Chelsea news – Redknapp Blues link, No Drogba exit, Essien to stay

Essien to stay.

Michael Essien has been assured he has a future at Stamford Bridge as rumours circulate regarding a massive summer sale at Chelsea.

The Blues are expected to make wholesale changes to their ageing squad this summer and the Ghanaian is one of many who has been linked with a move away from the club, but his agent said talks with the club had gone well.

“He will stay at Chelsea next season, the club want him to stay and he will be there for the next four seasons.”

Manchester City are among the clubs thought to be interested in the midfielder who still has four years left to run on his contract.

No Drogba exit.

Didier Drogba has also been told his future his future lies in west London following the clubs’ latest victory at the Hawthorns, in which the striker was instrumental.

Talking after the game, Carlo Ancelotti said despite the arrival of record signing Fernando Torres Drogba still has a future at the club.

“Torres was bought as he is a fantastic striker, young, but this doesn’t mean Didier has to go. He has been a very important player for the club in the past and he will be for the club in the future.”

The Spaniard meanwhile, who has yet to score for the club, came on as a late substitute against West Brom put the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

Redknapp Blues link.

Harry Redknapp is being lined up to replace to Carlo Ancelotti and becoming the clubs first English manager since 1996, according to the News of the World.

Ancelotti’s future has been the subject of much speculation following a disappointing campaign which will see the club end up trophy less.

Redknapp is earmarked as the future England manager but the report says he is calm on the prospect of coaching the national team, leaving the way open for a move across London.

However, on a different back page, the Sunday Mirror, it says that Pep Guardiola is now favourite to succeed Ancelotti as Chelsea boss.

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