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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

Ballack threatens to sue Boateng

Michael Ballack, the Chelsea and Germany midfielder, is considering suing Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng for the terrible foul that has put him out of the World Cup finals with ankle ligament damage.

Ballack feels the pain as Boateng's father reveals players' feud

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Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been ruled out of the World Cup finals with an ankle injury, the German Football Federation have confirmed.

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Drogba refuses to be denied as Chelsea lead a Double life

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Terry hits out at FA over pitch

Didier Drogba's 37th goal of the season won the FA Cup yesterday on a historic afternoon when Chelsea completed their first Double, Ashley Cole won his sixth Cup medal (a new record) and two players – Frank Lampard and Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng – failed from the penalty spot. Perhaps most remarkably of all, an eventful final was still goalless after a first half in which Chelsea struck the bar or post five times.

Home win shows we can wreck Chelsea's big day, says Martinez

It may be regarded as all but a sure thing by everyone in red and blue, and all colours in between, but Roberto Martinez claims his Wigan side will be inspired by the "world watching" to make the Premier League finale as unpredictable to call as any other quest for victory this week.

Ballack set to discuss Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has confirmed talks will soon take place over his future with the London club, but he has not ruled out moving to another Premier League outfit.

Abramovich set to spend as Chelsea target star signing

Roman Abramovich is expected to meet with manager Carlo Ancelotti today to discuss the club's transfer targets this summer with the aim of freshening up their ageing squad.

Ballack relaxed about Chelsea future

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack remains relaxed about his contract situation and admits he is not alone in wondering if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Drogba turns tide as Villa are forced to pay penalty again

Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 3: Second-half flourish keeps Chelsea on track for the Double

Desailly says Manchester United have the edge

Former Chelsea defender says weaknesses in midfield will cost Blues in title race
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