Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insists that Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka remain part of his plans and wants both to sign long-term contracts to help Chelsea during a 18-month transfer ban they remain confident of over-turning.
"I don't speak with the players about the contract," said Ancelotti. "But for me Joe Cole is a very good player and he has to stay in the club and so does Nicolas Anelka."
Meanwhile, Chelsea are putting together a case against the ban and believe they can prove their signing of Kakuta is legitimate. A source tells the News of the World that Kakuta did even have a contract with French club Lens in the first place and so Chelsea had carried out the correct checks and balances before signing the young midfielder.
The source says: "There is a vastly experienced administrative team at the club who have dealt with these situations over many years and to suggest Chelsea would ride rough-shod over these regulations is ridiculous. The club received international clearance from the French authorities which gave them permission to approach Kakuta."