All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including a forward, also wanted by the Blues, Manchester United & Arsenal, speaking on his future.
One of the most in-demand (and seemingly available) young wingers in European football, Antoine Griezmann, a 22-year-old Frenchman valued at £22m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has indicated that he is in no rush to leave Real Sociedad amid heightening interest from Premier League trio: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
With a combined goal (14) and assist (3) return of 17 from 19 appearances in Spain's Primera Division thus far this season, Griezmann is responsible for affecting the scoreline once every 85 minutes he is on the field, yet told reporters - as quoted by Sky Sports - that if he were to sign a contract with another club, it would not be until the summer.
'I am happy at Real Sociedad,' said Griezmann. 'I'm very relaxed about the situation. I want to finish the year here, and then we'll see. The team is working well and it's important we try and get back into European competition next season.'
One of the young players with the most potential at Chelsea is Lucas Piazon, currently on loan at Vitesse Arnham who are second in the Eredivise and just two points adrift of Ajax, who have collected 43 after 20 matches.
Thus far, Piazon is relishing the experience and the regular feedback he receives from Stamford Bridge. He told Lancenet: 'I'm only 19 and have already played in three leagues, and that was good to me. Chelsea have staff just to follow the loaned players, they always send emails telling me what I am doing right, wrong, what I have to improve.
'They send a summary about that, with my strengths and weaknesses, they are always following my progress.'
With 11 goals and eight assists from 18 league matches in the Netherlands, the versatile forward has an attacking efficiency that is even better than the aforementioned Griezmann as he returns a goal or assist once every 80 minutes.
On where he will be playing football next season, at Chelsea or embark on another temporary spell away from West London, he said: 'I don't know yet, it depends a lot on how we will end the season, it's hard to say now but I think we have a good chance of finishing in the top two and playing in the Champions League. But I'll go on my vacations, rest then we'll see.'
And finally, Jose Mourinho looks like a bit of a champagne Charlie as the Portuguese played his way even further into the good books of the attending media at a press conference today, by bringing sparkly for everyone in order to celebrate his 51st birthday.
'We have to drink champagne because we are improving, the team, the players, so the perspectives of champagne in the future are good. We are heading into a good direction.
'Next season, we start from day one with the squad and more maturity and tactically stronger, I can imagine next season, we will be strong. This season we are in the competitions. I am not saying to win them, just to win the next match.'
Fergie once said Mourinho bought wine that tasted 'like paintstripper.' He's now buying reporters champagne... pic.twitter.com/4lju8SpR1X— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 28, 2014
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