Sturridge set for new deal

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Reports in The Evening Standard claim that Daniel Sturridge is in talks with Chelsea over a new deal.

The 22-year-old is currently on a deal at the club that includes a weekly wage of £60,000, but Chelsea are willing to improve that to £90,000, as well as extending the time period to beyond the end of next season, as is the case with his current contract.

Sturridge spent time last season on loan at Bolton, and after scoring eight goals in 12 games for the Trotters, he returned to Chelsea to show his worth amongst some of the best strikers in the world.

And while Sturridge might be lacking in experience compared to the likes of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba, he wasn’t lacking in confidence on his return, telling reporters at the time: "I want to be one of the biggest players around. I don’t want to be content with just being average.

“In a year’s time, I hope to be ­recognised as a better footballer, pushing towards the England squad. Now I just want to ­cement my place in the Chelsea team."

And now, fast forward three months, Sturridge has been selected by Fabio Capello for England ahead of this weekend’s international match with Spain, and has scored five goals so far this season for Chelsea.

The club are said to be desperate to tie down the youngster for the long term, with talk of his new contract lasting until 2016.

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