Ranieri praises unsung Morris
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Although the 24-year-old has been far from a regular at Stamford Bridge this term, the Italian has hailed the former England Under-21 international as a vital part of the club's future.
Morris' current deal with Chelsea runs out in June, but Ranieri insists the diminutive midfielder will be extending his stay in West London.
"Jody is a fantastic player, an absolutely fantastic playmaker for us at Chelsea," stated the former Valencia chief.
"(He is) someone in the middle who has absolutely everything you want from the position."
The Italian also revealed that Finnish striker Mikael Forssell is nearing a return to match fitness.
The 21-year-old has been out of action for nine months with a serious knee injury.
"He's about two weeks from being fully fit again," said Ranieri.
It is expected that Forssell will be loaned out to gain match practice, the Finnish international has enjoyed spells at London neighbours Crystal Palace during the last two seasons.