All the news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.
The England international has seen off David Luiz as the number one choice alongside John Terry this season - and Mourinho is said to want to reward the 28-year-old for his good form.
Chelsea are again being linked with a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The England star is set for contract talks with his club this month over a potential contract extension.
Any reluctance to sign will be seen as an open request to make his way to Stamford Bridge.
It I believed they have £30 million ready to make the move should the situation arise.
Chelsea are said to be in the running for Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji. The 25-year-old Senegal international has been in great form in Ligue 1 this season and is also attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes there are not enough British bosses in today’s game. The Portuguese coach has seen the likes of Malky Mackay and Steve Clarke lose their jobs recently and does not feel UK coaches are getting a fair crack of the whip in the Premier League:
"In this moment in the Premier League – and I'm speaking against myself – I disagree with so many foreign coaches in this country. I don't see a reason for that because I don't feel the English managers are in any point behind the foreign ones.”
However he did also say that British coaches should consider taking on job opportunities abroad in order to broaden their horizons - such as his opponent in today’s FA Cup tie v Derby County Steve McClaren, who guided FC Twente to Dutch glory and also had a spell in charge of VfL Wolfsburg.
"If you ask me, the first thing that comes to my memory about Steve is not being the England manager but being a champion in Holland. So I think he did well... I think in this country people shouldn't be afraid to be a bit adventurous like other coaches from other nationalities are. Football is the same everywhere: 11 against 11; one ball; two goals."
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