Sport Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Malouda pens new Chelsea deal

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has signed a new two-year extension to his current contract with the club.

Chelsea must find stability to progress - Hiddink

Guus Hiddink's exit from Chelsea and the likely appointment of Carlo Ancelotti this week means that the London club will be welcoming their fifth manager in less than two years.

Lampard defines true class that sinks dogged Everton

Chelsea 2 Everton 1: Hiddink ends his stay with trophy as Chelsea shrug off letting in fastest goal

Chelsea warm-up for Barcelona with derby win

Chelsea 3 Fulham 1

Pete Jenson: Messi forced into the margins

Argentine prodigy is cast adrift in Chelsea's sea of yellow shirts on night he hoped to underline world-class talent

Chelsea take heart from United slip

Chelsea's chance to have a direct effect on Manchester United's season has passed but when the squad gathered at their hotel on Saturday lunchtime, they watched a Liverpool team who showed others the way. The Chelsea winger Florent Malouda said Rafael Benitez's team had demonstrated that the champions were not unbeatable and others could take their lead.

Kenyon warns of Chelsea clear-out after £65m loss

Chief executive insists all club's future signings will be funded from player sales

Scolari forced into changes by Blues slump

The pressure on Chelsea is growing with manager Luiz Felipe Scolari admitting yesterday that he was making changes to his training methods and preparation to try and reverse an alarming run of form which threatens to derail the club's season.

Terry admits gap left by Bridge

Versatile defender's move deepens tactical headache on flank for Chelsea

Scolari is scared to play me with Anelka, claims Drogba

Didier Drogba yesterday heaped more pressure on his under-pressure manager Luiz Felipe Scolari when he complained that he does not understand why the Brazilian is "scared" to pick him and Nicolas Anelka in the same team. Drogba's future at the club is anything but certain and he has done Scolari no favours with yet another downbeat interview.

Chelsea splash out to swamp Rovers

Blackburn Rovers 0 Chelsea 2

'Eager' Scolari gives Chelsea a keen edge

Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 5

Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 5: Belletti is hot shot as Chelsea use Boro for target practice

Middlesbrough managed to upstage Chelsea yesterday but they did so by being an embarrassment. In conceding five goals in just over an hour, four in 16 second-half minutes, Boro at times displayed a lack of the basic competitive spirit. The players and their manager, Gareth Southgate, were rightly harangued by Teesside's faithful. This was as joyless as the bitter times under Steve McClaren, and Southgate described it as "a humiliation. It might have been eight".

Styles apology over Ronaldo penalty

Referee Rob Styles has contacted Bolton to apologise for mistakenly awarding a penalty to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Luiz Felipe Scolari: Don't call me 'Big Phil'

Chelsea's new manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, is ready to give his all to the club and his players as long as they put in the hard graft. Jason Burt says the ultimate football chameleon has got what it takes
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