News and gossip from Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Jose Mourinho is set to decide on the future of the club captain John Terry - whose contract expires at the end of the season.
The former England international scored in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday and talks have not yet begun with the recently injury prone central defender.
Juan Mata turned to hero for Chelsea yesterday, saving them a defeat at Tottenham Hotspur with a superb second half performance. He set up John Terry’s equaliser and worked tirelessly for the cause, with Mourinho singing his praises, and confirmed he will start against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League tie this week:
After the game Jose Mourinho was furious with the way in which Jan Vertonghen reacted to Fernando Torres either tripping him or attempting to gouge his cheek out.
"It was a situation where the player wasn't helping the referee. He's a fantastic player but he's a special guy because three days ago he left the player naked against Aston Villa. It wasn't a penalty or a red card and he shouldn't have played today, he should have been suspended from a red card against Villa. Today he changed the game, I'm not happy."
And Mata has jumped to the defence of Torres, insisting he is not violent:
"I don't know [about the red card] but Fernando is not a player who goes to hurt,"
Demba Ba could still make a move to Arsenal in January. A loan deal for the player collapsed on Deadline Day and the bookies still believe a deal could happen - as the Senegalese struggles to earn a place in the first-team at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitez eventually had a rather successful time at Chelsea as their interim boss last season, and he now claims the club never deserved him.
“All through my career I felt I was really fortunate, because I kept very good relationships with my clubs – Tenerife, Extremadura, Valencia, Liverpool. Chelsea, though, brought a special set of circumstances.”
Finally, and it is being revealed in some quarters, that not only did Willian have a medical at Tottenham Hotspur - but he might have even signed a contract with the club.
It was reportedly signed over a celebratory drink with his agent Kia Joorabchian and Tottenham officials - but he changed his mind and decided to join Chelsea instead.
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