34 Monday, 20 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Terrysloyaltysetto berewardedwitha newmegapaydeal CHELSEA remain confident John Terry will resist the clutches of Manchester City and are set to reward his loyalty with a significant pay rise. Speculation surrounding the England skippers future remains intense while he continues to shun the opportunity to publicly outline his intentions. Chelsea maintain relations between club and player remain unharmed and are preparing to reward his loyalty with a new 150,000-a-week contract. The 28-year-old, who joined Chelsea when he was just 14, is expected to release a statement in the next week confirming his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of his career. Chelsea do, however, remain furious at the comments made by City boss Mark Hughes who suggested that Terry required a new challenge. The west London club are debating the merits of reporting City to the Premier League, although there are suspicions it is just a ploy to get City to call off their pursuit. Terrys close friend Frank Lampard, who was tempted to join Inter Milan last summer only to sign a new five- year deal, insists he doesnt blame his team-mate if he feels tempted by Manchester Citys offer. He said: I had an option to leave last summer, to go with a manager who I love, but it came at a time in my life that, maybe, just wasnt right. But the situation made me think an awful lot. It wasnt an easy decision, either, and I dont think people should criticise John. I dont know what he will do, but everyone at the club wants him to stay. You can never take away what hes done for Chelsea. Hell always be a legend. I hope and Im confident that, whatever happens, he will continue to be considered a legend. IsAlonsogoing?HeReallycantsay BY JAMES GOLDMAN Hop to it: Chelsea expect John Terry to confirm he is staying with the west London club Hammers star Kearns his stripes WEST HAM starlet Daniel Kearns today targeted a place in the first team after signing a professional contract at Upton Park. The 17-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal and joins Matt Fry, Tony Brookes, Oliver Lee and Anthony Edgar in progressing from the Hammers Academy as manager Gianfranco Zola looks to maintain the clubs promotion of its young players. Players including Mark Noble and Freddie Sears have come through the ranks in recent seasons and Kearns believes he can emulate their achievements once he learns his trade out on loan. Im absolutely delighted to have signed, he said. All the other boys signed their contracts while I was still away so Im pleased to have got it done and dusted. The main aim for the season is to get another contract at the end of it. Im hoping to get a regular spot in the reserves and maybe try and go out on loan during the season. And from there, I hope to push on and get into the first team. BY DAVID DIBBLE Hammer time: big things are expected of Daniel Kearns XABI ALONSO joined up with the Liverpool squad last night for their Far East tour with his future at the club still uncertain. The midfielder (left) met boss Rafael Benitez and the Anfield squad at Vienna airport after flying from Spain where he got married last weekend following weeks of speculation that he was about to join Real Madrid. In an interview with the AS newspaper, Alonso said: It is always a great feeling when Madrid want you, especially considering the phase of the career I am in now. But at this point, whether or not that can happen is not up to me.