Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems to have taken a U-turn on his ‘old guard’ exodus at Stamford Bridge as he prepares to offer Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda and Michael Essien new long-term deals.
The Daily Mail report Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay wants all three players to sign long-term deals meaning Frank Lampard will finish his career at Chelsea.
It is thought Gourlay wants these deals wrapped up by mid-September and will announce this decision on Thursday.
It is also thought Thursday will be the day Jose Bosingwa’s and Solomon Kalou’s Chelsea careers come to an end as the club are prepared to let them leave.
However, if the new manager is keen to keep Kalou then Chelsea are prepared to negotiate.
Lampard who is 33 currently has 1-year to run on his current deal which sees the English man picking up a cool £150,000-a-week but his new deal will see his wages increase by £25,000 putting him into Fernando Torres’s wage bracket.
Personally I see this as tremendous news as the club was in danger of getting rid of a major part of its history. Allowing players like Lampard, Terry and Cole finish their careers with the club shows the club appreciates all their efforts during the clubs most successful spell.
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