Villas-Boas hopes to secure deal amid Arsenal interest

Chelsea striker Salomon KalouChelsea forward Salomon Kalou looks set to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge after Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that the 26-year-old has been offered a new contract.

Kalou is one of a few players whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, including Didier Drogba , Nicolas Anelka and Jose Bosingwa. But the manager hopes to keep the likes of Kalou at the club:

AVB told the club’s official website:

“Kalou was offered a contract and hopefully we will continue talks.

“In January these players are available to discuss their future. We’ll continue talks until we reach an agreement or not.

“The fact that they are emotionally tied to this club – like Nico (Anelka) – too, means we can count on them while they are negotiating. Their loyalty to the club will never be in question.”

Kalou’s future has been in doubt for some time now, especially after rumours in the summer which suggested that he was to be used as a makeweight in a deal for Tottenham’s Luka Modric. He has also been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

The Ivorian is something of a divisive figure at Chelsea and despite all the talks of him being a ‘super sub’, I don’t believe he’s a good enough standard to remain at the club on a long-term basis.

The forward is now 26 and looks no more a first team regular than he was a few years ago and has been marginalised by Daniel Sturridge, who has certainly made his mark since returning from his loan spell at Bolton last season by scoring five goals and making an assist.

Kalou has only made two starts in the Premier League this season and may even take it upon himself to leave west London in order to find regular first team football.

His main contribution of the campaign so far was to come on against Valencia and snatch a draw from the jaws of victory by giving away a stupid penalty.

Should he stay or should he go?

Article courtesy of The Shed Ender