Chelsea latest: Including Mata contract and Rooney

Juan Mata

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

Chelsea have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Chilean Cristian Cuevas from O’Higgins, who has reportedly agreed a five year contract at Stamford Bridge. The left-back, who can also play in a more advanced position, impressed at this summers Under-20 World Cup, where Chile reached the quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho has said he is happy to have done most of Chelsea’s transfer business early, and also that it is lucky none of his players are available for a move this summer, as it can unsettle a squad.

"The sooner you have the players, the better," said Mourinho. "You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time for that.

“We are lucky because we don't have players to sell, so none of my players is leaving under any circumstances.”

The one significant move Chelsea are still trying to accomplish is for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, however David Moyes has again stated that the striker is not for sale this summer. Rooney is apparently unsettled at Manchester United after Moyes suggested he was second choice to Robin Van Persie, and Mourinho has previously said he would like to sign the England international.

Chelsea are hoping to end speculation about Juan Mata’s future by tying up a new deal with the Spanish midfielder. Mata has been linked with a move away from the club since Mourinho was appointed, but Chelsea have been quick to scotch any rumours they might sell the 25-year-old, and instead hope to extend his contract until 2018.

Ashley Cole believes he let Jose Mourinho down during his first spell at Chelsea, and is keen to make amends now that the Portuguese manager has returned to Stamford Bridge.

“Having the manager back now from 2006 when he bought me, I still feel I owe him something,” said Cole. “I didn’t play as well as I could back then, and as well as I have for Chelsea since

Napoli are considering a move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba as they aim to sign two strikers to replace Edinson Cavani, who recently moved to PSG. Gonzalo Higuain is also on the radar of the Italian club, who are now managed by former Blues boss Rafa Benitez.

On HITC today we ask if Rooney is enough for Chelsea, or whether they need another big name signing, and also if Mourinho’s move for the Manchester United striker is just the beginning of the Portuguese manager’s mind-games. We also look at why Ashley Cole might feel he let Mourinho down in the past.

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