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Jose Mourinho is staying quietly confident that he can keep Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry at the Stamford Bridge this summer. 

All three of the Chelsea legends are left questioning their futures at the club, as their contracts draw to a close with the Blues this summer.

Ashley Cole appeared to be in tears and was consoled by team mates after Chelsea's last home game of the season.

Cole, Lampard and Terry broke away the rest of the squad after the clash against Norwich and applauded fans after what could be their last game in a Chelsea shirt. 

Despite the emotional lap of honour from the Blues, many fans had already left the stadium after booing the team off at the final whistle. 

Chelsea are a club that are very hesitant to break their policy of offering players above the age of 30 more than a one year deal and this will be strongly considered when new contracts are offered.  

With both Terry and Cole age 33 and Lampard age 35, a one year contract looks the absolute maximum here from Mourinho.

The Financial Fair Play regulations will also play a large role in the decision of the Chelsea boss and a wage cut for all three of these players is almost definite.

With Terry currently taking home £160,000 a week from Chelsea, this will have to be cut by atleast half if there is any chance of him having a future at the club. 

The Chelsea manager feels Lampard deserves a statue to join other legends, such as Peter Osgood for his great achievements with the club so far.

Mourinho told The Metro: "With Frank and his contribution, there is nothing I can say,"

"However, not now because he’s too young, but maybe in a few years he’ll have a statue where Peter Osgood is, on the side of the stadium. He’s one of the biggest players for this club"

Chelsea have been in discussion with Ashley Cole in recent weeks, but no official offer has been made yet. 

Terry seems very willing to resign for Chelsea, despite the sizeable wage cut. He has claimed he has no intention of leaving Chelsea for another English club out of pure respect for the side he has been captaining for 10 years. 

Lampard has created a very close relationship with boss Mourinho and a one year contract extension seems almost definite for the England international.

Due to his connection with the club, Lampard is also looking into going coaching after his individual playing career comes to an end. 

Mourinho respects the positive influence that Lampard has and admires his professionalism and on field ability. 

Despite all the talk, all three of these players are in strong consideration for international duty for the World Cup so the contract questions may be in limbo until after the summer tournament. 

The Telegraph questioned Mourinho as to whether he thinks the three players will be playing at The Bridge next season, he said: “Again, they are talking to the club on their future. I think so. I think so. But now it’s time to wait a little bit.

"The summer is a long summer for us. For the players at the World Cup it’s a different story. But for us, as a club, it’s a long time to be calm, to sit and discuss and analyse our options, the market and possibilities. A long time.”

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