Blues to tie up Bosingwa deal

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Chelsea are poised to extend Jose Bosingwa's stay at Stamford Bridge until at least 2013, Press Association Sport understands.

The Blues are close to activating a clause in the right-back's contract, which would add a year to the deal that currently expires next summer.

The club are also considering offering him a brand new contract, something that would cap a remarkable turnaround in the Portugal international's Stamford Bridge career. There had been the option for player and club to part ways in the summer until Chelsea opted to activate a clause in the 29-year-old's deal to extend it until the end of this season.

That calmed speculation Bosingwa was heading out of the club after he found himself behind Branislav Ivanovic in the pecking order at right-back.

Andre Villas-Boas' arrival as manager has seen Bosingwa - who cost Chelsea around £16million three years ago - once again become undisputed first choice, with Ivanovic playing in his favourite centre-back position.

Villas-Boas has been discussing player contracts with the club's hierarchy, including chief executive Ron Gourlay, and it is understood tying down Bosingwa is a priority.

"When you address renewals, it's always a good time to motivate people," Villas-Boas said. "It's a situation where we are on top and judging according to what we feel best.

"We are in talks at the moment about the situation with the CEO and eventually with the players which we feel are right."

Chelsea are also still trying to reach an agreement with striker Didier Drogba, whose contract expires next summer.

Villas-Boas said: "I don't see it as a big issue. Players who are attached emotionally to this club - and Didier is attached emotionally to this club - will eventually renew their contract. So I go into no panic on that situation."

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