Dalla Bona ready to discuss new contract with Chelsea

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The Chelsea midfielder Sam dalla Bona is planning to hold talks over a new contract at the end of the season. Dalla Bona was exiled from the first-team squad at the start of this season amid a dispute over his perceived refusal to sign a new deal, with Chelsea looking for offers of £6m.

The Chelsea midfielder Sam dalla Bona is planning to hold talks over a new contract at the end of the season. Dalla Bona was exiled from the first-team squad at the start of this season amid a dispute over his perceived refusal to sign a new deal, with Chelsea looking for offers of £6m.

When projected moves to Internazionale and Milan fell through, a deal was reached to enable the midfielder to return to the squad. However, a long-term solution has not yet been found and Dalla Bona will therefore hold discussions with manager Claudio Ranieri and chairman Ken Bates.

Reports have suggested that the 21-year-old midfielder, who joined from Atalanta in 1998 on a free transfer, may be used to raise funds for summer transfers, with Chelsea already linked with a host of players.

However, Dalla Bona has indicated that he would like to stay on at Stamford Bridge. "We have been talking about a contract so we will now see at the end of the season what happens," he said.

"I have to make a decision and so do the club. I have to decide everything with the club and my family but I like it here. The manager likes me, the club, the supporters and the atmosphere are all good so I'd like to stay.

"I could be here in one year's time and be playing for Chelsea or I could be somewhere else. The main thing is to be playing well for my team."

Dalla Bona knows that he has undermined his chances of international honours with Italy by moving to England, having been overlooked for the Under-21 side just like Gianfranco Zola and Roberto Di Matteo were from the senior team. "I don't think it's right. At least they could give me one chance to show what I can do," he said.

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