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Jose Mourinho believes that his players should put their World Cup aspirations to the back of their minds and concentrate on club football with The Blues.
The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta have all recently been linked with moves away in January, as their lack of first-team action could threaten their inclusion in World Cup squads next summer.
But Mourinho was clear in how he ranked the importance of international football:
“The most important thing is Chelsea, the second thing is the players, the third thing is the national team. That has to be my ranking. I don’t enjoy leaving good players and good professionals on the bench, but that’s life. If I was a player I’d think the same way. If you can go, go. You have to perform and play well to go there. It’s important for their careers, for their self-esteem, for their families. But it’s important for them when they come here; they have to change the sheet and think about Chelsea.”
Another player it could affect is Gary Cahill, who no longer appears to be a starter in the Mourinho regime.
Although playing regularly for England, Mourinho has preferred to play David Luiz and John Terry in the heart of defence in recent weeks.
But Mourinho had calming words for Roy Hodgson and England fans:
‘’I trust Gary. I like him very much. I want to help him, not make his life difficult. I would never do something that could jeopardise his selection for the national team or creates a difficult situation for him on the national team. No worries – he will play a lot.”
Finally, and Steve Bruce has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to loan out Romelu Lukaku as a ‘shrewd’ move.
Lukaku will face Bruce’s Hull City today for Everton and Bruce believes he has been loaned out to do damage to Chelsea’s Premier League rivals:
‘’Maybe the reason why he's gone there is Jose has thought ‘maybe Everton can go and get as few points off the big boys with him in their team.’ That would be pretty shrewd really and I think they can.’’
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