A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Chelsea from this weekend.
Jose Mourinho has been branded a ‘boring bully’ by Arsenal icon Bob Wilson. Wilson was speaking in response to recent comments Mourinho has made about Arsene Wenger, suggesting the Frenchman is a specialist in failure as well as revealing he doesn’t care about Wenger’s past success.
Mourinho has also refused to criticise certain players following the team’s 2-0 FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City.
“There are things I cannot say. There are things I can just think and keep to myself. I don't want to individualise to speak about my striker or my keeper or my left-back. We are a team, we win, we lose,” said the boss.
Chelsea are set to be dealt a blow in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The Blues have been linked with a big money move for the forward but reports today have suggested Rooney will sign a £70 million contract with United, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2018.
Missing out on Rooney may not be the end of the world, as the Blues have been linked with an £80 million double swoop for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Southampton defender Luke Shaw. Reports have suggested the Blues are looking to get the deals done before the World Cup.
In terms of players who could be leaving the club, both Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku have been linked with exits. Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen to sign Courtois on a permanent deal while the club could sell Lukaku in the summer, as he’s made it clear he wants to play regular first team football.
“Not all of them will have a career at Chelsea but all of them are important in this new financial organisation. So Chelsea worked very well and probably started doing that before other clubs,” said Mourinho when discussing financial fair play rules.
Courtois is set to make a decision over his future shortly after meeting Chelsea representatives. He’s maintained all along that he doesn’t want to return to Stamford Bridge as anything less than number one.
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