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Jose confident over contracts
24 May 2007 - 16:26:22
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has brushed off fears surrounding the futures of John Terry and Frank Lampard after revealing he is confident the pair will agree new Stamford Bridge contracts.
Negotiations with both players have reportedly stalled in recent weeks leading to speculation that the England pair could be tempted to quit the club.
However, Mourinho is unconcerned by reports of contract breakdowns and believes both his skipper and vice-captain will ultimately agree new terms.
Terry and Lampard are reportedly seeking to join the ranks of Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack who are the club's top earners on £130,000 per week.
"It was not an issue for a week before the FA Cup final," Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
"It is an issue to be solved quietly, no press, just communication between them, the club, agents and families, arriving at a conclusion.
"The love the players have for the club is easy to see. The love the club has for them is also very easy to feel.
"Our public never stops showing them how much they love them and the board also wants to show them the love, respect and how much we need them.
"When the players love the club and the club loves the players, I think they will arrive at a conclusion.
"When you are talking about players getting small salaries, you can solve it in two days.
"When the players are on a different level of salaries, you cannot solve it in two days."