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Bosingwa closes on new deal

Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa is poised to sign a new contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2013.

Chelsea will either activate a clause in Bosingwa's contract to keep him for an extra year or offer the Portugal international, who has established himself as the Blues' first-choice right back this season, a brand new deal.

There had been speculation that Bosingwa was heading out of the club after he found himself behind Branislav Ivanovic in the pecking order but Andre Villas-Boas' arrival as manager in the summer has seen the £16 million defender blossom.

Villas-Boas has been discussing player contracts with the club's hierarchy, including chief executive Ron Gourlay, and it is understood tying down Bosingwa is a priority.

"When you address renewals, it's always a good time to motivate people,'' Villas-Boas said. "It's a situation where we are on top and judging according to what we feel best.

"We are in talks at the moment about the situation with the CEO and eventually with the players which we feel are right.''

Chelsea are also still trying to reach an agreement with striker Didier Drogba, whose contract expires next summer.

Villas-Boas said: "I don't see it as a big issue. Players who are attached emotionally to this club - and Didier is attached emotionally to this club - will eventually renew their contract. So I go into no panic on that situation.''

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