Chelsea morning news: Cole agency snags in £25m teen pursuit; Mourinho says lead is 'fake'

Luke Shaw

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea may be at the top of the Premier League - but Jose Mourinho believes that does not tell the whole story.

They stretched their lead at the top of the table to four points yesterday with a 3-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage - however Manchester City are six points behind with two games in hand - which Mourinho was keen to point out:

"The gap to Man City is a fake advantage. If they win their [two] games in hand, they're top."

Mourinho has consistently tried to keep title talk deflected from his team in recent weeks - but he must now realise that The Blues are becoming title favourites.

Jose Mourinho also revealed how he said nothing to the players at half-time.

The manager stated after the game that he did not speak to the players after a poor first-half display - and it seemed to do the trick:

"At half-time, I told them nothing - nothing - not a word. I walked in, then I walked out. I don't know if anyone else gave a team-talk. I was not inside the dressing room.”

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has admitted to considering a move abroad last summer. The England international’s contract expired last summer - and he was linked with potential moves to Italy, USA and China.

In the end he signed a one-year extension at Stamford Bridge - but he certainly could have gone elsewhere:

"Yes, there was [a genuine possibility of leaving] because at one stage I was out of contract and I wasn't going to get a new one. It was the first time I had been in that situation, so I had to open my eyes to going elsewhere. But I didn't want to leave because I still have a lot to offer. If I had left I would have gone abroad, I just can't imagine myself playing for another Premier League team after such a long career at Chelsea."

Southampton left-back is reportedly ready to join Chelsea this summer - not Manchester United. According to The Insider at Goal.com Shaw’s parents live near the Cobham training facility and that could help in their pursuit of the player.

However, on the flipside, Shaw is represented by the same agency as Ashley Cole - and their best interests for both clients must be considered before a deal goes through.

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