A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has said that it is not essential for Chelsea to win the league for next season to be considered a success. Mourinho believes it will be difficult to catch up Manchester United and Manchester City straight away, and also wants to focus on developing Chelsea’s youngsters.
"We don't do it (win the Premier League next season), but (if we) show an evolution in the season, show we are moving in the right direction, (then) I think we will be champions in the second season and it is not a drama,” he said.
Mourinho has also confirmed that John Terry will continue as club captain next season, despite indicating that the 32-tear-old is not guaranteed a starting place at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese manager has said that Roman Abramovich is not the sole dictator of Chelsea’s transfer policy, and insisted that outsiders should not be obsessed by the idea of a power struggle at the club. Mourinho and Abramovich’s relationship reportedly broke down towards the ends of his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
In transfer news, Napoli have apparently turned down Chelsea’s 40million plus Fernando Torres bid for Edinson Cavani, with the Italian club set on a cash only deal that meets the Uruguayan’s €63million release clause. Napoli might also be hoping that Real Madrid will enter the race for the player once they appoint a new manager.
Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £38 million bid for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. The 19-year-old was recently rewarded for an excellent season with a new contract that does not expire until 2018, but Chelsea still believe they might be able to tempt Schalke into selling Draxler with a big enough bid.
A deal for young Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel looks closer to completion, with the player’s agent, Karel Jansen, admitting that there is interest from Chelsea. Van Ginkel will not decide his future after the under-21 European Championship, with Ajax also hoping to lure him away from Vitesse Arnhem.
There is confusion over the future of Serbian striker Lazar Markovic, will reports different on whether the youngster has signed for Benfica directly, or only on loan from Chelsea. Markovic’s former club, Partizan Belgrade, have suggested they have sold the player to Chelsea, but Benfica are claiming they have signed him on a five-year deal.