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

Anelka strike enough to win group for Blues

Porto 0 Chelsea 1

Evra eager to avoid controversy on return to Stamford Bridge

Patrice Evra returns to the scene of his "battle with the groundsman" on Sunday eager to put the controversy behind him and help Manchester United overcome the team he regards as the biggest threat to their hopes of a title four-timer.

Cole 'the genius' helps leaders take five

Chelsea 5 Blackburn Rovers 0: Winger's outstanding return after nine months has Ancelotti purring as Chelsea stroll to the top of Premier League

Restoration of Deco's art leaves Cole in the cold

These are worrying times for Joe Cole. Deco started for the third successive game for Chelsea last night, and Cole took what is fast becoming his customary plastic blue seat among the substitutes perched behind manager Carlo Ancelotti. This was not how it was supposed to go one month ago when the England midfielder returned with a fanfare after eight months out with a cruciate ligament injury.

Ballack calls for end to set-piece errors

Chelsea players hold inquest over worrying tendency to leak goals

Ferguson warns United of growing Russian threat

CSKA Moscow to provide tough test for weakened side on artificial surface

Chelsea to begin Kakuta appeal process

Chelsea will lodge their intention to appeal against FIFA's transfer ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport today.

Kalou signs on and Cole set to follow

Chelsea striker agrees new deal as club prepare to face transfer window ban

Kalou signs new Chelsea deal

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti believes striker Salomon Kalou will play an important part in the future of the club after the Ivory Coast international signed a new three-year contract.

Chelsea go top after win against Liverpool

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

Ballack: Only Chelsea and United are in title race

Chelsea's Michael Ballack has boldly claimed the Premier League is already looking like being a two-horse race between the west Londoners and champions Manchester United.

Blues not same without Drogba, says Anelka

Nicolas Anelka admits Chelsea miss Didier Drogba when the Ivory Coast striker is out of the side.

Drogba unleashed to halt Spurs' progress

Chelsea 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Chelsea ease to 3-0 win over Tottenham

Chelsea 3 Tottenham 0

Mikel settling into new role for Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel admits the managerial merry-go-round left him confused as to what his best role should be.

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