A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has seemingly ruled out the idea of Chelsea making a move for Cristiano Ronaldo, after the branding the Real Madrid player a know-all. The pair’s relationship broke down towards the end of last season, and Mourinho says they fell out after he criticised Ronaldo from a tactical viewpoint.
Mourinho has also confirmed that Aitor Karanka, his assistant coach at Real Madrid, will not be joining his backroom staff at Chelsea. Mourinho praised Karanka, and wished him well on his future at the Spanish side, who are expected to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as manager in the next week.
Chelsea’s move for Andre Schurrle could be delayed by a season according to reports in Germany suggesting the deal has broken down due to Kevin De Bruyne preferring a move to Borussia Dortmund rather than a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen. Schurrle is still keen to join Chelsea, but Leverkusen will not let him leave until a replacement is found.
In one of the more bizarre transfer rumours since Mourinho’s appointment, there have been reports in Spain that he is prepared to listen to offers for Juan Mata, as well as Fernando Torres. Whilst Torres has never found his best form at Stamford Bridge Mata was perhaps Chelsea’s best player last season, and on HITC today we suggest Mourinho would have to be mad to let him go.
Florent Malouda has said he still believes he can play at the highest level after leaving Chelsea this summer. After failing to secure a move last summer, Malouda has had a difficult season where he was forced to train with the reserves and did not make a first team appearance, but the Frenchman insists he will still look back fondly on his time at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitez is considering an attempt to hijack Chelsea’s move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. Manchester City are reportedly happier to see Dzeko leave England rather than go to a Premier League rival, and might hope they can use the Bosnian as part of a deal for Edinson Cavani.
Another striker that has been linked with Chelsea and Napoli is Mario Gomez, whose agent, Uli Ferber, has denied reports suggesting the Italian club are close to agreeing a deal for the Bayern Munich player. Ferber said that Gomez’s future would likely be sorted out in the next three to four days.
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