Chelsea set to keep faith in ‘old guard’ Lampard by offering him new contract

London: Chelsea is ready to stick to their famous old guards with the club offering new deals to veterans Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda.

However, the club has released two of its first team players in Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa.

In Kalou’s case, Chelsea may still be willing to negotiate a new deal if their next manager wants him, The Daily Mail reports.

Lampard, 33, has a year left on his current 150,000 pound-a-week deal, but can expect to move up 25,000 pounds a week into Fernando Torres’s pay scale.

Chelsea still hope Eden Hazard will sign from Lille and, according to a report in South America on Wednesday, they have had a 32 million pound bid for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, rejected.