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John Terry wants Carlo Ancelotti to remain at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry does not want manager Carlo Ancelotti to leave the club this summer.

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The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack was fined €8,000 (£7,060) yesterday for unsportsmanlike behaviour after he led anti-Cologne chants.

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Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he tried to offload Didier Drogba while Chelsea manager and confirmed the pair had "conflicts" during his short reign at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba will play a key role in Chelsea's future, says Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, claimed yesterday that Didier Drogba remains part of the club's future, and not just a major figure in the recent past, following the £50m signing of Fernando Torres.

Chelsea reveal Lampard injury boost

Chelsea breathed a huge sigh of relief today as it was confirmed Frank Lampard's calf injury is not as serious as first feared.



Terry slump and Wilkins exit give Hollins the Blues

Injuries to spine of team, the captain's lack of pace and sacking popular No 2 have caused alarming decline, says Chelsea legend

Kakuta signs new deal with Chelsea

Chelsea have ended speculation over the future of Gael Kakuta by announcing the promising forward has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the club.

Experienced Chelsea can cope with transition, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that his side's experience could be key to Sunday's match at Chelsea at a time when the Premier League champions are attempting to introduce youth to their ranks.

Ancelotti refuses to let Emenalo near first team

Roman Abramovich certainly pays his managers handsomely, and Carlo Ancelotti is no exception with an annual salary estimated to be £6.5m. However, that does not mean the job is always a comfortable existence, as Ancelotti has found in the past 10 days.

Ballack: Ancelotti was overruled in Chelsea decision to release me

New blow to manager's authority as Abramovich revealed to be behind cost-cutting clear-out

Chelsea start to pay the price for summer of cost-cutting

One defeat does not constitute a crisis at Chelsea these days, not even an emphatic 3-0 beating by Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. However the manner of the defeat, the way the Double winners were so comprehensively outplayed, hints at deep-seated problems within the club that cannot be fixed with double sessions on the training ground.

Schweinsteiger tipped for move abroad

Germany captain Michael Ballack claims Bastian Schweinsteiger is ready to follow the examples of Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil by moving abroad next summer.

Ballack's career still on hold after return delayed until January

Michael Ballack is aiming to be back early next year after two injuries which have kept the Germany captain out for most of the current season as well as the World Cup in South Africa.

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