Chelsea latest: Cole winds up Rooney, transfer targets & more

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All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge.

The unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography has not as big an impact on Chelsea as it has on, say, Liverpool, but the focus on Wayne Rooney and, specifically, the transfer situation the Englishman found himself throughout the summer, has had numerous allusions to the Stamford Bridge environment.

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Due to regulations, should a player submit a formal transfer request, then they relinquish their signing-on fee - a point acknowledged and referenced by Ferguson, who added that this was something that Rooney never actioned, despite making a verbal request instead.

Rooney had been subject to a brace of transfer bids from Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho sought to enhance his attack for the current campaign, yet both fees were rejected by United. Both Mourinho's interest in the player and United's determination to keep him have been vindicated this season as David Moyes has brought the best out of Rooney's work-rate and influence.

A third bid could be made when the winter market opens for trading but it will likely be a futile effort as, according to the player's latest quotes, he is delighted to be working with Moyes. On Ferguson's revelations and his relationship with the new boss, Rooney said: 'Thankfully [Ferguson has] corrected the story about me putting in a transfer request, I proved I haven't so I thank him for that.'

He continued: 'I'm happy working under David Moyes and that's the main thing. I'm happy playing my football. The new coaches have come in, it's a new lease of life. I'm enjoying working with Moyes and his staff.'

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More realistic transfer targets are PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Wolfsburg winger Julian Brandt, who reportedly rejected a new deal with the Bundesliga side on Wednesday evening. Manchester City will reportedly rival Chelsea for Matuidi's signature in January who, despite a £16m valuation by transfermarkt.co.uk, will be approachable regarding a Bosman deal.

Brandt, meanwhile, is currently unvalued by Transfermarkt, presumably because of his 17-years of age but the forward has been touted as a player with a remarkable upside.

On the training ground, Mourinho's tough training sessions are highlighted by Eden Hazard, who recently told the club's official website who his hardest opponents are… and the two individuals he mentions are ones he has to compete against in Cobham on a near-daily basis.

'It's always difficult for me against Cesar Azpilicueta or Branislav Ivanovic in training, especially to dribble past them. They're the best two right-backs in the world.'

Fernando Torres may be a figure who has been scrutinised, criticised and even picked apart, but in this article, he is actually shown to be superior to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in one department.

And finally, on his 28th birthday, Rooney received a trolling from Chelsea's own Ashley Cole

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