Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Chelsea boosted by Liverpool woe says Ballack

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says the Blues have taken extra motivation from Liverpool's inconsistent start to the season.

Chelsea strike it rich with 'unplayable' leading men

Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Anelka adds finishing touch to Chelsea's finely-tuned machine

Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

Ancelotti's bandwagon cranks up

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3

Mikel may pay high price as Ancelotti polishes diamond

Sunderland will be the venue for Chelsea to shuffle pack in struggling midfield

Ballack will not face action

Michael Ballack will face no further action for his off-the-ball challenge on Patrice Evra during yesterday's Community Shield at Wembley.

Ballack makes Evra admission

Michael Ballack admits he "blocked" Patrice Evra in the build-up to Chelsea's controversial second goal during their Community Shield victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

Ferguson backs Foster after Shield shocker

Sir Alex Ferguson maintains he has "no worries" over the ability of goalkeeper Ben Foster.

One game, one trophy for Ancelotti's Chelsea regime

Chelsea 2 Manchester Utd 2 (Chelsea win 4-1 on penalties)

Ferguson rages at referee over Ballack's 'elbow'

Sir Alex Ferguson began his 23rd season in charge of Manchester United with a trademark tirade, this time aimed at referee Chris Foy and Chelsea's Michael Ballack.

Chelsea beat United on penalties to win Community Shield

Chelsea 2 - 2 Man Utd (Chelsea win 4-1 on penalties)

Ancelotti closes on Pirlo deal

New Chelsea manager convinces club to move for veteran Milan playmaker

Chelsea step up bid to retain Terry

As Chelsea look to safeguard the future of captain John Terry, "buzzing" midfielder Michael Essien cannot wait to get back into action with the Blues.

Drogba will accept European ban for rant at TV camera

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed he will accept any ban Uefa impose for his outburst at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the final whistle of the Champions League semi-final with Barcelona.

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.

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