All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including an outside-the-box transfer, former Liverpool boss scolding remark and attacker's Arsenal view.
There is speculation that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is on the brink of luring a genuine footballing legend to Stamford Bridge in a player-coach capacity. The Portuguese, who spent one of his most successful periods at Internazionale, may return to the Milanese club as he is interested in Javier Zanetti, a six-time Scudetti winner and Champions League titlist and an all-time great of Argentina with 145 international caps to his name.
Out of contract in June, Zanetti may be tempted with a swansong in West London for the 2014-15 season before becoming a full-time coach with Mourinho as his mentor. A report on Goal stated: 'While his family are settled in Milan, [Zanetti] is considering the proposal and could be tempted by a reunion with Mourinho.'
At the Blues, meanwhile, attacker Andre Schurrle has spoken of the anticipated match-up with Arsenal next month, where he will share the turf with a number of his international team-mates with Germany, but will look to get one over key Gunners such as Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.
He blogged: 'This year I want to work hard here to win a title with Chelsea. At the 22nd of March Arsenal will visit us at Stamford Bridge with a lot of my teammates at the German national team. That is really a highlight to me.
'This year it’s absolutely possible that a German player wins the title in the Premier League but until then there are many games and a lot of teams with the potential to get the championship.'
And finally, numerous media outlets are running headlines indicating that Rafael Benitez has been critical over Mourinho's decision to allow Juan Mata join Manchester United.
In truth, his actual quotes are mild: ‘I am not here to talk about Chelsea,’ Benitez told the Daily Mail, ‘But Juan was their best player in the last two years. That is it. You can see that.’
During his time at Chelsea, Mata declared Benitez a 'great' manager.
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