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Chelsea old guard still vital, says Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has tipped veteran stars John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to sustain their key role for club and country in the foreseeable future, reports The Metro.

Each member of the trio is in the final year of their contract but the 50-year-old Portuguese is adamant they still have what it takes to excel at the highest level.

Cole, who was sidelined from England duty midweek and will also sit out the clash against Cardiff tomorrow, could comfortably play in the Premier League for a few more years.

"The way he trains, the way he works hard, I don’t think it will be a problem to have Ashley at this level for more years," Mourinho said of the 32-year-old.

Lampard started as his side triumphed 4-1 over Montenegro last weekend but was reduced to a 20-minute cameo in the decisive 2-0 victory against Poland on Tuesday evening.

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' vowed that the 35-year-old is also capable of continuing his involvement with the Blues and England due to his remarkable versatility.

"You have to play differently and adapt to a new situation when you are 20 or when you are 35, which he is doing very very well," he added.

"In my first spell there was a lot of freedom for the number eight and now we have two midfielders and a number 10, so the two are more positional."

"I think he can keep this stability for a long time. His qualities are suitable for Chelsea and also for the national team. It is easy for him."

"The way he works, his work ethic, it is no problem to do that and arrive in a good condition for the World Cup."

Mourinho's side currently sit third in the Premier League ahead of this weekend's return to domestic action.

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