League qualification. Today on HITC Sport we have taken a look at five reasons the striker could move to the Blues.

A player Chelsea may try and sign in January is Loic Remy, who they were rumoured to have targeted in the summer. The Marseilles striker would probably cost upwards of €15 million. The same reports have suggested this could be as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge, rather than to add to the striking ranks.

As Theo Walcott’s contract talks hit another setback, with the club saying they won’t bow to his wage demands, Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs who may look to sign the winger in the summer. Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said he hoped the situation could be resolved, but they made Walcott a “very reasonable offer,” before the start of the season that was rejected by the player.

After recently signing a new five year deal at Chelsea, David Luiz has been praised by Sports Illustrated as someone who could take over the captaincy at Chelsea when Terry retires.

Finally, with the international break upon us it promises to be a busy week for many of Chelsea’s players, with the best place for a full round up of those selected being the club’s website.

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