Chelsea latest: Including Mata updates and Ramires

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Jose Mourinho has apparently told both Ramires and Kevin De Bruyne they are in his first team plans for next season. The agent of De Bruyne, Patrick De Koster, has said the Belgian is looking forward to proving himself and fighting for a starting place at Chelsea after an impressive loan spell at Werder Bremen last season.

Meanwhile Ramires has revealed that Mourinho had spoken with him to assure him of his place in the Portuguese manager’s plans. Mourinho also said that he had tried to sign Ramires when he in charge at Inter and Real Madrid, something the Brazilian was delighted to hear.

"That made me very happy, and I told him that he can count on me, that I'll do what I can to help him be a winner at his new spell at the club,” he said

"I was already eager to work with him and I am now even more motivated after finding out that he wants to work with me. I am feeling we will have a great season."

However there is more confusion over Juan Mata’s future at Stamford Bridge, with differing reports coming out over the past 24 hours. The Daily Mirror has run a piece saying there is no truth in any rumours suggesting Mata is not in Mourinho’s plans for next season, and that the manager will speak to the Spanish midfielder to reassure him about his place in the team.

However elsewhere there are reports that Mata will demand talks with Mourinho after being unsettled by the speculation about his future. The midfielder is currently on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup, and has yet to speak to Mourinho since his return to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have agreed a new ten-year kit deal with adidas which the club has described as the “biggest to date.” The Blues current deal with adidas expires this year, and has been extended until 2023.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that Manchester City could rule themselves out of the race for Edinson Cavani as they will not pay the striker’s £53.7million release clause. De Laurentiis also indicated he would be happy to accept a part exchange deal if the player offered was valued fairly.

On HITC today we look at ten possible replacements for John Obi Mikel at Chelsea, and ask if Chelsea should loan out Oriol Romeu next season.

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