By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Chelsea have confirmed they are in contract talks with Branislav Ivanovic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Ivanovic is out of contract in the summer and academy graduate Loftus-Cheek has entered the final 18 months of his agreement.
The Premier League champions are keen to keep the pair at Stamford Bridge beyond the expiry of their current deals and manager Guus Hiddink admitted that negotiations are ongoing.
Asked about the pair, Hiddink said at his media conference on Tuesday afternoon: “I’m aware that the club is talking.” But he added that he was focused more on the “technical side of things”.
Long-serving right-back Ivanovic is free to speak to foreign teams about a Bosman move but he is in talks with the club about a one-year extension, which falls in line with the club’s policy for players over 30.
Loftus-Cheek is highly regarded by the Chelsea hierarchy and is viewed by many as the poster boy of an academy which has not produced a first-team regular since John Terry.
The 19-year-old midfielder is expected to sign a bumper new £40,000-a-week as a reward for his progress in west London.
Meanwhile, Hiddink revealed that Diego Costa and Loic Remy are available to face West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night but Eden Hazard remains sidelined.
Costa suffered a blow to the knee in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the FA Cup but has shaken off the problem in time to face the Baggies. Remy has trained for the last two days and is expected to make the bench.
Hazard’s prognosis is not so good, although Blues manager Hiddink confirmed the player is back in light training as he works his way to full fitness.