Yesterday Chelsea fans got the good news that they had long been waiting for; the news of talismanic midfielder Frank Lampard finally signing a much belated new contract. 

The news came just a day after Chelsea sealed another European trophy after a long hard season.

It seems that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had wished to get rid of Lampard but the Englishman’s magnificent form which saw him eclipses Chelsea's all time goal scoring record convinced the trigger happy Russian to think again.

The one year contract extension was signed on Thursday and may confirm the rumours of Jose Mourinho's imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid all-but confirmed Mourinho's departure from the side from the Spanish capital earlier this week, making a move for former Chelsea and current PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti. However, the Italian’s employers subsequently blocked the approach.

The Daily Mirror reported last month that Mourinho's return could hinge on Lampard signing a new deal, and now that that has happened surely it is only a matter of time before an announcement is made.

The report also claimed that the only two other conditions of the "Special One's" return was Chelsea's qualification for the Champions League, and a big fat pay cheque, the first of which has been all but assured under interim boss Rafa Benitez.

Moreover, Benitez has claimed that Chelsea will spend big again this summer, around €100m to be exact, which surely suggests money is not a factor to stop the move.

Consequently, it seems as though if this deal ever were to happen, it would happen now, as all of Mourinho's demands have or will be catered for, as Abramovich looks to establish Chelsea as the dominant force in the English game again.

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