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Terry and Hazard travel to Amsterdam ahead of Final

John Terry and Eden Hazard have travelled with the Chelsea first team squad ahead of Wednesday evening’s Europa League final, despite concerns over their fitness.

Both players were injured in Saturday’s win at Aston Villa, but have been included in the 25 man party, along with Jon Obi-Mikel, who has recovered from a hip injury.

Meanwhile, reports in Germany claim that Kevin De Bruyne has agreed personal terms on a five year deal with Borussia Dortmund.

Representatives of the Champions League finalists were at Villa Park on Saturday, where they were believed to also be watching Villa’s Christian Benteke as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to England.

Elsewhere, reports in Italy claim that the Blues are close to finalising a deal for Napoli striker Edison Cavani.

The reports come after Chelsea’s number one attacking target Radamel Falcao is believed to be moving to Monaco, who with all of their millions, have recently been promoted back to France’s Ligue 1.

Finally, Jose Mourinho, widely believed to be returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, is the second favourite behind Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini to become Manchester City’s new manager, after Roberto Mancini was sacked yesterday.

Chelsea back up to third

Chelsea reclaimed third place in the Premier League with a resounding 3-0 victory over West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.

David Luiz, making his 100th appearance for the Blues, fired in a spectacular opener from 35 yards on the half hour mark, before a brace of back post headers either side of the break from John Terry secured the victory.

Rafa Benitez’s side will now turn their attention to Sunday’s trip to the Spaniards former club Liverpool, before the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie with FC Basel in a weeks’ time.

Meanwhile, reports in Spain and England claim that the club have opened talks with representatives of Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini regarding the soon to be vacant managerial post at Stamford Bridge.

The former Real Madrid coach, who last week was minutes away from taking Malaga into the Champions League semi-finals, is contracted until 2014, though his agent revealed that he has a release clause of £3.5 million.

However, Jose Mourinho remains the favourite ahead of the man he replaced at the Bernabeu with the bookmakers to land the job.

The former Blues boss was once again spotted in London yesterday by Spanish press, fuelling speculation that he set for a sensational return to Stamford Bridge.