Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said the transfer window will be more about players leaving the club than incomings as he revealed that Ryan Bertrand will go to Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season with Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole preferred ahead of him.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, the Chelsea boss said: ‘We thought the best thing was for him to go on loan for the rest of the season because he is a good player and he needs to play.
‘We felt that he needs to play and he agrees totally.’
Mourinho said that new signing Nemanja Matic will not be starting the game against the Champions on Sunday, saying it would send out the wrong message to the players who are playing well, but said that Frank Lampard should be fit enough to be included in the squad as he has been training all this week.
The Chelsea manager said of his new arrival from Benfica: ‘I am happy he comes now because it gives him this five or six months until the end of the season. He will be with the team at this moment of evolution.
‘I’m happy he comes in this transfer window not because we desperately need [him] but in terms of our future we analyse our squad in relation to the future. His profile for me is the perfect one.’
The Blues boss said he goes into the game with the mindset of facing the Champions rather than a side that is in seventh place and 11 points off the lead, and has said he would prefer to face a Manchester United side that includes both Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up.
‘If you ask me I prefer them to play, I think the best thing is to play against the best players.
‘I think the concentration, the focus, the motivation is bigger when they are.’
He also said that United manager David Moyes’ job shouldn’t be under threat given their season so far.
‘I think he has a fantastic job. The club gave him an incredible trust to choose him as the next man united manager after Sir Alex [Ferguson]. They believe in stability, in the power of the manager and in support of the manger. I don’t believe there is a reason for David to be in trouble.’
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