News, views, and gossip relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea have today been linked with Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, as an alternative to Radamel Falcao. The reports emanate from Germany, with it claimed the Argentine is unhappy in Madrid and would welcome a new challenge in the Premier League.
Everton's Leighton Baines says he has every intention of keeping Ashley Cole on the England sidelines, as the battle for the left-back spot hots up. Baines was given the nod against San Marino, but Cole could be in line for a recall and earn his 99th cap against Poland in midweek.
Former striker Nicolas Anelka has angrily hit out at Chelsea for their treatment of 'older' players. He was moved on a year ago, and neither Frank Lampard nor Ashley Cole are being offered the long-term deals they want.
Both Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand have been confirmed as absences for England for their midweek qualifier against Poland. Chelsea will be hoping both make swift recoveries in time for their crucial Premier League game against Tottenham.
On loan midfielder Michael Essien says he is hoping to win the Champions League with Real Madrid this season, making it two in two years with different clubs. Madrid have had a strong start winning both games in the competition, but face back-to-back matches against German champions Borussia Dortmund next up.
We are asking today if Frank Lampard's contract issues could lead to a surprise move to another Premier League club? Manchester United were linked with him in January, and it is widely considered the 34-year-old is still too good to play in the MLS.
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