Chelsea keep close watch on Gerrard developments

Chelsea have been alerted to the growing tension between Steven Gerrard’s representatives and his employers at Liverpool in advance of contract negotiations at Anfield next week. Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho would be forgiven for regarding developments with scepticism after being spurned twice by the England midfield player in the past 12 months, but they are monitoring Gerrard’s situation with interest again after learning of what appears to be an untimely breakdown in communications.