All the news and gossip from the past 48 hours at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have beaten Hull City comfortably with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. It was Jose Mourinho’s first competitive game in charge since returning to the club this summer, and they should have gone ahead after five minutes. However Frank Lampard saw his penalty saved by Alan McGregor. In the end it did not matter, goals from Oscar and a free-kick from Lampard were enough for victory - in a game that saw Chelsea have over 20 attempts on goal.
Returning loanee Kevin De Bruyne and fellow Belgian Eden Hazard were particularly impressive.
‘’I'm not the kind of person to be at the same club three, four years without winning a trophy. In this case, I don't need the club to say "we're not happy with you, goodbye. I will be the first one to say: ‘I gave everything I could, but I didn't succeed, so let's go and try a different thing’.’’
‘’We have had a great decade together and the club could not have achieved it all without you. thanks for your support, there's to many more years of success.’’
Barcelona will no longer be in the hunt for David Luiz. It has been reported all summer that the club will be going for a new centre back - to add depth to a position where they are widely considered weakest.
However the manager Tata Martino has stated that is not true, as Carles Puyol approaches full fitness:
"I know what the club was doing before I came here and what they wanted, even with Tito here. What I say is that as long as (Carles) Puyol is fine - and he will be because his recovery is going well - with Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Adriano or Sergio Busquets as centre-backs, we are fine. If we have an injury, there is always the winter transfer window."
Chelsea will make Manchester United a final £40 million bid for Wayne Rooney this week, in an attempt to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge. Rooney has been Jose Mourinho’s number one target all summer, but he is prepared to consider other options, should Manchester United continue to say Roo is not for sale.
It is reported this morning that Mourinho will want to splash the cash on Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
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