Chelsea latest: Mourinho and Matic play down title bid, Luke Shaw update

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Chelsea's convincing 3-1 win at Fulham on Saturday has pushed the Blues four points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with an Andre Schurrle hat-trick handing them the victory over their West London rivals. Yet, despite their lead at the top of the division, manager Jose Mourinho is continuing to play down Chelsea's chances, suggesting that Manchester City are still the favourites for the title as they have two games in hand.

"I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only City have destiny in their hands," Mourinho said. "If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 - which we won't - maybe we are not champions. If they [City] win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands."

Midfielder Nemanja Matic echoed Mourinho's sentiments, saying that Chelsea will take each game as it comes and will look to win all of their remaining 10 games. The Serbian, who rejoined Chelsea in January, also made a point to say that the Blues aren't focusing on what other teams are doing in the league, but did touch on Arsenal's 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

“Like we said before, we will play game by game, to win every game if it is possible and we don’t look too much at other clubs,” Matic told Chelsea’s website. “But for us it is good if our rivals lose some points and on Saturday Arsenal lost so that is good for us.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to be linked with big moves in the transfer market, and a recurring name is Southampton left back Luke Shaw. It's been long speculated that Mourinho will look to bring Shaw to West London this summer as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, but Manchester United are reportedly also interested in the 18-year-old England international.

But new reports today suggest that Chelsea have the upper hand over United because Shaw's family are situated nearby Chelsea's Cobham training ground, giving the Blues a clear geographical advantage over their rivals.

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