A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
"At that time (last season) I was not in contact with the club," said Mourinho, "I was only in contact with him as a friend because we kept contact all over these years.
"I was telling him, the way I know you - don't go to American soccer. You are a player who needs to compete every week at the highest level, you are a player that needs to be in real competition.”
Mourinho also said that he was not hoping to replicate Chelsea’s Europa League success again next season, and that being eliminated from the Champions League would be a major disappointment for the club.
Despite David Moyes’ insistence he will stay at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney is apparently unhappy at recent comments about his future at the club, and is reportedly ready to leave this summer, with both Chelsea and Arsenal interested in the striker. Mourinho has previously expressed his admiration of Rooney.
Chelsea could be ready to mount a bid for PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the French club signed one-time Blues target Edinson Cavani. The Swede could be ready to leave the Ligue 1 champions after Cavani’s arrival, but Ibrahimovic’s mammoth wages of over £11million a year could prove a stumbling block.
After Manchester United bid £26million for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, both Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly monitoring the player’s situation, and could enter the race if the midfielder indicates he would be happy to leave Spain this summer. So far Fabregas has suggested he wants to stay at Barcelona, who might be unwilling to let him leave after selling Thiago Alcantara to Barcelona.
Another midfielder Chelsea have been linked with is Bayern Munich’s Luis Gustavo, who could struggle for playing time after the European champions signed Thiago. The Brazilian player could replace John Obi Mikel, and would apparently cost around £16million.
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