Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is again met this morning with reports that he's losing the dressing room. The Sun says the players believe the Blues boss is tactically inept and cannot handle Premier League players.

Fans booed the side after Saturday's shock 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa and several players want to leave this month.

The last straw came when AVB barred China-bound Nicolas Anelka from their Christmas party at the training ground.

In an act of defiance, players organised their own lunchtime party for the Frenchman last Friday.

A Chelsea source said: "The lads thought banning Nico from the lunch was petty and spiteful.

"AVB has lost the dressing room and it's become so bad several players want to get away now."

Anelka joins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua this month.

The Chelsea players entertained him at the Dorchester's swish Chinese restaurant, China Tang.