Some interesting comments by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that he he is motivated by the challenge of adhering to the Financial Fair Play rules at Chelsea.
Mourinho told the club’s official website:
“It’s very motivational and demands more from you. You have to think more about every decision and every move.
“Every wrong move you make has an influence on the future. You need to work more closely with the board in the financial area, you have to have a different perspective and a different look at the players on loan and youth football.
This is not good news. Chelsea defender David Luiz has said he has asked Brazil international colleagues who play for Paris Saint-Germain about the Ligue 1 champions and their “project”.
Luiz has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge following the return of Jose Mourinho and reports in both Britain and France have suggested the centre-back could end up at the Parc des Princes, where several of his compatriots made major contributions to the Ligue 1 success.
“I speak about Paris Saint-Germain and its project with my Brazilian team-mates,” Luiz, who is on Confederations Cup alongside PSG duo Thiago Silva and Lucas, told TF1.
I am completely baffled at the way that Chelsea are screwing Juan Mata around. All he has done since arriving at Stamford Bridge is win the Player of the Year twice, the Champions League and the Europa League.
But all we hear is that Jose Mourinho does not fancy him and that he wants to sell him. WTF?
Mata could start for any team in Europe and if Chelsea do sell him, there will be a long line of teams willing to take him off Chelsea’s hands, with Barcelona first in line.
Fernando Torres says he is not worried by rumours about a summer move to Barcelona, and is looking forward to hearing how he fits into new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season.
With Mourinho talking positively about Romelu Lukaku, it remains to be seen how Torres might fit in up front at Stamford Bridge next term, while the player himself said last week he was flattered by rumours of a £17 million Barca bid.
The Special One is now the Happy One as Jose Mourinho entertained the English media in his first press conference as Chelsea manager.
“I’m the happy one,” Mou told a packed news conference at Stamford Bridge. “Time flies. It looks like it was a couple of days ago, but it was nine years ago and since then lots of things have happened in my professional life.
“But I have the same nature. I’m the same person. I have the same heart. I have the same kind of emotions related to my passion for football and my job, but of course I am a different person.
While neither Chelsea or Atletico have confirmed it, Thibaut Courtois has said he will be returning to Atletico Madrid next season.
He was quoted by media in Spain and Belgium as saying at a national team press conference in Kortrijk:
‘I’ve chosen to stay at Atletico. I have to continue playing and at Chelsea there’s (Petr) Cech who has always been a great goalkeeper.
‘At Atletico I’m sure I can play and I can continue to be the first-choice keeper of the Red Devils (Belgium).
‘In the course of the season, we will see if I return to London.’
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With all the rumours that Chelsea are ready to spend big on Hulk and/or Edinson Cavani, it is not a surprise to hear that Fernando Torres wants to talk to the Chelsea boss to see where he fits into the picture for next season.
The Spanish international says he is not thinking about leaving Stamford Bridge and will meet with Mourinho after the Confederations Cup is over.
‘There’s talk an speculation about my future every summer. I’ve got three years left so my future is at Chelsea,’ said Torres.
Romelu Lukaku has met with Jose Mourinho and has been assured that he will be given an opportunity during preseason to challenge for a spot in Chelsea‘s starting line-up next season.
Chelsea have been linked with Hulk and Edinson Cavani since Mourinho’s appointment, but Lukaku insisted he was ready for the challenge.
‘I always said my ambition was to play for Chelsea, and now I will go back to Stamford Bridge and try and play even more games than I did at West Brom,’ he said, after Belgium’s 2-1 win over Serbia last night.
Early indications are that Jose Mourinho was not impressed with Chelsea‘s attacking options last season.
Just a couple of days into his reign at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho is reported to have launched a £110m spending spree, aimed at signing THREE new strikers.
Mou is said to have made a £50m bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and a £34.9m bid for Zenit St Petersburg’s Hulk. He is also said to be interested in either Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic or Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko.
Eden Hazard said that while he is excited about the appointment of José Mourinho, he may be too “intimidated” to train when the new manager oversees his first session.
“They already knew for a long time at Chelsea that he was going to sign and they all told me that it would be a good thing for me,” Hazard said. “José Mourinho is someone special and it’s a pleasure to have him as a coach.