A round-up of news and view relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has hinted he will have no problem with leaving senior Chelsea figures like John Terry on the bench next season, as his team will always be picked on merit. Speaking to a Spanish TV station about dropping Iker Casillas during his last season at Real Madrid, Mourinho said he will always pick who he thinks will do the best job, regardless of status, and referenced Rafa Benitez’ frequent omission of Terry this season.
There have been rumours that Monaco could target Terry this summer as they continue the spending spree that has already seen Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez arrive at the Ligue 1 club.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, and said that he expects to speak to the Blues about the player this evening. De Laurentiis also re-iterated that he would only sell Cavani fif his £55million release clause was met.
Michael Essien believes he can bring his best form back to Chelsea next season having enjoyed a successful year on loan under Mourinho at Real Madrid. Essien also said he was prepared to play anywhere for the Portuguese manager.
“I am happy to play wherever is best for the team. I have got two years left [on my contract]. I have not spoken with Jose about my future yet so I will see if he wants me. When Mourinho wants me to do a job for him, I will do it,” he said.
Eden Hazard has said he cannot wait to work under Mourinho, but admitted he might be a little intimidated by his new manager. Hazard also said that he hopes to emulate the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring more goals next season.
Juan Mata has said that Chelsea are desperate to win the Premier League again, and that Mourinho is the best man they could have to help them in that aim.
Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou has backed Mourinto to bring success to Stamford Bridge again, saying that the stability the Portuguese coach will bring will be vital to the Blues in the next few seasons.
Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voeller has said that Andre Schurrle’s future is still unresolved, but that he has been in contact with Mourinho about finalising the transfer of the 22-year-old. Schurrle is widely expected to sign for Chelsea, but there have been delays as Leverkusen search for a replacement. Hamburg forward Son Heung-Min is reportedly set to sign for Leverkusen, which might hasten Schurrle’s move to Chelsea.
Chelsea might be hoping to also bring Hulk to Stamford Bridge this summer, with a £35million reportedly bid being lined up for the burly Brazilian. Hulk is unsettled after just one season at Zenit St Petersburg, and could be bought after Chelsea missed out on Radamel Falcao.
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