Lampard signs new contract

Rafael Benitez’s brief reign at Stamford Bridge comes to an end on Sunday as the Blues host Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Victory would seal third place for the Blues, whilst a draw should also be good enough, though if Chelsea’s game ends goalless and Arsenal win 2-1, then the sides would be level on points, goal difference and goals scored which would lead to play off for the first time in Premier League history.

Eden Hazard, John Terry and Ryan Bertrand, who all missed Wednesday evening’s dramatic Europa League final victory in Amsterdam, look set to miss out once again through injury.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal, ending months of speculation over his future.

The 34 year old has scored 17 goals this season, and last weekend became the club’s all-time top scorer.

Meanwhile, Lampard has been called up to the England squad for the forthcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, along with Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, who will be presented with a golden cap to commemorate him reaching 100 international caps.

Finally, Juan Mata has been named Chelsea’s player of the year following a superb season which has seen him score 19 goals and register 28 assists across eight competitions.

Nathan Ake received the Young Player of the Year award, whilst Goal of the Season went to Oscar for his wonder-strike against Juventus in the Champions League.

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