Chelsea pre-game news: Including Aston Villa team news and possible third Rooney bid

José Mourinho Celebrates

A round up of the latest news and transfer stories connected to Chelsea.

David Luiz remains sidelined for this evening’s match against Aston Villa with a hamstring problem. Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku are all in contention to start the match after appearing on the subs bench in the 2-0 win at home against Hull City.

Mata is the most likely to start out of that trio, only missing the match against Hull because of a minor muscle problem.

“Now I am looking forward to being involved. It was better to stop and I didn’t go to the national team, but now I am ready to play,” said the Spaniard.

The Guardian has reported that Chelsea will make a third attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United before the close of the transfer window. The blues have already had two bids rejected with speculation that United would rather let Rooney leave for free in 2015.

Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has added to the number of former players who don’t think Rooney will move to London, revealing that he’s spoken to the striker and he’s never said he wanted to leave United or specifically join the West London club.

If the deal doesn’t come off then Chelsea could step up their pursuit of former Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o with former Anzhi Makhachkala coach Rene Meulensteen saying he wouldn’t be surprised if the striker made the switch to Stamford Bridge.

In terms of players who could be leaving Stamford Bridge, both Demba Ba and John Obi Mikel are being linked with moves away. Ba is a reported target for Serie A side Roma while Mikel is on the radar of just departed Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has challenged midfielder Eden Hazard to become a top player, urging the Belgian to maintain the form he has shown since he joined the club. Mourinho says he wants more responsibility and more ambition from one of the club’s primary play makers.

Mourinho has also urged his team to translate periods of dominance in matches this season into goals. Chelsea secured a comfortable 2-0 opening game win against Hull City but the Portuguese boss seems to want more aggression and ruthlessness from his players.

That request comes after Mourinho made it clear he will be ruthless in his second spell in charge of Chelsea as the Blues look to wrestle the dominance in English football away from Manchester.

“When you can show that you are much better than the other team, you have to do that. Because when you are in trouble, they will smash you,” said the boss.

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