Chelsea news – Ballack set for new Blues deal, Chelsea outsiders in Gerrard race, Obi-Mikel sweats on World Cup place

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Obi-Mikel sweats on World Cup place.

Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi-Mikel is sweating on his World Cup place today after struggling to recover in time for the finals following knee surgery in April. Super Eagles boss Lars Largerback has sent Nigerian football association’s top doctors to London to speak directly to Mikel to discuss if the Stamford Bridge man will be fit for the African side’s opening game on June 12 against Argentina.

Ballack set for new Blues deal.

German midfielder Michael Ballack is confident of agreeing a new contract at The Bridge after speculation had linked the midfielder with a return to the Bundesliga this summer. Ballack, who is currently recovering from an injury picked up in the FA Cup final which ruled the German captain out of this summer’s World Cup, expects to resume contract talks when he returns from holiday next week. Speaking to the Guardian the midfielder said: “I think that I’ll continue playing for Chelsea as, in the last few days, I keep getting calls from the club. All of this suggests I’ll stay at Chelsea. Also, the coach Carlo Ancelotti always showed confidence in me during the season.”

Chelsea outsiders in Gerrard race.

‘’ has made Chelsea 40/1 outsiders to sign England’s Steven Gerrard this summer after the midfielder told the Daily Star Sunday he would consider his options after the World Cup. The Liverpool captain rejected a move to The Bridge in 2006 and is priced 10/11 to leave Anfield this summer after becoming disillusioned with live under Rafa Benitez. Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is favorite to sign the Kop legend if as expected The special one leaves Inter Milan to take over at Real Madrid who are 6/1 favorites to sign Gerrard. A transfer tug of war could be sparked with Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid all said to be lining up summer bids.

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