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Chelsea: Lampard and Cole Released

For two years we have been hearing how Lampard’s contract wasn’t going to be renewed, only for Chelsea to extend him another year. He is a workhorse and will get plenty of goals with whoever picks him up – although it will probably be Chelsea.

“Lampard is is undoubtedly a legend at Stamford Bridge, with the 35-year-old the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Unsurprisingly he hasn’t been at his best for the last couple of seasons, though still looked like he’d be useful for another season or two — particularly with Chelsea not the most well-stocked in the centre of midfield. However, José Mourinho may well have deemed him surplus to requirements.”

“Cole’s release is a little more understandable, given César Azpilicueta’s phenomenal performances at left-back over the last season. He leaves Stamford Bridge with a few other notables, including veteran striker Samuel Eto’o, long -serving backup goalkeeper Henrique Hilario and less-long-serving backup goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.”

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