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Chelsea will open contract negotiations with Salomon Kalou in the next few days to keep him out of Jose Mourinho's clutches.

The Ivory Coast forward, whose deal expires next summer, currentlyearns around £30,000 a week, but Chelsea are prepared to pay him doublethat.

The international transfer ban imposed on the club hashastened matters and now, with Inter Milan expressing an interest, ithas been decided to move on with talks.

Mourinho is interestedin the 24-year-old he signed three years ago from Feyenoord for£3.5million and is prepared to offer a £50,000-a-week deal.

Itis understood that the Inter coach wanted to offer a pre-contractagreement that would have secured Kalou to the San Siro as early as thenew year.

Talks are expected to open next week with Kalou'srepresentatives, who are hoping to tie up a contract of more than £3m ayear for a player who has a one-in-three goalscoring ratio.

Butby bringing forward discussions, it is clear that Chelsea have everyintention of continuing their recent policy of tying their prizedassets to long-term deals.

In recent months, Ashley Cole andJohn Terry, among others, have benefited from improved contracts. Kalouis now set to profit as the club guard against the possibility oflosing their appeal against a worldwide transfer ban.

However,Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists he has 'no doubts' he can leadChelsea to glory this season despite FIFA's penalty.

Chelseaplan to appeal the decision to prevent them signing any players for thenext two transfer windows after they were found guilty of inducing GaelKakuta to break his contract with French side RC Lens.

ClaimingFIFA's hardline stance will have little effect on Chelsea's chancesthis season, Ancelotti said: 'I don't have any doubts. The transferembargo is not a problem because we have a very good team and very goodplayers, but in the future we'll have to wait and see. Now, it is not aproblem. We'll see. I'm sure FIFA can change this decision.

'Itdoesn't make my job more difficult. At the moment, my job is verysimple: to train. In the team I have a very good mentality andattitude. For me, it's not difficult now.'

Ancelotti revealed hewas unaware of the potential for FIFA sanctions before he took the joband admitted his 'surprise' at learning of the ban.

'I saw it onthe internet,' said the Chelsea manager. 'I was surprised, but lifegoes on. I didn't know the situation, but it finished there. Onlysurprise. Now I have to think about my job and about my players.

'I haven't spoken to Roman Abramovich about it, but it's not necessaryfor me to do that. I don't have to speak to Roman about this.' Chelseavisit Stoke this afternoon before beginning their Champions Leaguecampaign at home to Porto on Tuesday.

Then fellow leaguepace-setters Tottenham come to Stamford Bridge and Ancelotti admittedhis side are entering a crucial period of their campaign.

Hesaid: 'Next week the Champions League starts. We start again in thePremier League and it's a very important period. But I think we're in agood situation to do very well.

'Up to October, we have a lot ofmatches - important matches in the Premier League against Spurs andLiverpool and the Champions League as well. After this period, we'llknow better how our season is going to pan out.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1212883/Keep-hands-Salomon-Kalou-Chelsea-warn-Jose-Mourinho.html#ixzz0QtC5elSL

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2/3rds of our trio behind the striker in the 2012 final.

pathetic fans over here, I alway said he is the best english lb after Ashley... he is a superb player, fast as a thunderbolt, superb technique (you could see it when he was loand to championship and s

He's still needed here. all we have to do is switch azpi back to his natural position and let him be back up to filipe. The funny thing is that what he's doing this season at Southampton, He was also

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Does he deserve a new contract? I'm inclined to say no; he's been quite poor so far this season. Luckily Kalou had a habit of proving me wrong.

So we just give him away :doh::doh::doh::doh:

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I wouldn't get rid of him this season we may need him to cover Drogba and Anelka if they get injured. I feel Kalou has the potential to be a regular starter for us.

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I wouldn't get rid of him this season we may need him to cover Drogba and Anelka if they get injured. I feel Kalou has the potential to be a regular starter for us.

you sound like you should be supporting a mid-table club.

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kalou will never be good enough to be a first team player, only as a sub and he's not exactly getting younger. Wish we had sold him to arsenal, he makes Chelsea look inferior when we have to bring him on.. sturridge is a much bigger prospect in comparison he should get the game time kalou's been getting.

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kalou looks like the retarded baseball player who gets the white girl pregnant from the movie 'LIFE' with eddie murphy and the guy from big mommas house, and true to the movie his performances since joining have been average at that.

anyways he's the arsenal type and it would only mean Sturridge will be able to get the game time he needs, which we will benefit from in the long term.

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arsenal are the club scolari said he rejected a bid from, which is the reason i'm saying arsenal.

...and forget sturridge i'd also rather give that italian kid Borini kalou's game time.

kalou has had long enough to impress us.

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He gets plays wide more than his natural position as a striker.

Imo, if we sold him to Arsenal, it may come back and bite us.

I wouldn't sell Kalou to an English club.

Yeah precisely...he seems to be converted to a winger now than striker. ;S

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you sound like you should be supporting a mid-table club.

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kalou will never be good enough to be a first team player, only as a sub and he's not exactly getting younger. Wish we had sold him to arsenal, he makes Chelsea look inferior when we have to bring him on.. sturridge is a much bigger prospect in comparison he should get the game time kalou's been getting.

Firstly, his only 24. He still has time to improve as a player and with some work could become a regular starter for us in a few seasons time.

I don't think he has been in the best of form this season but why the hell does he make Chelsea look inferior when he comes on? When he has came on in previous seasons he has at times changed the game for us. With his pace we have looked more threatening going forward and more likely to score. His unfortunate as well he will start one game and know he may be dropped for the next which is never good for a striker. With some work and if he played on a more consistent bases he could improve dramatically.

Anyway why.... would you sell him to Arsenal? It's the worse team he could possibly go too. %28N%29.gif

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Like said he's only 24.Time to improve.And with the transfer ban we need to hold onto as many players as we can injury and all that jazz.He aint been that great so far but it aint far into the season.He can be hit and miss yeh but he has some pretty good performances so hopfully he can go that way

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Kez has it. At the moment, Kalou is a useful option even though he is not a top player. He's a frustrating player because sometimes he does seem really good things and other times he gets it all wrong. Reminds me of Jesper Grønkjær in that respect.

Keep him, but make sure we give Sturridge and Borini more playing time.

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