Chelsea latest: Why Mata critical of England? Cole in Spurs lol & more

Ashley Cole

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Tottenham Hotspur player's England gaff, the joke that makes Cahill laugh and Mourinho.

It's international week so, while there's a few Chelsea-specific news stories floating around the web, the focus should primarily be on England national team… the source of recent Juan Mata criticism who, while lauding the ability of individual players, hints that recent failings may be down to a lack of fraternal… or family… bonds in the camp.

Does he have a point? Maybe so… particularly when he is from a squad who can put Catalan or Basque differences behind them in order to claim European Championship and World Cup gold. England do not have these sort of issues, but there may still be north/south divides. Meh, get over it and play ball.

On to lighter notes: want to know the joke that has Gary Cahill in stitches?

Me: Knock, knock…

Cahill: Who's there?

Me: You.

Cahill: You who?

Me: Haha, yea, you're not good enough for the national team.

Cahill: Good one, Al! Let's play FIFA.

He is quoted in the Standard to have said: 'It makes me laugh sometimes when people say someone, not just me, is not good enough. I must have done something right for Chelsea to want to sign me in the first place, but because I wasn’t at Barcelona or Manchester United as a kid, it’s gone against me somehow.'

Cahill's defensive partner for Chelsea, skipper John Terry, sees his £170,000 per week contract expire in the summer. The Independent claim the Blues are in no hurry to renew the terms of the deal amid growing interest from Galatasaray.

Meanwhile, manager Jose Mourinho has named the greatest athlete he's had the honour of coaching… and the player has never been on the books at Chelsea, but was at Manchester United. It's Cristiano Ronaldo.

France Football quote Mourinho to have said: 'Coaching him was the highlight of my career. He's the most professional player I've ever met.'

Go and get him then Jose!

And finally… Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend would have ended up on the media side of England training had it not been for Ashley Cole's articulate guidance: 'Aren't you going the wrong way, bruv?'

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