A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the last 24 hours.
Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager for the second time, with the Portuguese coach set to be officially unveiled next Monday. Mourinho has been expected to join for several weeks, and has brought coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and José Morais with him from Real Madrid.
Mourinho returned with some typically crowd-pleasing quotes.
"In my career I've had two great passions - Inter and Chelsea - and Chelsea is more than important for me,” he said.
"It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea, and I did it only twice which was not so bad.
"Now I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2004 with this difference to add: I'm one of you.”
There has been plenty of reaction to Mourinho’s appointment, with Chelsea legend Ron Harris saying that the Portuguese manager can make the Blues a major force that challenges on all fronts next season. The Independent has a round-up of some of the best quotes about Mourinho’s return here.
Chelsea’s former manager Rafa Benitez is apparently desperate to keep Edinson Cavani at his new club Napoli this summer. Cavani is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City, but the Serie A club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that no bid near the Uruguayan’s £55million buy-out clause has yet been received.
However Napoli are seemingly preparing for life without Cavani already, with speculation that they are close to agreeing a deal for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez. The German player had also been linked with Chelsea recently, but could now help them land Cavani instead.
Chelsea have apparently begun talks to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, with the 29-year-old reportedly available for around £15million. De Rossi, who rebuffed interest from Manchester City last summer, might be prepared to leave after Roma failed to qualify for European football next season.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said that Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne only wants to move to the Champions League runners-up, despite reports that the Belgian was heading to Bayer Leverkusen as part of the Andre Schurrle deal.
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