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Jose Mourinho calm over Chelsea contracts

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed he has no concerns about his experienced players' contracts as John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Frank Lampard are all at risk leaving the club on a free.

Talking to BBC Sport, the Special One said: "It's a situation that doesn't worry me or the club and, I think, doesn't worry the players.

"Their desire to play for this club, nobody has doubts about it.

"Everything is very calm [and] at the end of the season, probably before that, the offer will be on the table."

Mourinho has also been reported to have persuaded Frank Lampard to stay at Stamford Bridge last summer, as the midfielder was previously linked to a move to the MLS, before signing another one-year extension for Chelsea.

The 35-year-old became Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer last season, and this reassured that Lampard still had the same quality as he did during Mourinho's first stint with the Blues.

50-year-old Mourinho has also insisted that the contract situation will be more straightforward this year.

"Probably last season was more complicated," he added.

"John [Terry] was not playing, Lampard was almost signing a contract with LA Galaxy and he was not also feeling important in the team.

"In this moment the situation is very, very clear. They trust the club, we trust the players. And, for sure, without conflict, the best decision for us and for them will be taken."

Speaking of his personal conversation with Lampard:

"At that time I was Real Madrid manager, not Chelsea manager, and I gave my opinion. Just my opinion, as a friend at that time.

"The opinion was to wait. Trust yourself, wait, play. If somebody has doubts, try to show in the last part of the season how important you still can be for the club and do what you really want to do.

"If you want to stay wait, because probably you are going to stay. If, at the end of the day, you are not staying, you are free to decide."

Chelsea currently sit 3rd in the table, two points off of top spot, following their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

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