Mourinho calm over contracts

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London – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is not worried that club stalwarts John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are all approaching the end of their contracts.

All key figures during Mourinho's first spell at the club between 2004 and 2007, the English trio will be out of contract when the season ends.

Although they are yet to agree new deals, Mourinho says that the issue will be addressed in due course.

“It's a situation that doesn't worry me, doesn't worry the club and, I think, doesn't worry the players,” Mourinho said, ahead of his side's Premier League home game with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“Their desire to play for this club, nobody has doubts about it. We want them to feel free to express and to enjoy these last years of their careers.

“Everything is very calm (and) at the end of the season, probably before that, the club will sit with them, the offer will be on the table.”

Club captain Terry, 33, and 35-year-old midfielder Lampard have both featured regularly since Mourinho returned to Chelsea from Real Madrid in June, but left-back Cole, 32, has been supplanted by Cesar Azpilicueta in recent weeks.

Lampard became Chelsea's record goalscorer last season, but Mourinho says that he came close to leaving the club for American side the Los Angeles Galaxy before penning a one-year contract extension.

“Probably last season was more complicated,” Mourinho said.

“John was not playing, Lampard was almost signing a contract with LA Galaxy and he was not also feeling important in the team.

“In this moment the situation is very, very clear. They trust the club, we trust the players. And, for sure, without conflict, the best decision for us and for them will be taken.” – Sapa-AFP


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