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Chelsea send youngster back to Vitesse

Lewis Baker spend last season in Holland. Credit: PA

Chelsea have announced that England Under-21 midfielder Lewis Baker is to spend a second season out on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

The 21-year-old made 34 appearances for the Dutch outfit last season, scoring five goals - including the club's goal of the season - and will return as part of Chelsea's ongoing link with Vitesse.

Baker has yet to feature for the Blues' first team and has previously spent time out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

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Chelsea defender would consider Middlesbrough switch

Kalas has spent the last 16 months on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Chelsea. Credit: PA

Tomas Kalas has admitted he would have to think seriously about a permanent switch to Middlesbrough if he was offered the chance to play for the club in the Barclays Premier League.

The 23-year-old Czech Republic international has spent the last 16 months on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Chelsea, where he signed a new three-year deal last summer.

However, the defender has made only two starts for the Blues since arriving from Sigma Olomouc in January 2011, compared with the 47 appearances he has made for Boro.

Kalas told the Evening Gazette: "I don't know how many games I've played since I came - probably around 40, which is not bad in one and a half years.

"That's why I came here, to play games and hopefully I'll keep playing next season - maybe here.

"If I could get the deal [to move to Boro permanently], I would really think about it. Yes, why not?"

Italy manager Conte acquitted in match-fixing trial

Antonio Conte has been fully acquitted Credit: AP

Italy head coach Antonio Conte is clear to take charge of Chelsea in the summer after being acquitted of charges pertaining to sporting fraud, an Italian judge has announced.

The 46-year-old, who will move to England and Stamford Bridge after leading Italy at the European Championship, had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011.

Cremona-based prosecutor Roberto Di Martino had asked for Conte to be handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and fined 8,000 euros (£6,300), but the former Juventus coach, represented by lawyers, was on Monday acquitted by judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi during a preliminary hearing.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio told Italian newspaper Il Sole that he was "highly satisfied" with the outcome.

"Finally his position has been clarified and my confidence in him has never been in question. Now we are all the more focused on the Euros."

I want to finish my career at Chelsea - John Terry

John Terry wants to remain at Chelsea Credit: PA

John Terry's future remains unclear after the captain hinted he wishes to negotiate the contract extension he has been offered by Chelsea.

The 35-year-old captain, suspended for the season-concluding 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester, was serenaded by fans as he bade a potential goodbye after 703 appearances since his debut in October 1998.

Terry, whose current contract expires on June 30, in January said he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season. The club insisted an offer may be forthcoming and it arrived last week.

The defender said it was for a "different role", hinting at reduced terms and without guarantees of a first-team place under incoming head coach Antonio Conte.

Terry endeared himself yet further to supporters when congratulating Leicester and Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes boss and his former manager, on their title success and the supporters sang "John Terry, we want you to stay".

I'm delighted Leicester have won it and I'm just glad Tottenham haven't.

I've said for a very long time I want to be here for the rest of my career. I want to finish my career here.

We'll have a few days and we'll be speaking to the club. Listen, I want to stay. The club knows that, the fans know that. We all want the same thing.

– John Terry

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Standing ovation for Ranieri as Chelsea fans urge Terry stay

Chelsea fans made their feelings known. Credit: PA

Chelsea fans hailed former boss Claudio Ranieri and urged skipper John Terry to stay as champions Leicester visited Stamford Bridge.

Blues players, including suspended skipper Terry, former a guard of honour for Leicester as they emerged from the tunnel.

Ranieri, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was then handed a ceremonial plate by his old club while the home fans sung his name and gave him a standing ovation.

The Italian, 64, guided Chelsea to second place during his spell in charge, their highest finish for 49 years, only to eventually be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

But he returned to his old stomping ground as a Premier League champion with unfancied Leicester to face the Blues, who brought Mourinho's second stint as boss to an end in December amid a season of struggle.

Terry, who played under Ranieri, took his seat behind the dug-out as a huge banner reading 'John Terry, Proper Chelsea' was unfurled in the Shed End.

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